For expert advice on a variety of topics: funding, legal issues, government regulations, staffing, marketing, real estate, health care, technology, etc, Businesses can utilize the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce help desk. No need to be a member, this is currently open to all who need it.
NEW 11/17: The State of NY has launched a “Find Services” web app to assist New Yorkers in locating appropriate services with one streamlined website. Answer the questions to be directed to serices that can help >> Find Services
Know Your Rights: Information about testing, insurance, unemployment, mortgages, utilities, and price gouging.
Testing is free to all eligible New Yorkers as ordered by a health care provider or by calling the NYS COVID-19 hotline at 1-888-364-3065. Your local health department is your community contact for COVID19 concerns.
The State will help you find a safe shelter. Call 1-800-942-6906 if you need help.
NYC’s Family Justice Centers (FJC) are also available by phone Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, for services including immediate safety planning, shelter assistance, and community resources. Click here for each borough’s FJC number.
Beginning Wednesday, May 6 at 1:00 AM, the MTA Transit System will be closed for disinfection between 1:00 AM and 5:00 PM daily. The MTA will disinfect the NYC Transit system daily, including the Metro North and Long Island Railroad, as well as provide free alternative transportation options to essential workers during the cleaning hours of 1:00 AM to 5:00 AM.
Fall 2020: Vist this page for the most recent updates on NYC Outdoor / Indoor Dining and Open Storefronts programs.
October 20: New York is again extending a moratorium on evictions for residential and commercial tenants until at least January 1, 2021.
August 17: Gyms to reopen in NY State, but not yet NYC
While Gov. Cuomo announced Gyms and fitness centers are legally able to open by September 2 statewide, Mayor de Blasio announced that gyms in New York City will NOT open by September 2, as inspections will be prioritized for schools ahead of the school system reopening.
Local health departments must inspect gyms prior to reopening, or within two weeks of reopening, to ensure strict adherence to Department of Health guidance. Gym reopenings will also be contingent on rigorous health & safety protocols, and limitations, including the possibility of limiting indoor group classes and aquatic classes. We will continue to update when we know more about NYC timing.
August 14: Museums & other low-risk indoor cultural activities to reopen starting Monday, August 24.
Institutions must obey strict safety protocols, including a 25 percent maximum occupancy limit, timed ticketing required with pre-set, staggered entry, strict enforcement of face coverings, social distancing, controlled traffic flow to avoid crowding, and enhanced cleaning and disinfection protocols.
Safety Plan Requirements: Each reopening business must develop a written Safety Plan outlining how its workplace will prevent the spread of COVID-19. The plan does not need to be submitted to NYS, but businesses must keep a copy of the plan on their premises and must make available to the NYS Department of Health or local authorities in the event of an inspection. Safety Plan Template Here.
The state is also banning late payments or fees for missed rent payments during the eviction moratorium, and allowing renters facing financial hardship due to COVID-19 to use their security deposit as payment and repay their security deposit over time.
Employers are to provide essential workers with masks free of charge to wear when interacting with the public, mandated by executive order.
$600 in additional weekly unemployment benefits will be made available to all New Yorkers; and the period covered by unemployment benefits is being extended for another 13 weeks, for total of 39 weeks. NEW 7/15:Additional Extended Benefits for those collecting traditional uemployment have been issued providing up to 20 additional weeks of coverage.
New York State is increasing the maximum fine for violating social distancing mandates from $500 to $1000 in an effort to increase compliance.
New York State Senate (4/10) Issued guidance that allows non-essential retail establishments (as defined by the Empire State Development Corporation) to fulfill delivery orders placed remotely via phone or online. Please note that only one employee may be physically present at the business location to fulfill orders. You can let your neighbors and enforcement officials know that you’re operating under these guidelines by posting a sign on the door or front window like this one.
Free Meals for all New Yorkers
NYC Department of Education has extended its free meal plan to students to all New Yorkers. Any New Yorker who wants one can get three free meals a day at more than 400 Meal Hubs across the city at designated times. Read the details here.
Meal Hub locations in and around the Flatiron neighborhood:
The American Sign Language and English Secondary School (223 East 23rd Street)
School of the Future High School (127 East 22nd Street)
J.H.S. 104 Simon Baruch (330 East 21st Street)
Manhattan Academy For Arts & Language (111 East 33rd Street)
Playgrounds and Dog Runs in New York City have now reopened in Madison Square Park. Open park areas, including lawns, remain open for individuals following social distancing mandates.
CALL FOR PERSONAL PROTECTION EQUIPTMENT (PPE) AND SPACES
Critical need for Personal Protection Equipment: New York has a critical need for Personal Protection Equipment including gloves, gowns, and masks. NYS needs companies to be creative to supply the crucial gear our healthcare workers need. NY will pay a premium and offer to fund.
More info on Donating/Producing PPE or other products for The City of New York:
The NYC Economic Development Corporation is seeking businesses with the ability to source and/or make products to support the City’s COVID-19 response work. Learn more here.
NYC Share Your Space Survey:General Info & Take The Survey to Register Your Space. The Share Your Space Survey identifies spaces in your community that could potentially support the City’s emergency operations or be used for community outreach events. Registering your community space (a hotel, stadium, parking lot, etc.) is one way you can help support communities during this time.