New York dentists can reopen June 1

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave dentists explicit permission to return to work during a May 31 news conference after they'd been given unclear guidelines for months.

New York dentists will be allowed to reopen their practices for nonemergency care June 1 as long as they follow the state's interim guidance for dentistry during the pandemic. The guidelines include instructions on proper physical distancing, infection control, personal protective equipment use and screening and tracing processes.

"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," Mr. Cuomo said in the news conference.

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