What You Need to Know
- Now in effect, 100% of the workforce must stay home, excluding essential services.
- New York State on PAUSE: In New York we know that Policies Assure Uniform Safety for Everyone.
- All non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason are temporarily banned.
- Statewide school closures are extended by two weeks until April 15.
- The first 1,000-bed temporary hospital is now complete at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.
- The state has selected four new sites for temporary hospitals in addition to the four already identified, with a goal of having a 1,000-plus patient overflow facility in each New York City borough as well as Westchester, Rockland, Nassau and Suffolk counties.
- New Yorkers can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling.
- More than 10,000 professional Mental Health Volunteers have signed up to provide free online mental health services.
- 62,000 healthcare workers, including retirees and students, have signed up to volunteer to work as part of the state's surge healthcare force during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
- New Yorkers without Health Insurance can apply through NY State of Health within 60 days of losing coverage.
- Department of Motor Vehicles offices are temporarily closed for in-office visits. Online transactions, including for license renewals, are still be available. License and permit expirations will be extended.
- New York City is piloting closing streets to vehicles and opening them to pedestrians as part of the city's plan to address the lack of adherence to social distancing protocols.
- All non-essential businesses statewide must close in-office personnel functions until further notice as part of New York State on PAUSE. Bars and restaurants are closed, but takeout can be ordered during the period of closure.
- Enacting Matilda’s Law to protect New Yorkers age 70+ and those with compromised immune systems
- Remain indoors
- Can go outside for solitary exercise
- Pre-screen all visitors by taking their temperature
- Wear a mask in the company of others
- Stay at least 6 feet from others
- Do not take public transportation unless urgent and absolutely necessary
- All barbershops, hair salons, tattoo or piercing salons, nail salons, hair removal services and related personal care services will be closed to the public effective Saturday, March 21 at 8:00PM.
- New York will implement a 90-day moratorium on evictions for residential and commercial tenants.
- Casinos, gyms, theaters, retail shopping malls, amusement parks and bowling alleys are closed until further notice.
- The Business Council has set up a page on their website where they continually upload the newest information and resources businesses can use during these unprecedented circumstances. Additionally their HR Hotline remains open in this complex time. (1-800-332-2117)
- Testing is free for all eligible New Yorkers as ordered by a health care provider.
- Your local health department is your community contact for COVID-19 concerns.
Guidance For Cleaning and Disinfection For COVID-19 For Retail Stores
Centers For Disease Control
On March 15, the CDC put out official guidance regarding mass gatherings of people. It included the recommendation that all events of 50+ people be postponed for at least 8 weeks. For those who organize events for those considered "at-risk", it is recommended the gatherings be no more than 10 people.
United States Small Business Administration
The SBA offers disaster assistance in the form of low-interest loans to businesses, renters, and homeowners located in regions affected by declared disasters.
New York State Government
Now in effect in New York State: Crowd capacity reduced to 50; restaurants/bars will be takeout/delivery only; gyms, movie theaters, and casinos are closed.
New York State Economic Development
Included here from New York State are FAQs for businesses, FAQs for tourism industry, interim guidance on large gatherings and public spaces.
New York State Department of Labor
New York State has decided to waive the 7-Day waiting period for Unemployment Insurance benefits for people who are out of work due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) closures or quarantines. Any UI applications must reference employer name and corresponding FEIN Employer Number. Click the link above to see how to file a claim.