New York prepares to re-open. Are you ready?

Governor Cuomo outlined a plan to re-open New York State. “Our plan focuses on getting people back to work and easing social isolation without triggering renewed spread of the virus or overwhelming the hospital system.

New York will re-open on a regional basis as each region meets the criteria necessary to protect public health as businesses re-open. New York State remains on PAUSE through May 15.” View Regional Chart for re-opening HERE.

Businesses and industries will open in a phased approach. 

Phase 1 includes construction, manufacturing and select retail (with curbside pickup).

Phase 2 includes professional services, finance and insurance, retail, administrative support and real estate/rental leasing.

Phase 3 includes restaurants, food services and hotels.

Phase 4 includes arts, entertainment, recreation and education. 

Upon reopening, businesses must implement new safety precautions to help lower the risk of spreading the virus. These include strict cleaning and sanitation standards, restricting nonessential travel, adapting the workplace to allow for social distancing, and requiring masks to be worn if employees are in frequent contact with the public. Read all the requirements here.

Human Resources – It’s not just How to Re-Open, but Who should return.

Opening the Workplace: A Preliminary Guide for Employers | Read article HERE

5 compliance tips for reopening | Read article HERE


Retail Industry Leaders Association:  A Blueprint for Shopping Safe | Read it HERE.


New York State Restaurant Association | Read more HERE

National Restaurant Association COVID-19 Reopening Guidance | View HERE

Streetsense Pandemic Relaunch ToolKit for Restaurants & Bars | Download HERE

OSHA Guidelines for Restaurants offering curbside pick up | Download HERE

General Re-Opening Resources

Re-Opening Main Street | View HERE

Ten Steps All Workplaces Can Take | See OSHA Recommendations HERE

General Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting for Non-Health Care Settings from NYC | Read guidelines HERE

The Safe Six: Workplace Readiness Essentials | View HERE

Expanded instructions and plans for “The Safe Six” | View HERE

OSHA Guidelines for Re-Opening | Read HERE

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