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COVID-19 Reopening & Recovery Resources

NYC COVID-19 Information

For up-to-date information on the City's response to COVID-19, health and safety, business and employment resources, medical, food, rent, financial or other assistance call 311 (212-639-9675 for Video Relay Service, or TTY: 212-504-4115) or text COVID to 692-692 for updates and information; Text COVIDESP to 692-692 for updates in Spanish.

NYC Business Reopening & Recovery Resources

Key To NYC Vaccination Requirements for Businesses
Starting August 17, people 12 and older will be required to show proof they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized for emergency use by the FDA or WHO for indoor dining, fitness, and entertainment. Staff at these locations are also required to be vaccinated

To learn more about Key to NYC requirements, find FAQs, checklists and poster downloads, visit:

NYC Business Reopening Hotline: 888-SBS-4NYC (888-727-4692)

Open Restaurants Compliance Checklist [PDF download]

Open Restaurants Supplemental FAQ [PDF download]

NEW - NYC Business Quick Start Intiative

Curtains Up NYC, a program partnership of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) and the NYC Department of Small Business Services, offers free technical assistance to live-performance venues, organizations and workers applying for the federal Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG), also known as Save Our Stages.

Fair Share NYC, a program launched by the NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) offering free webinars, technical assistance and access to lenders to help businesses interested in applying for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans.

Fair Share: Restaurants, a program partnership of the NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) and the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME), offering free webinars, technical assistance and access to lenders to help businesses interested in applying for Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) loans.

Open Culture NYC, launched in partnership with Citywide Events Coordination and Management/Street Activity Permit Office, NYC Department of Transportation, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and MOME, will permit outdoor cultural performances on designated city streets this spring. Arts and cultural institutions, as well as entertainment venues, can secure a permit for single day, socially distanced performances at over 200 street locations throughout all five boroughs.

Open Streets, administered by the NYC Department of Transportation, the program allows communities to dedicate roadway space to pedestrians and cyclists. Interested businesses and community partners can learn more and apply. 

MEND NYC is a new citywide initiative that provides free mediation and conflict resolution services to address a number of neighborhood disputes that impact New Yorkers every day. This program is an opportunity to create direct communication and compromise, establishing respectful and ongoing relationships that help New Yorkers co-exist peacefully in their communities while ensuring that small businesses thrive.

NYC X Design Corps Network, offers restaurants free consultation from design professionals who can help answer questions about improving dining area, space layout, and adapting to the outdoor dining guidelines.

Commercial Lease Assistance Program
If your business needs help with a commercial lease issue in New York City, you may be eligible for free legal services.

Free Virtual Business Compliance Consultation
This new program launched by the NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) is a virtual service focused on rules and regulations for the Open Restaurants Program, and helps small business owners understand common compliance challenges to avoid costly fines and penalties.

NYC Care, offers free or low-cost healthcare for all New Yorkers, regardless of immigration status or ability to pay. Employers are a key partner in helping employees stay healthy and safe. Download the workplace tool kit here to help spread the word about NYC Care in your networks.

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