Parts of New York economy could begin phased reopening in mid-May

The first phase could start when the current New York PAUSE mandate expires May 15, which includes reopening construction and manufacturing businesses in some parts of the state.

News 12 Staff

Apr 27, 2020, 9:08 PM

Updated 1,509 days ago

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is looking to the future with a three-phase plan for reopening New York.
The first phase could start when the current New York PAUSE mandate expires May 15, which includes reopening construction and manufacturing businesses in some parts of the state. If New York doesn't see a resurgence in cases, the second phase can begin, with more businesses and schools reopening.
Cuomo says there will be two weeks in between each phase in order to monitor any potential effects. He adds that before reopening, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines require both state and regional hospitalizations to decline for 14 consecutive days.
Construction contractor Paolo Pironi says him and others like him understand the reasoning for the pause, but now they want to get back to work. He says he is losing thousands of dollars a day as infection rates are dropping.
"We want to stop the spread, but we also want people to get back to work and construction on track," says Pironi.
Cuomo says he wants to see a multistate coordination of opening plans, robust testing and tracking systems and enough health care capacity to handle any infection surges and a regional control room to keep a close eye on the virus.
Cuomo and other lawmakers say they feel New Yorkers' frustration, but opening has to be done carefully.
"As we said, there is no light switch where you flick a switch and everybody goes back to doing what they were doing," says Cuomo.
 


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