For Essential Services

Governor’s Executive Order: Mandatory Face Coverings for Essential Workers

To protect the health of employees and public, all employees of essential businesses are mandated to wear face coverings when in direct contact with customers or members of the public. It is the responsibility of the employer to provide face coverings for their employees effective Wednesday, April 15 at 8 PM.

We are asking that management enforce the use of face coverings among both staff and patrons. Please post signage and allow patrons to enter only when they are wearing the proper face coverings.

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Exclusions for Essential Services or Functions: Public and private sector organizations that provide essential services or functions are exempt from the New York State Governor’s Executive Orders regarding restrictions and reductions. However, to the extent practicable, these entities should implement reasonable measures to increase social distancing and reduce the density of people congregated in any given location.

Health Care

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Residential Health Care Facilities, such as Nursing Homes
  • Mental Health and Addiction Service Providers
  • Senior and Assisted Care Programs and Services
  • Home Health Care Programs and Services
  • Research and Laboratory Services
  • Physician Offices
  • Dentist Offices
  • Veterinary Clinics

Essential Infrastructure

  • Public and Private Utilities, such as Gas, Electric, Steam, Fuel, Water, and Sewer
  • Telecommunication and Data Centers
  • Transportation, such as Airplanes and Airports, Trains and Railway Stations, Subways and Subway Terminals, Buses and Bus Terminals, For Hire Vehicles, and Garages
  • Defense, including United States Military and National Security Operations

Essential Manufacturing and Supporting Supply Chain

  • Food Production and Processing, such as Farms and Agricultural Cultivation
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Chemicals
  • Microelectronics/Semi-Conductors
  • Medical Equipment and Supplies 
  • Safety and Sanitary Products
  • Paper Products

Essential Retail

  • Grocery Stores and Farmers Markets
  • Pharmacies
  • Restaurants Take-Out, Delivery, and Drive-Thru Service, but Not Dine-In Service
  • Gas Stations and Convenience Stores
  • Hardware and Building Stores

Essential Services

  • Trash Collection and Waste Management
  • Recycling Operations
  • Mail and Shipping Services
  • Warehouse, Fulfillment, and Distribution Centers
  • Laundromats and Dry Cleaning
  • Funeral Homes, Crematoriums, and Cemeteries
  • Storage for Essential Businesses

News Media

  • Print and Digital

Financial Institutions

  • Banks
  • Insurance
  • Accounting
  • Payroll

Providers of Basic Necessities to Economically Disadvantaged

  • Shelters
  • Food Banks
  • Human Service Providers Who Provide Direct Care for State-Licensed or - Funded Voluntary Programs and State-Licensed Residential Facilities, as well as Community Shelter, Child Care, and Other Critical Service Operations


  • Skilled Trades, such as Electricians, Plumbers, Carpenters
  • Firms Supporting Essential Infrastructure, Emergency, or Safety Projects

Essential Service Providers for Safety, Sanitation, Essential Operations of Residences and Essential Businesses

  • Building Maintenance and Property Management, Both Employed by Building Owner/Operator and Vendor
  • Building Cleaning and Janitorial Services
  • General Maintenance
  • Law Enforcement
  • Fire Prevention and Response
  • Building Code Enforcement
  • Security and Building Access, such as Guards and Door Staff
  • Emergency Management and Response
  • Automotive Repair
  • Animal Maintenance and Management

 Essential Services or Products Necessary to Ensure Continuing Operations of Government Agencies and Provision of Public Health, Safety, and Welfare

  • Logistics
  • Technology Support
  • Child Care Programs and Services
  • Government Owned- or Leased-Buildings

Please contact the Health Department at 315-366-2361 for questions regarding employees returning to work after a positive COVID-19 test result. 

Click here for Interim Guidance for Essential Service Businesses to Respond to COVID-19