COVID - 19 Update

Updated August 6, 2020 
Niagara County COVID-19 Hotline 1-888-364-3065

With information changing constantly, the Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce is doing our best to keep you updated.


PHASE 1 - Re-Opened Tuesday, May 18, 2020
Information available HERE.

PHASE 2 - Re-Opened Tuesday, June 2, 2020
Information available HERE.

Phase 3 - Re-Opened Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Information available HERE.

Phase 4 - Re-Opened Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Information available HERE.

On July 16, 2020 Governor Cuomo issued Executive Order 202.52, effective Friday July 17, 2020, directing that all licensed establishments with on premises privileges (e.g. restaurants, taverns, manufacturers with tasting rooms, etc.) shall not serve alcoholic beverages unless such alcoholic beverage is accompanied by the purchase of a food item which is consistent with the food availability requirement of the license under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law.

The New York State Liquor Authority offered guidance pursuant to the Executive Order, which can be found here.

All businesses in Phase 4 must read and AFFIRM the safety requirements for reopening on the NY Forward website.
In addition, all businesses that have been open as Essential Services are required to follow the same procedures:
  • Read and AFFIRM your requirements
  • Have a safety plan in place and train your employees
  • Keep a printed copy of your safety plan on your premises.

Industry specific reopening guidelines for employers and employees;
A document which employers must read and affirm, acknowledging the reviewed the detailed guidelines; and A printable business safety plan template that businesses should use to develop their safety plan for reopening.

Note: Businesses will not be required to submit these for approval, but these plans must be retained on the premises of the business and must made available to the New York State Department of Health (DOH) or local health or safety authorities in the event of an inspection.

In addition, businesses that are operating now as essential businesses will need to read and affirm their guidance and print/utilize the safety plan template.  https://forms.ny.gov/s3/ny-forward-affirmation

https://esd.ny.gov/nyforward-faq - Frequently Asked Questions regarding NY Forward and Business Reopening.

NY Forward Business Reopening Lookup Tool - https://www.businessexpress.ny.gov/app/nyforward

NYS Regional Montoring LINK:  https://forward.ny.gov/regional-monitoring-dashboard

New York State has prepared a document on NY Forward - a reopening guide to help describe the phases.  ReStart Niagara is working on these phases for our county and what that process entails.  Here is the LINK to NY FORWARD REOPENING GUIDE

The CARES Act establishes a new $349 billion Paycheck Protection Program. The Program will provide much-needed relief to millions of small businesses so they can sustain their businesses and keep their workers employed. Click HERE for more information.

Please adhere to Governor Cuomo's Social Distancing requirements.

Quick Links:
CLOSING Info 
Business Resources
Important Links regarding COVID - 19
Niagara County COVID-19 hotline: 1-888-364-3065

Our businesses might experience a range of challenges associated with COVID-19, from economic factors to employee bandwidth and time constraints - all within our rapidly changing health and business environment.
We are monitoring the status of events in our community that are scheduled for the next few weeks based on the latest information from public health officials in Niagara County as well as regionally (Erie County) and statewide (New York State - COVID Info). 

We continue to closely evaluate information as we receive it. We only connect links to COVID-19 with Media and Government sources.
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The Chamber is operating with one employee in the office at a time during regular business hours. Please call the Chamber office at (716)754-9500 or numbers below during business hours.  

Public health experts advise anyone who is most vulnerable to complications from COVID-19 to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations to stay home as much as possible.
Please follow CDC recommended respiratory etiquette and safe hand washing practices and stay home if you feel ill.

Thank you for supporting our community through investment in the Chamber.
Stay informed: 
·        Risk Assessment Guidance – CDC

We want to remind everyone that the Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce is not a health official or government official. Our goal is to share information that is accurate and unbiased in a timely manner.

If you are sick or feel sick, please contact your healthcare provider and follow their instructions.