Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew Cuomo outlined a phased plan to re-open New York and re-imagine a new normal for the state, starting with construction and manufacturing.
The plan will be implemented in phases and will be based on regional analysis and determinations. Based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations, once a region experiences a 14-day decline in the hospitalization rate they may begin a phased re-opening.
The state is closely monitoring the hospitalization rate, the infection rate, and the number of positive antibody tests, as well as the overall public health impact, and will make adjustments to the plan and other decisions based on these indicators:
- phase one will include opening construction and manufacturing functions with low risk;
- phase two will open certain industries based on priority and risk level (businesses considered ‘more essential’ with inherent low risks of infection in the workplace and to customers will be prioritized, followed by other businesses considered ‘less essential’ or those that present a higher risk of infection spread);
- the region must not open attractions or businesses that would draw a large number of visitors from outside the local area;
- there will be two weeks in between each phase to monitor the effects of the re-opening and ensure hospitalization and infection rates are not increasing;
- this plan will be implemented with multi-state coordination, especially in downstate New York; and
- the phased re-opening will also be based on individual business and industry plans that include new measures to protect employees and consumers, make the physical work space safer, and implement processes that lower risk of infection in the business.
No exact date has been specified yet for when the phases will start, but Cuomo said the first steps of the re-opening could begin as early as May 16 if the state’s COVID-19 numbers continue to move toward a positive direction, WBFO reports.