After a shutdown of nonessential businesses that lasted more than two months, Long Island will begin Phase 1 of reopening on Wednesday, May 27. Long Island and Manhattan are the final regions to hit all seven metrics (Decline in Total Hospitalizations, Decline in Deaths, New Hospitalizations, Hospital Bed Capacity, ICU Bed Capacity, Diagnostic Testing Capacity and Contact Tracing Capacity) needed for reopening.
New York is now "decidedly in the reopening phase" Governor Andrew Cuomo
said during his press conference on Sunday.
The following industries and business activities are included in Phase 1 of reopening:
• Construction, including: Building Equipment Contractors; Building Finishing Contractors; Foundation, Structure and Building Exterior Contractors; Highway, street and bridge construction; Land subdivision; Nonresidential building construction; Residential building construction; Utility system construction
• Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting, including: Other animal and crop production; Support activities for animal and crop production; Support activities for forestry
• Retail - Limited to curbside or in-store pickup or drop off, including: Clothing stores; Direct selling establishments; Electronics and appliance stores; Electronic shopping and mail-order houses; Furniture and home furnishing stores; Florists; General merchandise stores; Health and personal care stores; Jewelry, luggage, and leather goods stores; Lawn and garden equipment and supplies stores; Office supplies, stationary and gift stores; Used merchandise stores; Shoe stores; Sporting goods, hobby, musical instrument, and book stores; Other miscellaneous store retailers
• Manufacturing, including: Apparel manufacturing; Computer and electronic product manufacturing; Electric lighting equipment manufacturing; Fabricated metal production manufacturing; Furniture and related product manufacturing; Leather and allied product manufacturing; Machinery manufacturing; Nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing; Paper manufacturing; Petroleum and coal products manufacturing; Plastics and rubber products manufacturing; Printing and related support activities; Textile mills and textile product mills; Wood product manufacturing; Other miscellaneous manufacturing
• Wholesale Trade
• Apparel, piece goods and notions; Chemical and allied products; Furniture and home furnishing; Household appliances and electrical/electronic goods; Machinery, equipment and supplies; Metal and mineral (except petroleum); Paper and paper product; Professional and commercial equipment and supplies; Electronic markets and agents and brokers; Miscellaneous durable goods and nondurable goods.
Following New York Forward, the Governor's reopening plan, each region will reopen businesses in phases, with at minimum two weeks in between each phase.
Phase Two includes Professional Services; Retail; Administrative Support; Real Estate / Rental & Leasing, Phase Three includes Restaurants / Food Services and Phase Four includes Arts / Entertainment / Recreation; Education.
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