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On this page you will find helpful resources & information for your business/organization, as we adapt and work towards recovery from the impact of COVID-19. The Chamber is actively looking for additional resources to ease the pressure that businesses are facing, and will continue to advocate on behalf of legislation that would help alleviate the impact of COVID-19 on business. We will continue to post updates as they become available. 

Chemung County Chamber of Commerce Safety Plan

Latest Information

October 27: Chemung County Launches New COVID-19 Dashboard and California Added to Travel Advisory; No Areas Are Removed and Non-Essential Interstate Travel To And From Massachusetts Discouraged

To view the New York State Dashboard for County cases with our 7 or 14 day rolling average, click here. To see what our rolling average (Tier 3 on page 6) needs to be to move in or out of a cluster zone designation, click here. To view metrics on your phone, download the COVID Alert NY App.

October 21: Portions of Chemung County Placed into Yellow and Orange Zones Due to COVID Levels; Businesses, Houses of Worship, Mass Gatherings, Restaurants, and Schools Will Be Impacted. To view the detailed map of the Chemung County zones, please click here. To look up an address to see if you are in an area that has been impacted, please click here. To view detailed guidance on new restrictions for the zones, please click here.

New yellow and orange zone regulations will begin as of 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, October 22 for all Businesses, Mass Gatherings, Dining, and Houses of Worship. Regulations involving Schools in the yellow and orange zones will start Sunday, October 25 at 11:59 p.m.

October 20: Arizona, Maryland Added to NY’s COVID-19 Travel Advisory; Non-Essential Interstate Travel Between Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania Discouraged

October 19: Chamber Advocates on Behalf of RESTART Act to Fund Relief for Small to Midsized Businesses

October 18: Ski Resorts Allowed to Reopen With 50 Percent Indoor Capacity Beginning November 6 and Draft New York State COVID-19 Vaccination Administration Program Announced

October 17: Chemung County Movie Theaters Do Not Meet Requirements to Open on October 23 and Cuomo Outlines New Micro-Cluster Strategy to Tackle COVID-19 Hot Spots. Interim Guidance for Movie Theaters is on the Phase 4 Industries Guidance Page Now.

October 14: State Will Withhold Funds for Localities and Schools in COVID-19 Cluster Zones That Fail to Enforce Public Health Law

October 13: Ohio, Michigan and Virginia Added to Travel Advisory List

October 9: COVID-19 Rapid Testing to Be Made Available for Every County in New York State

October 6: Cuomo Announces New Cluster Action Initiative and New Mexico Added to Travel Advisory List

October 1: COVID Alert NY App Launched, Individuals Encouraged to Participate

September 29: Executive Order Reminds International Travelers Coming from Level 2 & 3 Countries to Quarantine & Fill Out Travel Form

September 28: Rapid Testing Machines Deployed to Brooklyn, Orange County, Rockland County and the Southern Tier

September 28: Moratorium on COVID-Related Residential Evictions Will Be Extended Until January 1, 2021

September 8: Cuomo Launches an Online Report Card to Track Real-Time COVID-19 Data at School Districts

September 3: Casinos Allowed to Reopen with Limited Capacity Next Week and Office of Children and Family Services Releases Memo on “When Does Remote Learning Require a Child Care License or Registration?”

September 1: New State Guidance for Agritourism Businesses Announced and  Alaska and Montana Added Back to NY Travel Advisory

August 20: Effective August 20, 2020, Responsible Parties may open Food Court Seating Areas provided they follow Interim Guidance for Food Services. Review the Summary and the Detailed Guidance.

August 17: Gyms and Fitness Centers Can Reopen Starting August 24. Detailed interim guidance may be found here.

August 14: Bowling Alleys Can Reopen at 50 Percent Capacity Updated Guidance for Sports & Recreation may be found here and here.

August 10: The Chamber Urges the Southern Tier Business Community, Universities, and Local School Boards to Support the Call for Temporary and Targeted Liability Protections

August 4: Regional Lawmakers Urge Cuomo Administration to Exempt Workers from PA: Warn Travel Advisory Quarantine Could Hit Local Southern Tier Economies Hard

July 30: Chamber Advocates for Southern Tier Businesses & Workforce Residing in PA See letters to Governor Cuomo and State Officials.

July 17: Detailed New York State Liquor Authority Guidance for Restaurants Effective Friday, July 17, 2020

July 13: Data-Driven Guidance for Reopening Schools Announced and Travel Enforcement Operation at Airports Across The State

July 10: NYS Announces DOH Guidance for Resumption of Limited Visitation at Nursing Homes, Adult Care Facilities and Pediatric Skilled Nursing Facilities.

June 24: NY, NJ, and CT Announce Joint Incoming Travel Advisory Quarantine for 14 Days and Social Gatherings of 50 People and Indoor Religious Gatherings at 33 Percent Capacity in Phase 4

June 23: Phase Four Industries and Guidance are Announced

June 6: Commercial Buildings Allowed to Conduct Temperature Checks

May 28: Businesses Authorized to Deny Entry to Those Not Wearing Face Coverings

Travel Advisory

For a complete list of restricted states and more information on the COVID-19 Travel Advisory, please go to NYS Department of Health or see links below.

Interim Guidance on Travel Advisory

Interim Guidance for Professional Sports on Advisory

Interim Guidance for Medical Appointments/Treatment on Advisory

Reopening Guidance

New York Forward: Phases One, Two, Three, and Four

New York Forward Business Reopening Lookup Tool

New York Forward Statewide Guidance

Empire State Development (ESD) FAQ on New York Forward and Business Reopening

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Coronavirus Resources

COVID-19 Workers’ Compensation Guidance

Reopening Considerations for New York Employers

BCNYS Webinar Slides – Impact of Coronavirus on Employers – Reopening

Industry Specific Guidance

Manufacturing: COVID-19 Back To Work Playbook

National Restaurant Association Reopening Guidance

OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

Pools and Recreational Aquatic Spray Grounds Interim Guidance

Retail: Operation Open Doors

U.S. Chamber Reopening Business Digital Resource Center

U.S. Travel Association Guidelines for Reopening Travel Businesses

Locally-Sourced Critical Supplies

Custom Reusable Masks – Rainbow Lettering 

Custom Reusable Masks & PPE – Bobby K Entertainment 

Face & Neck ShieldsEmail Scott Beecher or call 607-796-0149

Free Signage – Multi Media Services

Hand Sanitizer – Finger Lakes Distilling

Hand Sanitizer – Contact Enrique Viveros from Snap Fitness or call (607) 846-1759

PPE Items from NYS Certified Women Business Enterprise

Social Distancing Signs & Decals – JH Design

Thermal Imaging Cameras for Pandemic Response – Email Scott Beecher or call 607-796-0149

Financial Support For Businesses

REDEC Local Business Relief Program

Small business with at least 1 employee in addition to the owner, and up to 50 employees are eligible to apply for relief of $2,500 to $15,000 in Chemung County. Funds are to be repaid over 30 months with no interest (0%), with no payments required for the first 6 months. There is no cost to apply. Applicants must have been in business in March 2020 when the State’s PAUSE Act was implemented, demonstrate how they have been negatively impacted by the resulting economic crisis, and identify how the relief funds will be utilized to reopen their business operations and reemploy workers.

Please note, this program has been extended indefinitely beyond the original October 31, 2020 deadline.

Checklist for Emergency Fund Requirements

Chemung County Business Relief Program Guidelines

For additional information contact REDEC at (607) 962-3021 or Info@redec.us

NY Forward Loan Fund

General Overview

Loan Details

CARES Act

SBA Emergency Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and Loan Advance

Paycheck Protection Program– Closed as of August 9, 2020.

Guide to PPP Loan Forgiveness

List of Local 7(a) Lenders Who Can Help with PPP Applications

Business Tax Provisions

Exchange Stabilization Fund (ESF)

Intuit Aid Assist Estimator for Tax Credit and Paycheck Protection Program

Learn More about the CARES Act
Get Help with the CARES Act

Grant Sources

Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Grant Program

The Community Foundation – COVID-19 Mini-Grants for Nonprofits

The ARTS Council 2020 Emergency Arts Relief Grant Program –  COVID-19 Grants for Artists

SBA Grants – General Homepage

Federal Grants – General Homepage

Relief for Taxpayers

www.irs.gov/coronavirus

Paid Leave

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

Employer Paid Leave Requirements

Employer Tax Credits

Unemployment Benefits

Learn More about the FFCRA

US Chamber Guide for Employers

US Chamber What Businesses Need to Know

Get Help with the FFCRA

DOL FAQ

DOL Resources

FFCRA Employee Rights Poster

NY COVID-19 Paid Leave Programs

Guidance for Employers

NYS Paid Sick Leave Program Website

Learn More about NYS COVID-19 Paid Leave

Employee Notice on Paid Sick Leave

Employee Retention Tax Credit

NYS FAQ page

Government News

New York State

Executive Orders

How Businesses & Professionals Can Help

More NYS News & Resources

ESD Intake Portal to Submit COVID-19 Related Questions & Concerns 1-888-364-3065 (NYS Coronavirus COVID-19 Hotline)

NYS DOH COVID-19 Tracker

NYS Division of the Budget Announces State Budget Financial Plan

Preliminary Economic Impact Assessment

Get Help from NYS

ESD Intake Portal for Questions & Concerns

1-888-364-3065 (NYS Coronavirus COVID-19 Hotline)

Chemung County

Chemung County Updates

Chemung County COVID-19 Hotline 1-607-873-1813

More Chemung County News

An interactive map of COVID-19 data

Infection Prevention Fact Sheet

What to Do if you Have a Fever 

Get Help from Chemung County

1-607-873-1813 (Chemung County COVID-19 Hotline)

U.S. Government

Federal Response to Virus

More Federal News

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC)

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)

Across the Globe

Global Dashboard of COVID-19 Government Policies

Webinars

Chemung Chamber Recordings

New York State Paid Sick Leave Guidance Update 10/29

Employment Trends: What to Watch and How to Adjust 10/22

Managing Your 401(k) During COVID-19 10/7

New York State Paid Sick Leave Law – 9/30

“The Long Road to Recovery – Legal Issues Related to COVID-19”

“COVID-19 Sick Leave Abuse & Reasonable Accommodation Requirements” 9/2/20

“Workforce Solutions for the Hybrid School Year”

“PPP Flexibility and Forgiveness Applications/EIDL Loan Reconsideration” with the Small Business Administration (SBA)

“Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace: Four Things You Can Do Now!” with Judy Rowe

“Small Business & Hospitality Round-table on Reopening & Managing Your Business” – 7/21/20

“Best Practices for Maintaining Customer Relationships” – 6/10/20

“Are You Ready for Re-Entry?” with Databranch – 5/27/20

“COVID-19 and the Road to Recovery” with Bond, Schoeneck & King Attorneys – 5/14/20

“Maintaining Mental Health During a Pandemic” with Clinical Associates – 5/5/20

“Communicating in a Time of Crisis” with Long Run Communications – 4/29/20

“Q&A for the Concerned Investor” with John G. Ullman & Associates, Inc. – 4/22/20

“The Federal Cares Act” with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce – 4/14/20 >>> Download Slides

“SBA Loan Resources for Small Businesses” with the SBA – 4/7/20 >>> Download Slides

“COVID-19 and the Workplace” with Barclay Damon – 3/31/20 & 4/2/20 >>> Download Slides

Additional Webinar Resources

Brown & Brown Empire State

Cornell University

FuzeHub (Manufacturing)

NY Manufacturing Extension Partnership

New York State Restaurant Association

The National Federation of Independent Business

Chemung Chamber COVID-19 Advocacy

October

Chamber Advocates on Behalf of RESTART Act to Fund Relief for Small to Midsized Businesses

August

Chamber Urges Senate and House of Representatives to Pass Legislation Protecting Business and Education from COVID-Related Lawsuits

Chamber Joins Nearly 200 Companies and Organizations Urging Congress to Help Americans Keep their Health Insurance by Passing COBRA Funding Relief

Regional Lawmakers Urge Cuomo Administration to Exempt Workers from PA: Warn Travel Advisory Quarantine Could Hit Local Southern Tier Economies Hard

July

Chamber Advocates for Southern Tier Businesses & Workforce Residing in PA See letters to Governor Cuomo and State Officials.

Chamber Joins the National Restaurant Association in Urging Congress to Enact the Blueprint for Restaurant Revival

Chamber Urges Congress to Extend PPP and Include 501(c)(6)s

May

Chamber Joins Opposition to Proposed Occupational Disease Presumption

Chamber Supports the National Restaurant Association Blueprint for Recovery

Chamber Supports Rate Relief for Electric and Gas Customers

Chamber Joins Opposition to Proposed Legislative Changes to Workers’ Compensation Laws

Chamber Joins Opposition to Proposed Legislative Changes to Workers’ Compensation Laws

Chamber Sends Independent Venues Letter of Support

Chamber Supports Cultural Institution Provisions in CARES Act

April

ACRAC Supports Increased Funding of PPP and EIDL Programs

Chamber Supports Increased Funding of PPP and EIDL Programs

March

Chamber Signs Coalition Letter to Support Emergency Relief Legislation for All Nonprofits

Chamber Supports “Small Business Emergency Recovery Act Of 2020” + Second Letter

Chamber Signs US Travel Coalition Letter Supporting CARES Act Provisions

ACRAC Supports COVID-19 Relief Legislation Outlined by U.S. Chamber

Chamber Supports COVID-19 Relief Legislation Outlined by U.S. Chamber

Personalized Assistance

211 Helpline

211 Helpline Comprehensive Information Service: Call 2-1-1 or 1-800-346-2211

Business Mentor NY

Business Mentor NY

How to utilize the system

Empire State Development Slides

Chemung County Child Care Council

Referral Service for Employee Child Care Options

Chemung-Schuyler-Steuben (CSS) Workforce

Employment Services for Individuals & Businesses

COVID-19 Resources

Entrepreneurial Assistance Center

Local Contact: Donna Scrivens (607) 249-6193 or dkscrivens@yahoo.com

Health Support

Arnot Health Toll-Free Helpline: 1-800-952-2662 (only if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms)

Legal Assistance

COVID-19 Pro Bono Network

NYS Department of Labor

Local Contact: Lisa Doland (607) 733-7131 x2137 or lisa.doland@labor.ny.gov

Remote Worker Support

For Temporary Remote Workforce Free Consultation for Chamber Members – Contact Amanda

Staples Temporarily Ships to Residential Addresses with No Mins or Fees – Contact Rachael

Small Business Development Center

Binghamton SBDC

Guidelines & Advice

Best Practices for PPE Sanitation Poster

Business Council of New York State (BCNYS) Resources

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)

Databranch Cyber Security Tips

Leading in Crisis

NYS Executive Order/Labor Law Violations Hotline or call (212) 416-8700

NYS Shared Work Program

NYS Unemployment Guidance for Self-Employed Individuals

NYS Unemployment Information & Filing

New York Human Resources Library (30% off code: nyem30)

OSHA COVID-19 Information

U.S. Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Small Business Guide

U.S. Chamber Path Forward Program

US Department of Labor Coronavirus Resources

Visions Hotels Home Office Accommodations, Contact Deirdre or call (716) 860-6190

Industry-Specific Resources

Restaurants

Federal CARES Act Summary for Restaurants

National Restaurant Association Reopening Guidance

New York State Liquor Authority Guidance

New York State Restaurant Association

OSHA Safety Alert for Restaurants & Beverage Vendors Offering Takeout or Curbside Pickup

ServSafe Free Online Trainings

Tourism

NYS Tourism Association COVID-19 Toolkit

The Road(s) to Recovery Webinar

U.S. Travel Association COVID-19 Tools & Resources

U.S. Travel COVID-19 Resources for Destinations

U.S. Travel Navigating the CARES Act Webinar

Non-Profits

NY Council of Nonprofits

Resources for 501(c)(6) nonprofits

The Community Foundation Weekly Check-in

Manufacturing

FuzeHub Resources

National Association of Manufacturers COVID-19 Page

NY Manufacturing Extension Partnership

The Export-Import Bank of the U.S. (EXIM)

Agriculture

Cornell Small Farms Resiliency Resources

COVID-19 Resources for Farmers

Employment & Agricultural Workforce Questions

Financial & Mental Health Resources for Farmers

Food Production, Processing & Safety Questions

NYS Guidance for Agricultural Industry

Tom Reed FAQ for Farmers

Tom Reed Resources for Agriculture

Artists & Art/Culture Organizations

Southern Finger Lakes Arts Preparedness Network

Education

Federal Resources for Early Childhood Education

PPP for Child Care Providers

Local Initiatives

Bobby K Entertainment Small Business Trivia Night 

CCLD Is Making Face Shields for Local Hospitals

Corning’s Gaffer District “Buy Now, Shop Later” Program

Elmira Downtown “Buy Now, Shop Later” Program

Finger Lakes Wine Country #MyFLXFamily

FLXcalendar Features Online Events

FLX To-Go – Business Updates

FLX Virtual Tip Jar

Food Bank of the Southern Tier Updates & Volunteer Portal

Local Restaurant Offerings – Chemung CountyAdd a Menu

MarkTwainCountry.com Events & Listings

Spectrum Reach FREE 30-Second Video for Any Business in Need

Support Local Artist Shops

United Way of the Southern Tier Helps the Community

United Way of the Southern Tier Volunteer Opportunities

Wineries on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail Keep the Wine Flowing

WSKG Launches Business Unusual, Free Online Directory for Local Businesses

‘Quarantine 4 a Cause’ Campaign Supports Food Bank

Other Resource Pages

Association of Chamber Executives (ACCE) Resources

Binghamton Small Business Development Center

Buffalo Niagara Partnership

Chamber Alliance of New York State

Chamber Responses Across the U.S.

Corning Area Chamber of Commerce

EFPR Group

Empire State Development

Greater Binghamton Chamber

Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce

North Country Chamber

Southern Tier Economic Growth

Tompkins Chamber

U.S. Chamber Foundation

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Watkins Glen Chamber

Health & Recreation

Arnot Health Updates

Essential Plan offered through NY State of Health

Guthrie Updates & FAQ

Health Coverage Options For Individuals Who Have Lost Coverage During COVID-19

New Yorkers Without Health Insurance Can Apply Through May 15, 2020

NYS & Headspace Partner to Provide Meditation & Mindfulness Resources

NYS Parks & Trails for Outdoor Recreation

Cleaning Resources

 A Deep Clean Queen: (607) 259-3652

Maysie May Cleaning and Lawn Care:(607) 873-4046

SERVPRO of Elmira/Chemung & Watkins Glen/Schuyler Counties: (607) 722-2262

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