Updated: May 07, 2020 05:12 PM
Created: May 07, 2020 03:49 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Bob Duffy says once businesses do open, they will need to proceed with “extreme caution.”
Duffy is the President of the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce and is representing the Finger Lakes Region for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s reopening plan.
The four-phase plan is as follows:
During Phase 1 manufacturing, construction, and businesses that are “the most essential and the lowest risk;” will re-open. During Phase 2 real estate and administrative functions can re-open. During Phase 3 restaurants can re-open, and Phase 4 arts, entertainment, sports and education can re-open.
Phase 1 can start on May 15 at the earliest, if a region meets all 7 metrics.
The Finger Lakes Region is still behind on testing and tracing, but officials are working to meet the requirements.
Businesses are currently presenting reopening plans to Duffy that include measures for requiring face coverings, social distancing, hygiene and disinfecting.
Duffy is also encouraging businesses that can refrain from bringing back all of their employees for social distancing reasons.
Once the region is able to open businesses in Phase 1, there will be a two-week period before businesses in Phase 2 can open.
Duffy said once we're closer to Phase 2, expect executive orders with guidelines on re-opening.
However, Duffy said those Phase 2 business will be better off if they start working on their reopening plan sooner rather than later.
"I'm saying they should develop a plan now as opposed to when the time comes to reopen not having one in place, not having steps in place, having something happen God forbid where you're not prepared somebody is infected you put yourself, your business and your customers at risk," Duffy said.
Duffy cautioned against reopening too quickly, saying a spike in infections would likely lead to another shutdown.
He also said the economy will likely not see a quick rebound, saying it will likely take a minimum of 18 months, and there will be “a lot of pain along the way.”
Watch the full press conference in the video player below:
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