Lt. Gov. Discusses Reopening Process With Local Businesses

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JAMESTOWN – New York State Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul joined hundreds of local business owners virtually on Monday to talk about the COVID-19 reopening effort.

Speaking during a GoToMeeting session hosted by the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce, Hochul says that starting Friday several businesses in the region, that were previously ordered to close, will be able to reopen.

“Low risk enterprises such as landscaping and gardening will be opening statewide on May 15,” explained Hochul. “As well as low impact sports like tennis and drive-in movies.”

She also reiterated that both Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel and Jamestown Mayor Eddie will represent the area part of Western New York’s “control board.”

Hochul, in response to why counties can not reopen individually, said that because counties are interconnected a regional approach is the safest while allowing for flexibility statewide.

She reminds every business that if they feel they are essential, they can visit the State’s website to file for a certificate.

Hochul says a new website,, was launched Monday to help keep the public informed as the reopening of regions continue.


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