New York State Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Tuesday that Long Island could begin the first phase of reopening, allowing work to resume in local construction and manufacturing sectors, as well as curbside retail or in-store pickup and wholesale trade and agriculture, and forestry, fishing and hunting.
As long as the Long Island region continues to meet and improve on its health metrics, the state hopes to be able to move the region into Stage 2 in as little as two weeks which would remove even more restrictions. 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 also 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.
For the New York Forward FAQ’s about reopening your business, please head to: https://esd.ny.gov/nyforward-faq