Westchester Sets Target Date For Reopening Retail

The Westchester Mall in White Plains
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By WCBS Newsradio 880
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YONKERS, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — Westchester County has set a target date for its Phase 2 reopening, which is when people would once again be allowed to shop in stores.

The county hopes to return to retail and more on June 9.

Shopping won't look the same at malls and mom and pop shops. 

"It won't operate the same way. You won't be able to walk in and cluster around inside the store. There will be social distancing, little marks on the floor as to where you have to stand," County Executive George Latimer said.

Corporate headquarters and office buildings could reopen as well.

"The upshot of it is all the retail offices will open and what will also open that's very important is administrative office, not just the Village of Rye Brook and the County of Westchester. We have many corporate headquarters here in Westchester County. We're not far from IBM, PepsiCo, MasterCard, they are all within a baseball's throw from where we sit," Latimer said.

If coronavirus cases continue to decline, then two weeks after that, on June 23, could see a return to restaurants.

"All of those things are possible only if we manage the cases and manage it well, that's why contact tracing is very important. That's also why we have to make sure when we go out we wear masks and we socially distance," Latimer said. "We could have the economy open and become functional in the way that we want it to be functional if we know that we're protecting our fellow commuters or our fellow diners from having the spread of the disease."

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