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- Vaccine Information
- Federal Stimulus Bill
- Indoor Dining to increase to 75% maximum capacity.
- Hair salons, barber shops and other personal care services will expand to 75% capacity.
- Outdoor social gathering limit will increase from 200 to 500 people.
- Congregate commercial and social events in New York—such as those at venues that host sports competitions, performing arts and live entertainment, and catered receptions—can exceed the social gathering limits of 500 people outdoors or 250 people indoors if all attendees over the age of four present either proof of full vaccination status or recent negative COVID-19 test result and the required social distancing can be accommodated.
- Gyms and fitness centers will expand to 50% capacity.
- Casinos and gaming facilities will expand to 50% capacity.
- Offices will expand to 75% capacity.
- Outdoor Dining Curfew Lifted.
- MTA resumes 24 hour service.
- Caps on capacity for most business activities will be removed across commercial settings, including retail, food services, gyms and fitness centers, amusement and family entertainment, hair salons, barber shops and other personal care services, houses of worship (businesses will continue to be required to limit capacity to allow for 6 feet of space between patrons or parties of patrons)
- Indoor social gathering limit will increase from 100 to 250 people.
- Outdoor residential gathering limit of 25 people will be removed, reverting to the social gathering limit of 500 people with space for appropriate social distancing.
- Indoor residential gathering limit will increase from 10 to 50 people.
- Large-scale indoor event venues will operate at 30 % capacity - Social distancing, masks, and other applicable health protocols will still apply, including the requirement of attendee proof of full vaccination or recent negative COVID-19 test result.
- Large-scale outdoor event venues will operate at 33 % capacity - Social distancing, masks, and other applicable health protocols will still apply, including the requirement of attendee proof of full vaccination or recent negative COVID-19 test result.
- Gatherings in excess of the social gathering limits and congregate commercial and social events may occur if all individuals over the age of four present proof of full vaccination status or recent negative COVID-19 test result.
- Indoor Dining Curfew Lifted.
The Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) grant is Now Open.
How to Apply
Registration with SAM.gov is not required. DUNS or CAGE identifiers are also not required.
Please note: for the first 21 days of the program, priority will be given to applications from small & women-owned businesses, veterans, and socially and economically disadvantaged individuals. Following the 21 days, all eligible applications will be funded on a first-come, first-served basis.
Who can apply?
Eligible entities who have experienced pandemic-related revenue loss include:
- Food stands, food trucks, food carts
- Bars, saloons, lounges, taverns
- Snack and nonalcoholic beverage bars
- Bakeries (onsite sales to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
- Brewpubs, tasting rooms, taprooms (onsite sales to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
- Breweries and/or microbreweries (onsite sales to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
- Wineries and distilleries (onsite sales to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
- Inns (onsite sales of food and beverage to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
- Licensed facilities or premises of a beverage alcohol producer where the public may taste, sample, or purchase products
*** SBA has announced the portal is reopening May 24th. ***
The SVO grant opened noon on April 8 - apply via the SVO Portal.
- Once you begin, remember to save the application along the way and refer to www.sba.gov/svogrant for reference materials as you go through the process.
- To meet IRS requirements, a unique SVOG 4506-T is required for the SVO grant application and you can find that fillable document at www.sba.gov/svogrant under Supplemental Documents. A video tutorial is also provided to guide you through it.
- Also read these FAQs before you get started, as well as several of these application tools to help you apply.
- Businesses now have the option to apply for and accept the PPP loan as well as the SVO grant.
- Grant funds can be applied towards the loan. Grant amount will be 45% of gross earned revenue, with a max amount of $10 million. Get free application assistance from Curtains Up NYC.
Indoor Dining to increase to 75% maximum capacity on May 7th.
Read the guidance on the future of Outdoor Dining in NYC here.
The Senate passed a bill to extend applications for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to May 31st.
Find out more here.
Our partner Citi is offering a series of webinars between April and May on PPP to answer application-related questions.
- April 8 at 3 pm ET
- April 20 at 3 pm ET focusing on single owner businesses
- April 22 at 3 pm ET (Spanish language)
- May 4 at 3 pm ET
*You do not need to have an account with Citi to attend.
Find out more and register here.
Pine-Sol and ESSENCE are teaming up to provide a $100,000 award to women-owned Black businesses. Create and upload a 1-2 min video, prepare your business plan for how you plan to use the funds if awarded, and fill out a short online application and upload your materials.
Learn more here.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie today announced an agreement on the FY 2022 New York State Budget. The final budget accomplishes major legislative priorities, including:
- A record $29.5 billion in aid to schools aid;
- $29 billion in public and private green economy investments;
- $2.4 billion for rent and homeowner relief;
- $2.4 billion for child care;
- $2.1 billion for excluded workers;
- 1 billion for small business recovery;
- A first-in-the-nation plan to make broadband internet affordable;
- Legalizing mobile sports betting; and
- Implementing comprehensive nursing home reforms.
Find our more here
Small businesses, vital to the fabric of their neighborhoods, will receive grants of up to $10,000 to maintain payroll and operations. They will prioritize businesses owned by people of color, immigrants, and women, businesses that have the greatest need and minimal access to resources, as well as those that modify their operations slightly in order to remain open during the pandemic (i.e., hire delivery workers, increase inventory, or make modifications to provide product pick-up). CitizensNYC has cultivated the infrastructure, expertise, and community knowledge to help struggling New Yorkers directly.
Applications accepted on a rolling basis.
Brooklyn Chamber in the Field
Our team led by President and CEO Randy Peers has conducted 29 commercial corridor visits, and continues to go out all across Brooklyn bringing crucial recovery services to small businesses. Check us out in our newsletter, the Buzz, to see our work in the field.