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Guide: Industries Reopening by Phase in New York

A quick look at phased reopening guidelines for New York.

News 12 Staff

May 27, 2020, 3:06 PM

Updated 1,483 days ago


All information courtesy of the official New York State reopening website.
Overview: Reopening in Phases
Businesses in each region will re-open in phases. Re-opening refers to non-essential businesses and business activities. Essential businesses and business activities that are open will remain open.
The guidelines below apply to both non-essential businesses in regions that are permitted to re-open and essential businesses throughout the state that were previously permitted to remain open.
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Eligibility for reopening will be determined by health metrics for each region.
Here is a breakdown of industries in each phase:
Phase One:
•Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
•Retail - (Limited to curbside or in-store pickup or drop off)
•Wholesale Trade
Phase Two
•Professional Services
•Administrative Support
•Real Estate / Rental & Leasing
Phase Three
•Restaurants / Food Services
Phase Four
•Arts / Entertainment / Recreation
Phase One Information
Phase One: Construction
•Building Equipment Contractors
•Building Finishing Contractors
•Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors
•Highway, Street and Bridge Construction
•Land Subdivision
•Nonresidential Building Construction
•Residential Building Construction
•Utility System Construction
Phase One: Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting
•Other Animal Production
•Other Crop Production
•Support Activities for Animal Production
•Support Activities for Crop Production
•Support Activities for Forestry
Phase One: Retail Trade
•Phase One includes delivery, curbside, and in-store pickup service only for the following businesses:
Clothing Stores
•Direct Selling Establishments
•Electronics and Appliance Stores
•Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses
•Furniture and Home Furnishing Stores
•General Merchandise Stores
•Health and Personal Care Stores
•Jewelry, Luggage, and Leather Goods Stores
•Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores
•Office Supplies, Stationery, and Gift Stores
•Used Merchandise Stores
•Shoe Stores
•Sporting Goods, Hobby, Musical Instrument and Book Stores
•Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers
Phase One: Manufacturing
•Apparel Manufacturing
•Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
•Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing
•Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
•Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing
•Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing
•Machinery Manufacturing
•Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
•Paper Manufacturing
•Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
•Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing
•Printing and Related Support Activities
•Textile Mills
•Textile Product Mills
•Wood Product Manufacturing
•Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing
Phase One: Wholesale Trade
•Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers
•Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers
•Furniture and Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers
•Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers
•Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
•Metal and Mineral (except Petroleum) Merchant Wholesalers
•Paper and Paper Product Merchant Wholesalers
•Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
•Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers
•Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers
•Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers
Additional information courtesy of the Nassau County reopening website:
Under NY State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan, Long Island can begin Re-Opening Industries in Phases when our region meets New York State’s Seven Health Metrics
Phase One businesses are set to reopen beginning May 27, 2020 following NY State protocols and guidelines outlined below.
Outline of businesses, organizations in Phase Two, Three and Four can be found here.
Although subject to change, it is expected there will be a two-week period between each phase of re-opening.
Use the New York Forward Business Reopening Lookup Tool
  • Construction
  • Retail (Limited to curbside or in-store pickup or drop off),
  • Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting,
  • Manufacturing
  • And Wholesale Trade.
Before reopening, every business must meet specific mandatory requirements. NY State has published "summary guidelines" including both the mandatory and recommended protocols and detailed "final interim guidance" for each business category listed in Phase One.  The guidelines for each sector can be found here.
Businesses must confirm that they agree to operate in compliance with the detailed guidance. A link to the affirmation form is located at the end of the detailed guidance and found here.
Every business must have a written plan outlining how it will prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace.
Create your plan using NYS Business Re-Opening Safety Plan Template and CDC Businesses and Workplaces Re-Opening Guidance which includes:
  • Wellness Checks for employees and customers
  • Disinfection and Cleaning Routines
  • Social Distancing
  • PPE supply for employees and customers
  • Reopening FAQ
  • For more info on Governor Cuomo’s Re-Opening Plan, visit Forward.ny.gov
  • Contact us - If you’re a business located in Nassau County and have a question about reopening not answered on this page, please email us at: econdev@nassaucountyny.gov
  • As businesses are eager to reopen, following NY State and CDC guidelines is imperative to the health and safety of our community and will allow us to continue to the next phase.  Residents can report a complaint or concern about a business failing to comply with the new safety guidelines by emailing Reopensafe@nassaucountyny.gov
  • NY Forward “Boost Nassau” loan fund is a new business recovery loan program aimed at supporting Nassau County’s small businesses, Minority/Women-owned Business Enterprises (MWBE) and nonprofits struggling during the COVID-19 outbreak.  Note, the loan program is available to businesses impacted by COVID-19 that haven’t accessed federally-backed programs like PPP.   The new “Boost Nassau” program ensures that $10 million will be available for businesses located in Nassau County from the NY Forward Loan Fund
  • Further details on the program, eligibility and how to apply will be available after May 26th at www.boostnassau.net, in the meantime more information is available here
  • With Nassau County’s new Open Streets Pilot Program, we are making it easier for Villages, Towns and Cities to temporarily close County roads to vehicles to allow businesses to utilize sidewalk and/or street space fronting their business to increase their capacity while maintaining social distancing. This will help address reduced indoor capacity requirements under the NY Forward phase-in reopening, which limits the number of customers indoors and may impact revenue. Continuing the County’s efforts to support the revival of our downtowns and business districts, the County will be fast tracking permitting approvals for temporary road closures, with a decision within a week of receiving an application. More information will be available after Thursday, May 28, 2020 on www.nassaucountyny.gov/OpenStreets.

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