Phase Two now a ‘go’ for first five regions

Posted May 29, 2020

The Governor just announced that despite a brief and frustrating delay, the following regions are authorized to open for Phase Two beginning immediately:

  • Finger Lakes
  • Mohawk Valley
  • North Country
  • Southern Tier
  • Central New York

No other regions are authorized to move from Phase One to Phase Two at this time.

It sounds like the process has changed a little bit insofar as the data collected in the ‘regional control rooms’ now must get vetted by the Governor’s panel of international experts before the state is willing to greenlight the move to the next phase. From what we’re told, that was the hitch last night.

If Were the state’s remaining regions to follow the two-week-duration template between the start dates for the four phases, Phase Two reopening would be allowed to begin as follows:

  • Western New York would be authorized to open for Phase Two beginning Tuesday, June 2.
  • The Capital Region would be authorized to open for Phase Two beginning Wednesday, June 3.
  • The Mid-Hudson Region would be authorized to open for Phase Two beginning Tuesday, June 9.
  • Long Island would be authorized to open for Phase Two beginning Wednesday, June 10.

The use of the conditional ‘would be authorized’ is intentional. These dates are purely speculative, based on what we’ve seen to date. We think the regions that remain subject to approval for moving to Phase 2 will be a little quicker about getting their data together and sent off to the ‘international experts,’ who seemingly have the final stamp of approval. They will render their decisions and the Governor will grant approval to move to the next phase based on those facts.

New York City

Governor Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced this morning that they expect New York City to be approved for Phase One reopening beginning Monday, June 8.

 

Information provided by NYS PHCC Lobbyist.