ALBANY, N.Y. – Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday that dentists across the state could open June 1.
The dentist offices must follow state guidelines, including staggering patients and staff, wearing face masks and keeping people six feet apart.
"The reduction in New York's new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, intubations and other metrics represent tremendous progress from where we were," Governor Cuomo said. "We have gone through hell and back -- we are on the other side and it's a lesson for all of us, and we need to stay vigilant as we reopen different parts of the state so that we don't backslide. I am also authorizing dentists to resume their practices statewide starting tomorrow as long as they follow health and safety guidelines that the state is laying out and that we have been discussing with them."
New York City is the only region of the state that has not yet met the criteria for reopening, but is on target to meet the requirements next week.
Many other regions, including the Mohawk Valley, have already moved to Phase 2.