Starting on Wednesday, June 17, Schenectady County and the entire Capital Region moved into Phase 3 of NY Forward, Governor Cuomo's plan to reopen New York.
Coronavirus is still spreading in New York. New Yorkers are required to wear a mask and maintain 6 feet distance in public.
- Overnight summer camps are prohibited from operating this season;
- Gatherings of 25 people or less are allowed;
- Summer day camps statewide can open on June 29, 2020;
- Outdoor graduations of up to 150 people will be allowed starting on June 26, 2020; and
- Public pools and playgrounds can be opened at the discretion of localities, while following state guidance.
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 email@example.com; 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
- Real Estate
- Essential and Phase II In-Store Retail
- Vehicle Sales, Leases, and Rentals
- Retail Rental, Repair, and Cleaning
- Commercial Building Management
- Hair Salons and Barbershops
- Outdoor and Take-Out/Delivery Food Services
- Restaurants/Food Services
- Personal Care
- Higher Education
- Low-Risk Indoor Arts and Entertainment
- Low-Risk Outdoor Arts and Entertainment
- Media Production
More specific information about industries within each phase is available at: https://forward.ny.gov/industries-reopening-phase (as available).
Essential Business Guidance
Child Care and Day Camps
Lake and Ocean Beach Activities
Religious and Funeral Services
Professional Sports Training Facilities
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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