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Phase Four of COVID19 Requirements for New York Business Re-Openings and Statewide Guidelines for Certain Industries

Central New York will enter Phase 4 of the COVID19 New York State business re-opening on Friday June 26, 2020.  New York State will be allowing the re-opening of businesses by region in four phases as follows:

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

Phase 2: Professional Services, Retail, Administrative Support, Real Estate/Rental & Leasing.

Phase 3: Restaurants/Food Services.

Phase 4: Higher Education, Low-Risk Outdoor Arts & Entertainment, Low-Risk Indoor Arts & Entertainment, Media Production.

In addition to the industries in the four phases described above, the State has issued statewide guidelines for certain industries: Child Care and Day Camps; Lake and Ocean Beaches; Religious and Funeral Services; Racing Activities; Dentistry; Auto Racing; Professional Sports Training Facilities; Public Transportation and Sports and Recreation.  These guidelines are found at .

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 Phased re-openings as of June 30, 2020 are at

A safety plan must be adopted by each business which is either re-opening or has stayed in operation. New York State has plan templates and these must be shared with employees, customers and posted at work sites of the businesses.

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.

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