Reopening Essex County

NY Forward Guidance

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has released a plan for reopening communities and businesses region by region, called NY ForwardThis site is updated by the Governor’s office with details on reopening guidelines for regions in New York State. Essex County is one of the seven counties included in the North Country Region.

New York State Regional Monitoring Dashboard 

NY Forward Business Reopening Look Up Tool

New York Forward and Business Reopening FAQ – click here

Phases and Guidance for Businesses Reopening – click here 

Local Essex County Guidance

For resources, trainings, and other other helpful materials visit North Country Chamber of Commerce

Phased Reopening

Phased Reopening refers to the NYS plan for re-opening non-essential businesses in phases, based on the ability of customers and workers to maintain social distancing.

  • Phase One includes construction, non-food agriculture, retail for curbside pick-up, manufacturing, and wholesale trade.
  • Phase Two includes professional services, retail, and others,
  • Phase Three includes restaurants and food services,
  • Phase Four includes arts & entertainment, recreation, and education.

There is a minimum of 14 days to move from one phase to the next, depending on the status of specific public health metrics tracked on the New York State Regional Monitoring Dashboard.

For additional guidance and information on Phases and Guidance for Businesses Reopening – click here 

When can a business reopen?

Non-essential businesses may only reopen when the following conditions are met:

  • The business type or industry is permitted to open during the current Phase. Use the Business Reopening Lookup Tool to determine eligibility and health and safety requirements.
  • Summary Guidelines have been studied. Summary guidelines have been written for all industries, and include mandatory and recommended practices for Physical distancing, Protective equipment, Hygiene and cleaning, Communications, and Screening.
  • An affirmation of having read detailed guidelines has been submitted to New York State.
  • All Summary Guidelines and Detailed Guidelines requiring affirmation are on the NY Forward, Industries Reopening by Phase website.

For statewide guidelines (including guidelines for beaches, religious and funeral services, and racing activities) – click here

Regional Control Rooms

Regional Control Rooms have been created per region to monitor the regional infection rate during the phased reopening period. Members of the control room include local elected officials, as well as hospital and state representatives that will monitor public health metrics and can delay or halt reopening if indicators fall below identified This group also monitors business compliance with reopening guidelines and ensure that local officials are enforcing these rules when necessary.

Individuals who have concerns related to compliance of executive orders (such as operation of businesses or gatherings) can file a complaint by visiting https://mylicense.custhelp.com/app/ask or calling 1-833-789-0740.