Reopening Phases

On June 1st, Governor Cuomo announced that New York dentists are allowed to reopen. Dentists’ offices will be subject to state guidance on best practices for safety and social distancing. The guidelines that dental offices must follow can be found here. Dental offices must review the detailed guidelines, complete and submit the online affirmation form, and develop a business safety plan that is printed and available on the premises.

Governor Cuomo announced that Ulster County and the Mid-Hudson Region were allowed to begin Phase 1 Reopening on Tuesday, May 26th. An Ulster County survey for Phase 1 businesses is here. Phase Two businesses are not yet open, but reopening guidance was released by NYS on Thursday, May 28th. Businesses in Phase 2 should use this guidance to develop their safety plans. An Ulster County survey for Phase 2 businesses is here

New York will continue to reopen on a regional basis as each region meets seven criteria necessary to protect public health as businesses reopen. For details on each phase, including a list of industries that will be permitted to see the NY Forward Industry List

Overview: Reopening in Phases

Businesses in each region will re-open in phases. Re-opening refers to non-essential businesses and business activities. Essential businesses and business activities that are open will remain open. If guidance has not yet been published for your specific industry, but you are permitted to reopen, please refer to the NY Forward Safety Plan template.

The guidelines below apply to both non-essential businesses in regions that are permitted to re-open and essential businesses throughout the state that were previously permitted to remain open.

Eligibility for reopening will be determined by health metrics for each region.

Here is a breakdown of industries in each phase:

Phase One: Reopened as of May 26th
  • Construction
  • Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
  • Retail – (Limited to curbside or in-store pickup or drop off)
  • Manufacturing
  • Wholesale Trade
Phase Two: Not Open, Reopening Guidance Posted by NYS 5/29/20
  • All Office Based Jobs
  • Real Estate Services
  • Retail – In Store Shopping
  • Limited Barbershop and Hair Salon Services
Phase Three: Not Open
  • Restaurants / Food Services
Phase Four: Not Open
  • Arts / Entertainment / Recreation
  • Education