Dutchess County began Phase Four of the state’s reopening plan on July 7th. Industries permitted to open under Phase One are: construction, manufacturing, agriculture, wholesale trade and retail for pick up or delivery; Phase Two industries are: offices; in-store retail; real estate; retail rental, repair and cleaning; commercial building management; hair salons and barber shops; Phase Three industries are: Indoor Restaurant and Food Services, and Personal Care Services. 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 guidance on in-person higher and K-12 education as well as malls. The state has not provided guidance on when gyms, water parks or movie theaters may open.
The following is a list of other permissible activities in Dutchess County and guidance outlined by New York State and the County. This list will be updated on a regular basis, so if you have questions about a certain activity, check this page often.
For information on industries affected by each Phase, please visit our Reopening Requirements & Phases page.
Dentists and dental practices have been added to the list of essential health operations found here:
Low-risk business and recreational activities, including drive-in movie theaters are allowed to open statewide as of May 15th.
Gyms and fitness centers have been added to the Phase 4 industries for the State's NY Forward re-opening plan.
Gov. Cuomo announced, effective November 13 at 10 p.m., bars, restaurants and gyms, as well as any State Liquor Authority-licensed establishment, must close in-person service from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily.
To be eligible to open, gyms and fitness centers must:
Please note, Governor Cuomo has given New York counties the option to opt-out of indoor group fitness and aquatics classes. At this time, Dutchess County will allow indoor group fitness and aquatics classes. However, the County reserves the right to opt-out at any time for any reason, including an outbreak at a gym or fitness center, or locality, or an increase in the County’s infection rate. Furthermore, there will be a zero-tolerance policy as it relates to compliance. If an establishment is found to be out of compliance with regard to indoor group fitness and aquatics classes, the local government will issue a Cease and Desist order, which will prohibit the activities indefinitely. Keep in mind, the Governor can amend his determination at any time.
The Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health is encouraging everyone to be safe while celebrating Halloween this year. Residents are reminded to wear face coverings, practice social distancing, and wash/disinfect hands often.
Religious gatherings at houses of worship are permitted with 33% occupancy, or the limit of the number of people that can fit within the space while maintaining a social distance of at least 6 feet at all times, and 12 feet if there is chanting or singing, whichever is the fewer number of people.
No more than 50 people are allowed in attendance for services occurring outdoors, statewide.
Masks and Face Coverings
Face coverings must be worn at all times except while seated, provided all individuals are 6 ft. apart except for immediate household members, however individuals should be encouraged to wear them at all times during services or prayers even when seated.
If singing or chanting is involved, then a face covering must be worn even while seated.
Updated guidance has been issued by the State for Jewish High Holidays. Key points of the guidance include:
Any group activities (group lessons, camps) remain banned at this time pursuant to Executive Order 202.10, "all non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reasons are canceled or postponed."
However, on May 11th, Governor Cuomo announced, “that certain low-risk business and recreational activities will be ready to reopen statewide on May 15th, including landscaping and gardening; outdoor, low-risk recreational activities such as tennis; and drive-in movie theaters.”
On May 16th, the guidance was updated as it relates to the recreation category stating, “outdoor, low-risk recreational activities are permitted so long as social distancing and cleaning/disinfecting measures are in place.” Therefore, we believe the other activities such as individual lessons and therapeutic riding programs are low-risk business and recreational activities, and therefore permitted.
Low-risk business and recreational activities, including landscaping & gardening, allowed to open statewide May 15th.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that movie theaters outside of New York City can reopen at 25 percent capacity under state guidance starting Friday, October 23. No more than 50 people are allowed in front of each screen in each movie theater at once. Theaters can only open outside of New York City in counties that have COVID-19 positivity rates of less than 2 percent on a 14-day average and do not have any cluster zones. Theaters will be subject to rigorous state guidance and enforcement.
State guidance on the reopening of theaters includes the following conditions:
Municipal libraries and library districts are allowed to open, but should maintain social distancing and follow safety guidelines.
Confirmed by Mid-Hudson Regional Control Room, May 19, 2020 meeting
9/17/2020 - New York State Department of Health Announces Revisions to Nursing Homes Visitation Guidelines. Limited visitation permitted for facilities without COVID-19 for at least 14 days. Read the guidance online.
On June 3rd, Governor Cuomo announced 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.
On June 5, New York State announced in-person special education services will be allowed this summer. Read the Executive Order from the Governor.
The following sports and recreational activities are allowed statewide:
Lower Risk Activities
Moderate Risk Activities
Higher Risk Activities
Bowling Centers and Alleys
Further, responsible parties of bowling centers and alleys may consider these additional public health and safety measures:
Summer day camps statewide can open on June 29. Read the Governor’s announcement.
The State Dept. of Health will not be permitting sleep-away camps this summer. Read the statement from New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker on Overnight Summer Camps.