COVID-19 Information for Businesses

New York Forward - Governor Cuomo's plan to Re-Open New York State

New York State on PAUSE

Business Loans and Resources

Employee Paid Leave Rights



Erie County Emergency Orders 

New York State Executive Orders 

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Vendor List for Businesses (Updated 05/22/2020)  

New York Forward 


New York State on PAUSE 

  • Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has taken aggressive action to combat the spread of the infectious COVID-19 virus, as suspected and confirmed cases have surged around the world. Specifically, the Governor has imposed sweeping measures to protect public health and safety, including restrictions on businesses and gatherings through Executive Orders designed to reduce public density and slow the rate of transmission. These measures, together known as “New York State on PAUSE,” directed all non-essential businesses to close their in-person operations and banned all non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason. (See Executive Orders 202.6, 202.7, 202.8, 202.10, and 202.11.)
  • PAUSE 10 Point Policy
  • Essential Business List: Contact Empire State Development or call 716-846-8200 for questions about Essential Businesses 

NY on PAUSE Complaints: If you are aware of any non-essential gatherings or any non-essential businesses or entities operating in violation of "New York on PAUSE" please choose the appropriate complaint below to file a complaint. 

  • To file a complaint about a restaurant or bar in Erie County: ECDOH Environmental Health: Call 716-961-6865 or file a complaint online 
  • To file a complaint about another type of business, location or incident in your community: New York on PAUSE Enforcement Task Force: Call 1-833-789-0470 or file a complaint online and call the Building Inspector in your municipality. 
  • To file a complaint against your employer or place of work: NY State Department of Labor: Call 1-833-789-0470 or file a complaint online  
  • To file a complaint about a hospital: Call 1-800-804-5447 or file a complaint online
  • To file a complaint about a nursing home & long-term care facilities

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA): Employee Paid Leave Rights 

  • FFCRA requires certain employers to provide employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. The Department of Labor’s (Department) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) administers and enforces the new law’s paid leave requirements. These provisions will apply from the effective date through December 31, 2020.
  • FFCRA Employee Paid Leave Rights (Link not compatible with Internet Explorer) 
  • Fact Sheets, Questions and Answers and More Info (Link not compatible with Internet Explorer)    

Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) 

Erie County Industrial Development Agency (ECIDA)

Buffalo Niagara Partnership (BNP)

Small Business Administration (SBA) COVID-19 Loans 

Additional Resources

Frequently Requested


Phone: (716) 858-7690

Fax: (716) 858-8701

Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH)
95 Franklin Street
Buffalo, New York 14202

ECDOH Locations

Western New York 211