ESD Guidance May 14, 2020

Empire State Development released guidance for both essential businesses that have been open, and non-essential businesses preparing to re-open in phases as directed by Governor Cuomo. 


Curbside and In-Store Pickup Retail Guidelines for Employers and Employees


Detailed Guidance and Attestation Requiring a Signature From a Responsible Party


Business Re-Opening Safety Plan Template




Phase One: Eligibility for regional reopening determined on May 15th

  • Central NY
  • Finger Lakes
  • Mohawk Valley
  • North Country
  • Southern Tier


Construction Guidelines:

  • 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


View Summary Guidelines

Read and Affirm Detailed Guidelines

Print Business Safety Plan Template


  • Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Guidelines:
  • 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
View Summary Guidance for:

Non-Food Related Agriculture Summary Guidelines

Forestry Summary Guidelines

Fishing Summary Guidelines

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Read and Affirm Detailed Guidelines for Non-Food AgriculturE

Read and Affirm Detailed Guidelines for Forestry

Read and Affirm Detailed guidelines for Fishing

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  • Retail - (Limited to curbside or in-store pickup or drop off)
  • 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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Read and Affirm Detailed Guidelines

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  • Manufacturing Guidelines:
  • 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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Read and Affirm Detailed Guidelines

Print Business Safety Plan Template


  • Wholesale Trade Guidelines:
  • 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


View Summary Guidelines

Read and Affirm Detailed Guidelines

Print Business Safety Plan Template


Phase Two: Not Open

  • Professional Services
  • Retail
  • Administrative Support
  • Real Estate / Rental & Leasing


Phase Three: Not Open

  • Restaurants / Food Services


Phase Four: Not Open

  • Arts / Entertainment / Recreation
  • Education


Notes From NY Governor Cuomo Press Conference May 14, 2020

Upstate Medical University

Today is Day 75

Total Hospitalizations is down

Net Intubations is down

New COVID Hospitalizations Per Day is down






Follow the data/science/metrics 

Learn the lessons of other people/states/countries who have gone through this and be smart

Check the data on a daily basis. Transparency is key. 

NYS will post a “dashboard” with daily updates for each region


Local Government Management

  • Daily monitoring of numbers
    • Know the facts and what you are dealing with 
  • Business compliance
  • Individual compliance
  • React immediately if numbers change


At the same time:

  • states need federal government fast
  • NYS is in a $61B hole
  • Need to fund schools, hospitals, local government, police officers, firefighters


Spoke with President Trump this morning about state funding issues

  • Expedited $3.9B payment to the MTA


The House proposed a good bill

  • State and local aid- $500B
  • Testing funding
  • Repeals SALT to help states most affected by COVID
    • The cap on SALT effectively increases federal taxes on New Yorkers by 


Washington needs to act!

  • no delay
  • No special interests
  • No unscrupulous corporate bailouts


National Governors Association

Yesterday, Governor Hogan and Governor Cuomo called on Congress to pass $500 billion in Tate fiscal relief. 

This is not a red vs. blue issue


Let us use this opportunity to fix the mistakes of the past and Build Back Better



  • Education
  • Tele-commuting
  • Tele- medicine
  • Better public transportation
  • Better public health system


We need to make emergency medical equipment in the United States

  • Masks
  • Gowns
  • Drugs
  • Ventilators


Lessons Learned: Hardening our Healthcare System

Initial $3 million in grants to businesses to manufacture supplies and equipment here in NY:

  • LMD Power of Light Corp (Monroe County): Non-invasive ventilators
    • “oxygen helmets”  - 125 per month
  • New Lab (Brooklyn)- Devices to automate manual respirators
  • Bodi Energy (Tompkins County) - 420,000 N95 masks per week
  • Strong Manufacturers (Erie County)- 6.75 million masks per week
  • Clear-Vu Medical (Suffolk County)- 115,000 face shields per week
  • Garment District for Gown (NYC)- Over 30,000 gowns per week
  • Made in Midtown Inc. (NYC)- Up to 3,600 masks per week 


Contact Empire State Development to grow or start medical supply business: www.esd.nygov


With this virus we must stay vigilant. We are still learning and so is the virus. 


COVID- Related Illness in Children

  • DOH is now investigation 110 cases of what may be a rare COVID- related illness in children
  • Symptoms similar to atypical Kawasaki disease or toxic-shock like syndrome.
  • The illness has tragically taken the lives of three young New Yorkers- a 5 year old boy, a 7 year old boy and an 18 year old girl. 


NYS and the DOH are leading a national effort to understand and combat this new syndrome. 

So far, 16 other states, Washington DC and six European countries have reported cases as well. 


While we believe this illness to be rar, seek care immediately if your child has:

  • Predominant Symptoms:
    • Prolonged fever (more than 5 days)
    • Severe abdominal pain, diarrhea, or vomiting
    • Bloodshot Eyes
    • Skin Rash
  • Other Symptoms:
    • Change in skin color- becoming pale, patchy, and/or blue
    • Difficulty feeding infants or is too sick to drink fluids
    • Trouble breathing or is breathing very quickly
    • Racing hear or chest pain
    • Lethargy, Irritability or confusion 


NYS has issued first - in - nation criteria to healthcare professionals across the state defining this syndrome. 

NYS DOH has also directed hospitals to prioritize testing for children with these symptoms. 


Children affected >1yo —> 21yo


Governor Cuomo mentioned that he will be releasing a more detailed list of businesses in each phase. 


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