12.13.21 COVID-19 Bulletin: Statewide Mask Mandate Now in Effect
December 13, 2021
Starting today, Governor Kathy Hochul is imposing a mask mandate for all indoor public settings in New York State. According to guidance from the New York Department of Health, an indoor public place is any indoor space that is not a private residence.
The mandate comes with one notable exception: venues that require proof of vaccination for entry do not have to require masks. Since Hochul’s announcement on Friday 12/10, the state has released a list of frequently asked questions on this mandate, available here.
Hochul said she will reassess the state’s COVID-19 status on January 15. However, businesses can expect this mandate to remain in place until then.
Hochul is asking local health departments to enforce the mandate, and violations can be met with fines. The policy mirrors a mandate issued by Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz last month.
The BNP remains in contact with our leaders and has urged them to hold off on restrictions that would hinder business hours/capacity and our regional economy.
This Wednesday, December 15, the BNP will host a webisode with the Employer Services Corporation (ESC) on the details of the new mandate. The presentation will provide a higher level of clarity for the business community and the opportunity to ask specific questions on behalf of your business.
The Partnership hosted a special Manufacturing Council meeting on safe operating practices in the wake of COVID-19.
Safe facility and operational management are critical focal points for both the remainder of the New York State on PAUSE order and the wider reopening of the regional economy to come.
The Partnership hosted a webisode to review updates to the Paycheck Protection Program and explain the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act.
Two federal loan programs are now open and available to employers to help stabilize businesses reeling from the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
President Trump and Congress have passed a massive $2 trillion stimulus package in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic that is devastating large segments of the United States economy.
The Partnership organized a webisode with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to breakdown the stimulus package and help employers better understand what’s included to help your business, your employees, and the Buffalo Niagara economy recover in the long run.