Rochester, Finger Lakes region enter Phase Four of reopening

Updated: June 26, 2020 03:28 PM
Created: June 26, 2020 04:34 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Phase Four is now underway in Rochester and the Finger Lakes region.

Included in this phase are higher education and low-risk indoor and outdoor arts and entertainment.


This includes places like the Seneca Park Zoo, Strong National Museum of Play and the Rochester Museum and Science Center all have the green light. In fact, the zoo is opening on Friday and the Strong, the RMSC and the Memorial Art Gallery will reopen their doors on Saturday, with limitations.

However, as of Friday morning, there is still no reopening date for malls, movie theaters, casinos and gyms.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo hasn't backed down on his decision to keep malls closed based on the belief that air conditioning units aren't cleansing the air of the virus, but re-circulating it.

In a conference call Friday afternoon, the governor said he's closely watching what's happening in other states where malls and large indoor places have reopened.

Local business owners tell News10NBC they have prepared for weeks and are ready and waiting.

We spoke with Monroe County Executive Adam Bello earlier this week. He says he knows it's frustrating, but he thinks the best thing to do is continue to take this seriously and keep the numbers flat.

“What they said is that even though we're in Phase Four, additional things will continue to come out just like they really have all along,” Bello said. “I mean they announced youth sports off a phase so there are other statewide guidelines that come out and have been coming out along the way and that's going to continue to happen."

Bello expects more guidance from the state over the next several days and weeks.

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