Mayor: Capital Region to Begin Phase 1 Reopening on Wednesday

Mayor: Capital Region to Begin Phase 1 Reopening on Wednesday

Dear residents and neighbors,

Today, Governor Cuomo announced the Capital Region will enter Phase 1 of reopening tomorrow, Wednesday, May 20th, under the New York Forward plan.

Our region is ready to open in a safe and responsible manner while protecting vulnerable members of our community. This is an important step forward for our businesses, families, and local workforce. 

The following industries will qualify to reopen under Phase 1: 

  • Construction
  • Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
  • Retail (limited to curbside or in-store pickup or drop off)
  • Manufacturing
  • Wholesale Trade

For Businesses Reopening Under Phase 1:

Each re-opening business must develop a written Safety Plan outlining how its workplace will prevent the spread of COVID-19. A business may fill out the NYS template to fulfill the requirement, or may develop its own Safety Plan. This 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 made available to the New York State Department of Health (DOH) or local health or safety authorities in the event of an inspection. 

Business owners should refer to New York State’s industry-specific guidance for more information on how to safely operate. For a list of regions and sectors that are authorized to re-open, as well as detailed guidance for each sector, please visit:

Additional information on Phase 1 guidelines, and specifics for each industry allowed to reopen under this phase, are available at

Individuals who would return to work under Phase 1 now qualify for testing under state guidelines. Coronavirus testing locations have been established across the Capital Region, including in the City of Troy. Find a test site near you.

All information is subject to change pursuant to New York State guidelines and directives; please continue to check for the latest information on rules, regulations, and guidelines for businesses, industries, and organizations.

Remember: reopening our regional economy can begin because of the actions we’ve all taken during the last two months. We followed precautions and practiced social distancing. We wore masks and washed our hands. We avoided large gatherings and stayed home to reduce the spread of the virus.

However, the ability to stay open is dependent on keeping the infection rate down. Critical to doing that is maintaining practices to continue to protect public health, prevent the overwhelming of local hospitals, support our local businesses, and ensure the Capital Region can proceed to Phase 2.

Stay safe, be smart, wear a mask, and take care of each other.

Patrick Madden
Mayor, City of Troy

PS: less than 50% of Troy households have participated in the Census. If you haven’t already, please take 10 minutes to complete your 2020 Census form! Visit to get started today.