Reopening

Twitter

Ontario has again extended the state of emergency because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The four-week extension follows another spike in coronavirus cases.


Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he’s outraged and disappointed over the continued looting of several stores that took place overnight in New York City, and he said that city’s mayor and police department did not do their jobs.


Thomas O'Neil-White / WBFO News

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the mass protests in New York City and in upstate cities over the past few nights have been "counterproductive" to the cause of racial justice and may even reignite the spread of the coronavirus.


NYS Governor's office photo

Western New York is expected to move into Phase 2 of reopening on Tuesday, allowing hair salons and a variety of retail establishments to resume business with certain precautions in place.

Province of Ontario

Ontario is loosening some more of its COVID-19 restrictions.

Office of the Governor

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says dentists statewide can reopen Monday.

WBFO file photo

The five counties which make up the state's Western New York economic region must continue to wait for at least a few more days, while five other regions, including the Finger Lakes, have been given the green light to proceed to Phase Two of New York Forward. In the meantime, institutions which fall under Phase Two now have guidelines by which they can prepare.

Tom Magnarelli / WRVO News

Updated at 6 a.m. Friday. Local officials in five regions around the state that began Phase 1 of reopening two weeks ago have been preparing for Phase 2 to begin Friday, and officials have been telling business owners to be ready to open. But Gov. Andrew Cuomo says Phase 2 will not start until data from phase one is examined by outside experts.

Poll: New Yorkers fear 'second wave' of COVID-19

May 27, 2020
Dave Lucas / WAMC News

Most New Yorkers believe the state should not reopen too quickly, according to a new Siena Poll.

Live music returns, just pull up your vehicle

May 27, 2020
Aaron Winters

Perhaps the vehicle to lead us out of the coronavirus pandemic will be our cars. The car. In which we are hermetically sealed. Unless we roll down the windows, which is bound to happen as summer arrives. One thing COVID-19 cannot stop.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

With the possibility of bars and restaurants being allowed to open in three weeks, the City of Buffalo is rushing to help those establishments get ready, perhaps even to allow sidewalk and street closings to help.

Hyatt

The future of the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Buffalo is apparently bleak. It is not clear whether a hotel will reopen in the building attached to the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center when the coronavirus pandemic breaks.

Fort Erie

Usually, this would be the time when there are bonfires on the beaches on the Canadian shore of Lake Erie, traffic building on the Peace Bridge and people talking about Sherkston. Not this year.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

The Buffalo Common Council wants to give a break to many local bars and restaurants by changing the rules for outdoor eating and drinking.


Erie County Department of Social Services

The New York State Child Care Availability Task Force was established 18 months ago to dive into what officials call the child care "crisis" afflicting the state. After just a couple of months of pandemic, however, words like "devastation" and "decimation" are being used. Here are their interim findings and recommendations.

Office of the Governor

Local governments in New York will now be required to provide death benefits to public workers on the front line of the COVID-19 crisis, said Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who also urged the federal government Monday to provide hazard pay to those individuals.

Updated at 3 p.m. ET

President Trump said Friday that state governors should allow churches, synagogues, mosques and other houses of worship to reopen immediately.

In brief comments at the White House, Trump said houses of worship are "essential places that provide essential services." Churches have faced restrictions for gatherings and ceremonies as public health officials worked to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Some have chafed at the restrictions.

MB Internal Studio / Old Navy / NCPR

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul is continuing her push to have Western New York residents follow the rules and keep COVID-19 at bay.

Chris Caya / WBFO News

It is going to be very different at Canalside this Memorial Day, in the the first unofficial weekend of summer under COVID-19 rules.

File photo

Memorial Day weekend begins with it beaches opening up and other tentative steps to restart the economy. In his daily coronavirus briefing, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the reopenings can be done safely if people follow the rules.


New York State

The unofficial start of summer kicks off this year under pandemic rules applying to the streets, parks and beaches.

Mike Desmond

New York will allow small religious gatherings starting Thursday as the state gradually loosens restrictions, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at his Wednesday briefing.

New York State

The first day of Western New York's restart went well, according to Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul.

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochuls' twitter account

A month ago, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul said, the prospects were bleak for the region's economy to reopen in the foreseeable future. COVID-related deaths and hospitalization rates seemed to be increasing on a daily basis.  


Marshall Gilmore finally got what he'd been waiting for this month when the state of Mississippi allowed him to offer table service again at his restaurant, the Harvest Grill in Meridian.

Still, many of his tables sit empty, even at limited capacity, and he makes most of his money offering curbside food pickup.

"People are just a little apprehensive about getting out in public. This was a once-in-a-lifetime scare that we all just went through. So everyone's a little scared," Gilmore says.

Michael Mroziak / WBFO News

Western New York has met all of the required metrics required by the state to begin the first phase of reopening from the shutdowns caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced late Monday morning.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the stay-at-home order enacted to help halt the spread of the coronavirus will remain in place until May 28, with the exception of a handful of areas around the state that have met benchmarks for reopening.

In an executive order issued late Thursday, Cuomo said five regions in the state — Finger Lakes, Central New York, Mohawk Valley, Southern Tier and the North Country — could move into phase one of reopening.

Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Several upstate regions of New York are poised to begin reopening Friday. Among them is central New York after Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday that it can now join the areas that are starting the first phase of a reopening.


Chris Caya / WBFO News

Some businesses in New York State may reopen as early as mid to late May. Business leaders are putting together plans to try to operate safely and prevent spread of the coronavirus.