Updated July 8, 2021
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Guidance on Latest Re-Opening News
Reopening Reference Guide: https://forward.ny.gov/reopening-reference-guide
New York has ended the state disaster emergency declared on March 7, 2020 to fight COVID-19. Given New York’s dramatic progress against COVID-19, with the success in vaccination rates, and declining hospitalization and positivity statewide the state of emergency expired on Thursday, June 24.
- Federal CDC guidance will remain in effect, which includes masks for unvaccinated individuals, as well as all riders on public transit and in certain settings, such as health care, nursing homes, correctional facilities, and homeless shelters. State and local government health departments will still be able to ensure mask rules and other health precautions are adhered to in those settings.
- Large-Scale Indoor Events Venues, Pre-K to 12 Schools, Public Transit, Homeless Shelters, Correctional Facilities, Nursing Homes and Health Care Settings Must Still Adhere to Existing COVID-19 Health Protocols Per CDC Guidelines
Latest News for Businesses
The New York State Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) round is back for 2021, and applications are being accepted for a variety of programs in a similar fashion to past rounds. A rolling component has been added to the competition, as $150 million of the $750 million available will be provided on a rolling deadline basis. Applications on the traditional deadline are due at 4 pm on Friday, July 30, 2021.
New York State has launched the $800 million Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Progam. The program makes funding available for small businesses to help them recover from the economic impact of the pandemic. Applications for the program will be accepted starting June 10 for small and micro businesses and small for-profit independent arts and cultural organizations to help them recover from the economic impact of the pandemic. Flexible grants up to $50,000 will be made available to eligible small businesses and can be used for operating expenses, including payroll, rent or mortgage payments, taxes, utilities, personal protective equipment, or other business expenses incurred during the pandemic.