(WIVB) – Advancing to Phase Two of reopening could take longer than expected.
Five regions- not including Western New York- were expecting to reach Phase Two on Friday, after spending two weeks in Phase One.
However, speaking on a radio show on Thursday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that experts are analyzing the data to see if that’s a good move.
“We have international experts who go through it and we’ll follow the data,” Cuomo said on WAMC FM. “The reopening in the first five regions ends tomorrow. When the reopening of Phase One ends, we’ll give the experts all the data. It is posted on the web, but let them analyze it. And if they say we should move forward, we’ll move forward.”
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said in a tweet Thursday that no date has yet been set for Western New York to enter Phase Two, since we need two weeks of data since Phase One began.
He added that it’s possible we will enter Phase Two next week.
State Sen. Robert Ortt expressed his displeasure with the news Thursday night, saying in a statement “This shows a contemptuous disrespect to small businesses and underscores the absurdly arbitrary nature of one man running the state’s economy.”
Phase Two of reopening includes professional services like salons and barbershops, retail, administrative support, and real estate/ rental and leasing.
You can find out more about the state’s reopening plan here.