12 News reached out to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office for clarification; but, as of Thursday afternoon, the office has not gotten back. “Our assumption is phase two starts [Friday],” he says. (WBNG) — Broome County Executive Jason Garnar says his office has not received any official word on whether the Southern Tier can officially move onto phase two Friday. Broome County May 28 coronavirus update The governor did not discuss phase two in his May 28 news conference. The person was a woman in her 90s and a Willow Point Nursing Home resident. The county executive announced the 42nd death due to COVID-19 in the county. Garnar says his office was told phases will be initiated on a two-week basis. Phase one began May 15. Coronavirus numbers Garnar says the county will not punish businesses that open Friday. In total, 538 cases of the virus have been reported since the beginning of the pandemic. Reopening? Garnar says the region meets all the criteria to move onto the next phase. There are 141 active cases of the virus in the county. 355 people have recovered. For a map detailing where cases are located in the county, click here.
NICHOLS, N.Y. (WBNG) — Tioga Downs Casino and Resort will open its doors on Wednesday instead of later in the week, the entity announced Tuesday afternoon. Originally, the casino and resort was set to open on Thursday. Sunday through Thursday, the casino will be open from 9 a.m. to midnight. On Friday and Saturday, it will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. The hotel and Tioga Downs will reopen on Sept. 11. Reservations can be placed on Sept. 9. FanDuel Sportsbook, Coasters Sports Bar, Java G’s Cafe and P.J. Clarke’s Restaurant will be open under New York State virus guidelines. However, the poker room, table games and simulcast will be closed. The casino and resort will open its doors at 4 p.m. pending regulatory approval.