Cuomo, In an executive order on Thursday, said the state would continue the ” New York State on PAUSE ” policy. The policy was put in place in March, in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Although the statewide shutdown was set to expire on May 15, the cases aren’t decreasing.

The order states; “Both travel-related cases and community contact transmission of COVID-19 have been documented in New York State and are expected to continue.” He added; “All enforcement mechanisms by state or local governments shall continue in full force and effect until June 13, 2020. While adding; “unless later extended or amended by a future Executive Order.” he added. The possibilities of another extension cannot be overlooked.

Cuomo, in his order, said four New York regions meet his criteria to begin lifting lockdown.

Cuomo extends order

In his order on Thursday, he said certain regions that meet public health and safety metrics will be eligible for reopening. Although, regions that meet public health and safety metrics will be eligible for reopening. These regions in question are; “The Finger Lakes, Southern Tier, Mohawk Valley, the North Country, and Central NY. Cuomo stated they are ready to begin Phase 1 of reopening: He said in a tweet.

New York was hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. As of Thursday evening, the state had confirmed more than 343,000 cases and more than 27,000 deaths. The reason for this extension is understandable.