Lewis County is open for Phase Two businesses

LOWVILLE, NY —  As of 1:00 P.M. today, Lewis County is open for Phase Two businesses. Business guidance can be found at the Forward NY website. Similar to Phase One, businesses must complete an online attestation and submit a safe reopening plan.

Phase Two businesses include:
• Office Settings
• Real Estate
• Essential and Phase II In-Store Retail (see guidance for specifics)
• Vehicle Sales, Leases, and Rentals
• Retail Rental, Repair, and Cleaning
• Commercial Building Management
• Hair Salons and Barbershops

Hair stylists are “highly encouraged” to be tested prior to reopening salons. Stylists wishing to be tested can call Lewis County Public Health at (315) 376-5453 to schedule an appointment to get tested.

Some County Government facilities will also be included in Phase Two reopening. Beginning Monday, June 1st, the County Courthouse will be reopened to the public. Temperature screenings and face coverings will be required upon entry.

The Human Services Building on Outer Stowe Street has remained open to the public throughout the PAUSE NY shutdown. The entry policy for that facility will remain the same; temperature checks and face coverings will be required upon entry.

The Board of Elections will be open to the public at a later date, yet to be determined.

The Public Safety Building on Outer Stowe Street will remain closed to the public, pending further guidance from the State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.

To the business owners of Lewis County, we share your frustration.

The confusion created by the Governor’s Office over the last 24 hours was regrettable, and completely avoidable.

We will work hard to push the State for more accountability, and improved communication. Thank you for your continued investment in our community!