I hate to be the bearer of bad news for those of us here in the Capital Region, but it appears that our time on PAUSE has been extended until May 28th per a new executive order by Governor Cuomo.
While the text of the executive order is slightly hard to read through, it remains pretty clear that our area and the other areas that have not yet met the criteria for Phase One reopening will remain on PAUSE until May 28, 2020 unless we are able to hit the bench marks that we're currently missing.
Here's a portion of the executive order:
Executive Order 202.28, which extended the provisions of Executive Orders 202.3, 202.4, 202.5, 202.6, 202.7, 202.8, 202.10, 202.11, 202.13, and 202.14 which each closed or otherwise restricted public or private businesses or places of public accommodation, and which required postponement or cancellation of all non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason (e.g. parties, celebrations, games, meetings or other social events), which together constitute New York On PAUSE, is hereby continued until 11:59 p.m. on May 28, 2020, unless later amended or extended by a future Executive Order;
Per the executive order these are the areas that can begin phase one reopening:
Finger Lakes, Central New York, Mohawk Valley, Southern Tier and the North Country regions comprising the counties of: Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, Yates Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga, Oswego, Fulton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Oneida, Otsego, Schoharie, Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Delaware, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence.
It also appears that executive powers and local powers to enforce the PAUSE will remain until June 13th.
Read the whole executive order, click here.