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Delaware County real estate in a time of pandemic

Delaware County real estate in a time of pandemic

The Hudson Valley in general, and recently Ulster County in particular, have gotten national attention for the precipitous rise of the cost of housing. But the mass exodus of buyers from the New York City area to upstate covers a lot more ground than that. Delaware County, the forgotten, sleepy area the size of Rhode Island, has been white-hot, too. 

Local gyms hope to reopen soon, but still no date from the state 

Local gyms hope to reopen soon, but still no date from the state 

While fitness centers and yoga studios in neighboring states are reopening with restricted capacity and mandatory mask use, New York has so far kept the doors on these businesses closed. Locally, business owners are frustrated at being left out of the state’s phased reopening plans, with some signing on to a lawsuit filed earlier this month against New York, the state Attorney General’s office, and Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The Well thrift shop reopens in Saugerties

The Well thrift shop reopens in Saugerties

Ulster Savings Bank made a donation to offset the majority of the overhead expenses for the three months The Well was closed. The Well is once again open on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons. The free store is also open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings.

Mid-Hudson Region set to enter phase II of reopening

Mid-Hudson Region set to enter phase II of reopening

Phase II allows for outdoor dining, salons, barbers, and a host of other businesses under the banner of “professional services.” Essentially, most things that don’t involve a large crowd or eating or drinking indoors will reopen, with restrictions on capacity and mask use and social-distancing enforced.

Ulster County begins phasing in business reopenings

Ulster County begins phasing in business reopenings

Ulster County is more than a week into New York State’s Phase One reopening plan and getting close to Phase Two. Phase One businesses include construction, agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, manufacturing, wholesale trade and retail businesses – the latter limited to curbside or in-store pickup and drop-off.