Long Island Enters Phase 1:
New York State Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Tuesday, May 26th 2020 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, New York State hopes to be able to move the Long Island 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/OSHA guidelines in relation to social distancing, suggested health checks of employees and preparing the workplace for employees to return.
Below are the guidelines you should be reviewing and complying with as you prepare to open your business:
- 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
New York State has also suggested that all businesses follow the OSHA guidelines on COVID-19 and the workplace: https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3990.pdf