Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Thursday that Syracuse and the Central New York region had met the criteria set by the state to begin its reopening process Friday. Syracuse will be the largest upstate city to be allowed to start reopening.
The Central New York region will be the fifth to be given the green light to begin the first of four phases of reopening. The Mohawk Valley, Southern Tier, Finger Lakes and the North Country have already been deemed ready.
NEW: Central New York has now met all seven metrics to begin Phase 1 of reopening on May 15th.
It joins Mohawk Valley, Southern Tier, Finger Lakes, and the North Country.
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) May 14, 2020
The five counties designated as the Western New York region have not met three of the seven criteria that the state has established to be allowed to reopen as of Thursday afternoon.
The first phase of businesses allowed to reopen include manufacturing, construction and some retail, if they can conduct business curbside.
Cuomo, who gave his daily Covid-19 briefing in Syracuse Thursday, said he couldn't yet say whether the Syracuse Nationals hot rod car event or New York State Fair would be allowed to go forward.
"I'm not going to guess. I'm not going to opine. We will make the decisions when we have to make the decisions. ... They have to tell me what their drop dead date is," Cuomo said.