Visitors will be allowed at hospitals and group homes in New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday, as the infection rate from the coronavirus among those tested has held steady over the last several days.
Nursing homes, however, will still be barred from having visitors.
The U.S. Open, a Grand Slam tennis tournament held in Flushing, Queens every year, will be allowed to go forward, but without fans in attendance, Cuomo said.
Western New York entered the third phase of the reopening on Tuesday; the Capital Region will follow suit on Wednesday.
New York has recorded the lowest three-day average for coronavirus hospitalizations since March 21, while 25 people have died from the virus in the last 24 hours.
"Our data is good," Cuomo said. "Our rate of transmission is the lowest, having been the highest."
Cuomo continued to urge people to adhere to social distancing rules and wear masks in public in order to prevent the spread of the virus.
Shopping malls remain closed amid concerns over gatherings and restaurant usage.
"There is a big variance between what is theoretically possible and what can actually happen in reality," Cuomo said.