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NEW! FEMA Releases Kit to Help Organizations Plan for Resuming Full Operations During COVID-19

As organizations across the country plan for when and how to resume full operations while protecting the well-being and safety of their employees and communities, FEMA has created an Exercise Starter Kit to help organizations facilitate their own internal workshops based on reconstitution planning principles and the White House’s Guidelines for Opening Up America Again and a FEMA fact sheet on “Planning Considerations for Organizations in Reconstituting Operations During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” The kit for organizations and government agencies includes a fact sheet, sample slides and a facilitator guide with suggested questions.

Paycheck Protection Program

An SBA loan that helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

NEW! FEMA Guidance for Resuming Operations During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Organizations across the nation are determining when and how to resume operations while protecting the well-being and safety of their employees and communities. As guidance, FEMA has released the following.

NEW! NYS Guidance for Resuming Operations During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today outlined additional guidelines for when regions can re-open. The state will monitor four core factors to determine if a region can re-open:

  • New Infections: Based on guidelines from the CDC, regions must have at least 14 days of decline in total net hospitalizations and deaths on a 3-day rolling average. In regions with few COVID cases, the region cannot exceed 15 net new total hospitalizations or 5 new deaths on a 3-day rolling average. In order to monitor the potential spread of infection in a region, a region must have fewer than two new COVID patients admitted per 100,000 residents per day.

  • Health Care Capacity: Every region must have the health care capacity to handle a potential surge in cases. Regions must have at least 30 percent total hospital and ICU beds available. This is coupled with the new requirement that hospitals have at least 90 days of personal protective equipment stockpiled.

  • Diagnostic Testing Capacity: Each region must have the capacity to conduct 30 diagnostic tests for every 1,000 residents per month. The state is rapidly expanding capacity statewide to help all regions meet this threshold.

  • Contact Tracing Capacity: Regions must have a baseline of 30 contact tracers for every 100,000 residents, and additional tracers based on the projected number of cases in the region. The state is currently building an army of contact tracers with Mayor Bloomberg to meet the needs of each region statewide.

The Governor also outlined new safety precautions that each business (Comment: and probably nonprofits when the time comes) must put in place upon re-opening to help lower the risk of spreading the virus. Businesses will be required to:

  • Adjust workplace hours and shift design as necessary to reduce density in the workplace;

  • Enact social distancing protocols;

  • Restrict non-essential travel for employees;

  • Require all employees and customers to wear masks if in frequent contact with others;

  • Implement strict cleaning and sanitation standards;

  • Enact a continuous health screening process for individuals to enter the workplace;

  • Continue tracing, tracking and reporting of cases; and

  • Develop liability processes.

Facebook Small Business Grant Program

Facebook is offering $100 million in cash grants and ad credits to help small businesses during these challenging times. The grant opened on April 18 for NYC small businesses and is due by May 2 for the NYC area. 

Business for All Grant - COVID-19 Emergency Grant

Hello Alice in partnership with Verizon is offering $10,000 grants which it will distribute immediately to small business owners impacted by coronavirus, as part of its broader mission to ensure Business for All. In addition to funding, grant recipients will receive ongoing support from the Hello Alice community. 

Employers

Paid Family Leave- Employers

NYC Small Business Continuity Loan Program

To help small businesses deal with the impact of COVID-19, the City has launched the NYC Small Business Continuity Loan Program. This program is available to New York City businesses with fewer than 100 employees that can demonstrate at least a 25% decrease in revenue as a result of COVID-19. Eligible businesses can apply for an interest-free loan up to $75,000.

NYC Employee Retention Grant Program

To help small businesses deal with the impact of COVID-19, the City has launched the Employee Retention Grant Program to help retain employees as businesses face decreased revenue. This program is available to New York City businesses with one to four employees that can demonstrate at least a 25% decrease in revenue as a result of COVID-19. Eligible businesses will receive a grant covering up to 40% of their payroll for two months. Businesses can access up to $27,000.

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