Phase Four

Phase Four includes: Higher Education, Low-Risk Outdoor Arts & Entertainment, Low-Risk Indoor Arts & Entertainment and Media Production

For help determining whether or not your business is eligible to reopen, use the NY Forward Business Reopen Lookup Tool. You can also scroll down to find the guidance for each phase.


Capital Region Phase Four: Reopening July 1

Update: June 30, 2020: The Capital Region remains on-schedule for a Phase 4 reopening on Wednesday, July 1, 2020. The Governor’s office has released guidance documents for organizations classified as Higher Education; Low-Risk Outdoor Arts & Entertainment; Low-Risk Indoor Arts & Entertainment; and Media Production (see below).

While fitness facilities, movie theaters and malls had expected to be included in Phase 4, the Governor’s office has announced that guidelines for these industries will be shared at a later date.


As a business owner, here’s what you need to do to resume business once Phase Four is open:

1. Business owners must read the “Detailed Guidelines” for their industries – listed below

2. Provide digital signature affirming you have read and understand the document. This is applicable for both businesses currently open and operating as “essential”, and those opening under the guidelines of the current phase

Sign the Business Affirmation | Read the Industry Guidelines

3. Businesses reopening must also develop a written Safety Plan outlining how the workplace will prevent the spread of COVID-19. Businesses may create their own plan, or use the NYS template to fulfill the requirement.

Business Re-Opening Safety Plan Template

4. Plan does not need to be submitted, however must be retained on the premises of the business and made available to NYS Department of Health and/or local health and safety authorities in the event of an inspection.


Detailed Guidance for Phase Four Businesses
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. For help determining whether or not your business is eligible to reopen, use the NY Forward Business Reopen Lookup Tool. You can also scroll down to find the guidance for each phase.

Higher Education
View Summary Guidelines
Read and Affirm Detailed Guidelines
Reopening Plan Checklist

Low-Risk Outdoor Arts & Entertainment
View Summary Guidelines
Read and Affirm Detailed Guidelines
Print Business Safety Plan Template

Low-Risk Indoor Arts & Entertainment
View Summary Guidelines
Read and Affirm Detailed Guidelines
Print Business Safety Plan Template

Media Production
View Summary Guidelines
Read and Affirm Detailed Guidelines
Print Business Safety Plan Template


Re-Opening Business Resources

NY Phase One Business Re-Opening Guideline Webinar

NY Forward – A Guide to Reopening New York and Building Back Better

NY Forward – Business Reopening Lookup Tool – for help in determining if a business is eligible to reopen

NYS Regional Monitoring Dashboard – region by region health status

Additional Guidelines for Phased Plan to Re-Open NY

FAQs on New York Forward and Business Reopening

Empire State Development Portal: COVID-19 Related Business Questions

NYS Council on the Arts

NYS Department of Education

NYS School Boards Association

I Love NY: Coronavirus Resources for Travelers

Columbia-Greene Community College: Important Information Regarding COVID-19

Questar III: Resources Regarding COVID-19

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