6.3 COVID-19 Bulletin: Phase 2 Reopening Expanded

UPDATE: Phase 2 Reopening Expanded

Western New York restaurants will be able to open for outdoor dining beginning tomorrow June 4th as part of expanded Phase 2 reopening guidance released by New York State today.

WNY was cleared to enter Phase 2 yesterday.

Restaurants had been allowed to operate for pick-up/delivery only since New York’s economy shutdown months ago because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Under the new guidance, restaurants with outdoor dining capabilities can open for business as long as tables are spaced 6-feet apart.  Staff will be required to wear face coverings, as will customers when they are not seated at a table.

Governor Cuomo also announced today that elective surgeries and ambulatory care can resume in Erie County.  The Governor had lifted the ban on these services in other New York counties weeks ago, but Erie County was not eligible until now based on the risk of a COVID-19 surge.

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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