(Updated: June 10, 2020 - 6:36PM) *This article follows the re-opening of New York and New Jersey.
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Governor Cuomo has released guidelines that will assist regions of the state with crafting their reopening plans based on statistical data and social interest. There are 10 regions of the state which will progress through four phases accordingly, with most already actively in phase 2.
Region by region status updates are being provided to monitor the percentage of positive COVID-19 results, daily hospital summaries, and potential early warning signs of a surge in new cases. Specific criteria for decreasing restrictions allow for a region to enter the next phase only if the infection rate is sufficiently low, the health care system has the capacity to absorb a potential resurgence, and diagnostic testing capacity is sufficiently high to detect and isolate new cases.
PHASE 1 - New York
New York City is currently in phase one of reopening as of June 8th. The first phase allows for the resumed operations of construction, manufacturing, and wholesale trading as well as the opening of agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting. Retails stores are permitted to open for curbside or in-store pickup and drop off only.
The city’s mass transit system has remained open to essential workers throughout the stay-at-home order with restricted hours. Fortunately, the MTA has introduced a 13-point plan for a safe reopening to the public, discussing measures ranging from innovative cleaning solutions to contactless payments. For now, the 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. shutdowns for subway service remains in effect.
PHASE 2 - New York
All other regions of the state have entered phase 2, which allows for social distanced outdoor dining and the reopening of salons, barbershops, real estate services, car dealerships, commercial building management, offices, and in-store retails.
Phase 3 - New York
This focuses on the hospitality industry, with plans to reopen hotel gyms, pools, and dining establishments. Restaurants and bars will also be permitted to reopen indoor spaces with safety restrictions. There will likely be a few weeks between each phase, with further adjustments to come.
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PHASE 2 - New Jersey
Governor Murphy has announced New Jersey’s plan to enter phase 2 of “Restart and Recovery” on Monday, June 15th.
In a few short days, outdoor dining and indoor retail stores will be permitted to reopen their doors to the public. Of course, there will be safety restrictions in place to align with social distancing guidelines and mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
Beginning on June 22nd, barbershops and salons will be able to reopen as well. As the second phase progresses, the mayor has expressed his hope in gradually reopening personal care, gyms, and health clubs at reduced capacities.
Although a date has not been announced yet, museums, libraries, motor vehicle commission, and in-person clinical research will be phased-in during the month of July. All residents and businesses are reminded to follow federal safety guidelines and wear masks in public, minimize gatherings, and respect social distancing.
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