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White House Guidelines for Opening Up America Again: President Trump has unveiled Guidelines for Opening Up America Again, a three-phased approach based on the advice of public health experts. These steps will help state and local officials when reopening their economies, getting people back to work, and continuing to protect American lives. The guidelines are implementable on statewide or county-by-county basis at the Governor’s discretion: https://www.whitehouse.gov/openingamerica/

Please note: Currently, Long Island has not met the metrics to begin Phase 1 reopening.
Ahead of entering Phase 1 of reopening, NYS is allowing certain low-risk business and recreational activities to reopen statewide on May 15th, including landscaping and gardening businesses; and recreational activities such as tennis and drive-in movie theaters.

Industries Reopening by Phase

Overview: Reopening in Phases

Businesses in each region will re-open in phases. Re-opening refers to non-essential businesses and business activities. Essential businesses and business activities that are open will remain open.

The guidelines below apply to both non-essential businesses in regions that are permitted to re-open and essential businesses throughout the state that were previously permitted to remain open.

Eligibility for reopening will be determined by health metrics for each region. Here is a breakdown of industries in each phase:

Phase One: Eligibility for regional reopening determined on May 15th

Phase Two: Not Open
  • Professional Services
  • Retail
  • Administrative Support
  • Real Estate / Rental & Leasing

Phase Three: Not Open
  • Restaurants / Food Services

Phase Four: Not Open
  • Arts / Entertainment / Recreation
  • Education

Phase One: Construction Guidelines
  • Building Equipment Contractors
  • Building Finishing Contractors
  • Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors
  • Highway, Street and Bridge Construction
  • Land Subdivision
  • Nonresidential Building Construction
  • Residential Building Construction
  • Utility System Construction

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Phase One: Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting Guidelines
  • Greenhouse, Nursery, and Floriculture Production
  • Other Animal Production
  • Other Crop Production
  • Support Activities for Animal Production
  • Support Activities for Crop Production
  • Support Activities for Forestry

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Non-Food Related Agriculture Summary Guidelines

Forestry Summary Guidelines

Fishing Summary Guidelines

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Phase One: Retail Trade Guidelines

Phase One includes delivery, curbside, and in-store pickup service only for the following businesses:

  • Clothing Stores
  • Direct Selling Establishments
  • Electronics and Appliance Stores
  • Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses
  • Furniture and Home Furnishing Stores
  • Florists
  • General Merchandise Stores
  • Health and Personal Care Stores
  • Jewelry, Luggage, and Leather Goods Stores
  • Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores
  • Office Supplies, Stationery, and Gift Stores
  • Used Merchandise Stores
  • Shoe Stores
  • Sporting Goods, Hobby, Musical Instrument and Book Stores
  • Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers

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Phase One: Manufacturing
  • Apparel Manufacturing
  • Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
  • Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing
  • Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
  • Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing
  • Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing
  • Machinery Manufacturing
  • Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
  • Paper Manufacturing
  • Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
  • Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing
  • Printing and Related Support Activities
  • Textile Mills
  • Textile Product Mills
  • Wood Product Manufacturing
  • Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing

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Phase One: Wholesale Trade
  • Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers
  • Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers
  • Furniture and Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers
  • Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers
  • Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
  • Metal and Mineral (except Petroleum) Merchant Wholesalers
  • Paper and Paper Product Merchant Wholesalers
  • Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
  • Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers
  • Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers
  • Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers

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All NYS Governor Executive Orders: https://www.governor.ny.gov/keywords/executive-order
Governor’s Blueprint to Un-PAUSE NYS: Blueprint Will Work to Control the Rate of Infection, Strengthen the Health Care System and Ramp Up Testing with Help from the Federal Government While Phasing an Economic Return to a "New Normal": https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/amid-ongoing-covid-19-pandemic-governor-cuomo-outlines-blueprint-un-pause-new-york

Executive Orders:

5/10/20: Governor Cuomo issued Executive Order Number 202.30, which directs matters around nursing home requirements.
https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-20230-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency
5/10/20: Governor Cuomo issued Executive Order Number 202.29, which directs matters around NYS of emergency.
https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-20229-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency
5/7/20: Governor Cuomo issued executive order 202.28, which directs matters around landlord and tenant agreements.
https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-20228-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency
5/7/20: Governor Cuomo issued executive order 202.27 that directs matters around professional licensing for health care professionals
https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-20227-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency
5/7/20: Governor Cuomo issued executive order 202.26 that directs matters around absentee ballots and adjustments to education law.
https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-20226-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency
4/29/20: Governor Cuomo issued executive order 202.25 that directs matters related to birthing centers and elective surgeries.
https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-20225-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency
4/25/20: Governor Cuomo issued executive order 202.24 that directs matters related to pharmacy testing and City Council special election cancellation:
https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-20224-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency
  • Pharmacy COVID-19 Testing:
    • Section 6801 of the Education Law, to the extent necessary to authorize licensed pharmacists to order COVID-19 tests, approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), to detect SARS-CoV-2 or its antibodies, and to administer COVID-19 tests subject to certificate of waiver requirements pursuant to the federal clinical laboratory improvement act of nineteen hundred eighty-eight, in patients suspected of a COVID-19 infection, or suspected of having recovered from COVID-19 infection, subject to completion of appropriate training developed by the Department of Health;
    • Subdivision (6) of section 571 of the Public Health Law, to the extent necessary to permit licensed pharmacists to be designated as a qualified healthcare professional for the purpose of directing a limited service laboratory, pursuant to subdivision 579(3) of the Public Health Law, to test patients suspected of a COVID-19 infection or its antibodies provided that such test is FDA-approved and waived for use in a limited service laboratory; and
4/24/20: Governor Cuomo issued executive order 202.23 that directs matters related to absentee ballot voting, Commissioner of Health powers to revoke or suspend operating certificates of skilled nursing or adult care facilities, cancellation of June 23rd state assembly and senate special elections.
https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-20223-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency
4/20/20: Governor Cuomo issued executive order 202.22 that directs matters related to tax assessments, with additional particular items for Westchester and Nassau Counties, through May 20, 2020:
https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-20222-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency
4/19/20: Governor Cuomo issued executive order 202.21 that directs matters related to marriage licenses through May 18, 2020:
https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-20221-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency
4/18/20: Governor Cuomo issued executive order 202.20 that directs matters related to marriage licenses through May 18, 2020:
https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-20220-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency
4/17/20: Governor Cuomo issued executive order 202.19 that directs matters related to the items below through May 17, 2020:
https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-20219-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency
  • Subdivision one of Section 860-b of the Labor Law, to the extent necessary to allow a business that receives federal Paycheck Protection Program funding and subsequently rehires employees, to provide the notice required under this section as soon as practicable but not necessarily within ninety days, provided that a business that receives federal Paycheck Protection Program funding provided the notice required under this section when it initially laid off employees.
  • Testing prioritization coordination
  • Clarification on penalty for not providing next of kin notice within 24 hours for those affected by COVID-19 in nursing related facilities
  • No local government or local department of health shall take any actions that could affect public health without consulting with the state department of health. No local government official shall take any action that could impede or conflict with any other local government actions, or state actions, with respect to managing the COVID-19 public health emergency.
4/16/20: Governor Cuomo issued executive order 202.18 that directs matters related to the items below through May 16, 2020: https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-20218-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency
  • Increasing medical response capacity
  • Extensions for select entities that had statements, certificates of authorization or waivers set to expire on 3/31/20
  • permit Nonprofit corporations annual meetings of members to be held remotely or by electronic means;
  • in home meal or elderly services
  • tolling of select requirements as it relates to offering statements or prospectus or a condominium first operating year
  • notification requirements for next of kin for those affected by COVID-19 in nursing related facilities
  • effective date of retirement applications
  • requirement for passengers and providers of public and private transportation to wear face coverings
  • Realignment of prior executive orders to 5/15/20
  • All schools will remain closed through 5/15/20
4/15/20: Governor Cuomo issued executive order 202.17 that directs matters related to the items below through May 15, 2020: https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-20217-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency
  • Effective at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 17, 2020 any individual who is over age two and able to medically tolerate a face-covering shall be required to cover their nose and mouth with a mask or cloth face-covering when in a public place and unable to maintain, or when not maintaining, social distance.
  • The directive contained in Executive Order 202.16 related to issuance of no-action or no-filing letters is modified to require such letters be issued by the Attorney General.
4/12/20: Governor Cuomo issued executive order 202.16 that directs matters related to the items below: https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-20216-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency
  • No-Action or No-Filing letters for projects involving affordable housing and homeless shelters: The New York City Department of Law shall issue no-action or no-filing letters received during the duration of this executive order within 45 days from submission of such no-action or no-filing application made to the department of law for essential projects involving affordable housing and homeless shelters. For each application granted by the department of law which permits the applicant to solicit public interest or public funds preliminary to the filing of an offering statement or for the issuance of a "no-filing required" letter. The New York City Department of Finance shall process and record condominium declarations for essential projects involving hospitals or health care facilities, affordable housing, and homeless shelters within 30 days of receipt of such filing.
  • Remote Caucus: Any political party, political party authority or political party official, which, by virtue of any law has a caucus scheduled or otherwise required to take place in April or May of 2020, shall be postponed until June 1, 2020, without prejudice, however such caucus may continue if the caucus is able to be held remotely, through use of telephone conference, video conference, and/or other similar service, and provided that notice for any party caucus to be held remotely shall be deemed satisfied if such notice includes specific information on remote participation and has been filed with the clerk and board of elections at least five days preceding the day of the caucus and published either by newspaper publication thereof once within the village, or on the party 's website, or through electronic mail to any previous caucus participant for which the party has an electronic mail address.
  • Essential Business Employer Provision of Face Coverings for Employees effective 4/15 at 8pm: For all essential businesses or entities, any employees who are present in the workplace shall be provided and shall wear face coverings when in direct contact with customers or members of the public. Businesses must provide, at their expense, such face coverings for their employees. This provision may be enforced by local governments or local law enforcement as if it were an order pursuant to section 12 or 12-b of the Public Health Law. This requirement shall be effective Wednesday, April 15 at 8 p.m.
4/9/20: Governor Cuomo issued executive order 202.15 that directs a variety of items related to bottled water distribution requirements, use of out of state prescription drug providers, department of health, elections, public hearings, use of out of state funeral directors, acceptance of digital signatures for tax collection purposes. https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-20215-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency
4/9/20: ESD Updated Guidance on Essential Businesses: https://esd.ny.gov/guidance-executive-order-2026
  • Provides additional designations and/or clarifications within the following sectors: Healthcare Operations, Infrastructure, Manufacturing, Retail, Services, Construction, Recreation, Professional Services, Houses of Worship.
4/7/20: Governor Cuomo issued executive order 202.14 that directs a variety of insurance, financial services, real property, medical and other items. One item related to PPE is noted below: https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-20214-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency
  • Any medical equipment (personal protective equipment (PPE), ventilators, respirators, bi-pap, anesthesia, or other necessary equipment or supplies as determined by the Commissioner of Health) that is held in inventory by any entity in the state, or otherwise located in the state shall be reported to DOH. DOH may shift any such items not currently needed, or needed in the short term future by a health care facility, to be transferred to a facility in urgent need of such inventory, for purposes of ensuring New York hospitals, facilities and health care workers have the resources necessary to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, and distribute them where there is an immediate need. The DOH shall either return the inventory as soon as no longer urgently needed and/or, in consultation with the Division of the Budget, ensure compensation is paid for any goods or materials acquired at the rates prevailing in the market at the time of acquisition, and shall promulgate guidance for businesses and individuals seeking payment.
3/29/20: Governor Cuomo issued executive order 202.13 that directs several items related to postponements of elections and various other items. Main business related topics noted below: https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-20213-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency
  • Insurance
  • State Non-Essential Employees
  • Construction Essential Services
  • Prior Executive Order Expiration Date Alignment to 4/15/20
3/27/20: Governor Cuomo issued executive order 202.11 that directs a variety of items, with main business related topics noted below: https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-20211-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency
  • Pharmacies
  • Licensing
  • Continuing Education
  • Funeral Services
  • School Closures
  • Occupancy Restrictions
  • COVID-19 Health Guidance
3/24/20: Governor Cuomo issued executive order 202.10 that directs the following through 4/22/20: Non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason (e.g. parties, celebrations or other social events) are canceled or postponed at this time.
  • 3/22/20: Governor Cuomo issued executive order 202.9 that directs the following through 4/20/20:
    • Subdivision two of Section 39 of the Banking Law is hereby modified to provide that it shall be deemed an unsafe and unsound business practice if, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, any bank which is subject to the jurisdiction of the Department shall not grant a forbearance to any person or business who has a financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic for a period of ninety days.
    • The Superintendent of the Department of Financial Services shall ensure under reasonable and prudent circumstances that any licensed or regulated entities provide to any consumer in the State of New York an opportunity for a forbearance of payments for a mortgage for any person or entity facing a financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Superintendent shall promulgate emergency regulations to require that the application for such forbearance be made widely available for consumers, and such application shall be granted in all reasonable and prudent circumstances solely for the period of such emergency.
    • Further, the Superintendent shall be empowered to promulgate emergency regulations to direct that, solely for the period of this emergency, fees for the use of automated teller machines (ATMs), overdraft fees and credit card late fees, may be restricted or modified in accordance with the Superintendent’s regulation of licensed or regulated entities taking into account the financial impact on the New York consumer, the safety and soundness of the licensed or regulated entity, and any applicable federal requirements.
3/22/20: Governor Cuomo issued executive order 202.8 that directs:
  • Effective on March 22 at 8 p.m.: All businesses and not-for-profit entities in the state shall utilize, to the maximum extent possible, any telecommuting or work from home procedures that they can safely utilize. Each employer shall reduce the in-person workforce at any work locations by 100% no later than March 22 at 8 p.m. Any essential business or entity providing essential services or functions shall not be subject to the in-person restrictions. An entity providing essential services or functions whether to an essential business or a non-essential business shall not be subjected to the in-person work restriction, but may operate at the level necessary to provide such service or function. Any business violating the above order shall be subject to enforcement as if this were a violation of an order pursuant to section 12 of the Public Health Law.
  • There shall be no enforcement of either an eviction of any tenant residential or commercial, or a foreclosure of any residential or commercial property for a period of ninety days.
  • Effective at 8 p.m. March 20, any appointment that is in-person at any state or county department of motor vehicles is cancelled, and until further notice, only on-line transactions will be permitted.
  • The authority of the Commissioner of Taxation and Finance to abate late filing and payment penalties pursuant to section 1145 of the Tax Law is hereby expanded to also authorize abatement of interest, for a period of 60 days for a taxpayers who are required to file returns and remit sales and use taxes by March 20, 2020, for the sales tax quarterly period that ended February 29, 2020.
  • The order also suspends or modifies the requirements of limitations of state court operations, modification of shareholder meetings being held in a physical location and changes to Department of Motor Vehicles related matters.
3/20/20: Governor Cuomo Issues Guidance on Essential Services Under The 'New York State on PAUSE' Executive Order: https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-issues-guidance-essential-services-under-new-york-state-pause-executive-order
3/20/20: Governor Cuomo directed that non-essential businesses and not-for-profits that rely on in-office personnel must decrease their in-office workforce by 8pm on 3/22/20 by 100 percent, an increase from the prior directives.
3/20/20: Governor Cuomo issued executive order 202.7 that directs non-essential businesses and not-for-profits to implement work-from-home policies effective 8pm on 3/21/20. Businesses and not-for-profits that rely on in-office personnel must decrease their in-office workforce by 75 percent, an increase from the prior directive. The order also directs that all barber shops, hair salons, nail salons, tattoo parlors and other grooming services must close by 8pm on 3/21/20. Exemptions will be made for essential service industries, including shipping, media, warehousing, grocery and food production, pharmacies, healthcare providers, utilities, banks and related financial institutions, and other industries critical to the supply chain. https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-2027-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency
3/19/20: Governor announces 90-Day Mortgage Relief for New Yorkers, Including Waived Mortgage Payments Based on Financial Hardship and No Negative Reporting to Credit Bureaus, Waived Fees for Overdrafts, ATMs and Credit Cards
3/18/20: Governor Cuomo issued executive order 202.6 that directs non-essential businesses to implement work-from-home policies effective Friday, March 20. Businesses that rely on in-office personnel must decrease their in-office workforce by 50 percent:
https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-2026-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency
3/18/20: Governor Cuomo issued executive order 202.5 that includes several health care items, and also information about closures at malls and amusement-related businesses:
https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-2025-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency
3/16/20: Governor Cuomo issued executive order 202.3 that reduces the previous large gathering restrictions to large gatherings or events with more than 50 persons expected to be cancelled or postponed, restaurants and bars may only provide delivery or takeout services (off premise consumption), casinos/video lottery, gyms, fitness classes and movie theatres must close:
https://www.governor.ny.gov/sites/governor.ny.gov/files/atoms/files/EO_202.3.pdf
3/12/20: Governor Cuomo issued executive order 202.1: Large gatherings of more than 500 people must be cancelled or postponed for a minimum of 30 days, businesses with expected gatherings of less than 500 people must operate at 50% occupancy for a minimum of 30 days, suspension of the waiting period for unemployment insurance, plus a number of other orders related to health care, nursing homes, childcare and others:
https://www.governor.ny.gov/sites/governor.ny.gov/files/atoms/files/EO_202_1.pdf

Financial Employer Resources

SBA

SBA Coronvirus Resource Center: It is updated daily with changes to laws and regulations. It can be found at https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources
The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act: Information on all SBA financial resources available to small businesses https://www.sbc.senate.gov/public/_cache/files/9/7/97ac840c-28b7-4e49-b872-d30a995d8dae/F2CF1DD78E6D6C8C8C3BF58C6D1DDB2B.small-business-owner-s-guide-to-the-cares-act-final-.pdf
Committee on Small Businesses: Economic Injury Disaster Loans vs Paycheck Protection Program: https://smallbusiness.house.gov/uploadedfiles/cares_flow_chart_edit.pdf
ESD SBA Loans Webpage: https://esd.ny.gov/small-business-administration-sba-covid-19-loans
OIG’s Beware of SBA Scams and Fraud Schemes: https://www.sba.gov/sites/default/files/2020-03/SA2001.pdf
SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL): https://covid19relief.sba.gov/#/
SBA Paycheck Protection Program: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/paycheck-protection-program-ppp
SBA Loan Subsidy Program: Eligible businesses can apply for the SBA to pay interest and principal payments for 6 months on their existing SBA loans: https://esd.ny.gov/sba-subsidy-loan-program
  • For SBA loans made prior to March 27, 2020
  • SBA loan types eligible: 7(a), community advantage, 504 and microloans.
SBA Express Bridge Loan Pilot Program: Allows small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly. More info at https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/sba-express-bridge-loans
SBA Microloan Program: https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources#section-header-0

NYS and Local Financial Resources

Suffolk County Gift Card Portal:Register your business to allow local patrons to support your business by purchasing gift cards. Set up is free, can be integrated into a current gift card sales process (physical or online) or set up for businesses that do not currently sell gift cards: https://local.egifter.com/county/new-york/suffolk-county
NY Attorney General COVID-19 Application For Suspension Of Debt Collection Activity:https://ag.ny.gov/covid-19-debt-suspension-application
NYS Small Business Development Center: http://www.nyssbdc.org/
  • Can assist with SBA EIDL and PPP Applications and business mortgage counseling

SCORE Mentor Assistance: SCORE is available to assist business owners with SBA programs for free. Information is available for the following programs: Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL), SBA Express Bridge Loans, SBA Debt Relief

NYS Department of Taxation and Finance: https://www.tax.ny.gov/press/alerts/nys-tax-response-to-covid-19.htm
  • Sales tax payments and returns were due March 20, 2020; however, penalty and interest may be waived for quarterly and annual filers who were unable to file or pay on time due to COVID-19. See Tax relief for quarterly and annual sales tax vendors affected by COVID-19 to request relief from penalty and interest.
  • For guidance, see N-20-1, Announcement Regarding the Abatement of Penalties and Interest for Sales and Use Tax due to the Novel Coronavirus, COVID-19.
Department of Labor Unemployment Insurance: DOL has been working hard to keep up with the demand for Unemployment Insurance and has institute new rules that include extended hours and restrictions about when to file based on last name: https://labor.ny.gov/pressreleases/2020/march-17-2020-1.shtm
  • Updated FAQ’s as of 3/31/20: https://www.labor.ny.gov/ui/pdfs/ui-covid-faq.pdf
  • The fastest and most secure way to apply (file a claim) for Unemployment Insurance benefits is at www.labor.ny.gov/signin
  • Filing can also be done by phone toll-free at 888-209-8124
  • Guidance for self-employed individuals: https://www.labor.ny.gov/ui/pdfs/self-employed-ui-guide.pdf
  • If you filed for unemployment during the COVID-19 pandemic, you do not need to prove you are searching for employment to make a claim. Department of Labor Commissioner Reardon has signed a new order that limits all work search activities for all unemployment claimants. No activities are required during the pandemic to receive unemployment benefits
DOL Shared Work Program: The Shared Work Program can provide an alternative to laying off employees during business downturns by allowing workers to work a reduced work schedule and collect partial unemployment insurance benefits for up to 26 weeks. Instead of cutting staff, you are able to reduce the number of hours of all employees or just a certain group:
Nationwide Disaster Relief Pro Bono Portal: This centralized, sortable database will include opportunities to serve those impacted by COVID-19, the tornadoes in Tennessee, earthquakes in San Juan, and future disasters as they occur, and is free to all attorneys across the country.
  • Lawyers willing to provide pro bono legal services, please view and sign up for opportunities at https://aba.joinpaladin.com/aba-disaster-relief/.
  • Individuals who are looking for disaster-related legal assistance can connect to their state hotlines by calling the DLS Program’s national line at 1-844-435-7486.

IRS & Treasury

IRS Relief regarding COVID-19: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus
IRS: Tax Day now July 15: IRS extends filing deadline and federal tax payments regardless of amount: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/tax-day-now-july-15-treasury-irs-extend-filing-deadline-and-federal-tax-payments-regardless-of-amount-owed
  • NYS Tax Filing deadline also July 15: Because New York State requires electronic filing, the date for filing state personal income taxes automatically travels with the federal filing date, which is now July 15. Further guidelines will be released soon.
Treasury, IRS and Labor Coronavirus-related paid leave for workers and tax credits for small and midsize businesses to swiftly recover the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/treasury-irs-and-labor-announce-plan-to-implement-coronavirus-related-paid-leave-for-workers-and-tax-credits-for-small-and-midsize-businesses-to-swiftly-recover-the-cost-of-providing-coronavirus

Nonprofits

Information for Non-Profits:
COVID-19 Long Island Philanthropic Response Fund: The Long Island Community Foundation has announced emergency funding for arts organizations. Grants will be awarded to Long Island nonprofits meeting emergent and critical needs affecting our local region. Priority will be given to nonprofits addressing essential health and human services and food insecurity, as well as arts and culture as it is directly tied to our communities’ health and wellness and economic recovery: https://licf.org/giving/covid-19-long-island-fund/


Informational Employer Resources:

Announcements & Updates

Sign up for NYS COVID-19 email updates: https://now.ny.gov/page/s/coronavirus-updates
Newsday Free Announcements: Offering free announcements for businesses to communicate to their customers https://www.newsday.com/services/business-notices-1.43289168#boxes

Health & Cleaning Guidance

Interim CDC Guidance on what to do if you are sick (including guidance for returning to work): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html
CDC Cleaning and Disinfecting Guidance: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/pdf/Reopening_America_Guidance.pdf
NYS Interim Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Facilities: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2020/03/cleaning_guidance_general_building.pdf

NYS and Local Informational Resources

Suffolk County Forward Job Board: This newly created job board can help match employers to job seekers https://scnyforward.info/vosnet/Default.aspx
Suffolk County Business Industry Sector Operating and Reopening Best Practices: Industry specific guidance links on operating and reopening: click here.
New York Forward Business Reopening Lookup Tool: https://www.businessexpress.ny.gov/app/nyforward

Stony Brook University COVID-19 Economic Recovery Assistance: Provides the following services:

  • Virtual Expert Network Office Hours: Receive guidance from faculty members on various business topics
  • Small Business Tech Enhancement Program: Receive guidance on technology and software solutions to aid your business in recovery and beyond
  • Pandemic Shift Business Survival Workshops: Cohort based webinar series designed to assist small businesses through this event.
https://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/business/about/_COV19-for-Business/
NYS Business Counseling Support: Governor Cuomo announced Empire State Development Board of Directors approved $7.5 million in COVID-19 Business Counseling support to 70 non-profit partners across New York State. The funding will enable these organizations to provide small businesses with necessary guidance to secure disaster assistance, such as Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loans, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Up to 24 Entrepreneurship Assistance Centers and up to 23 Small Business Development Centers will receive $5 million, with an additional $2.5 million awarded to up to 23 Community Development Financial Institutions.
NYS DFS FAQ’s on Business Interruption Insurance: https://www.dfs.ny.gov/consumers/coronavirus/business_interruption_insurance_faqs
Employer WARN Notices are still required: If New York State Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) thresholds are met, businesses still need to file. Private sector employers in New York State that employ more than 50 employees must issue a WARN Notice 90 days before closing a plant. They must also issue notice when there is a layoff that affects either: 1) 33 percent of the workforce (at least 25 workers), OR 2) 250 workers from a single employment site. Many businesses are facing rapid and unexpected closures due to the coronavirus. If your business is forced to close, please provide notice as soon as possible and identify the circumstances that required the closure.
NYS Department of Labor: www.labor.ny.gov
Volunteer or Contribute to the Response: Many businesses and organizations have expressed a desire to support New York State as it responds to the virus outbreak. Individuals or groups looking to volunteer or contribute to the State’s effort should should visit: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/get-involved-how-you-can-help.
NYS Empire State Development:
NYS Dept. of Homeland Security and Emergency Services: http://www.dhses.ny.gov/oiec/
Price Gouging Complaints: All price gouging complains should be reported to the NYS Attorney General’s office: https://formsnym.ag.ny.gov/OAGOnlineSubmissionForm/faces/OAGPGCHome
NYATEP COVID-19 Updates: https://www.nyatep.org/post/important-updates-on-covid-19-in-new-york
Suffolk County Alliance of Chambers: https://www.suffolkchambers.org/

Suffolk County Foreign Trade Zone: If your company is already involved in international trade, and imports components to make local products.

For more information, go to https://www.suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/Economic-Development-and-Planning/Economic-Development/Suffolk-County-Foreign-Trade-Zone-52



Health & Cleaning Guidance

Surgeon General Video “How To Make Your Own Cloth Face Covering”: https://youtu.be/tPx1yqvJgf4
CDC Factsheet: Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19:
CDC Guidance on Running Errands: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/essential-goods-services.html?campaign_id=154&emc=edit_cb_20200408&instance_id=17486&nl=coronavirus-briefing®i_id=122963332&segment_id=24376&te=1&user_id=6308b0522f85b0c615c21fd93b76d5e1
Multilingual CDC COVID-19 Factsheets:
Interim Guidance for Implementing Safety Practices for Workers Who May Have Had Exposure to a Person with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/critical-workers-implementing-safety-practices.pdf
Interim CDC Guidance on what to do if you are sick (including guidance for returning to work): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html

Resources for Current or Former Employees

Suffolk County Forward Job Board: This newly created job board can help match job seekers to employers. https://scnyforward.info/vosnet/Default.aspx
United Way Assistance Fund: The United Way has created an assistance fund for Low-income, wage earners who reside in Suffolk or Nassau County and are recently unemployed or have been furloughed due to the effects of COVID-19. Applicants must meet the monthly eligibility guidelines.
IRS: Tax Day now July 15: IRS extends filing deadline and federal tax payments regardless of amount: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/tax-day-now-july-15-treasury-irs-extend-filing-deadline-and-federal-tax-payments-regardless-of-amount-owed
  • NYS Tax Filing deadline also July 15: Because New York State requires electronic filing, the date for filing state personal income taxes automatically travels with the federal filing date, which is now July 15. Further guidelines will be released soon.
Department of Labor Unemployment and Pandemic Insurance: Prior to 4/20/20, due to cumbersome federal guidelines, New Yorkers were required to apply for regular Unemployment Insurance and be rejected before applying for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. As of 4/20/20, New Yorkers will be able to simply fill out one form to get the correct benefits. The updated unemployment benefits application system will determine which unemployment program — unemployment insurance or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance — New Yorkers should apply for and then prompt them to answer a specific set of questions.
  • To submit a new claim (for those who have not yet submitted a claim): https://my.ny.gov/LoginV4/login.xhtml
  • Review/Manage an existing claim: https://applications.labor.ny.gov/IndividualReg/
  • Pandemic Insurance Factsheet: https://www.labor.ny.gov/ui/pdfs/pua-factsheet.pdf
  • Pandemic Insurance: The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program, which was included in the Federal CARES Act, provides unemployment benefits for individuals who are ineligible for traditional unemployment insurance, including:
    • Self-employed New Yorkers;
    • Independent contractors;
    • New Yorkers who worked for an app-based company (i.e. "gig workers")
    • Farmers;
    • Those diagnosed with COVID-19 or who have COVD-19 symptoms and are seeking a diagnosis;
    • Those living with a household member who has been diagnosed with COVID-19;
    • Those providing care for a family or household member diagnosed with COVID-19;
    • A primary caregiver for a child unable to attend school or another facility due to COVID-19;
    • Those unable to reach their place of employment due to an imposed quarantine or because they have been advised by a medical provider to self-quarantine due to COVID-19;
    • Those scheduled to commence new employment that cannot reach their workplace as a direct result of COVID-19;
    • Those who became a major breadwinner because the head of their household died from COVID-19;
    • Those who quit their job as a direct result of COVID-19;
    • Those whose place of employment closed as a direct result of COVID-19;
    • Those with insufficient work history and affected by COVID-19; and
    • New Yorkers otherwise not qualified for regular or extended UI benefits and affected by COVID-19
3/19/20: Governor announces 90-Day Mortgage Relief for New Yorkers, Including Waived Mortgage Payments Based on Financial Hardship and No Negative Reporting to Credit Bureaus, Waived Fees for Overdrafts, ATMs and Credit Cards
Emergency Paid Sick Leave: To address the immediate need of employees affected by COVID-19 who are subject to mandatory or precautionary orders of quarantine or isolation, the new law provides the following:
  • Additional Information about Paid Family Leave: https://paidfamilyleave.ny.gov/covid19
  • Employers with 10 or fewer employees and a net income less than $1 million will provide their workers:
  • Employers with 11-99 employees and employers with 10 or fewer employees and a net income greater than $1 million will provide their workers:
    • At least 5 days of paid sick leave
    • Job protection for the duration of the quarantine order
    • Guaranteed access to Paid Family Leave and disability benefits (short-term disability) for the period of quarantine including wage replacement for their salaries up to $150,000. Here's how to apply for Paid Family Leave and disability benefits.
  • Employers with 100 or more employees, as well as all public employers (regardless of number of employees), will provide their workers:
    • At least 14 days of paid sick leave
    • Guaranteed job protection for the duration of the quarantine order
    • The provisions of the quarantine legislation took effect immediately upon the Governor's signature, ensuring that New York workers are able to take advantage of these benefits now.
  • Additional Notes:
    • If you are quarantined but are working from home you do not qualify for these benefits.
    • You may be eligible for additional leave under NYS Paid Family Leave and disability benefits. Please call the hotline for more info.
    • If an employer is closed due to COVID-19 or a quarantine order, employees may immediately apply for Unemployment Insurance.
    • Questions: Call the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) Hotline: 1-888-364-3065
NYS DOL Workforce Resources:
  • Affordable healthcare options through the New York State Department of Health: https://nystateofhealth.ny.gov/
  • DOL Hire Now: Immediate job openings for employers that are looking to hire: https://nyhirenow.usnlx.com/
  • JobZone is a no-cost, interactive resource to help adults manage their careers. Adults can explore career interests, occupations, and job openings: https://www.jobzone.ny.gov/views/jobzone/guest.jsf
    • Ability to “Live Chat” with a Career Advisor for advice and job search strategies
  • Jobs Express: Lists current job openings (currently, over 138,000) in New York's 10 regional economies. Job opening numbers are updated frequently. You’ll find businesses hiring because they are unaffected by COVID-19 and businesses hiring in response to COVID-19: https://labor.ny.gov/jobs/regional.shtm
Free or low cost Wi-Fi and Cellular Data:
  • Free WiFi: Charter Communications (Spectrum) and Comcast are giving households with K- 12 and college students, and those who qualify as low-income complimentary Wifi for 60 days
    • Families who do not have the service will also receive free installation of the service
    • Both companies are expanding Wi-fi hotspots to the public within the company’s available regions
    • Call (844) 488-8395 (Charter) or (855) 846-8376 (Comcast) to enroll
    • Individuals must call company after 60 days, or they will be automatically billed
  • Unlimited data: Charter, Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon are offering unlimited data plans to customers until May 13 for no additional charge
Touro Law School Helpline: Touro Law School has established a helpline to answer legal questions arising from the pandemic. Volunteer attorneys will provide referrals to our own clinical program and appropriate legal partners on a wide range of legal issues.
For more information: https://www.tourolaw.edu/AboutTouroLaw/TLCResponse


Contracting and Manufacturing Opportunities:

Suffolk County IDA Sales Tax Relief Equipment Program: The program establishes sales and use tax exemptions of up to $100,000 for manufacturers, suppliers and distributors helping to provide various forms of personal protective equipment (PPE) to the men and woman on the front lines of the global pandemic. Businesses who fit the criteria are encouraged to visit https://www.suffolkida.org/theprogram/
Business Incubator Association of NYS: Innovate to Ventilate initiative provides a variety of resources for businesses looking to develop, manufacture or procure PPE and other items critical to the COVID-19 response: https://www.bianys.com/innovate-to-ventilate-covid19-crisis-response/
National Grid Fast Track COVID-19 Manufacturing Productivity Program (MPP): Applicants MUST be a an eligible Long Island customer in good standing within National Grid’s downstate New York gas service territory and be a business that is classified in the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) as Manufacturing (NAICS codes 31, 32 or 33): https://files.constantcontact.com/3f897001701/08e04a0e-75ea-4daa-af76-1a34514ec3d2.pdf
NYS Center for Biotechnology COVID-19 Funding and Resource Opportunities: https://centerforbiotechnology.org/covid-19-resources/
Manufacturing or Selling Supplies to NYS: NYS site to assist with the response: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/get-involved-how-you-can-help
  • Manufacturing PPE: The Governor is encouraging any company with the proper equipment or personnel to begin to manufacture personal protective equipment (PPE) products if possible. The state is willing to provide funding to any company to obtain the proper equipment and personnel. Businesses interested in receiving state funding to manufacture PPE products should email COVID19supplies@esd.ny.gov and include “COVID19 BUSINESS TRANSITION” in the subject line.
  • Selling PPE to NYS: Governor is asking all PPE product providers (including gloves, masks and gowns) to sell to the state any products that are not essential or not currently being used. Businesses interested in selling products to the state should complete a submission form: https://www.governor.ny.gov/content/procurement-form.
Supply and Real Estate Opportunities with Suffolk County:
Contracting with US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)

Volunteer Opportunities:

Volunteer or Contribute to the Response: Many businesses and organizations have expressed a desire to support New York State as it responds to the virus outbreak. Individuals or groups looking to volunteer or contribute to the State’s effort should visit: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/get-involved-how-you-can-help
Volunteer Technology SWAT Teams: https://www.ny.gov/programs/new-york-state-covid-19-technology-swat-team
Suffolk County PPE Donations: To make a donation of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), donations are being accepted Monday-Friday between 10:00am – 2:00pm at:
  • Offices of Fire Rescue and Emergency Services: 102 East Avenue, Yaphank NY 11980
  • Please note, at this time non-PPE items are not being accepted
NYS Donation Offers: To offer any donated goods, services, or space for use in New York’s response to the COVID-19 public health emergency: https://apps.health.ny.gov/pubpal/builder/survey/nys-covid19-tracking-offers

Local Organizations:

Tues. 5/26 Suffolk County Alliance of Chambers: COVID-19 Update Meeting

Recorded Webinars:

Fri. 5/19: Campolo, Middleton, McCormick LLP: “Critical insights on the state of the Long Island business community”
Thurs., May 7: Newsday Live Conversations. Coronavirus Health Update: What are the next steps?
Tues., May 5: SBA Webinar. Doing Business with the Federal Government and SBA Certifications.
Wed., April 29: Newsday Live Conversations. Coronavirus Health Update: What are the next steps?

Suffolk County Government

H. Lee Dennison Bldg

100 Veterans Memorial Hwy
P.O. Box 6100
Hauppauge, NY 11788

Riverhead County Center

County Road 51
Riverhead, NY 11901