Mid-Hudson Approved for Phase 2

Dutchess, Putnam will continue reopening plan

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Monday (June 8) that the Mid-Hudson Region, which includes Dutchess and Putnam counties, could on June 9 begin Phase 2 of the state’s four-stage reopening plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The global public health experts advising New York State have reviewed the data and numbers for the Mid-Hudson region and cleared this part of the state to move ahead into Phase 2,” he said in a statement. “New Yorkers have been smart and disciplined throughout the COVID-19 outbreak, and it is essential for residents and businesses to continue to follow all necessary precautions to ensure the virus does not spread as we advance the Mid-Hudson reopening.”

Phase 2 allows certain businesses reopen with restrictions, such as masks and social distancing. They include offices; real estate; in-store retail; vehicle sales, leases and rentals;  retail rental, repair and cleaning services; and commercial building management. Outdoor dining is also allowed and religious services at 25 percent capacity.

A status map as of June 8 (NYS)

Indoor shopping malls, indoor restaurant and bar service; large gatherings or events such as concerts and conferences; gyms and fitness centers; movie theaters (except drive-ins) and “places of public amusement” such as carnivals, zoo, fairs, water parks and bowling alleys, must remain closed.

For Phase 2 guidelines, see forward.ny.gov.

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