On Tuesday afternoon, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul addressed issues regarding the COVID-19 pandemic across Western New York, as well as when Phase 2 will start, via WIVB.

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According to Hochul, if things continue to progress, she's cautiously optimistic that Phase 2 start on Tuesday, June 2nd.

Government leaders will evaluate if the region has seen a set back from Memorial Day Weekend over the next few days, but if everything is on schedule, June 2nd is when Phase 2 will begin.

As far as the businesses opening next week in Phase 2, Hocul said these businesses WILL be able to open with protocols:

  • Hair Salons
  • Barber Shops
  • Offices (legal, insurance agencies, accounting)
  • Small, Locally-owned Retail

Rochester and Syracuse's regions will be going into Phase 2 starting this Friday, so they're a few days ahead of Western New York.

This means the earliest Phase 3 can begin will be June 16th (restaurants and bars), so that's something to hopefully look forward to!

Find out more and be sure to regularly check New York State's website for Phase reopening updates.