6.2 COVID-19 Bulletin: Western New York Opens for Phase 2

UPDATE: WNY Cleared for Phase 2 Reopening

New York State has cleared Western New York to reopen Phase 2 of our economy.  Phase 2 industries are as follows:

  • Offices
  • Real Estate
  • Essential and Phase II In-Store Retail
  • Vehicle Sales, Leases, and Rentals
  • Retail Rental, Repair, and Cleaning
  • Commercial Building Management
  • Hair Salons and Barbershops

Guidance for Phase 2 industries can be found HERE.

Phase 2 industries join industries approved to reopen in Phase 1 two weeks ago.

The guidelines issued for Phase 2 industries also include a Business Safety Plan Template. Having a clear and available re-opening safety plan is a critical part of this process. This plan should be posted in your workplace, available for review, and communicated to employees. In addition, the guidelines also contain a Business Affirmation Form that allows a business to acknowledge it has read the guidance and understands its obligation to operate accordingly. For help determining if your business is eligible to reopen, use the New York Forward Business Reopening Tool.

Video: Compliance with NYS Guidelines

The Partnership has produced a video tutorial on the steps employers need to take, including what forms need to be filled out on the NYS website, to be in compliance with the state’s reopening protocols. Watch it here.

Keep Buffalo Niagara Working – A Guide to Reopening Your Business

The Partnership has created your one source to access the latest information, guidelines, and resources to find answers to your questions and recommendations for taking on the challenges you face in reopening.  Keep Buffalo Niagara Working brings together connections to CDC guidelines, New York state specific requirements and other leading sources, as well as unique insights and best practices from Partnership members.   Download it HERE.

Liability Protection for Employers

Help Us Fight for Liability Protections for Employers

Join the Buffalo Niagara Partnership and employer organizations throughout New York State in asking Governor Cuomo to enact liability protections related to COVID-19.

As New York’s economy beings to reopen, businesses and non-profits are justifiably worried about potential COVID-19 related lawsuits.

The business community is asking Governor Cuomo to enact liability protections to protect businesses acting in good faith and following government issued guidance.  Add your voice to this important issue now.



The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is committed to providing employers with the latest information and resources to help you deal with COVID-19 and its impact on our community, state and nation. Visit our Events and Resource pages as they are updated regularly to provide you with the most current information.

Have additional business questions?  We’ve got answers through the BNP Business Link, our new rapid response portal. Get connected to our team of subject matter experts, supported by expert member companies ready to confidentially answer your pressing business concerns.

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