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Covid-19 Resources

Please see below to learn more about the many resources available to our small businesses. If you are a business owner that would like to share resources here, please email tara@gafferdistrict.com. Thank you!

 

6/18/20: GOVERNOR CUOMO ISSUES EXECUTIVE ORDER STRENGTHENING STATE ENFORCEMENT DURING PHASED REOPENING TO PROTECT NEW YORKERS AND ENSURE BUSINESS COMPLIANCE

  • Violations Of Reopening Rules And Guidelines Could Result In Immediate Loss Of Liquor License And Shut Down Order For Businesses

  • Also Issues Executive Order to Expand the Enforcement Areas of State Liquor Authority by Giving Bars Responsibility of Area Immediately Outside their Locations

  • Final Decision on New York City Entering Phase Two Monday Expected to Come Tomorrow

  • State to Issue Guidance to Colleges and Universities to Allow Some In Person Instruction and On-Campus Housing for the Fall Semester

  • Less Than One Percent of Yesterday's COVID-19 Tests were Positive

  • Confirms 618 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State - Bringing Statewide Total to 385,760; New Cases in 37 Counties

6/15/20: From Governor Cuomo

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced yesterday, June 15th that gatherings of up to 25 people will be allowed in Phase Three of reopening, up from the limit of 10. Five regions have already entered Phase Three - Central New York, the Finger Lakes, the Mohawk Valley, the North Country, the Southern Tier. The Governor also announced global public health experts have cleared Western New York to enter Phase Three tomorrow, and the Capital Region is still on track to enter Phase Three on Wednesday, June 17th. Business guidance for Phase Three of the state's reopening plan is available here.

 

"As more regions look to enter Phase Three across the state and our numbers continue to go down, we're going to modify the guidelines to allow gatherings up to 25 people, which is up from 10 people," Governor Cuomo said. "The people of New York should be very proud of the work we've accomplished together to bring these numbers down, but we must remain vigilant. The rules and regulations of Phase Three are very clear and they have been working. Everyone has a role to play as we're reopening: Employers have a role, store owners have a role, employees have a role, individuals have a role, and local government has a real responsibility to enforce these guidelines and protect New Yorkers."

To read more, click the link: https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-announces-gatherings-25-...

 

Reopening Businesses Guidelines:

Specifics guidelines, business plan templates, and attestations for these industries can be found at https://forward.ny.gov/phase-two-industries and should be reviewed and completed prior to reopening your business.  This includes the affirmation that you are following the state guidance. Please also continue to check the New York Forward site for guidance that is applicable to your business or certain parts of your business functions.

 

The IDA will continue to monitor this guidance and provide updates as they become available. For more information on this and other resources, please visit our COVID-19 resources web page at https://www.steubencountyida.com/docs/2020/03/31/useful-tools-for-our-business-community/.

 

UPDATE 5/12/20: 

Governor Cuomo Releases the "NY Forward Reopening" Plan, available here

 

UPDATE 4/14/20:

Emergency Relief Loan Program (ELRP) Established to Support Small Businesses in Steuben County. Click here for more informationn

 

UPDATE 3/23/20:

NYS Tax Department issues sales tax guidance related to COVID-19 tax relief. Click here for more information.

 

 

SMALL BUSINESS GRANT PROGRAMS:

  • Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Southerrn Finger Lakes offers grants and resources for businesses impacted by COVID-19. Click here to learn more.

SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCES:

  • Submit any business-related questions about COVID-19 to Empire State Development here

  • Click here for the Steuben IDA website for updates, resources and more.

SMALL BUSINESS WEBINARS:

  • Re-opening Restaurants Post the NY Pause | Click here for an informational discussion on re-opening restaurants after NYS is un-PAUSED. 

  • Google Webinar:  Manage Your Business Remotely in Times of Uncertainty | As a Grow with Google Partner, Corning's Gaffer District would like to invite you to tune in to a special live-stream for small businesses:  Manage Your Business Remotely in Times of Uncertainty at 12 noon EST on May 6. Aimed at small business owners just like you who have been impacted by COVID-19, this special live-stream event will help you discover tools, tips and resources you need right now.  Learn how to update critical business information online to keep customers informed and how to host virtual meetings and events.  Google will also share their latest resources and those of other partners to help support small businesses. Click here to watch. Please reach out to gwgpartners@google.com with any questions. 

SMALL BUSINESS GUIDANCE:

  • Facebook launches Shops to bring more businesses online during the pandemic: click here to read more, and click here to set up!

  • Streetsense Toolkit for Reopening Bars & Restaurants: click here

  • Reopening: Guidance for the Restaurant Industry: click here

  • Recovery Readiness Guides by Cushman Wakefield: Cushman Wakefield has assisted over a million employees in China to return to the workforce, and these guides contain many lessons learned from that experience.: The Safe Six Checklist, Recovery Readiness How to Guide 1.0 Pyramid, and Recovery Readiness Deck.

  • Business Mentor NY: click here for small business guidance or to become a volunteer!

 

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