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The Capital Region has been cleared to begin Phase 4 of the reopening process

Phase 1 Phase 2 Phase 3 Phase 4
May 20th
Active
June 3rd
Active
June 17th
(Active)
July 1st
(Active)

Each Phase of reopening must be in place a minimum 14 days before the next phase can start

 

***An Important Reminder to our Businesses and Community Members***

Please wear your mask while out in public and especially in situations where you are unable to socially distance (6ft). County Sheriff, Michael Zurlo, has already responded to complaints of civilians and business employees not wearing masks while out in public. Businesses and employees who work in close physical proximity to their customer base (ex. restaurants, retail, hospitality, customer service based, etc.) should be especially mindful. It is expected that employees and the public adhere to the Executive Order released by the governor. Businesses who do not assist in the enforcement of the order/guidelines among their employees may find themselves subject of an investigation with the New York State COVID-19 Enforcement Task Force. Businesses found to be in violation of safety guidelines/executive orders may be penalized.


Print a Mask Poster for Your Business: Click Here!

 

 

“HEALTH, History, Horses”

“Saratoga County was ranked as the #2 healthiest county in New York State for 2020”
According to the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute


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Friday, August 21 Attention Gyms & Fitness Centers

  • Please complete the following: Reopening Application
  • Included is a step by step process and information on scheduling inspections

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Business Reopening Resources

  1. Higher Education
    Summary Guidelines
    Detailed Guidelines
    Reopening Checklist
  2. Low Risk Outdoor Arts & Entertainment
    Summary Guidelines
    Detailed Guidelines
  3. Low Risk Indoor Arts & Entertainment
    Summary Guidelines
    Detailed Guidelines
  4. Media Production
    Summary Guidelines
    Detailed Guidelines

 

 

Click below to view the complete NY Forward Reopening Plan

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on New York Forward and Business Reopening


Business Safety Plans

Every Business Is Required to Have a Safety Plan to Open
  1. Identify which Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3, or Phase 4 business designation applies to your business
  2. View Summary Guidelines
  3. Read and Affirm Detailed Guidelines
  4. Complete the online NY Forward Business Re-opening Safety Plan Template -or- develop your own safety plan consistent with state guidelines.
  5. Print out a copy of the completed template -or- your self-prepared safety plan and retain a copy on the business premises at all times.
  6. The plan must be made available to the NYS Department of Health (DOH) or local health or safety authorities in the event of an inspection.
  7. Plans must be operational at time of opening, such as, proper supply of Personal Protective Equipment, disinfection, hand sanitizers, available for all personnel.

 

Additional Guidance on Safety Protocols:


PPE Resources


Industry Specific Guidance


Financial Support

Local banks across Saratoga County have stepped up in a big way to help businesses and nonprofits adversely impacted by COVID 19. Starting in March as New York State was put on PAUSE and businesses had to reduce their operations or close entirely, local banks reported working closely with their existing customers by taking some or all of the following actions:

  • Allowing for interest-only payments on existing business loans;
  • Creating new or increasing existing lines of credit; and,
  • Adjusting loan payment schedules to allow customers to suspend payments for a certain period of time.

In April, local banks across Saratoga County made it a priority to help local customers who qualified for a Payroll Protection Program (PPP) loan from the SBA to get such a loan. Thousands of employers locally have now received PPP loans which can be forgiven entirely if they are used correctly for payroll, rent, mortgage, and utilities. The PPP loan program currently still has money available. Please check with your local lender to determine if you are eligible and for details on how to apply and the rules for having such a loan forgiven.

Besides working with a local bank, local businesses may also want to check out the following small business resources:

SBA COVID 19 Loan Programs: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options

Small Business Development Center: http://www.nyssbdc.org/centers/centers.aspx?centid=10

SCORE – Small Business Advisors: https://www.saratoga.org/foundation/about-score/

Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region: https://mycommunityloanfund.org/

List of Local Banks in Saratoga County: https://chamber.saratoga.org/list/category/banks-29

Governor Cuomo has announced the creation of the New York Forward Loan Fund (NYFLF). This is a 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.  The NYFLF targets the state’s small businesses with 20 or fewer full-time equivalent (FTE) employees (90% of all businesses), nonprofits and small landlords that have seen a loss of rental income.  The NYFLF is specifically timed to support businesses and organizations as they proceed to reopen and have upfront expenses to comply with guidelines (e.g., inventory, marketing, refitting for new social distancing guidelines) under the New York Forward Plan.

Pre-application for the New York Forward Loan Fund will be open on May 26, 2020 at Noon Eastern Daylight Time. Priority will be given to industries that have been reopened. This is not a first-come, first-served loan program.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as regions and industries reopen.

View the following links for details:


Regional & County Metrics

The Capital Region has currently met 7/7 metrics for reopening

Regional Monitoring Dashboard Saratoga County Monitoring Dashboard

 

 


Child Care Resources

The Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce has provided a list of local child care providers:
List of Local Child Care Providers

Providers can view the CDC guidance for child care programs:
CDC Interim Guidance for Child Care Programs

Providers can also view guidance from the NYS Department of Health:
Child Care and Day Camps

$65 Million NY Forward Child Care Expansion Incentive


Help Us Help You

We understand the reopening process can be a frustrating and challenging time for our local businesses. Please provide our Reopening Advisory Group with feedback and/or other helpful suggestions or topics you would like to see added to the web page that can help our local businesses!

 

Submit your suggestions here: Email

 


Membership

MISSION STATEMENT:

On May 12, 2020, Saratoga County Board of Supervisors Chairman Preston Allen created a Reopening Advisory Group comprised of local officials, health and public safety experts and business leaders to guide the County’s efforts to reopen our local economy safely.

Chaired by Waterford Supervisor Jack Lawler, this group is meeting regularly to provide local employers with the information and resources they need to reopen. With the support of County personnel, the group has created this website with links to updated information about reopening rules, regulations and best practices.

County Administrator Spencer Hellwig, who was named to Governor Cuomo’s Regional Control Room team for our region, also attends all of the Advisory Group’s meetings. This allows for two-way communication as we learn more about the state and region’s reopening plans and as we need to request more guidance to help with our local reopening efforts.

The mission of our Reopening Advisory Group is to provide as much help and support as possible to the local businesses and employers across Saratoga County while they seek to reopen safely.

Membership of the Advisory Group

  • Jack Lawler –  Chair of Reopening Advisory Group, Chair of the Economic Development Committee and Town of Waterford Supervisor
  • Todd Shimkus – Vice Chair of Reopening Advisory Group, President, Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce
  • Eric Connolly – Town of Ballston Supervisor
  • Gary Dake – President, Stewart’s Shops
  • Cathi Duncan – Director of Saratoga County Public Health Services
  • Ed Kinowski – Town of Stillwater Supervisor
  • Dan Pemrick – Chair of Law and Finance Standing Committee and Town of Greenfield Supervisor
  • Tom Richardson – Mechanicville Supervisor
  • Kevin Tollisen – Town of Halfmoon Supervisor
  • Matt Veitch – Chair of Buildings & Grounds Standing Committee and Saratoga Springs Supervisor
  • Charles V. Wait – Chairman, The Adirondack Trust Company
  • Michael Zurlo – Saratoga County Sheriff

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