New York State Government Resources & Information in Response to COVID-19

Last Update: 9/24/20
Governor Cuomo's concluded his daily COVID-19 press briefings on June 19th. Please scroll below to find the latest updates from New York State government concerning the pandemic.

New York State's Coronavirus Website  

Executive Order 205
QUARANTINE RESTRICTIONS ON TRAVELERS ARRIVING IN NEW YORK 
Click here to view Isolation and Quarantine Procedures. 
Here is a helpful link on New York’s travel advisory—"to“ and “through” NY
This travel advisory is in effect until rescinded by the DOH Commissioner.  

9/22/20 Update
The states and territories now included are: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia,  Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wyoming, as well as Guam.

NYS RE-OPENING RESOURCES
New York Forward: Governor's Plan to Re-Open the State

NY-Forward: A Guide to Reopening New York & Building Back Better

REGIONAL MONITORING DASHBOARD                      INDUSTRIES RE-OPENING BY PHASE 
 

PHASE 4 REOPENING 

REGIONS: Finger Lakes, Southern Tier, Central New York, Mohawk Valley, North Country
Western New York is expected to enter Phase 4 on June 30.    

INDUSTRIES/BUSINESSES: Higher Education; Low-Risk Outdoor AND Indoor Arts & Entertainment; Media Production  

The Governor issued an Executive Order 202.45 allowing the number of people allowed at non-essential gatherings to increase from 25 to 50.  

Click here for guidance on Phase 4 industries. Is your business eligible to reopen in Phase 4? Use the Business Lookup Tool to find out.    

NYS Phase IV Guidance "to affirm" and Safety Plan Templates 

Higher Education 
READ AND AFFIRM DETAILED GUIDELINES
PRINT BUSINESS SAFETY PLAN TEMPLATE  

Low-Risk Outdoor Arts & Entertainment
This guidance applies to low-risk outdoor arts and entertainment activities, including outdoor zoos, botanical gardens, nature parks, grounds of historic sites and cultural institutions, outdoor museums, outdoor agritourism/agricultural demonstrations, and other related institutions or activities. Associated gift shops would have to follow retail guidelines and restaurants/bars would follow the food services guidelines.   

NOTE: This guidance does not address higher-risk outdoor arts and entertainment activities including, but not limited to, places of public amusement (e.g., amusement parks, water parks, carnivals), concerts, or performing arts in excess of the non-essential gathering limit in effect for the particular region, which remain closed at the time of publication. 

READ AND AFFIRM DETAILED GUIDELINES
PRINT BUSINESS SAFETY PLAN TEMPLATE  

Low-Risk Indoor Arts & Entertainment 
This guidance applies to indoor museums, historical sites, aquariums, and other related institutions or activities. This guidance also applies to art galleries, except retail galleries (which would have to follow retail guidelines. Gift shops would have to follow retail guidelines and restaurants/bars would follow the food services guidelines.   

NOTE: This guidance does not address higher-risk indoor arts and entertainment activities including, but not limited to, places of public amusement (e.g., arcades, bowling alleys), casinos, concerts, movie theaters, performing arts, or other theatrical productions, which remain closed at the time of publication. 

READ AND AFFIRM DETAILED GUIDELINES
PRINT BUSINESS SAFETY PLAN TEMPLATE  

Media Production 
READ AND AFFIRM DETAILED GUIDELINES
PRINT BUSINESS SAFETY PLAN TEMPLATE  

Reopening Industry Guidance Updates
The industry guidance documents for most industries Phases 1-4 were all updated June 26.
The INTERIM GUIDANCE FOR OFFICE-BASED WORK was updated on June 26.
Click here for more information.
 

  • The following line was omitted “limiting in-person presence to only those staff who are necessary to be in the office” as a method to reduce workplace contact/congregation.
  • The screening of all visitors now “must” be required instead of “should”
  • Adds the following language, ”Responsible Parties should refer to DOH’s Interim Guidance for Public and Private Employees Returning to Work Following COVID-19 Infection or Exposure regarding protocols and policies for employees seeking to return to work after a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 or after the employee had close or proximate contact with a person with COVID-19.
  • Temperatures are no longer allowed to be kept. Temperatures will be pass/fail.

New York State's Comprehensive COVID-19 Testing Data Website

LATEST NEWS & INFORMATION - 9/24/20  

From Governor Cuomo’s briefing in New York City:  

OVERVIEW 

  • 500 hospitalizations.
  • 2 deaths were reported over the last 24 hours.
  • 1.02 % infection rate.
  • We are seeing alarming spikes in other states and countries.  

NEW CHALLENGES 

  • “Chapter 2” in Managing COVID
    -Schools Reopening
    -Vaccine?
    -Flu season is coming.  

SCHOOLS 

  • Schools are congregate settings by definition; the virus travels in these settings.
  • We must monitor schools carefully.
  • COVID Report Card for every district in the state will be posted including the following date:
    - Positive cases by date of students and staff by school and school district.
    - Number of students and staff on site.
    - Number of on-site students and staff who test positive.
    - Daily reporting by schools, updated every 24 hours.  

VACCINE 

  • NYS will put together a Clinical Advisory Taskforce of leading scientists, doctors, and health experts who will review every vaccine authorized by the federal government for distribution, and will advise NYS on their safety and effectiveness.
  • The vaccine plan will include a distribution network, data and IT infrastructure, public education, and procurement.
  • The goal is to be the first COVID free state.  

The Governor’s Office also released the following Executive Order: 

Executive Order 202.65

Highlights

  • Extends E.O.s 202.36, 37, 202.46,47, 202.54, 202.58, 202.59 through October 23, 2020. 

ADDITIONAL NEW YORK STATE RESOURCES

Important Information About Unemployment/Relief for Workers Under the CARES Act

Effective March 22, 2020, pursuant to Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 202.8, 100% of the non-essential workforce must work remotely. Click here for the latest information on Essential Business or Entity Designation.  Construction has been updated. Click here for the update. 

UPDATE: Guidance for “essential” businesses has been updated on the ESD website and includes additional exempt industries.  

REMINDERS

  • If your business is part of an exempt industry/function on the essential list then you do NOT have to submit an application.
  • Even if your business is deemed essential, please take all practical steps to reduce density by allowing remote working and implementing social distancing. 

From NY Empire State Development (ESD)

  • Click here for information on assistance and resources for businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • SBA has approved a statewide disaster declaration for New York. Eligible small businesses may now apply for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) online at: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
  • DOL is also reminding businesses of its Shared Work Program that can provide an alternative to laying off employees during business downturns by allowing workers to work a reduced work schedule and collect partial unemployment insurance benefits for up to 26 weeks. Instead of cutting staff, you able to reduce the number of hours of all employees or just a certain group:
    https://www.labor.ny.gov/ui/employerinfo/shared-work-program.shtm 

NYS is waiving mortgage payments for 90 days for financial hardships

  • No negative reporting to credit bureaus.
  • Grace period for loan modification.
  • No late payment fees or online fees.

NYS is asking all psychologists and therapists willing to volunteer to contact: www.health.ny.gov/assistance (Electronic Help Center) 


HELPFUL LINKS

Executive Orders Pertaining to the Pandemic & State Government Actions

Empire State Development - Offers a web portal and FAQ page for individuals and businesses with business-related COVID-19 issues and questions.

COVID-19 Community Contact - Your local health department is your community contact for COVID-19 concerns.   

E-Mail COVID-19 Updates from NYS - Sign-up by clicking here

New York State's Coronavirus Website 


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