Important Information for Businesses Being Impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

COVID-19 has created a rapidly changing environment for businesses in our community. News about assistance programs and other relief efforts continues to come in quickly. 

As New York State monitors and responds to developments related to COVID-19, Empire State Development is providing up-to-date guidance for businesses impacted by the virus. 



NYS Guidance:

New York State on PAUSE – Extended to April 15

Governor Cuomo Signs the ‘New York State on PAUSE’ Executive Order

Business Guidance from Empire State Development

Detailed FAQ for NYS Businesses

NYS Department of Labor Shared Work Alternative – Your Layoff Alternative 

NY Attorney General COVID-19 Application For Suspension Of Debt Collection Activity

NYS Executive Order 202.7 – Temporary Closure of All Barbershops, Hair Salons, Tattoo or Piercing Parlors and related personal care services

NYS Executive Order 202.5 – Temporary Closure Guidance for Malls & Amusement Businesses

NYS Executive Order 202.6 – Updated 3.19.20 – Reduction of in-person staff by 75%

NYS Executive Order 202.6 – Guidance on Workforce Reduction to 50%

Volunteer to Help NYS Fight COVID-19 –

FEDERAL Guidance:

The U.S. Small Business Administration is also working to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and non-profits that have been severely impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue many businesses are likely experiencing.

SBA Disaster Assistance Loan Application –

SBA Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources – CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION  

U.S. Department of Labor: Public Health Emergencies and the Fair Labor Standards Act Questions and Answers

U.S. Department of Labor: Families First Coronavirus Response Act – Employer Paid Leave Requirements

U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship – Guide to the CARES Act

CDC Guidance for Businesses and Employers:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers the most up-to-date information on COVID-19. This interim guidance is based on what is currently known about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

U.S. Chamber of Commerce – Coronavirus Emergency Loans: Small Business Guide and Checklist

For updates from CDC, please see the following:

Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Preventing Stigma Related to COVID-19

Share Facts about COVID-19

CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Web page

Information on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Prevention, Symptoms and FAQ