Small businesses are the heartbeat of a strong local economy and have played a significant role in Buffalo's economic renaissance, but many of Buffalo’s small businesses have been hit hard by COVID-19. Here is a set of resources to help continue our support for our City’s employers during this difficult time. We appreciate all of our businesses as we continue to work together on our journey to economic recovery in the City of Buffalo.
Reopen Buffalo Updates
Phase 4 of Reopening initiated June 30, 2020: Please Reference Phase 4 Guidelines and Information
The U.S. Senate has approved an extension for the Paycheck Protection Program through August 8, 2020. We will be posting more updates as more information is released.
Reopen Buffalo has an application for small businesses and restaurants seeking to use streets, sidewalks, and other public or privately-owned outdoor space to meet social distancing requirements and operate their business.
Mayor Byron W. Brown's Office of Strategic Planning is using the Reopen Buffalo Bulletin to provide important business updates as our region's phased reopening progresses.
The Reopen for Business Map and Directory is a key resource for businesses and residents as businesses reopen. Once you are registered, your business’s information like your hours of operation, contact info, and services offered will be displayed on our website’s interactive map and directory! This information allows members of the community to know you are open and your hours of operation.
The Buffalo Niagara Partnership and its partners are asking employers to participate in an assessment to evaluate the state of diversity, equity and inclusion in the WNY business community.
The information gathered from the survey will be essential to better understand what steps WNY employers are currently taking to build diverse and inclusive cultures within their workplaces, how employers are measuring progress, what roadblocks organizations face in addressing these issues and what resources employers think are necessary to assist in this important work.
As of June 30, 2020 our local economy has entered Phase 4 of Governor Cuomo's NY Forward reopening plan: NY Forward Phase 4 Guidelines and Information.
NY Forward has information outlining the regionally and industry-based reopening process. Western New York businesses can consult resources on the site to prepare for reopening. We recommend using the Reopen Tool Lookup through which businesses can input their County and NAICS code to determine whether or not they are eligible to reopen, and the public health and safety standards with which they must comply.
Reopen Buffalo enables businesses and consumers to see critical reopened business information, including hours of operation, services offered, contact information, etc. Additionally, Reopen Buffalo serves as a communication tool between businesses and City Hall, providing businesses with the latest information about the COVID-19 emergency and the City of Buffalo’s response to adequately restore economic activity swiftly and responsibly.
The Buffalo Niagara Partnership (BNP) has launched the Keep Buffalo Niagara Working initiative to help you in planning to reopen your business as safely as possible while continuing to protect your employees and customers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Reopening Guidance by Business Type
New York Forward: Reopening New York: Food Service Guidelines for Employers and Employees
New York State Department of Health: Interim Guidance for Outdoor and Take-out/Delivery Food Services
New York State Liquor Authority: Guidance on Outdoor Expansion of Licensed Premises in Response to COVID-19 Outbreak
New York State Restaurant Association: COVID-19 Reopening Information and Resources
Streetsense: Pandemic Relaunch Toolkit
Barbershops and Salons
National Association of Barbers: How to Prepare to Return to Your Shop
Professional Beauty Association: Back-to-Work Guidelines
NYS Department of Health: Interim Guidance for Manufacturing Activities during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
Center for Disease Control and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA): Interim Guidance for Manufacturing Workers and Employees
NYS Department of Health: Interim Guidance for Office-Based Work during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
Center for Disease Control: COVID-19 Employer Information for Office Buildings
Best Practices for Retail Food Stores, Restaurants, and Food Pick-Up/Delivery Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic
FDA is sharing information about best practices to operate retail food stores, restaurants, and associated pick-up and delivery services during the COVID-19 pandemic to safeguard workers and consumers.