Staying Safe While Stepping Out

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JAMESTOWN – You may have been social distancing and staying home for months, and, feel like you’re ready to venture out. But, how do you do it safely and responsibly?

Health experts say remember to wear a mask, frequently wash or sanitize your hands and any surface you touch and stay six feet apart from others.

Here are a few other tips to keep in mind:

  1. Don’t go out like a normal day, going from place to place. Limit your outings to one business.
  2. If you want to dine in at a restaurant, try and eat outside. The virus circulates more in enclosed spaces. Make sure you’re six feet from other tables and wash your hands before and after eating.
  3. When heading to a beach or park, read up on the current guidelines and restrictions. Some places will only let you be there if you keep moving. And if it’s crowded, find someplace else.
  4. Feel like you need to get a good sweat on at the gym? First, make sure you are far away from others. Wipe down every machine or piece of equipment before and after you use it.
  5. Want to get your hair cut or get a pedicure? While it’s impossible to social distance with employees at places like this, there are some things you can do. Read their safety protocols to ensure they are taking every step to eliminate risks.

Currently, Western New York is in phase one of reopening.

Per state guidelines, non-essential construction, agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, retail – (limited to curbside or in-store pickup or drop off), manufacturing and wholesale trade are able to reopening.

Phase two, which could get underway as early as next week, would allow non-essential professional services, retail, administrative support, real estate, rental and leasing services to open up.

Phase three would include restaurants and food services, while phase four would offer arts, entertainment, recreation and in-person education.

So far, no region statewide has moved past phase one reopening.


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