2020 has brought extraordinary challenges for our local business community. We are providing information here that speaks to critical issues as Chautauqua County continues to recover in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Chamber of Commerce strongly encourages all businesses to adhere to the conditions required by New York State for the safety of all employees and customers, and to stay up to date on the changing situation
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Our Reopened Economy: Guidance for Businesses
At this time New York State's phased vaccine distribution plan allows for anyone in Phases 1a and 1b to receive the vaccine. That includes anyone over the age of 65, as well as those who are: first responders in fire, police, or medical service, corrections officers, school personnel in preschool-12 grade as well as college faculty, employees in licensed childcare settings, public transit workers, public-facing grocery store workers, funeral directors, home care workers, staff and residents of nursing homes and adult care facilities. The complete list is available through the state’s website here.
The number of vaccine doses provided to the state does not meet the demand at this time. Even if you are eligible, there may be a waiting period before you can receive your first dose.
For current information on how to check eligibility and to schedule a vaccine appointment, please check often with the New York State Health Department website or the Chautauqua County Health Department website.
If you or your employees have concerns about the vaccine, we encourage you to reference our handy COVID-19 Vaccine Myths and Realities tip sheet.
Forward NY Plan and Micro-Cluster Strategy
Businesses are now open under all Four Phases of the NY Forward plan in Chautauqua County. The state’s website offers helpful summary guidelines for business sectors as well as an overview of the Micro-Cluster Strategy here.
The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce urges all businesses to take precautions to keep employees and customers safe by promoting simple steps within your organization: social distancing, hand washing, and wearing masks.
Local Sources for Personal Protective Equipment
If your business requires testing to reopen there are a number of options locally. You can find one closest to you on the state's Test Site Finder.
General Guidance for All Businesses
You may use this document to help you formulate your specific workplace plan:
Reopening a Business Template (includes OSHA and CDC Guidance)
Operational Toolkit for Businesses Considering Reopening or Expanding Operations in COVID-19 (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
CDC Plan, Prepare and Respond tools for Businesses
Resources & Best Practices Shared by Businesses
Best Practices to Minimize Employee Exposure
Actions for Preventing Illness in the Workplace
COVID-19 Action Plan Template for Businesses (spreadsheet)
Contact Tracing Model for Employers
Free online course to train contact tracers developed by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
EPA List of Disinfectants for use in SARS-COV2 viruses
Taking Employee Temperatures in the Workplace
This covers protocols that allow for taking employees temperatures at work and when/if employees can be sent home. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has updated its regulations on Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act - Updated in Response to Covid-19 Pandemic
Printable Posters for Any Business
Printable Poster from the NYS Health Department: Protect Yourself from COVID-19
Printable Poster from the World Health Organization: Stop The Spread
Manufacturing Sector Guidance & Best Practices
Template for Manufacturing - Guidance Reopening COVID Resiliency Plan
Template for Manufacturing - Sample Reopening COVID Resiliency Plan
Combating Coronavirus in a Manufacturing Setting
NOTE: Each business must read and affirm the state's guidance by sector.
Three guests joined our Business Weekly Webinar on 6/8 to talk about the challenges and successes they have had in reopening under NY Forward. Watch here:
Diego Sirianni of Empire State Development was our guest for the Weekly Business Call, Monday, June 1. He discussed the new New York Forward Loan Fund for small businesses, and the steps businesses must take to reopen.
Read the NY Forward Reopening Plan here:
Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul was our guest on our Weekly Business Call, Monday, May 11.