Governor Cuomo’s announced his New York Forward plan to begin reopening the state. This happened on a regional basis on May 15 with four announced phases of priority for reopening. Since we are an essential provider, and we have been operating during this time, as a result, we are not listed in the regional opening plan. There is no current change in how we are operating during this crisis. We are continuing our shelter in place mandates. However, we are awaiting guidance from The Department of Health and OPWDD as to when we can resume some of our services and what restrictions we will need to put in place when we open. We have started to develop a strategic plan mapping out the months ahead and a detailed plan for resuming some of our support services. We will be sharing more information about this with you at a future date.
We continue to stay informed and closely follow all recommendations by the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), The Arc New York, NY State Departments of Health (DOH) and the CDC. We request all of us to remain vigilant in following the latest executive order extending a stay in place until May 15 set forth by Office of the Governor:
- Wear masks and gloves whenever you are out of your home, traveling or engaging in necessary activities
- Continue infection control protocol like hand-washing with soap and water frequently
Definition of face covering: Face coverings include, but are not limited to, cloth (e.g. homemade sewn, quick cut, bandana), surgical masks, N-95 respirators, and face shields.
The Governor’s Office and OPWDD designated The Arc Westchester as an ESSENTIAL SERVICE PROVIDER. As such, we are exempt from the Governor Cuomo that mandate businesses to have employees stay home from work. We know you are aware that we provided vital services to the people with developmental disabilities and they depend on us during this critical time. View all executive orders.
We recognize we must continue to be follow all health guidelines, keep up social distancing, preventive procedures and use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when required. Our staff have been informed of these new safety guidelines and we are providing staff with the necessary PPE whose job requires community interaction.