Beach patrol drives by as people sit on Long Beach on the first day that New York beaches were opened ahead of the Memorial Day weekend following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Long Island, New York, U.S., May 22, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

Nassau and Suffolk counties are slated to begin phase one of reopening from the coronavirus shutdown on Wednesday, New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

The state is helping with the final benchmark Long Island is required to meet: Hiring the required amount of contact tracers mandated to monitor future COVID-19 cases.

“Long Island will open tomorrow,” the governor told reporters Tuesday during his daily news briefing.

Phase one includes construction, manufacturing, agriculture, and retailers using curbside pickup.

Phase two will be professional services, finance, retail, administrative support, and real estate. The third phase includes restaurants and hotels. The fourth and final phase includes education, recreation, and arts and entertainment. 

The governor has said it would be about two weeks between phases to make sure each phase doesn’t cause an overwhelming spike in cases.

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