List of businesses and activities allowed in Phase 1 reopening

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 14 May 2020 at 8:52 am

Photos by Tom Rivers: Workers for Titan Construction in Gasport build an amphitheater at Bullard Park in Albion in this photo from June 12, 2019. Phase one of the reopening of the economy includes construction work.

Orleans County can reopen some businesses in phase one of the state’s staggered approach to adding more businesses and activities during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Orleans County is included in the nine-county Finger Lakes Region, one of four regions to meet the state criteria to reopen on Friday. The Southern Tier, Mohawk Valley and North Country also will reopen in phase one.

As long as Covid-19 infections and hospitalizations don’t spike, and the regions meet thresholds for testing and tracing, they can keep moving through four phases of a full economy.

The state provides details with guidelines about recommended best practices and mandatory requirements for all of the businesses in phase one in the “New York Forward” website. Click here to see the breakdown.

In general, businesses need to maintain social distancing for employees, have personnel wear face coverings and reduce the maximum capacity of people by 50 percent.

In tightly confined spaces, only one person at a time should be in the space. The state also wants businesses to post social distancing markers using tape or signs that denote 6 feet of spacing in commonly used and other applicable areas on the site.

Businesses are encouraged to limit in-person gatherings as much as possible and use tele- or video-conferencing whenever possible.

Here is a list of what’s included in Phase 1:

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting

  • Greenhouse, Nursery, and Floriculture Production
  • Other Animal Production
  • Other Crop Production
  • Support Activities for Animal Production
  • Support Activities for Crop Production
  • Support Activities for Forestry


  • Building Equipment Contractors
  • Building Finishing Contractors
  • Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors
  • Highway, Street and Bridge Construction
  • Land Subdivision
  • Nonresidential Building Construction
  • Residential Building Construction
  • Utility System Construction

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting Guidelines

  • Greenhouse, Nursery, and Floriculture Production
  • Other Animal Production
  • Other Crop Production
  • Support Activities for Animal Production
  • Support Activities for Crop Production
  • Support Activities for Forestry

Retail Trade – includes delivery, curbside, and in-store pickup service only for the following businesses

  • Clothing Stores
  • Direct Selling Establishments
  • Electronics and Appliance Stores
  • Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses
  • Furniture and Home Furnishing Stores
  • Florists
  • General Merchandise Stores
  • Health and Personal Care Stores
  • Jewelry, Luggage, and Leather Goods Stores
  • Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores
  • Office Supplies, Stationery, and Gift Stores
  • Used Merchandise Stores
  • Shoe Stores
  • Sporting Goods, Hobby, Musical Instrument and Book Stores
  • Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers


  • Apparel Manufacturing
  • Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
  • Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing
  • Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
  • Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing
  • Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing
  • Machinery Manufacturing
  • Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
  • Paper Manufacturing
  • Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
  • Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing
  • Printing and Related Support Activities
  • Textile Mills
  • Textile Product Mills
  • Wood Product Manufacturing
  • Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing

Wholesale Trade

  • Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers
  • Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers
  • Furniture and Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers
  • Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers
  • Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
  • Metal and Mineral (except Petroleum) Merchant Wholesalers
  • Paper and Paper Product Merchant Wholesalers
  • Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
  • Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers
  • Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers
  • Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers

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