Phase 1 of reopening underway in Rochester |

Phase 1 of reopening underway in Rochester

Updated: May 15, 2020 09:22 AM
Created: May 15, 2020 09:15 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — At 12:01 a.m. Friday, Rochester and the Finger Lakes region entered a new phase after a nearly two-month-long shutdown.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's executive order lifted his stay-at-home order Friday, which impacts workers at nonessential businesses or other establishments in phase one industries.

Businesses in phase one include construction, agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, retail providing curbside or in-store pickup, manufacturing, and wholesale trade. The executive order also lifts restrictions at drive-in movie theaters.  

It also authorizes the state tax department to accept electronic signatures so the state can begin to collect taxes from these businesses. 

The governor extended parts of the executive order through May 28. Those provisions include:

  • A ban on nonessential gatherings of all kinds, including parties, celebrations and social events
  • Individuals must practice social distancing of at least six feet in public, both indoors and outdoors
  • Limiting the use of public transportation to essential trips

If all goes well in the first phase, the second phase may start in about two weeks from Friday. However, Cuomo extended his executive powers until June 13, meaning he could reissue his stay at home order. 

In addition to the Finger Lakes region, Central New York, Southern Tier, Mohawk Valley, and North Country are also reopening Friday. 

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