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New Rules New Yorkers Must Follow at Hair Salons, Barbershops

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If you are itching for a haircut, New York officials released a number of new guidelines you and barbers must follow when hair salons are allowed to reopen from a COVID-19 shutdown, including customers wearing masks.

Hair salons and barbershops are allowed to reopen in New York once a region hits Phase 2. On Friday, five of New York’s 10 regions entered Phase 2 of the four-phased reopening plan. Two more regions are expected to hit Phase 2 by Wednesday. Next week, the Mid-Hudson Region and Long Island could enter Phase 2.

Below are guidelines hair salons, barbershops and customers must follow in order to reopen, according to New York State Forward:

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New York Earns Near Failing Grade For Social Distancing

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Despite parts of New York reopening, it appears New Yorkers aren’t doing a good job of social distancing.

Unacast uses data from cell phones to create a Social Distancing Scoreboard. Unacast figures out the scoreboard by tracking cellphones to see how much we are traveling now compared to before the COVID-19 pandemic.

“While much is still unknown about COVID-19, it’s clear social distancing is widely agreed to be an effective way of slowing the spread, and a containment strategy advised by both the World Health Organization and the CDC,” Unacast writes on its website.

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11-year-old plans post-quarantine party

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What would be the first thing I would do when the COVID-19 quarantine is lifted? It is hard to answer this question because there are so many things that I would like to do first when we “return to our normal” lives. I would like to go to see a movie, I would like to go to a restaurant, I would like to… but the first thing that I would probably do is throw a party.  Yes! I would invite all my friends to my house so we could finally see each other face to face. I’m sure we would have so many laughs and stories to share. I would hug them all, we would play many games and just have a great time. I miss my friends dearly and yes, we see each other in zoom meetings and interact through Messenger Kids or FaceTime but this is not the same. I miss real conversations and fun.

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10-year-old plans ‘burger tour’ when quarantine ends

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There are many things that I would like to do when the COVID-19 quarantine is lifted. The first thing that I would like to do after the quarantine is to go on a “Burger Tour,” because I love cheeseburgers! My order is simple, just the burger with cheese on a bun with ketchup, no lettuce, tomato, onion, etc. for me. Some restaurants are offering curbside pickup or delivery, but for me and my family, it isn’t the same as going to the restaurant and dining there. Some places are closed entirely. Most of the restaurants in our area have good burgers, so I definitely want to make a few stops after the quarantine ends.

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Important Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

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As all of you have heard, Coronavirus (COVID-19) is starting to show community spread. We are sure to see cases in Dutchess County. The good news is that children seem to be less affected by this illness. It is unclear why, but even if children are infected with COVID-19, they will not likely have severe symptoms from it.

While we can’t predict how widespread the pandemic will become, there is a lot we CAN do to protect ourselves.

Prevent and minimize the spread of viruses:

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The Dutchess County Division of Solid Waste Management will hold a Household Hazardous Waste Disposal & Electronics Recycling Event on Saturday, March 28th from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Dutchess County Department of Public Works, located at 626 Dutchess Turnpike in the Town of Poughkeepsie; residents can access the event by taking Route 44 East to Burnett Boulevard.

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Boater Safety courses announced by Dutchess County Sheriff

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POUGHKEEPSIE – Dutchess County Sheriff Adrian “Butch” Anderson announced that over the next several months, marine patrol deputies will be conducting boating safety courses to educate boaters and to encourage the safe and lawful operation of vessels in compliance with Brianna’s Law.

Brianna’s Law is named after Brianna Lieneck, an 11-year-old girl from Long Island, N.Y., who was killed in a boating accident in 2005. This law phases in mandatory boater safety education for individuals who operate motorized vessels. Failure to comply with this law could result in a fine of between $100 and $250.

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Flu Cases in NY Expected to Set Record-High Levels This Season

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New York State saw the second-highest number of weekly flu cases in the last 20 years and officials warn flu season still hasn’t peaked.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo reminded all New Yorkers to take recommended precautions to protect themselves from the flu as new numbers show flu activity still has not reached its peak this season.

Flu cases in New York this season are expected to set record-high levels since the New York State Department of Health began tracking flu cases during the 1998-99 season, officials say.

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