Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has extended New York's "pause" order until May 28.
The executive order, which imposed restrictions on business and personal activities in the state in an attempt to stem the spread of Covid-19, was set to expire today.
Instead, those directives that include closing certain businesses, ordering many employees to work from home and banning large gatherings will remain in effect for two more weeks.
The extension, announced this morning, comes as five regions of upstate New York can begin reopening because they have met criteria laid out by the governor's office.
The regions include the Finger Lakes, Central New York and the Southern Tier but not the five-county Western New York section of the state
The Finger Lakes region is centered on Rochester and Monroe County but includes Orleans, Genesee and Wyoming counties.
This first phase of reopening includes construction, manufacturing and certain retail businesses with curbside pickup or delivery.
The governor's order issued Thursday, as expected, also states that drive-in movie theaters throughout the state can reopen with social distancing rules in place.
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