As of June 8, 2020, New York City entered Phase 1 of New York State’s reopening plan. Businesses that are able to reopen are expected to follow New York State and CDC guidelines in relation to social distancing, health checks of employees and preparing the workplace for employees to return safely. 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.
To find your industry and print a business safety plan template, head to https://forward.ny.gov/industries-reopening-phase . The guidelines apply to both non-essential businesses in New York City that are permitted to re-open and essential businesses throughout the state that were previously permitted to remain open.
Phase One industries include:
- Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
- Retail – (Limited to curbside or in-store pickup or drop off)
- Wholesale Trade
On Wednesday June 10th, 2020 the Long Island region will enter Phase 2 of New York State’s reopening plan. New York State has put together strict guidelines (beyond social distancing and masks) to be observed by businesses reopening in Phase 2. If your business is included in the industries below, 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-two-industries
Phase 2 industries include:
- Offices (at 50% capacity)
- Real Estate
- In-store retail
- Vehicle Sales, Leases, and Rentals
- Retail Rental, Repair, and Cleaning
- Commercial Building Management
- Hair Salons and Barbershops
- Outdoor and Take-Out/Delivery Food Services