COVID-19: Updates & Resources


State & City Mandates:

  • On March 16, 2020, Mayor de Blasio signed an executive order stating: as of 8 p.m. on Monday, March 16, 2020, bars and restaurants are limited to take out and delivery only. If you are not already on a delivery platform, consider joining one or advertising phone orders on your social media channels. Offer contact-less delivery. If you or your customers prefer, you can offer to leave food just outside their doors instead of waiting for them to open the door for you.
  • Nightclubs, movie theaters, small theater houses and concert venues are closed until further notice.
  • If your restaurant has a State Liquor Authority (SLA) permit, you are allowed to sell wine and liquor for takeout or delivery. 
  • Bars that sell food will also be able to sell wine and liquor for takeout or delivery. Bars that do not sell food will not be able to sell liquor for takeout or delivery. 
  • As of March 20, 2020: New York State Sales Tax Late Fees Waived. Cuomo announced sales taxes could be paid late with no penalty. Details here.
  • New York State Commercial Evictions Suspended: All filings for commercial evictions for New York State are suspended for the next 90 days, by Executive Order of the Governor. Learn more here.
  • Governor Cuomo Issues Guidance on Essential Services Under The 'New York State on PAUSE' Executive Order. Learn more here.
  • As of March 21, 2020 Cuomo’s order requires all barbershops, hair and nail salons, tattoo parlors and piercing shops to close indefinitely.

Public Resources:

  • 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 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.

Small Business Resources:

  • 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.
  • ​On Sunday, March 8, the Mayor announced two relief programs for small businesses impacted by COVID-19: a zero-interest loan program and an employee retention grant. You may apply here through SBS. 
  • Small Business Administration (SBA)- The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). You may apply here.
  • Commercial and Residential Evictions ​are suspended state-wide for the next 90 days.
  • Late Payment of State Sales Tax ​will not incur any interest or fees through April 25th. You must still file, only the payment is able to be deferred.
  • Federal Tax Credits and Waivers for workers and small and medium size businesses effected by the Coronavirus are being released. Details available here.
  • The City of New York Department of Finance​ is waiving certain business fees and taxes due through April 25th. For more information, click 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 NYC Hospitality Alliance has compiled a number of resources on their website.
  • Restaurant Response Program: Rethink Food is offering up to $40,000 to 30 NYC restaurants that partner to extend the nonprofit's mission. Learn more here.
  • ROC Relief: Restaurant Opportunities Center is offering financial assistance to restaurant workers. Application here.
  • 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.
  • RWCF COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund: Financial assistance will go to both affected restaurants and affected staff. Applications will be available soon. Learn more here.
  • James Beard Foundation Relief Fund: Applications are coming out soon, but restaurants under 100 employees will be eligible. You can get more info here 

Utility Resources:

  • ConEd and National Grid has suspended shut-offs for any customers who may have difficulty paying their utility bills. For employees who experience reduced hours (by 50% or more for full-time personnel) or layoffs due to COVID-19, they may be eligible to apply for unemployment benefits from New York State. Note that the standard seven day waiting period has been lifted and affected employees can begin to apply for and drawing benefits immediately.
  • Major cellphone carriers such as AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, & Verizon are complying with the Federal Communications Commission's "Keep Americans Connected Pledge" as most mainstream providers released their response to COVID-19. To learn more, visit your carrier’s website.

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.
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