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Reopening Metrics & Phases

Dutchess County has been cleared to begin Phase 4 of the state's re-opening process, July 7th. Low-risk indoor and outdoor arts and entertainment (indoor museums, historical sites, aquariums, etc.) are allowed in Phase 4, as is media and film production. The state has also provided reopening guidance for malls as well as in-person higher and pre-K through grade 12 education. The state has not provided reopening guidance for gyms, water parks or movie theaters.

All eligible businesses who plan to reopen or remain open must have a COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan to protect employees and consumers, make the physical work space safer and implement processes that lower risk of infection in the business. Plans must be retained on the premises of the business and must be made available to the New York State Department of Health (DOH) or local health or safety authorities in the event of an inspection. Businesses must review and submit affirmation they will adhere to the guidelines outlined in the NY Forward plan. Summary guidelines, safety plan templates and affirmation statement and submission directions are available, by industry, on the NY Forward website.

View a more detailed breakdown by industry and the required guidelines and affirmation statement for each phase:

You can use the NY Forward Business Reopening Lookup Tool to see if a particular business is eligible to reopen.

Effective June 25th, anyone traveling from high-infection rate areas to New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut must self-quarantine for 14 days. Read the announcement from the State. Read the State DOH Guidance for Travelers.

Dutchess County, as part of the Mid-Hudson Region, is in Phase Four effective July7th .



Phases for Reopening

As each phase is approved by New York State, specific industries will be able to open in each phase. It is anticipated there will be approximately two weeks between each phase.

Each business and industry must have a plan to protect employees and consumers, make the physical work space safer and implement processes that lower risk of infection in the business. Businesses must review and affirm they will adhere to the guidelines outlined in the NY Forward plan.

View a more detailed breakdown by industry, as well as required guidelines and affermation statements, on the State's website:

For other activities permitted to re-open by the State, visit the Permissible Activities page.

Phase One – Began May 26th

Phase One businesses are considered essential to the economy and are the lowest risk businesses. It is anticipated there will be approximately 2 weeks between each phase being approved.

  • Construction
    • Construction staging – including moving materials and equipment onto job sites and setting up safety precautions – may begin now to allow full construction activities to be able to begin next week once the Governor has determined the specific date.
  • Manufacturing
  • Retail - (limited to curbside or in-store pickup or drop off)
  • Wholesale Trade
  • Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting

Phase Two - Began June 9th

  • Offices
  • Real Estate
  • Essential and Phase Two In-Store Retail
  • Vehicle Sales, Leases, and Rentals
  • Retail Rentals, Repair, and Cleaning
  • Commercial Building Management
  • Hair Salons & Barber Shops - with reduced capacity.
    • Summary guidance does not include 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.
  • Outdoor Dining
    • Outdoor tables must be spaced six feet apart, all staff must wear face coverings and customers must also wear face coverings when not seated. Find additional guidance on the Permissible Activities page.

Phase Three - Began June 23rd

  • Restaurants / Food Services
    • Indoor seating permitted for all establishments, including food trucks and concessions. Limited to 50% capacity with appropriate social distancing.
  • Personal Care
    • Includes tattoo and piercing facilities, appearance enhancement practitioners, massage therapy, spas, cosmetology, nail specialty, UV and non-UV tanning, or waxing. Limited to 50% capacity with appropriate social distancing whenever possible and no waiting rooms. 
    • Personal care services that require customers to remove face coverings (e.g. lip/nose piercings, face massage, facials, lip/nose waxing) are prohibited.

Phase Four - Began July 7th

  • Higher Education
  • Low-risk Indoor & Outdoor Arts & Entertainment
  • Media & Film Production
  • Pre-K to Grade-12 Schools
  • Professional Sports Competitions with No Fans
  • Malls

* The State has not provided guidance on when gyms, water parks or movie theaters may open.

Metrics to Reopen

The NY Forward plan requires each region to meet certain health metrics prior to beginning Phase One of Re-Opening. 

Dutchess County is part of the Mid-Hudson/Hudson Valley Region.  Here is how Dutchess County currently stands in meeting the metrics*.

Metric Dutchess County Mid Hudson Region
#1 — Decline in Total Hospitalizations

 

 

#2 — Decline in Deaths

 

 

#3 — New Hospitalizations

 

 

#4 — Hospital Bed Capacity

 

 

#5 — ICU Bed Capacity

 

 

#6 — Diagnostic Testing Capacity

 

 

#7 — Contact Tracing Capacity

 

 

Metrics Met 7 of 7 7 of 7
Ready for Phase 1 Opening

 

 

* Two of the metrics (a decline in total net hospitalizations and a decline in daily hospital deaths) are challenging for our region to meet as those metrics can reset the region’s continuing progress toward re-opening with a one-day anomaly.

 

Metrics Explained

  • Metric #1: Decline in Total Hospitalizations - Before a phased re-opening begins, a region must experience a sustained decline in total net hospitalizations – the total number of people in the hospital each day, calculated on a three-day rolling average – over the course of a 14-day period.
  • Metric #2: Decline in Deaths - Before reopening, a region must experience a sustained decline in the three-day rolling average of daily hospital deaths over the course of a 14-day period.
  • Metric #3: New Hospitalizations - A phased re-opening for each region will be conditioned on the occurrence of fewer than two new hospitalizations per 100,000 residents (measured on a three-day rolling average).
  • Metric #4: Hospital Bed Capacity - Regions must have at least 30 percent of their total hospital beds available.
  • Metric #5: ICU Bed Capacity - Regions must have at least 30 percent of their ICU beds available before a phased re-opening can begin.
  • Metric #6: Diagnostic Testing Capacity - Each region must achieve 30 tests per 1,000 people per month.
  • Metric #7: Contact Tracing Capacity - Regions must have a baseline of 30 contact tracers for every 100,000.
  • Additionally, to ensure nurses and doctors have the personal protective equipment (PPE) they need, every hospital must also have at least 90 days of PPE stockpiled. The State is working with hospitals, nursing homes, and other facilities to develop a timeline to build a robust stockpile.

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New York State has established a dashboard tracking each region’s status in relation to meeting the metrics. View the real time state dashboard

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