Chautauqua County Executive Says Phase Two Reopening Is Likely Next Week

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JAMESTOWN – Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel says social distancing efforts are working and is hopeful phase two of reopening will start next week.

Wendel, speaking with WNYNewsNow’s Justin Gould on Tuesday, says over the holiday weekend he saw an increase in residents traveling the county, but, noted they were following suggested safety guidelines.

“I feel the social distancing is working,” explained Wendel. “I know a lot of people are getting frustrated, but, we are still showing a positive effort.”

“In our control room meeting the Lt. Governor is very confident that the numbers have remained consistent and is very optimistic that we will be moving into phase two next week,” furthered Wendel.

Wendel says that even though there was a big jump in COVID-19 cases late last week, overall the outbreak in Chautauqua County is under control.

Additionally, he stressed the best way for residents to help in the reopening effort is by following social distancing and wearing a mask when in public.

The County Executive is asking businesses listed under future phases to visit to fill out the state’s template and prepare to reopen.

He also advises businesses that are not specifically listed under the phases of reopening to be ready regardless, because they may be allowed to open once the ‘control room’ discusses their industry specifics.

Viewers can watch the full interview with Executive Wendel in the embedded video above, or, by clicking here.


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