The state expects its Western New York region to begin Phase 2 of the reopening process Tuesday, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced during his daily coronavirus briefing Monday morning. The region includes Allegany and Cattaraugus counties.

"We’ll have a final announcement later this afternoon for Western New York, but the conversations I’ve had with them are all good, and we expect Western New York to go to Phase 2 tomorrow," Cuomo said.

Cuomo, speaking in New York City, said the state will make a final decision about the Western New York region after consulting with global experts.

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"We have the data that we’ve been tabulating during phase one in Western New York," he said. "All the data looks very good. We’re going to have the global experts go through it today. I want to make sure we’re not missing anything."

The governor said global experts provide specialized knowledge and expertise to help the state make decisions on reopening.

"I want to make sure we’re not missing anything," he said. "This is new for all of us. It’s not what county executives do. It’s not what governors do. This is very detailed research of statistics... so we also have global experts review all the data for us."

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.

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