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Disability services: Day programming, home visits, community outings can resume in Phase 4

Original article by: · Jul 27, 2020


STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Day programs, home visits, and community outings for individuals with disabilities will be able to resume in Phase 4, according to new guidance from the New York State Office of People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD).

On March 24, OPWDD issued a health advisory that temporarily suspended all community outings and home visits for residents living in OPWDD operated or certified residential facilities. The health advisory is now rescinded and replaced with the new guidance which is effective July 15 for regions that have entered into Phase 4 of New York’s reopening plan.

The statewide PAUSE, an executive order issued by Gov. Andrew Cuomo that banned all but essential business in New York since March 22, expired in May -- but the regional approach to reopening means that restrictions across the state are being lifted in phases, with some areas opening before others.

The reopening plan consists of four phases, and in each phase, different restrictions will be lifted if a region qualifies. New York City entered Phase 3 on July 6, and could enter Phase 4 as soon as on July 20. The exact date for Phase 4 in NYC has yet to be announced by Cuomo.