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NY Forward Phase 4 Reopening

New York City entered Phase Four of New York Forward reopening of “non-essential businesses and business activities” today (Monday, July 20th) according to Governor Cuomo. This phase includes reopening for low-risk outdoor arts & entertainment, media production, and professional sports competitions (without fans).

These openings come on the heels of the prior three phases of businesses to reopen, including offices, outdoor dining & take-out delivery food services, real estate, in-store retail, vehicle sales, hair salons, barbershops, and personal care businesses and services. Check out the NY Forward reference page, which includes online guidelines for each sector that your business must read and AFFIRM.

As a reminder, upon reopening, all businesses must develop a written Safety Plan outlining physical distancing, protective equipment, hygiene and cleaning, communication, screening, contact tracing, and disinfecting of contaminated areas. A business may fill out this New York Forward Safety Plan Template to fulfill the requirement or may develop its own Safety Plan. Note that this plan must only be retained on-premises and available to local health or safety authorities in the event of an inspection.

Check the NY Forward FAQ Document for more detail on health and safety standards. You can also check the Pace SBDC website or contact us at to arrange a no-cost meeting to learn more about these resources and the range of financial assistance programs.

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