Resources for Small Businesses and Residents
Last updated March 14 at 9:00 pm EDT
Help us help small businesses!
Restaurants & Bars, Fitness and Entertainment:
NYC has discontinued the Key to NYC vaccination requirement as of March 7. Individual businesses have the right to require proof of vaccination.
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.
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.
NYC restaurants are not allowed to use propane heaters to warm their outdoor dining spaces, due to concerns about fire safety and sustainability.
Amplified sound in sidewalk or roadway outdoor dining setups, while not uncommon, is 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 an outdoor dining complaint and/or filing a STATE LIQUOR AUTHORITY online complaint form.
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. Please 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!
The eviction moratorium has expired, but there’s still time to get help! If you’re behind on rent and being pressured with eviction, 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.
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 closed. Call the SBA Hotline 800-827-5722 with questions about applications in progress. SBA continues to offer other funding options for small businesses including traditional SBA loans.
Nonprofit Online Lender Fundera.com also has a wealth of information and answers to FAQs.
We’re here for our local businesses in this difficult time. Please let us know how we can help you: email@example.com.
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