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Restart Resources

As New York State prepares to restart, they have released requirements for reopening. Below you will find information, guidelines and safety protocols that will help prepare you to reopen your business.

The state has released guidelines for Phase One and will release further guidelines for the additional phases. We will add them to this page as soon as they are made public, so check back often as this page will grow and evolve.

If you have a questions related to your business, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 518.439.0512 or via email at

Phased Plan to Reopen New York State

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo outlined guidelines for the phased plan to reopen New York. There are four phases, and businesses in each region will re-open in phases. There are 10 regions in the state - Capital Region, Central New York, Finger Lakes, Mid-Hudson Valley, Mohawk Valley, New York City, North Country, Long Island, Southern Tier and Western New York – and every region must follow these guidelines as part of the re-opening plan. Our region is the Capital Region.

Phase One includes Construction, Manufacturing, Retail (curbside or in-store pickup or drop off), Wholesale Trade and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting.

Phase Two includes Professional Services, Retail, Administrative Support and Real Estate / Rental & Leasing.

Phase Three includes Personal Services and Restaurants / Food Services.

Phase Four includes Arts / Entertainment / Recreation and Education.

For details within each industry for Phase One, as well as FAQ's:     Industries Reopening by Phase

There are seven metrics each regions needs to meet in order to move forward with reopening. These metrics were determined based on guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, the U.S. Department of State, and other public health experts.

The guidelines can be found here:     Metrics to Guide Reopening New York

Guidelines & Safety Protocols to Reopen Your Business

Prior to reopening, all businesses are required to develop a plan for how they will operate to ensure the health and safety of employees and customers. Please review the material in your business’s industry, as well as the general category. You will be able to use this material as a template to help you develop your specific plan for your business.

Please note that your plan does not need to be submitted to a state agency for approval but must be retained on the premises of the business and must made available to the New York State Department of Health (DOH) or local health or safety authorities in the event of an inspection. It is suggested that your guidelines are printed and posted at your business location.

New York State is requiring that a Business Affirmation Form is completed and submitted to self-certify that your business meets the safety reopening guidelines. See below for the link. It is important to note that businesses operating now as essential businesses also need to submit the Business Affirmation Form and print and post their safety guidelines.


The template can be found here:     Business Re-Opening Safety Plan Template

The affirmation form can be found here:     Business Affirmation Form

Phase One

Phase Two








Phase Three

Phase Four





PPE Available for Bethlehem Businesses

Albany County has access to supplies of PPE (cotton, reusable facemasks, hand sanitizer and gloves) that is available upon request to local businesses.  To secure supplies, contact the following via email:

  1. Albany County Legislator Joanne Cunningham
  2. Albany County Legislature Director of Communications Nicole Antonucci

Thank you to our County Leaders County Executive Dan McCoy, Legislature
Chair Andrew Joyce and County Sheriff Craig Apple for their leadership
in securing these supplies for the public.

Funding Opportunities

Bethlehem Chamber Small Business Hardship Fund
This fund awards grants up to $200 per business on a first come, first served basis. To be eligible, the business must be located within the Town of Bethlehem, NY, or must be a Chamber member. The application includes submission instructions.

Hardship Fund Application


New York Forward Loan Fund (NYFLF)
New economic recovery loan program aimed at supporting New York State small businesses, nonprofits and small landlords as they reopen after the COVID-19 outbreak and NYS on PAUSE. A full description of the fund can be found here.


NYFLF Frequently Answered Questions

Additional Information & Resources

June 24 New York Forward Loan Fund Webinar:
PowerPoint Presentation
Recording (audio & visual)


Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
An SBA loan that helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Loans are to be used to cover payroll costs, and most mortgage interest, rent, and utility costs over the 8-week period after the loan is made. Visit this page for a full description of the program.

The Borrower must complete the application as directed in these instructions, and submit it to your Lender (or the Lender that is servicing your loan) to apply for forgiveness of your Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan.

Borrower Application

Loan Forgiveness Application Instructions for Borrowers

Use this directory to find a nearby lender eligible to issue a loan under the Paycheck Protection Program.


Additional Guidelines & Recommendations

The section below includes links to additional documents provided by the CDC, OSHA and the US Chamber of Commerce.


Prepare Your Small Business and Employees for the Effects of COVID-19

Coronavirus Resource Center for Businesses and Workplaces

Reopening Decision Tree Guide for Employers

Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers (Updated May 2020)

Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Workplaces and Businesses

CDC FAQs: Reducing the Spread of COVID-19 in Workplaces

CDC FAQs: Healthy Business Operations


New York State Department of Health
COVID Antibody Test FAQ

DEC List of Products to Disinfect COVID-19


Guidance for Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

Worker Exposure Risk to COVID-19

Guidance for Specific Industries


Workplace Tips for Employees

Standardized Employee Screening Questionnaire
Questionnaire for sample screening questions to ask employees upon return to work and on a regular basis moving forward. This template is based on questions required or recommended by various states as well as input from U.S. Chamber member companies of all sizes and sectors.

Customizable Workplace Flyer
Customize, print, and post this workplace flyer to communicate to your employees and customers the steps your company is taking to keep them safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19.