6.29 COVID-19 Bulletin: WNY Cleared to Enter Phase 4 Tomorrow

UPDATE: WNY Cleared to Enter Phase 4 Tomorrow 

Western New York has been approved to enter Phase 4 of reopening tomorrow, Tuesday, June 30th.

New York State released Guidelines for Phase 4 Industries last week.

The guidelines issued for Phase 4 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.

Western New York businesses in Phase 1Phase 2 and Phase 3 of reopening are currently allowed to operate and must follow detailed guidance specific to the industry.

New York has also issued guidance on industries/activities that can reopen on a statewide basis.

For help determining if your business is eligible to reopen, use the New York Forward Business Reopening Tool.

UPDATE: Employer Responsibility Under Traveler Quarantine:

As we told you last week, New York State has imposed a 14-day quarantine for people traveling to New York from states with high COVID-19 infection rates. This quarantine is being rolled out in coordination with the states of New Jersey and Connecticut and applies to residents and non-residents alike.

The Cuomo administration has modified its original travel quarantine Executive Order to make an employee ineligible for paid sick leave benefits from their employer if they voluntarily travel to a state on the quarantine list.

Paid sick leave is also not required if an employee travels to a country with high COVID-19 infections per the CDC.

States on the quarantine list will be adjusted based on current health metrics.

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.


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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