Governor Cuomo's Guidelines for Re-Opening and a Map of the Regional Breakdown

Posted May 11, 2020

Governor Cuomo has put a little more specificity in the guidelines for re-opening (
1.CDC Guidelines: Based on CDC recommendations, regions must experience a 14-day decline in hospitalizations and deaths on a 3-day rolling average. Regions with few COVID cases cannot exceed 15 new total cases or 5 new deaths on a 3-day rolling average. A region must have fewer than two new COVID patients admitted per 100,000 residents per day.
2.Priority Industries for Re-opening: Businesses in each region will re-open in phases. 
Phase One
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing and wholesale supply chain
  • Select retail using curbside pickup only
Phase Two
  • Professional services
  • Finance and insurance
  • Retail
  • Administrative support
  • Real estate and rental leasing
Phase Three
  • Restaurants and food service
  • Hotels and accommodations
Phase Four
  • Arts, entertainment and recreation
  • Education
3.Business Precautions: Each business and industry must have a plan to protect employees and consumers, make the physical work space safer and implement processes that lower risk of infection in the business.

  • Adjust workplace hours and shift design as necessary to reduce density in the workplace
  • Enact social distancing protocols
  • Restrict non-essential travel for employees
  • Require all employees and customers to wear masks if in frequent contact with others
  • Implement strict cleaning and sanitation standards
  • Enact a continuous health screening process for individuals to enter the workplace
  • Continue tracing, tracking and reporting of cases
  • Develop liability processes
  • We now have a map of the regional breakdown (including a list of the counties in each region) Click here for that map.
  • the guidelines establish ‘regional control rooms’ whereby each region “must monitor businesses and regional indicators during the phased re-opening, including hospital capacity, rate of infection and PPE burn rate”; and
  • the guidelines require each region to “continue to ensure protections are in place for essential workers.”
Information provided by NYS PHCC, Lobbyist