COVID-19 / Coronavirus Information and Updates

Reopening Allegany County

Given New York’s progress and the diminished risk of COVID-19 within the community, the State is lifting COVID-19 restrictions effective immediately, except for the mask requirement for unvaccinated individuals and in certain settings (e.g., large-scale indoor event venues, pre-K to grade 12 schools, public transit, homeless shelters, correctional facilities, nursing homes and health care settings per CDC guidance). While New York Forward industry reopening guidance is no longer mandatory for most industries, these documents will be archived and made available as a public reference.

Re-Open New York Guidelines

New York State has lifted restrictions, leaving businesses free to choose to lift restrictions in place or continue to adhere to them. Some restrictions are left in place for certain settings. Guidance is available below. Unvaccinated individuals should still wear masks and practice social distancing in public situations.

View the regional monitoring dashboard to see where all regions in New York State stand in the Regional Reopening Plan.

Health & Safety Plans

May 2020: All businesses are required to prepare a COVID-19 Re-Opening Health and Safety Plan and have it available for review at the time of re-opening.  In developing their plans, employers must also consider the implications of the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

Businesses that are re-opening are also required to affirm that they are in compliance with NYS Health & Safety Guidelines at the time of re-opening.  For more information on how to complete this affirmation, watch ACCORD’s instructional video: A How-To Guide on Affirming your Business is in Compliance with New York State Health and Safety Guidelines, and Completing your Safety Plan for Your Business to Reopen

March 2020: New York State has designated certain businesses and activities as essential under Executive Order 202.6 with guidance for determining whether a business is essential here. Those designated as essential must still comply with other guidance and/or directives. Those exempt from the reductions  include state and local governments, including municipalities, authorities and school districts; however they must still comply with other provisions.

Contact Us

  • File a Complaint – Individuals can file complaints regarding the operation of businesses or gatherings 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through an online form or by calling 1-833-789-0470.
  • Please email us at if you have any questions or comments related to reopening.

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Center for Disease Control:

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH):

MACNY, The Manufacturers Association:

New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NY MEP)

Associated General Contractors of New York State:

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Cornell U Pick Best Practices COVID 19

US Chamber of Commerce Customizable Health and Safety Flyer

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