COVID-19 Updates and Resources

COVID-19 Updates: NYC is in Phase 4 of Reopening

[Last updated 7/31/20]

*NEW* NYC Enters Phase 4 of Reopening - On Monday, July 20 NYC began phase 4 of reopening with some modifications to the original industries that would be able to reopen. Reopening today will include media production, low-risk outdoor entertainment, and professional sports competitions (without fans). At this point, additional indoor activity at malls, restaurants or cultural institutions will not be permitted. Click here to read more about Phase 4 of Reopening.

Open Restaurants Compliance Virtual Consultation - Need help understanding how to comply with Open Restaurants rules and regulations? NYC Department of Small Business Services is offering no-cost virtual compliance consultations. Learn more here

FAQ on New Food Requirements from the SLA - Yesterday the State Liquor Authority added a FAQ section to its guidance document on the new food requirements. This aims to clarify any questions you may have on the new requirements that Governor Andrew Cuomo announced last week. Click here to read more.

Statement from the NYC BID Association - This week, the NYC BID Association, of which the LIC BID is a member, released a statement and press release calling the New York government to action to help save our small businesses as our communities attempt to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to read the statement and here to read the press release .

NYC Department of Transportation released a 'Open Restaurants Seating Criteria' brochure to help businesses that are a part of the Open Restaurants program navigate the regulations and requirements.There have been small amendments to the Open Restaurants program, make sure to review the guidance on the below link to make sure you are in compliance. 

The self-certification form for restaurants to take part in the Outdoor Dining program is now available for restaurants and bars that meet program requirements. For restaurants participating in the NYC Open Restaurants Program, the application just opened this morning, please click here to access the application. For additional details and guidance, click here to read our special update on the outdoor dining program. 

Open Restaurants Virtual Compliance Consultations - 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. The virtual consultations will help businesses understand common compliance challenges related to the Open Restaurants Program. Violations or fines will not be issued during the consultations. Please click this link to sign up for a consultation.

COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program - Governor Cuomo has announced an emergency rental assistance program that will help keep low-income families throughout New York in their homes. The program, which is designed to reach those individuals and families with the greatest need, will provide direct aid for tenants who lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications opened on July 16th. Click here for more information and to access the application.

Open Streets: Restaurants Program - This week it was announced that NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is combining the Open Restaurants with the Open Streets program on weekends during the summer. Here is a link to the program guidelines, and here is the link to apply

New York State is tracking the percentage of positive results by region. You can also see the change over time throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic on the below dashboard. 

Percentage Positive Results By Region Dashboard

Expansion of Open Streets Program - New York City has announced that they are expanding the Open Streets Program to add 23 more miles of open space in the areas hit hardest by the COVID-19 crisis. Click here for more information.

We have created a COVID-19 Reopening Checklist for businesses opening now and for businesses to prep for future opening in another phase. Click here to download the checklist!

We have just released the results from our COVID-19 Business Operations Survey.  Click here to read the results!

We have compiled a great list of resources to help businesses during the reopening process. Click here to access the resource links.

We have opened a COVID-19 Business Recovery Survey to help us get a further understanding of how your business or organization’s recovery efforts and the challenges you anticipate facing as we begin to reopen LIC. Please fill out this survey to help us learn more about how we can best help you!

Click here to download our COVID-19 Checklist for Businesses to help you navigate the assistance and opportunities available!

Additional COVID-19 Updates

PPP Application Deadline Extended to August 8th – The President signed legislation that extends the PPP application deadline to August 8th. To help businesses who are interested in applying for the PPP funds, the SBA is hosting several informational webinars at the following times, click to register:

*NEW* Federal PPE Procurement Opportunities - The Defense Logistic Agency for FEMA recently issued new RFPs for the following PPEs. Please see below for more information:

NEW PPP Loan Forgiveness Applications – SBA has released a revised 5-page full loan forgiveness application to streamline the previous 11-page application in a continuous effort to make it easier for businesses to access and administer their PPP funds. In addition, the 3-page “EZ” version of the loan forgiveness application is also available for borrowers who:
  • Are self-employed and have no employees; OR
  • Did not reduce the salaries or wages of their employees by more than 25%, and did not reduce the number or hours of their employees; OR
  • Experienced reductions in business activity as a result of health directives related to COVID-19 and did not reduce the salaries or wages of their employees by more than 25%
​EIDL Application Reopened – The EIDL application portal is now reopened to accept new applications from eligible businesses and non-profits.

ConEdison Limited-Time Commercial & Industrial Bonus Incentives – ConEdison’s Commercial & Industrial Program helps pay for energy efficiency upgrades to help businesses lower their utility usage and monthly bill. From now until September 30 th, new applications can receive a limited-time bonus incentives that bring typical savings from 50% up to 70% and 85%. For more information, please visit this webpage.

Financing Programs for Black-Owned Businesses - The NAACP, in partnership with BeyGOOD, is administering the Black-Owned Small Business Impact Fund. Grants of $10,000 are being offered in select cities including New York. The application deadline is July 18, and more information can be found at this link . Facebook is also starting a $100Million grant program for Black-owned small businesses, Black creators and non-profits that serve the Black community. Please visit the Business Resource Hub for more information on t hi s grant program . 

NYS Industry-Specific Guidelines - NYS has published guidance with mandatory requirements and recommended best practices to help businesses plan and implement their reopening. The guidelines are industry-specific. The NYS guidelines can be found on the NYS website. After reviewing the guidance specific to your industry, please also affirm that you have read and understand your obligation to operate in accordance with the guidance by submitting this webform here

NYS Mandatory Reopening Safety Plan - Each reopening business must develop a written Safety Plan outlining how its workplace will prevent the spread of COVID-19. Businesses can develop their own plan or fill out this template from NYS to fulfill this requirement. The plan does not need to be submitted to NYS, but businesses must keep a copy of the plan on their premises and must make available to the NYS Department of Health or local health or safety authorities in the event of an inspection. 

NY Forward Loan Fund - NYS has launched a new loan program for small businesses, non-profits, and small landlords who have not received funds from PPP or EIDL. The loan maximum is the lesser of $100,000 or average revenues in any 3-month period from 2019 or Q1 of 2020. The loans will carry a 3% interest (or 2% for non profits) and amortize in 5 years. Repayment includes an interest-only period during the first 12 months. Please visit the NYS website for more information and the application form.

Mayor Signs Delivery Cap, Personal Liability, Tenant Harassment Into Law – On May 26, the Mayor signed into law a new COVID-19 Relief Package, which included a number of items business should be aware of:
  • Delivery fee caps on third-party delivery services
  • Suspension sidewalk café fees
  • Commercial tenant protection from harassment and personal liability
  • Suspension of renewal requirements for NYC licenses and permits during COVID-19

Unemployed Workers Hotline – The Volunteers of Legal Service (VOLS) has launched a hotline to provide free advice to New Yorkers who find themselves unemployed due to COVID-19 and would like to learn more about unemployment and other government benefits. Please contact the Unemployed Workers Project hotline at 347-521-5720 or fill out the interest form here.

Wear Masks or Face Coverings in Public - Amid ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Cuomo has issued a new Executive Order requiring everyone in New York to wear a mask or a face covering when out in the public and in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained, such as on public transportation. This Executive Order went into effect on Friday, April 17th. Click here for more information
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is sending out updates surrounding COVID-19. Keep yourself informed and register for updates as they become available.
For more information on the grant and loan assistance programs available to businesses and organizations, click below:
Grant and Loan Assistance Programs 


As we shift toward recovery and the new normal, we want to encourage you to support local LIC businesses through this difficult time. You can support local LIC businesses by ordering in food, picking up taking, ordering from a caterer or purchasing a gift card to use later on. Please join us in promoting the below campaign and together, we will come back stronger than ever.

If you are currently open and operating for delivery/takeout or offering any special promotions, please let us know that way we can do anything we can to help direct customers your way. Reach out directly to Carla Nicdao at and make sure to use the hashtag #SupportLICLocal on your posts!

Click here for an ongoing list of businesses that are currently open and operating

LIC Community Support

Our community needs the support of each other and, together, we will get through this. Members of the LIC Community have come together to create a LIC COVID-19 Relief Group that is focusing on certain areas of donations and volunteers. We have created a resource highlighting how you can get involved and for requests from LIC-based nonprofits. 

If you're an LIC-Based nonprofit and want to add information to our page about your organization, please reach out to Carla Nicdao at

Click Here to get involved 

COVID-19 Prevention Tips and Resources

COVID-19, more commonly known as the Coronavirus, is a group of viruses that can cause a wide variety of illnesses such as fever, pneumonia, and constant shortage of breath. The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene recommends the following precautions to slow the spread of COVID-19:
  • Stay home if you are sick. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when sneezing or coughing — do not use your hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Do not touch your face with unwashed hands.
  • Do not shake hands. Instead, wave or elbow bump.
  • If you have family or friends who are elderly, have compromised immune systems or chronic respiratory or coronary issues, do not visit them if you feel sick. Stay home and keep your loved ones safe.
  • Consider telecommuting, biking or walking to work if possible.
  • Consider staggering working hours. For example, instead of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., change some work hours to 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or disinfecting wipes.
  • Get your flu shot. Although the flu shot will not protect you from COVID-19, it will help prevent the flu which has similar symptoms to this coronavirus.
For official guidance on Coronavirus preparation and prevention, we encourage you to follow CDC, New York State, and New York City guidelines.