COVID-19 Info for Businesses

*Effective Friday 11/13 at 10 p.m., all bars, restaurants and gyms must close at 10 p.m. statewide. Learn more here.*

*To stop the spread, New Yorkers need to do their part. Participate in the new contact tracing app COVID Alert NY to help keep yourself and your community safe. COVID Alert NY is a* voluntary, anonymous, exposure-notification app that notifies you if you were in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19. Knowing about a potential exposure allows you to self-quarantine immediately, get tested, and reduce the potential exposure risk to others. The app is available to anyone 18+ who lives, works, or attends school in New York or New Jersey, and it's available in seven languages. Download the app for iPhone or Android here. Read the FAQ on privacy and more here.*

Our BID is committed to ensuring that our local business community receives the latest resources necessary to help them weather the current coronavirus situation. We will be updating this page regularly with information we receive from City, State, Federal agencies and other respected economic development and business support institutions. Please bookmark this page and check back often. *Information changes regularly. Please be sure to skim the full page on a periodic basis to ensure you are not missing new information, such as our recently added “reopening” section.*   

Know something we are missing? See something inaccurate? Please email us at  [email protected].      

This page was last updated on 1/14/21. Items subject to change and we cannot guarantee up to the minute updates. It is your responsibility as a business to follow government directives and stay abreast of the news and changing regulations.     

START HERE (Empieza aqui*)       

RE-OPENING GUIDELINES/MODELS/SUPPORT:    

Additional Reopening Support  
Our BID has designed several templates you can insert in your window to alert customers of your COVID-19 opening hours, purchasing/ordering procedures and to remind shoppers of social distancing courtesies towards your employees.  Download the packet here.    

FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR BUSINESSES (Loans, Grants, Capital Raising Platforms)     

City of New York Loans and Grants for Small Businesses       

State Loans    

Federal Government Loans (Small Business Administration Loans)         

Private Grants    

Private Loans   

**For Restaurant-specific Grants/Loans, see restaurant section below.      

Organizations with Business Counselors that Can Help Businesses with Loan/Grant Applications (and more):        

Additional Financial Support for Business (Commercial Rent Relief)       

Financial Support for Businesses (Insurance Relief)       

Per Gov. Cuomo’s March 27 announcement: Small businesses experiencing coronavirus-related financial hardship may defer paying premiums for property and casualty insurance for a 60-day period. This includes auto, homeowners, renters and other kinds of insurance. (No late fees will be assessed and there will be no negative impact to your credit.)       

NY State’s page on understanding Commercial Business Interruption Insurance.       

LOGISTICAL/ADMIN/LEGAL SUPPORT FOR BUSINESSES       

WORKPLACE HEALTH AND SAFETY    

Below are updated resources to help you and your business stay safe and prevent the spread of germs.        

WORKPLACE CLEANING AND DISINFECTION      

INDUSTRY-SPECIFIC NEWS   

Property Owners/Facilities Management   

Restaurants     

Virtual Compliance Consultations: Open Restaurants Program The NYC Department of Small Business Services offers one-on-one free virtual compliance consultations to help you understand how to comply with key City rules. Their virtual consultations will help you understand key City rules and common compliance challenges related to the Open Restaurants Program - they will not issue violations or fines. Business owners are encouraged to request a consultation if they have recently applied to Open Restaurants and are getting ready to provide food service, are actively participating in Open Restaurants but continue to have questions/concerns, are interested in applying to Open Restaurants but have not yet done so. Request a consultation here.

Details on Year-round Outdoor Dining

Outdoor Restaurants Made Permanent & Heater Guidance Released – Mayor de Blasio recently announced that the City’s Open Restaurants and Open Streets: Restaurants programs will be extended year-round and made permanent. Plans for additional expansions of the program and winter guidance were also announced, including the use of adjacent spaces, outdoor heating, and tent requirements. Detailed guidance regarding heaters was also released, and links can be found below and in this press release.  

Freelancers      

Freelancers Unionhas a rolling list of resources and advice for 1099 workers and is regularly updating its membership on efforts to include freelancers in the various relief plans.. Freelancers/1099 workers are eligible for the Paycheck Protection Program Loan and the Economic Injury Disaster Loans Grants (Advance) and Loans.       

Gyms 

On August 24, 2020, gyms were allowed to open but to a third of their total capacity, and people are required to wear masks at all times. The state also requires air filters that help prevent airborne transmission of viral particles and sign-in forms to assist with contact-tracing efforts. Local governments will also need to inspect gyms to make sure they meet the state’s requirements before they open or within two weeks of their opening. For up-to-date information for businesses and gyms visit the NYC Department of Health sitehere.   

PROMOTIONAL SUPPORT    

Our organization, Jamaica Center BID, can help your business pass on important information to our 15,000 social media followers and 2,000 e-newsletter subscribers. If you offer delivery, takeout or curbside pick-up, let us know and we will promote it. If you sell gift cards, let us know and we will encourage our followers to purchase them so that you can have a continued cash flow. If you offer online shopping, facetime shopping or other innovative methods that customers can utilize to keep spending money at your establishment, let us know. Email Trey Jenkins at [email protected] and we will help promote.      

Have an update your business would like to share with the Queens eco-system? Queens Chamber is accepting business updates on its rolling COVID-19 announcement list. Please email your details to [email protected]with the subject line – QUEENS BUSINESS CORONAVIRUS UPDATES.      

NYC +Co, the City of New York’s official tourism body, is gathering and publicizing info on local businesses, cultural organizations and more for citywide promotional purposes. Make sure your business is covered. Museums, theaters, performing arts organizations can submit a virtual experience for consideration here, Restaurants open for business can get listed here. 

Open Storefronts Have Been Extended Through September 30, 2021

The Open Storefronts program assists existing ground-floor storefront businesses who want to use outdoor areas on a temporary basis. The program allows eligible businesses to conduct activity on sidewalks, on roadways in the Open Streets: Restaurants program, or a combination of both. In addition to businesses engaged in retail trade, repair stores, personal care services, and dry-cleaning and laundry services are able to use outdoor space for seating, queuing, or display of dry goods. The program also allows businesses to sell pre-packaged food on sidewalks and restaurants to use sidewalks for take-out orders. For a list of eligible retail activities, please visit Open Storefronts FAQ 2.

The Open Storefronts program extended through September 30, 2021.

Downtown Jamaica Storefront Improvement Grant Applications

We are happy to share that the Department of Small Business Services' phase 2 of the Downtown Jamaica Storefront Improvement Grant applications are now open. If you are a small business or property owner in the Downtown Jamaica area who is interested in this grant opportunity, please visit the Downtown Jamaica Storefront Improvement Application & Guidelines pages.

You can find more information about the program on the SBS website here

If interested, please direct all questions to [email protected]The deadline for this grant opportunity is September 30.

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