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"New York on Pause" Phased Reopening Plan

Businesses in each region re-opened in phases, based on metrics set by New York State. To learn more about the four phases and the status of the Finger Lakes region, click here:

For the most up-to-date information on Rochester's reopening phases, visit:

Phase One

May 15, 2020

  • Construction

  • Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, and Hunting

  • Retail (Limited to curbside or in-store pickup or drop off)

  • Manufacturing

  • Wholesale Trade

Phase Two

May 29, 2020

  • Offices

  • Real Estate Services, Building and Property Management, Leasing, Rental, and Sales Services

  • Retail In-Store Shopping, Rental, Repair, and Cleaning

  • Motor Vehicle Sales/ Leases/ Rentals

  • Hair Salons and Barbershops (with limited services)

  • Restaurants (take-out and outdoor dining only)

Phase Three

June 12, 2020

  • Restaurants / Food Services (50% capacity)

  • Places of Worship (25% capacity)

Phase Four

June 26, 2020 

  • ​Higher Education

  • Low-Risk Outdoor Arts & Entertainment (33% capacity in any area)

  • Low-Risk Indoor Arts & Entertainment (25% capacity) 

  • Media Production

September 2, 2020 

October 23, 2020 

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