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These industries can reopen under Phase One of the New York Forward program

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Posted at 4:30 AM, May 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-18 11:54:21-04

NEW YORK (WKBW) — Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order to put the state on "pause" effective March 22. The NY on PAUSE executive order stated 100 percent of the non-essential workforce should stay home.

As the state works to control and stop the spread of COVID-19, the regions will reopen in phases as part of the New York Forward program.

Western New York enters Phase One on May 19.

So which industries can reopen in Phase One of the program? The state says the following businesses in the following industries can reopen with specific guidelines in place:

  • Construction
  • Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
  • Retail - (Limited to curbside or in-store pickup or drop off)
  • Manufacturing
  • Wholesale Trade

Below you can find guidelines from the state for which kinds of businesses can reopen:

Phase One: 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

Phase One: Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & 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

Phase One: Retail Trade Guidelines
Phase One includes delivery, curbside, and in-store pickup 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

Phase One: Manufacturing
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

Phase One: 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

To view more detailed guidelines for each industry, you can visit the state's website here.