"We can intelligently turn toward reopening,” Gov. Cuomo said at his daily press briefing, noting thathe expected several regions in the state would be able to begin a phased reopening as soon as this weekend after his stay-at-home order expires on May 15.
While New York has taken a cautious approach to relaxing restrictions on business and daily life, other states - many of them in the South and Midwest - have moved to reopen even in the face of rising infections.
Cuomo, who has emerged as a leading national voice on the crisis, warned that reopening too quickly could backfire.
"We took the worst situation in the nation and changed the trajectory," Cuomo said. "The rest of the nation the cases are still on the incline."