On Thursday, August 13, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that some businesses which have remained closed throughout the state’s gradual reopening process are now allowed – or will be soon allowed – to reopen. Businesses, including gyms, boutique fitness studios, bowling alleys, and certain New York City cultural establishments have been given official state guidance or an assurance that such guidance is coming soon.
Guidance from the State of New York is now available for these industries:
- Gyms, spin, yoga, and most other fitness based enterprises can be found here.
- Bowling can be found here.
- NFIB is still waiting for updated guidance regarding New York City-based cultural entities and museums. We will forward that information as soon as it is provided to us.
NFIB NY State Director Greg Biryla was named to the NY Forward Advisory Board in April and has been advocating tirelessly with Governor Cuomo’s economic team to express the voice of small business at every available opportunity during this unprecedented situation in New York and across the country.
NFIB continues to urge that any industry guidelines or requirements mandated by New York State be more responsive to the dire situation confronting small businesses. We remain encouraged by additional businesses returning to the economy and continue to work every day to ensure the state’s reopening strategy is safe, full, and fare.
Albany’s Times Union reported on Friday about NFIB’s specific efforts to see bowling alleys, gyms, fitness operations, and other essential small businesses begin their reopening process in New York:
The day before Governor Cuomo’s announcement, NFIB joined with NY State Senator Sue Serino (R, SD-41) and dozens of small business owners from across New York calling on state leaders to provide a path forward for the many small businesses still shut down or operating with severely severe capacity restrictions. Greg Biryla’s comments from that press event can be viewed here: