Sullivan not ready to reopen

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SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — According to the plan to reopen the state, developed by the New York State Department of Health and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, action will be taken within the 10 different economic regions in the state. Sullivan County is in the Mid-Hudson Region along with Ulster, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Westchester and Rockland counties. Before a region may reopen it must reach benchmarks set by the state.

According to the governor’s office, the Mid-Hudson Region does not meet the benchmarks regarding the declining number of deaths or the declining number of hospitalizations. Although the rate of hospitalizations is falling, it’s unclear when the region will reach the targeted benchmark.

If and when the region does meet all seven benchmarks, it can move to phase one of reopening; this includes construction, manufacturing, curbside pickup retail, wholesale trade, agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting. Phase two includes professional services, retail, administrative support and real estate. Phase three includes restaurants and food services. Phase four includes arts, entertainment, recreation and education. 

Each phase will last for at least two weeks, and if there is a rise in COVID-19 cases, the region will fall back to the previous phase.

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