What businesses can reopen in each phase of New York’s plan?

What businesses can reopen in each phase of New York’s plan? Photo: News10NBC.

Updated: May 29, 2020 11:23 AM
Created: May 12, 2020 07:54 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Some businesses in Rochester and the Finger Lakes region are resuming operations under the state's phased reopening plan.

State officials released a detailed list of the businesses that are allowed to reopen in each of the four phases. For help determining whether your business is eligible to reopen, use the New York Forward Business Reopening Lookup Tool.


Here is a breakdown of industries in each phase:


The state released detailed guidance for businesses reopening in Phase One.


  • Building equipment contractors
  • Building finishing contractors
  • Foundation, structure and building exterior contractors
  • Highway, street and bridge construction
  • Land subdivision
  • Nonresidential building construction
  • Residential building construction
  • Utility system construction


  • Apparel
  • Computer and electronic product
  • Electric lighting equipment
  • Furniture and related products
  • Leather and allied products
  • Machinery
  • Nonmetallic mineral products
  • Paper
  • Petroleum and coal products
  • Plastics and rubber products
  • Printing and related support activities
  • Textile and textile product mills
  • Wood products
  • Other miscellaneous manufacturing

Retail (curbside pickup only)

  • Clothing stores
  • Direct-selling establishments
  • Electronics and appliance stores
  • Electronic shopping and mail-order houses
  • Furniture and home furnishing stores
  • Florists
  • General merchandise stores
  • Health and personal care stores
  • Jewelry, luggage and leather goods stores
  • Lawn and garden equipment / supply stores
  • Office supplies, stationary and gift stores
  • Used merchandise stores
  • Shoe stores
  • Sporting goods, hobby, musical instrument and book stores
  • Other miscellaneous store retailers

Wholesale trade

  • Apparel, piece goods and notions
  • Chemical and allied products
  • Furniture and home furnishing
  • Household appliances and electrical and electronic goods
  • Machinery, equipment and supplies
  • Metal and mineral (except petroleum)
  • Paper and paper products
  • Professional and commercial equipment and supplies
  • Whole electronic markets, agents and brokers
  • Miscellaneous durable goods
  • Miscellaneous nondurable goods

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

  • Greenhouse, nursery and floriculture production
  • Other animal production
  • Other crop production
  • Support activities for animal production
  • Support activities for crop production
  • Support activities for forestry

Along with drive-in theaters, outdoor activities like tennis as well as landscaping and gardening businesses were also allowed to reopen in Phase One.


The state released detailed guidance for businesses allowed to reopen in Phase Two. 

  • Offices 
  • Real estate
  • Essential and Phase Two in-store retail 
  • Vehicle sales, leases and rentals
  • Retail rental, repair and cleaning
  • Commercial building management
  • Hair salons and barbershop services - 

The following businesses will remain closed through Phase Two. 

  • Malls; specifically, any indoor common portions of retail shopping malls with 100,000 or more square feet of retail space available for lease; however, any stores located within shopping malls, which have their own external entrances open to the public, separate from the general mall entrance (e.g. strip malls), may open;
  • Dine-in and on-premise restaurant or bar service, excluding take-out or delivery for off-premise consumption;
  • Large gathering/event venues, including but not limited to establishments that host concerts, conferences, or other in-person performances or presentations in front of an in-person audience;
  • Gyms, fitness centers, and exercise classes, except for remote or streaming services;
  • Video lottery and casino gaming facilities;
  • Movie theaters, except drive-ins; and
  • Places of public amusement, whether indoors or outdoors, including but not limited to, locations with amusement rides, carnivals, amusement parks, water parks, aquariums, zoos, arcades, fairs, children’s play centers, funplexes, theme parks, bowling alleys, family and children’s attractions.


  • Restaurants and food services
  • Personal care services

According to a new graphic released by Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office on May 29, personal care services were added to Phase Three, while hotels and accommodations were removed.


  • Arts
  • Entertainment
  • Recreation
  • Education

The governor's office told News10NBC Investigative Reporter Jennifer Lewke on May 13 that churches are in Phase Four. State officials also said they are keeping an eye on the first few phases to see how things go, so what phase churches are in may be adjusted.

If you have a question about what phase your business falls under, please contact the Finger Lakes regional office at

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