COVID-19

New York has outlined a plan for reopening. What’s in it?

Kimberly Adams, Nancy Marshall-Genzer, and Alex Schroeder Apr 27, 2020
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COVID-19

New York has outlined a plan for reopening. What’s in it?

Kimberly Adams, Nancy Marshall-Genzer, and Alex Schroeder Apr 27, 2020
No part of the state will be allowed to open attractions that would draw lots of outside visitors. Matthew Cavanaugh/Getty Images
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New York state is set to start a gradual reopening next month. Gov. Andrew Cuomo outlined a cautious plan Sunday.

Marketplace’s Nancy Marshall-Genzer is following the details of the plan.

Here’s what we know:

  • Upstate New York will reopen first, possibly after May 15.
  • New York City will be on a slower timeline.
  • Construction and manufacturing firms will be the first businesses to reopen.
  • No part of the state will be allowed to open attractions that would draw a lot of outside visitors.

The following is an edited transcript of Marshall-Genzer’s conversation with Marketplace’s Kimberly Adams.

Nancy Marshall-Genzer: Gov. Cuomo said Sunday that New York will reopen in phases. Construction and manufacturing firms will be the first businesses to open because they’re less likely to spread the virus. A second phase includes companies that are more essential, and those with a low risk of infection in the workplace. Businesses have to come up with plans to protect customers and workers, and lower the risk of infection.

Kimberly Adams: And what about New York City which has had the most cases in the U.S. so far?

Marshall-Genzer: It’s going to be on a slower timeline. A lot depends on hospitalization and infection rates. And Gov. Cuomo says he’s going to coordinate things like public transportation, and reopening parks and beaches, with neighboring states.

Adams: And what’s the timing here for the rest of the state?

Marshall-Genzer: Gov. Cuomo says upstate communities could open back up after May 15. Once a region of the state sees a two-week decline in hospitalization for COVID-19 it can start a gradual re-opening. But Cuomo says there will be two weeks in between each phase to be sure there isn’t a spike in infection rates and hospital admissions.

COVID-19 Economy FAQs

When does the expanded COVID-19 unemployment insurance run out?

The CARES Act, passed by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump in March, authorized extra unemployment payments, increasing the amount of money, and broadening who qualifies. The increased unemployment benefits have an expiration date — an extra $600 per week the act authorized ends on July 31.

Which states are reopening?

Many states have started to relax the restrictions put in place in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. Although social-distancing measures still hold virtually everywhere in the country, more than half of states have started to phase out stay-at-home orders and phase in business reopenings. Others, like New York, are on slower timelines.

Is it worth applying for a job right now?

It never hurts to look, but as unemployment reaches levels last seen during the Great Depression and most available jobs are in places that carry risks like the supermarket or warehouses, it isn’t a bad idea to sit tight either, if you can.

You can find answers to more questions here.

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