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Free COVID-19 Legal Advice is One E-mail Away: Nassau County Bar Association

Nassau County Residents: Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to Get Your Legal Questions Answered!

Residents and small businesses of Nassau County, the NCBA is here for you. Send your legal questions related to the COVID-19 pandemic to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Your email will be promptly reviewed by a Nassau County Bar Association (NCBA) staff member and directed to a NCBA member attorney who has volunteered to assist you through a consultation. You will receive a response within two business days.

Residents may also visit the NCBA COVID-19 resource web page at www.nassaubar.org for additional resources and helpful information.

Phase Two Updated Information - Friday, May 29th

Last night NYS issued the guidance for Phase II, which includes an industry segment now referred to as “Office Based Jobs” and previous references to “professional services” etc. appears now to be rolled up into “Office Based Jobs”. Today, the Governor announced that five regions, the Finger Lakes, Central NY, Mohawk Valley, North Country, and Southern Tier can move on to Phase II.

The office guidance states, “This guidance addresses business activities where the core function takes place within an office setting. This guidance may apply – but is not limited – to businesses and entities in the following sectors: Professional services, nonprofit, technology, administrative support, and higher education administration (excluding full campus reopening). Please note that these guidelines may also apply to business operating parts of their business functions under different guidelines (e.g. front office for a construction company). This guidance does not address medical offices, such as doctors’ offices or dentists’ offices. This guidance also does not address building owners/managers and their employees or contractors. For more information on building management, see, “Interim COVID-19 Guidance for Commercial Building Management.”

There are a lot of specific requirements, regarding occupancy limitations, 6 feet between work stations, no shared work stations unless properly disinfected between use, limiting bi-directional foot traffic, etc.

Overview
The guidelines below apply to non-essential businesses in regions that are permitted to reopen, essential businesses throughout the state that were previously permitted to remain open, and commercial and recreational activities that have been permitted to operate statewide with restrictions. If guidance has not yet been published for your specific industry, but you are permitted to reopen, please refer to the NY Forward Safety Plan template.

Phase II
  • All Office-Based Jobs
  • Real Estate Services
  • Retail – In-Store Shopping 
  • Limited Barbershop and Hair Salon Services
As in Phase I, each business or entity in the various categories, including those that have been designated as essential under Empire State Development's Essential Business Guidance, must develop a written Safety Plan outlining how its workplace will prevent the spread of COVID-19. A business may fill out the template to fulfill the requirement, or may develop its own Safety Plan. This plan does not need to be submitted to a state agency for approval but must be retained on the premises of the business and must made available to the New York State Department of Health (DOH) or local health or safety authorities in the event of an inspection.

In Phase II, responsible Parties must conspicuously post completed safety plans on site. The State has made available a business reopening safety plan template to guide business owners and operators in developing plans to protect against the spread of COVID-19. The ‘responsible party’ for all businesses opening to the public in Phase II MUST affirm electronically that they have read the document. At the end of the guidance document there is a link to affirm that you have read and understand your obligation to operate in accordance with this guidance.
 
 

Businesses in each region will re-open in phases. Re-opening refers to non-essential businesses and business activities. Essential businesses and business activities that are open will remain open.

The guidelines below apply to both non-essential businesses in regions that are permitted to re-open and essential businesses throughout the state that were previously permitted to remain open.

Eligibility for reopening will be determined by health metrics for each region.

Here is a breakdown of industries in each phase:

Phase One: Capital Region, Central New York, Finger Lakes, Long Island, Mid-Hudson, Mohawk Valley, North Country, Southern Tier and Western New York are allowed to reopen 
  • Construction
  • Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
  • Retail - (Limited to curbside or in-store pickup or drop off)
  • Manufacturing
  • Wholesale Trade

For help determining whether or not your business is eligible to reopen, use the reopen lookup tool.

 

New York State on PAUSE - Sunday, March 22nd

Governor Cuomo announced the "New York State on PAUSE" executive order, a 10-point policy to assure uniform safety for everyone.

The 10-point NYS on PAUSE plan is as follows: 

  • Effective at 8PM on Sunday, March 22, all non-essential businesses statewide will be closed;
  • Non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason (e.g. parties, celebrations or other social events) are canceled or postponed at this time;
  • Any concentration of individuals outside their home must be limited to workers providing essential services and social distancing should be practiced;
  • When in public individuals must practice social distancing of at least six feet from others;
  • Businesses and entities that provide other essential services must implement rules that help facilitate social distancing of at least six feet;
  • Individuals should limit outdoor recreational activities to non-contact and avoid activities where they come in close contact with other people;
  • Individuals should limit use of public transportation to when absolutely necessary and should limit potential exposure by spacing out at least six feet from other riders;
  • Sick individuals should not leave their home unless to receive medical care and only after a telehealth visit to determine if leaving the home is in the best interest of their health;
  • Young people should also practice social distancing and avoid contact with vulnerable populations; and
  • Use precautionary sanitizer practices such as using isopropyl alcohol wipes

Please visit the links below for further information.

​Empire State Development
​GUIDANCE FOR DETERMINING WHETHER A BUSINESS ENTERPRISE IS SUBJECT TO A WORKFORCE REDUCTION UNDER EXECUTIVE ORDER 202.6

CDC - Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

US Department of Labor

​Small Business Administration
NEW The SBA provides low-interest disaster loans to help businesses and homeowners recover from declared disasters.

NYS Department of Health

Nassau County Health Department
Nassau County Coronavirus Hotline: 516-227-9570
MAP OF NASSAU COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH COVID-19 POSITIVE TESTS

Nassau County IDA
Tips for Businesses Affected by COVID-19
-Track your expenses and losses during this period
-Keep all receipts
-SBA disaster assistance program is working to offer loans to affected businesses. 

Apply to be a Contact Tracer

All businesses are encouraged to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and CC: Nassau County at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so the county can track what businesses are being affected.