New York.  In New York State, all regions except for the five boroughs of New York City have already started reopening as part of Phase 1 of Governor Cuomo’s New York Forward initiative.  Governor Cuomo announced that New York City can expect to enter Phase 1 of reopening on June 8, 2020.  Phase 1 industries include construction, agriculture, landscaping, manufacturing, and wholesale supply chains, and retailers with curbside or in-store pickup options available.

Western New York entered Phase 2 of reopening on June 2nd and the Capital Region followed on June 3rd.  Central New York, Finger Lakes, Mohawk Valley, North Country, and Southern Tier of New York entered into Phase 2 of reopening as of May 29th.  The Mid-Hudson Valley will be entering Phase 2 on June 9th and Long Island will be entering Phase 2 on June 10th.  Phase 2 industries include office-based businesses; real estate services; in-store shopping at essential retail businesses; vehicle sales, leases, and rental services; some barbershops and hair salons; and retail repair and cleaning services.

With more details to come, Governor Cuomo has also announced that summer day camps will be permitted to open starting June 29, 2020.

For businesses in New York that are preparing to reopen, New York has issued summary and detailed guidelines for each respective industry for Phase 1 and Phase 2 regarding safety and hygiene in the workplace.  Each business must read and affirm such guidelines and submit a safety plan to demonstrate how the business will operate to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace.  New York businesses can check whether they are eligible to reopen by using the New York Forward Business Reopening Lookup Tool.  New York employers should also keep in mind the guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control for various industries, which you can find on our COVID-19 Resources page.


New Jersey.  Governor Murphy announced on June 1, 2020, that New Jersey will enter Stage 2 of the State’s reopening plan, The Road Back: Restoring Economic Health through Public Health, starting June 15, 2020.  Employers may bring their employees back into the physical workplaces only if they follow the State’s safeguarding and modification guidelines.  Violations of such safeguarding guidelines should be reported to  New Jersey employers should also keep in mind the guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control for various industries.

New Jersey businesses entering Stage 2 of reopening the economy include more retail stores, restaurants with outdoor seating, limited personal care including salons and barber shops, gyms and health clubs, and possibly indoor dining, museums, and libraries, all with significantly reduced capacity.

Specifically, the following businesses in New Jersey are permitted to reopen during Stage 2 of the state’s reopening plan on the corresponding dates:


For more information on the reopening of New York and New Jersey businesses and the guidelines that must be followed, you may contact Chaim Book at or Sheryl Galler at