Automobile Dealer's Guide to Reopening


As New York's economy prepares to reopen, dealerships large and small have many considerations and concerns on how to do so safely and effectively. Reopening your doors likely won’t look like returning to business as usual. We know there are questions for dealerships as you move forward – and, in many cases, alter your business operations. Based on best practices and expert recommendations, NYSADA is providing the following guidelines and suggestions to assist members in efforts to open your doors and support and protect employees and customers as you navigate this changing landscape. As we continue to navigate this new and ever-changing landscape, know that your the New York State Automobile Dealers Association is here for you and beside you every step of the way. We thank you for your support and encourage you to contact us if you need anything. Get the latest information about COVID-19 on our resource page.

DISCLAIMER Please be advised that some or all of the information contained in this document may not be applicable to some businesses or places of work and may not include all information necessary for certain businesses and places of work. This document does not attempt to address any health, safety and other workplace requirements in place prior to the age of COVID-19. As COVID circumstances continue to evolve, so will the public health and safety recommendations and requirements, and as a result this document may not include all current governmental or health expert requirements and recommendations. We strongly advise that before implementing any of the practices and procedures contained herein, you carefully evaluate all and consult with your own legal counsel and other advisors regarding the legality, applicability and potential efficacy of this information in your place of business and to determine what if any other recommendations or requirements may apply to your business. NYSADA is not responsible for any circumstances arising out of, or related to, the adoption, or decision not to adopt, any of the practices or procedures contained in this guide.


Re-Opening Resources

Businesses in each region will reopen in phases. In order to reopen, each region needs to meet seven criteria. You can see how each region is doing with these metrics on the Regional Monitoring Dashboard.
Governor Cuomo outlined a plan to reopen New York State. To read more about the metrics for reopening, business resources, how to protect yourself and more, please visit NY Forward.

Business Re-opening Safety Plan Template Once you have read your industry guidelines to reopen, be sure to sign the Business Affirmation.
Businesses in each region will be able to re-open in phases. Re-opening refers to non-essential businesses and business activities. Essential businesses and business activities that are open, will be able to remain open. The guidelines accessible via this tool apply to both non-essential businesses in regions that are permitted to re-open, and essential businesses throughout the state that were previously permitted to remain open.Eligibility for reopening will be determined by health metrics for each region. This tool will help you determine whether or not your business is eligible to reopen, and the public health and safety standards with which your business must comply. Access the tool here.



COVID-19 Related Webinairs


Weekly COVID-19 Panel 6/19/2020

NYSADA Partner Panelists will provide a review of state developments including: Phase II requirements, review of  PPP loan forgiveness extensions & more  
View Slides   EZ Application   Bloomberg Article   Revised PPP Rules


Review of Phase 2 Re-Opening Compliance Guidelines for Vehicle Sales Leases and Rentals

NYSADA Legislative Counsels Caitlin Anderson and Hermes Fernandez of Bond Schoeneck and King review the State’s Phase 2 Re-Opening Guidance for businesses involved in Vehicle Sales, Leases and Rentals.  View Slides


Loan Forgivness and the PPP Flexibility Act

Louis Young of the Withum Group discusses the new changes to the PPP law and put the various provisions in context for Auto Dealers.
  Slides     Forgivness App     Revised PPP Rules


Re-engaging Your Employees and Opening the Workplace – Part 2

NYSADA Partner, Steve LaBonte of the Labonte Law Group and Dr. Eileen Franko, Director of the Division of Safety and Health with the NYS Department of Labor address important issues related to the reopening of your dealership businesses. View Slides     Letter To Staff   Rehire Policy    Rehire Letter