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Moving Forward: Reopening Phases

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


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Updates: Executive Order 202.74 
  • Restaurants, Wine and Liquor Sales
    • All liquor and wine stores (off premise sales) must close by 10:00PM
    • All on premise sales and consumption of alcoholic beverages must cease by 10:00PM, and may resume no earlier than 5:00AM
    • All on premise consumption of food must cease by 10:00PM
    • Curbside takeout and delivery (off premise) sales of food and non-alcoholic beverages may continue after 10:00PM
    • Off premise and on premise sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages (liquor and wine) may resume no earlier than 5:00AM
    • SLA Guidance On COVID-Related Closing Times 
  • Gyms and fitness centers
    • Must be closed to the public by 10:00PM
    • May not reopen before 5:00AM
    • Master guidance for gyms and fitness centers issued in Phase 4, click here.
  • Gatherings
    • Any non-essential private residential gathering is limited 10 or fewer individuals, when social distancing, face covering, and cleaning and disinfection protocols are followed.
    • Non-essential gatherings that are not private residential gatherings are limited to 50 or fewer individuals, provided that social distancing, face covering, and cleaning and disinfection protocols are followed.
  • Read the full Executive Order 202.74 here.

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General Guidelines for Reopening

  • Phased Reopening under NY Forward refers to when specific non-essential businesses and business activities are permitted to begin operations following the guidance detailed by NYS. Essential businesses and business activities that are open will remain open.
  • What Businesses:
    A summary of business types that are permitted to reopen, with links to industry-specific guidance, is below.
  • Image of the poster described on this pageGuidance:
     
    for specific industries is provided by NYS.
    • Summary Guidance includes Physical distancing; Protective equipment; Hygiene, cleaning, disinfecting; Communication; Screening
    • Master Guidance includes People, Places, Processes, Employer Plans, Affirmation
    • Links are in the industry summaries, below
  • Required Affirmation:
    All businesses and entities are required to submit to the State an Affirmation that they have read and will follow the Master Guidance for their industry.
    • Instructions for submitting the affirmation are on the last page of every Master Guidance document. Use the Master Guidance link in the relevant summary below
    • The poster, “We are Following NYS Guidance” is available to display at workplaces who have submitted their affirmation to NYS. 
  • Keep Tompkins Healthy posterRequired Safety Plan:
    Businesses and entities are also required to prepare a Safety Plan, and post that Safety Plan on the premises of their workplace. Click here to open a NYS Safety Plan Template.

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Summary of Industries and Business Types

PHASE ONE  |  PHASE TWO  |  PHASE THREE  |  PHASE FOUR  |  ACTIVITY GUIDELINES

Phase 1

  • Construction
  • Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
  • Retail - (Limited to curbside or in-store pickup or drop off)
  • Manufacturing
  • Wholesale Trade
  • Higher Education Research

Details and Guidance Documents on the NY Forward Phase 1 web page


Phase 2:
Executive Order 202.35 (5/29/20)

Offices, Real Estate, Essential and Phase 2 In-Store Retail, Vehicle Sales Leases and Rentals, Retail Rental Repair & Cleaning, Commercial Building Management, Hair Salons and Barbershops, Outdoor & Take-Out/ Delivery Food Services, Dentistry

Offices
  • Business activities where the core function takes place within an office setting, including but not limited to businesses and entities in the following sectors: Professional services, nonprofit, technology, administrative support, and higher education administration (excluding full campus reopening).
    • May also apply to business operating parts of their business functions under different guidelines, e.g., front office for a construction company.
    • Does not apply to medical offices, such as doctors’ offices or dentists’ offices. Details and exclusions in the Master Guidance document.
  • Summary Guidance
  • Master Guidance and Affirmation link
Real Estate
  • Residential property management entities, real estate salespeople/brokers, building inspectors, building appraisers, and related activities. Details and exclusions in the Master Guidance document.
  • Summary Guidance
  • Master Guidance and Affirmation link
Essential and Phase 2 In-Store Retail
  • All in-store essential retail business activities throughout the state, and to all in-store non-essential retail business activities. Details and exclusions in the Master Guidance document.
    • Does not apply to businesses covered under other industries.
  • Summary Guidance
  • Master Guidance and Affirmation link
Vehicle Sales, Leases, and Rentals
Retail Rental, Repair, and Cleaning
  • Businesses such as electronics repair, equipment rental, clothing rental, laundromats, other clothing/fabric cleaning services, and residential cleaning services. Details and exclusions in the Master Guidance document.
  • Summary Guidance
  • Master Guidance and Affirmation link
Commercial Building Management
  • Commercial/non-residential property management entities and related activities. Does not address tenants occupying office space and their employees and contractors. Details in the Master Guidance document.
  • Summary Guidance
  • Master Guidance and Affirmation link

Hair Salons and Barbershops
  • Hair service businesses including hair salons, barbershops, and other similar hair service businesses. Details in the Master Guidance document.
    • Does not apply to nail salons, tattoo parlors, or any other non-haircutting-related personal care services or activities, including but not limited to: beard trimming, nose hair trimming, facials, manicures/pedicures, makeup application, threading, tweezing, or waxing.
  • Summary Guidance
  • Master Guidance and Affirmation link

Outdoor and Take-Out/ Delivery Food Services
  • Applies to all restaurants and food services establishments including food trucks, and other food concessions in Phase 2 Regions.
    • Outdoor dining with seating for customers may open with tables distanced 6-feet apart
    • Outdoor bar seating may be opened only in areas where seating can be distanced 6-feet apart
    • Consumption of any dine-in food and/ or beverage must occur at tables or bar tops in these outdoor spaces
    • All staff must wear face coverings  
    • Customers must wear face coverings when not seated.
    • Dining and bar spaces indoors cannot open to customers
  • Master Guidance and Affirmation link
Dentistry

Business Safety Plan Template
NY Forward Phase 2 web page


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Phase 3:
(6/12/20)

Restaurants & Food Services, Personal Care Services

Restaurants and Food Services
  • Applies to all restaurants and food services establishments, including food trucks and other food concessions.
  • Indoor spaces with seating for customers may be opened, in accordance with the guidelines.
    • Limit indoor seating/ capacity to no more than 50% of posted occupancy. All indoor tables must be 6 feet apart in all directions, or with a physical barrier between tables.
    • Maximum outdoor capacity set by the number of tables the outdoor area can accommodate with all 6 feet apart.
    • Staff must wear face covering at all times.
    • Customers must wear face covering at all times, except when seated at their table.
    • Individuals seated together at a table must all be from the same party, though may be from different households. Maximum 10 individuals at any table.
    • Maintain 6 feet distance at all times when not seated at a table.
    • Reservations and order ahead options for dine-in customers (e.g., online or by phone) are encouraged.    
Personal Care Services
  • Applies to non hair related personal care businesses and services, including
    • tattoo and piercing facilities,
    • appearance enhancement practitioners,
    • massage therapy,
    • spas,
    • cosmetology,
    • nail specialty,
    • UV and non UV tanning,
    • waxing.
  • Does not apply to any hair related personal care services (e.g. haircutting, coloring, or styling), which are covered here, under Phase 2.

Business Safety Plan Template
Reminder posters for customer and employee health & safety
NY Forward Phase 3 web page


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Phase 4
(6/24/20)

Higher Education
Local institutions
NYSDOH Documents

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TCHD Coordination on plans developed by local institutions

Following recent announcements by Cornell University on their revised plans to reopen campus, TCHD remains in ongoing communication with Cornell officials, and continues to maintain capacity for contact tracing investigations to ensure successful quarantine and isolation. See also this 8/7/20 press release from TCHD.

All plans adhere to guidance from New York State and the Tompkins County Health Department and are aligned with TCHD. Each institution will continue to adjust their plans as new guidance becomes available from New York State and TCHD. See also press release from Tompkins County, 7/23/20.

The following are incorporated in the COVID-19 response plans from Cornell, IC, & TC3:

  • Ongoing Testing and Health Screening
    • Implementing protocols for surveillance and diagnostic testing to identify and isolate positive cases, including partnerships with Cayuga Health System and developing internal capacity where possible.
    • Instituting ongoing systems for health screening of students and employees for COVID symptoms on a regular basis.
  • Contact Tracing and Monitoring
    • Partnering with TCHD to support all contact tracing efforts and orders for isolation and mandatory quarantine.
    • Providing appropriate isolation accommodations for students, if necessary.
  • Setting Expectations for Community Behavior and Social Responsibility
    • Encouraging students and all Tompkins County residents to follow the latest guidance from the CDC, NYS Department of Health, and TCHD on mask wearing, physical distancing, density, and hygiene.
    • Using community agreements to emphasize a shared responsibility to protect the health and safety of all members of the community.
    • Implementing sustained education and communication with students, faculty and staff to create new social norms on- and off-campus.
    • Creating accountability measures to deter non-compliance with the expected social norms.
  • Engaging in the Tompkins County Community
    • Recognizing that higher education is a critical employer and economic driver in Tompkins County and the Southern Tier region and working to maintain that role in the community.
    • Fostering safe and consistent opportunities for students, faculty and staff to engage in the local community.
  • On and Off Campus Operations
    • Modifying traditional academic and campus life activities to comply with health and safety guidelines, considering mental health and well-being needs.
    • Increasing collaboration with off-campus housing and private landlords
    • Proactive collection of local addresses of students to aid in any needed contact tracing.
    • Reducing density in on-campus spaces and restricting access to campus spaces by the general public.
    • Planning potential future alterations to in-person operations based on an ongoing assessment of the pandemic and state and regional metrics.

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Pre-K to Grade 12 Schools
Image of a document about when students are permitted to return to schoolProtocol for students returning to school

An “IF…THEN” table for when students stay home from school due to illness or exposure, prepared by the Tompkins County Health Department. Click here for a PDF, or click the image to open a larger image.

 

Tompkins County Districts’ websites
NYSDOH Documents
  • School superintendents Dr. Luvelle Brown (ICSD) and Dr. Jeffery Matteson (BOCES) joined the County COVID Update, live streamed 7/15/20, video available here.


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Gyms & Fitness Centers:
  • Gyms and fitness centers can reopen starting August 24
  • Local health department inspection scheduled before or within 14 days after reopening any facility
  • All facilities may open after Sept. 2
  • County government may delay the start of indoor fitness classes beyond Sept. 2
  • Facilities are limited to 33% of their capacity
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times by staff and customers (with limited exceptions)
    • Bandanas, buffs, and gaiters are not acceptable face coverings for use in gyms and fitness centers
    • Face shields and cloth masks with ventilators are not acceptable face coverings in any situation (CDC)
  • Air handling systems must be certified as meeting MERV-13 level (e.g., HEPA) or greater filtration capabilities.
    • Facilities that do not have or do not control their air handling system must adopt ventilation and air filtration mitigation protocols, per CDC and ASHRAE recommendations.
  • Governor's announcement here.

Low-Risk Outdoor Arts & Entertainment
  • Includes outdoor zoos, botanical gardens, nature parks, grounds of historic sites and cultural institutions, outdoor museums, outdoor agritourism, local agricultural demonstrations and exhibitions; and other similar institutions/activities
  • Limit visitors to 33% of normal at any one time; maintain 6-foot distance except among members of the same household or party
  • Face covering required for visitors (over age 2 and able to medically tolerate)
  • Face covering required for employees when interacting with visitors or within 6 feet distance
  • Health screenings for employees daily; health screening for vendors and contractors when practicable
Low-Risk Indoor Arts & Entertainment
  • Includes indoor museums, art galleries, historical sites, aquariums, and other related institutions or activities
    • Retail associated with these venues must follow Phase 2 Retail guidance
    • Food services located within these venues must follow Interim Guidance for Food Services
  • Limit visitors to 25% of max occupancy of any particular space; maintain 6-foot distance except among members of the same household or party
  • Face covering required for all visitors (per NYS protocol)
  • Face covering required for employees when interacting with visitors or within 6 feet distance
Media Production
  • Includes all activities undertaken in motion picture, music, television, and streaming productions on set, on location, or at any production or recording site
  • Activities taking place within a production operation should follow guidance for that specific industry (e.g., hair and make-up, food services, construction services, property scouting, etc.)

Malls

Business Safety Plan Template
Phase 4 NY Forward web page


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Additional Statewide Guidelines

Travel icon -- Travel is discouragedGuidelines for Out-of-State Travel 

Provided by Executive Order No. 205.2: Quarantine Restrictions on Travelers Arriving in New York (11/3/20). Effective Wednesday, November 4, 2020.

If you have additional travel-related questions, please call 2-1-1.

WHO
  • Travelers entering by any mode of transportation who have been outside of New York’s bordering states (traveling in non-contiguous states) for more than 24 hours.
    • Individuals returning to NYS who have been outside of New York's contiguous states for less than 24 hours, see below.
  • NOTE: Anyone who has been identified as a close contact by the Health Department is required to quarantine for a full 14 days from the date of exposure.
WHAT
  • Image of a calendar showing sequence of requirements when entering NYSA Travel Health Form must be filed with NYS by anyone entering or returning who has been outside New York's contiguous states.
  • All individuals who have been out of New York's contiguous states for more than 24 hours must quarantine for 14 days
  • — OR —
  • Pre-test option for anyone entering or returning who has been outside of New York's contiguous states for more than 24 hours (requires a diagnostic test before traveling to NYS)
    • Image of a calendar showing sequence of requirements when entering NYSA Travel Health Form must be filed with NYS
    • A diagnostic test must be obtained no more than three days prior to coming into NYS. Keep a record of these results in case you need them in the future. 
    • Upon arrival, quarantine for three days is required.
    • On day 4 of the quarantine, the traveler must get another diagnostic test.
    • If both the out-of-state and the arrival tests are negative, when the traveler receives notification of their second negative diagnostic test they may end their quarantine.
    • Open the PDF for additional info or click on the calendar graphic to open a bigger image for the Pre-test option.
Map of NYS and bordering /contiguous statesWHERE
  • These guidelines apply to individuals traveling to NYS from any other state that is not contiguous (has a border with) with New York State. Contiguous states are Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Vermont.
WHY
  • The testing and quarantine rules are in effect because the rate of positive COVID-19 cases has increased in all states, increasing the likelihood of disease transmission into NYS.
  • To maintain a low positivity rate, individuals from other states need to quarantine for 14 days, or seek diagnostic testing.
  • The Traveler Health Form is required to facilitate NYS’s contact tracing program.

Traveling for less than 24 hours in a non-contiguous state
  • Travelers who have been outside of NYS's contiguous states for less than 24 hours (rest stops, fueling, travel layover, etc.) are not required to quarantine. However they must:
    • Complete and file a Travelers Health Form.
    • Obtain a diagnostic test 4 days after returning to New York.

Essential Workers
  • Requirements for all essential workers and first responders coming into NYS from a non-contiguous state
    • Avoid extended periods in public, contact with strangers, and large congregate settings, to the extent possible.
    • Monitor temperature and signs of other symptoms, wear a face covering when in public, maintain social distancing, clean and disinfect workspaces.
    • Information on who is an essential worker is here.
  • Additional guidance based on intended duration of stay in New York.
    • Short term: <12 hours (deliveries, flight layovers, etc.)
      • Stay in vehicle and/or limit personal exposure by avoiding public spaces as much as possible
    • Medium term: overnight, but less than 36 hours (multiple deliveries, longer flight layover, etc.)
    • Long term: more than 36 hours (a few days needed for longer projects and obligations)
      • Must obtain a diagnostic test on day 4 after arriving
Penalty for violation

EO No. 205.2 provides that any violation of a quarantine or isolation order issued to an individual by a local health department may be subject to enforcement under public health law, including a civil penalty of up to $10,000.

  • To report an individual failing to follow the quarantine requirements of the travel advisory, call the NYS hotline at 1-833-789-0470, or file using the form at https://mylicense.custhelp.com/app/ask

Links for more information

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Sports and Recreation Activities
  • Higher-Risk Sports
    • Least ability to: maintain physical distance and/or be done individually, avoid touching of shared equipment, clean/disinfect equipment between uses by different individuals, or not use shared equipment at all
    • INCLUDES: Football, Wrestling, Ice hockey, Rugby, Basketball, Contact lacrosse, Volleyball, Martial arts, Competitive cheer/dance
    • Type of play allowed
      • Individual or distanced group training or activities
      • Organized no/low-contact group training (e.g. sport camps and clinics)
    • Type of play NOT allowed
      • Competitive team practices
      • Games, meets, matches, scrimmages (e.g. organized leagues, pick-up sports)
      • Competitive tournaments of multiple games, meets, matches, or scrimmages requiring travel
  • Moderate-Risk Sports
    • Limited ability to: maintain physical distance and/or be done individually, avoid touching of shared equipment, clean/disinfect equipment between uses by different individuals, or not use shared equipment at all
    • INCLUDES: Baseball/ Softball, Doublestennis, Racket games , (e.g. badminton, racquetball), Water polo, Gymnastics, Field hockey, Swimming relays, Crew (2+ rowers), Rafting, Paintball, Soccer, Non-contact lacrosse, Flag football, BMX bike racing,
    • Type of play allowed
      • Individual or distanced group training or activities
      • Organized no/low-contact group training (e.g. sport camps and clinics)
      • Competitive team practices
      • Games, meets, matches, scrimmages (e.g. organized leagues, pick-up sports)
    • Type of play NOT allowed
      • Competitive tournaments of multiple games, meets, matches, or scrimmages requiring travel.
  • Lower-Risk Sports
    • Greatest ability to: maintain physical distance and/or be done individually, avoid touching of shared equipment, clean/disinfect equipment between uses by different individuals, or not use shared equipment at all
    • INCLUDES: Individual running, Batting cages, Hunting/, Shooting/, Archery, Golf/Mini-golf, Non-motorized boating, Singles tennis, Rock climbing, Horse events and competition, Individualswimming, Individual crew, Cross country running, Toss/bowl games (e.g. horseshoes, bocce, bean bag toss), Flying disc games (e.g. disc golf, frisbee), Ropes courses
    • Type of play allowed
      • Individual or distanced group training or activities
      • Organized no/low-contact group training (e.g. sport camps and clinics)
      • Competitive team practices
      • Games, meets, matches, scrimmages (e.g. organized leagues, pick-up sports)
    • Type of play NOT allowed
      • Competitive tournaments of multiple games, meets, matches, or scrimmages requiring travel.
  • Youth sports: limit 2 spectators per youth player.
  • All protocols must be followed for distance, density, face coverings, and hygiene must be followed.

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Child Care and Day Camps
  • Includes playgrounds, at the discretion of the local municipality (the City, Town or Village).
  • Post educational signage regarding protocols. Use this sign or similar.
  • Does not apply to overnight child care and camp programs.

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Movie Theaters
  • Masks will be required at all times except when seated and eating or drinking. 
  • Assigned seating will be required in all theaters.
  • Social distancing between parties will be required at all times.
  • Additional staffing will be required to control occupancy, traffic and seating to ensure compliance.
  • Enhanced air filtration, ventilation and purification standards must be met by theaters. 

Lake and Ocean Beaches:
Pools and Recreational Aquatic Spray Grounds

Religious and Funeral Services:

Public Transportation
Special Education Services and Instruction
Graduation Celebrations
Professional Sports Training Facilities:
Cooling Centers
Auto Racing:
Racing Activities:
New York State Parks: parks.ny.gov/covid19

Business Safety Plan Template
NY Forward Statewide Guidelines page
 » Translations for Statewide Guidelines


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NYS Cluster Action Initiative

The Cluster Action Initiative is a public health rule in NYS that identifies areas with a high density of positive cases and classifies them by three color zones: Red is the actual cluster, Orange and Yellow are surrounding or less severe areas. Each zone establishes gathering rules and restrictions based on the severity (color classification) of the cluster.

The metrics that trigger the designation of a micro-cluster are broken out into 4 tiers by population. Tompkins County is in Tier 3.

List of links and references.

Color Zones Metrics and Restrictions
Red Zones — Cluster Itself
  • Target Metrics (Tier 3)
    • Geographic area has 7-day rolling average positivity above 5.5% for 10 days
      AND
    • Geographic area has 15 or more new daily cases per 100,000 residents on 7-day average
  • Restrictions
    • Houses of Worship: 25 percent capacity, 10 people maximum
    • Mass Gatherings: Prohibited
    • Businesses: Only essential businesses open
    • Dining: Takeout only
    • Schools: Closed, remote only
Orange Warning Zone
  • Target Metrics (Tier 3)
    • Geographic area has 7-day rolling average positivity above 4.5% for 10 days
      AND
    • Geographic area has 15 or more new daily cases per 100,000 residents on 7-day average
  • Restrictions
    • Houses of Worship: 25 percent capacity, 10 people maximum
    • Mass Gatherings: Prohibited
    • Businesses: Only essential businesses open
    • Dining: Takeout only
    • Schools: Closed, remote only
Yellow Precautionary Zone
  • Target Metrics (Tier 3)
    • Geographic area has 7-day rolling average positivity above 3.5% for 10 days
      AND
    • Geographic area has 15 or more new daily cases per 100,000 residents on 7-day average
  • Restrictions
    • Houses of Worship: 25 percent capacity, 10 people maximum
    • Mass Gatherings: Prohibited
    • Businesses: Only essential businesses open
    • Dining: Takeout only
    • Schools: Closed, remote only

Restrictions are in effect a minimum of 14 days. The sponsors of mass gatherings found in violation of the rules are subject to a $15,000 fine.

References

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