New York State Leaders Release Phase Two Reopening Guidelines

A small business owner places an open sign in his window. Photo: USAF

ALBANY – New York State has released guidelines for phase two reopening which could start as early as Tuesday in Western New York.

In a post on the website, leaders said the following industry types may begin reopening if they follow the state’s guidelines.

  • Offices
  • Real Estate
  • Essential and Phase II In-Store Retail
  • Vehicle Sales, Leases, and Rentals
  • Retail Rental, Repair, and Cleaning
  • Commercial Building Management

The full list of business is posted on the state’s website.

Officials also released a list of suggested best practices to keep employees and customers protected from COVID-19 exposure. There is also a county-by-county reopening tool to help businesses find what phase of reopening they would fit in to.

Still, officials say the following industry types will remain closed during phase two reopening:

  • Malls; specifically, any indoor common portions of retail shopping malls with 100,000 or more square feet of retail space available for lease; however, any stores located within shopping malls, which have their own external entrances open to the public, separate from the general mall entrance (e.g. strip malls), may open;
  • Dine-in and on-premise restaurant or bar service, excluding take-out or delivery for off-premise consumption;
  • Large gathering/event venues, including but not limited to establishments that host concerts, conferences, or other in-person performances or presentations in front of an in-person audience;
  • Gyms, fitness centers, and exercise classes, except for remote or streaming services;
  • Video lottery and casino gaming facilities;
  • Movie theaters, except drive-ins; and
  • Places of public amusement, whether indoors or outdoors, including but not limited to, locations with amusement rides, carnivals, amusement parks, water parks, aquariums, zoos, arcades, fairs, children’s play centers, funplexes, theme parks, bowling alleys, family and children’s attractions.


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