UTICA, N.Y. - As part of Phase 3, businesses in personal services, such as tattoo parlors, nail salons and massage all opened up on Friday.
Laurie Dowell, who owns Buffer Zone Nail Salon in New York Mills says she woke up excited Friday to head back to her salon, "It feels wonderful, it’s been a long time coming."
Dowell had a long list of clients who have been patiently waiting for her to open, including Chelsea Wilcox of New Hartford, her own niece.
Wilcox had her second baby just five weeks ago, during the pandemic, and says this trip to the nail salon was really her first trip from home since the pandemic began, other than to the hospital to have her baby, "this feels amazing', as she waited outside for her to be called in, as the new normal consists of waiting outside or in your car because the waiting area is closed off due to the coronavirus restrictions.
Audrey Ventura owns Universal Wellness in Washington Mills and opened up on Friday, for massage. She still must teach yoga virtually, as yoga studios and gyms are not open yet.
Ventura says it was just a joy t get back to work doing massage, and says she fully understands why the Governor Cuomo wanted to take things slow, especially after seeing other states that opened earlier now having a spike in their coronavirus numbers, "We're going to follow the guidelines to a T to protect, because it took us a long time to reopen, we don't want to get closed down."