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Permissible Activities and Guidance

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.

Added to the guidance as essential health care operation.

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Added to the guidance as essential service  

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Allowed to open statewide May 25th

For more information, read Governor Cuomo's announcement.

Governor Cuomo announced dentists are allowed to reopen statewide June 1st.  

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.

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New York State announced on June 11th that garage sales are now permitted, however sales should abide by proper social distancing and include the use of face coverings and hand-sanitizer.

In his daily briefing on June 6th, Governor Cuomo announced religious gatherings at houses of worship are permitted with 25% occupancy in regions that have reached Phase Two. New York State announced capacity can increase to 33% for regions in Phase Four.

Otherwise, gatherings of no more than 10 people and those held at drive-in theaters or in parking lots are allowed statewide.

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Hunting and trapping facilities are permitted to resume outdoor recreation activities with restrictions. Read the re-opening guidance from the State. Look up your business on the State's NY Forward Lookup Tool.

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. 

Malls can open in regions that have entered Phase IV of reopening if they have implemented an enhanced Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning - or HVAC - filtration system and follow proper ventilation protocols.

Guidance for malls on (.pdf)

Low-risk business and recreational activities, including landscaping & gardening, allowed to open statewide May 15th.

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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

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.

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  • Racket games, such as badminton, pickleball, racquetball
  • Toss/bowl games, such horseshoes, bocce, bean bag toss, croquet
  • Flying disc games, such as disc golf and frisbee
  • Shuffleboard
  • Aerial rope courses or zip lining
  • Batting cages
  • Shooting ranges
  • Swim classes and swim instruction
  • Tennis
  • Non-motorized boat use – row boats, kayaks & canoes
  • Golf and driving ranges (does not include mini-golf)
  • Marinas and boatyards – personal use/operation of boats.   (No chartered watercraft services)

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When essential to the health & wellness of the animal.

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On June 5, New York State announced in-person special education services will be allowed this summer. Read the Executive Order from the Governor.

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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.


Allowed to open in all regions beginning Tuesday, May 26th.

For more information, read Governor Cuomo's announcement.