Emily De Vito and WNYT Staff
Updated: June 12, 2020 07:04 AM
Created: June 12, 2020 06:39 AM
Five New York regions will enter phase three of reopening Friday, including the Mohawk Valley and the North Country.
Governor Cuomo has said that in other states they have started to see infection rates spike as businesses have started to open. In New York, there continues to be a decline as parts of the state enter into phase three, and the governor credits that to New Yorkers following the rules of wearing a mask and social distancing.
While outdoor dining has been allowed for about a week now, restaurants in phase three regions will be able to serve food and drinks indoors.
Restaurants will need to limit capacity to half of the maximum occupancy -- exclusive of employees. They will also need to ensure that tables inside and outside are six feet apart. Staff will wear masks at all times, and customers can only take off their masks while seated. Tables will also be limited to 10 people.
Spas, nail salons, tanning salons, tattoo shops, and massage therapy businesses can also open in these regions on Friday.
Guidelines for those businesses are similar, including limiting the workforce and customer presence to no more than 50 percent of the maximum occupancy and keeping six feet from each other. Employees must wear a mask, and people should not be waiting in waiting rooms. Employees must call customers in from their car for their appointment.
Along with the announcement that five regions can enter phase three Friday, Governor Cuomo said pools and playgrounds are getting the green light to reopen. However, he said it is up to local officials to make that decision.
In the city of Albany, officials said they usually open pools and splash pads at the end of the school year, so this is right on pace with that.
What businesses will reopen in phase four? Gyms, malls, movie theaters, museums, hospital and nursing home visits are still areas we have to wait to see to reopen.
Currently, the Capital Region is on track to enter phase three on Wednesday.
To hear more about what can reopen under phase three, click on Emily De Vito’s report.
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