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Re-Opening Nassau - What Businesses Need to Know

Under NY State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan, Long Island can begin Re-Opening Industries in Phases when our region meets New York State’s Seven Health Metrics.

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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.

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, NY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday released new details on how local economies will reopen amid declining infections of the new coronavirus.

Article Courtesy of Massapequa Patch
Daniel Hampton, Patch Staff 


Certain low-risk businesses will be allowed to reopen Friday, including construction, manufacturing, wholesalers, retail stores, agriculture, forestry and fishing. All retailers will be allowed to offer curbside pickup and drop-off or in-store pickup. Essential retail stores will be allowed to continue operating under current state regulations.

Cuomo also offered a glimpse at the timeline for other businesses. The second phase of reopening will include professional services, finance, insurance, retail, administrative support and real estate/rental leasing. The third phase includes restaurants/food services and hotels/accommodations, while the fourth phase includes arts/entertainment/recreation and education.

Some recreational activities will also be allowed, such as landscaping, gardening, drive-in movie theaters, tennis and other outdoor activities.

At his daily briefing, Cuomo said the state continued to see coronavirus infections and deaths trending downward.

Total hospitalizations fell below 7,300 with a net change of minus 36. Intubations saw a net change of minus 53, and the number of people who died of COVID-19 fell to 161. That includes 112 in hospitals and 49 in nursing homes.

The number of new hospitalizations, meanwhile, ticked down to 488, its lowest level since March 19.

Regions will reopen based on seven metrics, Cuomo said.

1. 14-day decline in hospitalizations or under 15 new hospitalizations (three-day average)

2. Two-week decline in hospitalized deaths or under five new (three-day average)

3. New hospitalizations: under two per 100,000 residents (three-day rolling average)

4. Share of total beds available (threshold of 30 percent)

5. Share of ICU beds available (threshold of 30 percent)

6. 30 per 1,000 residents tested monthly (seven-day average of new tests per day)

7. 30 contact tracers per 100,000 residents or to meet current infection rate

The governor also released the names of the people who will make up the regional "control rooms" that will monitor infection and hospitalization rates and have the ability to close businesses should the rates spike.

In response to a reporter's question, Cuomo said the regional councils will be responsible for making sure workers have adequate access to day care services. Schools will remain closed through the remainder of the year.

Article Courtesy of Massapequa Patch
Daniel Hampton, Patch Staff 

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Re-Opening Playbook

As businesses prepare to begin the slow re-opening process, the CO - by U.S. Chamber of Commerce team team has put together this reopening playbook with safety guidance, best practices, communication tips, and more for small businesses. See the full guide here: