New York State issued new guidelines, including the following:
"Effective November 13 at 10 p.m., bars, restaurants and gyms, as well as any State Liquor Authority-licensed establishment, must close in-person service from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily."
GUIDANCE ON REOPENING HUDSON
On May 20, Hudson entered Phase 1 of reopening. On June 3, Hudson entered Phase 2. On June 17, Hudson entered phase 3. On July 1, Hudson entered Phase 4. Residents and businesses should continue to follow physical distancing best practices.
The Governor has broken the State into 10 Regions. Hudson is in the “Capital Region.” Each region will reopen its businesses in 4 Phases with 2 weeks between the opening of each new Phase. Phase I openings cannot begin until the region meets 7 metrics. The Capital Region has met 7 of 7 metrics.
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 be made available to the New York State Department of Health (DOH) or local health or safety authorities in the event of an inspection.
PHASES OF REOPENINGPhase I
Select Retail for Curbside Pickup Only
Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing
Finance and Insurance
Real Estate, Rental and Leasing
Restaurants and Food Services
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation
New York State has recently added a Reopening Tool, designed to let businesses know when they may reopen in a particular region.
COMEBACK COLUMBIAThe Columbia County Comeback Committee was formed by the Columbia County Board of Supervisors to assist Columbia County businesses as the county looks ahead to the re-start of business activities. The Committee has been tasked to serve as a resource for county businesses to navigate the new normal and develop initiatives to
help business owners adapt and respond once the State allows businesses to re-open. Mayor Kamal Johnson is serving on the committee.
Businesses can also contact the Columbia Economic Development Corporation for additional support.
Every business in operation needs to follow a safety plan. View the NYS know your rights guide. New Yorkers can call the Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or file a complaint online if they believe their employer is not following PPE, hygiene or social distancing guidelines as more businesses begin to reopen. If the employer is in the city of Hudson, you can also contact the Code Enforcement Office.
If you have a job that puts you in contact with people outside your household, consider getting tested for coronavirus.