On Monday, July 6th, New York City entered Phase 3 of the New York Forward reopening plan, allowing the reopening of personal care businesses. Indoor dining will not be permitted in New York City under Phase 3 rules.
On Wednesday, July 8th 2020, Long Island and other regions will enter Phase 4 of the New York Forward reopening plan, allowing approved Higher Education, recreation, low-risk outdoor and indoor arts and entertainment, media production and professional sports (with no fans) to resume. New York State officials recently removed gyms and movie theaters from phase four as health experts study the best practices to avoid the spread of COVID-19 in such facilities. Malls will be allowed to open with a special, NYS approved air filtration system in place.
Businesses that are able to reopen are expected to follow New York State and CDC guidelines in relation to social distancing, suggested health checks of employees and preparing the workplace for employees to return. New York State expects all businesses to develop a COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan. Your COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan should include the ways in which you intend to comply with the New York State Department of Health guidance to safely reopen.
Phase 3 industries include:
- Personal Care Services:
- Tattoo and piercing facilities
- Appearance enhancement practitioners
- Massage therapy
- Nail specialty
- UV and non-UV tanning
If your business is included in the Phase 3 industries above, make sure to visit the New York State website to view summary guidelines for your industry as well as print and complete the business safety plan template to ensure you are in compliance with the reopening rules: https://forward.ny.gov/new-york-city-phase-three-industries.
Phase 4 industries have been updated to include:
- Higher Education
- Low-Risk Outdoor Arts & Entertainment
- Low-Risk Indoor Arts & Entertainment
- Media Production
- Professional Sports Competitions With No Fans
- Malls (must have special air filtration system in place)
If your business is included in the Phase 4 industries above, make sure to visit the New York State website to view summary guidelines for your industry as well as print and complete the business safety plan template to ensure you are in compliance with the reopening rules: https://forward.ny.gov/phase-four-industries.
Associated HCM has a variety of solutions available to our clients as businesses prepare to bring employees back to work
- Track the mandated employee health questions
- Provide updated labor law posters
- Return to work templates and COVID-19 & HR guidelines
- Much more!
Let’s connect to discuss how Associated HCM can help your business in complying with state and federal reopening guidelines.