Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced he is extending the “New York State on PAUSE” mandate until May 15.

He would like to see the COVID-19 infection rate lower before he reopens schools and businesses.

Cuomo also tweeted, “Our strategy for reopening New York and bringing people out of their home at the appropriate time:

  • 1) Do no harm: Control the rate of infection
  • 2) Surge/flex: Strengthen the healthcare system
  • 3) Test/trace: Need federal partnership
  • 4) Phased return — not all at once."

Schools will also remain closed through the 14th of May. We'll give more details when released from the NYS Department of Education.