A Message from Mayor Robert M. Restaino
In these complicated economic times, it is important for businesses to have accurate information for the reopening of their establishments. Our city website is making every effort to prove the most dependable resources for your review. In anticipation of the reopen of Western New York, please continue to check https://forward.ny.gov to see the various guidelines, business plans templets, and requirements for your business. As these are posted, get a head start on putting your plans in place according to the guidelines; and when you are allowed to be open for business—you can “hit the ground running.” Let’s make the reopen in the greater Niagara Falls area a great success.
Western New York Has Been Given the Green Light to Begin Phase Two of Reopening on Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020
Click Here: https://forward.ny.gov/phase-two-industries
Western New York Has Been Given the Green Light to Begin Phase One of Reopening on Tuesday, May 19, 2020
For more information, please click on any of the following links below:
All businesses MUST certify online that they have reviewed the guidelines for their business—and confirm that they have a “Safety Plan” in place outlining how its workplace will prevent the spread of COVID-19. A safety plan template is available on the State’s website.
Click here: https://forward.ny.gov/industries-reopening-phase
File a Complaint
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo established the New York State PAUSE Enforcement Assistance Task Force to assist local authorities with enforcement of Executive Orders and restrictions on business operations and activities, as well as gatherings, during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Individuals can file complaints regarding the operation of businesses or gatherings 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through an online form or by calling 1-833-789-0470 or 1-888-364-3065.
(Note: Specific complaints from employees against their employers should be directed to the Department of Labor through their online form.)
These complaints are reviewed for completeness, accuracy, and applicability under the orders, and then referred to local authorities (as designated by county leaders) by a team of investigators from multiple state agencies. In addition to assessing the credibility of complaints, these skilled investigators can assist local authorities in their front-line role of responding to alleged violations of the orders by providing guidance on available civil and criminal enforcement tools.
Additional Resources for Reopening Your Business
- General Cleaning & Sanitation CDC
- General Employee and Customer Safety – OSHA
- Keep Buffalo Niagara Working: A Guide to Reopening Your Business
- Shop Small: “Support Local Businesses” Initiative sponsored by American Express
- Business Express: BusinessExpress helps guide you through your business and professional requirements.
Social Distancing Tools
(Face masks, hand sanitizer, floor decals, signage, etc.)
- Stuart Sports located in Lewiston, NY is now manufacturing face coverings. For more information, please call (716) 754-4140 Stuart Sports Inc
- Amazon- Floor stickers https://www.amazon.com/floor-stickers/s?k=floor+sticker