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Before Reopening Know the Consequences

Although everyone is anxious to reopen for more than emergency and urgent procedures, be aware of the potential consequences, including risking professional and civil penalties, no matter how justified you may feel in opening.

Practitioners can decide what they want to do but know the potential consequences and liability issues with prematurely opening your office for routine procedures. According to the NYSDA attorney:

1) there is no immunity at all if you are open outside of the parameters of the Governor’s emergency/urgent services Executive Order;

2) violation of the Executive Orders could be treated as professional misconduct by the Office of Professional Discipline with concomitant risk to your dental license from them; and

3) the New York State Attorney General and the New York State Department of Labor each have jurisdiction and can levy fines up to $2,000 per violation per day [$5,000 if you are a repeat offender] and can enjoin any business from being open in violation of the Governor’s Executive Orders.