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Phase 2 Opening Begins

Waterville Central School District guidance counselor Bob Gray and teacher Betsy Netzband load boxes of produce for the people who took part in a produce/dairy giveaway at the High School last week. About 350 food packages were given away.

By 9 a.m. a steady stream of men, one at a time, made their way into the barbershop in Waterville.

Under Phase 2 reopening of regions in New York state, Fred’s Barber Shop in the Triangle building took in customers after 10 weeks of being closed. Customers need to wear masks and only one at a time can be in the shop.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said five regions, with the Mohawk Valley and Central New York among them, could follow the Phase 1 reopening with a second wave of stores and shops allowed to return to business. These include hair salons and barber shops, professional offices, real estate agencies and allowing some in-store retail shopping. All of these have to follow mandatory state rules, such as all people in the building need masks, must follow social distancing and cannot be at full capacity.

Still unable to open: malls, although stores with their own entrance can open; restaurants for dining in or bar service; no venues for large gatherings; gyms, fitness centers, and exercise classes; casinos; indoor movie theaters and amusement parks and any place with rides.

Other signs of life returning pre-lockdown in mid-March is that the highly popular Waterville Area Birthday Train did its last runs over the weekend. About 50 people…

The full story is in this week's edition of the newspaper. 

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