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In-store shopping now open in the Capital Region

Emily De Vito
Updated: June 03, 2020 12:31 PM
Created: June 03, 2020 12:06 PM

GUILDERLAND - The Capital Region officially entered Phase 2 of Governor Andrew Cuomo's re-opening plan Wednesday. Open for business with restrictions are hair salons, barbershops, real estate, vehicle sales, leases and rental, and in-store retail.

At Stuyvesant Plaza in Guilderland, many businesses had their doors open for customers to walk in.

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"I'm delighted that we're finally open to the public," said Susan Novotny the owner of Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza. "We have almost three months of sales revenue to catch up to."

Novotny said they are opening up after putting strict guidelines in place to make sure they stop the spread of coronavirus.

"We just want people to feel comfortable when they come in," said Novotny.

Some safety measures in place include requiring customers and staff to wear masks, having gloves available, and putting Plexiglas at the checkout counter. Novotny said even though the Centers for Disease Control says surfaces isn't the main way coronavirus is spread, she's prepared for customers who touch books while browsing.

"We'll put up a little table with the sign saying if you browse this book put it here, and we'll take care of wiping it down," said Novotny.

Silver Parrot is also located at Stuyvesant Plaza. They said they have similar guidelines in place requiring people to wear masks, social distance markers and hand sanitizer for customer.

"We got our Plexiglas over there on the counter, so we can work with customers without violating distance spacing," explained owner Clint Hegeman. "The dressing rooms in back have disinfectant and sanitizer right there."

Hegeman said all people have to do is put on their mask and shop.

"I thought this is really kind of benign, I was concerned it was going to be - I don't know, off-putting somehow - and it's not at all," said Hegeman.

Stuyvesant Plaza also announced several new safety precautions for shoppers. It includes enhanced cleaning and more benches for shoppers as they wait to get into stores that are limiting capacity.


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