Overview of Governor Cuomo's Reopening Plan - Coronavirus Updates

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 State of New York Phased Reopening

 May 12, 2020

Last week the Governor released NY Forward, the plan for reopening New York State.   The guide establishes a series of criteria for the various geographic regions of the State, which must be met in order to begin reopening.   Once reopening begins for a particular region there are four distinct steps, each separated by at least two weeks.  During the period between each step, the criteria must be met in order to move the next reopening.   The following is a summary of the plan, including the criteria and steps. 

 The Governor’s office has divided the state into 10 Regions for the purpose of grouping counties based on their proximity to each other (see attached).  Westchester County has been grouped with Dutchess, Rockland, Putnam, Ulster. Sullivan and Orange Counties which will represent the “Mid-Hudson” Region.  The criteria below are based upon regional goals, without regard to individual cities/towns/villages or the County.    Please see regional-monitoring-dashboard to check our progress towards phase 1.


Each region must meet the criteria over a 14-day period in order to move into Phase 1:

  1. Number of Hospitalization
    • Show 14-day decline in net hospitalizations
    • Calculated as a 3-day rolling average
  2. Number of Deaths
    • Show a 24-day decrease in the number of COVID-19 deaths
    • Calculated as a 3-day rolling average
  3. Hospitalization Rate
    • Must show fewer than 2 new hospitalizations per 1,000 residents per day
    • New hospitalizations include both new admissions and prior admissions subsequently confirmed as positive COVID cases.
  4. Hospital Bed Capacity
    • At least 30% of hospital beds are available
  5. ICU Bed Capacity and PPE
    • At least 30% of ICU beds are available
    • Hospital must have 90-day supply of PPE stockpiled
  6. Diagnostic Testing Capacity
    • Must administer least 30 test per 1,000 residents per month
    • Based on 7-day average of daily testing
  7. Contact Tracing Capacity
    • Must have 30 Contact Tracers per 100k residents


The Mid-Hudson region has currently met 5 out of the 7 criteria.  We (the region) has not met number 2 or number 3 (we are at 2.79 new hospitalizations per 1,000 residents).  We are expected to be able to meet number 7 by the time we have met numbers 2 and 3.  


The Mid-Hudson Region may reopen once all 7 criteria have met.  There will be a rigorous monitoring of on-going factors by a designated “control room” to ensure that factors are maintained throughout the re-opening. 


There will be a minimum of 2-weeks between each phase of re-opening.  The 7 criteria must continue to be met before moving to the next phase.  Governor Cuomo has prioritized businesses considered to have greater economic impact with an inherently low risk of infection.


Here is a breakdown of industries in each phase:

Phase One

  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Retail - Curbside Pickup
  • Wholesale Trade
  • Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting

Phase Two

  • Professional Services
  • Retail
  • Administrative Support
  • Real Estate / Rental & Leasing

Phase Three

  • Restaurants / Food Services

Phase Four

  • Arts / Entertainment / Recreation
  • Education


The following is a summary of Phase ONE businesses to be re-opened:


  • Building Equipment Contractors
  • Building Finishing Contractors
  • Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors
  • Highway, Street and Bridge Construction
  • Land Subdivision 
  • Nonresidential Building Construction
  • Residential Building Construction
  • Utility System Construction 

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Hunting

  • Greenhouse, Nursery, and Floriculture Production
  • Other Animal Production
  • Other Crop Production
  • Support Activities for Animal Production
  • Support Activities for Crop Production
  • Support Activities for Forestry

Retail (delivery and curb-side pick-up only)

  • Clothing Stores
  • Direct Selling Establishments
  • Electronics and Appliance Stores
  • Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses
  • Furniture and Home Furnishing Stores
  • Florists
  • General Merchandise Stores
  • Health and Personal Care Stores
  • Jewelry, Luggage, and Leather Goods Stores
  • Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores
  • Office Supplies, Stationery, and Gift Stores
  • Used Merchandise Stores
  • Shoe Stores
  • Sporting Goods, Hobby, Musical Instrument and Book Stores
  • Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers


  • Apparel Manufacturing
  • Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
  • Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing
  • Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
  • Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing
  • Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing
  • Machinery Manufacturing
  • Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
  • Paper Manufacturing
  • Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
  • Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing
  • Printing and Related Support Activities
  • Textile Mills
  • Textile Product Mills
  • Wood Product Manufacturing
  • Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing

Wholesale Trade

  • Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers
  • Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers
  • Furniture and Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers
  • Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers
  • Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
  • Metal and Mineral (except Petroleum) Merchant Wholesalers
  • Paper and Paper Product Merchant Wholesalers
  • Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
  • Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers
  • Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers
  • Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers