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Barbershops, salons can expand to 75% capacity next week

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Friday that salons, barber shops, and personal care businesses can expand to 75% capacity.

The rule will take effect May 7.

Gyms and fitness centers are also going to be allowed to expand to 50% capacity beginning May 15.


“After a long and incredibly difficult fight, New York State is winning the war against COVID-19, and that means it’s time to loosen some restrictions put in place to protect the public health and help our local businesses,” the governor said in a statement. “There’s no doubt that restaurants have been among the pandemic’s hardest hit businesses, and New York City’s thriving restaurant industry has found it challenging to keep staff and maintain profits. We’re easing restrictions on restaurants, personal care services and gyms to put more money in the pockets of small business owners and working people in New York City, which was hit so hard by the pandemic but, I have no doubt, will come back stronger than ever,” Cuomo said.

The micro-cluster strategy was also rescinded.



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