MID-HUDSON READY FOR NEXT PHASE OF REOPENING

The Mid-Hudson Region is expected to reach Phase 2 of the reopening of New York during the coronavirus pandemic by Tuesday, June 9, allowing for the opening of outdoor dinning, retail and professional services and drive-in and drive-thru graduations for students.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced graduation ceremonies will be allowed as long as people stay in vehicles.

Outdoor dining at restaurants will now be permitted in phase two of reopening. Outdoor tables must be spaced six feet apart, all staff must wear face coverings and customers must also wear face coverings when not seated. Phase 2 of the four-phase reopening that started May 15 allows professional services to resume in-person operations, as well as finance and insurance, administrative support services, real estate transactions and retail. Malls cannot until Phase 4.

Cuomo has tasked a group of international experts to review the data of each region before any final approval is given by the state to move into the next phase of reopening.

New York City is expected to go to Phase 1 on June 8.

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