Capital Region enters Phase II of reopening

WNYT Staff
Updated: June 03, 2020 06:10 AM
Created: June 03, 2020 06:02 AM

The Capital Region begins Phase II of reopening Wednesday.

That means many businesses can get back to business, but with many restrictions.


The entry into Phase II is some welcome good news for the Capital Region. It means that we have lowered infection rates, hospitalization rates are down, and there are not as many deaths.

On Tuesday, Governor Cuomo said the state performed 50,000 coronavirus tests and less than 2 percent came back positive.

As far as Phase II in the Capital Region, more businesses will be reopening. Hair salons and barbershops will be opening, and many places were already taking appointments.

Some office workers will also be allowed to return to work. Real estate and leasing offices are also included in Phase II.

Essential in-store retail can begin. No malls can open up. However, they say if you do have a store that is on the outside of the mall that can open up. Showroom vehicle sales can also resume.

While many businesses can reopen, there are many restrictions in place. A full list of restrictions can be found on the state’s website.

Hair stylists will need to wear face masks and face shields. You also will not be allowed to wait inside for your appointment.

In terms of offices, social distancing is required. Employees should stay six feet apart. Shared spaces must continually be disinfected.

Businesses reopening must create a plan on how they will reduce the spread of coronavirus in the workplace.

There are two weeks between phases. If the region’s numbers do not increase, it may move on to the next phase. An increase in numbers could mean remaining in Phase II for longer than two weeks or returning to an earlier phase. With protests taking place, there is some concern about the number of cases increasing. The governor says the protests have mostly been outside and many people have been wearing masks, so he is hopeful that the cases will stay down.

To hear more about Phase II reopening, click on Emily De Vito’s report.

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