Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

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Important Notices:

For latest information to all of our Covid-19 resources and additional languages visit, DCWP Alerts

*NEW* Effective November 19, cashless establishments are prohibited in New York City.  With some exceptions, it is unlawful for a food or retail establishment to refuse to accept cash from consumers.  For more information, please refer to Local Law 34 of 2020.

NYC Workplace laws are still in effect. There have been new amendments to the NYC Paid Safe and Sick Leave Law that will take effect in 2 Phases. Learn more about employee rights and employer responsibilities here.

Please be advised that effective June 26, DCWP has issued a permanent rule that makes price gouging illegal for any products or services essential to health, safety, and welfare during a declared state of emergency. Learn more here.

If you do not usually file taxes because your income falls below $12,200 (single) or $24,400 (joint/family), you must act by November 21, 2020 to get your Economic Impact Payment (stimulus payment) this year. NYC Free Tax Prep partners can help New Yorkers register. Download Economic Impact Payments Poster here (available in 11 languages) and learn more here.

Business Resource: Grants & Loans

New York Forward Loan

New York Forward Loan Fund (NYFLF) is a new economic recovery loan program aimed at supporting New York State small businesses, nonprofits and small landlords as they reopen after the COVID-19 outbreak and NYS on PAUSE.

NYFLF targets the state’s small businesses with 20 or fewer full-time equivalent (FTE) employees (90% of all businesses), nonprofits and small landlords that have seen a loss of rental income.

NYFLF is providing working capital loans so that small businesses, nonprofits and small landlords have access to credit as they reopen. These loans are available to small businesses, nonprofits, and small landlords that did not receive a loan from either the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) or SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) for COVID-19 in 2020.  The loans are not forgivable in part or whole.  The loans will need to be paid back over a 5-year term with interest.

For more information and apply click here

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan

This loan provides up to $2 million to small businesses and non-profits to help them withstand a loss of income resulting from the Coronavirus crisis.The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses and 2.75% for non-profits, with a maximum term of 30 years depending on ability to repay. The loans may be used for payroll, accounts payable, fixed debts, and other bills that can’t be paid. Click here for more information.

Click here for the NYSBDC application guidestep-by-step guide to applying through the SBA’s disaster loan portal.

SBA Contact info: or (800) 659‐2955.

Go Fund Me: Small Business Relief Fund

The Small Business Relief Fund will provide micro-grants to qualifying small businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Small Business Relief Fund is part of the Small Business Relief Initiative : a program supported by GoFundMe and our partners. The Small Business Relief Initiative  will supply financial assistance and support to businesses across the country by providing grants, tools, and resources to help during the crisis.

Business For All

Apply for grants up to $50,000 to support business growth, including $10,000 emergency COVID-19 Business for All Grants to help small businesses in crisis. Join leaders such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Kristen Bell, Lisa Price, and Zaw Thet to empower every American with an entrepreneurial spirit.

Apply here.

All 82nd Street Businesses are now open!