June 24, 2020 1:00 pm

Today, Governor Cuomo announced that the Southern Tier is set to enter Phase Four this Friday.


Along with guidance for Phase Four industries released earlier today at https://forward.ny.gov/phase-four-industries, religious gatherings will be allowed to increase participation to 33% capacity, up from 25%.  Social gatherings will be allowed to increase to 50 people, up from 25 people.


Current Phase Four guidance includes the following industry sectors:


Low-risk Outdoor Arts and Entertainment Activities – The guidance applies to low-risk outdoor arts/entertainment activities, including outdoor zoos, botanical gardens, nature parks, grounds of historic sites and cultural institutions, outdoor museums, outdoor agritourism, local agricultural demonstrations and exhibitions, and other similar institutions/activities.


Low-risk Indoor Arts and Entertainment Activities – This guidance applies to all indoor museums, historical sites, aquariums, and other related institutions or activities.


Media Production – This guidance, applies to all activities undertaken in motion picture, music, television, and streaming productions on set, on location, or at any production or recording site.


Governor Cuomo also confirmed that the state continues to review guidance for malls, movie theaters and gyms and the impact these industries have had on the increase in the spread of the virus in other states.


The state also announced that $65 million in federal CARES Act funding is available for childcare providers statewide through the New York Forward Child Care Expansion Incentive program. The funding will help bring closed programs back to operation to serve families returning to the workplace. Details on the grants and how child care programs can apply are available here.