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

Last Update: 7/8/20
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This travel advisory is in effect until rescinded by the DOH Commissioner.  

7/8/20 Update
Governor Cuomo announced additional states on the 14-day quarantine travel advisory. 
The states are: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah.

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

Comptroller's Monthly Report on State Funds (Cash Basis Accounting) - April 2020 
Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s report notes a drastic state revenues shortfall in April, with a total of $3.7 billion total tax receipts, falling $7.9 billion or 68.4% from April 2019. 

LATEST NEWS & INFORMATION - 7/8/20 

From Governor Cuomo’s press conference in NYC:

OVERVIEW

  • 841 hospitalizations.
  • 97 intubations (first time since March 16 that this number has been under 100).
  • 11 deaths reported over the last 24 hours.
  • 57,585 tests performed yesterday with a 1.2% positive.

REOPENING

  • Long Island enters Phase 4 today.
  • 36 states are seeing an increase in COVID cases.
  • Hospitalizations are going up across the country.
  • Florida stated they may need assistance from NYS.
  • New Jersey, Connecticut and New York are adding three more states to the travel advisory: Delaware, Kansas, Oklahoma.
  • Airlines will hand out forms to passengers accordingly to collect information.
  • All county fairs will be cancelled until further notice.

MALLS/INDOOR SHOPPING

  • Beginning Friday, July 10 malls can open in Phase IV regions so long as they have enhanced HVAC filtration systems and measures in place.
  • MERV 13 (no less than MERV 11).
  • Ventilation protocols: increased outdoor air, reduced air recirculation, longer system run times, frequent filter checks.

SCHOOLS

  • NYS is consulting with all stakeholders on guidance to reopen schools. NYS will issue finalized guidance on July 13.
  • On July 31, local school districts will submit their plans to the state.
  • On August 1-7 the State will announce whether schools will reopen.
  • School openings are a State decision.

MASKS

  • 45,00 more Americans could die without a mask order.
  • Governor Cuomo urged President Trump to sign an Executive Order requiring masks.

The Governor’s Office also released a new Executive Order:

Executive Order 202.48

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Relates to Criminal Procedure Law.
  • Extends for another 30 days directives contained in Executive Order 202.28 relating only to commercial tenants or commercial mortgagor.
  • Video lottery gaming, casino gaming, gyms/fitness centers, indoor shopping malls directives remain in effect until an Executive Order opening them is issued.
  • The directive contained in Executive Order 202.41 that discontinued the reductions and restrictions on in-person workforce at non-essential businesses or entities in Phase 3 industries or entities, as determined by DOH, in eligible regions, is modified only to the extent that indoor food services and dining continue to be prohibited in NYC.

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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