But that is about all they can do.
Thursday night, Gov. Andrew Cuomo extended the stay-at-home order through May 28 for many parts of the state, from Albany through the Hudson Valley to New York City and Long Island.
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Five other regions began their phased reopenings at midnight Friday, when the New York pause order expired.
The Finger Lakes, Southern Tier, Mohawk Valley, the North Country, and Central NY are ready to begin Phase 1 of reopening tomorrow.— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) May 15, 2020
The others can be UN-PAUSED the moment they hit their benchmarks.
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Those regions have achieved the governor's seven metrics to begin Phase One.
They can begin reopening the more essential and lower-risk businesses, like construction and manufacturing.
"You have to reopen intelligently and you have to reopen in a calibrated way," said Cuomo on Thursday. "Nobody says, 'Don't reopen.' They say, 'Be intelligent about the way you reopen. Follow the data. Follow the science. Follow the facts. Follow the metrics.'"
When it comes to New York City, Long Island and the mid-Hudson Valley region, they have yet to reach the needed metrics to reopen.
Long Island actually fell backwards. At one time they had met five of the seven metrics. Now they only have four, as too many people remain in the hospital.