The Southern Tier of New York is one of the first areas being allowed to reopen in New York State on May 15th.

Even though the state will be reopening our area, they still suggest that all non-essential workers that can work from home continue to work from home, and remind everyone you are still required to wear face masks and maintain a 6-foot distance from others in public.

Not everything will be allowed to open however. According to New York State's website, Phase 1 openings will include Construction, Manufacturing, Retail for curbside pickup, Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, and Hunting, and Wholesale trade.

So what does that mean?

When it comes to Construction, phase one includes building equipment contractors, foundation, structure, and building exterior contractors, building finishing contractors, highway street and bridge construction, non-residential building construction, land subdivision, residential building construction, and utility system construction.

Enter your number to get our free mobile app

When it comes to agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting, the website states that it includes greenhouse, nursery, and floriculture production, Crop Production, animal production, and support activities for Forestry can resume.

Retail will be allowed to open but only for delivery and curbside pickup service. Those businesses include clothing stores, furniture and home furnishing stores, electronic and appliance stores, florist, shoe stores,  sporting goods, hobby, musical instruments and bookstores too. Jewelry stores, health and personal care stores, and others will be allowed to open again with delivery and curbside pickup only.

Most manufacturing plants will also be allowed to open according to the website. That's good news for people who make their living in manufacturing and have been laid off for the last two months.

Wholesalers will also be allowed to reopen as part of phase one.

The New York State website lists a bunch of business safety precautions. You can read them and get the full list of businesses being allowed to open at the end of this week, here.

[via: New York State]