The past several months have brought extraordinary challenges for our local business community. We are providing information here that speaks to critical issues as Chautauqua County continues to move forward 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
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Employee Leave Management
Health Department and Additional Resources
Our Reopened Economy: Guidance for Businesses
Businesses are now open under all Four Phases of the NY Forward plan in Western New York. The state’s website offers Summary Guidelines for each sector, as well as Read and Affirm Detailed Guidelines, and a printable Business Safety Plan Template.
Important: Each business will be required to:
Even businesses that have been operating as Essential Services throughout the state’s PAUSE order are required to follow these new practices. Please AFFIRM the guidance for your business sector as it is posted.
Empire State Development has an FAQ list available here.
New York State Reopening Plan
New York State is rolling out eligibility requirements by Phase under the NY Forward Plan.
Phase One covers:
You can also view the state's Regional Monitoring Dashboard here.
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.