Focusing our efforts to open Putnam County Safely.

Phases and what that they mean

ALL BUSINESSES MUCH CHECK WITH THEIR GOVERNING AUTHORITIES TO ENSURE ADHERENCE TO
NEW YORK STATES PHASED REOPENING PLAN

GETTING BACK TO WORK

Reopening New York State: A Regional Approach

New York State will allow non-essential businesses to reopen on a regional and industry-specific basis, as each region meets the criteria necessary to protect public health. The State’s plan focuses on getting New Yorkers back to work—without triggering renewed spread of the COVID-19 virus or overwhelming local hospital systems.

Most New York State regions are in the process of reopening in accordance with the New York Forward plan. This page will be updated regularly with additional resources and information as the state progresses to future phases of the plan.

Essential businesses can continue operating – to check if your business is designated as essential, visit the guidance page here.

For more information, visit the Governor’s New York Forward site.

Should you consider opening?

  • Will reopening be consistent with applicable state and local orders?
  • Are you ready to protect employees at higher risk for severe illness?
If ANY NO: Do not open; If ALL YES: Proceed to the next step.

Are recommended health and safety actions in place?

  • Promote healthy hygiene practices such as hand washing and employees wearing a cloth face covering, as feasible
  • Intensify cleaning, disinfection, and ventilation
  • Encourage social distancing and enhance spacing between employees, including through physical barriers, changing layout of workspaces, encouraging telework, closing or limiting access to communal spaces, staggering shifts and breaks, and limiting large events, when and where feasible
  • Consider modifying travel and commuting practices. Promote telework for employees who do not live in the local area, if feasible
  • Train all employees on health and safety protocols

Keeping Safe & Entertained in Putnam County

Enjoy the Outdoors

Getting outdoors to walk, jog, hike, garden, ride a bicycle or visit a park are healthy ways to stay active, spend time with your family, and reduce stress and anxiety while engaging in social distancing strategies.

These are some simple ways you can protect you and your family from COVID-19 while enjoying the outdoors.

Everyone must: 

  • Avoid close contact with people, even when outside. Keep a distance of at least 6 feet to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
  • Avoid games and activities that require close contact.
  • Avoid frequently touched surfaces and objects. This includes playground equipment like slides and swings.
  • Don’t share equipment such as bicycles, helmets, balls or frisbees.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your cough and sneezes with a tissue and discard the tissue in a closed container.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol in these instances:
    • When you return indoors,
    • before and after eating,
    • after using the restroom,
    • after coughing or sneezing, and
    • after touching surfaces or items that may be contaminated.

If you are sick or had contact with someone who is sick in the last 14 days: 

  • You should stay home.
  • You may enjoy spending time in your own backyard or other personal outdoor space but should not go into public outdoor spaces.

As we continue our effort to open Putnam County, we must try to remember to stay healthy and safe!

Here are 10 great tips to keep you, loved ones, and community safe as we reopen

  1. Make sure to wear a mask when in Public Spaces such as super markets, department stores, or any large public gatherings.
  2. Be sure to get exercise and fresh air. It’s good to keep the body in motion and expand your lungs.
  3. Keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
  4. Avoid close contact with people, even when outside. Keep a distance of at least 6 feet to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
  5. Avoid games and activities that require close contact.
  6. Avoid frequently touched surfaces and objects. This includes playground equipment like slides and swings.
  7. Don’t share equipment such as bicycles, helmets, balls or frisbees.
  8. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  9. Cover your cough and sneezes with a tissue and discard the tissue in a closed container.
  10. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol in these instances:
    • When you return indoors,
    • before and after eating,
    • after using the restroom,
    • after coughing or sneezing, and
    • after touching surfaces or items that may be contaminated.

If you are sick or had contact with someone who is sick in the last 14 days: 

  1. You should stay home.
  2. You may enjoy spending time in your own backyard or other personal outdoor space but should not go into public outdoor spaces.
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