Reopen  2020   

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Mayor Arthur Pappas has announced Reopen North Tonawanda as an online resource for businesses and the community.  As a City our goal is to equip and inform the citizens and businesses of our community by creating a central HUB for necessary information which provides businesses direct access to COVID-19 health links, business guidance and recommendations including resources for re-opening, as well as updates and resources for families and residents.

Additionally, Re-Open North Tonawanda will serve as a communication tool between businesses and City Hall, providing businesses with the latest information about the COVID-19 emergency and the City's response to adequately restore economic activity swiftly and responsibly. 

The City of North Tonawanda continues to strive to be responsive to the needs of our business community.  While the COVID-19 emergency is unsettling, Mayor Pappas wants our business owners to know that our commitment to them is stronger than ever, and we are here to support them in every way possible.  

Our City will continue to follow Governor Cuomo’s guidelines to ensure that our residents can get back to work, and engage in the community in a safe and proper manner.


NY Forward has industry specific reopening guidelines for employers and employees. These guidelines apply to both non-essential businesses reopening and essential businesses previously permitted to reopen

All businesses must read and affirm their individual industry’s reopening guidance

Per NYS Department of Health, re-opening business and essential businesses must develop a written Safety Plan outlining how its workplace will prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Also, according to executive order 202.16 issued by Governor Cuomo, any employees who are present in the workplace shall be provided and shall wear face coverings when in direct contact with customers or members of the public. Businesses must provide face coverings to employees at their expense.


Provides loans to small businesses focusing on minority and women owned small businesses that did not receive federal COVID-19 assistance

Outdoor Seating Permits

In order to serve our businesses our City wishes to facilitate the use of public outdoor spaces by small businesses and restaurants so they can implement physical distancing protocols during the phased reopening procedures in a quick and safe manner in compliance with pertinent guidelines.

Businesses can click on the link for details on how to submit their outdoor plans for review by the City.  Upon review, we will do our best to work with each business to accommodate them in their plans to re-imagine their business using outdoor space. 

Please reference the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO)’s Streets for Pandemic Response and Recovery page as you design exterior spaces for physical distancing. The guide includes an introduction to using streets for recovery and response (pdf) and detailed implementation information about street strategies such as Outdoor Dining, Markets, and Pick Up and Delivery Zones.
Reopen North Tonawanda Business Directory

If you are an open business operating in the City of North Tonawanda and would like to be featured in our Reopen for Business directory, please fill out a submission form to be included on our directory.  Your information will be provided and viewable for customers in a weekly updated central database which will be easily viewable and accessible to the public.   


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