COVID-19 Impact

Resources for Small Businesses and Residents

Last updated May 19 at 8:30 pm EDT

Latest Guidelines

As NYC’s COVID rates climb, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene issued an advisory urging all residents to use high-quality masks (such as KN95 and KF94 masks and N95 respirators) when indoors in a public setting: grocery stores, building lobbies, offices, shops, and other common or shared spaces where individuals may interact, such as restrooms, hallways and elevators. The advisory also applies to crowded outdoor settings.


Continuing Guidelines

Restaurants & Bars, Fitness and Entertainment:

The Mayor’s office discontinued the Key to NYC vaccination requirement. Many workplaces have a vaccination requirement, and Individual businesses have the right to require proof of vaccination from their 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.

Workers’ Rights:

See multi-lingual information on workers’ rights or call the hotline: (212) 436-0381


Outdoor Dining

There is considerable confusion around the Outdoor Dining program.

Amplified sound in sidewalk or roadway outdoor dining setups, while not uncommon, is not allowed under the Outdoor Dining program guidelines.

NYC restaurants are not allowed to use propane heaters to warm outdoor dining spaces, due to concerns about fire safety and sustainability.

Enlargements that are attached to a building require a DOB permit, as does tapping into the building’s electric or gas systems.

Our local businesses may not be aware of all of these 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!


Legal Assistance:

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:

Sign up to receive the latest information from NYC Small Business Services.

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.

FREE expert one-on-one assistance is available to help match businesses with targeted grant opportunities. Check with SBDC technical assistance at Pace, Baruch or Columbia to learn more!


Help us help small businesses!

Fill out this form to get your East Village business on the map or update your hours!

We’re here for our local businesses in this difficult time. Please let us know how we can help you: info@evccnyc.org.

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