Governor Andrew Cuomo announces during his daily briefing that tracers have been identified to allow the Capital Region to enter Phase 1 reopening beginning Wednesday.
The region needs 320 tracers to satisfy the 7th and final metric that is holding the region back from starting the reopening process. Cuomo says that over 400 have been identified, and they will be trained and put into service during the day on Tuesday.
Phase 1 reopening paves the way for construction businesses, agriculture, manufacturing and wholesale trade to resume operations. The reopening also allows those retail stores that have been shuttered since the March enactment of “New York on PAUSE” to reopen, however, they will be limited to curbside or in-store pickup, or delivery services only. Those stores will be allowed full retail services once Phase 2 reopening is reached.
Restaurants are not allowed to resume normal operations until Phase 3 is reached, so they will remain in business for drive-thru, takeout and delivery orders only.
There’s no timetable at this time when the region will be able to graduate into later phases.