June 3, 2020 COVID-19 Resources – Update for Phase II
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Saratoga County Continues Phase I of Re-Opening
ESSENTIAL BUSINESS GUIDANCE
In preparation for the Saratoga-Capital Region to begin Phase II of re-opening, we want to share the following important details to assist your business.
In Phase I businesses which have been open for over a week now include Construction, Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting, Retail – (Limited to curbside or in-store pickup or drop off), Manufacturing, Wholesale Trade.
Industries in phase two — all office-based jobs, real estate services, retail – in-store shopping, and limited barbershop and hair salon services — may be able to start reopening Wednesday, June 3rd if the number of new COVID-19 cases remain low. The other phases will be able to follow in two-week periods.
Read and Affirm Guidance For Detailed Guidelines:
- Click here to see what specific industries will be allowed to reopen; a summary of guidelines for reopening by industry; and to print a business safety plan template.
- Employers reopening MUST have a plan. You can use the business safety plan template as a guide. You may also want to review CDC guidelines and OSHA protocols.
- You do NOT as of this time need to file your plan with any federal, state, region, county or local agency. Your plan needs to be in writing and made available should any state or local health agency inspect your facility. While some in the region are inviting employers to sign an online pledge form indicating you agree to follow certain safety rules, you do NOT need to do so. It is voluntary at this time.
- New York State has changed it’s COVID 19 testing rules to allow any individual who is returning to work in Phase 1 to be tested. Please click here for more details. While a number of employers we’ve spoken to plan on having their employees tested, you are not currently required to do so.
Phase 1 reopening is good news for every employer as the clock now starts ticking toward a Phase 2 opening. While it is generally noted that there will likely be 14 days in between each phase, the Governor has indicated this could be adjusted depending on how our health care system is impacted by these changes over time. This means we all have to be responsible and vigilant in following all of the safety protocols as recommended by the CDC and others to stop the spread of this virus.
As we’ve done with our five partners in Saratoga County from the start of this pandemic, we will continue to collaborate as we all lead the way sharing with all of you any additional guidance or news about any changes to current rules and regulations.