COVID-19 Impact

Resources for Small Businesses and Residents

Last updated September 16 at 6:30 pm EDT

Help us help small businesses!

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New Guidelines

Our essential local business are our heroes. The Delta variant is spreading and we continue to suffer devastating losses. Let’s keep this foremost in our minds and exercise caution as we find our way forward.

Restaurants & Bars, Fitness and Entertainment:

Proof of vaccination (age 12 and older) is now required for Indoor Dining, Fitness and Entertainment in NYC!

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 must be at least 50% open.

Support entertainers at EV Open Culture sites: FAB!

Legal Assistance:

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!

Workers’ Rights:

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

Outdoor Dining

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. Propane heaters require an FDNY permit, and fuel must be properly stored or removed from the premises.

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.

Businesses selling or serving alcohol to be consumed at the business or elsewhere must ensure that everyone within 100 feet of their business is in compliance with open container, face-covering and social distancing rules, and following all existing rules, regulations and laws.

Businesses that cannot follow these guidelines must stop selling alcohol until they can. Violations have resulted in licenses being suspended and revoked, with fines up to $10,000 per violation.

STATE LIQUOR AUTHORITY online complaint form

Continuing Guidelines

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:

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

Apply for the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)-COVID-19. Few businesses want to take on debt at this time, but the loans are similar to a mortgage, with a low interest rate and a long repayment period. If access to capital is all that stands in your way, please check it out.

SBA 24/7 hotline: (800) 659-2955.

Another option is the New York Forward loan program.

Reach out NOW for one-on-one assistance in reviewing your options, evaluating your offer, deciding next steps or connecting with grants:

Nonprofit Online Lender has a wealth of information to help bring you up to speed.

Helpful Information:

Post “What You Need to Know” and

Review the NYC Coronavirus Fact Sheet for Business Owners, FAQs and Safety Guidelines for Restaurant Service (where not overruled by mandated closures).

Price gouging for goods or services needed to limit the spread of COVID-19 is illegal. 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:

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