• COVID-19 Information & Resources

    As we prepare to reopen businesses and the economy in New York, your Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce is continually working on assisting our members and business community the best way we can. Below you will find multiple resources:

  • Reopen New York Resources

    Below are compiled resources pertaining to reopening businesses in New York State. Click here to view the Metrics to Guide Reopening New York website.

     

  • Free Online Courses for Employers & Employees in Saratoga, Warren, and Washington Counties

    The Warren County Employment & Training Administration is thrilled to offer NEW and FREE online courses, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, for employers and employees in the following categories:
     
    • Business Continuity Planning
    • Virtual Work/Working Remotely
    • Safety/PPE
     
    These training courses are FREE for all Saratoga, Warren, and Washington county businesses and residents.
     
    Click here to create your account and enroll in these online courses.
  • Governor Cuomo Announces New Regulations for Bars & Restaurants to Ensure Compliance with State Social Distancing and Face Covering Orders

    July 17, 2020

    Governor Cuomo announced new regulations for bars and restaurants yesterday, July 16, 2020. These new regulations require bars and restaurants to "only serve alcohol to people who are ordering and eating food and that all service at bar tops must only be for seated patrons who are socially distanced by six feet or separated by physical barriers." These regulations apply to bars and restaurants statewide.
     
    Click here to read the full announcement from Governor Cuomo.
     
    Click here for full guidance on the Requirement that Licensees With On-Premises Service Privileges Serve Food With Alcoholic Beverages from the New York State Liquor Authority.
  • Governor Cuomo announces that the Capital Region is Expected to Enter Phase 3 Reopening on June 17, 2020 Governor Cuomo announces that the Capital Region is Expected to Enter Phase 3 Reopening on June 17, 2020

    June 15, 2020
     
    Please click here as Governor Cuomo announces that the Capital Region is expected to enter Phase 3 reopening on June 17, 2020.
    Please click here for Phase 3 reopening guidance.

    New York Forward Business Reopen Lookup Tool can be found here.

  • New York State Liquor Authority Guidance on Outdoor Expansion of Licensed Premises in Response to COVID-19 Outbreak New York State Liquor Authority Guidance on Outdoor Expansion of Licensed Premises in Response to COVID-19 Outbreak

    Effective Thursday, June 4, 2020
     
    Pursuant to the Governor’s order, effective Thursday, June 4, 2020, all licensees in regions that have entered phase 2 of reopening and which have on-premises service privileges under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law (ABC Law) may, subject to the guidance below, resume outdoor, on-premises service of alcoholic beverages and/or food.  
    To aid in prevention of the spread of the coronavirus and assist businesses impacted by the current state of emergency, the Governor has ordered the Chairman of the State Liquor Authority (SLA) to promulgate guidance on a streamlined process for expansion of licensed premises for service of alcoholic beverages. This SLA Guidance shall continue until July 6, 2020 but may be extended or reduced depending upon the circumstances. 
     

    Continue reading here.

  • Capital Region Restaurants Will Be Permitted to Open Outdoor Dining on June 4, 2020 Capital Region Restaurants Will Be Permitted to Open Outdoor Dining on June 4, 2020

    June 3, 2020

    Please click here for information that the Capital Region (our region) restaurants will be permitted to open outdoor dining on Thursday, June 4, 2020.

  • Phase 2 Reopening Guidance Phase 2 Reopening Guidance

    Governor Cuomo Announces Capital Region Expected to Enter Phase 2 Reopen on June 3, 2020

    June 1, 2020
     

    Please click here as Governor Cuomo announces the Capital Region is expected to enter Phase 2 reopen this Wednesday, June 3, 2020.


     

    May 29, 2020

    Please click here for Phase 2 Reopening Guidance. Many thanks to Warren County Administrator Ryan Moore for the heads up.
     
    Phase 2 is scheduled to reopen for our region (Capital Region) on Wednesday June 3, 2020. Please be advised that this date may change. We are awaiting further guidance from the Governor's office on the Phase 2 reopening date for our region. Your ARCC is working hard with our elected officials and others for a June 3, 2020 reopening date.
     
    Phase 2 businesses include:
    • All Office-Based Jobs
    • Real Estate Services
    • Retail – In-Store Shopping 
    • Limited Barbershop and Hair Salon Services
    • Vehicle Sales, Leases, and Cleaning
    • Commercial Building Management

  • Back to Business Webinar, 5/27 - presented by Catamount Consulting Back to Business Webinar, 5/27 - presented by Catamount Consulting

    Many thanks to Scott McKenna and Heidi Williams of Catamount Consulting for a great “Back to Business” Webinar yesterday, May 27, 2020.

    The focus of this webinar was on the safety and health of employees and customers as you reopen your business.

     

    Click here for the Power Point presentation.

    Click here for the Zoom recording of the presentation.

    Additional resources:

  • Reopening Self-Assessment and Affirmation of Compliance Form for the City of Glens Falls Reopening Self-Assessment and Affirmation of Compliance Form for the City of Glens Falls

    Please click here for an informational letter from Glens Falls Mayor Dan Hall regarding reopening self-assessment and affirmation of compliance for the City of Glens Falls.

    Please click here for the City of Glens Falls reopening self-assessment and affirmation of compliance form.

  • Capital Region Phase 1 Reopening Starts Wednesday May 20, 2020 Capital Region Phase 1 Reopening Starts Wednesday May 20, 2020

    Capital Region Phase 1 Reopening Starts Wednesday May 20, 2020
    May 19, 2020
     
    Great news! The Capital Region Phase 1 reopening starts, tomorrow, Wednesday May 20, 2020!!
     
    Some key points:
    Click here to see if your business is in Phase 1 and that you have read the NY State safety guidance and have a business reopening safety plan in place.
     
    Click here for Business Reopen Lookup Tool.
     
    Click here for the Business Reopening Safety Plan template (this is a standard template, please see if there is one specific to your business).
     
    The business reopening safety plan template states, “This plan does not need to be submitted to a state agency for approval but must be retained on the premises of the business and must be made available to the New York State Department of Health (DOH) or local health or safety authorities in the event of an inspection.”
     
    Other helpful guidance:
    1. Develop Plans and Procedures (fill out business reopening safety plan template referenced above)
    2. Have a person “in charge” and accountable for the procedures and making sure they are implemented
    3. Employees should all receive a copy of the plan and sign off that they have read the plan and agree to implement them
    4. Have log books available for staff to fill out that they are performing the procedures (sign off time and initials)
    5. Have signs at your place of business outlining what your safety expectations are for your employees and your guests/customers
  • REQUIRED: "Read and Affirm Detailed Guidelines" for Phase 1 Reopening and Essential Businesses REQUIRED: "Read and Affirm Detailed Guidelines" for Phase 1 Reopening and Essential Businesses

    REQUIRED: "Read and Affirm Detailed Guidelines" for Phase 1 Reopening and Essential Businesses
     
    Please click here for the “NY Forward Industries Reopening by Phase” page where you will find “Read and Affirm Detailed Guidelines”, along with summary guidelines and sample safety plan templates.
     
    Please note:
    Each business reopening in Phase 1, and currently open essential businesses, will have to read and affirm the detailed guidelines for your industry and submit acknowledgement to the state on the link found above.
  • New York Safety and Health Guidelines for Phase 1 Industry Reopening New York Safety and Health Guidelines for Phase 1 Industry Reopening

    New York Safety and Health Guidelines for Phase 1 Industry Reopening
     
    Please click here for updated New York safety and health guidelines for Phase 1 industry reopening.
     
    Please note:
    At this time, New York is urging each business to develop a safety and health plan prior to reopening.
     
    There is no guidance at this time to submit your plan for approval.
     
    Click here for the FAQ, where there is a section with a contact email address for the Capital Region should you have questions regarding a safety and health plan for your business.
     
    Please check the links above often as new information is added several times per day.
  • Updated Regional Monitoring Dashboard Updated Regional Monitoring Dashboard

    Updated Regional Monitoring Dashboard
     
    Please click here for an updated Regional Monitoring Dashboard. We are in the Capital Region where we improved from 5 out of 7 yesterday to 6 out of 7 today.
     
    Please take note
     
    The goal is to be 7 out of 7 on the metrics. Once the Capital Region hits 7 out of 7 after May 15, we may get clearance to start Phase 1 reopening.
    This chart can change day to day in either direction, better or worse, or stay static.
     
    Please note at the bottom of the Dashboard a description of each metric.
  • NY Industries Reopening by Phase NY Industries Reopening by Phase

    NY Industries Reopening by Phase
     
    As you know from the information we emailed yesterday afternoon, our Capital Region is not declared ready for Phase 1 of reopening. Our Capital Region is working hard to meet the 7 point metrics criteria, known as the Regional Monitoring Dashboard. Click here to view the Regional Monitoring Dashboard. When these criteria are met and the Governor approves, our Capital Region will be able to start in Phase 1 of reopening.
     
    Please click here for a link to the Governor’s website with current information on New York industries reopening by phase.
     
    As you will see, the New York industries reopening by phase web page is still a work in progress. There is a “Frequently Asked Questions” section, which currently has no questions or answers. But it does have an email link for each region for you to ask questions you may have.
  • Governor Cuomo Announces Updated New York Re-Open Information Governor Cuomo Announces Updated New York Re-Open Information

    Governor Cuomo Announces Updated New York Re-Open Information
     
    Please click here as Governor Cuomo announces three regions of New York ready to begin re-opening on May 15th.
     
    Please click here for an updated Regional Monitoring Dashboard released by Governor Cuomo this afternoon.
     
    In addition click here for the "NY Forward Re-Opening" Guide also distributed by the Governor’s office.
  • Governor Cuomo Announces 12-Step Phased Plan to Reopen New York State Governor Cuomo Announces 12-Step Phased Plan to Reopen New York State

    Governor Cuomo Announces 12-Step Phased Plan to Reopen New York State
     
    Please click here for Governor Cuomo’s 12-step phased plan to reopen New York State.
    While all 12 steps are vital to our community reopening, points 2 and 3 are very relevant directly to our business community.
  • Governor Cuomo Sunday, 4/26, Press Conference comments on "Restarting the State" Governor Cuomo Sunday, 4/26, Press Conference comments on "Restarting the State"

    Governor Cuomo Sunday, 4/26, Press Conference comments on "Restarting the State"
     
    Please click here for an article from the Post Star highlighting Governor Cuomo’s Sunday April 26, 2020 press conference. 
     
    The Governor highlights what your ARCC has been advocating and working on with our elected officials: a regional approach to reopening New York as well as a business sector approach for reopening New York State.
  • ARCC Works with Assemblyman Dan Stec and Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce for a Regional Reopening Approach ARCC Works with Assemblyman Dan Stec and Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce for a Regional Reopening Approach

    ARCC Works with Assemblyman Dan Stec and Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce for a Regional Reopening Approach
     
    Many thanks to Assemblyman Dan Stec and Todd Shimkus of the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce for working with your Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce to ask the Governor to push for a regional reopening approach throughout New York State. Please click here for WNYT Channel 13 News article, go to third picture in article for complete news cast story. 
     
    The Governor responded in kind yesterday (Tuesday, April 21) for the need of a regional reopening approach within New York State. Please click here for Albany Times Union article.
     
    We are in this together.
     
    Blessings,
     
    Michael Bittel
    ARCC President & CEO
  • NY Forward Resources & Announcements

    Visit the NY Forward website for more information.

  • Updated NY Forward - Phase 4 Industry Guidelines for Reopening

    July 1, 2020

    The Capital Region enters Phase 4 of reopening today, Wednesday, 7/1/2020. Below are resources that were shared last week, by your ARCC, with the addition of guidance on professional sports competitions with no fans. Your ARCC will be sure to update you as more information becomes available.

    Phase 4 reopening resources from NY Forward:

    Higher Education

    Low-Risk Outdoor Arts & Entertainment

    Low-Risk Indoor Arts & Entertainment

    Media Production

    Professional Sports Competitions with No Fans


     

  • Update on Governor Cuomo Executive Order on Mandatory Quarantine for Travelers to New York

    June 29, 2020

    On the afternoon of Friday, June 26, 2020 Governor Cuomo issued an Executive Order to clarify if employees are eligible for paid sick leave benefits, if voluntarily traveling to a state having COVID-19 infection rates exceeding the established criteria.

    The highlight of this Executive Order is:

    "Subdivision 4 of section 1 of chapter 25 of the laws of 2020 is modified to the extent necessary to provide that in addition to any travel to a country for which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a level two or three travel health notice, an employee shall not be eligible for paid sick leave benefits or any other paid benefits pursuant to this chapter if such employee voluntarily travels which commences after June 25, 2020 to a state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents, or higher than a 10% test positivity rate, over a seven day rolling average, and which the commissioner of the department of health has designated as meeting these conditions as outlined in the advisory issued pursuant to Executive Order 205, and the travel was not taken as part of the employee’s employment or at the direction of the employee’s employer;"

    Please click here to read the full Executive Order No. 202.45 related to the Mandatory Quarantine for Travelers to New York.

    Click here to read the interim guidance document on Quarantine Restrictions on Travelers Arriving in New York State Following Out of State Travel from restricted states, issued by the New York State Department of Health.

    Please click here for a list of restricted states, guidance for travel, precautionary quarantine requirements, and exemptions for essential workers. Please note that this list of restricted states could change daily.


  • Governor Cuomo Issues Phase 4 Guidelines for Higher Education, Low-Risk Indoor & Outdoor Arts & Entertainment, and Media Production Governor Cuomo Issues Phase 4 Guidelines for Higher Education, Low-Risk Indoor & Outdoor Arts & Entertainment, and Media Production

    June 24, 2020

    Governor Cuomo has issued guidance on Phase 4, please see guidance below, which includes the reopening of higher education, low-risk indoor & outdoor arts & entertainment, and media production businesses.
     
    Phase 4 reopening resources from NY Forward:
     
    Higher Education Reopening Resources
     
    Low-Risk Outdoor Arts & Entertainment
     
    Low-Risk Indoor Arts & Entertainment
     
    Media Production
     
    New York Forward Business Re-opening Tool

    Click here to see if your business is eligible to reopen during Phase 4.

  • Governor Cuomo Issues Phase 3 Guidelines for Restaurants/Food Service and Personal Care Governor Cuomo Issues Phase 3 Guidelines for Restaurants/Food Service and Personal Care

    June 9, 2020
     
    Governor Cuomo has recently issued guidance on Phase 3, which includes the reopening of restaurants/food service and personal care services.
     
    Please click here for to visit the NY Forward site for more information on Phase 3.
     
    Additional Phase 3 reopening resources from Forward NY:
  • New York Forward Loan Fund New York Forward Loan Fund

    Pre-application opens at noon on May 26, 2020.

    Please click here for the New York Forward Loan Fund (NYFLF), which is a new economic recovery loan program aimed at supporting New York State small businesses, nonprofits and small landlords as they reopen after the COVID-19 outbreak and NYS on PAUSE.

    NYFLF targets the state’s small businesses with 20 or fewer full-time equivalent (FTE) employees (90% of all businesses), nonprofits and small landlords that have seen a loss of rental income.

  • New York Forward Business Reopening Lookup Tool New York Forward Business Reopening Lookup Tool

    New York Forward Business Reopening Lookup Tool
    May 18, 2020
     
    Please click here for the “New York Forward Business Reopening Lookup Tool”.
     
    As stated on the webpage, “This tool will help you determine whether or not your business is eligible to reopen, and the public health and safety standards with which your business must comply.”
     
    Please click here for an updated “Industries Reopening by Phase” page.
    Both links will help you determine, and provide information for, your business’ timing of reopening.
  • Capital Region Ready to Open for Business Once Contact Tracers in Place Capital Region Ready to Open for Business Once Contact Tracers in Place

    Capital Region Ready to Open for Business Once Contact Tracers in Place
    May 18, 2020
     
    We are excited that the Governor’s Office has stated that once the Capital Region has enough certified tracers we may open for business and start Phase 1. It is anticipated that the Capital region will have enough tracers early this week.
     
    The announcement occurred due to the Governor’s office correctly recalibrating the 7-Matrix metrics numbers properly in the area of hospitalizations and mortality rates and numbers. Please click here for the email we sent this past Saturday to Dr. Malatras, a member of the Governor’s COVID-19 team, asking him to look at and recalibrate these numbers. Many thanks to the many folks who worked hard to make this happen!
     
    Please see below, an interview and further information from yesterday with Mark Mulholland of WNYT Channel 13.
    Mark Mulholland
     
    Businesses are eager to reopen in Warren and Washington Counties.
     
    Leaders there were eager to be separated from the rest of the Capital Region when it came to reopening, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday that the entire region is nearly ready to begin phase one.
     
    State Assemblyman Dan Stec, Warren County Administrator Ryan Moore and Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce President Mike Bittel have been discussing plans to reopen the economy.
     
    Bittel pointed out that big box stores are open and soon beaches will be able to, but not the "mom and pops" that provide a livelihood for so many in the region.
     
    Apparently, the state listened.
     
    Bittel, Stec and Moore are thrilled that the Governor's team recalibrated its metrics Sunday and the Capital Region is ready to reopen as soon as it can prove it has enough certified contact tracers.
     
    "Before today's announcement, I would've said let's do a subregion because Warren and Washington Counties are a little bit different than our neighbors to the south," said Moore.
  • Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) & Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Resources


     

  • Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Policy Update-Forgiveness Procedures

    SBA and Treasury have released new policy updates to the PPP program. In particular, this rule updates and clarifies the forgiveness procedures from the PPP Flexibility Act and the new forgiveness forms. Please encourage borrower to READ this rule and the new forgiveness applications, and if you have questions, feel free to direct them to our office.
     
    Highlights from the Rule:
    • Businesses may apply for forgiveness at any time during the Covered Period once they meet the requirement for forgiveness. They do not have to wait until the end of the 24 weeks.
    • Clarifies the amount that Owners may pay themselves under the new Rule.
    • FTE safe harbor for businesses that can document in good faith an inability to return to the same level of business activity as the borrower was operating at before February 15, 2020, due to compliance with requirements established or guidance issued between March 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020 related to the maintenance of standards for sanitation, social distancing, or any other worker or customer safety requirement related to COVID-19 (COVID Requirements or Guidance).
     
    PPP Interim Final Rule - Revisions to Loan Forgiveness Interim Final Rule and SBA Loan Review Procedures Interim Final Rule:
     
  • Small Business Administration (SBA) and US Treasury Department Announce New Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) EZ Forgiveness Application

    June 17, 2020
     
    SBA and Treasury Announce New PPP EZ Forgiveness Application
    Revised Full Forgiveness Applications Also Available
     
    WASHINGTON—Today, the U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S. Department of the Treasury, posted a revised, user-friendly Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness application implementing the PPP Flexibility Act of 2020. In addition to revising the full forgiveness application, the SBA also published a new “EZ” version of the forgiveness application applying to borrowers who:
     
    • Are self-employed and have no employees; OR
    • Did not reduce the salaries or wages of their employees by more than 25%, and did not reduce the number or hours of their employees; OR
    • Experienced reductions in business activity as a result of health directives related to COVID-19 and did not reduce the salaries or wages of their employees by more than 25%
     
    “This is great news for small businesses,” said SBA Regional Administrator Steve Bulger, who oversees agency operations in the Atlantic and Mid-Atlantic regions. “The EZ application requires fewer calculations and less documentation, which makes the process much less intimidating. I’m sure this will go a long way toward improving access and helping us distribute the remaining PPP appropriations to support small business owners and their employees.” 
     
    Details regarding the applicability of these provisions are available in the instructions to the new EZ application form. Both applications give borrowers the option of using the original 8-week covered period (if their loan was made before June 5, 2020) or an extended 24-week covered period. These changes will result in a more efficient process and make it easier for businesses to realize full forgiveness of their PPP loan. 
     
    Click here to view the EZ Forgiveness Application.
    Click here to view the Full Forgiveness Application.
  • Video of Paycheck Protection Program Update with Steve Bulger and ARCC from June 10, 2020

    June 15, 2020
     
    Please click here for a video of the Paycheck Protection Program update with Steve Bulger and the ARCC from June 10, 2020. 
     
    Thank you much to Regional Administrator Steve Bulger of the SBA for joining us, Mark Shaw and StoredTech for hosting our ZOOM call, and to Jesse Jackson of LookTV for filming us and putting the final video together.

    Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Update Live with Small Business Administration Regional Director Steve Bulger

    We are pleased to have Small Business Administration Regional Director Steve Bulger give us an update on recent changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
     
    Many thanks to StoredTech and Mark Shaw for hosting this Zoom event this Wednesday June 10, 2020 at 1 pm.
     
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  • Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Flexibility Act Passes the US Senate Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Flexibility Act Passes the US Senate

    Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Flexibility Act Passes the US Senate

    June 4, 2020
     

    The US Senate has passed the US House version, click here, of the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020. It is anticipated that the President will sign this bill quickly into law.

     

    Many thanks to our partners at TD BankAdirondack Trust and Congresswoman Elise Stefanik for talking this one through!

     

    These changes to PPP in the new bill include:

     

    Now a minimum maturity of 5 years for a loan, up from 2 years. (Page 2)

     

    This applies to new loans from the date of this becoming law (when the President signs the bill). 

    

    Important side note of the bill: “Nothing in this Act… the Paycheck Protection Program… shall be construed to prohibit lenders and borrowers from mutually agreeing to modify the maturity terms of the covered loan…” on PPP loans that were already taken before this Act is signed into law. 

     

    Extends the covered period from 8 weeks to 24 weeks or December 31, 2020. (Page 3)

     

    Say you received the funds from the loan on May 30, 2020 but you didn’t need to start using the funds from PPP until July 1, 2020 you now have 24 weeks from May 30, 2020 to use the money.

     

    The borrower now has until December 31, 2020 to restore their FTEs (Full Time Equivalents) headcount towards your loan forgiveness. (Page 4) This date had been June 30, 2020. 

     

    In this Amended Act, it also allows for you to also accommodate your FTEs with the following:

     

    “(A) is able to document –

    (i) an inability to rehire individuals who were employees of the eligible recipient on February 15, 2020”

    (ii) an inability to hire similarly qualified employees for unfilled positions on or before December 31, 2020: or

     

    “(B) is able to document an inability to return to the same level of business activity as such business was operating before February 15, 2020” (Please read the Act on page 4 as it goes into if your business was affected prior to Feb 15, 2020 due to government guidance related to COVID-19).

     

    PPP funds now can be used as 60% for payroll costs and 40% for mortgage interest payment, rent obligation or any covered utility payment. (Page 5)

     

    This will change from the previous ratio of 75%/25%.

     

    The borrower can extend their deferral (application for forgiveness) to 10 months “after the last day of the covered period”, up from 6 months. If the borrower doesn’t apply for forgiveness within those 10 months then the borrower “shall make payments of principal, interest, and fees on such covered loan…” (Page 6)

     

    Delay of Payment of Employer Payroll Taxes (Page 7). 

     

    Please consult with your CPA or Financial Professional on this one.

  • Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Flexibility Act Passes the House of Representatives Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Flexibility Act Passes the House of Representatives

    Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Flexibility Act Passes the House of Representatives

    May 29,2020

    We are happy to report that the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Flexibility Act Passed the US House of Representatives yesterday. Many thanks to Congresswoman Elise Stefanik for co-sponsoring the legislation and for working with the Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce addressing many of our members PPP concerns.

    This still needs to pass and be reconciled in the US Senate and be signed into law by the President. We anticipate this happening in the next week (fingers crossed).

    PPP Flexibility Act legislation highlights:

    • Extends the period businesses can utilize funds and receive forgiveness to 24 weeks, up from 8 weeks

    • Allows a greater portion of the loan to be utilized on non-payroll expenses

    • Ensures access to payroll tax deferment for businesses that take PPP loans

    • Provides flexibility on employment level requirements and loan maturity

  • Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Guide to Loan Forgiveness from the US Chamber of Commerce Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Guide to Loan Forgiveness from the US Chamber of Commerce

    Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Guide to Loan Forgiveness from the US Chamber of Commerce

    Please click here for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Guide to Loan Forgiveness from the US Chamber of Commerce.
  • PPP Loan Forgiveness Application from the SBA and US Department of Treasury - May 15, 2020 PPP Loan Forgiveness Application from the SBA and US Department of Treasury - May 15, 2020

    Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application from the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the US Department of Treasury - May 15, 2020
     
    Please click here for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application from the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the US Department of Treasury.
     
    Please also see below a “News Release” from the SBA on further guidance regarding PPP.
     
    NEWS RELEASE
    ATLANTIC REGION  New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico & U.S. Virgin Islands
     
    Release Date: May 15, 2020                              
    Contact: Press_Office@sba.gov, (202) 205-7036
    SBA and Treasury Release Paycheck Protection Program
    Loan Forgiveness Application
     
    WASHINGTON—The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S Department of the Treasury, released the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application and detailed instructions for the application. 
     
    The form and instructions inform borrowers how to apply for forgiveness of their PPP loans, consistent with the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). SBA will also soon issue regulations and guidance to further assist borrowers as they complete their applications, and to provide lenders with guidance on their responsibilities.
    The form and instructions include several measures to reduce compliance burdens and simplify the process for borrowers, including:
    • Options for borrowers to calculate payroll costs using an “alternative payroll covered period” that aligns with borrowers’ regular payroll cycles
    • Flexibility to include eligible payroll and non-payroll expenses paid or incurred during the eight-week period after receiving their PPP loan
    • Step-by-step instructions on how to perform the calculations required by the CARES Act to confirm eligibility for loan forgiveness
    • Borrower-friendly implementation of statutory exemptions from loan forgiveness reduction based on rehiring by June 30
    • Addition of a new exemption from the loan forgiveness reduction for borrowers who have made a good-faith, written offer to rehire workers that was declined
    The PPP was created by the CARES Act to provide forgivable loans to eligible small businesses to keep American workers on the payroll during the COVID-19 pandemic. The documents released today will help small businesses seek forgiveness at the conclusion of the eight-week covered period, which begins with the disbursement of their loans.
    Click here to view the application and instructions. It is also available at www.sba.gov/ppp in the Loan Forgiveness section of the webpage.
     
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    About the U.S. Small Business Administration
    The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more visit www.sba.gov.
  • New Guidance on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) from the US Department of Treasury - May 4, 2020 New Guidance on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) from the US Department of Treasury - May 4, 2020

    New Guidance Today on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) from the US Department of Treasury

    May 4, 2020

    Please click here for new guidance today on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) from the US Department of Treasury. Eleven new questions and answers have been added to this guidance.

    Your ARCC has worked hard to be a voice with our Federal Officials and the Small Business Administration to ensure our members don’t get penalized for doing the right thing. It was unclear, until now, if PPP loans would be prorated downward if our employers made a good faith effort to return all their employees to work and some employees did not return. Here is the good news:

    Question #40: Will a borrower’s PPP loan forgiveness amount (pursuant to section 1106 of the CARES Act and SBA’s implementing rules and guidance) be reduced if the borrower laid off an employee, offered to rehire the same employee, but the employee declined the offer?

    Answer: No. As an exercise of the Administrator’s and the Secretary’s authority under Section 1106(d)(6) of the CARES Act to prescribe regulations granting de minimis exemptions from the Act’s limits on loan forgiveness, SBA and Treasury intend to issue an interim final rule excluding laid-off employees whom the borrower offered to rehire (for the same salary/wages and same number of hours) from the CARES Act’s loan forgiveness reduction calculation. The interim final rule will specify that, to qualify for this exception, the borrower must have made a good faith, written offer of rehire, and the employee’s rejection of that offer must be documented by the borrower. Employees and employers should be aware that employees who reject offers of re-employment may forfeit eligibility for continued unemployment compensation.

  • Getting Employees Back from Unemployment: from the Business Council of New York Getting Employees Back from Unemployment: from the Business Council of New York

    Getting Employees Back from Unemployment: from the Business Council of New York
     
    We just came across this email from the Business Council of New York. Many employers in our area have questions regarding trying to bring employees back to work who are currently on Unemployment Insurance (UI). We thought this information might be helpful to you and your business. Please utilize the links in the email below to go directly to the NYS Department of Labor website for more information on UI and bringing employees back to work.
     
     
    Getting Employees Back from Unemployment: from the Business Council of New York
    As New York businesses slowly begin to reopen, many are having difficulty getting employees previously furloughed or laid off to return to work. One reason may be the generous unemployment (UI) benefits provided as part of the federal CARES Act passed in March. In addition to extending the period benefits [which] are available by an additional 13 weeks and adding additional qualifying reasons for receiving benefits, the CARES Act provided an additional temporary $600 per week for each UI recipient affected by the COVID pandemic. As a result, it is entirely possible that employees you furloughed/laid off are receiving more from UI than they did working for you.
     
    Now that you need and want these employees to return to work, what can you do? While the state of New York has broad latitude in making UI eligibility decisions, in general, the same rules apply to emergency UI benefits as applied prior to the emergency. That is, that employees must be “ready, willing, and able to work” and actively seeking employment.
     
    If you are able to re-employ a former staff member, contact the individual directly. If the claimant refuses rehire or fails to report to work, they may become ineligible for benefits. Your offer of employment must pay at least the Unemployment Insurance cutoff wage (10% lower than the Unemployment Insurance prevailing wage) for similar work. You can find the UI prevailing wage for your area here.
     
    If this happens, you should contact the Department of Labor in writing:
    NYS Department of Labor
    PO Box 15130
    Albany, NY 12212-5130
    or fax to: (518) 402-6175
     
    By the way, employers should take advantage of the UI Online Services Account for communicating with the department. This notification of a re-employment offer could be done via email if registered. General UI information for employers can be found here.
     
    Keep in mind, of course, the “employee relations” effects of doing so. Employees compelled by their employer to return to work at a rate perhaps lower than what they were receiving from UI could fall in the “disgruntled” category. Be sure to remind the employee that the additional $600 was a temporary benefit due to expire July 31, 2020 and that the post-pandemic job market is nothing if not uncertain.
     
    We have begun to hear anecdotal evidence that UI is denying claims for individuals who have refused to return to work when re-employment is offered – even when claimants have expressed fear of returning to work due to having an underlying health condition that could make them vulnerable to the virus. The governor’s recent stated concerns about New York having enough money to pay all UI claims could (and should) be driving these decisions. All UI decisions, however, are fact specific for each claimant and are made solely [by] the Department of Labor.
  • Resumption of the PPP - SBA Press Release: Joint Statement by SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza and Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin Resumption of the PPP - SBA Press Release: Joint Statement by SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza and Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin

    Resumption of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) - SBA Press Release: Joint Statement by SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza and Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin
     
     
    The Small Business Administration (SBA) has informed us that the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) will reopen Monday April 27, 2020 at 10:30 am.
    Please click here for the SBA press release.
    This program works through your banking/lender relationship.

  • "CARES Act Funding, 3.5", Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program Updates "CARES Act Funding, 3.5", Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program Updates

    "CARES Act Funding, 3.5", Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program Updates
    The US Senate and now the US House of Representatives have signed the new “CARES Act Funding, 3.5”. This bill still awaits the President’s signature. Once the President signs the bill, the Small Business Administration and the Department of Treasury will give guidance on when both the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program will open back up. Once both programs are turned back on, the PPP is through your bank and the EIDL is through the SBA website, https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/economic-injury-disaster-loan-emergency-advance.
     
    Please click here for updated PPP guidance from the SBA and the Department of Treasury. The main update we found was clarifying the size of the company eligible for PPP.
     
    Please click here for highlights of the recent “CARES Act Funding 3.5” by our partners at the US Chamber of Commerce. Most notable in this recent bill is more funding for PPP and EIDL, farmers and Agriculture related businesses can now apply for EIDL, and there is increased funding for hospitals and COVID-19 testing. Please remember, this still needs to be signed by the President before it becomes law. We hope that will happen today.
  • SBA Update on Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advance, Full Loan and the PPP SBA Update on Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advance, Full Loan and the PPP

    SBA Update on Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advance, Full Loan and the PPP
     
    Please click here for some further clarity and an update from the SBA on the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advance, full loan and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
  • SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Application and Information SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Application and Information

    SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Application and Information
     
    From our partners at the Small Business Administration:
    SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza has approved a statewide disaster declaration for NY. Eligible small businesses may now apply for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Please review the attached fact sheet with important information about the declaration and EIDL requirements. Businesses can take advantage of free assistance offered by SBA’s network of Resource Partners for help with preparing their loan applications. You may visit www.sba.gov/local-assistance to find local help. The NYS Small Business Development Center network recommends submitting a request for assistance online at http://nyssbdc.org/appointment.html.
     
    Click here to download the SBA Fact Sheet.
  • US Senate Passes Updated Coronavirus Relief Bill US Senate Passes Updated Coronavirus Relief Bill

    US Senate Passes Updated Coronavirus Relief Bill
     
    The US Senate passed a $484 billion Coronavirus relief bill yesterday. Approximately $380 billion goes towards two Small Business Administration programs; $320 billion towards the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and $60 billion towards the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL). Approximately $75 billion goes towards hospitals and $25 billion towards coronavirus testing.
     
    Just a reminder that the US House of Representatives still needs to vote and pass this bill and then it needs to be signed by the President. Once both of those happen, then employers will be able to start applying for the PPP through banks again and directly with the SBA on EIDL loans. The word is the US House of Representatives will be voting on Thursday (tomorrow).
  • Updated Paycheck Protection Program Q&A Updated Paycheck Protection Program Q&A

    Updated Paycheck Protection Program Q&A
     
    Please click here for updated Paycheck Protection Program Q&A from the SBA and the US Department of the Treasury.
    I am very excited to share that within the new Q&A, question and answer #9 came from verbiage from the ARCC working with Congresswoman Stefanik and her staff.
     
    We received several calls last Friday after initial guidance was issued on PPP with concerns regarding our seasonal businesses. Chandler Atkins of Elms Waterfront Cottages was the first call I received with concerns that seasonal businesses not in operation on February 15, 2020 would not receive any PPP to help support their employees. We immediately called Congresswoman Stefanik and worked with her staff over the weekend to provide clarity to our members and in turn thousands of seasonal businesses around the country. Many thanks to Congresswoman Stefanik and her staff for the team work and turning this around so quickly!
     
    I love that phone calls that started from our region changed and clarified the verbiage in a national program. Thank you to our local seasonal businesses for calling us and being a part of the solution.
  • SBA Paycheck Protection Program Final Guidance Released SBA Paycheck Protection Program Final Guidance Released

    SBA Paycheck Protection Program Final Guidance Released
     
    Please click here for final SBA Paycheck Protection Program Final Guidance.
     
    While applications are supposed to be open for small businesses today through SBA approved banks, this guidance was officially released late last night. Please be patient with your bank as they are working hard to digest the guidance and get application systems up and running. Some banks may not be able to process your application immediately.
     
    Through the CARES Act Legislation signed last Friday, the SBA has released an overview here, information fact sheet here and a sample application here for the Paycheck Protection Program.
     
    KEY INFORMATION HIGHLIGHTS:
     
    April 3, 2020* is when small businesses and sole proprietorships may apply for the Paycheck Protection Program.
     
    April 10, 2020* is when independent contractors and self-employed individuals may apply for the Paycheck Protection Program.
     
    You may apply through an approved and existing SBA lender (that would be an SBA approved bank, etc.). 
     
    Please note that the sample application here within is to be used as a guide. Banks may require that you apply online on April 3, 2020*. This will help the banks and you streamline the process. The sample application link above will help you gather the info you need when you apply through your bank.
     
    *The application date may vary as banks are still waiting for final guidance.

     

    CARES Act/SBA Payroll Protection Program Final Guidance and Application still to come
     
    The CARES Act was passed and signed into law this past Friday. The SBA is working hard on finalizing guidance and the application process of the Payroll Protection Program portion of the CARES Act. Once the SBA provides final guidance and the ability for you to apply for the Payroll Protection Program, we will share with you asap.  
     
    We sent out the following links yesterday from our friends at the New York State Hospitality and Tourism Association:
    Please click here for a SBA 7(a) CARES Act/Payroll Protection Program and SBA 7(b) EIDL Federal Stimulus Loan Chart.
    Please click here for who is eligible under the CARE Act for loans.
     
    Our banks cannot process anything under the CARES Act/Payroll Protection Program at this time until the SBA formally provides final guidance and opens up the application process.  
     
    SBA 7(b) Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) can be applied for now.
  • Governor Cuomo Executive Orders Governor Cuomo Executive Orders

    Governor Cuomo Executive Order on Discretion of Temperature Checks

    June 8, 2020
     
    Please click here for Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order on discretion of owners/employers requiring temperature checks prior to entering public places within their buildings and businesses.
     
    The highlight in the Executive Order:
     

    Consistent with Center for Disease Controls and Prevention and New York State Department of Health Guidance, commercial building owners, retail store owners and those authorized on their behalf to manage public places within their buildings and businesses (collectively “Operators”) shall have the discretion to require individuals to undergo temperature checks prior to being allowed admittance. Further, Operators shall have the discretion to deny admittance to (i) any individual who refuses to undergo such a temperature check and (ii) any individual whose temperature is above that proscribed by New York State Department of Health Guidelines. No Operator shall be subject to a claim of violation of the covenant of quiet enjoyment, or frustration of purpose, solely due to their enforcement of this directive. This directive shall be applied in a manner consistent with the American with Disabilities Act and any provision of either New York State or New York City Human Rights Law.


    Governor Cuomo Issues Executive Order Giving Businesses the Right to Deny Customers Not Wearing Masks or Face Coverings

    May 29, 2020

    Click here for Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order giving businesses the right to deny customers not wearing masks or face coverings.


     

    Governor Cuomo Announces 'NYS on PAUSE' Extended until May 15

    On Thursday, April 16, 2020, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced all NYS on Pause restrictions and closures will be extended until May 15th.

    Click here to read this announcement.


    "New York State Pause" Governor Cuomo Executive Order

    Please find a link below regarding the “New York State Pause” Governor Cuomo Executive Order. This is a 10 point-policy that the Governor has mandated to combat the Coronovirus, starting with all non-essential businesses should be closed as of 8 pm Sunday (yesterday), March 22, 2020.

    Click here to read "New York State Pause" Governor Cuomo Executive Order.


    Governor Cuomo Signs The 'NEW YORK STATE ON PAUSE' Executive Order, List of Essential Businesses and "Designation as an Essential Business" Request Form - March 20, 2020

    Click here to read Governor Cuomo's 'New York State on Pause' Executive Order

    Below is a list of "Essential Businesses" according to Executive Order 202.6:
    1. Essential health care operations including
    • research and laboratory services
    • hospitals
    • walk-in-care health facilities
    • emergency veterinary and livestock services
    • elder care
    • medical wholesale and distribution
    • home health care workers or aides for the elderly
    • doctor and emergency dental
    • nursing homes, or residential health care facilities or congregate care facilities
    • medical supplies and equipment manufacturers and providers
     
    2. Essential infrastructure including
    • utilities including power generation, fuel supply and transmission
    • public water and wastewater
    • telecommunications and data centers
    • airports/airlines
    • transportation infrastructure such as bus, rail, or for-hire vehicles, garages
    • hotels, and places of accommodation
     
    3. Essential manufacturing including
    • food processing, manufacturing agents, including all foods and beverages
    • chemicals
    • medical equipment/instruments
    • pharmaceuticals
    • sanitary products
    • telecommunications
    • microelectronics/semi-conductor
    • agriculture/farms
    • household paper products
     
    4. Essential retail including
    • grocery stores including all food and beverage stores
    • pharmacies
    • convenience stores
    • farmer’s markets
    • gas stations
    • restaurants/bars (but only for take-out/delivery)
    • hardware and building material stores
     
    5. Essential services including
    • trash and recycling collection, processing and disposal
    • mail and shipping services
    • laundromats
    • building cleaning and maintenance
    • child care services
    • auto repair
    • warehouse/distribution and fulfillment
    • funeral homes, crematoriums and cemeteries
    • storage for essential businesses
    • animal shelters
     
    6. News media
     
    7. Financial Institutions including
    • banks
    • insurance
    • payroll
    • accounting
    • services related to financial markets
     
    8. Providers of basic necessities to economically disadvantaged populations including
    • homeless shelters and congregate care facilities
    • food banks
    • human services providers whose function includes the direct care of patients in state-licensed or funded voluntary programs; the care, protection, custody and oversight of individuals both in the community and in state-licensed residential facilities; those operating community shelters and other critical human services agencies providing direct care or support
     
    9. Construction including
    • skilled trades such as electricians, plumbers
    • other related construction firms and professionals for essential infrastructure or for emergency repair and safety purposes
     
    10. Defense
    • defense and national security-related operations supporting the U.S. Government or a contractor to the US government
     
    11. Essential services necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operations of residences or other essential businesses including
    • law enforcement
    • fire prevention and response
    • building code enforcement
    • security
    • emergency management and response
    • building cleaners or janitors
    • general maintenance whether employed by the entity directly or a vendor
    • automotive repair
    • disinfection
     
    12. Vendors that provide essential services or products, including logistics and technology support, child care and services:
    • logistics
    • technology support for online services
    • child care programs and services
    • government owned or leased buildings
    • essential government services

    Click here for "Designation as an Essential Business" Request Form


     

    "Essential Business" and 75% Workforce Reduction Executive Order and Waiver Form

    Please find a link below regarding further guidance on Governor Cuomo’s 75% work reduction mandate. You will also find a link below for a “request a waiver” form. Both are through the Empire State Development website.

    Click here for guidance on Executive Order 202.6

    Click here for designation as an "essential business" request form


    New York State Executive Order Mandating Business that Require In-Office Personnel to Decrease Workforce by 75%

    Governor Cuomo has issued an Executive Order mandating that businesses that require in-office personnel to decrease in-office workforce by 75%. Please see the link below to read the full Executive Order.

    Click here to read full Executive Order.


    Essential Business Executive Order 202.6 Announced by Governor Cuomo -Wednesday, March 18, 2020 

    Please find below an outline of the Essential Business Executive Order from Governor Cuomo. You will also see two links; one which is the actual bill the Governor signed and the second link to Empire State Development which you can ask questions directly regarding Essential Business status.

    Effective on March 20 at 8 p.m.: All businesses and not-for-profit entities in the state shall utilize, to the maximum extent possible, any telecommuting or work from home procedures that they can safely utilize. Each employer shall reduce the in-person workforce at any work locations by 50% no later than March 20 at 8 p.m. Any essential business or entity providing essential services or functions shall not be subject to the in-person restrictions. This includes essential health care operations including research and laboratory services; essential infrastructure including utilities, telecommunication, airports and transportation infrastructure; essential manufacturing, including food processing and pharmaceuticals; essential retail including grocery stores and pharmacies; essential services including trash collection, mail, and shipping services; news media; banks and related financial institutions; providers of basic necessities to economically disadvantaged populations; construction; vendors of essential services necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operations of residences or other essential businesses; vendors that provide essential services or products, including logistics and technology support, child care and services needed to ensure the continuing operation of government agencies and provide for the health, safety and welfare of the public; 

    Any other business may be deemed essential after requesting an opinion from the Empire State Development Corporation, which shall review and grant such request, should it determine that it is in the best interest of the state to have the workforce continue at full capacity in order to properly respond to this disaster. No later than 5 p.m. on March 19, 2020, Empire State Development Corporation shall issue guidance as to which businesses are determined to be essential. 

    Read the entire Essential Business Executive Order 202.6 from Governor Cuomo here.

    To contact Empire State Development with questions regarding Essential Business status, click here.


    COVID-19 Governor Cuomo Press Release Regarding Business Staffing Levels - Wednesday, March 18, 2020

    AMID ONGOING COVID-19 PANDEMIC, GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES DEPLOYMENT OF 1,000-BED HOSPITAL SHIP 'USNS COMFORT' TO NEW YORK HARBOR 

    See here for a photo of the USNS Comfort 

    Issues Executive Order Directing Non-Essential Businesses to Implement Work from Home Policies Effective Friday, March 20 

    Businesses that Require In-Office Personnel Must Decrease In-Office Workforce by 50 Percent

     

    Exceptions Made for Essential Services — Including Shipping Industry, Warehouses, Grocery and Food Production, Pharmacies, Media, Banks and Related Financial Institutions, and Businesses Essential to Supply Chain

    Confirms 1,008 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State - Bringing Statewide Total to 2,382; New Cases in 20 Counties

    Governor Meeting Today with Army Corp of Engineers to Discuss Hospital Surge Capacity 

    Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the USNS Comfort will be deployed to New York harbor and is expected to arrive in April. The 1,000-bed hospital ship has 12 fully-equipped operating rooms and will significantly increase New York's hospital surge capacity. The Governor is meeting with leadership of the Army Corp of Engineers today to discuss ways to increase hospital capacity in New York.

    The Governor also announced he will issue an executive order directing non-essential businesses to implement work-from-home policies effective Friday, March 20. Businesses that rely on in-office personnel must decrease their in-office workforce by 50 percent. The executive order exempts essential service industries, including shipping, media, warehousing, grocery and food production, pharmacies, healthcare providers, utilities, banks and related financial institutions, and other industries critical to the supply chain. 

    "We are fighting a war against this pandemic and we know that two of the most effective ways to stop it is by reducing density and increasing our hospital capacity so our healthcare system is not overwhelmed," Governor Cuomo said. "The deployment of the USNS Comfort to New York is an extraordinary but necessary step to help ensure our state has the capacity to handle an influx of patients with COVID-19 and continue our efforts to contain the virus. Partnering with the private sector to require nonessential employees to work from home will also go a long way toward bending the curve. My number one priority is protecting the public health so that a wave of new cases doesn't crash our hospital system, and we will continue taking any action necessary to achieve that goal." 

    Finally, the Governor confirmed 1,008 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 2,382 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 2,382 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

    Albany County: 36 (13 new)

    Allegany County: 2

    Broome County: 1

    Chenango County: 1 (1 new)

    Clinton County: 1

    Delaware County: 1

    Dutchess County: 20 (4 new)

    Erie County: 7

    Essex County: 1 (1 new)

    Greene County: 2

    Hamilton County: 1 (1 new)

    Herkimer County: 1

    Monroe County: 14 (4 new)

    Montgomery County: 2 (1 new)

    Nassau County: 183 (52 new)

    New York City: 1339 (695 new)

    Onondaga County: 2

    Ontario County: 1

    Orange County: 32 (17 new)

    Putnam County: 2

    Rensselaer County: 4 (3 new)

    Rockland County: 30 (8 new)

    Saratoga County: 14 (5 new)

    Schenectady County: 14 (9 new)

    Suffolk County: 116 (32 new)

    Sullivan County: 1

    Tioga County: 1

    Tompkins County: 3 (1 new)

    Ulster County: 9 (1 new)

    Warren County: 1 (1 new)

    Washington County: 1 (1 new)

    Westchester County: 538 (158 new)

    Wyoming County: 1

    On Monday, Governor Cuomo directed nonessential state employees statewide to work from home. The Governor also directed local governments to reduce their overall workforce by 50 percent and allow nonessential employees to work from home.

     

    Also on Monday, Governor Cuomo, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont announced a regional approach to combating the novel coronavirus - or COVID-19 - throughout the tri-state area. These uniform standards limited crowd capacity for social and recreational gatherings to 50 people, and required restaurants and bars to close on premise service and move to take-out and delivery services only. The three governors also temporarily closed movie theaters, gyms and casinos.

     

    Governor Cuomo's Tri-State Press Release - Issued on March 16, 2020

    AMID LACK OF FEDERAL DIRECTION, GOVERNOR CUOMO, GOVERNOR MURPHY AND GOVERNOR LAMONT ANNOUNCE REGIONAL APPROACH TO COMBATING COVID-19

    The three States will limit crowd capacity for recreational and social gatherings to 50 people - effective by 8 PM tonight.

    Restaurants and bars will close for on premise service and move to take-out and delivery only effective 8 PM tonight.

    Movie theaters, gyms and casinos will temporarily close effective 8 PM tonight.

    Uniform approach to social distancing will slow spread of COVID-19 throughout the tri-state area.

    Continue reading this press release here.


    State Liquor Authority COVID-19 Guidance on Restrictions for Licensees and To-Go & Delivery Sales, and Q & A - Effective Monday, March 16, 2020 at 8:00PM until Further Notice

    Pursuant to the Governor’s order, effective Monday, March 16, 2020 at 8:00PM, all licensed on-premises establishments (e.g. restaurants, bars, taverns, clubs, arenas, catering establishments, etc.) must cease on-premises sales of alcoholic beverages and/or food.  Additionally, all licensed manufacturers with on-premises privileges must also cease on-premises sales of alcoholic beverages and/or food; however, a licensed manufacturer may continue all manufacturing operations.  This restriction shall continue until April 15, 2020 but may be extended or reduced depending upon the circumstances. 

    To aid in prevention of the spread of the coronavirus and assist businesses impacted by the current state of emergency, the Governor has ordered the State Liquor Authority (SLA) to promulgate guidance on new off-premises privileges for licensed businesses with on-premises privileges.

    The State Liquor Authority offers the following guidance:

    • Any on-premises licensee and any manufacturing licensee with on-premises retail privileges may sell for off-premises consumption any alcoholic beverages that it is able to sell for on premises consumption under the law.  
      • For example, a tavern wine licensee may sell beer, wine, cider, mead, and wine product, but not liquor, and a farm winery may sell any New York State labeled wine, beer, cider, mead, or liquor, but not non-New York State products unless it has an on-premises license as well.
    • Alcoholic beverage sold for off-premises consumption pursuant to this guidance may be sold in any closed and any sealed original container of any size.  Provided that:
      • The sale of each container shall be accompanied by the purchase of food;
      • Sales should be consistent with municipal open container ordinances.
    • Alcoholic beverages sold for off-premises consumption pursuant to this guidance may be sold for takeout from the licensed premises or may be delivered to the customer’s residence.  
      • Deliveries shall be made in a vehicle permitted by the Authority (e.g., a third-party delivery service), or a vehicle-owned and -operated, or hired and operated by the licensee or its employee.  A copy of the permit or license must be present in the vehicle.  
    • Alcoholic beverages sold for off-premises consumption pursuant to this guidance may only be sold during the on-premises hours of operation of the county in which the premises is located or, if different, the hours of operation set forth in the licensee’s method of operation with the Authority.
    • While this guidance restricts on-premises privileges, this does not modify any off-premises privileges currently included with your license. 
      • For example, breweries, micro-breweries and farm breweries have always had the privilege to sell beer to go to customers at the premises; this privilege is unchanged.  Under the new guidelines, breweries, micro-breweries and farm breweries who do not also hold an on-premises license may take orders from persons not at the premises for delivery of beer, however these orders for delivery must include food.  

    Any licensed business found to be operating in violation of the Governor’s order restricting on-premises sales of alcoholic beverages shall face a monetary penalty (retail maximum of $10,000/manufacturer maximum of $100,000), and/or suspension, cancellation, or revocation of its license.


    Q & A Regarding the Shutdown  

    At the direction of Governor Cuomo, in order to alleviate the economic hardships faced by our licensees, the SLA has developed new rules to allow for the sale of wine and spirits for delivery and takeout orders for on-premises licensees.  
    We are receiving several questions from retailers and manufacturers. Below are examples of questions and answers provided to retailers/manufacturers; please check back frequently as we will update as new questions come in.       


    I operate a tavern with limited food, can I deliver/sell for takeout alcoholic beverages with orders of food consisting of items such as potato chips, pretzels, peanuts, etc.?  
    Yes, if this is the standard food requirement for your license, you may sell alcoholic beverages for takeout or delivery with these items.

    Can I sell mixed drinks for takeout or for delivery sales?  
    Yes, provided the beverage is placed in a closed container.  All sales must be consistent with municipal open container ordinances.


    Do private clubs, VFWs, Elks Clubs, American Legions, etc., fall under the shutdown for on-premises sales?   
    Yes, private clubs fall under the shutdown guidelines.  

    I operate a micro-brewery, farm brewery or brewery, can I sell beer to go without the customer ordering food?  
    Yes, if the sale takes place on your premises.  However, under the new guidelines, while breweries who do not also hold an on-premises license may take orders from persons not at the premises for delivery of beer, these orders for delivery must include food.  

    I operate a distillery, cidery or winery, can I sell products I produce without the customer ordering food?  
    You may for sales that occur in person at your premises; for orders from persons not at the premises, these orders for delivery must include food.

    I have received orders for food in addition to ten (or more) mixed drinks, is this permissible?  
    Yes, the guidelines do not include restrictions on the quantity of alcoholic beverages, again provided they are in sealed containers.  

    A craft manufacturer may currently sell closed containers of its beer, wine, or spirit (depending on license type) for off-premises consumption without an attendant food sale. The guidance released today mentioned that an attendant food sale is required for off-premises sales. Can you confirm that this requirement does not apply to manufacturers who are already permitted to make off-premises sales without an attendant food sale?
    The guidance relates to sales that are not made under the current off-premises privileges of your license.  So if the sale is to someone not at the licensed manufacturing premises or the sale is of a product not in an original bottle, for example, then food must be included in that sales transaction.

    Can a manufacturer launch a website where customers may purchase closed containers of the licensee’s beer, wine, or spirit for pick up at a scheduled time from the manufacturer’s licensed premises?
    Yes, this is permissible.

    Any questions can be emailed to the Authority at web.master@sla.ny.gov

  • Conversation with Legislators Recordings

  • ARCC Conversation with Your Legislators - May 13, 2020

    Please click here for the ARCC Conversation with Your Legislators Video Recording from May 13, 2020. 

    Many thanks to Mark Shaw and StoredTech for hosting and to Jesse Jackson and his team at LookTV for filming.

    Thank you to Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, Senator Betty Little, Assemblyman Dan Stec, and Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner for joining us for an information packed call.

  • ARCC Conversation with your Legislators - April 8, 2020 ARCC Conversation with your Legislators - April 8, 2020

    ARCC Conversation with your Legislators - April 8, 2020

    Please click here to find the ARCC Conversation with your Legislators recording from yesterday, Wednesday April 8, 2020.
     
    We were blessed to have Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, Senator Betty Little, Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner and Assemblyman Dan Stec on a phone call with over 150 ARCC members yesterday (Wednesday). We also had Jeffrey Boyce from the SBA and Dale Rice from the SBDC on the call as well.
     
    Assemblywoman Woerner called me to clarify a comment she made on the call regarding NY State Unemployment Insurance (UI). The Assemblywoman informed me that NY State UI normally helps the unemployed for 26 weeks. The Governor has now extended UI benefits to 39 weeks.
     
    Thank you to Mark Shaw and the StoredTech team for hosting the call. Thank you to our guests and to all of our members who attended the call and supplied us with questions.

    ARCC to host Conversation with our Legislators on Wednesday, April 8th at 9:30 am

    Join the Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce (ARCC) for a conversation with our Legislators on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 9:30 am.

    The following will be on the call:

    • Congresswoman Elise Stefanik
    • Senator Betty Little
    • Assemblyman Dan Stec
    • Assemblywoman Carrier Woerner
    • Small Business Administration (SBA) Representative Jeff Boyce
    • Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Representative Dale Rice

    This call will be moderated by ARCC President & CEO Michael Bittel.

  • Conversation with Congresswoman Elise Stefanik - March 19, 2020 Conversation with Congresswoman Elise Stefanik - March 19, 2020

    Conversation with Congresswoman Elise Stefanik - March 19, 2020

    I would like to thank Congresswoman Elise Stefanik for joining over 100 of our members live at 3 pm this afternoon for an informative phone conversation. The Congresswoman gave us an overview of what is happening at the Federal level as well as taking over 20 member questions regarding the ongoing challenges of our business community and our community as a whole. Please find below a link to the conversation hosted and provided by our partners at StoredTech.
     
    Click here to listen to the conversation with Congresswoman Elise Stefanik.
     
    Your ARCC looks forward to continuing to work with our elected officials and passing along information as it becomes available.
  • LOOK TV Interviews

    Many thanks to Jesse Jackson and the team at LookTV for the opportunity to interview with them.

    Please click here for the May 7, 2020 interview.

  • Click here to view the March 23, 2020 interview with ARCC President & CEO Michael Bittel and Jesse Jackson from LOOK TV.