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Phase IV Business  Guidelines 

The Capital Region remains on-schedule for a Phase IV reopening on Wednesday, July 1, 2020.  The Governor’s office has released new guidance for Higher Education, Low-Risk Outdoor Arts & Entertainment, Low-Risk Indoor Arts & Entertainment, and Media Production.

While fitness facilities, movie theaters and malls had expected to be included in Phase 4, the Governor’s office late yesterday announced that guidelines for these industries will be shared at a later date.

Phase IV Reopening Guidelines by Industry

A summary of reopening details by industry follows below and full details on Phase IV (and previous Phases) can be found at New York Forward.

Higher Education Guidelines Including but not limited to community and junior colleges, universities, graduate and professional schools, medical schools, and technical schools

Low-Risk Outdoor Arts & Entertainment Including outdoor zoos, botanical gardens, nature parks, grounds of historic sites and cultural institutions, outdoor museums, outdoor agritourism, local agricultural demonstrations and exhibitions, and other similar institutions/activities.

Low-Risk Indoor Arts & Entertainment Including indoor museums, historical sites, aquariums, and other related institutions or activities.

Media Production Including activities undertaken in motion picture, music, television, and streaming productions on set, on location, or at any production or recording site.    
All Phase IV businesses and organizations must take the following steps in order to reopen if you have not already done so:

Check if your business is eligible to reopen using the New York Forward Business Reopening Lookup Tool 

Read the detailed for your industry on New York Forward Sign a Business Affirmation to confirm that you have read and understand the guidelines for your industry. 

Develop a written safety plan for your business. You may develop your own safety plan or use the NYS Business Re-Opening Safety Plan Template.

Your safety plan must be available to NYS Department of Health and/or local health and safety authorities in the event of an inspection.


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Columbia Comeback, Shop Local Initiative

Columbia County Tourism and the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Columbia County Economic Development Corporation, are pleased to announce a county-wide Shop Local Initiative to drive more sales from patrons in the county to local businesses in our communities as part of Columbia Comeback. Along with the use of local media and social media, the message is be on signs throughout the County indicating Columbia County Comeback and to Shop Local.  We have approximately 40 signs left.  If interested in displaying one in your business or town, please email Amy Kneller at to arrange delivery or pick-up. Columbia Comeback is a movement driven by the Leaders of Columbia County, but it will take all of Columbia County to have a successful comeback.

For more information on Columbia Comeback, visit their website at Updated List with Outdoor/Indoor options ENJOY LOCAL!!…/takeout-delivery-colum…/


The Columbia Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) has established a $300,000 CEDC and SBA Microloan Program to support small businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. What is the Columbia Economic Development Corporation Rapid Recovery Loan?
▫️Loans up to $15,000
▫️3.75% Interest Rate
▫️5-year term: $275/monthly payment
▫️Must be in business for at least 2 years
▫️25 or fewer full-time employees
▫️Minimum credit score of 625
▫️Personal guaranty of the business owner(s) For more information, visit:

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