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UPDATE: 5.18.20

Dear Mr. Hartl,

As President of the NYS Car Wash Association I would like to inform you of the recent change in the guidelines for the operation of car washes handed down by the Empire State Development Corporation.

“BUSINESS FUNCTION OF MANUAL CAR WASHING currently is not considered an essential function.  As such, that part of your business is subject to the required 100% workforce reduction pursuant to revised Executive Order 202.6.  AUTOMATED CAR WASHING currently is only essential to the extent that there is no in-person interaction. Employees may service the machines, but not interact with customers.   As such, that part of your business is not subject to the required 100% workforce reduction pursuant to revised Executive Order 202.6.” (emphasis added).
Car Washes may operate only as follows

  1. The automated exterior washing of all vehicles under a subscription plan or paid remotely via a  phone app, computer, or under contract is permissible. Vending machines, kiosks and/or automated payment machines which can be operated without employee interaction are permissible.
  2. Post signage at all locations and web pages clearly stating that car wash employees may not accept payment from customers and cannot interact with customers.
  3. Limit the hours of operation to 9am-5pm, or less UNLESS you are in a region the Governor has opened under NY FORWARD where you can determine your hours of operation as you deem appropriate.
  4. No cash, debit, credit or any other sales transactions on site made to any employee. Please refer to the section titled “People,” bullet 5, in this link for further clarification. INTERIM GUIDANCE FOR CURBSIDE AND IN-STORE PICKUP RETAIL BUSINESS ACTIVITIES DURING THE COVID-19 PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY
    Responsible Parties should encourage customers to use touchless payment options or pay ahead, when available. Minimize handling cash, credit cards, reward cards, and mobile devices, where possible.
  5. Limit employees on the site to two UNLESS you are in a region the Governor has opened under NY FORWARD where you can operate with more than two employees on site. Please note that you should “maintain traffic flow and disinfect/clean vending machines, kiosks and/or automated payment machines.”
  6. Each employee must be supplied with a mask and the employees must wear the mask at all times.
  7. No employee is permitted to have contact with anyone in the vehicle. No ability to vacuum cars, dry cars, detail cars, apply any other cleaning product to car (i.e., Armor All®) by any employee.
  8. Insure social distancing of employees and customers.

Richard Balletta
Labor Bureau
New York State Office of the Attorney General
28 Liberty Street – 15th Floor
New York, NY 10005
Richard.Balletta@ag.ny.gov
www.ag.ny.gov

UPDATE: 4.24.20 Self serves and in-bay automatics may operate with one employee on site, as long as that employee has NO interaction with customers and ONLY services the equipment, if needed.

New York State Car Wash Association
Walt Hartl, President
whartl@hoffman-development.com

Dear Mr. Hartl:

Upon reviewing Governor Cuomo’s COVID-19 Executive Orders, both safety protocols and business designations, the Office of the Attorney General, Labor Bureau believe that members in your Car Wash Association may operate on a limited basis as set forth below.

We have also taken into consideration the Economic Development Corporation Guidelines :

see number 11 –  “Essential services necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operations of residences or other businesses including

  • law enforcement, including corrections and community supervision
  • fire prevention and response
  • emergency management and response, EMS and 911 dispatch”
    1. First Responders and Emergency Vehicles free of charge, unless under a subscription plan, paid remotely via phone, computer or app, or under contract
    2. Medical professionals, doctors, and nurses free of charge, unless under a subscription plan, paid remotely via phone, computer or app
    3. Post signage at all locations and web page clearly stating open only for First Responders, Emergency Vehicles, Medical Professionals, Doctors, and Nurses (Identification proving professional status must be shown to the single attendant on site)
    4. Limit the hours of operation to 9am-5pm, or less
    5. No cash, debit or credit sales on site.
    6. Only one employee can be on site at any given time. You must supply a mask and the employee must wear a mask at all times.
    7. No employees permitted to have contact with anyone in the vehicle. No ability to vacuum cars, dry cars, detail cars, apply any other cleaning product to car (i.e., Armor All®)

Please feel free to pass this along to all your Association members. Lastly, we hope your members, their employees and customers stay safe under the current health crisis and always.

Thank you,

Richard Balletta
Labor Bureau
New York State Office of the Attorney General
28 Liberty Street – 15th Floor
New York, NY 10005
Richard.Balletta@ag.ny.gov
www.ag.ny.gov

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