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Local businesses and organizations react to lifted COVID restrictions

Raven Brown
Created: June 15, 2021 06:24 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Local businesses and organizations News10NBC spoke to Tuesday say they are ready to ditch most COVID-19 rules following Gov. Andrew Cuomo's announcement that 70% of adult New Yorkers have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

“One it's excitement and a sense of relief both,” Strong National Museum of Play CEO Steve Dubnik said. “It's been a long 15 months since we started this.”

Dubnik said this is a day they've been waiting for. After more than a year of restrictions, he said that now comes to an end.

“Capacity restrictions will be one of the first that goes away because even with the capacity restrictions relieved previously, the 6-foot distance limited our capacity here,” Dubnik said.

Upgraded cleaning protocols and hand sanitizing will stay, he also says signage encouraging mask-wearing will be taken down.

“We have something on our walls called play safe where we talk about the requirements to wear a mask, we talk about staying clean and those types of things and we will take away the mask requirements,” Dubnik said.

Over at Bounce Hopper, they are excited to drop restrictions but are taking a more cautious approach until they get new guidelines.

“We are dealing with kids and families and we just want to make sure we are doing everything that is as safe as possible,” Bounce Hopper co-owner Pouya Seifzadeh said.

Seifzadeh said they are ready to get back to pre-pandemic ways.

“Obviously we would like to go back to our norm which allowed people to walk in and not have to plan every minute of their day and to enjoy being in their facility as long as they could,” Seifzadeh said.

Both Dubnik and Seifzadeh said they are hopeful to get back to business in full capacity, after a long year of not knowing what would come next.

“We improvised in a lot of instances coming up with our own policies and procedures and gradually we're seeing that customers are feeling more comfortable and more confident in terms of coming to our facility and enjoying the services that we offer,” Seifzadeh said. 

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