Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that New York dentists can reopen statewide beginning Monday. Dentists’ offices will be subject to state guidance on best practices for safety and social distancing.
“The reduction in New York’s new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, intubations and other metrics represent tremendous progress from where we were,” Governor Cuomo said. “We have gone through hell and back — we are on the other side and it’s a lesson for all of us, and we need to stay vigilant as we reopen different parts of the state so that we don’t backslide. I am also authorizing dentists to resume their practices statewide starting tomorrow as long as they follow health and safety guidelines that the state is laying out and that we have been discussing with them.”
This is long awaited news for dentists in New York that have been closed since mid-March due to the pandemic.
According to the NYS Education Department, there are over 18,000 registered dentists in the state as of January 2020.