TDC has brought together a preliminary set of resources to help you as you navigate planning for reopening your business in New York State.
As you prepare to begin your operations again, it is important to take steps to ensure the health and safety of your employees. Planning will be key to a successful reopening. While there will certainly be unknowns ahead, the more that you can prepare and anticipate your needs and those of your employees, the easier it will be to navigate through the obstacles that this ‘new normal’ presents.
In addition to meticulous planning, widespread communication across all of your team members will be imperative to bringing your employees back to work. By increasing transparency and applying empathy to your management style, you will help to decrease anxiety and create a better sense of unity among your staff. The more you can include your staff in preparing to safely reopen your business, the easier it will be to transition into new policies and procedures.
WHERE TO START: Understanding the Implications of the Pandemic on your workspace and employees
Non-essential businesses cannot reopen until their region has an action plan in place approved within the guidelines set by New York’s Governor. Read More
See where your region falls within the New York Forward Criteria
Preparing for when your business will be able to re-open will require creating a safety plan, which includes:
- Determining what type of – and securing enough – Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) appropriate for your place of business;
- Enacting routine sanitation procedures;
- Ensuring the means to enforce the safety policies laid out in the plan
Every organization will need to appoint a Safety Resource Officer. Someone who will be responsible for being competent in all of the policies and procedures related to safely performing work. The North Country Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a series of webinar training sessions for best practices on this emerging position within organizations. Watch for more details
The CDC has put together Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
OSHA has also put together a comprehensive guide for preparing your workplace for COVID-19.
Businesses in Northern NY can take advantage of a variety of resources pulled together by The North Country Chamber of Commerce Plattsburgh. They have outlined a plan which aligns with state and federal government guidelines to assist local businesses reopen.
You will also want to familiarize yourself with the CARES Act, State Government mandates, ADA guidelines, and local legislation including but not limited to:
- Guide to the CARES Act
- Families First Coronavirus Response Act
- COVID-19 and the Fair Labor Standards Act
- NYS Paid Family Leave
- What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws
- Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act
- CDC Guidelines for Observing Symptoms of COVID-19
Additional Planning Resources:
- New York State
- Federal Government
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- North Country
Stay tuned for more updates and resources for reopening your business during the Coronavirus Pandemic. For the most up-to-date information, follow us on LinkedIn. Need more info? Contact Danielle King.