Today, New York State released information for Phase Three businesses to use as they prepare to reopen. The industries include food services and personal care. The food services guidelines apply to all restaurants and food services including food trucks and other food concessions. Guidelines for personal care apply to non-hair-related personal care businesses and services, including tattoo and piercing facilities, appearance enhancement practitioners, massage therapy, spas, cosmetology, nail specialty, UV and non-UV tanning, or waxing.

The material released by New York State includes summary guidelines, detailed guidelines, business safety templates, and a business affirmation form broken down by industry. Visit our website and scroll through the Business Reopening Guidelines page to see all of these documents along with additional materials designed to assist you as you prepare to safely reopen your business. You must complete and submit the business affirmation form to self-certify with New York State that you have a plan in place that meets safety guidelines. Your guidelines and business affirmation form should be printed and posted at your place of business.

It is important to note that Niagara County is part of the Western New York Region, and the region is hopeful that it will enter Phase Three of the Reopening Plan next week, providing we meet all of the health monitoring metrics. We will alert you when a date to begin Phase Three has been confirmed.

If your business was previously deemed essential and is in an industry sector included in Phase Three you are required to complete and submit a Business Affirmation Form to self-certify that your business meets all of the safety guidelines. As with all other businesses, those guidelines should be printed, along with the business affirmation form, and posted at your place of business.
As a reminder, if your business is in need of face masks or hand sanitizer to help protect your employees and customers, Niagara County Emergency Services may be able to help.

On Thursday, June 11th, Niagara County Emergency Services will be hosting a drive thru for sanitizer and/or cloth face coverings pick up to help assist our local businesses in the Niagara Falls area. This event will take place at the Niagara Falls High School between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity, you will need to complete and submit  this form  to the Emergency Services office today . The form should be emailed to .

There will be a limited amount of supplies available, so we would like to stress the need to complete and return the form on time. Failure to pick up your request will result in the redistribution of supplies.
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