As New York City officially moved into Phase 2 of the State's re-opening plan, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that law firms are permitted to re-open their offices provided they comply with physical distancing and other requirements intended to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

According to the Governor's office, law firms, like other businesses, must implement measures that will allow workers to maintain physical distance from each other and require that employees wear protective equipment such as masks while at work.  The guidance also requires businesses to regularly clean and disinfect work sites and provide health information to employees.

The Governor's decision to include law firms in Phase 2 of the re-opening plan is the result of numerous discussions between the Governor's office and bar leaders including the New York State Bar Association.  Last month, the New York State Bar Association issued guidance for law firms on re-opening procedures (which we covered here).  The guidance included recommendations about physical distancing, communicating with employees, and managing the transition back to in-person operations.

For more information, and the latest updates, be sure to monitor our COVID-19 Resources Page for New York Lawyers.