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Manufacturers and retailers ready for Phase One reopen

Posted at 11:53 PM, May 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-18 23:54:30-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Western New York Region cleared the last hurdle by finding enough contact tracers. Phase one begins Tuesday. This means construction, including local development can pick back up. Manufacturing businesses can open. And retail stores that were not already open, can now offer curbside pick-up service.

One company that will open first thing Monday is Buffalo Games and Puzzles. They make games and puzzles. The company were deemed unessential during the New York Pause order. Tuesday, the company can reopen.

“All it really takes is getting our employees back in the building and operating with some of the protocols in place and we'll hit the ground running,” said David Rice, the director of manufacturing.

Those protocols include social distancing.

“We've shut down one or two work centers where social distancing is a challenge, we've redesigned others,” explained Rice.

The Treehouse Toy Store doesn't make puzzles, but they do sell them. While the store has been selling toys online for delivery. The owners are excited to be able to sell their toys curbside.

“The fact that there can be activity again in some degree is like a big emotional step,” explained Gaetana Schueckler.

The store now has its own takeout window.

“You slide the window up and down, so the child can see the inside of the store, without coming in. It's bright and it's happy and they can pick up their order,” added Schuekler about the changes they’ve made to accommodate new state laws.