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Cuomo to New York businesses on reopening: ‘Reimagine your workplace’

Syracuse.com logo Syracuse.com 4/16/2020 By Kevin Tampone, syracuse.com
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Albany, N.Y. — Even after companies in New York can reopen, workers and customers are probably in for massive changes in daily routines.

Nonessential businesses and schools in the state will be closed until at least May 15 to continue slowing the spread of the new coronavirus. But Gov. Andrew Cuomo today laid out a series of points businesses need to plan for when a restart eventually occurs.

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"It's not going to be all about what government does," he said during a press briefing in Albany. "The private sector now has to think about what they do and how they do it and how they can do it differently in this new normal. Reimagine your workplace."

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Companies should consider topics including:

Transportation: Ensuring employees can get to work safely by providing masks or gloves. Businesses could also offer or require more working from home

The workplace: Offices may need to move desks farther apart or redesign conference rooms. Again, increasing the use of remote meetings and work will be helpful.

Customers: Businesses should work on ways to keep contact with customers to a minimum and ensure customer service workers have enough protective gear. Extra care should be taken by businesses that have more contact with people who are especially vulnerable to the virus.

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New infections: Companies should have plans for how to react if a worker gets coronavirus symptoms or tests positive.

"This is going to be a moment of transformation for society," Cuomo said. "Tell us how you intend to organize and conduct your business. And can you do it in a way that poses a lower risk?"

Companies with a lower risk of spreading infections may be able to reopen sooner, he added.

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