COVID-19 Alert – New York Essential Business Guide

As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, Governor Andrew Cuomo continues to reinforce his initial mandate limiting in-person business operations solely to Essential Businesses throughout the State. In an effort to facilitate the uninterrupted business operations of our clients and contacts, we have prepared the chart below, detailing those business sectors and operations deemed essential under Governor Cuomo’s New York State on PAUSE Executive Order.

If your business is not listed below, but you believe it is essential or it is a business which provides an essential service or function, you may request designation as an essential business by completing the form linked, here.

1. Essential Health Care Operations
  1. research and laboratory services
  2. hospitals
  3. walk-in-care health facilities
  4. emergency veterinary and livestock services
  5. elder care
  6. medical wholesale and distribution
  7. home health care workers or aides for the elderly
  8. doctor and emergency dental
  9. nursing homes, or residential health care facilities or congregate care facilities
  10. medical supplies and equipment manufacturers and providers
2. Essential Infrastructure
  1. utilities including power generation, fuel supply and transmission
  2. public water and wastewater
  3. telecommunications and data centers
  4. airports/airlines
  5. transportation infrastructure such as bus, rail, or for-hire vehicles, garages
  6. hotels, and places of accommodation
3. Essential Manufacturing
  1. food processing, manufacturing agents, including all foods and beverages
  2. chemicals
  3. medical equipment/instruments
  4. pharmaceuticals
  5. sanitary products
  6. telecommunications
  7. microelectronics/semi-conductor
  8. agriculture/farms
  9. household paper products
4. Essential Retail
  1.  grocery stores including all food and beverage stores
  2. pharmacies
  3. convenience stores
  4.  farmer’s markets
  5.  gas stations
  6.  restaurants/bars (but only for take-out/delivery)
  7. hardware and building material stores
5. Essential Services
  1. trash and recycling collection, processing and disposal
  2. mail and shipping services
  3. laundromats
  4. building cleaning and maintenance
  5. child care services
  6. auto repair
  7. warehouse/distribution and fulfillment
  8. funeral homes, crematoriums and cemeteries
  9. storage for essential businesses
  10. animal shelters
6. News Media
7. Financial Institutions
  1. banks
  2. insurance
  3. payroll
  4. accounting
  5. services related to financial markets
8. Providers of Basic Necessities to Economically Disadvantaged Populations
  1. homeless shelters and congregate care facilities
  2. food banks
  3. human services providers whose function includes the direct care of patients in state-licensed or funded voluntary programs; the care, protection, custody and oversight of individuals both in the community and in state-licensed residential facilities; those operating community shelters and other critical human services agencies providing direct care or support
9. Construction (for construction specific details, please click here)
  1. Emergency Construction necessary to protect the health and safety of the occupants
  2. Essential Construction including but not limited to work on roads, bridges, transit facilities, hospitals or health care facilities, affordable housing and homeless shelters
10. Defense
  1. defense and national security-related operations supporting the U.S. Government or a contractor to the US government
11. Essential Services Necessary to Maintain Sanitation and Essential Operations of Residences or Other Essential Businesses
  1. law enforcement
  2. fire prevention and response
  3. building code enforcement
  4. security
  5. emergency management and response
  6. building cleaners or janitors
  7. general maintenance whether employed by the entity directly or a vendor
  8. automotive repair
  9. disinfection
12. Vendors that Provide Essential Services or Products, Including Logistics and Technology Support, Child Care and Services
  1. logistics
  2. technology support for online services
  3. child care programs and services
  4. government owned or leased buildings
  5. essential government services

If you have any questions regarding the status of your business, and whether you can remain open, please feel free to reach out.

As the law continues to evolve on these matters, please note that this article is current as of date and time of publication and may not reflect subsequent developments. The content and interpretation of the issues addressed herein is subject to change. Cole Schotz P.C. disclaims any and all liability with respect to actions taken or not taken based on any or all of the contents of this publication to the fullest extent permitted by law. This is for general informational purposes and does not constitute legal advice or create an attorney-client relationship. Do not act or refrain from acting upon the information contained in this publication without obtaining legal, financial and tax advice. For further information, please do not hesitate to reach out to your firm contact or to any of the attorneys listed in this publication.

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