Phase Two includes all office-based jobs, real estate services, retail (in-store shopping), limited barbershop and hair salon services.
Update: June 4, 2020 – Capital Region Restaurants Can Re-Open for Outdoor Dining Today
Important information for Restaurants below:
- Governor Cuomo announced yesterday that restaurants could begin to operate outdoor dining as of today.
- Outdoor tables must be spaced six feet apart, all staff must wear face coverings and customers must also wear face coverings when not seated.
- Detailed guidelines for eateries must be read and affirmed, which can be done here.
- In addition, you must have a safety plan in place prior to opening your outdoor seating area; a safety plan template can be found here.
- For additional guidance from the state on how to operate outdoor dining, click here.
- For guidance from the State Liquor Authority, click here.
Update: June 2, 2020 – Capital Region Phase Two Will Begin Re-Opening Wednesday, June 3
The Governor has announced the State’s team of International experts has reviewed the numbers and data for the Capital Region and confirmed that it’s safe to proceed with Phase Two of reopening beginning Wednesday, June 3. The NY Forward website provides comprehensive information and helpful resources outlining the regionally and industry based reopening process.
Phase Two includes all office-based jobs, real estate services, retail (in-store shopping), barber shop and hair salon services.
Phase Two Business Re-Opening Guidelines
Here’s What You Will Need To Do To Resume Business Once Phase Two 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
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.
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 Two Businesses
Re-Opening Business Resources
NY Forward – Business Reopening Lookup Tool – for help in determining if a business is eligible to reopen
NYS Association of REALTORS – industry specific information on COVID-19 issues, updated NYS guidance & FAQs on topics such as Pandemic Unemployment Insurance
NYS Regional Monitoring Dashboard – region by region health status
NYS Department of Health: Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfection for COVID-19 For Retail Stores
National Association of Realtors: COVID-19: Workplace RE-Entry Checklist
National Association of Realtors: NYSAR COVID-19 Resources
Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress: Mid-Hudson Valley Housing Update
OSHA ALERT: COVID-19 Guidance for Retail Workers
OSHA ALERT: COVID-19 Guidance for Retail Pharmacies
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