May 18, 2020
Five upstate New York regions have met all seven metrics to begin reopening, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday. For New York City and other regions that haven’t met those criteria yet, the stay-at-home orders remain in effect until May 28.
“These regions have met the seven criteria needed for reopening, and as soon as other regions hit those benchmarks they can begin phase one of reopening as well,” said Cuomo.
An exception to the order for downstate regions is state-operated and local beaches, which may reopen on May 22 as part of a multi-state agreement between New York, New Hersey, Connecticut and Delaware. Capacity will be limited to 50% at a time via controlled exits/entrances and limiting parking, and several other restrictions will apply.
Separately, Cuomo said the state’s horse racetracks, as well as Watkins Glen International Racetrack, could reopen without fans beginning June 1.
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