GRAR Member Update
Thursday, May 14, 2020
Hello GRAR Members,

Our region, the Finger Lakes region, will begin Phase One of the state's re-opening tomorrow along with all other regions in the state. Real Estate is not included in Phase One so there are no changes to real estate operations until further notice.

The date for Phase Two to begin in the Finger Lakes region is yet to be determined. We will share the Phase Two date and real estate operating guidelines as soon as the state makes them available.

As part of the process of re-opening, each brokerage will need to create a Safety Plan Template prior to re-opening. See below for more details on this.

Please reach out to us at with any questions and check your Member Portal for general news items. 
Andy Kachaylo,
GRAR President
Jim Yockel,
New York State Reopening Phases
Overview: Re-opening in Phases
Businesses in each region will re-open in phases. Re-opening refers to non-essential businesses and business activities. Essential businesses and business activities that are open will remain open.

The guidelines below apply to both non-essential businesses in regions that are permitted to re-open and essential businesses throughout the state that were previously permitted to remain open.

Eligibility for re-opening will be determined by  health metrics  for each region.
Here is a breakdown of industries in each phase:

Phase One: Eligibility for regional reopening determined on May 15th
  • Construction
  • Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
  • Retail - (Limited to curbside or in-store pickup or drop off)
  • Manufacturing
  • Wholesale Trade
Phase Two: Not Open
  • Professional Services
  • Retail
  • Administrative Support
  • Real Estate / Rental & Leasing
Phase Three: Not Open
  • Restaurants / Food Services
Phase Four: Not Open
  • Arts / Entertainment / Recreation
  • Education
Safety Plan Template
Each re-opening business must develop a written Safety Plan outlining how its workplace will prevent the spread of COVID-19. A business may fill out this template to fulfill the requirement, or may develop its own Safety Plan. This plan does not need to be submitted to a state agency for approval but 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.

When the real estate industry guidelines are published, you can refer to the State’s industry-specific guidance for more information on how to safely operate. Those details will be available at when we are closer to the start of Phase Two.
GRAR will be sending updates related to COVID-19, as needed, until further notice.

Please visit the GRAR Coronavirus page for all updates, other related information, and links to NAR, NYSAR, and the New York State Coronavirus pages.
Also, please join the GRAR Members Only Facebook Group to get updates from GRAR as well as view and participate in discussions. GRAR Members Only Facebook Group .
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