New York will ease some coronavirus restrictions starting this week Governor Andrew Cuomo

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Some regions in New York state will begin a phased reopening this week, allowing construction and landscaping projects to resume as well as curbside pickup for retail stores, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

New York will begin a phased reopening this week that allows industries at a low risk of spreading the coronavirus, including landscaping and drive-in movies, to resume operations, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday.

The low-risk, outdoor businesses and activities, which also include tennis, can reopen statewide on Friday as hospitalizations and infections from Covid-19 continue to decline, he said.

New York’s statewide stay-at-home order expires Friday, but some regions will be allowed to relax rules more quickly than others. Three areas in upstate New York — the Finger Lakes, the Southern Tier and Mohawk Valley — are ready to move into phase one of the state’s reopening plan, he said. That will allow them to resume manufacturing, construction and agricultural operations as well curbside pickup or in-store drop off for non-grocery retail stores in those regions, Cuomo said.

Cuomo said the state will reopen businesses gradually on a regional basis for areas that meet seven guidelines, including a slowdown in the local cases and hospitalizations. New York City, one of the state’s 10 regions, has only met four of the seven criteria needed to reopen businesses as of Monday, according to a chart presented by the governor.

Those businesses will have to implement safety precautions outlined by the state, including social distancing practices, strict cleaning standards and continuous health screening of employees.

“This is the next big step in this historic journey,” Cuomo said at a press conference at Rochester Regional Health.

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