NY On PAUSE Extended, WNY Takes “Step Back” In Regional Reopening Process

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ALBANY – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order Thursday night extending the state’s stay-at-home directive through June 13.

The order extension, that was posted on the state’s website, continues the “New York State on PAUSE” policy, which was put in place in March in response to the Coronavirus outbreak.

“Both travel-related cases and community contact transmission of COVID-19 have been documented in New York State and are expected to continue,” the order says. “All enforcement mechanisms by state or local governments shall continue to be in full force and effect until June 13, 2020, unless later extended or amended by a future Executive Order.”

Yesterday, Cuomo said five of 10 state regions met criteria to begin relaxing social distancing, including a decline in hospitalizations and Coronavirus-related deaths.

“I would urge local governments to be diligent about the business compliance and about individual compliance and then if you see a change in those numbers, react immediately,” said the Governor Thursday.

Western New York took a “step back” yesterday in the effort to reopen.

On Wednesday, the region met five of the seven benchmarks, but Thursday, only met four of the seven.

According to the state’s reopening dashboard, the region no longer meets the criteria for new hospitalizations.

Last weekend, the “underlying legal authority” of NY on PAUSE was prolonged, but not the specific order.


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