Phase 1 Reopening Information

Beginning May 15th, Businesses in the Construction, Manufacturing, Wholesale Trade, Retail (Limited to pick up), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, and Hunting Industries will reopen under certain guidelines. Each business will need to provide and implement a plan to protect  and reduce the risk of infection for their employees as well as the public. Listed below is guidance for each sector of business. This page will be continuously updated as more information and guidance comes in.

General Guidance:

Look to see if your business is eligible for reopening here:

NYS Reopening Business Look Up tool

Employers, please feel free to take this questionnaire and edit to better suit your business. This is a questionnaire that should be filled out and monitored by supervisors daily.

Daily COVID19 Questionnaire for Employees to Fill Out

If your business does not have a guidance form listed below, this is a source that is non specific and can be used as a starting point:

General Guidance for Business Re-Opening

The Chamber of Commerce has compiled a guide to assist in answering questions that small business owners may have regarding loss in revenue, insurance coverage, and inventory/supply change disruptions:

Coronavirus Small Business Issues and Solutions Guide

Guidance Specific to Businesses in Phase 1:


(This is an example of a return to work business plan)

M.E.I.D, LLC COVID 19 Workplace Recovery Plan


NYS Agriculture and Markets Guidelines for Animal Care, Horticulture, Farmer’s Markets, U-Pick Farms, Food Retail Stores and More

NYS DOH Agricultural Guidelines (Including NY Forward Business Re-Opening Safety Plan Template)

Dental Practice:

ADA Return to Work Guidelines

Faith Based Organizations:

Faith Based Organizations

Updated 5/20/2020 at 2:17 PM