There has been confusion regarding when and what kind of businesses in Orange County can reopen. The message below (thank you Village of Warwick for Sharing) clearly shows we do not meet the State imposed metrics to reopen, moving to Phase One, which includes Curbside Retail. Until the Mid Hudson Region meets all seven metrics in the link below, we will not be authorized to move into Phase One. Once we do move into Phase One, there will be a two-week monitoring period before we can move into Phase Two. We thank everyone for their cooperation.
As part of Governor Cuomo’s regional phased reopening plan, Orange County is part of the Mid-Hudson Region and presently does not meet the criteria to begin phase one on May 15th.
At this time, only the North County, Finger Lakes, Southern Tier and Mohawk Valley Regions have met all seven metrics required to begin phase one of the state’s regional phased reopening plan when NYS on PAUSE orders expire on May 15th. The Mid-Hudson region, which includes Orange County, has only met five of the seven required metrics.
To review Governor Cuomo’s guide to the state’s “NY Forward Reopening” Plan, explanation of phases one through four, along with the state’s regional monitoring dashboard please go to https://forward.ny.gov/regional-monitoring-dashboard.
The NYS Health Department also has a helpful webpage called ‘What you need to know’ for the most up to date information regarding the state’s regional phased reopening plan and other important information: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home
Please continue to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and wear a face mask or face covering in public when social distancing (staying at least 6 feet apart) is not possible unless a face covering is not medically tolerated. This includes on public transport, in stores and on crowded sidewalks etc.