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Moving Forward Toward Reopening

As New York State shares guidelines around a safe and coordinated reopening of communities, the Tompkins County Health Department will update information, FAQs, and local resources here.

Recent Updates

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NY Forward

  • New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has released a framework for reopening communities and businesses region by region, called NY Forward. This site is updated by the Governor’s office with details on reopening guidelines for regions in New York State.
  • Tompkins County is in the Southern Tier Region of New York State.
  • NYS Dashboard: Early Warning Monitoring.

Phased Reopening

Phased Reopening refers to the NYS plan for re-opening non-essential businesses in phases, based on the ability of customers and workers to maintain social distancing.

  • Phase One includes construction, non-food agriculture, retail for curbside pick-up, manufacturing, and wholesale trade.
  • Phase Two includes professional services, retail, and others,
  • Phase Three includes restaurants and food services, and personal care services.
  • Phase Four includes arts & entertainment, recreation, and education.

There is a minimum of 14 days to move from one phase to the next, depending on the status of specific public health metrics that are tracked by NYS. Full details of what industries are in each phase can be found here.

Moving Forward Together

Keep Tompkins County Healthy & Safe
Consider the following when you go out to stop the spread of COVID-19.

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Even while more spaces and businesses begin to open, keeping 6 feet of distance between you and others continues to be an effective way to stop the spread of COVID-19. More info here.

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New York State is allowing limited, non-essential gatherings of 25 or less individuals. Guidance on distancing, face coverings, and hand hygiene still apply. It is important to consider how many people you may be around if you go out. More info here.

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Face Coverings

Your mask protects others, their mask protects you. The wearing of masks when you can’t guarantee social distancing is a proven way to stop the spread of COVID-19. More info here.

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Hand Hygiene

Washing your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water, and consistently cleaning frequently touched surfaces can help to stop the spread COVID-19. More info here.

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Symptoms and Testing

Monitor Your Symptoms. If you have a fever, cough, shortness of breath, or body aches, seek a test & stay home. More info here.
Get Tested: Register to be tested online at or call 607-319-5708.

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Mental Health

No one should feel like they’re alone. Local mental health services are available for anyone who is having a hard time coping with this community wide crisis. Find more information and local resources here.


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Posters for businesses and workplaces
(Click image to open PDF)
IImage of Keep Tompkins Co Healthy & Safe letter size poster Image of the reopening affirmation poster
Welcome Poster image Poster Attention All Visitors Poster Keep Tompkins Save and healthy

Additional posters for download are here.


Safe, high quality childcare is recognized as a critical component to the re-opening process. The EOC is in communication with the Child Development Council, local daycare providers, and summer camp operators to answer questions, plan, and review NYS guidance to determine how and when daycare facilities can open.

The Child Development Council's COVID-19 Services and Resources page includes information on the following:

If you need childcare, call (607) 273-0259 or email

Request masks for a business or organization in Tompkins County
(6/3/20) The supply of cloth masks is currently limited. Use the form to request only the quantity of cloth masks needed for your employees.

Business and Economic Development Partners

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Live Stream COVID-19 Updates with county and EOC leadership

As we Move Forward, county leadership and EOC team members are live streaming COVID-19 updates, responding to questions of interest to local businesses and organizations, and to the community at large. Video recordings are below. Upcoming live stream "town hall" updates are announced on our home page and on social media.

June 12, 2020

Previous Live Streams:
June 4, 2020 || May 28, 2020 || May 21, 2020 || May 15, 2020 || May 11, 2020 
  [Tompkins County YouTube Channel]

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County Reconstitution Of Operations Plan ‐ 2020 

Tompkins County departments are completing Reconstitution of Operation Plans (ROOP), preparing for reopening safely for staff and clients. The County is making the ROOP framework publicly accessible for staff, clients, and other businesses and organizations for their planning purposes.

The framework was developed by the planning team of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in consultation with the Tompkins County Public Health Department.

General Directives

  • Permission to open offices
  • Protocol on required use of a face covering
Phase 1
  • Office doors are open to the public but offices not yet fully functioning
  • How “partially functioning” is defined in terms of serving cients, community, and government
  • Sanitizing frequently touched surfaces
  • Waiting and conference room capacity reduced by 50% and rearranged to accommodate social distancing at all times
Phase 2
  • Fully functioning offices within the guidelines of “new normal”
  • How “fully functioning in the new normal” is defined in terms of serving cients, community, and government, and in terms of staff working on-site and remotely.
  • Sanitizing frequently touched surfaces
  • Waiting and conference room capacity reduced by 0-25% and rearranged to accommodate social distancing at all times

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ROOP Framework Outline
Open and download the ROOP PDF here 

Staffing Considerations
  • Coordinating staff returns
  • In-office staff levels
Employee Engagement
  • Building employee trust
  • Building employee confidence
  • Communications needs
Facility Considerations
  • Employee workspace
  • Public congregation areas
  • Publicly accessible conference rooms
  • Office flow
  • Cleaning needs
  • Messaging
  • Public equipment
Office Operations
  • PPE stock and availability
  • Visitor registry
  • Health Screening
  • Common areas redesign
  • Teleconferencing
Field Operations
  • Vehicle cleaning and sanitizing
  • Field PPE
  • Field safety

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