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Reopening Resources

As businesses prepare to reopen, there are many considerations to open responsibly. The Chamber is committed to keeping you updated on guidelines provided by the state and other governing agencies.

The State has indicated each business will have to develop a safety plan to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

  • Reopening plans do NOT have to be submitted to state agencies for approval; however, plans should be kept on premise and available for NYS DOH in the event of an inspection.
  • Employers must submit a form to the State affirming they have read and understand the guidelines and will implement them. Click here to submit your affirmation online.
  • For developing a safety plan specific to your business, you may use this safety plan template designed by the state OR develop a plan of your own.

Phased Reopening of New York State: 

The Capital Region began Phase One reopening on Wednesday, May 20.

 

Phase One: Now Open; (Guidelines for Phase One)

  • Construction
  • Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
  • Retail - (Limited to curbside or in-store pickup or drop off)
  • Manufacturing
  • Wholesale Trade

Phase Two: Now Open; (Guidelines for Phase Two)

Phase Three: Now Open; (Guidelines for Phase Three)

  • Restaurants / Food Services
  • Personal Care

Phase Four: Not Open; Now Open; (Guidelines for Phase Four)

  • Higher Education
  • Low Risk Outdoor Arts & Entertainment
  • Low Risk Indoor Arts & Entertainment
  • Media Production

New! Internal COVID-19 Communications 

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has prepared a custom flyer that businesses can utilize to educate costumers and employees on the steps the business is taking to mitigate the risk of COVID-19. Create your flyer here.

In addition, businesses can rely on the following questionnaire to screen employees daily. Download and print the form here. 


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has compiled a collection of business resources to provide employers and employees with best practices to safely return to work:

  • For their industry specific best practices, click here

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Governor Cuomo and his team have unveiled the regional criterion that must be met and maintained as a region can proceed with reopening. Read about the metrics guiding our reopening process. 

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