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Moving New York Forward

May 15, 2020
Governor Cuomo giving a press conference

Beginning Friday, May 15, New York entered into Phase One of its re-opening of the state. New York State has issued official guidelines for businesses to follow as they plan to re-open. NY on PAUSE has been extended until Thursday, May 28 for the regions of the State that have not met the required metrics for re-opening in Phase One, but planning ahead is important. 

The re-opening guide is applicable on an industry-specific basis and includes mandatory requirements and recommended best practices for businesses. These include best practices for social distancing, use of personal protective equipment, cleaning and hygiene, communication and screening. Click here to see the guide for businesses re-opening in phases by industry

In order for a business to re-open, it must develop a written Safety Plan outlining how its workplace will prevent the spread of COVID-19. To fulfill this requirement, businesses can fill out this NY Forward Business Re-opening Safety Plan Template or may develop their 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 be made available to the New York State Department of Health (DOH) or local health or safety authorities in the event of an inspection. 

Click here for more information and to view Governor Cuomo’s NY Forward Guide.  

Photo credit: New York Post