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Businesses in Rochester and the Finger Lakes region are preparing to reopen Friday, May 15.

State officials released a detailed list of the businesses that are allowed to reopen in each of the four phases. Here is a breakdown of industries in each phase:



  • Building equipment contractors
  • Building finishing contractors
  • Foundation, structure and building exterior contractors
  • Highway, street and bridge construction
  • Land subdivision
  • Nonresidential building construction
  • Residential building construction
  • Utility system construction


  • Apparel
  • Computer and electronic product
  • Electric lighting equipment
  • Furniture and related products
  • Leather and allied products
  • Machinery
  • Nonmetallic mineral products
  • Paper
  • Petroleum and coal products
  • Plastics and rubber products
  • Printing and related support activities
  • Textile and textile product mills
  • Wood products
  • Other miscellaneous manufacturing

Retail (curbside pickup only)

  • Clothing stores
  • Direct-selling establishments
  • Electronics and appliance stores
  • Electronic shopping and mail-order houses
  • Furniture and home furnishing stores
  • Florists
  • General merchandise stores
  • Health and personal care stores
  • Jewelry, luggage and leather goods stores
  • Lawn and garden equipment / supply stores
  • Office supplies, stationary and gift stores
  • Used merchandise stores
  • Shoe stores
  • Sporting goods, hobby, musical instrument and book stores
  • Other miscellaneous store retailers

Wholesale trade

  • Apparel, piece goods and notions
  • Chemical and allied products
  • Furniture and home furnishing
  • Household appliances and electrical and electronic goods
  • Machinery, equipment and supplies
  • Metal and mineral (except petroleum)
  • Paper and paper products
  • Professional and commercial equipment and supplies
  • Whole electronic markets, agents and brokers
  • Miscellaneous durable goods
  • Miscellaneous nondurable goods

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

  • Greenhouse, nursery and floriculture production
  • Other animal production
  • Other crop production
  • Support activities for animal production
  • Support activities for crop production
  • Support activities for forestry

Along with drive-in theaters, outdoor activities like tennis as well as landscaping and gardening businesses will also be allowed to reopen in phase one.

The state released detailed guidance for retail businesses reopening in phase one.


  • Professional services
  • Retail
  • Administrative support
  • Real estate / rental and leasing


  • Restaurants and food services
  • Hotels and accommodations


  • Arts
  • Entertainment
  • Recreation
  • Education


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