May 15, 2020 9:30 am

Overnight, Governor Cuomo issued a new Executive Order which went into effect at 12:01 a.m. for regions which are scheduled to re-open today under Phase 1, which includes the Southern Tier.

Among other things, this Executive Order addresses the reductions and restrictions on the in-person workforce at non-essential businesses which will allow certain businesses to reopen.

These businesses include:

  • Manufacturing
  • Construction
  • Wholesale Trade
  • Retail – Curbside Pickup
  • Agricultural, Forestry and Fishing

In order for businesses in these categories to reopen, they need to go to the following website where they will have access to the business reopening guidelines for their specific industry and a mandatory attestation which is required to be submitted prior to reopening.

Businesses previously permitted to continue to operate as an “essential” business or those that operated in in support of an essential business can continue to operate but may be subject to additional health related requirements. Please refer to the essential business guidance on this web page for additional information –

Please also continue to check the New York Forward site for guidance that is applicable to your business or certain parts of your business functions.

The IDA will continue to monitor this guidance and provide updates as they become available.