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Region Is Expected To Enter Phase 2 Today

The Western New York region is expected to enter Phase Two of reopening today, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday during his daily briefing.

“We expect that to happen,” Cuomo said. “We have the data that we’ve been tabulating during Phase One in Western New York. All the data looks very good; we’re going to have all the global experts go through it today. I want to make sure we’re not missing anything.”

Five regions in the state entered the second phase of reopening Friday.

Phase Two businesses permitted to reopen under strict guidelines include offices, real estate, in-store retail, vehicle sales and rentals, commercial building management and hair salons and barbershops.

For hair salons and barbershops, locations will be required to limit workforce and customers by 50% maximum occupancy; ensure 6-foot distancing rules; waiting rooms must be closed and lines “should be avoided” to ensure social distancing is maintained; establish designated areas for pick-ups and deliveries; employees must be provided face coverings at no cost; customers must wear face coverings to enter if over the age of 2 and medically able to do so; and employees must wear gloves or wash hands before and after contact.

Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel said that the county has a limited supply of face shields available for free to licensed hair stylists and barbers in Chautauqua County.

“Our Chautauqua County Office of Emergency Services has a limited supply of face shields, and we hope this will help barbershops and hair salon owners meet the new guidelines so they are ready to reopen as soon as Chautauqua County enters Phase Two,” Wendel said.

Hair stylists and barbers can request the face shields by visiting the Chautauqua County Office of Emergency Services website at chautcofire.org and completing the personal protective equipment (PPE) fillable request form. Hair stylists should ensure the name on the PPE request form matches the name on their state license.

Hair stylists in the city of Jamestown may also contact the City of Jamestown Mayor’s Office at 483-7600, who will submit their information to the county for them.

Meanwhile, two new cases of COVID-19 were reported Monday by the Chautauqua County Department of Health, a woman in her 20s and a woman in her 70s. The new cases bring the total to 87 to date.

There remains 18 active cases in addition to 263 county residents either in quarantine/isolation, two people hospitalized, 65 recoveries, four deaths and 3,210 negative test results.

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