Man at podium with woman standing far off to his left

Latimer was joined by Director of Economic Development Bridget Gibbons to discuss the County’s path forward.

You may also go to YouTube to watch the full press event.

Phase One Reopening

In order to begin Phase One, the Mid-Hudson Region (which encompasses Westchester, as well as Rockland, Orange, Putnam, Sullivan, Ulster, and Dutchess Counties) must meet seven separate benchmarks. 

  • The Mid-Hudson Valley is on track to meet all seven metrics required to begin phase one of the state's regional phased reopening plan starting Tuesday, May 26.
  • Phase one includes construction, manufacturing and wholesale supply chain, retail for curbside pickup and drop-off or in-store pickup, and agriculture, forestry and fishing.
  • Description of Metrics: These metrics have been established based on guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, the U.S. Department of State, and other public health experts. For more information, read the NY Forward Book.
    • Metric #1—Decline in Total Hospitalizations.
    • Metric #2—Decline in Deaths.
    • Metric #3—New Hospitalizations.
    • Metric #4—Hospital Bed Capacity.
    • Metric #5—ICU Bed Capacity.
    • Metric #6—Diagnostic Testing Capacity.
    • Metric #7—Contact Tracing Capacity. 

To Reopen Businesses Must

  • Each company seeking to reopen must document a detailed plan for a safe reopening.
  • Each company seeking to reopen must read the detailed Guidance provided by NYS and submit an affirmation. 
  • Phase 1 reopening under Governor Cuomo’s plan includes the following industries and businesses.


  • Building Equipment Contractors
  • Building Finishing Contractors
  • Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors
  • Highway, Street and Bridge Construction
  • Land Subdivision 
  • Nonresidential Building Construction
  • Residential Building Construction
  • Utility System Construction


  • Apparel Manufacturing
  • Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
  • Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing
  • Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
  • Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing
  • Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing
  • Machinery Manufacturing
  • Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
  • Paper Manufacturing
  • Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
  • Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing
  • Printing and Related Support Activities
  • Textile Mills
  • Textile Product Mills
  • Wood Product Manufacturing
  • Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing

Wholesale Trade

  • 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 Non-durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers

Retail Delivery, curbside, and in-store pickup service only for the following businesses:

  • Clothing Stores
  • Direct Selling Establishments
  • Electronics and Appliance Stores
  • Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses
  • Furniture and Home Furnishing Stores
  • Florists
  • 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
  • Shoe Stores
  • Sporting Goods, Hobby, Musical Instrument and Book Stores
  • Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting 

  • Other Crop Production
  • Support Activities for Animal Production
  • Support Activities for Crop Production
  • Support Activities for Forestry
  • Other Animal Production

All Phases

  • Phase One:
    • Construction
    • Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
    • Retail (Limited to curbside or in-store pickup or drop off)
    • Manufacturing
    • Wholesale Trade
  • Phase Two:
    • Professional Services
    • Retail
    • Administrative Support
    • Real Estate / Rental & Leasing
  • Phase Three:
    • Restaurants / Food Services
  • Phase Four:
    • Arts / Entertainment / Recreation
    • Education

Phases will last a minimum of two weeks.