NEW YORK (77 WABC) – Governor Cuomo is looking to focus his attention on the parts of the state that are ready to begin their phases reopening once the PAUSE order expires on May 15. Cuomo says local governments should have preparations in place in the regions that meet the eligible criteria. He’s referring to this effort as “NY Forward”.
He made clear that there will be no “county by county” plan and that it has to be a coordinated effort throughout the state, with no idea on when the New York will be ready for Phase 2.
Cuomo has set in place seven metrics for regions to meet for any reopening occur.
Today we enter a new phase in the battle against COVID-19.
We have established criteria for reopening based on 7 metrics: pic.twitter.com/Ar1QzxLUyl
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) May 11, 2020
The state overall has seen numbers move in the right direction for a few weeks now. Cuomo announced another 161 deaths related to COVID-19, however that is the lowest number in seven weeks.
Regarding the death count, the Governor added the number remains “too high” but that he believes New York is on the “other side of the mountain”.
Beginning this Friday, low-risk outdoor and recreational activities and operations can resume statewide. This will include landscaping, drive-in movie theaters, and activities such as tennis.