New York Forward: Small Business Recovery Hub

Aug 3, 2020

New York City Reopening by Phase

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Industry Guidelines

New York City is in the fourth phase of reopening. Review the guidelines by industry below.


A Safety Plan Template is included for each industry and businesses must complete and retain the plan on premises for inspection. Please note: the plan does not need to be submitted to a State agency for approval.


The Brooklyn Chamber is providing personal protective equipment (PPE) to assist businesses reopen safely.

*Learn more below.



Phase One        

  • Building Equipment Contractors
  • Building Finishing Contractors
  • Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors
  • Highway, Street and Bridge Construction
  • Land Subdivision 
  • Nonresidential Building Construction
  • Residential Building Construction
  • Utility System Construction
Retail (curbside pickup)
  • Clothing Stores
  • Direct Selling Establishments
  • Electronics and Appliance Stores
  • Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses
  • Furniture and Home Furnishing Stores
  • Florists
  • General Merchandise Stores
  • Health and Personal Care Stores
  • Jewelry, Luggage, and Leather Goods Stores
  • Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores
  • Office Supplies, Stationery, and Gift Stores
  • Used Merchandise Stores
  • Shoe Stores
  • Sporting Goods, Hobby, Musical Instrument and Book Stores
  • Other Miscellaneous Retailers
  • Apparel Manufacturing
  • Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
  • Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing
  • Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
  • Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing
  • Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing
  • Machinery Manufacturing
  • Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
  • Paper Manufacturing
  • Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
  • Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing
  • Printing and Related Support Activities
  • Textile Mills
  • Textile Product Mills
  • Wood Product Manufacturing
  • Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing
Wholesale Trade
  • Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers
  • Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers
  • Furniture and Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers
  • Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers
  • Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
  • Metal and Mineral (except Petroleum) Merchant Wholesalers
  • Paper and Paper Product Merchant Wholesalers
  • Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
  • Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers
  • Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers
  • Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers
Agriculture, Fishing and Forestry
  • Non-Food Animal Production
  • Non-Food Crop Production
  • Support Activities for Animal and Crop Production
  • Support Activities for Forestry

Phase Two        

  • Review and affirm guidelines below
In-store Retail
  • Essential in-store retail only
Real Estate
  • Review and affirm guidelines below
Commercial Building Management
  • Review and affirm guidelines below
Vehicle Sales and Leases
  • Review and affirm guidelines below
Hair Salons and Barbershops
  • Review and affirm guidelines below
Retail Repair and Cleaning
  • Review and affirm guidelines below

Phase Three        

Food Services (Outdoor Dining)
  • Indoor dining in New York City restaurants is postponed
  • For DOT's Open Restaurants and Open Streets programs and State Liquor Authority guidance on liquor licenses and consumption rules, please scroll to the section below
Personal Care
  • Personal Grooming
  • Nail Salons
  • Tattoo Parlors
  • Massage therapy and spas
  • Cosmetology
  • UV/non-UV tanning and waxing
  • NYC beaches reopened July 1
  • Swimming is allowed with lifeguards present from 10am-6pm daily
Barbecue Areas
  • Open across all parks
Dog Runs
  • Open across all parks
  • Sports facilities (soccer, basketball, tennis and volleyball) across all parks
  • Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 2 Basketball and Handball Courts 

Phase Four        

Higher Education
  • Review and affirm guidelines below
Schools (Pre-K to 12)
Outdoor Arts & Entertainment
  • Botanical gardens, zoos
  • Review and affirm guidelines below
Media Production (Outdoor)
  • Review and affirm guidelines below
Professional Sports Competitions
  • Audience not allowed
What Is Not Open?
  • Theatres (Broadway and Off Broadway)
  • Malls
  • Gyms & Fitness Studios
  • Movie theaters
  • Museums
  • Indoor dining at Restaurants

Open Restaurants Program Requirements

The Open Restaurants and Open Streets programs have been combined and are overseen by NYC DOT.

Business Improvement Districts, merchants associations and restaurants represented by a single entity can submit an online application via DOT to open up retail corridors. Privately owned plazas and Waterfront Public Access areas may also be used.


Submit an application to become an Open Restaurant.

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State Liquor Authority Guidance

Three-Strikes and You are Closed Policy

Bars / Restaurants that fail to comply with social distancing and face covering rules will be shut down or have their liquor license revoked if they receive three citations. More details here.

How to Avoid City Violations

Follow these rules to avoid a violation

  • Provide Safety Plan on site. Do you have yours? Use this template
  • Signage to remind use of PPE, social distancing measures and cleaning/disinfecting. Need PPE? Contact your local BID or tell us at [email protected] 
  • Provision of replacement PPE to employees
  • Health screening process in place for employees
  • Employees must wear face coverings
  • Physical markings to indicate 6 feet
  • Bathrooms must have soap and paper towels OR hand sanitizer
  • Create a designated pickup and deliveries area
  • Daily log of cleanings
  • Create an outdoor streetside barrier that is 18” wide. Read about this late addition to the barriers guidelines 

Brooklyn Chamber Resources for Small Businesses

WE ARE COMMITTED to helping Brooklyn businesses and industries recover from the financial and other hardships caused by the pandemic.

For assistance, please contact us at [email protected]



Support neighborhood business, it's the Brooklyn way!

Donate to help our small businesses. Learn more here.

Open for Business in Brooklyn

See who is open for business in Brooklyn - updated daily with over 1,000 businesses across all neighborhoods.

Open Plazas and Streets

View our map of open plazas and streets in Brooklyn.

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Economic Impact Surveys

Our monthly surveys measure the economic impact of the pandemic to Brooklyn businesses.
The feedback we receive directly supports our ability to advocate on behalf of the small business community to policymakers. View past survey results here.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

We have partnered with NYC Dept. of Small Business Services to provide disposable masks for businesses and their employees. Please contact us at
[email protected] and include your business, address and number of masks you wish to request.

For gloves and hand sanitizer, please apply for our Bring Back Brooklyn grant here.

Small Business Hotline

The Brooklyn Chamber is digital! Find us on the Brooklyn App and join the 'Small Business Hotline' to communicate with us and your business peers in real time.


We host weekly virtual events to help business owners and sole proprietors navigate financial aid and the latest resources, advice and information.
View the recordings here.

Small Business Financial and Other Assistance

US Small Business Administration (SBA)


New York City and State Resources


Get the NYC Means Business Re-opening guide here. Get free face masks and PPE here.

Small Business Emergency Grant Program

Grants of up to $10,000 for small businesses with less than $1.5 million in revenue that have suffered physical damage as result of recent looting. Businesses must be referred by a local partner. Apply here.

Commercial Lease Assistance

The Commercial Lease Assistance Program provides no-cost legal services for commercial tenants seeking to renew or amend their existing lease.

New York Forward Loan Fund

Loan program for businesses with 20 or fewer full-time employees, nonprofits and small landlords. Must not have received SBA PPP or EIDL. CDFIs processing pre-applications
  • Accion East
  • Community Preservation Corporation
  • National Development Council
  • Pursuit
  • TruFund
    Complete the pre-application here.
    This is not a first-come, first-served application. 

Other Resources


Commercial Cleaning Services

To assist with cleaning and sanitizing needs for re-opening, here is is a list of commercial cleaning companies operating across Brooklyn. Contact them for a quote.

Community Banks and CDFIs processing PPP

Our partner Pursuit has paused the PPP application intake as of 5pm on July 31. Their program will resume once there is an extension of the PPP - check back here for details.

Rent Relief

The Governor's office announced the Rent Relief Program effective July 16. The program will offer a one-time rent payment to landlords to cover the difference between the household's rent burden on March 1, 2020 and the increase in rent burden during the period the household is applying for assistance. Households can apply for up to four months in rental assistance for the months of April through July.


View program details here.


Determine income eligibility criteria by county here. (For Brooklyn, this is $90,950 for a family of four)

Non-Government Loans and Grants


Small Business Grants


Corporate Support


Grants for Non-Profits


Grants and Resources for Restaurants

Assistance to Manufacturers

For PPE procurement (masks, gloves, disinfecting supplies, thermometers and physical barriers) or to be listed as a vendor, visit the NYC Manufacturing and Industry Innovation Council's PPE marketplace.

Other Resources


New York City Resources

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