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What you need to know. Updated regularly by NYS with the most recent announcements from the Governor.
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NYS issues four-phased approach to reopening
The state outlined which industries and businesses can open in each phase of the state's four-phase re-opening plan. Businesses considered "more essential" with inherent low risks of infection in the workplace and to customers will be prioritized, followed by other businesses considered "less essential" or those that present a higher risk of infection spread. Regions must not open attractions or businesses that would draw a large number of visitors from outside the local area.
New York's Phased Re-opening (Click on the Phase to visit the NYS website)
Phase One (May 15): Construction/Manufacturing and wholesale supply chain/Select retail using curbside pickup only/Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting
Phase Two (May 29): Professional services/Finance and insurance/Retail/Administrative support/Essential and Phase II In-Store Retail/ Vehicle Sales, Leases, and Rentals/Retail Rental, Repair, and Cleaning/Commercial Building Management/Hair Salons and Barbershops
Phase Three: (June 12) Restaurants and food services establishments, including food trucks and other food concessions. Establishments may open indoor spaces with seating for customers, in accordance with the guidelines. Personal Care including non-hair-related personal care businesses and services, including tattoo and piercing facilities, appearance enhancement practitioners, massage therapy, spas, cosmetology, nail specialty, UV and non-UV tanning, or waxing.
Phase Four: (June 26) Higher Education: all types of in-person higher education institutions, including but not limited to community and junior colleges, universities, graduate and professional schools, medical schools, and technical schools. Low-Risk Outdoor Arts & Entertainment: applies to low-risk outdoor arts/entertainment activities, including outdoor zoos, botanical gardens, nature parks, grounds of historic sites and cultural institutions, outdoor museums, outdoor agritourism, local agricultural demonstrations and exhibitions; and other similar institutions/activities. Low-Risk Indoor Arts & Entertainment: applies to all indoor museums, historical sites, aquariums, and other related institutions or activities that have been permitted to reopen. Media Production: encompass all activities undertaken in motion picture, music, television, and streaming productions on set, on location, or at any production or recording site. Professional Sports Competitions With No Fans: applies to all activities undertaken in preparation for professional sports competitions, as well as the conduct of such competitions, at an appropriate venue for professional sports competitions, such as a stadium or arena. For the purposes of this document, professional sports are defined as any sporting event at which participants are paid by a league or team. This guidance does not apply to collegiate sports; it also does not apply to horse racing or auto racing. Gyms and Fitness Centers (Open Aug 24): applies to fitness activities and facilities, including, but not limited, to standalone, hotel, residential, and office gyms and fitness centers, gyms and fitness centers in higher education institutions, yoga/Pilates/barre studios, boxing/kickboxing gyms, fitness boot camps, CrossFit or other plyometric boxes, and other group fitness classes. Bowling Lanes (Open Aug 17): will be able to operate at a 50% maximum occupancy limit; face coverings and social distancing will be required at all times; every other lane must be closed; patrons need to stay with the party at their assigned lane; thorough cleaning and disinfection of shared or rented equipment between each use will be required; and all food service must follow all state-issued guidance.
Essential Businesses, including any for-profit or non-profit, regardless of the nature of the service, the function they perform, or its corporate or entity structure, are not subject to the in-person restriction. Essential Businesses must continue to comply with the guidance and directives for maintaining a clean and safe work environment issued by the Department of Health (DOH) and every business, even if essential, is strongly urged to maintain social distancing measures to the extent possible.
Businesses and entities must put a Safety Plan in place upon re-opening to help lower the risk of spreading the coronavirus.
Businesses will be required to:
• Adjust workplace hours and shift design as necessary to reduce density in the workplace;
• Enact social distancing protocols;
• Restrict non-essential travel for employees;
• Require all employees and customers to wear masks if in frequent contact with others;
• Implement strict cleaning and sanitation standards;
• Enact a continuous health screening process for individuals to enter the workplace;
• Continue tracing, tracking and reporting of cases; and
• Develop liability processes.
Businesses/Employers must have a re-opening plan, there are many sample plans available below (CDC/OSHA and industry specific) and on the NY Forward website.
Currently, you do not need to file your plan with any federal, state, region, county or local agency. Your plan needs to be in writing and made available should any state or local health agency inspect your facility.
COVID Testing Guidance - Testing for COVID-19 shall be authorized by a health care provider for individuals who would return to the workplace in Phase One. This is currently voluntary and not a requirement.
Wyoming County COVID Testing
Health Mart Pharmacies are participating as community collection sites in partnership with eTrueNorth, a contractor of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide access to COVID-19 diagnostic tests. Testing services for patients meeting eligibility requirements are now available. Tests will be provided at no cost to eligible patients at this time and are available to residents of Wyoming County, beginning Tuesday, May 19, 2020.
How it works:
1. Check to see if you're eligible to take the test by visiting https://doineedacovid19test.com/ to answer a few simple questions.
2. Schedule an appointment. If you're eligible for testing, find a location near you to schedule an appointment.
3. Bring your voucher and ID on the day of your test. If you receive an appointment, you must print and bring your test voucher with you on the day of your test, along with proof of identity.
4. What to expect on the day of the test. Stay in your car. Authorized personnel on-site will provide you with a self-administered test kit and instructions to perform the test. They will also monitor you to make sure you're performing the test correctly.
5. Notification of test results. You will be emailed a link to view your results within 3–5 business days.
Re-Start Wyoming County: Planning for Recovery
The Covid-19 Pandemic of March 2020, led to a response that was unforeseen, and for businesses, largely unplanned. The closing of non-essential businesses coupled with shelter in place orders for most citizens has created a crisis environment for our economic well-being.
You must decide now how your business will be able to survive this crisis and remain in business. This is different than a simple business continuity plan, as the factors that have caused this crisis were out of your control. In this way, the effect that this has had on our business community is very similar to communities coping with large scale natural disasters! Many businesses in those communities were able to bounce back and recover as a result of good self-evaluation and planning.
Read the quick guide here
Best practice sample plans and guidance from multiple industry sectors
OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces
OSHA has prepared a publication Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19. This guidance is not a standard or regulation, and it creates no new legal obligations. It contains recommendations as well as descriptions of mandatory safety and health standards. The recommendations are advisory in nature, informational in content, and are intended to assist employers in providing a safe and healthful workplace.
Templates for construction, manufacturing, and restaurant businesses.
Re-Start Wyoming Loan Program
Recognizing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on our small business community, the Wyoming County Business Center Board of Directors established the Re-Start Wyoming Loan Program. The purpose of the loan program is to provide assistance to small businesses in Wyoming County, New York that have been impacted by the COVID-19 health crisis and to help “re-start” their businesses as governmental orders restricting business operations in Wyoming County are eased or lifted.
Funds may be used to:
1. Provide eligible borrowers with funding to modify current business operations to adapt to governmental orders imposing restrictions on business operations.
2. Provide eligible borrowers funding to assist in the re-opening of their businesses within 30 days once governmental orders have been lifted.
3. Provide eligible borrowers with funds for payroll support, rent assistance, payment of utilities, replenishment of inventory, employee health care and accounts payable.
Applications will be accepted from May 8 until December 31, 2020 and reviewed in the order received. They will continue to be processed until December 31, 2020 or until the funds are depleted. Read the press release here
Download the application here
US Chamber's "Resilience in a Box" Resources
The US Chamber has created the "Resilience in a Box" web resource based on best practices and designed to educate newcomers on business resilience. Small businesses are both highly vulnerable and can be without adequate resources to focus on preparedness actions. These resources will guide companies toward addressing preparedness issues while building in flexibility to handle potential business interruptions.
Ready to Reopen: A Playbook for Your Small Business - An extensive article from the US Chamber of Commerce.