For information and guidance on reopening
PLASTIC BAG BAN
- Enforcement Date of the plastic bag ban has been extended to July 15th 2020, earliest. The ban was delayed on multiple occasions throughout COVID. Most recently it was delayed until June 15th with the caveat that on or after that date at least 30 day notice would be given to retailers before the ban would be enforced. This means the earliest date possible is July 15th.
- Paper Carryout Bag Reduction Fee - While the plastic bag ban has not been enforced since its effective date of March 1st, the fee on paper bags has always remained. On March 1st New York City, Tompkins County and Suffolk County have had the fee on paper bags. It has been announced that the City of Troy and the City of White Plains have determined to enact that fee on paper bags beginning on June 1st.
SUSPENSION OF CERTAIN REGS DURING COVID19
- The retailer is to contact any New York Lottery regional office and request a temporary pin-off and specify that COVID-19 is the cause.
- The Lottery will deactivate retailer equipment (“pinned-off”). The retailer is not allowed to sell instant tickets while pinned-off.
- The Lottery equipment stays in place.
- The retailer is to secure current inventory against theft. Retailer is responsible for all instant tickets, so it is very important to secure all instant ticket inventory.
COVID RELATED LAWS/FIA POSITIONS
Liability: Please see letter uploaded (in the documents section below) a letter signed by 19 business organizations that has been sent to lawmakers, members of the Cuomo Administration and members of the NY Forward Advisory Committee.
New York City COVID-19 Relief Package - Premiums for essential workers Legislation was introduced at a City Council meeting that would require large employers to pay premiums to certain essential non-salaried workers: Employers with more than 100 employees would pay hourly workers $30 for a shift under four hours, $60 for a shift of four to eight hours and $75 dollars for any shift over eight hours. The obligation reportedly would end when the state of emergency is lifted. Food Industry Alliance of New York State is part of the businesses coalition that is mobilizing to oppose the legislation.
Public Service Messaging: FIANY circulated a memo to legislators and the media, requesting that New York’s leaders issue public service messaging on the importance, and obligation for social distancing in stores. The memo can be found on our website. Thus far a number of state legislators have shared the memo with their networks.
Paid Sick Leave- a law specific to COVID and precautionary/mandatory quarantines was passed in NY.