COVID-19 Business Bulletin: 3/19/20

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.  You can also visit our resource page – it is being regularly updated to provide you the most up-to-date information.


There is now more clarity on Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order mandating that employers reduce their onsite workforce by 75 percent.

This is what we know:

  • The EO takes effect Friday 3/20/20 at 8PM
  • The 75 percent reduction mandate is for employees on site at any given time
  • This mandate applies to both profit and non-profit employers
  • Employers are strongly encouraged to have employees work from home where and when possible
  • The EO contains a list of essential businesses that are exempt from the mandatory reduction.  These essential businesses include:
    • Essential health care operations including research and laboratory services
    • Essential infrastructure including utilities, telecommunication, airports and transportation infrastructure
    • Essential manufacturing, including food processing and pharmaceuticals
    • Essential retail including grocery stores and pharmacies
    • Essential services including trash collection, mail, and shipping services
    • News media
    • Banks and related financial institutions; providers of necessities to economically disadvantaged populations
    • Construction
    • Vendors of essential services necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operations of residences or other essential businesses
    • Vendors that provide essential services or products, including logistics and technology support, childcare and services needed to ensure the continuing operation of government agencies and provide for the health, safety and welfare of the public

The EO provides for Empire State Development (ESD) to deem other employers essential.  ESD will be providing additional guidance and they are also accepting questions here.  You can also e-mail questions here

We will continue to follow up as more information becomes available.  Given the fluidity of this situation, please feel free to reach out to us with questions at and even more importantly, if you are will to share best practices.


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