Finger Lakes region not entering Phase Two on Friday

Updated: May 29, 2020 10:15 AM
Created: May 29, 2020 04:16 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Phase Two appears to be on pause, at least for another day.

Many of you expected to wake up on Friday morning to find a number of reopened businesses in the Finger Lakes region, but that isn't the case. 


This news is not sitting well with some local retailers who were poised to open Friday morning. Some of these stores have been closed for more than two months.

Business owners told News10NBC's Andrew Hyman they question if the state is being completely transparent. Many expected more communication on all the health and safety guidelines they need to follow and that they would reopen Friday.

Friday marks 15 days since the launch of Phase One. The governor previously said the state would start each phase after 14 days, which is also the amount of time the coronavirus infections would take to show up.

According to local officials overseeing the reopening of the Finger Lakes region, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Phase Two could start on Saturday, if the health data checks out.

Monroe County has seen an uptick in the number of cases recently, but health officials say it's explainable and that the county still meets the metrics to reopen.

However, a firm reopening date has still not been set. 

Businesses set to reopen in Phase Two include:

  • Limited hair salons and barbershops
  • Professional services
  • Administrative support
  • Real estate and rental leasing
  • Some retail

Despite the announcement, the governor's website released a set of guidelines for retail stores to reopen under Phase Two.

Cuomo is expected to address entering Phase Two during his COVID-19 briefing Friday. You can watch it live on News10NBC and

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