State releases much-anticipated Phase 2 reopening guidelines

Salons and barbershops in New York state will be permitted to reopen its doors as part of Phase Two. Malls and other indoor, high-traffic areas, though, must remain closed.

New York state officials on Friday released long-awaited guidelines for Phase Two of reopening as part of NY Forward during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Western New York region, which includes Chautauqua County, is expected to enter Phase Two next week. Phase One, which included the reopening of some offices and curbside retail pick-up began May 25.

The guidelines specifies which non-essential businesses may begin to reopen while maintaining proper safety measures. Phase Two businesses include offices, real estate, in-store retail, vehicle sales and rentals, commercial building management and hair salons and barbershops.

For hair salons and barbershops, locations will be required to limit workforce and customers by 50% maximum occupancy; ensure 6-foot distancing rules; waiting rooms must be closed and lines “should be avoided” to ensure social distancing is maintained; establish designated areas for pick-ups and deliveries; employees must be provided face coverings at no cost; customers must wear face coverings to enter if over the age of 2 and medically able to do so; and employees must wear gloves or wash hands before and after contact.

The following businesses will remain closed:

• malls; specifically, any indoor common portions of retail shopping malls with 100,000 or more square feet of retail space available for lease; however, any stores located within shopping malls, which have their own external entrances open to the public, separate from the general mall entrance (e.g. strip malls), may open;

• dine-in and on-premise restaurant or bar service, excluding take-out or delivery for off-premise consumption;

• large gathering/event venues, including but not limited to establishments that host concerts, conferences, or other in-person performances or presentations in front of an in-person audience;

• gyms, fitness centers, and exercise classes, except for remote or streaming services;

• video lottery and casino gaming facilities;

• movie theaters, except drive-ins; and

• places of public amusement, whether indoors or outdoors, including but not limited to, locations with amusement rides, carnivals, amusement parks, water parks, aquariums, zoos, arcades, fairs, children’s play centers, funplexes, theme parks, bowling alleys, family and children’s attractions.


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