Mid-Hudson region enters Phase 4

On July 7, the Mid-Hudson region entered Phase 4 of the state’s reopening plan. Higher education, media production and low-risk indoor and outdoor arts and entertainment resumed. Professional sports games without an audience also received the green light to begin.

Other industries such as personal care services, indoor and outdoor dining, retail, offices, hair salons and construction have already resumed or reopened.

This is the final phase in the state’s reopening plan.

Food distribution for Port Chester students

Children ages 18 and under in the Port Chester School District are eligible to pick up lunch and breakfast. The Carver Center will be serving the meals in takeout containers Monday through Friday at Edison School, located at 132 Rectory St.

Caritas of Port Chester will be handing out weekend meals for the whole family on Fridays at Edison School. The meals can be picked up between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Families can still pick up meals at the Carver Center Market. See the listing under COVID-19 resources for more information.

New guidelines set  for Westchester County Courthouse

Starting Monday, July 6, upon entering the County courthouse in White Plains, visitors will undergo a health screening for the novel coronavirus. Anyone in the building is asked to wear a mask.

If someone’s temperature is found to be above 100 F during the health screening or if they have been in contact with a COVID-positive person, their name and reasoning for visiting will be asked. Additional information may be asked for and the person will be instructed to exit the facility.

Playland Park will not open for 2020 season

Playland Park will remain closed for the 2020 season. The decision was made due to the difficulty for adequate social distancing and sanitizing of the amusement park.

Westchester residents can still visit Playland’s beach Tuesdays through Saturdays. The pool remains closed.

Supermarkets

* La Placita Marketplace is open every day from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information about the 155 North Main St. supermarket, visit https://www.loc8nearme.com/new-york/port-chester/la-placita-supermarket/2402832/.

*Stop & Shop remains open from 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and from 6 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. for customers over the age of 60 and those at high-risk only.

*The 575 Boston Post Rd. Whole Foods Market is open every day from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Those over 60 years old can shop in the store one hour before opening.

*The Balducci’s Food Lover’s Market at 144 South Ridge St. offers one hour for the most vulnerable and needy to shop. From 7 a.m. to 8 a.m., essential workers, pregnant women, seniors and those with underlying health conditions are allowed to make their purchases.

*Rye Brook’s ACME Market at 261 South Ridge St. is open to seniors only Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.

* Costco Wholesale is offering a special hour Monday through Friday for members who are 60 and over and people with physical impairments. Those who qualify can shop from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

The store is open to all members Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Face coverings are required to enter the store.

Transportation

*Metro-North has increased service on its Hudson, Harlem and New Haven lines.

The railroad is not accepting cash payments at its payment windows or on its trains. Credit card transactions are still being accepted and riders can still use cash at ticket kiosks on the platforms. The train line also offers MTA eTix, which customers can download and use to pay for the tickets.

*The Bee-Line Bus System The bus system resumed full service June 15. All routes are in operation and on their regular schedule. Riders are still encouraged to use the system for essential travel only. Rear-door boarding practices are still in place, and payment will not be required on Bee-Line buses until further notice. Front door boarding is permitted for passengers who require the use of the lift or ramp.

All Bee-Line passengers are required to wear a face covering upon entering the bus and must keep them on, covering their nose and mouth, for the duration of their trip. Whenever possible, riders are encouraged to distance themselves and keep six feet away from other passengers. For service alerts and bus schedules visit www.westchestergov.com/beelinebus.

COVID-19 resources

*As the Mid-Hudson region reopens, there are a number of employment opportunities available at jobs.ny.gov. Currently, there are 11,200 openings featured on the website in a variety of fields.

*While the Don Bosco Community Center is currently closed, they are still offering takeout dinners to continue aiding the Port Chester area. Members of the Boys and Girls Club and their siblings can pick up a meal outside their location every weekday at 4 p.m. They are located at 22 Don Bosco Pl.

*The Port Chester Salvation Army is available for food deliveries, prescription drop-offs or if someone just wants to talk. The organization is offering to help seniors run errands and provide food to those in need.

Call their offices at 939-2725 or reach out to them through their Facebook page.

The food pantry is also in need of donations.

*For those experiencing mental health complications due to the pandemic, New York State is offering help. Call 1-844-863-9314 for mental health support, consultations and referral to a provider.

*The Port Chester Senior Center is closed until further notice and all programming and recreational services provided by the center are suspended. The Village is no longer providing food for pickup; all meals will be delivered home until further notice; staff will not enter private residences.

Interested parties should only ask for a meal if necessary. The senior center is aiming to help those living alone who have no nearby family or are homebound.

If you have any questions regarding meal availability or general senior center services, please contact Carol Nielsen at 305-2525.

*Seniors can receive regular meal and shopping deliveries to their home or a daily checkup phone call through the Rye Brook Senior Center. Staff has been calling members to see if they would like to receive any services. Anyone who wants to sign up can call 351-6705 and leave a message with their name and phone number.

*The Port Chester Carver Center’s Market continues to see an unprecedented increase in the need for emergency food relief. The Market is open from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. or until supplies last on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. It will be operating from the back entrance at 400 Westchester Ave. where pre-packaged bags of groceries are distributed. Carver Center adheres to strict safety and self-distancing measures.

Please visit their Facebook page for frequent updates and/or changes to Market hours.

Government

*Rye Brook Village Hall has reopened. For the village administrator’s office, call 939-1121. For the Building Department, call 939-0668. To reach the Recreation office, call 755-2555. The Treasury can be reached by calling 305-2956.

*The Town of Rye clerk’s department is open by appointment only. They will be accepted Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please call 939-3570 to schedule an appointment.

* To enter Port Chester Village Hall visitors must identify themselves prior to entry.

Appointments, which can be made via email, telephone or by using their Contact Us page on the village website, are encouraged and occupancy will be limited. The Village will be at 50% staffing per the Governor’s order.

While the Justice Court remains closed, the transaction window has resumed operation and is open every day from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. A visitor must wear a mask to enter the 350 North Main St. court building.

Those who have a scheduled appearance or were otherwise directed to attend court during this closure will not be penalized for their absence. Letters will be mailed to you with a new court date.

During this court closure, fines for parking tickets will not be subject to additional monetary penalties.

Parking enforcement has resumed in the Port Chester downtown area, Village lots and all residential areas. Alternate side of the street parking and street sweeping have restarted as well.

Garbage and recycling will continue as scheduled. Bulk trash collection will only take place twice a month on the second and fourth Wednesdays. The next date is July 22.

Religious services

Houses of worship can now be open at 33 percent capacity.