As businesses continue to face extraordinary challenges, we are providing information here that speaks to critical issues. All of these links are designed to assist all businesses in Chautauqua County in the wake of the the COVID-19 pandemic and the ever-changing nature of our business climate. The Chamber of Commerce strongly encourages all businesses, regardless of size, to first and foremost ensure the safety of employees and customers and to be prepared for alternative business models as this situation is fluid and things may change rapidly.
Join Us Online Mondays at 3:30pm
All businesses are invited to join us for our Business Weekly Webinar. a weekly conference call via web or phone. We are convening these session at 3:30pm each Monday.
You may register in advance or join the call when it begins at:
Participants can use their computer audio, or call in at +1 (213) 929-4212
Audio Pin 713-239-477
Click the menu links to find resources by section:
Restarting Our Economy
Business Resiliency Resources
Employee Leave Management
Essential Services Info
Health Department and Additional Resources
Restarting Our Economy: Preparation and Guidance for Businesses
Businesses are now open under Phases 1 and 2 of the NY Forward plan. 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 will be 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:
Statewide Guidance covers:
You can learn more about the New York Forward Re-Opening Advisory Board that is helping to guide is strategy and read up on the New York Forward plan here.
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.
JCC Offers Business Safety Plan Development Course Online
This course will be taught by Ralph Estep, PhD, RN, CIH, CSP who specializes in Occupational Health and Safety Management and Industrial Hygiene. It will take place via Zoom on Tuesdays, June 2 and 9 from 2-3pm each day. The cost is $99 per person. Register online here.
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.
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.