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11.23.21 COVID-19 Bulletin: Erie DOH Releases Details on New Mask Mandates 

Erie County Health Commissioner Gale Burstein just released a detailed order with new pandemic protocols, clarifying the County Executive’s announcement yesterday.  Anyone over two (2) must wear a mask in all indoor public settings, regardless of their vaccination status. Any indoor employees must wear a mask when interacting with patrons. Anyone using public transit or other

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11.22.21 COVID-19 Bulletin: Poloncarz Reinstates Indoor Mask Mandate

This afternoon, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz announced he will mandate the wearing of face coverings in all indoor public places, including private businesses. This includes bars, restaurants, stores, theaters, barbershops, salons, gyms, entertainment and sport venues, hotels, banks, and all other places open to the public.   This mandate takes effect tomorrow (Tuesday, November 23) at 6:00 am.

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8.2.21 COVID-19 Bulletin: Cuomo Makes Recommendations on Vaccination Efforts

Today, Governor Andrew Cuomo made recommendations on efforts to increase vaccination rates, noting rising case numbers and concerns about the Delta variant. Since the Governor’s pandemic emergency powers have expired, the Governor urged local governments and private employers to take matters into their own hands.   Governor Cuomo encouraged private

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Covid-19 Bulletin - 7.30.21

7.30.21 COVID-19 Bulletin: Poloncarz Updates BNP Members on Delta Variant

Skip to the video here. At a special briefing for BNP members this morning, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz provided updates on the county’s COVID-19 status and indicated mask mandates could eventually return.  COVID-19 case numbers have increased in recent weeks, although hospital and ICU admissions have not increased at the

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6.15.21 COVID-19 Bulletin: NYS Lifts COVID-19 Restrictions

NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today the immediate lifting of COVID-19 related restrictions as 70% of the state’s adult population has been vaccinated (receiving at least one dose of vaccine).  The 70 percent threshold in a national standard.  Effective immediately, state mandated COVID-19 restrictions are lifted in both commercial and social settings including the following industries/businesses:  Agriculture  Amusement &

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Making Sure No One Is Left Behind As Our Community Rebounds From COVID-19

As consumers emerge and spend within their communities, there are new opportunities to support minority-owned businesses. According to the New York Small Business Development Center, roughly 30 percent of small businesses in our state are minority-owned. When you consider that roughly half (48%) of small business revenues are recirculated back

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5.19.21 COVID-19 Bulletin: NYS Releases Updated Mask Guidance for Employers

As we told you earlier this week, beginning today, New York State adopted CDC public health guidance for fully vaccinated New Yorkers.  The new guidance gives employers the choice of adopting the new CDC guidance or maintaining mask/face covering and social distancing policies for both employees and customers.   Employers can choose between

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