State says Phase 4 of reopening won't include malls, gyms, movie theaters

Movie theaters, gyms, and shopping malls will not be able to open as part of phase four, NewsChannel 2 has confirmed with Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente.

Posted: Jun 23, 2020 5:49 PM
Updated: Jun 23, 2020 11:17 PM

ALBANY, NY - Movie theaters, gyms, and shopping malls will not be able to open as part of phase four, NewsChannel 2 has confirmed with Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente.

The Albany Times-Union reports the state's budget director informed Albany-area leaders during a conference call Tuesday afternoon.

The state's phase four of reopening was originally expected to include arts, entertainment, recreation, and education services, such as bowling alleys, health clubs, indoor shopping malls, and movie theaters.

The Mohawk Valley region is expected to enter phase four on Friday, along with the Southern Tier, Finger Lakes, and North Country.

Jennifer Venezio owns Body By Design in New York Mills. She says this news weighs heavy on her and several other gym owners.

"I was cautiously optimistic that we were going to open by Friday or somewhere in the near future, it’s certainly disappointing," Venezio said.

Venezio says she was ready to welcome clients back into her studio.

“We certainly didn’t have specific guidelines that were given to us, but we had done everything, actually gone above and beyond as far as social distancing parameters, everything needed for proper sanitation, signage, things of that sort and clearly the clients were beyond ready and beyond excited as well,” Venezio said.

Venezio says when it comes to the term “gym,” there is a lot of grey area.

“This is a very boutique group studio, we do not have any pieces of equipment, people are not coming in here for anything other than organized classes which can be done either on a small scale, or a larger scale and we were very prepared to do it in a limited capacity,” Venezio said “I think it’s kind of a bummer that we get roped in with all those big box gyms, but we certainly understand that if it’s for the safety and well-being of everyone, we’re going to follow the guidelines.”

Outdoor and lower risk indoor activities are included in Phase 4.

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