Finger Lakes among 5 regions advancing to Phase Two of reopening plan

Finger Lakes among 5 regions advancing to Phase Two of reopening plan

Updated: May 29, 2020 10:38 PM
Created: May 29, 2020 01:23 PM

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (WHEC) — The Finger Lakes region is among the five regions set to reopen for Phase Two amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Mohawk Valley, North Country, Southern Tier and Central New York were also given the green light to advance to Phase Two, effective immediately.


Gov. Cuomo cautioned that reopening does not mean things will be going completely back to normal.

"There is specific guidance on how to reopen in Phase Two. iI's not just open the doors and everybody has a party. It's 50% occupancy in office buildings, signage on markers, etc. and no meeting without social distancing," Cuomo said.

He also announced a drop in COVID-19 deaths statewide. Across the state, 67 New Yorkers died from the coronavirus since Thursday.

The state has updated the guidelines for Phase Two, including the list of businesses that will remain closed during this time.

Those businesses include:

  • Mall stores that do not have their own outdoor entrance.
  • Dine-in restaurant and bar service.
  • Large event venues.
  • Gyms, fitness centers and exercise classes.
  • Casinos and video lottery facilities.
  • Movie theaters, except for drive-ins.

The New York State Dental Association announced Friday that dental offices are included in Phase Two of reopening, however, the state's website says they are still limited to emergency operations only. News10NBC is working to get clarification.

During a press conference Friday, Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Bob Duffy, who is in charge of coordinating the Finger Lakes Region's reopening process, said businesses reopening will want to keep hygiene in mind, with masking, social distancing and frequent cleaning and disinfecting.

He also encouraged business owners who are included in Phase Three and Phase Four to start working on their plans to reopen now, so that when those phases begin, they can get back to work immediately.

Watch the whole press conference in the video player below:

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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