Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Saturday that houses of worship will have a phased reopening in the Finger Lakes, Central New York, and Southern Tier.
It will coincide with the state’s phased reopening plan for the broader economy.
They can start immedaitely by opening at 25% capacity. However, there must be social distancing.
Cayuga County Legislative Chair, Aileen McNabb-Coleman released a statement on Saturday confirming the news.
“They are permitted to operate at a maximum of 25% occupancy of the building that they are in. They must follow the guidance of social distancing. It is up to our faith based partners to come up with a safe strategy for reopening at 25%,” the release for McNabb-Coleman said. “At this critical time of crisis, both with a health pandemic and social injustice, many seek comfort, guidance, strength and security in houses of worship. This is a critical step forward during this period of unrest.”