WNY region could enter phase two of reopening next week

OBSERVER Photo Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul.

Those in desperate need of a haircut, likely exacerbated by near-record temperatures, may soon get a reprieve as the Western New York region is poised to enter Phase Two of reopening next week.

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul announced that the region could be ready to enter the second in a four-step reopening process as early as Tuesday. Phase Two includes professional services, additional retail, administrative support and real estate. Of note in those categories are professions such as hair salons, barbershops, insurances and law offices.

“We’re on track to hit Phase Two next Tuesday,” Hochul told multiple media outlets this week.

Unlike Phase One, which took hold last week, there are no specific metrics required for regions across the state to meet amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Nonetheless, the state is still monitoring statistics that include hospitalization rate and intensive care admissions to determine whether a region can further reopen or if a “pause” is required.


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