Museums, exhibitions, historical sites and low-risk entertainment venues are now allowed to reopen in Putnam County as the Mid-Hudson region enters Phase 4 of the state’s reopening plan. Social gatherings of up to 50 people will also be allowed as will low-risk youth sports including baseball, softball, gymnastics, field hockey, cross country and track, with no more than two spectators.
Governor Andrew Cuomo did not permit gyms, indoor fitness centers, movie theaters and malls to reopen as part of Phase 4. They must remain closed through August 5th.
Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell says since the first phase of the reopening started at the end of May, jobs have come back, restaurants opened and is pleased that low-risk entertainment is now returning.
In Phase 4, colleges and other institutions of higher education can reopen, as can zoos, botanical gardens, nature parks, historic sites and cultural sites. Media production companies, including film, television, music and website producers, can also get back to business.
In addition to Putnam, the Mid-Hudson region includes Westchester, Rockland, Dutchess, Orange, Sullivan and Ulster counties.