Outdoor theme parks, gyms, movie theaters and malls are not cleared to open in the state under its fourth phase of reopening guidelines, county officials said.

State officials have not cleared theme parks, malls, gyms and movie theaters, or businesses that tend to draw larger crowds, to reopen under phase IV, Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy said in a statement late Tuesday afternoon  County officials learned phase IV excludes certain nonessential businesses in a call with state Budget Director Robert Mujica on Tuesday.

“It goes without saying that the process of reopening New York’s economy in the wake of a global pandemic is a fluid one,” McCoy said. “As we get new information on any updated guidelines, I will share it as promptly as possible with Albany County and Capital Region residents.”

Phase IV will not allow all remaining nonessential businesses to reopen immediately, according to McCoy. Outdoor and low-risk indoor activities, move and film production, along with museums, aquariums and zoos, can reopen at 25% capacity when the fourth phase begins.

The Capital Region is expected to enter phase IV July 1 at the earliest if its current coronavirus COVID-19 infection, positive test, hospitalization rate and other virus metrics remain low. 

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