Even before Governor Andrew Cuomo held his press conference on Friday – it became clear during the morning hours what would- and would not be allowed to reopen in ‘Phase 2’.
This phase, which the Finger Lakes and Central New York were viewed as being ready to enter on Friday – was expected to allow a number of venues that previously had not been opened to begin operation.
Shopping malls had been preparing for the last two weeks to reopen when region’s hit the second phase of opening, but guidelines issued Friday morning deemed them non-essential. Stores inside malls could reopen at 50% capacity, but the common spaces – the ways patrons get around – were to remain closed through phase two.
A number of salons were also deemed non-essential. Any service that goes beyond cutting, styling, or coloring hair will not be allowed during the second phase. This includes nail, lash, tanning, massage, and tattoo salons. All of those are now lumped into ‘personal care’ facilities that will be allowed to open in ‘Phase 3’, which appears to not be happening until at least mid-June.
Governor Cuomo said Phase 2 could begin immediately in the Finger Lakes, Central New York, and Southern Tier.
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