Monday, June 22, 2020 / by Vanessa Saunders
"You are about to enter Phase Three!"
It sounds like bad medical news but it's not. It's the next step as the seven counties in the Mid-Hudson Valley region comply with the state's re-opening schedule. Phase two, which commenced two weeks ago on June 9 included the re-opening of outdoor dining, professional services (including hair salons & barbershops), retail, administrative support and... (trumpets here) Real Estate/Rental & Leasing.
What's open starting Tuesday, June 23 will include nail salons, tattoo parlors and other personal care businesses, and indoor dining for food service establishments. (Still in place for restaurants are distancing rules requiring a maximum indoor seating of 50 diners, and six feet between tables.) Phase 3 restrictions will hold for as long as Corona virus infection rates in Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester do not increase.
That caveat looks pretty probable given present Hudson Valley infection rates. Tracking for the Hudson region shows that infections remain relatively low, according to the most recent data from the New York State Department of Health. Governor Cuomo has decreed that local government needs to monitor local infection rates, enforce compliance and conduct thorough contact tracing.