ONEONTA, NY – The city of Oneonta, along with other regions of the Mohawk Valley, took their first steps last Friday in getting back to normal during the coronavirus pandemic.
But as Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig reminded the common council Tuesday during its bi-weekly meeting, those were just baby steps.
Herzig updated the council on what to expect in the upcoming weeks as the city – and especially local businesses – anxiously await to reopen.
Otsego County hasn’t had a new coronavirus case in the past 20 days and the mayor says the city is in a good position to begin phase 2 of reopening the city and business community on May 29.
However, Mayor Herzig says he’s not sure what businesses will be able to open and under what guidelines, stating the governor’s office is still working on that.
“Right now there’s a lot of people speculating that beauty parlors will be opening, but none of that is certain yet. We really don’t know, so anything you hear is gross speculation.”
The mayor also informed the council that there are still no plans to reopen the two local colleges.
He hopes to have better news following a meeting later this week with the presidents of all the Mohawk Valley colleges and a representative from the governor’s executive chamber.