Governor Cuomo today cleared the Capital Region for its Phase II reopening and also announced today outdoor dining at restaurants will be permitted in phase two of reopening. Restaurants in the seven regions that have entered phase two (-the Capital Region, Central New York, the Finger Lakes, the Mohawk Valley, the North Country, the Southern Tier and Western New York), can reopen for outdoor dining beginning tomorrow, June 4th. Outdoor tables must be spaced six feet apart, all staff must wear face coverings and customers must also wear face coverings when not seated.
As part of the NY Forward plan, Capital Region Phase I industries began operations on May 20, now the Capital Region has just started Phase II of reopening. The Governor’s office has released guidelines and business safety templates for Phase II industries, please see below. Capital Region Phase II businesses must review and affirm these guidelines and develop a safety plan before their reopening.
Phase II Business owners must read the “Detailed Guidelines” for their industries and provide their digital signature affirming they have read and understand the document. A Safety 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 made available to the New York State Department of Health (DOH) or local health or safety authorities in the event of an inspection.
NY Forward Business Reopening Lookup Tool
This tool will help you determine whether or not your business is eligible to reopen, and the public health and safety standards with which your business must comply.
For local guidance and support the Small Business Development Center at the University at Albany is hosting a Phase II reopening online webinar - you can register for a scheduled June 1 session here.
Essential and Phase II In-Store Retail
Vehicle Sales, Leases, and Rentals
Retail Rental, Repair, and Cleaning
Commercial Building Management
Hair Salons and Barbershops
Additional details about all four reopening phases and industries to reopen can be found here.