The Niagara County Center for Economic Development is working in conjunction with the Restart Niagara Working Group, and the Niagara County Legislature, to assist businesses throughout Niagara County as they prepare to reopen. 

Below you will find information about New York State requirements for reopening, along with guidelines and safety protocols, broken down by industry sector, that will assist as you prepare to reopen your business.  If you have a specific question related to your business, you can contact our office at 278-8750. 

New York State has released guidelines for Phase One and Phase Two, and will be releasing guidelines for additional phases as they are implemented.  We will post them as they become available.

 

Niagara County, as part of the Western New York Region,

began Phase Two of Reopening on Tuesday, June 2, 2020

 

Business Reopening Guidelines and Safety Protocols

As part of the Phased Plan to Reopen New York, all businesses are required to develop a plan, prior to opening, for how they will operate to ensure the health and safety of employees and customers.  Below you will find information on the Phased Plan to Reopen New York, as well as links to guidelines and protocols broken down by industry.  Be sure to review the material under your business's industry sector, as well as the general category.  This material can be used as a template, and will assist you in developing a specific plan for your business. Be sure to check back often, as new material will be added as it becomes available.

 

Phased Plan to Reopen New York State:

On April 26, 2020, Governor Cuomo announced a series of regional guidelines that must be met in order to reopen New York State.  A description of the guidelines can be found here.  The reopening will take place through a series of four phases implemented on a regional basis.  Niagara County is located in the Western New York region.  View the regional monitoring dashboard to see where all regions in New York State stand in the Regional Reopening Plan.  The four phases are broken down by industry sector.  Below you will find links to guidelines detailing steps that must be taken to safely reopen your business, a business safety template that you may choose to use, and also a business affirmation form that NYS is requiring to be completed and submitted to self-certify that your business meets the safety reopening guidelines.  Your guidelines should be printed and posted at your business location.  Please note that businesses operating as essential will also need to submit the Business Affirmation Form, when guidelines are released for their particular industry sector.   These businesses also need to print and post their safety guidelines. Click here for a list of businesses deemed essential in New York State.

Unsure if your business can open yet?  Use the NY Forward Business Reopening Lookup Tool to determine if your business is eligible to reopen and the public health and safety standards with which your business must comply. 

Phase One: Click here for a detailed description of business types that can open in this phase.

Construction:           Summary Guidelines    Detailed Guidelines     Business Safety Template    Business Affirmation Form

Manufacturing:       Summary Guidelines     Detailed Guidelines    Business Safety Template     Business Affirmation Form  

Wholesale Trade:    Summary Guidelines     Detailed Guidelines    Business Safety Template     Business Affirmation Form

Retail Trade:             Summary Guidelines    Detailed Guidelines     Business Safety Template    Business Affirmation Form

Agriculture:               Summary Guidelines    Detailed Guidelines     Business Safety Template    Business Affirmation Form

Forestry:                    Summary Guidelines    Detailed Guidelines     Business Safety Template    Business Affirmation Form

Fishing:                       Summary Guidelines    Detailed Guidelines     Business Safety Template    Business Affirmation Form

Phase Two: Click here for a detailed description of business types that can open in this phase.

Offices:                                             Summary Guidelines     Detailed Guidelines     Business Safety Template     Business Affirmation Form    

Real Estate:                                     Summary Guidelines     Detailed Guidelines     Business Safety Template     Business Affirmation Form      

Retail In-Store Shopping:            Summary Guidelines     Detailed Guidelines     Business Safety Template     Business Affirmation Form                   

Vehicle Sales/Leases/Rentals:   Summary Guidelines     Detailed Guidelines     Business Safety Template     Business Affirmation Form

Retail Rental/Repair/Cleaning:  Summary Guidelines    Detailed Guidelines     Business Safety Template      Business Affirmation Form

Commercial Building Mgmt.:      Summary Guidelines    Detailed Guidelines     Business Safety Template     Business Affirmation Form

Barbershops/Hair Salons:            Summary Guidelines    Detailed Guidelines     Business Safety Template     Business Affirmation Form

Pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Orders, the following businesses remain closed in Phase Two:

Malls; specifically, any indoor common portions of retail shopping malls with 100,000 or more square feet of retail space available for lease; however, any stores located within shopping malls, which have their own external entrances open to the public, separate from the general mall entrance (e.g. strip malls), may open;

Dine-in and on-premise restaurant or bar service, excluding take-out or delivery for off-premise consumption;

Large gathering/event venues, including but not limited to establishments that host concerts, conferences, or other in-person performances or presentations in front of an in-person audience;

Gyms, fitness centers, and exercise classes, except for remote or streaming services;

Video lottery and casino gaming facilities;

Movie theaters, except drive-ins; and

Places of public amusement, whether indoors or outdoors, including but not limited to, locations with amusement rides, carnivals, amusement parks, water parks, aquariums, zoos, arcades, fairs, children’s play centers, funplexes, theme parks, bowling alleys, family and children’s attractions.

 

Phase Three: Restaurants and Food Service, Hotels and Accomodations

Phase Four: Arts, Entertainment, Recreation, Education

 

Statewide Guidelines: Click here for a detailed description of business types that can open under these guidelines.

Lake & Ocean Beaches:            Summary Guidelines    Detailed Guidelines     Business Safety Template    Business Affirmation Form

Religious & Funeral Services:  Summary Guidelines    Detailed Guidelines    Business Safety Template     Business Affirmation Form

Racing Activites:                         Summary Guidelines    Detailed Guidelines    Business Safety Template     Business Affirmation Form

Dentistry:                                                                                 Detailed Guidelines    Business Safety Template     Business Affirmation Form 

New York State has created NY Forward, a guide to reopening New York and building back better.

 

Additional Guidelines and Safety Protocols for Businesses to Reopen:

The guidelines below are designed to assist you further as you prepare to reopen.  They are broken down by industry:

Agriculture / Food Processing:

Cornell CALS Food Facility COVID-19 Strategy Checklist

Cornell CALS U-Pick Best Practices for Farms During the COVID-19 Pandemic

NYS Wine Industry Association Guidelines for Winery Tasting Rooms and Retail Shops

Childcare / Day Camps / Education:

CDC Guidelines for Childcare

Construction:

NYSBA COVID-19 Protocols for the Residential Construction Industry

Best Practices for Trade Scopes

General Business:

CDC Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools and Homes

General Guidelines

General Safety Checklist

General Elements of Specific Site Safety Plans

General Supplemental Health and Safety Plan

John Hopkins Operational Toolkit for Businesses Reopening or Considering Expansion

OSHA Guidelines for Reopening During COVID-19

OSHA Safety Pyramid

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Health and Safety Flyer

Manufacturing:

Confer Plastics, Inc. Reopening Plan and Advice for Addressing COVID-19

Restaurant:

National Restaurant Association Guidelines

Retail:

National Retail Federation Guidelines

Tourism / Accomodations / Attractions:

U.S. Travel Association Health and Safety Guidelines

American Hotel and Lodging Association Hotel Cleaning Standards 

Global Association for the Attractions Industry Reopening Guidance