Starting on Wednesday, May 20th, Schenectady County and the entire Capital Region moved into Phase 1 of NY Forward, Governor Cuomo's plan to reopen New York.
Social distancing measures remain in order by executive order. Phase 1 involves the return of some employees to certain businesses, but all New Yorkers are asked to do their part to continue social distancing in the fight against the pandemic.
Through Phase 1:
- Stay home as much as possible;
- Limit socialization to household members;
- Large gatherings are still not alloweed: birthday parties, weddings, block parties, other celebrations;
- Wear face coverings/masks in public;
- Wash hands frequently; and
- Limit shopping.
- Gatherings of 10 people or less are allowed; and
- Religious gatherings of no more than 10 people will be allowed statewide where strict social distancing measures are enforced and all participants wear masks.
Schenectady County Briefings, Daily Community Updates and Demographics
Schenectady County gives live video updates twice weekly, at 10am on Tuesdays and Thursday, to update the public on the most recent guidance. These events are streamed on Facebook live at https://www.facebook.com/SchenectadyCounty/.
Residents can submit questions by:
- Calling (518) 388-4355;
- Emailing firstname.lastname@example.org; or
- Filling out the online form at www.schenectadycounty.com/content/submit-coronavirus-related-question
Daily Community Updates
Demographics and Other COVID-19 Information
Visit www.schenectadycounty.com/covid19info for the most up-to-date maps and demographic information.
Reopening Metrics and Regional Control Boards
Regions throughout the State must meet 7 specific metrics to begin reopening, and move forward through the phases. These metrics, and each region's status are illustrated on the Regional Monitoring Dashboard.
Screenshot of Regional Monitoring Dashboard - click on image to view the most current dashboard.
Regional Control Boards
Each region has a regional control board made up of local leaders, who monitor regional metrics during the reopening process, including: hospitalization rate, death rate, number of new hospitalizations, hospital bed capacity, ICU bed capacity, testing and contact tracing within its region during reopening and alert the State if the region's metrics no longer meet the reopening guidelines and adjust the reopening plan for the region accordingly.
Phases of NY Forward
NY Forward is comprised of 4 phases.
- Agriculture, Forestry and Hunting
- Retail (limited to curbside or in-store pickup or drop off)
- Wholesale Trade
- Professional Services
- Administrative Support
- Real Estate/Rental & Leasing
- Restaurants/Food Service
More specific information about industries within each phase is available at: https://forward.ny.gov/industries-reopening-phase (as available).
Businesses and NY Forward
To help determine whether or not your business is eligible to reopen, use the reopen lookup tool.
To reopen, busineses must read the interim guidance for their industry, and complete a business safety plan.
The interim guidance can be found by industry at: https://forward.ny.gov/industries-reopening-phase.
Additionally, businesses must complete the electronic affirmation that they have read the interim guidance and completed the business safety plan.
Currently, Schenectady County is offering free cloth face coverings (masks) to Phase 1 businesses for their employees.
Masks can be requested by sending an email to email@example.com or by calling (518) 388-4355.
New York on PAUSE
Governor Cuomo announced the New York State on PAUSE executive order, a 10-point policy to assure uniform safety for everyone.
If you are aware of any New York on PAUSE violations, you can submit a complaint at: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/new-york-state-pause