Broome County Executive Jason Garnar says the region is on pace to advance into phase two of reopening as soon as Friday

Garnar says the county continues to meet the criteria to remain open and move onto the next reopening stage. He says the county is doing better now than when phase one began.

As of May 21, Garnar says about 100 businesses in Broome County are operating.

Phase two businesses include professional services, retail, administrative support, real estate/rental and leasing.

Phase one, which restored manufacturing, construction and limited retail operations, began May 15.

 Businesses that are looking to reopen in the next phases need to review the state requirements and gain certification from New York in order to be allowed to open.

The county executive also reminds businesses that never closed but possibly worked remotely that they still have to file a plan with New York State demonstrating compliance with such regulations as distancing, mask wearing and sanitation through forward.ny.gov.