Recent COVID 19 Updates
NYC has discontinued the Key to NYC vaccination requirement as of March 7.
Businesses can still choose to require proof of vaccination.
New York State's mask mandate remains optional for businesses, local governments, and counties. Masks will are still required in hospitals, nursing homes, shelters, transportation, and other related entities.
Click the link for the most up to date info on finding a COVID-19 or flu vaccination near you: vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/
Free Covid-19 testing is widely available throughout Brooklyn. A number of resources can assist in scheduling PCR or rapid-antigen tests, click on any of the items listed below to find one near you:
- Launched in response to the crisis facing many of the city’s 230,000+ small businesses in the wake of COVID-19, the NYC Small Business Resource Network is a comprehensive approach to strengthening New York City’s economy and assisting small businesses. Visit NYCSmallBusinessNetwork.org to access their support and resources.
- Visit NYC.gov/coronavirus for details and updates from the City of New York
- Visit https://forward.ny.gov/ for details and updates from New York State.
- Businesses and business owners can get information and resources to reopen safely, protect their staff and customers, run their business, and get financial assistance during the COVID-19 health emergency by visiting NYC Business online, NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS), or NYC 311 online.
To help stop the spread of COVID-19, New York City has launched Key to NYC, which requires certain establishments to verify that staff and patrons are vaccinated against COVID-19. Click here to view complete details.
If your business has a positive COVID-19 case to report, go to the NYC case reporting website here.
For information on applying for New York State's paid COVID-19 quarantine leave or Paid Family Leave and disability benefits during quarantine, click here.
Workers who have COVID-19 or were in contact with someone with COVID-19 can get sick leave (time off) regardless of immigration status. State and local laws let workers take time off to care for themselves or a family member.
Reminder: Under NYC law, parents can use leave to take kids to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Employers cannot mistreat or punish workers for using or asking for sick leave.
Click here for complete details.
- The City of New York has developed a list of resources related to the following: employment, food assistance, health and medical assistance, financial assistance, rent arrears and public assistance, and emotional support and spiritual care.
- The NYC COVID-19 Engagement Portal is a new tool to help guide the City's response to the pandemic. The portal is available in 11 languages and allows New Yorkers to self-report COVID-19 information in a safe and confidential way. Dial 311 if you do not have internet access.
- NYC Covid-19 toll-free hotline: 311
NYS Department of Health Covid-19 toll-free hotline: 1-888-364-3065
For updates from the City, text "COVID" to 692-692 (COVIDESP en espanol)
- If you have Covid-19 symptoms, call: 1-844-NYC-4NYC to connect with services and schedule testing from NYC Health and Hospitals
- NYC Donations Hotline: 1-833-NYC-0040
- #AskMyMayor - submit a question, comment or concern to the Mayor via Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube
- File an online Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH) hearing form
- Workforce1 Career Center: 718-960-2458
- Kings County Clerk: 347-404-9123
- Coronavirus Court Hotline: 1-833-503-0447
- Tenants Rights Hotline (English and Spanish): 212-979-0611
- Support for Seniors: 212-AGING-NYC (212-244-6469) or 311
This program will provide grants between $5,000-$50,000 and will be calculated based on a business' annual gross receipts for 2019. Reimbursable COVID-19 related expenses must have been incurred between March 1, 2020 and April 1, 2021.
You are eligible if you are a PPP, EIDL, or SVO grant recipient but NOT if you received funds through the Restaurant Revitalization Fund.
Find out more at: https://nysmallbusinessrecovery.com/
Residential Rent Relief Information
Due to a lack of available federal funding, Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) applications submitted after September 21, 2021, are not currently able to be paid for most residents in New York State, including residents of New York City. Due to a court order, the ERAP program is accepting applications statewide. However, there is currently no federal funding available to provide assistance for new applicants in most areas of the State. For more up-to-date information, click here.