June 1, 2020
The last region of New York State to begin the process of exiting the lockdown brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, New York City is on track to enter phase one of reopening on June 8, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday. Among other things, that means non-essential retailers can open their doors for curbside pickup and non-essential construction may resume.
“Phase one should bring about 400,000 employees back to work in New York City,” Cuomo said. “Remember that reopening does not mean we’re going back to the way things were. Life is not about going back. Nobody goes back. We go forward.”
Cuomo also announced that five regions could enter phase two of the state’s multi-phased reopening process. In those regions, “phase two is all office-based jobs, real estate services, retail reopening, barber shops, hair salons reopening,” said Cuomo.
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