Saratoga County Re-opening Essential Business Guidance

In preparation for the Saratoga-Capital Region to begin Phase I of re-opening, we want to share with you some important details, to assist your business.
In Phase I businesses in Construction, Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting, Retail – (Limited to curbside or in-store pickup or drop off), Manufacturing, Wholesale Trade can get back to work this week after more than two months of work being paused to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Industries in phase two — professional services, finance and insurance, retail, administrative support, real estate, rental leasing — may be able to start reopening after two weeks if the number of new Covid-19 cases remain low. The other phases would be able to follow in two-week periods.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
The start of our 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.
COVID-19 Resources
This tool will help you determine whether or not your business is eligible to reopen, and the public health and safety standards with which your business must comply.
The State will be issuing new safety and operating guidelines for businesses, including essential businesses and non-essential businesses that are permitted to reopen. Industry-specific guidelines are currently available for business sectors in Phase One: construction; agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting; retail trade; manufacturing; and wholesale trade. Those requirements can be found here.
  • Any business with a pending inquiry must refer to the updated guidelines or the New York Forward website to determine the status of your business. If your business is included in the list of essential businesses, you do not need confirmation of such by ESD. ESD will not be responding to individual requests for determinations.
All Businesses that are currently open regardless of if you have been deemed essential previously or are a Phase 1 business, MUST read and affirm the detailed guidelines for your industry.
Please be advised that both the guidance and the lookup tool are regularly updated. Industry partners are encouraged to continue to check their status for updates.