Tuesday, May 4, 2021

‘Major reopening’ of New York will begin on May 19 as capacity restrictions ease

State will keep 6-ft. social distancing rule
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New York State will lift most capacity restrictions for businesses and public places on May 19, though the state will maintain a 6-foot social distancing requirement, with exceptions, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Monday. Restaurants, offices, retail stores, gyms, hair salons, amusements and family entertainment locations will see an easing of pandemic-related capacity limits, the governor said during a news conference.

“It’s another substantial step to getting us back to normal,” said Bill Lia, chairman of the New York State Fitness Alliance, which represents large and small fitness and studio owners across the state. The state will keep a 6-foot social distancing requirement, based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and capacity limits must incorporate that rule, the governor said.

The 6-foot limit would be lifted for events where all individuals who attend provide proof of a full vaccination or a recent negative Covid-19 test, he said. Ray Barker, general manager of the North Park Theatre, said he is waiting to see more details before making any decisions.

“The governor lays out the broad vision, but sometimes there are qualifications and revisions and asterisks. I would like to see the fine print,” Barker said. “Last Monday, we were told we could go to 33% capacity, but when you look at the guidance, it was 33% with an asterisk that allowed up to the maximum capacity in New York State, which is 100 people. Without that asterisk, at 33% it would have been 200 people.”

Other changes to capacity rules announced by the state include:
• The capacity limit on outdoor social gatherings rises from 200 to 500 as of May 10. 
• Indoor social gatherings will be capped at 250 people, up from 100, as of May 19.

Herd immunity is still needed to return to the old normal.
• Indoor catered events will have a maximum capacity of 250, as of May 19. The limit grows to 500 for event organizers who provide proof of attendees’ full vaccination or negative test results. 
• The limit on the capacity for indoor residential gatherings will jump from 10 to 50 as of May 19, Cuomo said. 
• The outdoor residential capacity limit of 25 will increase to 500. • Live entertainment venues, including the performing arts, sporting events and catered receptions, may exceed the 250-person indoor limit and the 500-person outdoor limit if all attendees show proof of a full vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test. 
• The capacity at large-scale indoor venues will increase from 10% to 30% as of May 19.

“This is a major reopening of economic and social activity,” Cuomo said. Some industry-specific restrictions will remain in effect, Cuomo’s office announced. The state had already announced that outdoor curfews at restaurants and bars will be lifted May 17, and indoor curfews will be lifted May 31. Restaurants may have tables closer than 6 feet if they have installed partitions or barriers, according to state officials.

Melissa Fleischut, president and CEO of the New York State Restaurant Association, said it will be difficult for restaurants to add additional seats to maintain the social distancing requirement of 6 feet of separation between parties without installing physical barriers between tables.

“With so many of these restrictions being announced, it’s a lot of positive change for the industry. But everything hasn’t been lifted, so it’s not going to be 100% back to normal yet,” she said.

Because the social distancing rules will remain in effect, Monday’s announcement by the governor won’t have much of an impact on his restaurants, said Jay Manno, the owner of Soho and Frankie Primo’s downtown. Manno said larger catering and banquet halls should benefit sooner.

But, combined with previously announced changes that include lifting all curfews at bars and restaurants by the end of this month, it is a sign of progress for an industry hard hit by the pandemic.

“It’s a step in the right direction,” Manno said. Still, he said, for the restaurants, bars and clubs on West Chippewa Street, including Soho and Frankie Primo’s, the full return of downtown nightlife won’t come until all pandemic-related rules are lifted.

“We have to reach the herd immunity to get the old normal,” Manno said. “Nothing changes for me until I get the old normal.”

To that end, he is working with Erie County and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield to offer the Covid-19 vaccine at Soho, with the first round tentatively set for later this month. People who show up will get a shot of booze with their vaccine shot, Manno said, and a second shot after their second dose.

“We’re doing our part,” he said.

Lia, of the New York State Fitness Alliance, said Cuomo’s announcement will especially help smaller fitness centers that have been struggling to deal with capacity issues under Covid-19 social distancing rules.

“First and foremost, it continues to send the right message about who we are as an industry. It gives our customers the confidence that they can come back,” said Lia, owner of an Albanyarea fitness center company.

From a practical standpoint, Lia said fitness clubs under the new Cuomo order will no longer have to track how many people are in attendance at any one time to meet the state’s soon-to-expire capacity limits. Capacity limits at large outdoor stadiums will rise to 33% as of May 19, the state previously announced.

New York is working with New Jersey and Connecticut on protocols that would allow for increased capacity at stadiums based on attendees being vaccinated or tested for Covid-19, the governor said Monday. The governor said the easing of capacity limits is based on improving Covid-19 numbers and more state residents getting vaccinated.
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Tom Precious and Stephen T. Watson
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Walter D. “Pete” Mairs, 81, died peacefully on July 23, 2021. Born in Avon, N.Y., on Sept. 3, 1939, Pete was a longtime resident of Geneva, N.Y., and these past many years in Buffalo, N.Y., as well as his beloved Silver Lake. Pete is survived by his wife, Linda Bergstrom Mairs, a loving and true companion; children, Mimi C. Mairs, Jonathan B. Mairs; sisters, June Huff, Helen Dole; brother, Thomas Mairs; stepchildren, Daniel Brinkworth, Jennie Ramsey; sister-in-law, Anne Bergstrom, eight beautiful grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. A service and celebration of life is planned for the fall when all can share the joy of Pete’s life together. Arrangements by Stephenson – Dougherty Funeral Home, Avon, N.Y.

Editor's Note: It was a privilege knowing and working with Pete Mairs during his presidency of the Silver Lake Institute. He was a kind and gentle man, but also firm in his leadership. I served as Treasurer and Chaplain of SLI during those years and I could always depend on Pete's presence in the worship service. He was a man of faith and a gem of a human being. May he rest in God's care.


Gerald C. Sahrle, 80, of Perry, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021, at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. He was born on Oct. 10, 1941, in Wayland, N.Y., to the late Charles A. and Helen I. (Blowers) Sahrle. Gerry was a line foreman for 32 1/2 years for NYSE&G, working out of the Perry and Hamburg locations, and was a Town of Perry Councilman. He was a member of the Free and Accepted Masons of the Constellation Lodge -404 in Perry. He was an avid fisherman, hunter and woodworker. He is survived by his wife, Valary A. (Conley) Sahrle; 1 son, Gerald (Pamela) Sahrle II of Silver Springs; 2 sisters, Millie Edmond of Greece, Bonnie Fink of Winston-Salem, N.C., 3 brothers, Ronald (Linda) Sahrle of Dansville, Robert (Susan) Sahrle of Springwater, Kenneth Sahrle of Dansville; 5 grandchildren, Bradley Musscarella, Stone and Winston Sahrle, Conley and Cooper Gayton; along with many nieces, nephews and friends. Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by a brother, Thomas Sahrle, who passed away in 2012. Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Gerry will be laid to rest in West Perry Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Perry Center Fire Department, P.O. Box 204, Perry, NY 14530. For more information, please call (585) 237-2626 or to leave a message of condolence, visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street, Perry, NY 14530.

Editor's Note: Gerald and Valarie could always be seen in the family pew with Pamela, Stone and Winston at Perry First United Methodist Church and continue to be loved. Gerry will be sorely missed. Both were supporters of the Arts at the Silver Lake Institute and Valarie was active in painting and participating in the Annual Show in August. Valarie's presence was always valued and appreciated.


"Kathy P." passed November 8, 2021, of Hamburg and Boston, NY. Beloved daughter of Joseph and Barbara Michalak; loving sister of Daniel Michalak; devoted wife of the late Jeffrey Praczkajlo; cherished mother of Jennifer (Shawn) Jump; loving babcia of Lily Jump; also survived by many beloved family members and friends who became her family. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Editor's Note: "Kathy P." as she was better known to us at Silver Lake was an annual summer visitor for most of the last number of years at the invitation of Silver Laker Julia Hoffner. She stayed at the Hoffner Cottage, and became known as both the fun visitor with the vivacious smile to the neighbors at the intersection of Haven Ave. and the Ames Walkway. Kathy P. and Julie could be seen walking and talking between the cottage and the Hoffner boathouse where they could be close to the water. She was also occasionally seen at the Saturday morning breakfasts at Stoody Hall. Her stay was anywhere between 4 days and a week where she had the opportunity to develop a love for Silver Lake. She was not yet eligible for retirement when late last week she developed "a cold" and had to remain home from her job. She did not update her condition over the weekend so the local police made a wellness visit and found her deceased on Monday. She was one of those many people who found Silver Lake and friendship for brief respites where she also found new strength and energy to return to work. She is being particularly mourned by those in the Haven/Ames neighborhood. She will be memorialized next summer at the annual Celebration of Life Memorial Service at Epworth Hall.


Brenda Joan Paddock, 82, of Perry, born April 15, 1939, now resides in heaven with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Brenda met Jesus as her Savior in 1965. She met him in person on Nov. 14, 2021. She had a beautiful homecoming with music, singing and praying, leading her into Glory. Her last words were “I am well, I am well.”

Brenda’s greatest loves were her family and friends. Brenda had five children with her husband Roger: Don and Daelene Paddock of Florida, Jody and Tim Von Sanden of Pavilion, Bradley and Jeanie Paddock of Warsaw, Jennifer and Paul Guy of Massachusetts, and Nathan and Jill Paddock of Perry.

Brenda dearly loved her grandchildren: Jessica Morillo, Nikki and Clint O’Brien, Luke Paddock, Paul Paddock, Ian and Brooklyn Paddock, Joe and Louana Paddock, Burke and Megan Paddock, Aaron Paddock, Ellen Paddock, Andrew Paddock, Rachael Paddock, Abigail Paddock, Erik and Cassandra Von Sanden, Jacquelyn and Michael Jones, Tim Von Sanden, Brandon and Brandee Paddock, Jamey and Laura Paddock, Peter and Kara Guy, Candy and Jay Waitkevich, Marlo and Ryan Bolger and Jenna and Rory Peterson.

Brenda was blessed and loved her great grandchildren: Chloe, Olivia and Nicholas Von Sanden, Joshua and Jaxon Morillo, Jameson and Cassandra O’Brien, Atlas Paddock, Noah and Ezra Jones, Colton, Brantley and Charlotte Guy, Cameron Waitkevich, Amelia Bolger and Brennen Leonard.

Brenda is also survived by her brother and sister in laws; Frank and Emma Paddock, Viva and Jim Phillips-Richardson and Kurt and Lynn Paddock.

Brenda first started working as a secretary at Perry Central School. She then assisted her husband building Paddock’s Breeding Service. Roger and Brenda together built and ran the Sandsabarn teenage nightclub. Brenda was owner and operator of Serendipity Travel. Brenda’s pleasures included playing organ and piano. She played at a number of area churches along with performing for her loved ones. UPDATED -- Brenda also played with conviction at both indoor and outdoor services at the Silver Lake Institute where her grandson, Luke, sang at Epworth Hall on several occasions and was appreciated by all who heard his inspiring voice.

Brenda was preceded in death by her parents Noble and Freda Buckland, her husband Roger and son Bradley.

A Committal service at West Perry Cemetery will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, November 17 at 11 a.m., followed by a Celebration of Life at LaGrange Baptist Church at 4 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made in Brenda’s honor to the LaGrange Baptist Church 7092 LaGrange Rd. Perry, NY 14530 or to the First Congregational Church P.O. Box 156 Perry, NY 14530. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 N. Main St., Perry, N.Y. 14530. For more information or to sign the online guest registry please visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com.

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