New York State has released guidelines for higher education. These are the first of a series of guidelines that are expected to be included in Phase Four of the New York State Reopening Plan. The higher education guidelines, along with all others released to date, can be found here .

Niagara County to Give Masks, Hand Sanitizer Away to General Public
Niagara County Legislator Dave Godfrey today announced that the Niagara County Department of Emergency Services will hold its first drive-thru event to provide free masks and small bottles of hand sanitizer to the general public.

“As our economy continues to reopen and we approach Phase 4, we cannot stress enough how important it is for the general public to continue taking the necessary safety precautions against COVID-19,” said Godfrey, Chairman of the Community Safety and Security Committee. “Thanks to the great work of our Emergency Services team in procuring supplies from the state, we can help facilitate that by providing free masks and sanitizer.”

The drive-thru will be held Thursday, June 25 at the Public Safety Training Facility, 5574 Niagara St Ext, in Lockport. The event begins at 9 a.m. and will go until 3 p.m. or as long as supplies last. No pre-registration is necessary as supplies will be handed out on a first come, first served basis.

“Our staff will be handing out bags with prepackaged sanitizer and masks and I must stress, there is a one bag per carload limit,” said Jonathan Schultz, the Emergency Services Director. “This is a great opportunity to get the supplies to keep your family safe so please spread the word to your family and friends.”


Compliance Assistance Webinars
The U.S. Department of Labor is hosting webinars in June and July to discuss how the department is helping workers and employers by reducing regulatory burdens and making it easier to understand and comply with the law. The webinars will also provide an opportunity for workers, employers, and state and local governments to ask questions and discuss how DOL can expand and improve access to compliance assistance materials.

Manufacturing & Construction Webinar
Thursday, June 25, 2020, 1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. EDT

Guest Speaker: Occupational Safety and Health Administration Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Loren Sweatt

Food Service, Hospitality, & Retail Webinar
Tuesday, June 30, 2020, 1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. EDT

Guest Speaker: Employment and Training Administration Deputy Assistant Secretary Amy Simon

Health Care & Emergency Responders Webinar
Wednesday, July 1, 2020, 1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. EDT

Guest Speaker: Employee Benefits Security Administration Acting Assistant Secretary Jeanne Klinefelter Wilson

All events will include U.S. Department of Labor Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy Jonathan Wolfson.

The webinars will be hosted by the Department’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy and its Office of Compliance Initiatives. Attendance is free, but attendees must pre-register online. If you have questions, please contact Marisela Douglass at .  
Stay engaged. Continue to look for emails from our office in the coming days and weeks updating you on the latest reopening news and what assistance is available to help you through this difficult time. Our staff is working hard to compile a complete list of guidelines, safety protocols and programs along with webinars and training that is available. To learn more, be sure to visit our website and bookmark it. Once there, look for the COVID-19 tab.
S incerely,

Niagara County Center for Economic Development
(716) 278-8750