What Businesses Need to Know
When Can Long Island Businesses Reopen?
Phase One businesses can reopen as of May 27, 2020 following NY State protocols and guidelines outlined below.
business categories and guidelines for each include:
- Non-Food Related Agriculture
- Commercial Fishing Services and For-Hire Vessels
- Retail (Curbside and In-Store Pickup)
- Wholesale Trade
Look Up if Your Business Can Reopen:
Use the New York Forward Business Reopening Lookup Tool
Although subject to change, it is expected there will be a two-week period between each phase of re-opening.
business are NOT eligible to reopen on Long Island yet per NY State, but Phase Two business categories and guidelines for each are outlined below:
- Office-Based Work
- Real Estate Services
- Essential and Phase II Retail – In-Store Sales
- Vehicle Sales, Leases, and Rentals
- Retail Rental, Repair, and Cleaning
- Commercial Building Management
- Hair Salons and Barbershops
Phase Three & Four:
businesses and organizations can be found here.
Prepare to Reopen
- Mandatory Protocols & Guidelines:
Before reopening, every business must meet specific mandatory requirements. NY State has published "summary guidelines" including both the mandatory and recommended protocols and detailed "final interim guidance" for each business category listed in Phase One. The guidelines for each sector can be found here.
- Submit an Affirmation to NY State:
Businesses must confirm that they agree to operate in compliance with the detailed guidance. A link to the affirmation form is located at the end of the detailed guidance and found here.
- Prepare a Written “Safety Business Plan”:
Every business must have a written plan outlining how it will prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace.
Create your plan using NYS Business Re-Opening Safety Plan Template and CDC Businesses and Workplaces Re-Opening Guidance which includes:
- Wellness Checks for employees and customers
- Disinfection and Cleaning Routines
- Social Distancing
- PPE supply for employees and customers
Reopening Resources & Questions
- If you’re a business located in Nassau County and have a question about reopening not answered on this page, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
- For additional support, the Nassau County Outreach Offices have bilingual staff available to answer questions about reopening:
- Office of Minority Affairs
Executive Director: Lionel Chitty
MWBE certification and information available. Services are available in Haitian Creole.
- Office of Hispanic Affairs
Executive Director: Amy Flores
Information available in Spanish.
- Office of Asian American Affairs
Executive Director: Farrah Mozawalla
Information available in Urdu, Hindi, Mandarin, Bengali and Arabic.
- Office of Minority Affairs
Report a Complaint
- As businesses are eager to reopen, following NY State and CDC guidelines is imperative to the health and safety of our community and will allow us to continue to the next phase. Residents can report a complaint or concern about a business failing to comply with the new safety guidelines by emailing Reopensafely@nassaucountyny.gov.
NEW Small Business Loan Program - NY Forward: “Boost Nassau”
- NY Forward “Boost Nassau” loan fund is a new business recovery loan program aimed at supporting Nassau County’s small businesses, Minority/Women-owned Business Enterprises (MWBE) and nonprofits struggling during the COVID-19 outbreak. Note, the loan program is available to businesses impacted by COVID-19 that haven’t accessed federally-backed programs like PPP. The new “Boost Nassau” program ensures that $10 million will be available for businesses located in Nassau County from the NY Forward Loan Fund
- Further details on the program, eligibility and how to apply is available on www.boostnassau.net, and here
How to get PPE for Your Business or Nonprofit
- Nassau County is investing half a million dollars with support from the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) to provide approximately 1,000 small businesses and nonprofits with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The PPE program is intended for businesses and nonprofits with less than 20 employees, MWBE-owned businesses and businesses in hard hit and economically distressed neighborhoods. Businesses can apply on www.nassauboost.net beginning on Monday, June 1, 2020. Resources will be distributed on a first come first serve basis.
Open Streets Pilot Program - Making it Easier for Businesses to Utilize Street Space
- With Nassau County’s new Open Streets Pilot Program, we are making it easier for Villages, Towns and Cities to temporarily close County roads to vehicles to allow businesses to utilize sidewalk and/or street space fronting their business to increase their capacity while maintaining social distancing. This will help address reduced indoor capacity requirements under the NY Forward phase-in reopening, which limits the number of customers indoors and may impact revenue. Continuing the County’s efforts to support the revival of our downtowns and business districts, the County will be fast tracking permitting approvals for temporary road closures, with a decision within a week of receiving an application. To apply, visit: www.nassaucountyny.gov/OpenStreets.