On October 14, Mayor Bill de Blasio joined the Department of Buildings (DOB), Department of Transportation (DOT), and the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) today to release thorough guidance for city restaurants planning to stay open and serve customers outdoors with heating devices this fall and winter. The announcement furthers New York City's efforts, laid out in the Mayor's recovery agenda, to become the world's capital for healthy outdoor living. LEARN MORE HERE
As of December 14, indoor dining operations are suspended. Patrons are not allowed inside anytime after 10PM, even if it’s a pick-up order. Deliveries can continue after 10PM. Only outdoor dining and alcohol delivery must be stopped at 10PM. Alcohol to-go with food is allowed until 10PM. Businesses should be mindful of crowding and ask people to wait outside.
The Winter Operations Advisory is one of two new weather orders the Department of Sanitation will make regarding outdoor dining. The second, a Snow Alert, suspends outdoor dining when more than one inch of snow is in the forecast. In this case, restaurants must remove or secure outdoor furniture; electric heaters should be removed altogether. If more than a foot is expected, the alert calls for outdoor structures or barriers to be removed or consolidated. In the event of a significant snowfall, restaurant operators on the right-hand side of the driving lane may experience a ridge of snow alongside the roadway barriers, as plows push snow to the right. Barrier fortification, snow sticks and other treatments may help protect against damage.
The COVID-19 vaccine is now available to certain groups in NYC. Visit the NYC Health page herefor eligibility and locations.
Get the latest information and updates on COVID-19 from the NYC Department of Health. To receive real-time New York City COVID-19 updates, text “COVID” to 692-692. Visit the Department of Health’s website for a full list of measures everyone needs to take to reduce the spread of COVID-19. This includes regular and proper hand-washing, social distancing, and isolating yourself if you feel sick.
If you witness overcharging in businesses, please report to the city’s Department of Consumer Affairs by calling 3-1-1 and saying “overcharge” or by visiting 311.nyc.gov and searching “overcharge.”
New York City public schools will be closed to students and staff on until at least April 20. Schools will move toward a new Remote Learning Model for all school days until Spring Recess. K-12 students can go to any public school to pick up to-go breakfast and lunch meals between 7:30am-1:30pm at the building’s main entrance. To find a location near you, click here.
The "One Shot Deal" emergency assistance program through the Human Resources Administration (HRA) helps people who can't meet an expense due to an unexpected situation or event. Emergency assistance is provided for, but not limited to, the following situations: homelessness, eviction or dispossess, utility disconnection/shutoff, fire disaster, domestic violence, and circumstances that affect the health and safety of the individual or family. Learn more here.
Small Business Resources:
The Barstool Fund: ou are a small business owner in need of help due to the impacts of COVID, you can submit your application at: TheBarstoolFund.com/apply
The Paycheck Protection Program (2nd Draw) loan helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Apply here
The Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) provides economic relief to small businesses and nonprofit organizations that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. Apply here.
Small Business Services has implemented the Fair Shares Campaign to connect small business owners to federal relief funds including the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Advance. Learn more here.
KIVA is offering up to $15,000 in zero-interest loans for small businesses. Apply here.
The Hebrew Free Loan Society is offering interest free loans of $2,000 - $5,000 for individuals, including small business owners suffering business losses, due to COVID-19. Apply here.
The Book Industry Charitable Foundation (BINC) helps booksellers and comic retailers with unforeseen emergency financial needs by paying third-party vendors. Apply here.
The NYC Hospitality Alliance has compiled a number of resources on their website.
One Fair Wage Help: The One Fair Wage Campaign is securing an emergency fund for restaurant workers. Application also available in Spanish. Apply here.
Bartender Emergency Assistance Program: Financial assistance for bartenders experiencing financial hardship. Membership is not a required to apply. More info here.
The Restaurant Workers Community Foundation as a list of extra resources. .Learn more here.
The Comptroller's Office has compiled a list of resources for tenants, merchants, property owners, non-profits, homeowners, seniors, and freelancers. View here.
NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) is offering support programs in the wake of COVID-19, and ask that you take a moment to complete this short survey to share any disruptions your business is experiencing, and sign up for further information.
Commercial and Residential Evictions are suspended state-wide for the next 90 days.
Federal Tax Credits and Waivers for workers and small and medium size businesses effected by the Coronavirus are being released. Details available here.
The Brooklyn Chamber has compiled a compliance checklist for open restaurants. Learn more here.
Clover is launching a Back2Business Grant Program offering $10,000 grants to businesses to support our small business recovery work across Brooklyn. The program is accepting initial registration from applicants at this time. Learn more here.
New York Forward Loan Fund (NYFLF) is a new economic recovery loan program aimed at supporting New York State small businesses, nonprofits and small landlords as they reopen after the COVID-19 outbreak and NYS on PAUSE. Apply 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
Social Media Resources:
Yelp COVID-19 Response: Yelp is giving away $25 million for small businesses, primarily in the form of advertising credit. Learn more here.
Facebook Small Business Grants Program: $100 million in both cash grants and advertising credits will be distributed to 30,000 businesses. Get more information here.
For convenience stores: A new app is looking to present bodegas as alternative to large grocery stores. My Bodega Online lets New Yorkers order groceries and sandwiches from their neighborhood bodegas for delivery, and it’s free to use. This new app will not take a commission from bodegas.
American Express' #ShopSmall initiative, has downloadable & customizable social posts for your business Instagram to encourage your followers to take the pledge, too. #StayHome and #ShopSmall by ordering delivery, shopping online, or buying a gift card to use later. To download these marketing materials,click here
Show your business with Waze Local to reach drivers nearby and daily commuters in your area.
MainStreet ONLINE, a COOP program powered by Google, pairs small business owners with COOP students, who are trained in ecommerce and supervised by an experienced strategist, to build an optimized Shopify online store for businesses for free and help them reach new customers with Google tools. applications will close on Oct 30. If you have any questions, please reach out to MainStreetOnline@mosaic.com