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5 Upstate NY Regions Begin Reopening; Some Beaches to Open with Restrictions

Five upstate New York regions have met all seven metrics to begin reopening, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday. For New York City and other regions that haven’t met those criteria yet, the stay-at-home orders remain in effect until May 28.

“These regions have met the seven criteria needed for reopening, and as soon as other regions hit those benchmarks they can begin phase one of reopening as well,” said Cuomo.

An exception to the order for downstate regions is state-operated and local beaches, which may reopen on May 22 as part of a multi-state agreement between New York, New Hersey, Connecticut and Delaware. Capacity will be limited to 50% at a time via controlled exits/entrances and limiting parking, and several other restrictions will apply.

Separately, Cuomo said the state’s horse racetracks, as well as Watkins Glen International Racetrack, could reopen without fans beginning June 1.

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Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).

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