The Mid-Hudson Region: Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester Counties have been approved by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo to enter Phase 2 of reopening (of four phases), which includes real estate, on June 9. 

The 4 Phases:

Phase 1: Construction, agriculture, forestry, fishing, hunting, retail (limited to curbside or in-store pickup and drop-off), manufacturing, and wholesale trade, drive-in movie theaters

Phase 2: Professional services, hair salons, retail, administrative support, real estate, rental, and leasing, outdoor dining

Phase 3: Restaurants (at 50-percent capacity and with social distancing), food services, and public hotels, malls

Phase 4: Arts, entertainment, recreation, and education


Phase 2 Reopening Explained:

Real Estate

Showings are only allowed in unoccupied or vacant properties and individuals must wear face masks at all times. High-touch surfaces must be disinfected before and after every showing, and all showings must be staggered and with only one party inside a property at a time.

Read the full details of Real Estate Guidelines here.



Offices relating to professional services, nonprofits, technology, administrative support, and higher education administration (excluding full campus reopening) are included in this sector.

Read the full details of Office-based Work Guidelines here.


Essential and Phase 2 In-Store Retail

In-store, non-essential retail businesses can reopen under Phase 2.

Read the full details of Essential and Phase 2 Retail Business Guidelines here. 


Vehicle Sales, Leases, and Rentals

Businesses relating to vehicle sales, leases, and rental activities can reopen under Phase 2.

Read the full details of Vehicle Sales, Leases, and Rentals Guidelines here.


Hair Salons

Hair salons and barbershops are permitted to open under Phase 2. This does not include nail salons, tattoo parlors, or any other non-haircut-related services like beard and facial hair trimming, manicures and pedicures, makeup, threading, tweezing, or waxing.

Read the full details for Hair Salon and Barber Shop Guidelines here.


Outdoor and Takeout / Delivery Food Services

All restaurants and foods service establishments, including food trucks and concessions, are included in this category. Restaurants offering delivery or takeout may open outdoor seating for customers.

Read the full details for Outdoor and Takeout/ Delivery Food Services here. 


Commercial Building Management

Commercial, non-residential buildings that were not deemed essential can reopen during Phase 2.

Read the full details for Commercial Building Management Guidelines here.


Retail Rental, Repair, and Cleaning

Retail rental, repair, and cleaning businesses that were not deemed essential can now reopen in Phase 2. See the industry guidelines here.

Read the full details for Retail Rental, Repair, and Cleaning Guidelines here.


When will our region enter Phase 3?

A minimum of 2 weeks is required between each phase to measure whether an area has maintained all seven benchmarks outlined in the COVID-19 Regional UnPause Dashboard

If a region continues to meet all benchmarks, it will receive approval to enter the next phase. If it does not, it will return to its previous phase until it achieves all seven benchmarks once more.


If you have questions about Real Estate reopening guidelines, the current real estate market or have a buying, selling or renting need, contact me

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