Cuomo announced New York Forward, a phased-in approach to reopening New
York. The State's plan focuses on getting New Yorkers back to
triggering renewed spread of the COVID-19 virus or overwhelming local
The Mohawk Valley is eligible for phase 1 of reopening beginning on Friday, May 15th 2020.
New York Forward website provides comprehensive information and helpful
resources outlining the regionally and industry-based reopening
Business owners must read the
for their industries and provide their digital signature affirming they
have read and understand the document. Businesses that are operating
as essential businesses still need to read and affirm their guidance
and print/utilize the safety plan template.
You can find all the comprehensive information linked
including summary guidelines.
Businesses reopening must develop a writtenSafety
Plan outlining how its workplace will prevent the spread of COVID-19. A business may fill out
template to fulfill the requirement, or may develop its own Safety Plan.
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
New York State Department of Health (DOH) or local health or
safety authorities in the event of an inspection. Business owners should
refer to the State’s industry-specific guidance for more information on
how to safely operate.
the coming days the NY Forward website will be updated with additional
information as it becomes available. We encourage you to check back
for further guidance and details.