How will the Finger Lakes reopen? Businesses should start planning now, Duffy says

Bob Duffy, president and CEO of the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce, who was recently tapped by Governor Andrew Cuomo to consult as a representative of the Finger Lakes Region on reopening after COVID-19 gave local businesses an update on Tuesday.

“My job is simply to ask questions, listen and be able to pass on information for the governor’s team and their decision on reopening,” Duffy told

At this point, it appears as though the economy will begin to reopen in mid-May on a region-by-region basis.

“I would work on having a plan in place when that decision comes, whether that’s two weeks, four weeks or six weeks, I can’t speak to that. But as we constantly talk about our face masks, hand wash social distancing — be proactive,” Duffy said.

On Tuesday, Governor Cuomo gave additional guidance on how reopening the economy would be implemented in his daily press briefing.

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