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Preparing Greene County for the State’s Phased Reopening

Greene County is part of the Capital Region which has met the 7 required reopening metrics – View Current Status

Greene County entered  Phase 4 on July 1st.

Phase 1 Guidance
Phase 2 Guidance
Phase 3 Guidance
Phase 4 Guidance
Guidance for Gyms
Guidance for Movie Theaters

Pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Orders, the following businesses remain closed:

  • Malls
  • Large gathering/event venues
  • Video lottery and casino gaming facilities
  • Movie theaters (except drive-ins)
  • Places of public amusement

For help determining whether or not your business is eligible to reopen, use the reopen lookup tool.

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Guidance for Movie Theaters

Consult the NY Forward Website for the most up-to-date information on Re-opening Movie Theaters in Greene County, NY

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Guidance for Gyms

Gyms and fitness centers can reopen in New York starting August 24. Facilities that reopen will be subject to rigorous health and safety standards and all gyms and fitness centers will be able to open by September 2.

  • Capacity: 33% occupancy limit.
  • Access: Sign-in with contact information and health screening required.
  • PPE: Appropriate face coverings required at all times.
  • Distancing: 6 feet of separation at all times.

Gym & Fitness Center Requirements from New York State

Guidance for Phase 4 Businesses

Businesses in the following categories should follow the links below to prepare for reopening safely under the NYS requirements:

Higher Education
Low-Risk Outdoor Arts & Entertainment
Low-Risk Indoor Arts & Entertainment
Media Production

Higher Education

This guidance is intended to address all types of in-person higher education institutions, including
but not limited to community and junior colleges, universities, graduate and professional schools,
medical schools, and technical schools.

Higher Education Requirements from NYS

Trade School & Private Instruction Guidance

“For your reference, trade school and private instruction guidance has posted on the New York Forward statewide guidance webpage.  The direct link to the detailed guidance can be found here.”



Low-Risk Outdoor Arts & Entertainment

  • Outdoor zoos
  • Botanical gardens
  • Nature parks
  • Grounds of historic sites and cultural institutions
  • Outdoor museums
  • Outdoor agritourism
  • Local agricultural demonstrations and exhibitions
  • Other similar institutions/activities (use Reopening Lookup Tool to see if you qualify)

Low-Risk Outdoor Arts & Entertainment Requirements from NYS

Low-Risk Indoor Arts & Entertainment

These guidelines apply to all indoor museums, historical sites, aquariums, and other related
institutions or activities that have been permitted to reopen.

Low-Risk Indoor Arts & Entertainment Requirements from NYS

Media Production

For the purpose of this guidance, “media production activities” encompass all activities undertaken in motion picture, music, television, and streaming productions on set, on location, or at any production or recording site.

Media Production Requirements from NYS

Guidance for Phase 3 Businesses

Businesses in the following categories should follow the links below to prepare for reopening safely under the NYS requirements:

Personal Care
Food Services

Personal Care

  • Tattoo and piercing facilities
  • Appearance enhancement practitioners
  • Massage therapy
  • Spas
  • Cosmetology
  • Nail specialty
  • UV and non-UV tanning, or waxing
  • Other non-hair-related* personal care services.

Personal Care Business Requirements from NYS

*Hair-related personal care services (e.g. haircutting, coloring, or styling), should see separate guidance.

Food Services

These guidelines apply to all restaurants and food services establishments, including food trucks and other food concessions. During the COVID-19 public health emergency, all operators of food service sites should stay up to date with any changes to state and federal requirements related to such establishments and incorporate those changes into their operations. This guidance is not intended to replace any existing applicable local, state, and federal laws, regulations, and standards.

Food Services Requirements from NYS

Guidance for Phase 2 Businesses

Businesses in the following categories should follow the links below to prepare for reopening safely under the NYS requirements:

Real Estate
In-Store Retail
Vehicle Sales, Leases, and Rentals
Retail Rental, Repair, and Cleaning
Commercial Building Management
Hair Salons and Barbershops
Outdoor Dining and Take-Out/Delivery

In-Store Retail

This guidance applies to essential businesses open now, as well as to businesses that open in phase 2.

In-Store Retail Requirements from NYS

Vehicle Sales, Leases, and Rentals

Vehicle Sales, Leases, & Rentals Guidance from NYS

Hair Salons and Barbershops

Not Including nail salons, tattoo parlors, or any other non-haircutting-related personal care services or activities,including but not limited to: beard trimming, nose hair trimming, facials, manicures/pedicures, makeup application, threading, tweezing, or waxing.

Hair Salon and Barbershop Requirements from NYS

Outdoor Dining

Outdoor dining at restaurants will 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.

Outdoor Dining and Take-Out/Delivery Requirements from NYS

NYS Liquor Authority Guidance for Licensed Premises

Guidance for Phase 1 Businesses

Businesses in the following categories should follow the links below to prepare for reopening safely under the NYS requirements:

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting
Retail Trade (Limited to Curbside or In-Store Pickup/Drop-off)
Wholesale Trade

Construction Businesses

  • Building Equipment Contractors
  • Building Finishing Contractors
  • Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors
  • Highway, Street and Bridge Construction
  • Land Subdivision
  • Nonresidential Building Construction
  • Residential Building Construction
  • Utility System Construction

Construction Requirements from NYS

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting

  • Greenhouse, Nursery, and Floriculture Production
  • Other Animal Production
  • Other Crop Production
  • Support Activities for Animal Production
  • Support Activities for Crop Production
  • Support Activities for Forestry

Agriculture Requirements from NYS

Retail Businesses

Phase One includes delivery, curbside, and in-store pickup service only for the following businesses:

  • Clothing Stores
  • Direct Selling Establishments
  • Electronics and Appliance Stores
  • Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses
  • Furniture and Home Furnishing Stores
  • Florists
  • General Merchandise Stores
  • Health and Personal Care Stores
  • Jewelry, Luggage, and Leather Goods Stores
  • Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores
  • Office Supplies, Stationery, and Gift Stores
  • Used Merchandise Stores
  • Shoe Stores
  • Sporting Goods, Hobby, Musical Instrument and Book Stores
  • Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers

Retail Requirements from NYS


  • Apparel Manufacturing
  • Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
  • Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing
  • Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
  • Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing
  • Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing
  • Machinery Manufacturing
  • Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
  • Paper Manufacturing
  • Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
  • Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing
  • Printing and Related Support Activities
  • Textile Mills
  • Textile Product Mills
  • Wood Product Manufacturing
  • Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing

Manufacturing Requirements from NYS

Wholesale Trade

  • Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers
  • Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers
  • Furniture and Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers
  • Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers
  • Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
  • Metal and Mineral (except Petroleum) Merchant Wholesalers
  • Paper and Paper Product Merchant Wholesalers
  • Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
  • Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers
  • Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers
  • Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers

Wholesale Requirements from NYS


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