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Modified: June 26, 2020 2:50pm

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New York State is permitting certain commercial and recreational activities to operate statewide with restrictions. Refer to the guidance below as it may apply to you or your business.

 

Child Care and Day Camp Programs Guidelines:

 

Physical Distancing 

▪ Any time that employees are less than 6 ft. from each other or interacting with children/campers, they must wear a face covering. 

▪ Ensure employees and children/camper groupings are as static as possible by having the same group of children/campers stay with the same staff whenever and wherever possible. Group size must be limited to no more than 10 children/campers (not including employees/staff). Ensure that different stable groups of up to 10 children/ campers have no or minimal contact with one another or utilize common spaces at the same time, to the greatest extent possible. 

▪ Implement practices to maintain adequate social distancing in small areas, such as restrooms and breakrooms, and signage and systems (e.g. flagging when occupied) to restrict occupancy when social distancing cannot be maintained in such areas. 

▪ Take reasonable steps to reconfigure space to limit the overall density of rooms to 10 or fewer children/ campers. 

▪ Prohibit non-essential visitors on site, to the extent possible. 

▪ Establish designated areas for pick-ups and deliveries, limiting contact to the extent possible. 

▪ Limit in-person gatherings of employees (e.g. breaks, meetings) to the greatest extent possible.

 

Protective Equipment 

▪ Ensure employees wear face coverings any time they are 6 ft. apart from one another, and at all times when interacting with children/campers, regardless of distance. 

▪ Provide employees with an acceptable face covering at no cost to the employees and have an adequate supply of coverings in case of need for replacement. 

▪ Acceptable face coverings include but are not limited to cloth (e.g. homemade sewn, quick cut, bandana) or surgical masks. 

▪ Clean, replace, and prohibit the sharing of face coverings. Consult the CDC guidance for additional information on cloth face coverings and other types of personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as instructions on use and cleaning and disinfection.

▪ Train employees on how to put on, take off, clean (as applicable), and discard PPE. 

▪ Limit the sharing of objects (e.g. electronic equipment, arts and crafts materials, touch screens) and discourage touching of shared surfaces; or, when in contact with shared objects or frequently touched areas, require employees to wear gloves (trade-appropriate or medical); or, require employees and children/campers to practice hand hygiene before and after contact.

 

Child Care Program and Camp Activities

For pool and aquatic activities:

▪ Ensure face coverings are not worn while in the water; 

▪ Keep stable groups of children/campers separated; 

▪ Encourage water activities where staff can safely supervise older children/campers in the water without being in the water by themselves. • Ensure appropriate social distancing is kept, to the extent possible; 

▪ Enhance cleaning and disinfection protocols; 

▪ Refer to CDC guidelines.

For sport and athletic activities:

▪ Keep a stable group of children/campers separated; 

▪ Focus on activities with little or no physical contact (e.g. hiking, running); 

▪ Encourage sports that involve less physical closeness over those that are close-contactor involve shared equipment; 

▪ Encourage activities that are lower risk such as skill-building and conditioning;

▪ Enhance cleaning and disinfection protocols; 

▪ Refer to CDC guidelines. 

For food services: 

▪ Serve individual portions to children/ campers; 

▪ Keep stable groups of children/campers separated; 

▪ Stagger mealtimes to reduce occupancy/ congregation; 

▪ Separate tables with seating at least 6 ft. apart from other tables, as feasible. 

▪ Discourage excursions away from programs (e.g. field trips). If transportation occurs, make all reasonable efforts to maintain stable groups of children in vehicles. 

▪ If groups of children must be mixed within a vehicle, seating must be arranged to maximize the distance between different groups of children/campers and employees. 

▪ All individuals (drivers, employees, and children) over age 2 and able to medically tolerate a face covering must wear face coverings.

 

Hygiene, Cleaning, and Disinfection 

▪ Adhere to hygiene, cleaning, and disinfection requirements from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Department of Health (DOH) and maintain logs on-site that document date, time, and scope of cleaning and disinfection. 

▪ Provide and maintain hand hygiene stations: handwashing with soap, running warm water, and disposable paper towels; alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing 60% or more alcohol for areas where handwashing is not available/practical. 

▪ Make hand sanitizer available throughout common areas on site. 

▪ Employees/staff and children/campers must perform hand hygiene immediately upon entering the program.

▪ Require staff and children to practice hygiene in the following instances:

• Upon arrival to the first program activity; 

• Between all program activities; 

• After using the restroom; 

• Before eating; and 

• Before departing the last program activity. Provide appropriate cleaning/disinfection supplies for shared and frequently touched surfaces (e.g. door handles, multi-seat strollers, toys, art supplies, areas where children eat), and encourage employees to use these supplies before/after use of these surfaces, followed by hand hygiene. 

▪ Regularly clean and disinfect equipment and toys using the Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) list of products identified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as effective against COVID-19.

▪ Limit children/campers from using toys that can’t be cleaned/sanitized (e.g. dress-up clothes, puppets).

▪ For programs with rest periods for children/campers, make individual clean bed coverings available for each child/camper, and do not allow bedding to be shared unless cleaned/disinfected.

Take the following precautionary measures when taking care of young children: 

• Frequent and thorough hand hygiene for both staff and children/campers. 

• Whenever a child is soiled with secretions, change the child’s clothes and clean the child, as needed. 

• When diapering/providing assistance with toileting, wear gloves, wash hands (staff and child), and follow cleaning and disinfection steps between each child. 

• Refer to CDC guidelines for additional information.

 

Communication 

▪ Affirm you have reviewed and understand the state-issued industry guidelines, and that you will implement them.

▪ Train all employees/staff on applicable precautions/ policies in the State’s guidance either remotely or in person, using appropriate social distancing and requiring face coverings for all participants. 

▪ Post signage inside and outside of the facility to remind individuals to adhere to proper hygiene, social distancing rules, appropriate use of PPE, and cleaning and disinfecting protocols. 

▪ Conspicuously post completed summary safety plans on-site. Develop a communications plan for employees, parents/ guardians, and children/campers that includes applicable instructions, training, signage, and a consistent means to provide information. Train staff on how to support children’s development of good public health behaviors and social interaction practices in congregate settings to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Designate a staff person to be responsible for responding to COVID-19 concerns. Employees and parents/guardians should know who this person is and how to contact them. 

 

Screening

 Instruct staff to stay home if they are sick and remind parents/guardians to keep sick children/campers home.

▪ Implement mandatory health screening assessment (e.g. questionnaire, temperature check) for employees, visitors (e.g. contractors, vendors), and children/campers, either directly or through their parent/guardian. 

▪ Screening must ask about (1) COVID-19 symptoms in past 14 days, (2) positive COVID-19 test in the past 14 days, and/or (3) close or proximate contact with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 case in past 14 days. Responses must be reviewed and documented daily.

▪ For children/campers arriving to a program via bus transportation and for employees who provide supervision on the bus, screening must be completed before boarding the bus, where feasible. 

▪ If a parent/guardian of a child/camper must be isolated because they have tested positive for, or exhibited symptoms of, COVID-19, the parent/ guardian must be advised that they cannot enter the site for any reason, including picking up their child.

• If the parent/guardian – who is a member of the same household as the child/camper – is exhibiting signs of COVID-19 or has been tested and is positive for the virus, utilize an emergency contact authorized by the parent to come pick up the child. As a “close contact,” the child/camper must not return to the child care or day camp for the duration of the quarantine. 

• If the parent/guardian– who is a member of the same household as the child/camper – is being quarantined as a precautionary measure, without symptoms or a positive test, staff should walk out or deliver the child/camper to the parent/guardian at the boundary of, or outside, the premises. As a “contact of a contact” the child/camper may return to the child care or day camp during the duration of the quarantine. 

• If a child/camper or their household member becomes symptomatic for COVID-19 and/or tests positive, the child must quarantine and may not return or attend the child care or day camp program until after quarantine is complete. 

▪ Immediately notify the state and local health department about any positive test result by an employee or child/camper at their site.

For assistance with childcare in Erie County, visit this COVID-19 Child Care for Summer Resources Page.

 

Lake and Ocean Beach Activities Guidelines for Employers and Employees:

 

Physical Distancing 

▪ The maximum facility capacity must be reduced to 50% of a normal summer season capacity.

▪  Capacity in indoor areas (e.g. changing areas, equipment sheds, locker rooms, restrooms) must be reduced to no more than 50% of the maximum occupancy for a particular area as set by the certificate of occupancy, unless it is designed for a single occupant or additional personal protective measures are implemented (e.g. face coverings at all times). 

▪ To reduce interpersonal contact and congregation among people who are not members of the same household/family unit, establish a Site Safety Plan, which includes a density reduction component, incorporating this guidance and all applicable Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and DOH COVID-19 guidance. The plan must include: 

• Appropriate site-specific physical distancing and cleaning/disinfection criteria and other best practices consistent with this guidance.

• Adequate staffing guidelines to reinforce social distancing and proper hygiene and deter crowding, group activities (e.g. beach volleyball, football), and large gatherings.

• Public outreach campaign to reinforce capacity limitations, social distancing, and sanitization protocols.

▪ Except for members of the same household/family unit, ensure 6 ft. distance between individuals, including employees and members of the public, unless safety or core function of a work activity requires a shorter distance (e.g. providing emergency assistance to a beachgoer). 

▪ Ensure 10 ft. of distance between beach blankets and chairs, except for members of the same household/family unit. 

▪ Any time individuals are less than 6 ft. apart from one another, they must wear acceptable face coverings.

▪ Post social distancing markers (e.g. tape, flags in the sand) that denote 6 ft. of spacing in high-traffic areas (e.g. restroom lines, ticket lines). 

▪ Limit non-essential in-person gatherings as much as possible. 

▪ No gatherings of any size are allowed, except for groups from within the same household/family unit. 

▪ Restrooms must have frequent cleaning and disinfection measures in place; indoor showers, pavilions, playgrounds, swimming pools (subject to further guidance) must be closed. Drinking fountains may remain open if a touchless activation system or foot pedal is installed. 

▪ Amusement parks, as well as arcades and other places of public amusement, located on beaches, boardwalks, and lakes, must remain closed until further notice. 

▪ Except in an emergency, the congregation, beaching, or tying together of multiple vessels (e.g. kayaks, canoes, rowboats) within a facility is prohibited to avoid group gatherings. Vessels may be beached and/or tied together for storage, without any persons using them.

▪ Organized or “pick-up” sports, leagues, and contact activities; special events, festivals, concerts, fireworks, and movies are not permitted.

▪ Concessions businesses, food/beverage sales via concession or restaurant vendors, and rental activity (e.g. chairs, lounges) are prohibited.

 

Protective Equipment 

▪ Employers must provide employees with an acceptable face covering at no cost to the employee and have an adequate supply of coverings in case of replacement. Lifeguards/water safety personnel must wear a face covering when on patrol and interacting within 6 ft. of coworkers or members of the public, except when performing lifesaving or emergency response activities

▪ Acceptable face coverings include but are not limited to cloth (e.g. homemade sewn, quick cut, bandana) and surgical masks, unless the nature of the work requires stricter PPE (e.g. N95 respirator, face shield). 

▪ Face coverings must be cleaned or replaced after use or when damaged or soiled, may not be shared, and should be properly stored or discarded. 

 Limit the sharing of objects (e.g. tools, towels, vehicles) and discourage touching of shared surfaces; or, when in contact with shared objects or frequently touched areas, wear gloves (trade-appropriate or medical); or, sanitize or wash hands before and after contact. 

 

Hygiene, Cleaning, and Disinfection 

▪ Adhere to hygiene and sanitation requirements from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and New York State Department of Health (DOH) and maintain cleaning logs on-site that document date, time, and scope of cleaning/disinfection. 

▪ Ensure lifeguards and water safety personnel comply with DOH standards and guidance relating to COVID-19. 

▪ Provide and maintain hand hygiene stations on-site, including handwashing with soap, water, and paper towels, as well as an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing 60% or more alcohol for areas where handwashing is not available or practical. 

▪ Provide and encourage employees to use cleaning and disinfecting supplies before and after the use of shared and frequently touched surfaces, followed by hand hygiene. 

▪ If cleaning or disinfection products or the act of cleaning and disinfecting causes safety hazards or degrades the material or machinery, personnel should have access to a hand hygiene station between use and/or be supplied with disposable gloves.

▪ Conduct regular cleaning and disinfection of high-touch areas at appropriate intervals following CDC and DOH guidelines, particularly in spaces that are accessible to staff, the public, or other individuals, including, but not limited to restroom facilities, lifeguard stands or towers, gates, ticket or sales booths, shower pedestals, countertops, sinks, doorknobs, and other frequently touched surfaces, using Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) products identified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as effective against COVID-19. 

▪ All sanitary facilities (e.g. changing rooms, locker rooms, outdoor showers, restrooms) must be cleaned and disinfected at least three times daily with an emphasis on frequent enhanced cleaning and disinfection of "high touch" surfaces and high use spaces. Regularly stock them with handwashing supplies and sanitizer. 

▪ Except in cases involving the same household, no beach or swimming equipment may be shared, unless it has been cleaned and disinfected between users. 

▪ Prohibit shared food and beverages (e.g. buffet-style meals) among employees. 

 

Communication 

▪ Affirm you have reviewed and understand the state-issued industry guidelines, and that you will implement them. 

▪ Post signage throughout parking areas, ticketing stations, entrances, and congregate-use facilities to remind patrons and employees to adhere to proper hygiene, social distancing rules, appropriate use of PPE, and cleaning and disinfecting protocols.

▪ Develop a public outreach campaign for the safety and density reduction plan, through measures such as signage, social media, websites, or radio.

▪ Lifeguards must be trained to enforce beach social distancing and crowd control.

 

Screening

▪ If a worker tests positive for COVID-19, the employer must immediately notify state and local health departments and cooperate with contact tracing efforts, including notification of potential contacts, such as workers or visitors who had close or proximate contact with the individual, while maintaining confidentiality required by state and federal law and regulations. 

▪ Have available completed safety plans on-site. 

▪ Although beaches are open, patrons must abide by guidelines: 

• Be prepared. Bring an acceptable face covering to wear within 6 ft. of people outside your household/family unit and soap/sanitizer and pack out all trash. 

• Maintain a physical distance of 6 ft. or more and avoid gatherings of any kind, except among members of the same household/family unit. Large gatherings, picnics, and beach parties are not allowed. Visitors will be asked to leave if there are too many people at the beach or on trails to allow for the required physical distance. 

• Individual or family ocean activities (e.g. surfing, swimming, kayaking, paddleboarding, body surfing), running, or walking on the sand are allowed. 

▪ Employees who are sick should stay home or return home if they become ill at work.

▪ Implement mandatory health screening assessment (e.g. questionnaire, temperature check) before employees begin work each day, asking about (1) COVID-19 symptoms in past 14 days, (2) positive COVID19 test in past 14 days, and/or (3) close or proximate contact with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 case in past 14 days. Assessment responses must be reviewed every day and such review must be documented. 

▪ Patrons cannot be mandated to complete a health screen or provide contact information. 

▪ Have a plan for cleaning, disinfection, and contact tracing in the event of a positive case.

 

Guidelines for Religious and Funeral Services:

 

Physical Distancing 

▪ For any religious or funeral service occurring indoors, limit the congregant/attendee capacity to 10 people for locations that are in Phase 1 and no more than 25% of the maximum occupancy for locations in Phase 2. If separate buildings are available for use, there may be multiple groups of 10 in separate buildings in Phase 1 or a maximum occupancy of 25% in separate buildings in Phase 2, so long as the buildings have separate entrances/exits and the groups don’t interact. 

▪ A distance of at least 6 ft. must be maintained amongst all individuals at all times, unless safety or the core activity requires a shorter distance (e.g. pallbearing) or the individuals are members of the same household. However, any singing activity must provide for a distance between individuals of 12 ft., subject to additional protective measures. 

▪ Any time employees, volunteers, and/or attendees must come within 6 ft. of one another (or 12 ft., if singing), they must wear acceptable face coverings, unless they are members of the same household. 

▪ Prohibit the use of small spaces (e.g. elevators, vehicles) by more than one individual at the time, unless all individuals are wearing face coverings. If occupied by more than one person, keep occupancy under 50% of maximum capacity. 

▪ Limit in-person gatherings (e.g. rehearsals, congregational meetings) to 10 people or fewer in Phase 1 and 25% of maximum occupancy in Phase 2. 

▪ Prohibit holding or shaking hands of members in different households during services or prayers. Limit activities involving singing (e.g. choir, soloist, cantor, musical ensemble), unless 12 ft. of separation can be provided between individuals or additional distancing or physical barriers can reduce transmission of respiratory droplets. 

▪ Establish designated areas for pickups and deliveries.

 

Protective Equipment

▪ Provide workers with an acceptable face covering at no cost to the worker and have an adequate supply of coverings in case of replacement. 

▪ Acceptable face coverings include but are not limited to cloth (e.g. homemade sewn, quick cut, bandana), surgical masks, and face shields. 

▪ Face coverings are required at all times except while seated, provided all individuals are 6 ft. apart except for immediate household members. Faith leaders, officiants, volunteers, and/or attendees must be prepared to don a face covering if another person unexpectedly comes within 6 ft. (e.g. when walking to seats). 

▪ Face coverings must be cleaned or replaced after use and may not be shared. Consult the CDC guidance for additional information on cloth face coverings and other types of personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as instructions on use and cleaning. 

▪ If providing gowns or other garments, ensure they are cleaned and laundered between uses.

▪ Train workers on how to don, doff, clean (as applicable), and discard PPE.

▪ Limit the sharing of objects (e.g. religious texts, collection plates) as well as the touching of shared surfaces (e.g. pews, instruments, doors, railings); or, require individuals to wear gloves when in contact with shared objects or frequently touched surfaces; or, require individuals to sanitize or wash their hands before and after contact.

 

Hygiene, Cleaning, and Disinfection 

▪ Adhere to hygiene, cleaning, and disinfection requirements from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Department of Health (DOH) and maintain cleaning logs on-site that document date, time, and scope of cleaning.

▪ Provide and maintain hand hygiene stations on-site, including handwashing with soap, water, and paper towels, as well as an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing 60% or more alcohol for areas where handwashing is not feasible. Hand sanitizer must be placed throughout the location.

▪ Provide and encourage participants to use cleaning/disinfection supplies before and after the use of shared and frequently touched surfaces, followed by hand hygiene. 

▪ Ensure distancing rules are adhered to in restrooms by reducing capacity, where feasible. 

▪ Regularly clean and disinfect the location or facility and conduct more frequent cleaning and disinfection for high-risk areas used by many individuals (e.g. restrooms) and for frequently touched surfaces, using the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) products identified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as effective against COVID-19.

▪ If cleaning or disinfection products or the act of cleaning and disinfecting causes safety hazards or degrades the material (e.g. religious artifact), put in place hand hygiene stations, supply gloves, and/or limit the number of individuals touching such material. 

▪ For funeral-related services, prohibit touching, hugging, or kissing the body of a deceased person who had confirmed or suspected COVID-19, per CDC guidance. 

▪ No shared food beverages (e.g. buffet-style meals).

 

Communication

▪ Affirm you have reviewed and understand the state-issued industry guidelines, and that you will implement them.

▪ Post signage throughout the facility to remind individuals to adhere to proper hygiene, social distancing rules, appropriate use of PPE, and cleaning and disinfecting protocols. 

▪ Conspicuously post completed safety plans on-site.

 

Screening

▪ Implement mandatory health screening assessment (e.g. questionnaire, temperature check) for employees, faith leaders, and volunteers (but not attendees), asking about (1) COVID-19 symptoms in past 14 days, (2) positive COVID-19 test in past 14 days, and/or (3) close contact with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 case in past 14 days. Responses must be reviewed daily and documented. 

▪ If an employee or faith leader tests positive for COVID19, immediately notify state and local health departments and cooperate with contact tracing efforts, including notification of potential contacts who had close contact with the worker, while maintaining confidentiality as required by state and federal law and regulations.

 

Guidelines for Racing Activities: (These guidelines apply to all racing activities statewide. During the COVID-19 public health emergency, all licensed or franchised operators of racetracks should stay up to date with any changes to state and federal requirements related to racing activities and incorporate those changes into their operations. This guidance is not intended to replace any existing applicable local, state, and federal laws, regulations, and standards. This document is predicated on the tenet that no live audience or fans will be authorized to attend a racing or training program.)

 

Physical distancing

▪ Ensure licensed personnel stand at least 6 ft. away from other groups of people not traveling with them while standing in lines, using elevators/escalators, or moving around the property, to the extent possible.

▪ Any time individuals are less than 6 ft. apart from one another, they must wear acceptable face coverings.

▪ Tightly confined spaces (e.g. elevators, vehicles) should be occupied by only one individual at a time, unless all occupants are wearing face coverings. If occupied by more than one person, keep occupancy under 50% of maximum capacity.

▪ Post social distancing markers using tape or signs that denote 6 ft. of spacing in commonly used and other applicable areas on the site (e.g. health screening stations).

▪ Establish designated areas for pick-ups and deliveries, limiting contact to the extent possible.

▪ The following shipping protocols shall be observed:

• Trainers Currently Stabled: Trainers with stalls on racetrack grounds and staff in place may bring horses onto a racetrack property with the explicit approval of the Racing Secretary. No off property staff shall accompany a horse onto racetrack property.

• Trainers Stabled Off Racetrack Grounds: Trainers awarded stalls may ship horses to racetrack grounds. All accompanying personnel shall access racetrack property through the common gate and shall follow protocols for entrance but will be denied if they do not clear. If the trainer does not have any present on-track personnel, the horses will not be allowed in the facility.

• Trainers Shipping in to Run and Depart: Trainers who are not stabling on racetrack property may ship (a) horse(s) to race, however, their horse(s) and licensed personnel must be held at a quarantine barn until the personnel are tested for COVID-19.

▪ If not possible to use separate sleeping quarters and bathroom facilities for those under quarantine, the Gaming Commission and the local department of health must be notified.

▪ Any backstretch kitchens and food trucks are allowed to operate for takeout and delivery only, and people are not allowed to congregate; seating in kitchens shall not be permitted.

 

Access to Racetrack Grounds

▪ Establish and maintain a listing of all personnel necessary to access the racetrack grounds. Access to racetrack grounds shall be limited to those on the list.

▪ Decline entry to all individuals except those individuals who present valid State racing license and racetrack credentials and have been identified as essential personnel.

▪ Grandstand and race-viewing is limited to only the employees necessary to ensure the integrity of the race. Owners, trainers, or spectators shall not be permitted to view from the grandstand.

▪ Compile a daily master list from horsemen, operations, regulatory staff, and facilities, which contains licensees reasonably expected to be required to report to work on a given day.

 

Protective Equipment 

▪ Provide personnel with an acceptable face covering at no-cost to personnel and have an adequate supply of coverings in case of replacement.

▪ Acceptable face coverings include but are not limited to cloth (e.g. homemade sewn, quick cut, bandana) and surgical masks, unless the nature of the work requires stricter PPE (e.g. N95 respirator, face shield).

▪ Face coverings must be cleaned or replaced after use or when damaged or soiled, may not be shared, and should be properly stored or discarded.

▪ Limit the sharing of objects (e.g. buckets, hoses) and discourage touching of shared surfaces; or, when in contact with shared objects or frequently touched areas, wear gloves (trade-appropriate or medical); or, sanitize or wash hands before and after contact.

 

Hygiene and Cleaning

▪ Adhere to hygiene and sanitation requirements from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Department of Health (DOH) and maintain cleaning logs on-site that document date, time, and scope of cleaning.

▪ At each barn or facility, provide and maintain hand hygiene stations for personnel, including handwashing with soap, water, and paper towels, as well as an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing 60% or more alcohol for areas where handwashing is not feasible. Provide no-touch disposal receptacles to mitigate risk.

▪ Instruct licensed personnel to wash their hands, or use sanitizer when a sink is not available, every hour for 20 seconds and after using the restroom, signing in, sneezing, touching their face, blowing their nose, cleaning, smoking, eating, drinking, and before/after a shift.

▪ Provide and encourage employees to use cleaning/disinfecting supplies before and after the use of shared and frequently touched surfaces, followed by hand hygiene.

▪ Conduct regular cleaning and disinfection of the site at least after every shift, daily, or more frequently as needed. Limit sharing of objects (e.g. buckets and hoses) and the touching of shared surfaces (e.g. railings and fences); or, when in contact with shared objects or frequently touched areas, wear gloves (trade-appropriate or medical); or, sanitize or wash hands before and after contact.

▪ Cleaning and disinfecting of the site, shared surfaces, and other areas, as well as equipment and tools, should be performed using the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) products identified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as effective against COVID-19.

▪ If cleaning or disinfection products or the act of cleaning and disinfecting causes safety hazards or degrades the material or machinery, personnel should have access to a hand hygiene station between use and/or be supplied with disposable gloves.

▪ Prohibit shared food and beverages (e.g. buffet-style meals).

 

Communication

▪ Affirm you have reviewed and understand the state-issued industry guidelines, and that you will implement them.

▪ Post signage throughout the site to remind personnel to adhere to proper hygiene, social distancing rules, appropriate use of PPE, and cleaning and disinfecting protocols. All signs shall be in English and Spanish.

▪ If a worker tests positive for COVID-19, the employer must immediately notify state and local health departments and cooperate with contact tracing efforts, including notification of potential contacts, such as workers or visitors who had close contact with the individual, while maintaining confidentiality required by state and federal law and regulations.

▪ Maintain a complete and updated list of backstretch residents, updated daily, and maintained by the COVID-19 Manager.

▪ Conspicuously post completed safety plans on-site.

 

Screening

▪ Due to the congregate nature of housing at racetracks, all residents shall be tested for COVID19, and any positive test shall be reported to both the State and local DOH.

▪ Screening shall also include temperature testing. Anyone displaying a temperature over 100.0°F shall be taken to a private area for a secondary temporal temperature screening, and if confirmed, shall not be allowed entry to the property and will be directed toward appropriate medical care.

▪ Any new residents of the backstretch community shall undergo serologic (antibody) testing and molecular testing. If antibodies are not present, residents shall be temperature tested daily for 2 weeks, screened for other symptoms, and segregated from the general population.

▪ Employees who are sick should stay home or return home if they become ill at work.

▪ Implement mandatory health screening assessment (e.g. questionnaire, temperature check) each day for each person living in dormitories and/or seeking access to the racetrack grounds. (1) COVID-19 symptoms in the past 14 days, (2) positive COVID-19 test in past 14 days, and/or (3) close or proximate contact with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 case in the past 14 days. Assessment responses must be reviewed every day and such review must be documented.

▪ Personnel who present with COVID-19 symptoms should be sent home or to a quarantine dormitory and contact their health care provider for medical assessment and COVID-19 testing. If tested positive, the employee may only return after completing a 14-day quarantine.

▪ Personnel who present with no symptoms but have tested positive in the past 14 days may only return to work after completing a 14-day quarantine.

▪ Personnel who have had close contact with a confirmed or suspected person with COVID-19 but are not experiencing any symptoms should inform their employer and may be able to work with additional precautions, including regular monitoring for symptoms and temperature, required face covering all times, and appropriate social distancing from others.

▪ Those positively responding to any of the screening questions shall not be allowed entry to the property and will be directed towards appropriate medical care. The names of those refused entry are required to be reported to the COVID-19 Manager for red font inclusion in subsequent daily worklists.

▪ On-site screeners should be trained by employer identified individuals familiar with CDC, DOH, and OSHA protocols and wear appropriate PPE, including at a minimum, a face covering and gloves. Have a plan for cleaning, disinfection, and contact tracing in the event of a positive case.

 

Dentistry Guidelines for Employers and Employees: (These guidelines apply to all dental care activities, including emergency and non-emergency/elective care statewide. References to dental healthcare personnel (DHCP) include dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, dental laboratory technicians, students and trainees, contractual personnel, and other persons not directly involved in patient care but potentially exposed to infectious agents (e.g. administrative, clerical, housekeeping, maintenance, or volunteer personnel), per CDC guidelines. During the COVID-19 public health emergency, all owners/managers of dentistry facilities should stay up to date with any changes to state and federal requirements related to dentistry activities and incorporate those changes into their operations. This guidance is not intended to replace any existing applicable local, state, and federal laws, regulations, and standards.)

 

Physical Distancing

▪ Ensure 6 ft. of distance between individuals, unless safety or core function of the work activity requires a shorter distance (e.g. provision of care during dental visits and procedures).

▪ Modify or restrict access to any waiting area seating, as needed, to allow for 6 ft. of distance between individuals in all directions (e.g. spacing chairs, instructing people to sit in alternating chairs).

▪ Ensure adequate social distancing in small areas, such as restrooms and breakrooms, with appropriate signage and systems (e.g. flagging when occupied) to restrict occupancy.

▪ Limit non-essential in-person gatherings (e.g. meetings) as much as possible.

 

Protective Equipment

▪ Ensure that patients and accompanying visitors wear face coverings at all times when in the dental facility (including in elevators, lobbies, and waiting areas), except when undergoing dental procedures. Acceptable coverings include at minimum cloth face coverings or surgical masks that securely cover nose and mouth.

▪ Procure an adequate supply of necessary PPE and provide employees with acceptable and appropriate PPE at no cost to the employee.

▪ DHCP must wear appropriate PPE when providing care to patients, in accordance with appropriate OSHA standards, including surgical masks, eye protection, gloves, and protective clothing, when performing any dental procedures that do not generate aerosols.

• For aerosol-generating procedures, providers should wear a properly fit-tested, NIOSH-certified, disposable N95 or higher-rated respirator, eye protection (e.g. goggles, face shield) gloves, and gowns.

▪ Establish policies for PPE removal and replacement for before and after DHCP see patients. DHCP must follow CDC recommendations for donning and doffing PPE. For example, when removing potentially contaminated PPE such as face mask or N95 respirator, do not touch the outside of the mask without wearing gloves. Always perform hand hygiene before and after using PPE.

▪ Staff with duties unrelated to patient care, such as clerical staff, must also wear appropriate face coverings at all times.

 

Hygiene, Cleaning, and Disinfection

▪ Adhere to hygiene and sanitation requirements from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Department of Health (DOH) and maintain cleaning logs on-site that document date, time, and scope of cleaning.

▪ DHCP must wait at least 15 minutes after completion of dental procedures to allow potential contagious droplets to sufficiently fall from the air before beginning cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces in the dental operatory per CDC Guidance on Generation and Behavior of Airborne Particles.

▪ The staff that clean and disinfect operatory must wear, at minimum, gloves, surgical masks, and eye protection, such as goggles or face shields.

▪ Provide and maintain hand hygiene stations on-site, including handwashing with soap, water, and paper towels, as well as an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing 60% or more alcohol for areas where handwashing is not feasible.

▪ Make hand sanitizer available throughout common areas. It should be placed in convenient locations, such as at entrances, exits, waiting areas. Touch-free hand sanitizer dispensers should be installed where possible.

▪ Conduct regular cleaning and disinfection of the facility and restrooms, and more frequent cleaning and disinfection for high-risk areas used by many individuals and for frequently touched surfaces.

▪ Ensure that equipment and tools are regularly cleaned and disinfected using a hospital-grade disinfectant. Refer to the OSHA recommendations and the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) list of products registered in New York State and identified by the EPA as effective against COVID-19.

▪ Provide for the cleaning and disinfection of exposed areas in the event an individual is confirmed to have COVID-19, with such cleaning and disinfection to include, at a minimum, all heavy transit areas and high-touch surfaces (e.g. elevators, waiting areas, entrances, badge scanners, restrooms handrails, door handles).

▪ Place receptacles around the dental facility for disposal of soiled items, including PPE.

▪ Prohibit shared food and beverages, encourage bringing lunch from home, and reserve adequate space for employees to observe social distancing while eating meals.

 

Communication

▪ Affirm you have reviewed and understand the state-issued industry guidelines, and that you will implement them.

▪ Institute a training plan to educate all staff on new practices and responsibilities before re-opening or expanding operations.

▪ Post signs throughout the dental facility, consistent with DOH COVID-19 signage, reminding individuals to maintain physical distance, wear appropriate face coverings, follow hand hygiene and cough etiquette, and report symptoms of COVID-19.

▪ Notify the state and local health departments immediately upon being informed of any positive COVID-19 test result by a DHCP at their facility.

▪ Cooperate with state and local health department contact tracing efforts.

▪ Conspicuously post completed safety plans on the premises of the workplace.

 

Screening

▪ DHCP who are symptomatic upon arrival at work or become sick during the day must be sent home immediately.

▪ Implement mandatory health screening practices (e.g. questionnaire, temperature check) for DHCP, patients, and visitors, asking about (1) COVID-19 symptoms in past 14 days, (2) positive COVID-19 test in past 14 days, and/or (3) close or proximate contact with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 case in past 14 days.

▪ Immediately notify state and local health departments of confirmed positive cases and provide the individual with information on healthcare and testing resources.

▪ Review all responses collected by the screening process on a daily basis and maintain a record of such review. Identify a contact as the party for individuals to inform if they later are experiencing COVID-19-related symptoms, as noted in the questionnaire.

 

Professional Sports Training Facilities Guidelines for Employers and Employees: (These guidelines apply to professional sports teams and their training facilities and venues statewide. See the State’s “Interim COVID-19 Guidance for Professional Sports Training Facilities” for full details. During the COVID-19 public health emergency, all professional sports and training facilities should stay up to date with any changes to state and federal requirements related to professional sports training facilities and incorporate those changes into their operations. This guidance is not intended to replace any existing applicable local, state, and federal laws, regulations, and standards.)

 

Physical Distancing

▪ For any training, treatment, or work occurring indoors, limit total occupancy to 50% of the maximum occupancy for a particular area.

▪ Ensure 6 ft. distance between individuals at all times, unless safety or execution of the core activity requires a shorter distance (e.g. medical treatments for players), and ensure that players engaged in physical activities can maintain social distancing at all times.

▪ Any time individuals are less than 6 ft. apart from one another and without a physical barrier (e.g. plexiglass), they must wear acceptable face coverings.

▪ If face coverings are removed when a player is engaged in physical activities, appropriate measures must be taken to ensure that players can maintain social distancing at all times.

▪ When multiple players are using equipment in the same room (e.g. workout equipment, treatment tables), the facilities in use must be at least 12 ft. apart. When distancing is not feasible between workstations/ facilities, face coverings or physical barriers must be used.

▪ When employees, players, and team staff use transportation vehicles around facilities (e.g. golf carts), each vehicle is limited to single riders, unless all occupants are wearing appropriate face coverings.

▪ Essential maintenance staff (e.g. groundskeepers) may use shared vehicles, provided that riders wear masks and gloves at all times.

▪ Close non-essential common areas (e.g. dry saunas, steam rooms, cold tubs, oxygen, or cryotherapy chambers).

▪ Limit in-person gatherings (e.g. team meetings, coaching de-briefs) as much as possible

 

Workplace Activity

▪ Only individual workouts are permitted at team facilities; group practices (e.g. scrimmages, pick-up games) are prohibited.

▪ Any coaches must maintain adequate social distancing at all times.

▪ Follow the State’s “Interim COVID-19 Guidance for Office-Based Work” for any workplace activities taking place in offices

 

Protective Equipment

▪ Provide employees, players, and team staff with an acceptable face coverings at no cost to the employees, players, and team staff, and have an adequate supply of coverings in case of replacement.

▪ Acceptable face coverings include but are not limited to cloth (e.g. homemade sewn, quick cut, bandana) and surgical masks, unless the nature of the work requires stricter PPE (e.g. N95 respirator, face shield).

▪ Train employees, players, and team staff on how to adequately put on, take off, clean (as applicable), and discard PPE.

▪ Advise employees, players, and team staff to wear face coverings in common areas including elevators, lobbies, and when traveling around the facility.

▪ Players/individuals charged with stocking rooms with individually bottled beverages and single-use food items must perform hand hygiene before and after entry and wear a mask while in the room.

 

Hygiene, Cleaning, and Disinfection

▪ Adhere to hygiene and sanitation requirements from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Department of Health (DOH) and maintain logs that document date, time, and scope of cleaning and disinfection.

▪ Limit the sharing of objects and discourage touching of shared surfaces; or, when in contact with shared objects or frequently touched areas, wear gloves (trade appropriate or medical) if practicable; or, sanitize or wash hands before and after contact.

▪ All vehicles (e.g. golf carts, groundskeeper vehicles) must be cleaned and disinfected after use and before the vehicle is used by another individual.

▪ Prohibit the sharing of personal items between players and coaches (e.g. towels, clothing.) Provide and maintain hand hygiene stations, including soap, water, and paper towels, for handwashing, as well as an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing 60% or more alcohol for areas where handwashing is not feasible. Provide and encourage employees, players, and staff to use cleaning/disinfection supplies before and after the use of shared/frequently touched surfaces, followed by hand hygiene.

▪ Conduct regular cleaning and disinfection at least after every shift, daily, or more often as needed, and for high-risk areas used by many individuals, frequently touched surfaces, and potentially absorbent items (e.g. cloth workout bands, ropes).

▪ Cleaning and disinfecting of the training facility, shared surfaces, and other areas, as well as equipment, should be performed using the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) products identified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as effective against COVID-19.

 

Communication 

▪ Affirm you have reviewed and understand the state-issued industry guidelines, and that you will implement them.

▪ Post signs throughout facilities, consistent with DOH COVID-19 signage reminding individuals to cover their nose and mouth, follow hand hygiene guidelines, report COVID-19 symptoms, and adhere to physical distancing rules.

▪ Notify the state and local health department immediately upon being informed of any positive COVID-19 test result by an employee, player, or team staff at the facility.

▪ In the case of an employee, player, or team staff, showing symptoms while in the workplace, notify all entities occupying space in the building immediately with information on where the individual has been throughout the building and notify them if the symptomatic employee, player, or team staff tests positive.

▪ Individuals who are alerted that they have come into close or proximate contact with a person with COVID19, and have been alerted via tracing, tracking, or other mechanisms, are required to self-report to their employer at the time of the alert.

▪ Conspicuously post completed safety plans on-site.

 

Screening

▪ Implement mandatory daily health screening assessment (e.g. questionnaire, temperature check) for employees asking about (1) COVID-19 symptoms in past 14 days, (2) positive COVID-19 test in past 14 days, and/or (3) close or proximate contact with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 case in past 14 days. Responses must be reviewed and documented daily.

▪ Screeners should be trained by employer-identified individuals familiar with CDC, DOH, and OSHA protocols and must be provided with and use PPE including, at a minimum, a face covering.

▪ Have a plan for cleaning, disinfection, and contact tracing in the event of a positive case.

▪ Identify a contact as the party for employees, players, and team staff to inform if they later are experiencing COVID-19-related symptoms, as noted in the questionnaire.

▪ Designate a site safety monitor who is responsible for all aspects of the site safety plan. The site monitor is responsible for receiving and attesting to having reviewed all screening questionnaires.

 

Sports and Recreation Guidelines: (This guidance is effective immediately for the statewide permitted outdoor, low-risk recreational activities, as determined by the Empire State Development Corporation. For all other sports and recreational activities described herein, this guidance is effective on July 6, 2020, in regions that have reached or surpassed Phase 3 of the State’s reopening. These guidelines also apply to non-professional and non-collegiate sports and recreation activities conducted by gyms/ fitness centers/training facilities. However, such facilities are limited to no more participants than is allowed under the nonessential gathering restriction that is in effect for their region; and such facilities are prohibited from conducting indoor activities at this time. During the COVID-19 public health emergency, all reaction businesses/leagues/organizations should stay up to date with any changes to state and federal requirements related to sports and recreational activities and incorporate those changes into their operations. This guidance is not intended to replace any existing applicable local, state, and federal laws, regulations, and standards. For more information, see “Interim COVID-19 Guidance for Sports and Recreation.”)

 

 

Physical Distancing

▪ For any indoor sport or recreational activity, limit capacity to no more than 50% of the maximum occupancy for a particular area, inclusive of employees, patrons/players/spectators.

▪ No more than 2 spectators per player.

▪ Ensure 6 ft. distance between individuals at all times, whether indoors or outdoors, unless safety or core activity (e.g. practicing, playing) requires a shorter distance. If a shorter distance is required, individuals must wear face coverings, unless players are unable to tolerate such a covering for the physical activity (practicing, playing); provided, however, that coaches, trainers, and/or other individuals who are not directly engaged with the activity are required to wear face coverings.

▪ Employees at check-in/appointment desks must maintain six feet from other individuals, unless there is a physical barrier between them. Any time employees interact with patrons/players/spectators, they must wear acceptable face coverings.

▪ Post signage and distance markers denoting spaces of 6 ft. in all commonly used areas indoors for employees and any areas in which lines are commonly formed or people may congregate (e.g. break rooms, equipment checkout areas, cash register areas, locker rooms).

 

On-Site Activity

▪ For outdoor fitness classes:

• Limit class sizes in accordance with the social gathering restrictions that are in effect within the region.

• Ensure patrons maintain a distance of 6 ft. from one another and class instructor(s).

• Prohibit higher-risk activities where physical contact can’t be continuously avoided (e.g. martial arts, boxing).

▪ Monitor and control the flow of traffic into the facility or area to ensure adherence to maximum capacity requirements.

▪ For any food service activities, follow the food service guidelines applicable to the region

 

Protective Equipment

▪ Ensure individuals not participating in sports or recreation activities (e.g. coaches, spectators) wear appropriate face coverings when they are within less than 6 ft. of other individuals unless a physical barrier is present.  

▪ Employees must wear face coverings any time they interact with patrons/ players/spectators, regardless of distance.

▪ Provide employees with an acceptable face covering at no cost to the employee and have an adequate supply of coverings in case of need for replacement.

▪ Acceptable face coverings include but are not limited to cloth (e.g. homemade sewn, quick cut, bandana) or surgical masks.

▪ Clean, replace, and prohibit the sharing of face coverings. Consult the CDC guidance for additional information on cloth face coverings and other types of personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as instructions on use and cleaning and disinfection.

▪ Train workers on how to don, doff, clean (as applicable), and discard PPE.

▪ Limit the sharing of objects (e.g. equipment) and discourage touching of shared surfaces (e.g. cash registers); or, when in contact with shared objects or frequently touched areas, wear gloves (trade appropriate or medical); or, sanitize or wash hands before and after contact.

 

Hygiene, Cleaning, and Disinfection

▪ Adhere to hygiene and sanitation requirements from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Department of Health (DOH) and maintain cleaning logs on-site that document date, time, and scope of cleaning.

▪ Provide and maintain hand hygiene stations, including handwashing with soap, water, and paper towels, as well as an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing 60% or more alcohol for areas where handwashing is not feasible.

▪ Hand sanitizer must be placed throughout the site for use by employees and patrons/players/spectators.

▪ Provide and encourage employees to use cleaning/disinfecting supplies before and after the use of shared and frequently touched surfaces, followed by hand hygiene.

▪ Prohibit employees from sharing food and beverages (e.g. buffet styles meals), encourage bringing lunch from home, and reserve adequate space for employees to observe social distancing while eating meals.

▪ Conduct regular cleaning and disinfection and more frequent cleaning and disinfection of shared objects and surfaces, as well as high transit areas, such as payment devices, pickup areas, restrooms, common areas, using Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) products identified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as effective against COVID-19.

▪ If cleaning or disinfection products or the act of cleaning and disinfection causes safety hazards or degrades the material or machinery, personnel should have access to a hand hygiene station between use and/or be supplied with disposable gloves.


Communication

▪ Affirm you have reviewed and understand the state-issued industry guidelines, and that you will adhere to them.

▪ Post signage inside and outside of the facility or area to remind personnel and patrons/players/spectators to adhere to proper hygiene, social distancing rules, appropriate use of PPE, and cleaning and disinfection protocols.

▪ Conspicuously post completed safety plans on-site.

 

Screening

▪ Implement mandatory health screening assessment (e.g. questionnaire, temperature check) for employees and, where practicable, vendors, but do not mandate for patrons/players/spectators or delivery personnel.

▪ At a minimum, screening must determine whether the worker or vendor has had: (1) COVID-19 symptoms in past 14 days, (2) positive COVID-19 test in past 14 days, and/or (3) close or proximate contact with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 case in past 14 days. Assessment responses must be reviewed every day and such review must be documented.

▪ Designate a site safety monitor whose responsibilities include continuous compliance with all aspects of the site safety plan.

 

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