• LAST UPDATED: JUNE 6, 2020 AT 2:30 PM
    What You Need to Know
    • Long Island and Mid-Hudson Valley Regions have met all seven metrics required to begin phase one of the state's regional phased reopening plan; Capital Region, Western New York, Central New York, Finger Lakes, Mohawk Valley, North Country and Southern Tier can enter phase two.

    • New York City will enter phase one of reopening on June 8 adding 10 additional testing spots to hotspot areas who are predominantly low income and minority communities.

    • The state is deploying over one million masks, as well as 25,000 gallons and 500,000 2 oz. bottles of sanitizer to the MTA.

    • The Mid-Hudson Valley is on track to enter phase two of reopening June 9 and Long Island is on track to enter phase two on June 10.

    • Places of worship will be permitted to reopen with 25 percent occupancy with all social distancing protocols in place during phase two of reopening.

    • Governor Cuomo will issue an Executive Order allowing commercial buildings to conduct temperature checks for anyone entering the building.

    • The state is expanding COVID-19 testing criteria to include any individual who attended recent protests.

    • Schools will be permitted to hold drive-in and drive-through graduation ceremonies this year; the Department of Health released interim guidance for these ceremonies.

    • Medical schools statewide will be allowed to reopen on June 22nd.

    • Governor Cuomo announced the implementation of a new early warning dashboard to monitor and review how the virus is being contained on an ongoing basis.

    • Governor Cuomo released a guide to the state's "NY Forward Reopening" Plan, along with the state's regional monitoring dashboard.

    • The $100M New York Forward Loan Fund will provide loans to small businesses, focusing on minority and women owned small businesses, that did not receive federal COVID-19 assistance.

    • The New York State sales tax filing deadline has been extended to June 22, 2020.

    • Governor Cuomo issued executive orders 202.17 and 202.18 requiring all people in New York to wear masks or face coverings in public, including when taking public or private transportation or riding in for-hire vehicles.

    • New Yorkers without health insurance can apply through NY State of Health through June 15, 2020; must apply within 60 days of losing coverage.

    • Health care workers can text NYFRONTLINE to 741-741 to access 24/7 emotional support services.

    • New Yorkers can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling.

    • Testing is free for all eligible New Yorkers as ordered by a health care provider.

    • Your local health department is your community contact for COVID-19 concerns.