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COVID-19 Reopening, Resources, Updates and Information for St. Lawrence County

 

A Note of Caution: As you seek assistance during this time, please confirm that your resource is reputable. If you are unsure, please contact our Chamber.

Upcoming Virtual Presentations and St. Lawrence County Chamber Hosted Call Recordings

Upcoming Virtual Presentations

US Chamber of Commerce Webinar: Path Forward

WHEN: Thursdays
TIME: 3:00 PM
America is beginning to consider what it will take to restart the economy after a lengthy shutdown. It’s increasingly clear that the most likely approach is a gradual, phased reopening linked to regional conditions. But any effort to bring millions of people back to work comes with lots of big, complicated questions. Path Forward, a new program from the U.S. Chamber Foundation, is designed to help business and community leaders find the answers they need to develop a responsible reopening strategy. 
Chamber Hosted/E-Commerce Call Recordings

STLC Call In: Prepare Your Business for Reopening

Thursday, May 14th Call Recording

The St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency hosted Guest Presenter Dana McGuire, St. Lawrence County Public Health Director to provide updates on the Coronavirus in St. Lawrence County and recommendations for safely reopening your business under NYS Phases ONE.

Call Recording here


St Lawrence County Public Health Department

5-21-20 Call Dashboard here,

Dashboard 5.18.2020  


4/20/20 SBA Relief Funding Update Call Recording here


Two Webinar Recordings Providing a Great Foundation to E-Commerce

Intro to eCommerce

4/1/2020 Call on STLC Funding Relief Recording here

3/27/2020 COVID-19 Call with Congresswoman Elise Stefanik Recording here

3/18/2020 COVID-19 Business Support Call Recording here

REOPENING

For help determining whether or not your business is eligible to reopen, use the reopen lookup tool. You can also scroll down to find the guidance for each phase.

NY FORWARD BUSINESS REOPEN LOOKUP TOOL


Every business must have a SAFETY PLAN on file and AFFIRM the guidelines set by NYS before reopening.

Use these links for assistance:

Safety Plan Template: https://www.governor.ny.gov/…/NYS_BusinessReopeningSafetyPl…

Read and Affirm Guidelines based on Industry: https://forward.ny.gov/industries-reopening-phase


Phase Information to Reopen New York

"Barbers and hair stylists are required to wear not only a face mask but also a face shield when cutting, coloring or styling someone's hair"

St. Lawrence County is here to help.  If you are in need of a face shield, Request a Face Shield HERE


Phase Two-OPEN

Phase Two Regions: North Country, Central New York, Finger Lakes, Mohawk Valley, and Southern Tier.
  • Professional Services
  • Retail
  • Administrative Support
  • Real Estate / Rental & Leasing

Guidelines and Plan Template are now available for the following Phase 2 businesses,

Offices

Real Estate

In Store Retail

Vehicle Sales, Leases and Rentals

Retail Rental, Repair and Cleaning

Commercial Building Management

Hair Salons and Barbershops

Phase 2 Plan Guide here


Phase Three-PLAN

  • Restaurants / Food Services

Phase Four-PLAN

  • Arts / Entertainment / Recreation
  • Education

Phases Detailed Here


Phase One-OPEN

Phase One Regions: Capital Region, Central New York, Finger Lakes, Long Island, Mid-Hudson, Mohawk Valley, North Country, Southern Tier and Western New York are allowed to reopen
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Retail - Curbside Pickup
  • Wholesale Trade
  • Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
  • Veterinary and livestock medical services
  • hotels, and other places of accommodation, including campgrounds.
  • Campgrounds must take precautions to ensure campers maintain appropriate social distancing and adhere to proper cleaning and disinfecting protocols, including but not limited to maintaining six feet of distance between campers, unless wearing an acceptable face covering, excluding persons from the same household who are camping together.

Guidelines and Plan Template are now available for Phase I businesses. Phase 1 Plan Guide here

Governor Cuomo also outlined additional guidelines and protocols for phase one businesses as they begin to reopen:

Residential/Commercial Construction:

  • All workers must have masks and wear them when within six feet of another worker
  • Employers must provide masks to all employees
  • No congregate meetings

Retail Business Owners - Curbside Pickup

  • Employee and purchaser in vehicle must wear a mask, gloves preferred
  • Hand sanitizer must be made available

Retail Business Owners - In-Store Pickup

  • Requires ordering ahead - pre-arranged orders
  • Social distancing required in store
  • No more than 50 percent of maximum occupancy
  • Patrons must wear masks
  • Store employees must wear masks, gloves preferred
  • Hand sanitizer must be made available
  • Essential health care operations have been added,   -veterinary and livestock medical services
  • Essential infrastructure including
    • hotels, and other places of accommodation, including campgrounds.
    • Campgrounds must take precautions to ensure campers maintain appropriate social distancing and adhere to proper cleaning and disinfecting protocols, including but not limited to maintaining six feet of distance between campers, unless wearing an acceptable face covering, excluding persons from the same household who are camping together.
      See more on additional guidelines here

Business Basics Reopening Toolkit

The St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency and SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center have made this toolkit available to help businesses plan, in general, for reopening. The toolkit is a brief overview and should take 10 minutes to review. Industry specific information will be provided as it becomes available. This toolkit includes:
  •   Recommended Policy Updates
  •   Planning for Reopening
  •   Online Checkup
  •   Helpful Links
  •   Printable Posters-CDC Business Resources here

DOWNLOAD THE REOPENING TOOLKIT HERE


Loan Program Checklist for Small Business

U.S. Chamber experts have been busy putting together guides and checklists to help you navigate the various loan programs available through the stimulus bill for small businesses. See below for a guide on each and how it can help you:
BUSINESS GUIDANCE
BUSINESS SUPPLY LIST
Executive Orders
Business
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