News From Around The Industry

August 17, 2020

Cuomo: N.Y. Gyms Can Open At 33% Capacity, Masks Mandatory

There are no more excuses for skipping the gym. Gov. Cuomo announced Monday that fitness centers across the state can reopen on Aug 24 as long as they follow strict coronavirus safety precautions including a 33% capacity limit and mandating gym-goers wear masks. Gyms must have updated HVAC systems that comply with state standards and will have to be inspected by local governments within two weeks of opening. “Gyms are one of the areas where you have to be very careful and we know that,” the governor said. Whether or not gyms can host indoor classes will also be up…

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August 10, 2020

Thermal Cameras and Electrostatic Sprayers: How Gananda Schools Are Using Tech To Reopen

  GANANDA, N.Y. (WROC) — School officials are busy putting reopening plans into action and responding to the governor’s newest requirements. That includes hosting discussion sessions with parents to answer last minute questions. Shawn VanScoy is the superintendent in the Gananda school district. He said his district already held seven parent discussion sessions and will be hosting more next week. He’s said he’s been getting a lot of questions about cleaning protocols. Students in Pre-K through 5th grade in Gananda will be returning to school five days a week in person. They’ll stay in the same classroom all day and teachers will…

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August 7, 2020

Cuomo says all NY school districts can reopen, but must get specific plans approved by state

  Gov. Cuomo gave the green light to reopen every New York state school district this fall — if they first earn passing grades from the state Health and Education departments. “We are probably in the best situation in the country right now,” Cuomo said in a Friday conference call with reporters. “If anybody can open schools, we can open schools and that’s true for every region in the state.” The gubernatorial go-ahead still requires approval of each district’s specific plans from state Health and Education officials before students return to class for the first time since schools were mandated…

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August 5, 2020

See for Yourself: How Airplanes Are Cleaned Today

  Move over, on-time performance. The new key standard for airlines and passengers is: “How clean is it?” The airlines are busily fine-tuning their cleaning procedures — where they clean, how frequently and with which tools. To get a sense of what’s changed, I recently witnessed the disinfection and cleaning process performed from start to finish onboard a Delta Air Lines jet at Kennedy International Airport in New York. In short, it was meticulous — enough to delight even a hardened germophobe. Here’s what passengers need to know about how an airplane gets disinfected and cleaned between flights. How was the…

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August 4, 2020

Sewanhaka, Franklin Square School Districts Release Reopening Plans

  School district officials across New York have spent recent months mulling their options to reopen schools, while maintaining social distancing guidelines and adhering to other coronavirus guidance from Gov. Andrew Cuomo. They were re-quired to submit their plans to the State Education Department for approval at the end of July, and Sewanhaka and Franklin Square officials publicized their plans last week. Elmont School District officials, however, were expected to release their plan to reopen schools on Monday, after the Herald went to press. Under Sewanhaka’s proposal, half of the district’s more than 8,000 students would learn in school one…

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August 1, 2020

Coronavirus News: Indicator and testing, tracing protocols announced for NYC public schools

  NEW YORK CITY (WABC) — Reopening plans for the 2020-2021 school year from school districts throughout New York state were due on Friday. At his daily briefing, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the city would be watching the positivity rate for COVID-19 in NYC to determine if schools can reopen and stay open for the 2020-2021 school year. “We will not reopen our schools unless the city’s infection rate is below 3%,” the mayor announced. The city’s infection rate has remained steady at 1% for several weeks. Mayor Bill de Blasio outlines the plan for reopening NYC public…

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July 31, 2020

Coronavirus: Cleaners with electrostatic sprayer ‘bombarded’ with service calls amid pandemic

  After encountering a positive COVID-19 case tied to a customer last Saturday, a Hamilton bar opted to take on a disinfecting operation with a device that’s been hard to come by since the pandemic began in March. In an Instagram post on Monday, Cause and Effect kitchen and bar on Stone Church Road East said the alleged infected patron was at the business between 8 p.m. and midnight on Saturday, July 25. The bar’s response to the episode was to hire a Hamilton company that says it’s been ‘bombarded’ with calls since Stage 3 of the province’s reopening plan. READ MORE: Coronavirus: Hamilton bar…

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July 27, 2020

Disability services: Day programming, home visits, community outings can resume in Phase 4

  STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Day programs, home visits, and community outings for individuals with disabilities will be able to resume in Phase 4, according to new guidance from the New York State Office of People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). On March 24, OPWDD issued a health advisory that temporarily suspended all community outings and home visits for residents living in OPWDD operated or certified residential facilities. The health advisory is now rescinded and replaced with the new guidance which is effective July 15 for regions that have entered into Phase 4 of New York’s reopening plan. The statewide PAUSE, an executive…

July 25, 2020

Save our gyms, Gov. Cuomo: Learning lessons from other states, we can reopen safely

  This week, New York City joined the rest of the state moving into Phase 4 of its post-coronavirus reopening, with one glaring omission: Fitness businesses statewide have been moved out of reopening phases indefinitely. To my knowledge, there has been no mention of the industry in Gov. Cuomo’s press conferences for more than two weeks. It’s time to shine a light on how detrimental this can be to the physical health and well-being of New Yorkers — and the economic well-being of an important slice of the economy. New York accounts for 7.1% of a $34.1 billion industry that employs…

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July 22, 2020

Electrostatic Sprayers To Be Used At All Bus Hubs, Various Schools In The Fall

  COLUMBIA, S.C. — While not every student plans to re-enter the classroom at the start of the school year, many will be opting for in-person instruction. News 19 set out to learn more about the cleaning plans at local schools. Before students hop on the bus for the fall semester, we learned that South Carolina public schools will be using a new tool to help disinfect. The South Carolina Department of Education ordered electrostatic handheld sprayers which will be used at all bus hubs. The sprayers use cleaning chemicals to help disinfect surfaces.

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