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.
Business owners should refer to the State’s industry-specific guidance for more information on how to safely operate. For a list of regions and sectors that are authorized to re-open, as well as detailed guidance for each sector, please visit: forward.ny.gov. If your industry is not included in the posted guidance but your businesses has been operating as essential, please refer to ESD’s Essential Business Guidance and adhere
to the guidelines within this Safety Plan. Please continue to regularly check the New York Forward site for guidance that is applicable to your business or certain parts of your business functions.
Industries in each region will reopen in phases. Reopening refers to allowing non-essential businesses and business activities to resume in-person operations. Eligibility for reopening will be determined by health metrics for each region
Essential businesses and business activities that are open may remain open statewide. New York State is also permitting certain commercial and recreational activities to reopen statewide with restrictions.
Businesses can use the Look Up Tool to Determine your eligibility to reopen.