Re-Opening NYC: Guidelines, Safety Plans, & More…

New York City will enter Phase One of New York Forward reopening of “non-essential businesses and business activities” on Monday, June 8th according to Governor Cuomo. 


Phase One will include businesses in:

  • Construction (residential, nonresidential, roads and bridges, land subdivision, utilities)
  • Non-essential retail (eg. clothing, electronics, appliances, furniture, office supplies, sporting goods, book stores, gift shops & florists) with curbside or in-store pickup service
  • Manufacturing
  • Wholesale suppliers

Check out the Phase One Industries reference page which includes guidelines for each of the above-referenced sectors. You must read and AFFIRM the documents by completing the online form at the end of the guidance section for your business sector.


Upon reopening, all businesses, including those that have been designated as essential, must develop a written Safety Plan outlining how its workplace will prevent the spread of COVID-19. A business may fill out this New York Forward Safety Plan Template to fulfill the requirement or may develop its own Safety Plan.   The Safety Plan must address key topics such as physical distancing, protective equipment, hygiene and cleaning, communication, screening, contact tracing, and disinfecting of contaminated areas. Note that this plan does not need to be submitted to a state agency for approval but must be retained on-premises and available to the NYS Department of Health or local health or safety authorities in the event of an inspection.  Check NY Forward Business Express lookup tool to assess the phase of when your business is eligible to reopen and the public health and safety standards with which the business must comply, and the NY Forward FAQ Document for more detail. 


Take a look ahead at the Phase 2 Industries and prepare for your re-opening.
Phase 2 includes:

  • Offices
  • Real Estate
  • Essential & Phase 2 In-Store Retail
  • Vehicle Sales, Leases, and Rentals
  • Retail Rental, Repair, and Cleaning
  • Commercial Building Management
  • Hair Salons & Barber Shops
  • Outdoor Dining

For specific Guidelines for each business, please visit the State’s NY Forward Website.
The following businesses remain CLOSED during Phase 2:

  • Malls; specifically, any indoor common portions of retail shopping malls with 100,000 or more square feet of retail space available for lease; however, any stores located within shopping malls, which have their own external entrances open to the public, separate from the general mall entrance (e.g. strip malls), may open;
  • Dine-in and on-premise restaurant or bar service, excluding take-out or delivery for off-premise consumption;
  • Large gathering/event venues, including but not limited to establishments that host concerts, conferences, or other in-person performances or presentations in front of an in-person audience;
  • Gyms, fitness centers, and exercise classes, except for remote or streaming services;
  • Video lottery and casino gaming facilities;
  • Movie theaters, except drive-ins; and
  • Places of public amusement, whether indoors or outdoors, including but not limited to, locations with amusement rides, carnivals, amusement parks, water parks, aquariums, zoos, arcades, fairs, children’s play centers, funplexes, theme parks, bowling alleys, family and children’s attractions.

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