By Dave Goldiner New York Daily News
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) As Dave Goldiner reports, the governor "vowed that the reopening process would be cautious and closely monitored to prevent a resurgence of the deadly virus that has been seen in some other countries."
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said some parts of upstate New York will be able to start reopening on Friday as the statewide coronavirus stay-at-home order expires.
Even as he warned that little will change in New York City or the immediate suburbs, Cuomo suggested that some regions will likely meet a seven-point checklist of conditions needed to allow easing of restrictions.
"This is the next big step in this historic journey," Cuomo said.
He vowed that the reopening process would be cautious and closely monitored to prevent a resurgence of the deadly virus that has been seen in some other countries.
"We're not the first to reopen," he said. "We have to learn from the mistakes of others."
Cuomo did not offer any predictions about when the city would be able to start reopening.
The death toll dipped on Mother's Day to 161, the lowest figure since the virus started its deadly tear in March.
Hospitalizations and new cases also dipped again as New York continued to emerge from the pandemic's grip.
Some 93 children have been diagnosed with a rare illness linked to COVID-19 that has already killed three children in the state, Cuomo said.
The first businesses that will be allowed to reopen are construction, manufacturing and farming. Retail outlets will be permitted to have in-store pickup.
Restaurants and bars would only be allowed to open in the future, if the virus stays under control.
State officials vowed to post region-by-region statistics showing how close they are to meeting the benchmarks for reopening.
As he often does, Cuomo heaped praise on the people of New York for showing discipline in the face of the pandemic's onslaught.
"We were in a very, very bad place (and) we changed the trajectory dramatically by what we did," Cuomo said. "People said it was impossible. We did it. We have to stay smart."
The governor called the pandemic a wake-up call for Americans to unify and set side political divisions.
He suggested that the state and nation would emerge the better from the pandemic because people can see the benefits to working together as a society. ___ Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.