Today kicked off Phase One of re-opening in Western New York and that includes construction, manufacturing, and retail for curbside pickup or delivery. Up next will be phase two that will include a lot more businesses. Here is what business owners need to have in order to re-open.

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New York state announced that any business that plans to re-open in any phase will need to have a Safety Plan in place and available to customers and employees to review.

The state has created a simple checklist that business owners can use to make sure their plan is up to code for re-opening. (SEE THE WHOLE CHECKLIST HERE)

Some of the items on the checklist from New York State include;

  • Ensure 6 ft. distance between personnel, unless safety or core function of the work activity requires a shorter distance. Any time personnel are less than 6 ft. apart from one another, personnel must wear acceptable face coverings
  • Employers must provide employees with an acceptable face covering at no-cost to the employee and have an adequate supply of coverings in case of replacement.
  • Adhere to hygiene and sanitation requirements from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) and Department of Health (DOH) and maintain cleaning logs on site that document date, time,and scope of cleaning.
  • Post signage throughout the site to remind personnel to adhere to proper hygiene, social distancing rules, appropriate use of PPE, and cleaning and disinfecting protocols.

Erie County Executive Mark Polencarz stated that businesses that do not post and follow these guidelines could be shut down by the government.

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