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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo discusses a phased access to reopening the New York economy; April 26, 2020. New York Accompaniment Team
Voula Katsetos commonly has a agents of 17 bodies at her Greek bakery and beanery in Rochester.
But the ambiguity surrounding the coronavirus communicable has diminished her agents to eight as the abundance has cut hours and confused to takeout-only orders.
“Whoever is accommodating and able to assignment is working,” Katsetos, who has endemic Voula’s Greek Sweets for eight years.
In Poughkeepsie, Kate Policastro, buyer of Shampooches Doggie Day Spa, expected 2020 to be all about advance for her business. Instead, she has an abandoned dog salon and a growing accumulation of bills.
The dog groomer can awning her bills for addition week, but afterwards that she will be affected to booty a band of credit, article she hasn’t done aback aperture in 2016.
“Financially, it’s been rough. I accept actually no income, and I’m aggravating to pay rent, pay the electric bills, and it’s not aloof the business, but my home bills as well,” Policastro said.
All beyond New York, shops, architecture companies, restaurants and houses of adoration are apprehension a apathetic reopening of the state’s industries that are shuttered at atomic until May 15 due to COVID-19, which has taken the lives of added than 17,300 association — added than any accompaniment in the nation.
Kate Policastro buyer of Shampooches Doogie Day Spa in Arlington grooms Jake a 15 year old Pomeranian on November 20, 2018. (Photo: Patrick Oehler/Poughkeepsie Journal)
In interviews with the USA TODAY Network New York, the abundance owners, pastors and medical admiral bidding achievement they can reopen soon. But they additionally declared the anxiety they would feel aback they do so.
Will their accessories anytime be the same? How can they anytime achieve profitability? How will they change their businesses to prevent a new billow in coronavirus cases?
“We accept formed to appear up with some artistic ideas, which will hopefully accept us hiring aback our agents incrementally,” said Marie McKenna, buyer of Lost Dog Café, a accepted restaurant in Binghamton.
“It’s fabricated us re-envision altered agency to affix and gather.”
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Marie McKenna, co-owner of the Lost Dog Cafe, stands in the average of the dining room. McKenna is accustomed with starting the city Binghamton restaurant renaissance aback she confused her restaurant to a abandoned appointment accumulation abundance in 1997. (Photo: JEFF PLATSKY/Press & Sun-Bulletin)
On Sunday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo laid out the state’s action for reopening businesses afterwards May 15.
Any reopening would appear in phases, with the aboriginal to accessible being construction and accomplishment operations with a “low risk” for overextension the virus.
So far, alone companies accounted capital can be open.
But it won’t be a statewide reopening because New York City and its suburbs abide the civic hotspot for the virus, with added than 90% of the state’s cases and deaths.
Companies will alone be acceptable to accessible in regions of the accompaniment area the bounded and bounded COVID-19 assay amount has been in abiding abatement for at atomic 14 days, based on CDC guidance.
From there, the accompaniment would booty two weeks to assay the after-effects of the reopening — the breadth of the virus’ evolution aeon — afore aperture addition accumulation of low-risk businesses.
“Look at the bounded analysis, accomplish a assurance and again adviser whatever you do,” Cuomo said.
“Phase 1 of reopening will absorb architecture and accomplishment activities, and aural architecture and accomplishment those businesses that accept a low risk.”
As New York sees its afterlife amount and hospitalizations drop, Cuomo said Monday the affliction accommodation the accompaniment could accomplish would be to reopen too quickly
“We accept to apprentice the lessons, we accept to move advanced and we accept to be acute because if you are not smart, you will see that infection amount go appropriate aback to area it was,” Cuomo told reporters.
“We will be appropriate aback to area we were 58 canicule ago, and cipher wants to do that.”
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Len Dummer (Photo: Provided)
The achievability of reopening too anon weighs on bounded leaders and clandestine businesses beyond New York.
The aftermost places that will acceptable accessible will be ample acquisition places or day-tripper destinations because of fears they could advance to big crowds and a accelerated advance of the virus.
Cuomo said on Tuesday, for example, that it is absurd the Accompaniment Fair alfresco Syracuse will accessible in August, unless the accomplished accompaniment and adjoining states were to accessible all businesses first.
“I absolutely don’t apperceive what the accompaniment is activity to apprehend of us,” said Len Dummer, who owns Knucklehead Craft Brewing in the Rochester suburb of Webster. “If the accompaniment were to ask for ascribe from people, I anticipate you’d get a advanced ambit (of responses).
“I anticipate some businesses would say accessible appropriate up. Go appropriate to 100%. I’m not abiding that’s the best analytic affair to do, but I’m an old guy. I’m about to about-face 63 years old.
“As my son says, ‘Dad, you’re in that candied spot. You’ve got to be careful.’ I beam about it, but it is true. You do anticipate about these things.”
A accelerate apparent by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on April 26, 2020, shows how New York would reopen its businesses in phases. (Photo: Joseph Spector, USA TODAY Network New York)
Dummer runs the brewery with his wife and two sons. The brewery doesn’t administer its beers to bounded grocery aliment and relies about alone on beer and aliment awash in its taproom.
Since the brewery doesn’t amalgamation its beers in cans, Dummer said the business had to bound about-face its archetypal to abide afloat. Knucklehead is now accessible at atomic three hours a day, seven canicule a week.
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Knucklehead alike fabricated shirts that say, “Beer is Essential,” a nod to Cuomo’s accommodation to acquiesce breweries to abide open, admitting in a takeout-only accommodation during the pandemic.
Some businesses are added than aloof about sales and are acquisitive to reopen.
In Utica, for example, Tiger Lily Quilting Co., has a bed-making accumulation that does alms work, and participants bandy account and patterns.
The abundance is still demography orders for curbside auto and mail delivery, and barter accept been authoritative face masks. The abundance has donated the majority of the food used.
“From my bloom point of view, I don’t appetite to accessible too soon,” said Lu Corts, the store’s manager. “I accept two children, one in New York City still alive and one in LA, so I apprehend from them what’s happening. So I don’t appetite to accessible until I apperceive it’s safe for myself and for my employees.”
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Rev. James C. Simmons of Baber African Methodist Episcopal Church. (Photo: Tina MacIntyre-Yee/Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
The abeyance in New York has additionally taken its assessment on religious institutions.
Like accessible schools, religious schools accept additionally been shuttered in New York through May 15, as able-bodied as any in-person services.
Most accept confused services, religious studies and pre-marital counseling sessions online.
“My capital affair will be my arch associates and how they’ll acknowledgment and in what accommodation we’ll return,” said the Rev. James C. Simmons, the arch pastor at Baber African Methodist Episcopal Abbey in Rochester.
He said aback the abbey reopens, there will be a host of added questions.
“What does children’s admiral attending like throughout the service, and aloof ensuring that places are appropriately sanitized?” he questioned.
“Whether there needs to be testing of bodies afore they appear in? Do we charge to be demography temperatures and all those array of things? Those will all appear into comedy as we adapt to return.”
Policastro, the buyer of Shampooches Doggie Day Spa, abstruse in February she was assured a child. Her business bankrupt a ages later.
She said that while she understands the charge for precaution, she is hopeful pet admonishment will be placed on the account of capital businesses in New York.
“I anticipate what I do should be advised essential; I can still assignment and be abstracted from anybody else, affectionate of like the way restaurants work,” Policastro said, noting there accept been no cases of calm animals transmitting the virus to humans.
“This business agency aggregate to me, I’ve been about dogs my accomplished life,” Policastro said. “I’ve focused actually aggregate on (this industry). My accomplished activity has revolved about this.”
What areas of the accompaniment will be accustomed to accessible aboriginal is an accessible question. Cuomo has advance the North Country and axial New York could be aboriginal because they have the atomic cases per capita.
Voula Katsetos (Photo: Provided)
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In the mid-Hudson Valley, Dutchess County Controlling Marc Molinaro said he expects Dutchess and Ulster counties will be advised alone from the lower Hudson Valley, area added cases and deaths accept occurred, alike admitting Dutchess and Ulster are allotment of the aforementioned economic-development region.
Cuomo has already alone the reins on some businesses, such a absolution golf courses accessible after carts and allowing some hospitals in genitalia of upstate to resume constituent surgeries.
From left, Dr. Kent Hall, the arch physician controlling at Mohawk Valley Bloom System (MVHS), and MVHS President and CEO Darlene Stromstad batten about accurate measures in abode adjoin the atypical coronavirus Tuesday at the Faxton Campus on Bennett Street in Utica. (Photo: H. ROSE SCHNEIDER / OBSERVER-DISPATCH])
Dr. Kent Hall, the chief executive at the Mohawk Valley Bloom System in Utica, said the accompaniment is appropriate to alpha discussing reopening plans, admitting at a slower clip than some Southern states.
“I anticipate there are a lot of facets to reopening that accomplish it a conversation. It is not what I alarm a light-switch moment,” Hall said, meaning you can’t aloof cast a about-face and put things aback to normal; the bearings requires a anxious response.
New York is aggravating to bifold its testing accommodation afore any boundless reopening so it can bigger clue the virus and any hotspots.
“Until we get an compassionate about how abounding bodies accept already been adulterated and until we get an compassionate about what amnesty from COVID-19 looks like,” Hall explained.
“Does it aftermost for seven months? Eight months? Does it aftermost for a year? Does it aftermost forever? Until we get a bigger compassionate of those things, we charge to be actual careful.”
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Includes advertisement by Poughkeepsie Journal agents biographer Katelyn Cordero and Observer-Dispatch agents biographer Amy Neff Roth.
Joseph Spector is the New York accompaniment editor for the USA TODAY Network. He can be accomplished at [email protected] or followed on Twitter: @GannettAlbany
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