Long Island will begin reopening real soon.
The New York governor said on Tuesday during his daily COVID-19 briefing that Suffolk and Nassau counties will enter Phase One of the state’s reopening plan as quickly as Wednesday, May 27.
“Long Island will open tomorrow,” was the exact words Gov. Andrew Cuomo said as he talked about the island opening back up.
This means the following Long Island industries can open again for business:
- Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
- Retail – (Limited to curbside or in-store pickup or drop off)
- Wholesale trade
It’s all about data, the governor insisted.
“I told the county executives to watch the numbers,” he said. “When you see a cluster of cases jump on it, that’s what the contact tracing is all about.”
Contact tracers — who are people hired by the state to identify those infected with the bug — are an integral part of the governor’s strategy to open the Empire State in his New York Forward plan. Earlier this month, Cuomo laid out his four-phase reopening plan. Click here to see it.
To open in stages, each region of the state must meet specific metrics, such as hiring contact tracers, as well as seeing a decline in deaths and hospitalizations due to COVID-19, among other metrics.
Under these guidelines, parts of New York began opening on May 15 — including Finger Lakes, Southern Tier, Mohawk Valley, the North Country, and Central New York — and the Mid-Hudson region was given the green light on Tuesday.
While Long Island is next to open, New York City is still a ways away from meeting the criteria as its hospital beds and ICU beds are too full. Click here to all see the metrics needed to open back up.
Below are the rest of the phases under the New York Foward plan.
Phase One: Central New York, Finger Lakes, Mohawk Valley, North Country and Southern Tier, Mid-Hudson (Long Island will enter this phase May 27)
- Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
- Retail –(Limited to curbside or in-store pickup or drop off)
- Wholesale Trade
Phase Two: Not Open
- Professional Services
- Administrative Support
- Real Estate / Rental & Leasing
Phase Three: Not Open
- Restaurants / Food Services
Phase Four: Not Open
- Arts / Entertainment / Recreation