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Bob Duffy answers common questions after Phase Three announced

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Created: June 11, 2020 05:09 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The Finger Lakes was one of five regions Thursday to get the green light to start Phase Three of reopening Friday.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the announcement during his daily briefing.

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Phase Three means restaurants can resume indoor dining, and personal care services like nail salons and tattoo shops can provide their services once again.

Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Bob Duffy said he, like the rest of us, is excited to be moving on to Phase Three. 

He said we wouldn't be at this point if it weren't for all the hard work of everyone here in the Finger Lakes region.  

Most notably included in Phase Three are indoor dining and personal care services. 

Duffy says he's gotten a lot of questions about business plans. 

He says every business needs to have a plan in place and self-certify on the state website.

As for enforcement, he says that's going to be up to local governments: Cities, towns and villages, or depending on the type of complaint, it could be the Liquor Control Board or the Labor Department.  

Duffy says he's also gotten a lot of questions about malls, and other than stores at the mall with outside entrances, which have already been allowed to reopen, there's still no word on when they might be able to reopen.

"What may not be announced so far in Phase Three, nothing prevents the governor from coming out at any point, tomorrow or afterwards with any other updates before Phase Four,” Duffy said. “Again, Phase Four would be at least two weeks from tomorrow. Which would at least be in the area of June 26."

Duffy says so far, we have not seen a spike in coronavirus cases from the Memorial Day weekend or from any recent protests.  

That being said, he urged everyone to continue to wear a mask, social distance, wash their hands and not to touch their face so we can hopefully move on to Phase Four in two weeks.


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