Planning for Re-Opening Businesses in Cattaraugus County

Start working on your Business Safety Plan

The time to start your business safety plan is now. NY State's Western New York region, which Cattaraugus County is in, hasn't been cleared for re-opening. We are encouraging all businesses and organizations to read the initial business safety plan template released by NY Forward.

In his press conference on Monday, Governor Cuomo announced NY Forward, a phased-in approach to reopening New York. The State's plan focuses on getting New Yorkers back to work—without triggering renewed spread of the COVID-19 virus or overwhelming local hospital systems.  The NY Forward website provides comprehensive information and helpful resources outlining the regionally and industry-based reopening process.

While the Western New York region has not yet been cleared for re-opening, our businesses should begin to consult the resources on the site and use them to prepare for reopening.  The following resources are now available for Phase 1 businesses:

  • Industry specific reopening guidelines for employers and employees;
  • A document which employers must read and affirm, acknowledging the reviewed the detailed guidelines; and
  • A printable business safety plan template that businesses should use to develop their safety plan for reopening.  Note: Businesses will not be required to submit these for approval, but these plans 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.

In addition, businesses that are operating now as essential businesses will need to read and affirm their guidance and print/utilize the safety plan template.

Over the coming days both the NY Forward and ESD websites will continue to be updated with additional information as it becomes available.  We encourage you to check back regularly for further guidance and details.