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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is holding his daily press conference on the Covid-19 outbreak, which has infected more than 337,000 people across the state as of Tuesday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
On Monday, Cuomo said that New York will begin a phased reopening this week in some regions of the state and will allow industries at a low risk of spreading the coronavirus, including landscaping, tennis and drive-in movies, to resume operation statewide.
New York's statewide stay-at-home order expires Friday, but some regions will be allowed to relax rules more quickly than others. Three areas in upstate New York — the Finger Lakes, the Southern Tier and Mohawk Valley — have met the state's seven metrics to move to the state's phase one reopening plan, he said.
Phase one allows outdoor industries at a low risk of spreading the virus, like construction, to resume operation. It also allows curbside or in-store drop off and pickup for non-grocery retail stores. New York City, one of the state's 10 regions, has met just four of the seven criteria needed to reopen businesses as of Monday, according to a chart presented by the governor.
"This is the next big step in this historic journey," Cuomo said at a press conference at Rochester Regional Health.