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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources & Updates

Updated Tuesda, June 2, at 12:58 pm 

The Flatiron/23rd Partnership Team is working hard to collect resources and information on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak as it becomes available. 

If you have questions or needs? Email the team directly: Covid19@FlatironDistrict.nyc

Stay connected to Flatiron/NoMad and support local businesses:

Takeout/Delivery: Here is a running list of Flatiron businesses offering takeout/delivery. 
Essential Retailers: A list of essential retailers that are open in the neighborhood. 
Virtual Experiences & Online Classes: A running list of online resources from Flatiron/Nomad businesses and Institutions.
Shop Flatiron Online: Your favorite Flatiron retailers still taking orders online. 
Local Business Fundraisers: Ways you can support the businesses you love.  

Each of these lists are updated on a continuous basis. Please email the team if your business should be added. 

Scroll to the bottom for additional resources.


BUSINESS ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS:

Please visit our Financial Resources Page for financial resources to support small businesses, nonprofits, and nonessential businesses and workers impacted.

The New York City Comptroller's Office has put together a comprehensive and easy to navigate COVID-19 Resource page, which includes information specifically for businesses. 

New York City Unemployment Resources.

For expert advice on a variety of topics: funding, legal issues, government regulations, staffing, marketing, real estate, health care, technology, etc, Businesses can utilize the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce help desk. No need to be a member, this is currently open to all who need it.  


NEWSLETTERS TO HELP KEEP YOU INFORMED:


 GENERAL RESOURCES:


 
UPDATES FROM NEW YORK STATE AND CITY OFFICIALS: 

MTA: For the latest updates, visit their Essential Service Page and Subway & Bus Service Details Page to find up-to-date information about service changes. 

Beginning Wednesday, May 6 at 1:00 AM, the MTA Transit System will be closed for disinfection between 1:00 AM and 5:00 PM daily. The MTA will disinfect the NYC Transit system daily, including the Metro North and Long Island Railroad, as well as provide free alternative transportation options to essential workers during the cleaning hours of 1:00 AM to 5:00 AM.

Flatiron & NoMad Open Streets - Broadway: (5/6)
Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York City Council announced that 40 miles of streets Citywide will be opened to pedestrians and bicyclists to allow for greater social distancing as the weather gets warmer.

Broadway will have two sections of Open Streets including 25th Street to 28th Street and 21st Street to the south side of 23rd Street. Hours of operation will be from 10 am to 6 pm. Cross streets will remain open to vehicular traffic. 

Governor Andrew Cuomo: (Updated 5/29) - Visit NYS Coronavirus page

  • New: Governor Cuomo issued an Executive Order authorizing businesses to deny entry to individuals not wearing masks or face-coverings.

  • Gov. Cuomo releases "NY Forward: A Guide to Reopening New York and Building Back Better."

  • The governor announced regional guidelines for reopening. Read the press release here. Guidelines include regional criteria to begin opening as well as four phases of business priority and new business safety guidelines. View guidelines here

  • UPDATED: New York is extending a moratorium on evictions for residential and commercial tenants until at least August 20.

  • UPDATED: The state is also banning late payments or fees for missed rent payments during the eviction moratorium, and allowing renters facing financial hardship due to COVID-19 to use their security deposit as payment and repay their security deposit over time.

  • New York on Pause continues through May 15.

  • Executive orders 202.17 and 202.18 requiring all people in New York to wear masks or face coverings in public, including when taking public or private transportation or riding in for-hire vehicles. The CDC explained how to wear facial coverings and how to make one at home

  • Employers are to provide essential workers with masks free of charge to wear when interacting with the public, mandated by executive order.

  • $600 in additional weekly unemployment benefits will be made available to all New Yorkers; and the period covered by unemployment benefits is being extended for another 13 weeks, for total of 39 weeks.

  • New York State is increasing the maximum fine for violating social distancing mandates from $500 to $1000 in an effort to increase compliance. 

  • All non-essential construction must shut down except emergency construction. More information about what constitutes essential construction can be found here.

  • 100% of the nonessential workforce must stay home. This excludes essential services such as food delivery/take-out, pharmacies, grocery stores, and other similar services. This previous Executive Order provides guidance on what is considered "Essential Workforce"

  • Announcement of new Matilda's Law to protect New Yorkers age 70+ and those with compromised immune systems. This law directs the public to remain indoors, pre-screen visitors by taking temperature, ask visitors to wear masks and stay six feet away from others.
     
  • NYS is "on pause". Non-essential gatherings of individuals of ANY size for ANY reason are canceled at this time.
     
  • Public transportation will keep running to get nurses, doctors, law enforcement officers, and other essential personnel where they need to go. Everyone else: Limit the use of public transportation to only when absolutely necessary.

  • Tax Day Postponed: Federal Tax Day has been moved from April 15 to July 15. 

Mayor Bill de Blasio: State of Emergency issued for NYC. (3/13) 

Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an Executive Order for the State of NY regarding the temporary suspension or modification of laws relating to disaster emergency. (3/13)

New York State Senate (4/10)
Issued guidance that allows non-essential retail establishments (as defined by the Empire State Development Corporation) to fulfill delivery orders placed remotely via phone or online. Please note that only one employee may be physically present at the business location to fulfill orders. You can let your neighbors and enforcement officials know that you’re operating under these guidelines by posting a sign on the door or front window like this one.
 

Free Meals for all New Yorkers
NYC Department of Education has extended its free meal plan to students to all New Yorkers. Any New Yorker who wants one can get three free meals a day at more than 400 Meal Hubs across the city at designated times. Read the details here

Meal Hub locations in and around the Flatiron neighborhood:

  • The American Sign Language and English Secondary School (223 East 23rd Street)
  • School of the Future High School (127 East 22nd Street) 
  • J.H.S. 104 Simon Baruch (330 East 21st Street)
  • Manhattan Academy For Arts & Language (111 East 33rd Street)

Park Facilities
Playgrounds
 (4/1 as of) and Dog Runs (as of 4/6) in New York City are now closed, including in Madison Square Park. Open park areas, including lawns, remain open for individuals following social distancing mandates. 

 

New Yorkers who have recovered from COVID-19 are encouraged to donate blood. Here’s information on how to donate.

For real-time New York City COVID-19 updates, text "COVID" to 692-692. 

For the Latest Health Updates from the City of New York visit: nyc.gov/coronavirus

For the Latest Updates from the State of New York visit: coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home


CALL FOR PERSONAL PROTECTION EQUIPTMENT (PPE) AND SPACES 

  • Critical need for Personal Protection Equipment: New York has a critical need for Personal Protection Equipment including gloves, gowns, and masks. NYS needs companies to be creative to supply the crucial gear our healthcare workers need. NY will pay a premium and offer to fund.
  • NYC Share Your Space Survey: General Info & Take The Survey to Register Your Space. The Share Your Space Survey identifies spaces in your community that could potentially support the City's emergency operations or be used for community outreach events. Registering your community space (a hotel, stadium, parking lot, etc.) is one way you can help support communities during this time.

BEST PRACTICES TO HELP STOP THE SPREAD: 

For the General Public, check out the World Health Organization's guidelines. 

For the workplace for essential personnel, check out the Center for Disease Control's guidelines. 

For Small businesses, COVID-19 Guidance for Business Owners (Updated 3-16-2020)


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: 

 

 

Header Credit: World Health Organization 
Thumbnail Credit: Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

 

 

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