Is Your Business Allowed to Open?

The Finger Lakes Region of New York State was allowed to open for “Phase One” services on May 15th, yet questions might remain about what that means for your business.

Construction; manufacturing and wholesale supply chain; retail for curbside pickup and drop-off or in-store pickup; and agriculture, forestry and fishing were allowed to open this past Friday. A comprehensive guide to the state’s “NY Forward Reopening” Plan is available here.

The state also allowed certain low-risk business and recreational activities to reopen statewide on May 15th, including landscaping and gardening; outdoor, low-risk recreational activities like tennis; and drive-in movie theaters.

“We are starting a new chapter in the fight against this virus – we’ve worked together as a state to flatten the curve and the decline has finally reached a point where it is just about where we started this journey, so now we can turn to reopening,” Governor Cuomo said. “As we approach May 15, we have put regional control rooms in place, which are made up of the top government officials and academic and healthcare professionals in that region, to watch the situation in each region develop and increase or decrease the activity and speed of reopening based on the metrics and guidelines. These control rooms are critical because we just made it over the mountain and nobody wants to go back to the other side now.”

The “regional control rooms” monitor metrics during the reopening process, which will inform future decisions. Metrics include: hospitalization rate; death rate; number of new hospitalizations; hospital bed capacity, ICU bed capacity; testing and contact tracing.

New York State put together an easy tool to help you identify the allowed status of your business or industry, it is available here.

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