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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Resources

The Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce is committed and dedicated to providing resources for our members and region. We will continue to update you with the latest information regarding the COVID-19. 

 

NY Forward | New York Forward

*Updated Wednesday, August 19, 2020*

Businesses in each region will re-open in phases. Re-opening refers to non-essential businesses and business activities. Essential businesses and business activities that are open will remain open.

The guidelines below apply to both non-essential businesses in regions that are permitted to re-open and essential businesses throughout the state that were previously permitted to remain open.

Eligibility for reopening will be determined by health metrics for each region.

 

Here is a breakdown of industries in each phase: 

Phase One: Opened on May 15, 2020

Phase One Industries | New York Forward

  • Construction
  • Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
  • Retail - (Limited to curbside or in-store pickup or drop off)
  • Manufacturing
  • Wholesale Trade

Phase Two: Opened on May 29, 2020

Phase Two Industries | New York Forward 

  • Offices
  • Real Estate
  • Essential and Phase II In-Store Retail
  • Vehicle Sales, Leases, and Rentals
  • Retail Rental, Repair, and Cleaning
  • Commercial Building Management
  • Hair Salons and Barbershops 
  • Outdoor and Take-Out/Delivery Food Services

Phase Three: Opened on June 12, 2020

Phase Three Industries | New York Forward 

  • Food Services 
  • Personal Care 

Phase Four: Opened on June 26, 2020

Phase Four Industries | New York Forward

  • Higher Education
  • Low-Risk Outdoor Arts & Entertainment
  • Low-Risk Indoor Arts & Entertainment 
  • Media Production  
  • Professional Sports Competitions With No Fans
  • Malls
  • Gyms and Fitness Centers

 

Paycheck Protection Program

Notice: Paycheck Protection Program has closed.

The Paycheck Protection Program resumed accepting applications July 6, 2020, at 9:00 AM EDT in response to President signing the program's extension legislation. The new deadline to apply for a Paycheck Protection Program loan is August 8, 2020.

The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employee retention criteria are met, and the funds are used for eligible expenses. Click here to read more about PPP loan forgiveness.

 

Please find below the latest update from Governor Cuomo:

LAST UPDATED: SEPTEMBER 27, 2020 AT 12:07 PM
What You Need to Know
  • Governor Cuomo has partnered with New Jersey Governor Murphy and Connecticut Governor Lamont to create a joint travel advisory for individuals traveling from states with significant community spread of COVID-19, requiring a quarantine for 14 days when visiting their states.
  • Based on each region's infection rate, schools across New York State are permitted to open this fall but must have a testing and tracing plan; a COVID Report Card hosted by Department of Health will show COVID-19 positive case data for every school district in the state.
  • Indoor dining in New York City will be allowed to reopen starting September 30 with a 25 percent occupancy but will be subject to strict safety protocols.
  • New York City restaurant patrons who observe violations can report issues by calling 833-208-4160, or by texting 'VIOLATION' to 855-904-5036.
  • To report violations of health and safety restrictions and requirements for businesses, gatherings and individuals, please choose the appropriate link below:
  • Go to forward.ny.gov to find out: Which phase of reopening your region is in; the industry guidance for each phase; regional dashboards for monitoring how the virus is being contained; and information on loans for small businesses.
  • New Yorkers without health insurance can apply through NY State of Health through December 31, 2020; must apply within 60 days of losing coverage.
  • Health care workers can text NYFRONTLINE to 741-741 to access 24/7 emotional support services. Any New Yorker can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling.

Our plan focuses on getting people back to work and easing social isolation without triggering renewed spread of the virus or overwhelming the hospital system.

 

COVID-19 Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Resources

 

County Health Offices

 

New York State Resources 

 

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

 

U.S. Department of Labor

 

U.S. Small Business Administration

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