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What Business Owners Need To know For NY Phase III


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, Phase II on June 3, now the Capital Region is ready for Phase III of reopening starting June 17. The Governor’s office has released additional guidelines and business safety templates for Phase III industries, please see below.


Phase III 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 hosted a Phase III reopening online webinar - available on demand here.


Phase III includes indoor dining, tattoo shops, nail salons, spas, massage therapists, tanning, personal care businesses, cosmetology and more.


PHASE III Materials


Food Services


Personal Care


Additional details about all four reopening phases and industries to reopen can be found here.