2020 and 2021 have raised many 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 local residents to get vaccinated, continue hand-washing, and adhere to mask restrictions wherever they are posted.
Our Reopened Economy: Guidance for Businesses
New York State Guidance
New York State has adopted the CDC's Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People. Consistent with that CDC guidance, Pre-K to 12 schools, public transit, homeless shelters, correctional facilities, nursing homes, and healthcare settings will continue to follow the state's existing COVID-19 health guidelines until more New Yorkers are fully vaccinated.
The CDC's recommendations say that fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear masks. Unvaccinated individuals must still wear masks and social distance in public settings.
Employers may still choose to require masks in their businesses.
New York State has adopted general guidance in accordance with the CDC recommendations. Read it here.
The full New York Forward plan by business sector is here.
If you are considering a vaccine passport for your place of business you can learn more about the Excelsior Pass here.
Getting more people vaccinated remains imperative. COVID vaccines are safe, free, and readily available. It is easier now than ever to access COVID-19 vaccines. For availability and clinic times you can check:
Chautauqua County Health Department
The Chautauqua Center
The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce urges all businesses to continue advanced cleaning protocols and take precautions to keep employees and customers safe by promoting simple steps within your organization such as hand washing, and vaccinations.