COVID-19 Resources


General Resources / Updates

  • You can find a list of OPEN CONEY ISLAND RESTAURANTS for delivery & pick-up here.

  • You can find a list of other OPEN CONEY ISLAND BUSINESSES here. See map below as well. 

  • Starting June 8th, NYC has entered Phase 1 of reopening. Learn more about what to expect.

  • Starting Friday, April 17th, all New Yorkers are required to wear a mask or face covering when out in public and in situations where a 6-foot distance from others cannot be maintained.

  • Business Restart Hotline at 888-SBS-4NYC (888-727-4692).

  • New York State is waiving late and penalty fees for sales tax that is paid late. The NY state & federal tax deadline have been extended to July 15

  • New York is ensuring our public transit system is equipped to protect the public health. For Phase 1, the state is deploying over one million masks, as well as 25,000 gallons and 500,000 2-oz. bottles of sanitizer to the MTA. More info here.   

  •  Alternate Side Parking is suspended through 6/21. 

  • A moratorium on commercial and residential evictions has been enacted across New York State until August 20, 2020. 

  • Free COVID-19 testing is now available to ALL New Yorkers. More info here.

  • General Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfection for Non-Health Care Settings.More info here.

  • New Yorkers of any age can get free meals three times a day at sites throughout NYC. More info here.

  • The Neighborhood Opportunity Network (NeON) Nutrition Kitchens, in partnership with the Food Bank of NYC and the NYC Young Men’s Initiative (YMI) are offering one week of free groceries to all New Yorkers throughout the five boroughs. More info here

  • Funeral and burial guidance here.

  • New York City playgrounds are closed to address the lack of adherence to social distancing protocols.

  • Testing is free for all eligible New Yorkers as ordered by a health care provider.

  • New Yorkers can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling.

  • New Yorkers without health insurance can apply through NY State of Health through June 15, 2020; must apply within 60 days of losing coverage.

  • ConEd and National Grid have suspended shut-offs for any customers who may have difficulty paying their utility bills.

Find more info here.


General Business Links and Overviews

NYC Small Business Services Overview of City Assistance

NYC Comptroller Stringer will be hosting bi-weekly webinars for small businesses

Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce

Overview of COVID-19 programs

Business webinar recordings of pass discussions

Upcoming webinars

Face Covering Executive Order for ALL Essential Businesses

To prevent the spread of the virus, essential workers must have access to appropriate face coverings. Governor Cuomo issued an Executive Order directing employers to provide essential workers with cloth or surgical masks free of charge to wear when directly interacting with the public. 

$2 Trillion Federal Government Aid Package

The president signed a coronavirus relief package, known as the CARES Act, into law. The new law provides hundreds of billions of dollars in loans and grants to major industries and small businesses, and direct cash payments to taxpayers. For more information, read The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act from the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

The federal government has also authorized the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to issue loans to businesses impacted by the coronavirus.  You can find an overview of all options through the CARES Act here

The loans will be reviewed on a first-come-first-serve basis for eligible business in New York State. Click the links below for details.

Economic Injury Disaster Loans (now taking applications)

Small Business Administration: Paycheck Protection Program

The Paycheck Protection Program prioritizes millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $349 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses.

Small businesses and eligible nonprofit organizations, Veterans organizations, and Tribal businesses described in the Small Business Act, as well as individuals who are self-employed or are independent contractors, are eligible if they also meet program size standards.

Under this program:

Eligible recipients may qualify for a loan up to $10 million determined by 8 weeks of prior average payroll plus an additional 25% of that amount.

Loan payments will be deferred for six months.

If you maintain your workforce, SBA will forgive the portion of the loan proceeds that are used to cover the first 8 weeks of payroll and certain other expenses following loan origination.

See translated information about the program in other languages here.

Click here to learn more and apply (Applications are now paused).

Small Business Administration: Express Bridge Loan

What is it? 

SBA is making available $25,000 emergency loans accessible immediately by small businesses who have a business relationship with an SBA Express lender. This is a fast turnaround loan and will be repaid in part or in full by the EIDL loan. 

Who is eligible? 

Any business in operation before March 13, 2020 with 500 employees or less 

What are the loan terms? 

Up to $25,000 for a max term of 7 years. Rate not to exceed Prime + 6.5%, fixed or variable.  

How can you apply? 

Through any SBA-certified lender with whom applicant has a banking relationship prior to March 13, 2020. 

City Government Assistance: NYC Employee Retention Grant Program 

The NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) has been working quickly to roll out two emergency financial assistance programs for businesses impacted by the coronavirus:

NYC Employee Retention Grant Program (application have closed as of  Friday, April 3, 2020, at 5 p.m.)

Eligibility Criteria (including non-profits), must:

Be located within the five boroughs of New York City

Demonstrate that the COVID-19 outbreak caused at least a 25% decrease in revenue

Employ 1-4 employees in total across all locations

Have been in operation for at least 6 months

Have no outstanding tax liens or legal judgements

New York City Department of Finance

City Government Assistance: NYC Small Business Continuity Fund 

  • NYC Small Business Continuity Fund (now paused)

  • To be eligible, businesses must:

    • Be located within the five boroughs of New York City

    • Demonstrate that the COVID-19 outbreak caused at least a 25% decrease in revenue

    • Employ 99 employees or fewer in total across all locations

    • Demonstrate ability to repay the loan

    • Have no outstanding tax liens or legal judgements

Other Small Business Grant Opportunities

Program offers $100M in cash grants and credits for Facebook advertisements for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses worldwide.

$250,000 in grants will be awarded to Business for All applicants, as a critical step towards tackling entrepreneurs’ single greatest barrier to growth: access to capital. Grantees will be selected by an esteemed council of leaders from across the business ecosystem, representing diverse organizations, industries, locations and demographics.

The Red Backpack Fund is giving away one thousand $5,000 grants to female business owners. Each month, they will accept additional applications. The portal will open for applications again on May 4, June 1, July 6, and August 3.

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