NY Forward - Reopening Plan & Information

Businesses planning to re-open will need to read, review and affirm the guidelines set by New York State.  Click the link below to complete the necessary steps to re-open businesses.

Business Safety Plan Template
Each business or entity, including those that have been designated as essential under Empire State Development's Essential Business Guidance, must develop a written Safety Plan outlining how its workplace will prevent the spread of COVID-19. A business may fill out this template to fulfill the requirement, or may develop its own Safety Plan. This plan does not need to be submitted to a state agency for approval but must be retained on the premises of the business and must made available to the New York State Department of Health (DOH) or local health or safety authorities in the event of an inspection. 
Safety Plan Template
Fillable Safety Plan Template (PDF)

Business Affirmation
Every business needs to read the guidelines posted for their business, then submit the form below to New York State.  You will then have a confirmation page to print out and keep on hand at your business location.
Business Affirmation Form

Business Reopening Lookup Tool
Use the tool below to determine whether your business is eligible for reopening.
NYS Business Lookup Tool

See the specifics below for more information.  If you have questions or need assistance, please call (607) 753-5048.

File a Complaint 
Individuals can file complaints regarding the operation of businesses or gatherings 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through an online form or by calling 1-833-789-0470. 

Cortland County Enforcement
Please see the link below to Cortland County's Enforcement Policy.  Businesses must adhere to the COVID-19 guidance provided or be subject to enforcement efforts.
Cortland County Enforcement Policy
See the detailed guidance in the Phased Reopening section below, as well as the following links:
Face Coverings
Non-Essential Gatherings
Governor's Executive Orders

Guidance from Empire State Development on Reopening
Check the Empire State Development link below for more information.
Empire State Development

Agritourism Guidance
This guidance includes information regarding corn mazes, u-pick operations, haunted houses,hayrides and more.
Agritourism Guidance

Printable Posters for Businesses
  1. Phased Reopening of Business
  2. Phase One Guidance
  3. Phase Two Guidance
  4. Phase Three Guidance
  5. Phase Four Guidance
  6. Statewide Guidelines
  7. Metrics  for Reopening

Each business and industry must have a plan to protect employees and consumers, make the physical work space safer and implement processes that lower risk of infection in the business.

Phase One: Open 
  • Construction
  • Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
  • Retail - (Limited to curbside or in-store pickup or drop off)
  • Manufacturing
  • Wholesale Trade
Phase Two: Open
  • All Office-Based Jobs
  • Retail - In-Store Shopping
  • Real Estate Services
  • Limited Barbershop and Hair Salon Services
  • Outdoor and Take-Out/Delivery Food Services
Phase Three: Open
  • Restaurants / Food Services
  • Personal Care
Phase Four: Open
  • Higher Education
  • Low-Risk Outdoor Arts & Entertainment
  • Low-Risk Indoor Arts & Entertainment
  • Media Production
NY Forward cover page

Members of the Central New York Regional Control Room

  • Regional Captain:  Matt Driscoll
  • Randy Wolken, REDC co-chair
  • Ann Marie Taliercio, President of the CNY Labor Federation, AFL-CIO
  • Ryan McMahon, Onondaga County Executive
  • James Weartherup, Oswego County Chair
  • Paul Heider, Cortland County Chair
  • Aileen McNabb-Coleman, Cayuga County Chair
  • John Becker, Madison County Chair
  • Ben Walsh, City of Syracuse Mayor