The state's Western New York Region, which includes the Greater Olean area, entered Phase 2 of the reopening process Tuesday.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo confirmed the region's movement to Phase 2 on Tuesday during his daily coronavirus briefing. On Monday, he said the state expected Western New York to move to Phase 2 on Tuesday.

"I'm proud that Western New York has moved on to Phase 2 of reopening, but we must remember that the COVID-19 virus is still among us, and we have come too far as a community to lose momentum and undo the progress we've made together," Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, captain of the Western New York Regional Control Room, said.

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The regional control rooms are in place for coordinating the state’s phased reopenings. Phase 2 allows office-based workers, real estate services, in-store retail shopping and some barbershop services to resume. Each industry is subject to specific state guidelines to maximize safety and social distancing. More details about Phase 2 are available on the state’s New York Forward page.

"I know that our small business community in particular has been patiently awaiting this outcome," Hochul, a lifelong Buffalo area resident, said. "I want to also thank my fellow Western New Yorkers for adhering to the social distancing rules and wearing masks. It is because of you we are poised to enter this new era."

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