Cuomo: Data to be analyzed Friday before Phase Two reopening date set

Updated: May 28, 2020 06:30 PM
Created: May 28, 2020 05:03 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Many New Yorkers have been anticipating the start of Phase Two of reopening, hoping it could begin as early as Friday.

As of Thursday evening, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has made no commitments about when Phase Two will begin.


News10NBC has been told that Phase Two will include salons, barbershops, professional services, retail, real estate and rental leasing.

The governor made no mention of Phase Two during his Thursday afternoon briefing.

However, during a radio interview, Cuomo said after Phase One ends Friday, they will send the data out to experts to be analyzed and wait to hear if and when to move forward.

While we await word on Phase Two reopenings, restaurants are not just sitting around waiting for their turn in Phase Three.    

News10NBC took a look at how a couple of businesses are preparing for their eventual reopening in Phase Three.  

Curbside delivery service has been the way for many restaurants to stay alive while waiting to hear from Albany, but how to reopen their dining rooms is still a challenge no matter what phase they're in. 

"Nothing is written down yet for restaurants reopening. There are a set of guidelines that give you an idea of what it is. There's nothing set in stone yet," Peter Jines, owner of Jines Restaurant said.

Just like other restaurant owners, Jines now spends his time trying to figure out how to socially distance diners among other things.

"How are we going to set up tables. I mean I'll put up dividers if I can't have 6-feet apart. Am I going to have an entrance from one door, and exit through another door? Okay, am I going to make sure what other type of "PPE" equipment can I have for my staff," Jines said.

Another business that has remained open is Stever's Homemade Candies.

"Technically we could be open to customers in the store because we manufacture food, but we've not been real comfortable with that situation," Owner Leslie Stevers said.

Stevers and her husband are both optimistic, and say Albany is doing the right things in not rushing into these phases, but the wait is frustrating. 

"It has been, yeah. Lots of sleepless nights. It’s never out of your head when you own a business. It’s always with you," Stevers said.

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