At a Thursday morning news conference, he said the move was being made in coordination with other states in the region.
"So, one month, we'll continue the closedown policies. What happens after then? I don't know. We will see depending on what the data shows," Cuomo said. "And then the experts will tell us the best course of conduct based on that data. No political decisions, no emotional decisions. Data and science—we're talking about human lives here."
He said the strategy for reopening New York will require that they are convinced that they can control the rate of new coronavirus infections.
"I know this is hard," Cuomo said. "I wish I could say this will be over soon, but I can't."
Cuomo said that there would be a "phased" return to regular life. But, for now, he said, "We must stay the course."