ALBANY — As regions, including the Capital District, are scrambling to meet the seven parameters to reopen by May 15, the state released a more specified list of what can and cannot open in Phase I.
Generally, Phase I under the Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan includes construction, manufacturing and some retail with curbside pickup. The more specific list is below and does not include barber shops or salons, where social distancing is impossible during a normal course of business, or any businesses where people congregate like gyms or restaurants.
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As of Tuesday, the Capital District was one metric short of meeting the guidelines but County Executive Dan McCoy said there should be some consideration for the required 14-day decline in the number of deaths as it relates to nursing homes.
He said he and the other seven counties in the Capital Region area will submit a plan to reopen by Wednesday.
As of Tuesday, three regions in the state do meet all seven metrics, the Finger Lakes, the Mohawk Valley and the Southern Tier.
All businesses that do open will need to implement protocols to protect employees and customers including maintaining social distancing by shifting hours or reworking the physical layout of the business, requiring employees and customers to wear masks and implement procedures to sanitize the workplace.
It will be up to the local Health Departments to police the businesses once they are open.
Statewide, on May 15, some businesses considered low risk including agriculture, forestry, farming, fishing and drive-in movie theaters can open.
Phase II, which will come some two weeks later will include Phase II, and include more retail, finance, real estate and technical services and professional services. Phase III, tentatively set for two weeks after Phase II, would include restaurants, bars and hotels with arts and entertainment and sports following in Phase IV.
The businesses under Phase I are:
—Building equipment contractors
—Building finishing contractors
—Foundation, structure, and building exterior contractors
—Highway, street and bridge construction
—Nonresidential building construction
—Residential building construction
—Utility system construction
With curbside pick-up service only:
—Direct selling establishments
—Electronics and appliance stores
—Electronic shopping and mail-order houses
—Furniture and home furnishing stores
—General merchandise stores
—Health and personal care stores
—Jewelry, luggage, and leather goods stores
—Lawn and garden equipment and supplies stores
—Office supplies, stationery, and gift stores
—Used merchandise stores
—Sporting goods, hobby, musical instrument and book stores
—Other miscellaneous store retailers
—Computer and electronic product manufacturing
—Electric lighting equipment manufacturing
—Fabricated metal product manufacturing
—Furniture and related product manufacturing
—Leather and allied product manufacturing
—Nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing
—Petroleum and coal products manufacturing
—Plastics and rubber products manufacturing
—Printing and related support activities
—Textile product mills
—Wood product manufacturing
—Other miscellaneous manufacturing
—Apparel, piece goods, and notions merchant wholesalers
—Chemical and allied products merchant wholesalers
—Furniture and home furnishing merchant wholesalers
—Household appliances and electrical and electronic goods merchant wholesalers
—Machinery, equipment, and supplies merchant wholesalers
—Metal and mineral (except Petroleum) merchant wholesalers
—Paper and paper product merchant wholesalers
—Professional and commercial equipment and supplies merchant wholesalers
—Wholesale electronic markets and agents and brokers
—Miscellaneous durable goods merchant wholesalers
—Miscellaneous nondurable goods merchant wholesalers