Resources for Small Businesses and Residents
Last updated December 29 at 7:30 pm EST
Help us help small businesses!
Patrons, please expect occasional temporary closures due to staffing issues while the Omicron variant is on the rise. Check your favorite businesses’ Instagram accounts (listed on the WhatsOpenEV.com map) for updates or call ahead!
Restaurants & Bars, Fitness and Entertainment:
Proof of full vaccination (age 12 and older) is required for Indoor Dining, Fitness and Entertainment in NYC! Children age 5 – 11 must show proof of receiving at least one dose of the vaccine. (Starting January 29, 2022 children 5 – 11 must proof of full vaccination.)
Operators: print this poster to help inform staff and patrons.
Please patronize establishments that operate responsibly. Order takeout and delivery directly from restaurants if possible, or enjoy outdoor dining: enclosures should be at least 50% open.
The eviction moratorium has been extended until January 15, 2022, but only a tiny fraction of the NYS rental assistance allotted for tenants has been distributed. If you’re behind on rent and being pressured with eviction, get help! Call or email Cooper Square Committee 212-228-8210 or GOLES (Good Old Lower East Side) 212-533-2541. Please leave a message if you reach a recording, they will respond!
For questions on reopening or to report employers that are not following guidelines, see multi-lingual information on workers’ rights or call the hotline: (212) 436-0381
The announcement that Outdoor Dining will be permanent has caused considerable confusion. Enlargements that are attached to a building require a DOB permit, as does tapping into the building’s electric or gas systems.
NYC restaurants are not allowed to use propane heaters to warm their outdoor dining spaces this winter, due to concerns about fire safety and sustainability. NYC Small Business Services is proposing a reimbursement grant to fund outdoor heating expenses for businesses with outdoor seating.
Amplified sound in sidewalk or roadway outdoor dining setups, while not uncommon, is also not allowed under the Outdoor Dining program guidelines.
Our local businesses may not be aware of all of these new rules. If you feel comfortable doing so, try sharing the guidance and FAQs with them before making a business reopening complaint and / or filing a STATE LIQUOR AUTHORITY online complaint form.
Construction, Retail, Personal Care:
Construction, manufacturing, retail and personal care providers are open under industry-specific guidelines.
Retail merchants may vend on the sidewalks within 3 feet of their shops as of right. Many offer online ordering and shipping or curbside pickup!
The Open Streets program has been extended to Open Storefronts.
Personal Care: many salons are working by appointment only, with limited accommodations for walk-ins. Tip generously!
Health Care: Local health care providers are open by appointment and are operating under stringent guidelines. Please don’t put off routine care!
Financial Aid for Small Businesses:
Phase One of the New York Forward loan fund has been exhausted, but expects more funds in the coming months. Please check back.
The SBA EIDL loan fund is closing December 31, 2021. Call the SBA Hotline 800-827-5722 with questions about applications in progress.
Nonprofit Online Lender Fundera.com also has a wealth of information and answers to FAQs.
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Price gouging for goods or services needed to limit the spread of COVID-19 is illegal.
HelpMainStreet.com provides gift cards to local businesses. 100% of proceeds go directly to the business!
We’re here for our local businesses in this difficult time. Please let us know how we can help you: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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