The Capital Region has been cleared to begin Phase 2 of the reopening process

Phase 1 Phase 2 Phase 3 Phase 4
May 20th
June 3rd
*June 17th*
(Earliest Possible Date)
*July 1st*
(Earliest Possible Date)


*Dates are tentative and subject to change*

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

Latest News

Friday, June 5 – Outdoor and Take-Out/Delivery Food Services Guidelines for Employers and Employees


Thursday, June 4 – Interim Guidance for Graduation Celebrations During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency


Wednesday, June 3 – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced outdoor dining at restaurants will be permitted in Phase 2 of reopening. Restaurants in the seven regions that have already entered Phase 2 – the Capital Region, Central New York, the Finger Lakes, the Mohawk Valley, the North Country, the Southern Tier and Western New York – can reopen for outdoor dining beginning tomorrow, June 4th.

Outdoor tables must be spaced six feet apart, all staff must wear face coverings and customers must also wear face coverings when not seated.

More information:

Guidance on Outdoor Dining – NYS Department of Health

New York State Liquor Authority Guidance


Tuesday, June 2Executive Order #202.36 was signed by the Governor today. There is also an amendment to EO #202.35 to allow for expanded low-risk outdoor recreational activities and businesses.

More information can be found on the Empire State Development (ESD) Website


Friday, May 29 – Executive Order Regarding Mandatory Face Masks


Friday, May 22 – Governor Cuomo today 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.

Click this link for details: Economic Recovery and COVID-19 Loans for Small Businesses

Business Reopening Resources


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 or Phase 2 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.


Additonal Guidance on Safety Protocols:

PPE Resources

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

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 which can be found at the link below:


The CDC guidelines for child care programs can be found here: CDC Interim Guidance for Child Care Programs



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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