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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.

Saugerties couple reopen their restaurant for takeout after being trapped in Pakistan due to Covid 19

Saugerties couple reopen their restaurant for takeout after being trapped in Pakistan due to Covid 19

When Tahir Aziz and Rubina Mirza boarded a March 25 flight with three of their five children for a family wedding to their home country of Pakistan, they fully intended to return after the event to their restaurant, Bina’s Cafe on Partition Street in Saugerties. But it wasn’t easy. Restrictions on commercial flights leaving the country due to the outbreak of the pandemic extended their stay for nearly two months.

Where to buy face masks locally

Where to buy face masks locally

What a difference a few weeks make. We went from being told face masks were ineffective (but needed for medical workers), to masks being possibly effective but only if you know how to wear them properly, to face masks being required in any public space statewide where social distancing isn’t possible (such as grocery stores and pharmacies). 

Website lets you know what’s open in the Hudson Valley

Website lets you know what’s open in the Hudson Valley

The COVID-19 crisis seems to have generated an eclectic marketplace of viral ideas unlike any seen before in our region. On the demand side, we have legions of people who need something but can’t get it, whether because of travel restrictions, vendor closures, shortages caused by hoarding, or supply-chain disruptions. On the supply side, we have a number of people with a desire to help, a measure of Internet savvy, and a lot of unaccustomed time on their hands.