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Coronavirus & Return to Work

Return To Work

Echoing the sentiments of public health officials, a return to normalcy won’t be like flipping a switch, but rather a gradual effort. In preparation for reopening your business and asking employees to come back to work, it’s imperative that your company thoughtfully constructs a return to work action plan for its employees to keep everyone healthy and safe following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Be sure to review guidance from state and local government

The COVID-19 pandemic impacts states and regions in different ways. Just because a business is allowed to reopen in one region of the country doesn’t automatically mean your operations will be allowed to resume as well. As such, it’s critical to understand and review all relevant state and local orders to determine if and when your business is allowed to reopen.


Looking for more on other Coronavirus topics? Check out our main Coronavirus Resource Page here.


New York State


New York Forward
New York State is currently reopening in phases. The phases are being determined by regional health metrics as well as industry.
Is my NYS business eligible to reopen?
For help determining whether or not your business is eligible to reopen, use the reopen lookup tool.
My NYS business is eligible to reopen. Now what?
In order to operate, you must comply with all safety guidelines for your industry, as well as any additional health and safety guidance issued by the state. State guidance for each phase can be found in the New York Forward Business Reopening Lookup Tool
Note: All NYS businesses that are open in Phase 1 (including "essential" businesses that have remained open all along) must meet specific requirements.

To the right, we have provided additional tools and resources you may find helpful.