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Reopening Phase One on May 19, 2020

NY Forward Reopening Phase One: Non-Essential Businesses: - Ag, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting - Construction - Manufacturing - Retail Trade - Wholesale Trade

NY State's Western New York region, which Cattaraugus County is in, has been cleared for NYS Reopening Phase One on May 19, 2020.

We are encouraging all businesses and organizations to affirm their industry-specific guidelines and complete their initial business safety plan using the template released by NY Forward. The re-opening refers to non-essential businesses and business activities.

Two Things to Do

There are two things that you must do prior to reopening your business:

1 - Read & Affirm the Industry-Specific Guidelines

To affirm that you have read and understand your obligation to operate in accordance with the guidance given please follow the written instruction or the video below.

  1. Start at NY Forward's Industries Reopening by Phase
  2. Read the "Detailed Guidelines" for the industry that your business is in.
  3. On the last page of those guidelines, there will be a link that you will either: click on OR copy and paste into your web browser's address field.
  4. Complete the NYS Business Affirmation form

2 - Complete your Business' Safety Plan

Complete your business' safety plan using the template released by NY Forward.

Industries in Phase One


  • Building Equipment Contractors
  • Building Finishing Contractors
  • Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors
  • Highway, Street and Bridge Construction
  • Land Subdivision
  • Nonresidential Building Construction
  • Residential Building Construction
  • Utility System Construction

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Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting

  • Greenhouse, Nursery, and Floriculture Production
  • Other Animal Production
  • Other Crop Production
  • Support Activities for Animal Production
  • Support Activities for Crop Production
  • Support Activities for Forestry

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Retail Trade

Phase One includes delivery, curbside, and in-store pickup service only for the following businesses:

  • Clothing Stores
  • Direct Selling Establishments
  • Electronics and Appliance Stores
  • Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses
  • Furniture and Home Furnishing Stores
  • Florists
  • General Merchandise Stores
  • Health and Personal Care Stores
  • Jewelry, Luggage, and Leather Goods Stores
  • Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores
  • Office Supplies, Stationery, and Gift Stores
  • Used Merchandise Stores
  • Shoe Stores
  • Sporting Goods, Hobby, Musical Instrument and Book Stores
  • Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers

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  • Apparel Manufacturing
  • Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
  • Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing
  • Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
  • Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing
  • Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing
  • Machinery Manufacturing
  • Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
  • Paper Manufacturing
  • Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
  • Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing
  • Printing and Related Support Activities
  • Textile Mills
  • Textile Product Mills
  • Wood Product Manufacturing
  • Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing

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Wholesale Trade

  • Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers
  • Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers
  • Furniture and Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers
  • Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers
  • Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
  • Metal and Mineral (except Petroleum) Merchant Wholesalers
  • Paper and Paper Product Merchant Wholesalers
  • Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
  • Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers
  • Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers
  • Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers

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Reopen Eligibility

Get a quick answer on whether or not the business is eligible to reopen using the NY Forward Reopen Lookup Tool.

Note to All Businesses

Make sure to create your Business Safety Plan.

Business Questions?

Contact us with your business questions either by using our contact form or call 1-716-938-2310.