Reopening Resources - NY and Oneida County

Moving New York Forward

The New York Forward website provides comprehensive information and helpful resources outlining the regionally and industry-based reopening process.

Business owners must read the detailed guidelines for their industries and provide their DIGITAL SIGNATURE affirming they have read and understand the document. Businesses that are operating now as essential businesses still need to read and affirm their guidance and print/utilize the SAFETY PLAN template (pdf). Reopening business must develop a written SAFETY PLAN template (pdf) outlining how their workplace will prevent the spread of COVID-19. A business may fill out this template to fulfill the requirement or may develop its own safety plan.

The plan does not need to be submitted to a state agency for approval, but must be retained on the premises of the business and must be made available to the NY State Department of Health (DOH) or local health or safety authorities in the event of an inspection. Business owners should refer to the State's industry-specific guidance for more information on how to safely operate.

NY Forward website will be updated with additional information as it becomes available. We encourage you to check that site for further guidance and details.

NY Forward Website
NY Forward Reopening Guide (pdf)
NY Forward Phase I Industries

Restart Oneida County

Oneida County has developed guidelines and resources to help businesses provide safe workplaces for their employees and customers as they come back online.

For questions pertaining to how to reopen your business using the Oneida County Toolkit email:

Mohawk Valley EDGE

UIDC Small Business COVID-19 Loan Program
The objective of the Utica Industrial Development Corporation (UIDC) COVID-19 Loan Program (the “Program”) is to help existing companies in Oneida and Herkimer Counties keep existing jobs and maintain overall viability during and immediately after the Coronavirus global pandemic. This program will assist businesses in covering rental and utility costs, as well as short-term working capital needs, while much of the economy is shut down or beginning to reopen with operational limitations still in place.


Content shared from the Utica Chamber of Commerce / Mohawk Valley EDGE

Save the Small Business Fund $5,000 Grants

The Save Small Business Fund is offering short-term relief for small employers in the United States by providing $5,000 grants to as many small businesses as possible.

The Save Small Business Fund is providing $5,000 in short-term relief to employers across the United States. These one-time supplemental cash grants are for businesses that have between three and 20 employees and operate in an economically vulnerable community.

Vistaprint founded the Save Small Business Fund in conjunction with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

To learn more about the Save Small Business Fund or apply for a grant visit: Save Small Business Fund

The application process opens on Monday, April 20 at 3 pm.

COVID-19 PPE Resources and Virtual Meetings with Government Officials

  • Nunn’s Home Medical Equipment has surgical 3-ply masks at their 1340 Floyd Ave location in Rome: You can call 315-339-4084 (select Option 2) and place your order and then call again when you are in the parking lot – staff will bring your order to your vehicle. You may also go to the door for pick-up. Although the store is not open for shopping purposes, you can go to the door to talk to staff about services and to fill orders.
  • Oneida County is working with MV EDGE to put together a consortium buy for PPE, specifically masks. They hope by putting together a big enough buy they will be able to drive down the cost per unit. Much like the recently published business impact survey, they have developed a survey tool to help estimate demand. Responses are due by close of business Monday:
  • Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente, Director of Health Phyllis Ellis, and other county officials will be available to answer your questions on the COVID-19 crisis. You can participate by joining them at 6pm on Tuesday, April 21 at Oneida County Government Facebook Page
  • Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon will host her annual town hall meeting, virtually, to address current State issues at 4pm, Thursday, April 23.  She will discuss COVID-19 issues, the recently passed NYS budget and highlight proposed legislation. The meeting will conclude with a question and answer segment.  Constituents can RSVP at or call 315-732-1055 to receive an invitation to join the LIVE town hall, via Zoom. Assemblywoman Buttenschon will also be accepting questions prior to the virtual meeting to be addressed during the broadcast. If anyone is in need of accommodations, they are asked to include that at the time of registration.