Hundreds of thousands of workers — many of them Long Island residents — will return Monday to their jobs in construction, manufacturing, retail and other sectors as New York City takes the first steps toward reopening an economy battered by the coronavirus pandemic.
In Nassau and Suffolk meanwhile, stores, hair salons, real estate companies, professional services and other businesses are preparing to open their doors Wednesday when Long Island graduates to Phase 2 of guidelines set by the state.
The key to safely reopening the city, which has been the center of the pandemic, killing nearly 22,000, and also home to police brutality protests that public health experts fear could bring a surge in corona virus cases, will be aggressive testing, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said.
As the city braces for a slow return to pre-pandemic normalcy, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is telling other regions to ready for Phase II, saying that Hudson Valley and Long Island regions would reach the next phase this week, Tuesday and Wednesday respectively.