State & City Updates:

  • May 7th: Indoor Dining to increase to 75% maximum capacity. Hair salons, barber shops and other personal care services will expand to 75% capacity.

  • May 10th: Outdoor social gathering limit will increase from 200 to 500 people.

  • May 17th Outdoor Dining Curfew Lifted. MTA resumes 24 hour service.

  • May 19th: Caps on capacity for most business activities will be removed across commercial settings, including retail, food services, gyms and fitness centers, amusement and family entertainment, hair salons, barber shops and other personal care services, houses of worship (businesses will continue to be required to limit capacity to allow for 6 feet of space between patrons or parties of patrons).

  • May 31st: Indoor Dining Curfew Lifted.

  • June 15: State's COVID-19 Restrictions and New York Forward Industry Guidance Lifted Across Commercial Settings, including Retail, Food Services, Offices, Gyms and Fitness Centers, Amusement and Family Entertainment, Hair Salons, Barber Shops, Personal Care Services, Among Others. Unvaccinated Individuals Responsible for Continuing to Wear a Mask, Per Federal CDC Guidance. Large-Scale Indoor Events Venues, Pre-K to 12 Schools, Public Transit, Homeless Shelters, Correctional Facilities, Nursing Homes and Health Care Settings Must Still Adhere to Existing COVID-19 Health Protocols Per CDC Guidelines.

  • August 17: New York City will soon require proof of COVID-19 vaccinations for anyone who wants to dine indoors at a restaurant, see a performance or go to the gym. Inspections and enforcement won’t begin until Sept. 13. 


Small Business Funding:

  • Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program: recieve up to $50,000 for your small business. Applications open June 10 on a first come, first serve basis. Learn more here.
  • Neighborhood Business Grant Application: Grants of between $5,000 to $10,000 will fill gaps in funding by prioritizing businesses owned by people of color, immigrants, and women. Grants may be made to barber shops, restaurants, food carts, vegetable stands, and other small businesses. Unlike many financial opportunities currently available to small businesses, this program will provide grants rather than loans. Learn more here

  • To contact the SBA regarding any questions or concerns, call their hotline at 800-659-2955.
  • To contact SBS for business assistance email or call their hotline at 888-727-4692