Movie theaters will be among those allowed to reopen on Friday

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell announced that local movie theaters will be among those allowed to reopen on Friday, after Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s lifted restrictions in most of the state.

“Restaurants, gyms and other businesses that cater to the public are open, so it didn’t make sense to keep movie theaters closed,” County Executive Odell said. “We need to help businesses come back, not stand in their way. Plus, people are feeling Covid fatigue. We have to give them options and trust they will make the right decisions to stay safe.”

Over the weekend, Gov. Cuomo lifted the lockdown order on movie theaters in counties outside of New York City with no cluster zones and where the 14-day average infection rate is lower than 2%, which leaves out Rockland and Orange counties.

Putnam County Legislature Chairwoman Toni Addonizio, whose district includes the Carmel Cinema 8 on Route 52, said she was relieved that the governor had finally allowed movie theaters to reopen.

“This is good news for the theater owners and their employees, who have had to wait too long for their jobs to return,” Chairwoman Addonizio said. “It’s also good for our community. People have adjusted to wearing masks and washing their hands often to protect themselves from Covid-19, but they haven’t adjusted to the isolation and disruption of normal life. This is another step on the road back to normal.”

To reopen, movie theaters must follow certain restrictions: the theaters must limit capacity to 25 percent with no more than 50 people per screen; patrons must wear masks except when seated and eating or drinking; theaters must assign seating and even groups of friends will have to socially distance; air filtration systems and ventilation will have to meet state standards; and additional staff will be required to ensure rules are followed.

Putnam County is continuing to support its entire business community throughout the reopening process, Deputy County Executive Thomas Feighery said.

“Since the beginning of the pandemic we have utilized all the resources of Putnam County to partner with all businesses to navigate through each of the state’s phases for reopening,” Feighery said. “Some industries, like movie theaters, seem to have been unfairly left behind, and we have been advocating for their chance to safely reopen. We continue to partner with county businesses to ensure they have every tool they need to survive in this uncharted year.”

Kathleen Abels, president of the Putnam County Economic Development Corporation called the cinema’s reopening an important step forward.

“I am hopeful that with movie theaters reopening outside of red zones, live theater performances will soon be allowed,” Abels said. “Limited capacity, assigned seating and additional cleaning are really just common-sense approaches that mimic the guidelines for other sectors.

“Also promising is Gov. Cuomo’s Cluster Action Initiative, which divides clusters and the areas surrounding them into categories with successively greater restrictions. This initiative protects regions and counties where COVID-19 has been well-managed from being punished for the bad actions of a few.”

Health Alert – If you worked at or visited Tijuana Mexican Restaurant & Cantina at 376 Route 6, Mahopac on Saturday, October 17 You may have been exposed to COVID-19.

If you worked at or visited
Tijuana Mexican Restaurant & Cantina at
376 Route 6, Mahopac on
Saturday, October 17 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm

You may have been exposed to COVID-19.
A member of the public who has tested positive for COVID-19 was at the restaurant during this time.
Please watch for symptoms of COVID-19 which include fever, chills, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea.
Contact your physician with any concerns.

Please visit our website for testing information www.putnamcountyny.com/health/coronavirus/
This notice remains in effect through October 31, 2020.
If you have any questions, please contact the Putnam County Department of Health at 845-808-1390.

Health Alert – If you worked at or visited Dunkin’ Donuts at 1 Star Ridge Road, Brewster on October 16th , 17th and 18th You may have been exposed to COVID-19.

If you worked at or visited Dunkin’ Donuts at 1 Star Ridge Road, Brewster on

  • Friday, October 16 from 6am to 12pm
  • Saturday, October 17 from 6am to 2pm
  • Sunday, October 18 from 6am to 2pm

You may have been exposed to COVID-19.

A member of the public who has tested positive for COVID-19 was at the restaurant during this time.
Please watch for symptoms of COVID-19 which include fever, chills, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea.
Contact your physician with any concerns.

Please visit our website for testing information www.putnamcountyny.com/health/coronavirus/
This notice remains in effect through November 1, 2020.
If you have any questions, please contact the Putnam County Department of Health at 845-808-1390.

PUBLIC NOTICE – Meeting of the Putnam County Police Policy Review Panel on October 27, 2020.

PUBLIC NOTICE – Meeting of the Putnam County Police Policy Review Panel on October 27, 2020.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Putnam County Police Policy Review Panel formed pursuant to Executive Order No. 203 issued by Governor Andrew Cuomo on June 12, 2020, will hold a meeting on Tuesday, October 27, 2020, at 10:00am, at the TOPS Auditorium in the Bureau of Emergency Services Building, located at 112 Old Route 6, Carmel, New York 10512.

NOTICE IS ALSO GIVEN that the meeting will be open to the public via Audio Webcast due to the suspension of the Open Meetings Law pursuant to the Governor’s Temporary Emergency Orders in effect. Please check the Putnam County Website (www.putnamcountyny.gov) for the link information.

Breakdown of positive cases by towns in Putnam County 10/16/2020

10-16 WEEKLY DASHBOARD

Breakdown of positive cases by towns in Putnam County 10/9/2020

10-9 WEEKLY DASHBOARD

Putnam County Police Policy Review Panel on October 13, 2020 Presentation

 

Register for Putnam County Police Policy Review Panel on October 13, 2020 1:00 P.M.

Please register for Putnam County Police Policy Review Panel on Sep 29, 2020 10:00 AM EDT at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/218787830635667982

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Breakdown of positive cases by towns in Putnam County 10/5/2020

10-2 WEEKLY DASHBOARD

2021 County Budget delivered to the Legislature

Putnam County Executive delivered her 2021 County Budget to the Legislature, which will be reviewed and modified before November 1.

To review the County Executive Budget click here.


2021 Budget Report with summary