Governor Cuomo released the NY Forward reopening plan including a detailed list of industries and types of businesses that will be able to operate in each phase throughout New York's four-phase reopening effort as soon as the regions in which they are located meet and maintain the threshold requirements in testing, tracking, and hospital admission rates/ICU availability.
Capital Region Phase I industries began operations on May 20, now the Capital Region is approaching Phase II of reopening. The Governor’s office has released additional guidelines and business safety templates for Phase II industries, please see below. Capital Region Phase II businesses can begin to prepare for their reopening, currently the Region's Phase II reopening date is anticipated to be June 3.
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.