May 14, 2020
Allegany County is pleased to announce that we have setup a new page on the County website to help guide our local businesses in the reopening plans. Allegany County is part of the Western New York Region and has not been authorized to re-open yet. This region includes Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Niagara, and Erie Counties. Erie County includes the City of Buffalo and all of its suburbs amounting to an estimated 918,000 population. Allegany County has an estimated 46,000 population in 2019 for comparison. Regions were previously determined by New York State, and there is no local control regarding this decision.
Businesses currently operating as essential must also follow the new procedures New York State established. Please go to “Sector Guides” for this information. If you do not see your sector information in the link, be patient. New York State has just begun to release the guidelines.
We are submitting a draft plan for reopening our County to the Lt. Governor. The new webpage has links to the NYS guidance for Phase 1 businesses including the guidelines, a self-certification form, and a template for businesses to use for their own safety plans. We encourage you to monitor changes in your business type that may impact what you are expected to do and comply with. You are still required to comply with permitting agencies related to your business such as the Allegany County Health Department or New York State entities such as the Department of Labor, Liquor Authority, or Ag and Markets. When in doubt, refer to the CDC, OSHA, NYS Department of Labor, and other regulatory sites for guidance as it will continue to change.
Allegany County Industrial Development Agency and Allegany County Developer Dr. Craig Clark noted, “Allegany County has been working with our local businesses, schools of higher education, and government officials [known as the Economic Development Steering Committee] to develop useful information that will help guide our businesses in their efforts to reopen. We are also working closely with our representatives including Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul who heads up the WNY Regional group that will determine what and when we can reopen businesses. The Allegany County Economic Development Steering Committee is active in reviewing the plans to reopen Allegany County, and we look forward to this eventual go ahead by the state. The Development and Planning Office have been responsible for the work, and the plan is coming together.”
As Allegany County and our businesses are preparing for reopening, the new re-opening webpage will assist residents and businesses on the process. The new page is located at: https://www.alleganyco.gov/coronavirus/reopening-allegany-county/