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New York State Release Phase 2 Requirements for New York Business Re-Openings

New York State has released the requirements for those businesses in Phase 2 re-opening.  Central New York is now authorized to begin the Phase 2 re-opening.

New York State is allowing the re-opening of businesses by region in four phases as follows, with the businesses in the Phases being expanded from the original list to now read:

Phase 1:  Construction, Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting, Retail (limited to curbside or in-store pickup/drop off), Manufacturing and Wholesale Trade.

Phase 2: Offices, Real Estate; Essential and Phase II In-Store Retail; Vehicle Sales, Leases and Rentals; Retail Rental, Repair and Cleaning; Commercial Building Management; Hair Salons and Barbershops.

Phase 3: Restaurants/Food Services.

Phase 4: Arts/Entertainment/Recreation, and Education.

The Phase 2 guidance from the State specifies the following must remain closed:

  • Malls, but for stores with separate entrances;
  • Dine-in and on-premise restaurant or bar service (take out only allowed for off site consumption);
  • Large gathering/event venues;
  • Gyms, fitness centers and exercise classes;
  • Video lottery and casino gaming facilities;
  • Movie theaters, except for drive-ins;
  • Places of public amusement, indoor and outdoor, including but not limited to amusement parks, water parks, aquariums, zoos, carnivals, arcades, fairs, children’s play centers, funplexes, theme parks, bowling alleys, family and children’s attractions.

For a business to re-open (and for a business which did not close to now continue to operate) the following steps must be followed:

  • Identify which Phase the business is in;
  • Read the State industry specific mandates;
  • Write, adopt and publish at the work site a Safety Plan for re-opening (or continuation of operation);
  • Certify online that the business owner/agent has reviewed State industry mandates for re-opening and affirm that the mandates will be followed.
  • Continue to follow and update Plan and practices in line with New York State guidance.

The required safety procedures for Phase 2 industries has been released at for Phases 3 and 4 have not been released as of May 29, 2020.

A safety plan must be adopted by each business before re-opening (and by those which continued to operate as essential); the State has provided templates. The Plan must be shared with employees, customers and posted at work sites.

There are Frequently Asked Questions for this re-opening process at:

In addition, each business (both those re-opening and those which have continued to operate) must certify to the State at a new website portal as follows:

I am the owner or agent of the business listed. I have reviewed the New York State interim guidance for business re-opening activities and operations during the COVID-19 public health emergency and I affirm that I have read and understand my obligation to operate in accordance with such guidance.

Those businesses which are not in Phase 1 or 2 should nonetheless review the requirements of the Phase 1 & 2 openings as there are common themes in the requirements and the outline of safety plans for businesses can be considered and developed now and finalized once the State releases the requirements for the next Phases.

Additional websites business should also continue to monitor include the New York State Department of Health Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Website  the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Coronavirus (COVID-19) website and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration COVID-19 Website

By: Mary Anne Cody

Media Contacts

Mary Anne Cody
Mackenzie Hughes LLP
(315) 233-8239

Andrew Brazill
ABC Creative Group
(315) 471-1002 x27