New York – Long Island kicked off the first phase of lifting the restrictions imposed in the wake of the coronavirus crisis on Wednesday by allowing activities such as construction and manufacturing.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that Nassau and Suffolk counties will be able to resume some economic activities, after two months in which all nonessential functions were banned.
In this first phase of four, construction, manufacturing, agriculture and retail sales will be allowed to pick up on the sidewalk.
Several Long Island beaches reopened last weekend, albeit with new rules for social distancing and therefore less people capacity.
The loosening of the rules on Long Island, just east of New York City, leaves the city as the only part of the state that hasn’t reopened. According to the parameters drawn up by Cuomo, the reopening depends on figures such as the capacity of hospitals and death rates.
Cuomo is scheduled to meet with President Donald Trump in Washington on Wednesday to discuss the coronavirus response and call for more infrastructure investments.