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Ready to reopen your business? Here is what's included in the first phase

Western New York is getting closer to the day when businesses can start to reopen.

But the plan is to reopen in four phases, with two weeks in between each phase. Beyond that, each business and industry must have a plan in place outlining the steps it is taking to protect employees and consumers, make the work space safer and lower risk of infection, state officials said.

The steps to protect employees and customers could include adjustments to workplace hours and shift schedules to reduce density in the workplace, along with social distancing measures and restricting nonessential travel for employees, according to guidelines issued by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

The workplace changes could include requiring all employees and customers to wear masks if they are in close contact with others, as well as new cleaning and sanitation standards. The plan also could include steps, such as screening individuals when they enter the workplace, or reporting confirmed positive Covid-19 test results to customers.

Here are the details of the types of businesses that would be allowed to reopen during the first phase.


• 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

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and 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

Retail trade

Phase One includes delivery and curbside pick-up 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


• 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

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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