June 9, 2020 10:00 am

Earlier this morning, the state released guidance for Phase Three reopening.  The guidelines can be found at https://forward.ny.gov/phase-three-industries and apply to non-essential businesses in regions that are permitted to reopen.  While there hasn’t been any official word, it’s possible that the Southern Tier could enter the third phase of reopening as early as Friday.


Phase Three businesses include:

  • All restaurants and food services establishments, including food trucks and other food concession.
  • Non-hair-related personal care businesses and services, including tattoo and piercing facilities, appearance enhancement practitioners, massage therapy, spas, cosmetology, nail specialty, UV and non-UV tanning, or waxing


The Southern Tier continues to meet all of the metrics for a Phase Three reopening and local officials are hoping for more communication later this week on when the reopening will occur.  The IDA will issue additional updates as soon as the timeline is released.


In addition to the Phase Three guidance, additional guidance including Higher Education Research was added to the Phase One reopening which can be found at https://forward.ny.gov/phase-one-industries.


Also, the state released guidance for child care and day camps, and other industries, which can be found at https://forward.ny.gov/statewide-guidelines.


Finally, the state has provided additional guidance on low risk outdoor recreation which now includes:

  • Parks and other open public spaces, except playgrounds and other areas of congregation where social distancing cannot be abided
  • Outdoor, low-risk recreational activities are permitted so long as social distancing and cleaning/disinfecting measures are in place
  • Tennis
  • Non-motorized boat use and rentals, such as row boats, kayaks, canoes
  • Golf and driving ranges, except miniature (mini) golf, with food and retail services subject to the restrictions that are currently in effect within the region
  • Racket games, such as badminton, pickleball, racquetball
  • Toss/bowl games, such horseshoes, bocce, bean bag toss, croquet
  • Flying disc games, such as disc golf and frisbee
  • Shuffleboard
  • Aerial rope courses or zip lining
  • Rope courses including aerial rope courses
  • Batting cages
  • Shooting ranges
  • Swim classes and swim instruction
  • Drive-in movie theaters so long as social distancing and cleaning/disinfecting measures are in place
  • Marinas, boatyards, and recreational marine manufacturers, for ongoing marina operations and boat repair/maintenance, where such facilities adhere to strict social distancing and sanitation protocols. In regions that are not within the first phase of the state’s regional reopening plan, use of such sites for the purposes of personal use or operation of boats or other watercraft is permissible, provided that no establishment offer chartered motorized watercraft services or motorized boat rentals. Restaurant activity at such sites are limited to take-out or delivery only.