Opening the state back up

Phase 1 Reopening Guidelines

Governor Cuomo announced New York Forward, a phased-in approach to reopening New York. The State's plan focuses on getting New Yorkers back to work—without triggering renewed spread of the COVID-19 virus or overwhelming local hospital systems.  

The Mohawk Valley is eligible for phase 1 of reopening beginning on Friday, May 15th 2020.

The New York Forward website provides comprehensive information and helpful resources outlining the regionally and industry-based reopening process.

Business owners must read the “Detailed Guidelines” for their industries and provide their digital signature affirming they have read and understand the document. Businesses that are operating now 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 HERE including summary guidelines.

Businesses reopening must develop a written Safety Plan outlining how its workplace will prevent the spread of COVID-19. A business may fill out this 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. Business owners should refer to the State’s industry-specific guidance for more information on how to safely operate.

Over the coming days the NY Forward website will be updated with additional information as it becomes available. We encourage you to check back regularly for further guidance and details.


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