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COVID-19

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In an effort to keep Brooklyn Community Board 14 residents, friends and neighbors up-to-date on the rapidly changing situation related to COVID-19 or the novel coronavirus, we will be updating this page as frequently as possible with the latest information from the City, State & Federal government, as well as from our nonprofit and community partners. Click the links below for helpful announcements, information and resources. If you have a resource you would like shared on this page or questions about any of the listed resources, please email info@cb14brooklyn.com.

NEWS, ALERTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

BROOKLYN COMMUNITY BOARD 14

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1. The CB14 district office is closed but staff is working remotely. For service, email info@cb14brooklyn.com or leave voicemail at 718-859-6357.

2. All Board meetings and public hearings are suspended until further notice.

NEW YORK CITY

Click here to read New York City announcements related to Coronavirus resources, online and text alerts, as well as information about public gatherings and social distancing.

1. NYC Text Alerts: Text “Covid” to 692692 to receive text updates from NYC related to Covid-19.

2. NYC Coronavirus Resource Page: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-main.page

3. NYC Orders to New York City to Stay Home – The Mayor urges all non-essential New York City workers to follow the Governor’s order to stay home after Sunday, March 22nd at 8pm. Read the announcement and guidelines at https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-main.page

4. Ban on Gatherings: As of Friday, May 20, all non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason are temporarily banned. Click here to read a document providing guidance for congregate settings.

5. Brooklyn Borough President’s Coronavirus Resources: https://www.brooklyn-usa.org/brooklyn-and-covid19/

6. NYC Social Distancing Restrictions – The City has enacted public health social distancing restrictions to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Social distancing restrictions include:

  • Keeping six feet away from others (non-family group members)
  • Not engaging in team sports
  • Not gathering in groups
  • Non-essential businesses should be closed
  • Essential businesses that are open must follow necessary restrictions

7. Social Distancing Complaints: To report a violation of the social distancing restrictions, file a complaint on the City’s Social Distancing Complaint page.

NEW YORK STATE

Click here for information about New York State Coronavirus resources, hotlines and Governor's orders.

1. New York State Coronavirus Hotline: 1-888-364-3065.

2. NYS Coronavirus Resource Page: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home

3. NYS Governor’s Order to Stay Home: In effect as of Sunday, March 22 at 8 PM, Governor Cuomo ordered all New Yorkers, whether healthy or sick, to stay home unless they are essential workers or need urgent health care. Read more about the Governor’s Executive Order “New York State on Pause” at https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-signs-new-york-state-pause-executive-order

4. NYS Governor’s Order for Vulnerable Populations: Governor Cuomo signed “Matilda’s Law” on Friday, March 20, to provide guidance for those residents who are most vulnerable to Covid-19 including seniors, ill people and those with weakened or compromised immune systems.

5. NYS call for Retired Nurses & Healthcare Workers: https://apps.health.ny.gov/pubpal/builder/survey/retired-health-professional. If you’re a doctor, nurse, PA or med student, New York City is depending on YOU to help us fight the COVID-19 crisis. Help us save lives: http://nyc.gov/helpnownyc 

6. Sign up for NYS Coronavirus Updates at https://now.ny.gov/page/s/coronavirus-updates

RESOURCES & UPDATES

BENEFITS INFORMATION

Click here for information about applying for State and Federal benefits and public assistance programs.

1. HRA Locations & Services – HRA offices have been consolidated and most services are now available online through ACCESS HRA (nyc.gov/accesshra) or by calling 311.  All in-person HRA appointments have been canceled, and no negative actions will be taken on a client’s case. Those in need of HRA services are asked to download the ACCESS HRA mobile app if possible or to visit nyc.gov/accesshra or nyc.gov/hra and click on the ‘Locations’ tab for more information on the consolidated HRA office locations.

2. Covid-19 Benefits Updates: If you receive any of the following services or require information about new services, please visit the following pages for important updates:

3. New York State Public Assistance Briefings – New York received a federal Major Disaster Declaration FEMA-4480-DR from based on the COVID-19 incident which started on January 20, 2020, and is ongoing. The declaration authorizes public assistance for Category B Emergency Protective Measures. On March 27, 2020  New York State will begin holding applicant briefings for NYC – 5 Boroughs via WebEx. The Applicants Briefs provide eligible applicants with the information needed to: (a) participate in the disaster as Public Assistance applicants; and, (b) submit for reimbursement for FEMA-eligible expenditures incurred as a result of the COVID-19 virus. To register for one of the applicant briefings, please click on the registration link next to your preferred date and time. Once you register for the applicant briefing, you will receive a confirmation with the teleconference login as well as the WebEx login. You will also receive a confirmation email with this information. The duration of the WebEx should be approximately 1 hour. Briefings scheduled for Friday, March 27th will be held at 9 AM EST (register); 1 PM EST (register) and 6 PM EST (register). Potential eligible public assistance applicants include the following: (1) NYC Agencies, special districts, and authorities; (2) Critical private nonprofit (PNP) organizations that own or operate a facility that provides a critical service, e.g., hospitals and emergency care facilities, fire & rescue emergency services, educational facilities (including colleges both public or private), nursing homes, laboratories, and rehab centers that provide medical care; and some (3) Non-critical private nonprofit (PNP) organizations, which are those  PNPs that own or operate a facility that provides a non-critical, but essential social service AND provides those services to the general public, e.g., senior citizen centers, homeless shelters, community centers, child care facilities, food assistance programs, performing arts facilities, and houses of worship. If anyone would like to receive updates about future briefings and federal grants related to COVID-19, please sign-up for the NYC Emergency Management newsletter.

CONSTRUCTION

Click here for the latest rules for NYC construction sites.

1. Non-essential Construction Shut Down: The Governor has ordered that all non-essential construction must shut down as of March 27, 2020. Only Essential and Emergency Construction may continue. The Executive Order defines Essential Construction as work on: Roads, Bridges, Transit facilities, Utilities, Hospitals or health care facilities, or Affordable housing and homeless shelters. Emergency Construction is defined as: (1) Projects necessary to protect the health and safety of the occupants; or (2) Continuing a project that would be unsafe to allow to remain undone, until it is safe to shut the site. This order doesn’t apply to work being done by a single worker or if there is only one employee or worker at a job site.  Click here to read the Executive Order.

2. Reporting Construction Violations: NYC Department of Buildings has suspended all non-essential construction work due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you believe your employer or a company is violating this order or current labor laws, you are encouraged to file a complaint by calling 3-1-1 or reporting the violation online at https://portal.311.nyc.gov/article/?kanumber=KA-03300. You are also encouraged to report it to the King County District Attorney’s Action Center at 718-250-2340.

3. Department of Buildings Covid-19 Construction regulations – Please visit www1.nyc.gov/site/buildings/about/covid-19-response for the latest updates and rule changes enacted by the DOB in response to the coronavirus health crisis.

 


 EDUCATION

Click for helpful resources and the latest updates related to New York City public schools.

1. NYC Public School Closure – All NYC schools are closed on March 16, 2020. Schools will not open before Monday, April 20th, and may stay closed through the remainder of this school year. For the latest announcements from the Mayor on the school closures, visit https://www.schools.nyc.gov/alerts/nyc-public-schools-will-close-starting-monday-march-16-2020

2. Remote Learning begins Monday, March 23 – Go to https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learn-at-home

3. Free meals are available each day between 7:30 AM – 1:30 PM for all public school students at over 400 locations citywide. Rules: No registration, ID or documentation required; All three meals a day may be picked up at the same time; No dining space is available so meals must be eaten off premises; Parents and guardians may pick up meals for their children‎. For information, go to https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-life/food/free-meals  or  text “Meals” or “Comidas” along with your zip code to 877-877 to find a Free Meals location near you.

4. Free laptops and other internet-connected devices are available for students. For information, go to https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-life/health-and-wellness/coronavirus-update To sign up for a device, fill out the form at https://coronavirus.schools.nyc/RemoteLearningDevices or call 718-935-5100 (press 5).

5. Free Internet Service – Free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days is available for all NYC households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription. Installation fees will be waived for new student households. To enroll, call Spectrum at 844-488-8395.

6. Read the NYC Dept. of Education Chancellor’s March 15th Letter to Families

7. Get updates from NYC Schools at https://www.schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus or on Twitter at https://twitter.com/NYCSchools

8. Child Care at REC Centers: Child care is available for health care providers, first responders, key transit workers, and other personnel who are critical to the COVID-19 response effort in New York City, as well as for all members of the “essential workforce” including workers from Grocery stores, Pharmacies, Staten Island Ferry and NYC Ferry, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Department of Environmental Protection, and Department of Probation. At Regional Enrichment Centers (RECs), Department of Education staff provide children meals, remote learning, and activities to allow frontline workers to continue to serve the City during this health emergency. REC locations include early childcare centers and K–12 sites and will be available in every school district. If you think you may be eligible to send your child to a REC, please complete the online survey. Learn more about RECs and complete the survey.

9. New York State Student Assessment Testing – New York State exams have been cancelled for the 2019-2020 school year, with the exception of Regents exams. There is no timeframe for an announcement on if Regents exams will be cancelled. For more information, go to the School Testing page.

10. CUNY and SUNY Colleges: As of March 12th, on-campus college classes have been canceled for the remainder of the semester. All classes will be completed online. Distance learning classes began on March 19th. School facilities, dorms, and libraries are open on a limited basis. Click here to visit your CUNY College website to learn about closures.  Click here to read CUNY coronavirus updates. Click here to visit SUNY’s website.

11. Google Classroom Guides in multiple languages, mental health resources, non technological learning resources, link to iPad distribution information, parent coordinator contacts, free tutoring, virtual trips for families and more.  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1C0_6Iv0ywVbcAIjBr4MKqe90fcHbCLEr3KmTkQLPmgo/edit?usp=sharing

12. Spring Break will be shorter – New York City teachers and students will have only two days of spring break this year due to the statewide school shutdown to stem the new coronavirus. Teachers will be off April 9 – 10, during part of Passover and on Good Friday. Classes will resume the Monday after Easter on April 13, a week earlier than planned. Click here to watch UFT President Michael Mulgrew’s video statement on Spring Break changes. For more information, visit www.schools.nyc.gov/school-life/health-and-wellness/coronavirus-update

13. Caring for Your Kids Webinar – Attend a free webinar on Thursday April 2 at 7 PM to help parents and students navigate remote learning with a focus on social/emotional health. Council Member Brad Lander will host a group of expert panelists to address questions about remote learning and how to manage both parent and student emotional health during this crisis. Please be part of this conversation with other parents, DOE representatives and a school psychologist from the Child Mind Institute. Speakers will include Adrienne Austin, Acting Deputy Chancellor, Division of Community Empowerment, Partnerships, and Communications; Anita Skop, Community Superintendent for District 15; Elizabeth Stanzl, Director of Policy, Division of School Climate and Wellness; and Angela Moyer, MS, CAS, NCSP, Child Mind Institute. Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_aEPtufkXRauQtwqYVIGajQ

14. School Activity Packet for grades K-5: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learn-at-home/activities-for-students

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Click here for information about available City cash benefits, utility bill reductions, paid sick leave and emergency grants.

1. Apply for Cash Assistance: If your work schedule was reduced as a result of the coronavirus and you are unable to pay your rent, you can apply for a Cash Assistance special grant request to get benefits for emergencies. Visit ACCESS HRA to apply for financial support.

2. Home Energy Bill Grant: Visit HRA Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) to apply for the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) grant.

3. Emergency Financial Assistance – Call New York Disaster Interfaith Services (NYDIS) at 212-669-6100, Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm; Emergency “life safety” financial assistance for under-resourced households with a direct impact.

4. Paid Sick Leave: Under the law, covered employees have the right to use safe and sick leave for the care and treatment of themselves or a family member. To learn more, visit the Paid Safe and Sick Leave page.

FOOD ASSISTANCE & MEAL DELIVERY

Click here for information about free meals, food pantries, home meal delivery and to apply for food benefits.

1. SNAP (food stamps): Visit ACCESS HRA to apply for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP/food stamps) or call 718-557-1399 to have an application mailed to you.

2. Free Meals for Seniors: NYC Department for the Aging provides home-delivered meals are available for seniors ages 60 years and older who may have disabilities, access, or functional needs. Visit www1.nyc.gov/site/dfta/services/in-home-services or call 311 for service. JASA is also providing free home delivered meals to qualified seniors. To apply call, Contact the JASA Help Center at 212-273-5272 or help@jasa.org. Catholic Charities Community Services is also providing food, resources and support for seniors. Contact the CCCS New York Helpline at 1-888-744-7900.

3. Free Grab & Go Meals at Senior Centers – City agencies are working together to ensure that meals continue for seniors who can no longer attend senior center programming. All senior centers are currently “Grab and Go” sites for seniors to pick up food. Typical service hours are from 11 am to 2 pm, but hours may vary. It is advisable to call your local senior center before picking up food. Please click here for Senior Center locations and contact information.

4. Food Bank Pantry Boxes: Foodbank NYC has a interactive map with providers who have switched to “grab and go” meals and pantry bags to minimize the risk of exposure.
5. Find Food Assistance Near You: HungerFree NYC publishes Neighborhood Guides to Food and Assistance. These guides covers all neighborhoods in NYC by zip code and are available in multiple languages.
6. New NYC Food Delivery Program – The City has created the GetFoodNYC food delivery program to provide food for coronavirus (COVID-19)-vulnerable and food-insecure New Yorkers not currently served through existing food delivery programs. Service will begin on Tuesday, March 31st. For more information go to 311.nyc.gov and click on GetFoodNYC Food Delivery Program.

HEALTH & WELFARE

Click for information from the NYC Health Department, as well as information about Covid testing, self-monitoring, cleaning & disinfecting, NYC medical and mental health services and resources for caregivers, immigrants and pet owners.

1. NYC Health Department’s Covid-19 Resource Page: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-main.page. This is the City’s primary website devoted to keeping New Yorkers up-to-date, safe & healthy. You can also receive Twitter alerts and read updates from the Health Department at https://twitter.com/nycHealthy

2. Covid-19 Self-Monitoring FAQ: https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/doh/downloads/pdf/imm/faq-for-home-self-monitoring-novel-coronavirus-nyc.pdf

3. Covid-19 Testing: In line with New York City Department of Health recommendations, NYC Health + Hospitals is no longer testing patients for COVID-19 who do not require hospitalization. Please read NEW guidance from NYC Health + Hospitals regarding Covid-19 testing in New York City at https://www.nychealthandhospitals.org/coronavirus-testing-guidelines. Your local health department is your community contact for COVID-19 concerns. You can contact the New York City Health Department by visiting https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/index.page or follow their Twitter alerts at https://twitter.com/nycHealthy. New Yorkers who are considered high priority because of age, pre-existing conditions and symptoms should call 1-844-NYC-4NYC for more information about coronavirus testing. New Yorkers can also call 311 to be assessed for risk for COVID.

4. Home Cleaning & Disinfecting Guidance – Recommendations for cleaning and disinfection of non-health care settings to help slow person-to-person transmission of COVID-19: https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/doh/downloads/pdf/imm/disinfection-guidance-for-businesses-covid19.pdf

5. Medicaid, Medicare & Government Healthcare options: Visit ACCESS HRA to apply for Medicaid. Visit the Department for the Aging website for counseling on Medicare MSP, LIS, and other Medicare low-income programs.

6. Mental Support Services: An infectious illness outbreak such as this one can be stressful to you, your loved ones, and your friends. It is natural to feel overwhelmed, sad, anxious, and afraid, or to experience other symptoms of distress, such as trouble sleeping. NYC Well’s website offers a number of well-being and emotional support applications (apps) that can help you cope. If your symptoms of stress become overwhelming, reach out for support and help. You can contact NYC Well, a confidential 24/7 helpline, staffed by trained counselors at 888-NYC-WELL (888-692-9355). They can provide brief counseling and referrals to care in over 200 languages. You can also text “WELL” to 65173 or participate in an online chat with a mental health professional at NYC.gov/nycwell. The Mayor’s ThriveNYC program has created a guide called “Mental Health Support While Staying at Home.” The guide can be accessed at https://thrivenyc.cityofnewyork.us/mental_health_support_while_home

7. Caregiver Resources – Those caring for someone 60 and over can visit the NYC Department for the Aging’s website for caregiver resources and support services.

8. Immigrant Support Services – Assistance is available for immigrant and refugee by emailing immigration.services@archny.org or calling 212-419-3700.

9. Protect your Pets - Read this DOHMH post to learn how to keep pets and owners healthy during coronavirus: https://twitter.com/nycHealthy/status/1242122771871805447

10. Red Cross Blood Drive: The RedCross now faces a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations during the outbreak. Healthy individuals are urged to donate to help patients counting on lifesaving blood. Sign up today: http://rcblood.org/appt 

11. New York Academy of Medicine Covid-19 Resource: NYAM has created a temporary information hub in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak to share best practices, resources and news curated through a health equity lens. For information, visit https://www.nyam.org/what-can-i-do/

HOSPITAL & HEALTH CARE PROVIDER INFORMATION

Click here for information and free resources for health care providers and front line first responders, as well as information about hospital visitation and other policies for the general public.

1. New Hospital Visitation Policy – Please read this update from NYC Health + Hospitals if you plan to visit a hospital or medical facility in NYC for any reason. Hospitals have established new visitation policies which must be adhered to in order to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 at our health care facilities.  HHS update from @NYCHealthSystem: Please avoid the emergency room unless you are severely ill. Help limit exposure to other patients and health care workers: https://bit.ly/2wkkRse

2. PPE Medical Equipment Distribution – Healthcare workers and institutions can request PPE equipment from Project N95, a National COVID-19 Medical Equipment Clearinghouse. To expedite distribution, Project N95 is working to support requests from healthcare providers and institutions for N95 masks, Surgical masks, Isolation gowns and Ventilators. If you or someone you know works for a healthcare institution and is in need, please complete the form.

3. Information for Health Care Providers: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/information-healthcare-providers.

4. Free Hotel Lodging for Health Care Workers – NYC Hotel and Nurses Unions have announced that doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers responding to the coronavirus outbreak in New York City will be able to live at the Four Seasons Hotel in Midtown Manhattan for free during the duration of the outbreak. Click here to read the press release from the Four Seasons. Other hotels throughout the City, especially those located near hospitals, have been encouraged to do the same by Governor Cuomo and health and hospital worker advocates. Read this article for more information.

5. Free Jet Blue flights for Health Care Workers traveling to NYS – Jet Blue has committed to donating free flights for incoming medical volunteers heading to New York State. Click here to read the Governor’s announcement about free flights. Click here for the Governor’s list of other needed resources and services being donated by companies and individuals.

6. AirBnB is offering free stays for Health Care Workers – Airbnb is partnering with hosts to connect 100,000 healthcare providers, relief workers, and first responders with clean, convenient places to stay that allow them to be close to their patients — and safely distanced from their own families. Click here for more information.

7. Free Hertz Car Rentals for NYC Health Care Workers – The Hertz car rental company is offering free vehicle rentals through April 30 for health care workers. Workers can book as little as a week or up to a month with the company at no cost to them. To take advantage of the offer, employees must have a valid medical ID, email with a healthcare domain, and driver’s license. Click here to read the press release and for more information.

8. Free Starbucks Coffee for Healthcare Workers – Starbucks is offering free coffee to those of the front lines of fighting the pandemic. First responders and front-line workers, such as doctors, nurses, paramedics, police officers and firefighters, are eligible to receive a free tall-sized hot or iced coffee until May 3. Click here to read the announcement.

9. Call for Retired Health Care Workers – If you’re a doctor, nurse, PA or med student, New York City is depending on YOU to help us fight the COVID-19 crisis. Help us save lives! Visit https://apps.health.ny.gov/pubpal/builder/survey/retired-health-professional or http://nyc.gov/helpnowny to sign up.

10. Child Care Available: Child care is available for health care providers, first responders, key transit workers, and other personnel who are critical to the COVID-19 response effort in New York City, as well as for all members of the “essential workforce” including workers from Grocery stores, Pharmacies, Staten Island Ferry and NYC Ferry, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Department of Environmental Protection, and Department of Probation. At Regional Enrichment Centers (RECs), Department of Education staff provide children meals, remote learning, and activities to allow frontline workers to continue to serve the City during this health emergency. REC locations include early childcare centers and K–12 sites and will be available in every school district. If you think you may be eligible to send your child to a REC, please complete the online survey. Learn more about RECs and complete the survey.

11. Parking Permits for Healthcare Workers – The City is issuing Citywide on-street parking permits to healthcare personnel working in hospitals in New York City. Permits will be distributed directly by each hospital to eligible employees. Healthcare workers should reach out to their hospital administrators directly for more information on how to obtain a parking permit.

HOUSING SUPPORT

Click here for the latest updates about rent, evictions, mortgages & utilities.

1. Evictions Suspended - As of March 16, 2020, New York State Courts temporarily suspended all eviction proceedings until further notice. You will not need to apply for rent arrears (back rent) to stop an eviction until further notice. This means that you will be able to stay in your home during this health emergency.

2. Mortgage Information – The Department of Financial Services (DFS) issued an emergency regulation requiring that New York State regulated financial institutions provide residential mortgage forbearance on property located in New York. This will be for a period of 90 days and applies to any individual residing in New York who can demonstrate financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to read the emergency regulation.

3. Utility Shut-Offs Suspended – All utility companies have temporarily suspended gas, electric, and water shut-offs until further notice. You don’t need to apply for Emergency Assistance (a One-Shot-Deal) if you are unable to pay your bill. Utility companies cannot shut off your service if your bill is unpaid, even if you received a shut-off notice that states your service will end.

NYCHA

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1. NYCHA Updatehttps://us11.campaign-archive.com/?u=adc8ca36b531e0fcca46e2246&id=575d8056b9

2. NYCHA Survey – If you live or work at a NYCHA building, please click here for the NYCHA Survey.

3. NYCHA Rent Reduction – NYCHA residents that experience a loss of income may qualify for a rent reduction. Households that have experienced a complete income loss may qualify for the Zero Income Policy. Agency: Human Resources Administration, Phone Number: 718-557-1399, Business Hours: Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Staff is available through the automated phone system during business hours.

NYS DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES (DMV)

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1. All DMV Offices are closed and road tests are suspended until further notice. All reservations have been cancelled. You can still do most transactions online at https://dmv.ny.gov/.

2. Extended License Renewal Period: All Licenses, Non Driver ID’s, and Registrations with an expiration date of March 1, 2020 or later will be extended.

PARKS & RECREATION

Click for information from the NYC Health Department, as well as information about Covid testing, self-monitoring, cleaning & disinfecting, NYC medical and mental health services and resources for caregivers, immigrants and pet owners.

1. NYC Playgrounds Closed (4/1/20) – NYS Governor Cuomo ordered all playgrounds and amenities contained within including basketball courts, handball courts and restrooms, closed as of Wednesday, April 1st. The order was issued due to health concerns caused by lack of social distancing at NYC playgrounds. The order does not apply to parks or other public green spaces. For more information and the latest Covid-19 updates from the Parks Department, visit www.nycgovparks.org/about/health-and-safety-guide/coronavirus

2. NYC Parks COVID-19 Update (3/26/20):  In response to the spread of COVID-19 and to eliminate crowding in public spaces, NYC Parks is moving quickly to keep parks open, while encouraging social distancing – and slowing the spread of the virus.  This is a citywide effort, involving all City agencies, including DOHMH, NYCEM, NYPD, OSE, the Sheriff’s Office, DEP, DSNY, DOB, and FDNY.  In partnership with these agencies, NYC Parks has installed new signage banning group play on fields and courts and encouraging caution and distancing on playgrounds, deployed Parks Ambassadors to remind patrons that they should only be in parks for as long as necessary, instructed maintenance and operations staff to reinforce social distancing messages and report persistent disregard of these rules to the Parks Enforcement Patrol, and added additional PEP officers, Parks Security Service staff and Rangers to patrol and assist with social distancing education. The Parks Department will partner with the NYPD to report overcrowding, maintain a list of areas that require more substantial resources and intervention and provide loudspeaker announcements to disperse crowds. The Parks Department will also begin removing basketball rims at 80 park courts, in order to discourage the group play that has been persistent. The City will continue to monitor conditions and determine if more severe restrictions are necessary.  The Parks Department is confident that these efforts — signage blitz, additional personnel, enhanced training, and inter-agency partnerships — will keep parks open and, most importantly, safe. For updates and additional information, visit www.nycgovparks.org/about/health-and-safety-guide/coronavirus or twitter.com/NYCParks

SMALL BUSINESSES & NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

Click here for resources, services, financial support and online webinar information for small business owners.

1. Small Business Closures: As of Sunday, March 22 at 8 PM, the State has issued an Executive Order that all non-essential businesses must close in-personnel functions. Businesses that rely on in-office workers must decrease their in-office workforce by 100%, excluding essential services. Businesses that must close to the public include barbershops, hair and nail salons, tattoo/piercing salons, casinos, gyms, theaters, retail shopping malls, amusement parks and bowling alleys. Bars and restaurants are closed, but takeout can be ordered during the period of closure. Essential services exempt from the order include: Banks and related financial institutions, Bike repair shops, Grocery and food production, Healthcare providers, Laundromats, Media, Restaurants, bars and cafes (limited to food take-out and delivery only. These establishments will be provided a waiver for carry-out alcohol), Pharmacies, Shipping, Taxis and car services, Utilities, Warehousing. Get information and guidance on essential services under the State Executive Order. If you are an employee in a non-essential industry and your employer does not permit telecommuting, go to the Labor Law page for assistance.

2. COVID-19 Business Assistance Survey & Sign up for NYC Small Business Grant/Loan information: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/N336ZYB

3. Small Business Assistance & Resources: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/sbs/businesses/covid19-business-outreach.page

4. FAQ Guidance for Small Business Owners: https://files.constantcontact.com/ef416ee8001/034b7539-fe5e-47a2-87e5-5f55ffa5a65c.pdf

5. Financial Assistance for Small Businesses – The City will offer financial assistance to small businesses to help lessen the economic effect of the coronavirus. Businesses may qualify for low-interest loans and employee retention grants. You can get more information and sign up for email updates at NYC.gov/sbs. Information about the new loan and grant program for impacted small businesses, including application links, will be sent to the email you provide. Visit the Small Business Services website for loan and grant information and to sign up for email notifications. Businesses with fewer than 100 employees who have seen sales decrease 25% or more will be eligible for zero interest loans of up to $75,000 to help mitigate losses in profit. Please complete this interest form if your business has been affected by COVID-19 to receive information on obtaining assistance

6. Support Our Small Businesses - Help your local business by buying gift cards to provide critical cash support during the COVID-19 crisis. America’s small businesses are the backbone of our economy. @helpmainstreet drives 100% of proceeds to small businesses, built by volunteers with love from NYC. For more information or to buy a gift card, visit https://helpmainstreet.com/

7. Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Covid-19 Resources for Small Businesses- The Chamber will be updating this guide with resources and information specifically for Brooklyn businesses. The Chamber is monitoring a hotline and overseeing a task force, as well as providing regular updates about federal, state and city resources, funding and support programs for local businesses. Visit ibrooklyn.com/index/news/covid-19 for more information.

8. Weekly Friday Webinars for Impacted Businesses – The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce is hosting weekly webinars for the Small Business Communities on Fridays at 12:00 PM. The Chamber will host virtual events on Zoom where local businesses, entrepreneurs and freelancers can virtually meet and greet the Chamber team, hear from City agencies and learn about the latest support services and initiatives. Register for the April 3rd webinar with SBS Commissioner Gregg Bishop at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_A6TMqvNcQgSM6XAL-A6d1w For more information, visit www.brooklynchamber.com.

9. Paycheck Protection Program – On March 27, 2020, the Federal Government enacted the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, an economic relief package in response to the COVID-19 pandemic which includes the federal Paycheck Protection Program. The CARES Act provides economic support at the federal level to the business sector, employees, individuals and families, and specific industries that have been impacted, including air transportation, healthcare, and education. The Paycheck Protection Program is a $349 billion SBA-administered loan and loan forgiveness program that increases loan eligibility and offers a payment deferral plan as well as potential loan forgiveness for small businesses. For a brief summary of the Paycheck Protection Plan, click here. For complete information about the CARES Act and available benefits, visit www.sba.gov

10. Employee Retention Grant Program is available to NYC 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. For more information, visit www1.nyc.gov/nycbusiness/article/nyc-employee-retention-grant-program 

11. CARES Act Webinar for Nonprofits – Please join the Jewish Federations of North America on Friday, April 3rd at 12 PM EST to learn about applying for the new Paycheck Protection Program loans available to nonprofit organizations in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes more than $2 trillion to help individuals and businesses struggling amid the COVID-19 pandemic – with $350 billion in new Paycheck Protection Program loans available to non-profit organizations with fewer than 500 employees. To register, please go to https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_etPgsvyWRBG2ce9zjL_MWw

TRANSPORTATION

Click here for the latest updates from MTA-NYC Transit about subway, bus and Access-a-Ride public transportation changes.

1. MTA Subway & Bus Information – Please visit https://new.mta.info/precautions-against-coronavirus for information about subway and bus service changes due to Covid-19. The MTA-NYC Transit will be updating this site frequently, so check often if you must use public transit. Service has been reduced citywide and some lines have been suspended or consolidated. The MTA provided this press release regarding these service and schedule changes: http://www.mta.info/press-release/mta-headquarters/mta-implements-%E2%80%9Cny-essential-service-plan%E2%80%9D-move-healthcare-workers

2. Free MTA Bus Service – The MTA has suspended the collection of local bus fares in order to protect drivers. Riders must board through the back door unless they need to use a wheelchair ramp, which will remain available at the front door. Express Bus & SBS Bus Riders are still required to pay for select bus rides at on-street payment boxes, officials said. Riders of these buses are asked not to sit in the first three rows to protect the driver.

3. MTA Brooklyn Bus Service Changes -Starting Tuesday, March 31st, MTA NYC Transit is implementing the following revisions to service in Brooklyn in order to maintain essential service  and mitigate potential overcrowding. The MTA will operate 60% of a weekday schedule with the following additions: (1) Operate the X37/X38 express routes on a 30-minute headway; (2) Increase the AM span on X27/X28 to start one-hour early beginning at 6AM; (3) Operate the B82 Select Bus Service (not operating on Sundays) at a reduced headway; (4) Strategically stage 50 wildcat buses to manage any potential overcrowding. For more information, visit new.mta.info

4. Metrocards – The MTA has suspended sales of regular MetroCards at kiosks, as of Tuesday, March 24, in order to protect station agents from Coronavirus. The regular cards will be sold at MetroCard Vending Machines only. Station agents will continue to sell MetroCards to seniors and people with disabilities who pay half fares as vending machines aren’t equipped to process these sales.

5. FreFree Citi Bike memberships for Emergency Workers – In partnership with the Mayor’s Office and NYC DOT, Citi Bike is launching the Citi Bike Critical Workforce Membership Program, providing first responders, healthcare, and transit workers with a free month of Citi Bike membership. For more information, visit https://www.citibikenyc.com/blog/covid19

6. Access-a-Ride Information – Access-A-Ride, primarily serving elderly and mobility-impaired passengers, is still available for riders, though it has stopped shared rides. Exceptions are made for riders who need a personal care attendant. For more information, visit new.mta.info/accessibility/paratransit

7. Bicycles Sales & RepairsThis article highlights a few of the local bicycle repair and sales shops in CB14 and around Brooklyn.

8. ASP Suspended – Alternate Side Parking Regulations will be suspended from Wednesday, March 25, 2020 through Tuesday, March 31, 2020. Parking meters and all other parking rules remain in effect throughout the City. The City may extend the suspension based on street cleanliness and workforce availability. Any New Yorker under isolation who has received a ticket can appeal to the Department of Finance and should provide medical documentation or testimony, which will be taken into consideration when their case is reviewed. To learn how to dispute a parking ticket, visit the Parking Ticket or Camera Violation Dispute page.

9. Domestic Travel – As of March 28th, the CDC advises residents of New York to refrain from non-essential domestic travel for 14 days. This advisory does not apply to employees of critical infrastructure industries, including but not limited to trucking, public health professionals, financial services, and food supply. Learn more about the domestic travel advisory and restrictions.

10. International Travel – The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad at this time due to the global impact of coronavirus. As of March 11th, foreign nationals who have recently been in certain European countries are restricted from traveling to the United States. This does not apply to U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents. Learn more about international travel restrictions and advisories.

11. Pool Rides in For-Hire Vehicles Suspended – To protect the safety of drivers and passengers, the City has temporarily banned pooled rides in TLC-licensed high volume (Uber, Lyft, and Via) for-hire vehicles. This ban does not apply to paratransit vehicles.

UNEMPLOYMENT & JOB INFORMATION

Click here for information about applying for NYS Unemployment Insurance, rules and regulations for layoffs, and resources for those looking for a job.

1. NYS Unemployment Insurance: New York State is waiving the 7-day waiting period for Unemployment Insurance benefits for people who are out of work due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) closures or quarantines. Visit the New York State Department of Labor website for more information. NYS DOL is implementing a new filing system based on the first letter of the applicants last name (alphabetical order). If you are filing a new unemployment insurance claim, the day you should file is based on the first letter of your last name. Visit the New York State Department of Labor website for more information. Please note that the system is currently overwhelmed. Once you apply for benefits online, you may have to continue to call back over the course of several days until you connect with a DOL operator. Please stay patient and continue trying. Eventually you will get through.

2. Worker Layoffs (“WARN Notice”) – The New York State Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act requires businesses to give early warning of closing and layoffs. Information is available on the New York State Department of Labor website. The NYC Workforce Development Board can help businesses understand their reporting requirements. Individuals also can contact Chris Neale, Director of the NYC Workforce Development Board, at 212-676-3009.

3. Alternative to Worker Layoffs – Shared Work is a program employees can receive partial Unemployment Insurance benefits while working reduced hours. Visit the New York State Department of Labor website for more information.

4. Looking for a job? – Find Employment by using the Small Business Services website to find job opportunities.

5. ACCESSNYC is a portal for NYC residents to determine their eligibility for over 30 economic opportunity programs and benefits. It also includes a regularly updated list of COVID-19 response resources.

6. Unemployment Benefits and Health Insurance FAQ (PDF, March 19, 2020)

7. NYC Delivery Driver Jobs Available – TLC licensed drivers are invited to apply for NYC Food Delivery jobs. To be qualified for this position,drivers must be 18 years or older, licensed by TLC, eligible to work in US with valid social security number, and able to perform physical labor. For more information or to apply, go to https://cv19engagementportal.cityofnewyork.us

 VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Click here for information about how you can help support your community during the Covid-19 health crisis.

1. Help Now NYC – Visit NYC’s Coronavirus Volunteer page at www1.nyc.gov/site/helpnownyc/resources/covid-19-relief to find out how you can help those in need during the health crisis.

2. Volunteer Phone Calls – Support NYC’s seniors by providing friendly visits via telephone. Find out about this program and other opportunities at the Dept. of Aging’s volunteer site at www1.nyc.gov/site/dfta/volunteering/volunteer-resources

3. Be a Corona Courier – Volunteers who are available to deliver groceries and pharmacy items to elderly, ill or quarantined City residents are invited to volunteer to be a “Corona Courier.” For more information or to volunteer, call or text 929-320-0660 or email CoronaCourier@protonmail.com.

4. Support NYC Healthcare Workers – Visit NYC Health + Hospital’s Network for Good website to learn what you can do to support the healthcare workers that are on the front lines of the fight against the coronavirus.

5. Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund – Brooklyn Community Foundation has launched this fund to provide immediate and longer-term resources to vulnerable Brooklynites. BCF recognizes that as this pandemic continues to intensify locally, it will have vastly disproportionate health, economic, and social impacts across our communities.

6. Donate Metrocards to Essential Workers – People are encouraged to donate unused Metrocards for distribution to the essential workers still commuting on public transit. A Brooklyn resident started a google doc where you can sign up to donate your Metrocard. Click here to read a news story about the project and click here to go to the spreadsheet to sign up to donate or receive an unused Metrocard.

7. “Strive for Five” campaign – Mental health groups have started a new campaign to encourage people to identify five people in their life that they will check-in with daily over the next 30 days to tackle depression and anxiety associated with distance. For more information and to participate, visit www.nyaprs.org.

8. New York State Volunteer Resources – New York State is doing all it can to keep New Yorkers safe and stop the spread of COVID-19. But we’re stronger if we all work together. Governor Cuomo is calling on health care professionals, schools of public health or medicine and PPE products providers and manufacturers to come forward to support the state’s response. It’s going to be hard, it’s going to be disruptive, but we will get through this together. To learn more and to volunteer services or other support, visit coronavirus.health.ny.gov/get-involved-how-you-can-help

9. Support Small Businesses - Help your local business by buying gift cards to provide critical cash support during the COVID-19 crisis. America’s small businesses are the backbone of our economy. @helpmainstreet drives 100% of proceeds to small businesses, built by volunteers with love from NYC. For more information or to buy a gift card, visit https://helpmainstreet.com/

WEBINARS & ONLINE EVENTS

Click here to register for online forums & webinars hosted by City & State agencies and local nonprofit organizations where you can learn about family & small business resources, services and opportunities.

1. MARCH 27 – APRIL 2: New York State Public Assistance Briefings - On March 20, 2020, the State of New York received a Major Disaster Declaration FEMA-4480-DR from President Trump for the COVID-19 Incident. The New York State Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services (DHSES) has begun holding applicant briefings for local government agencies and providers via WebEx. The Applicant’s Briefings provide eligible applicants with the information needed to: (a) participate as Public Assistance applicants; and, (b) submit for reimbursement for FEMA-eligible expenditures incurred as a result of the COVID-19 virus. To register for one of the applicant briefings, please see the attached Applicant’s Briefing Schedule or visit: http://www.dhses.ny.gov/recovery/public/active-declarations.cfm. If you would like to receive updates about future briefings and federal grants related to COVID-19, please sign-up for the NYC Emergency Management newsletter.

2. THURSDAY, APRIL 2 @ 7 PM: Caring for Your Kids Webinar – Attend a free webinar on Thursday April 2 at 7 PM to help parents and students navigate remote learning with a focus on social/emotional health. Council Member Brad Lander will host a group of expert panelists to address questions about remote learning and how to manage both parent and student emotional health during this crisis. Please be part of this conversation with other parents, DOE representatives and a school psychologist from the Child Mind Institute. Speakers will include Adrienne Austin, Acting Deputy Chancellor, Division of Community Empowerment, Partnerships, and Communications; Anita Skop, Community Superintendent for District 15; Elizabeth Stanzl, Director of Policy, Division of School Climate and Wellness; and Angela Moyer, MS, CAS, NCSP, Child Mind Institute. Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_aEPtufkXRauQtwqYVIGajQ

3. FRIDAY, APRIL 3 @ 12 PM: SBS Small Business Support WebinarThe Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce is hosting weekly webinars for the Small Business Communities on Fridays at 12:00 PM. The Chamber will host virtual events on Zoom where local businesses, entrepreneurs and freelancers can virtually meet and greet the Chamber team, hear from City agencies and learn about the latest support services and initiatives. Register for the April 3rd webinar with SBS Commissioner Gregg Bishop at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_A6TMqvNcQgSM6XAL-A6d1w For more information, visit www.brooklynchamber.com.

4. FRIDAY, APRIL 3 @ 12 PM: CARES Act Webinar for Nonprofit OrganizationsPlease join the Jewish Federations of North America on Friday, April 3rd at 12 PM EST to learn about applying for the new Paycheck Protection Program loans available to nonprofit organizations in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes more than $2 trillion to help individuals and businesses struggling amid the COVID-19 pandemic – with $350 billion in new Paycheck Protection Program loans available to non-profit organizations with fewer than 500 employees. To register, please go to https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_etPgsvyWRBG2ce9zjL_MWw

5. TUESDAY, APRIL 7 @ 2 PM: City & State’s “Legislative Perspective on Coronavirus Pandemic” – Participate in City & State’s Webinar Series as elected officials address the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 and its effect on New York. Panelists will include State Sen. Gustavo Rivera and Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, who will assess the city, state and federal response to coronavirus, including resources, budget, legislation, prospects and the overall impact of the ongoing outbreak. To register, please go to https://zoom.us/webinar/register/7915856830148/

6. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15 @ 12 PM: Flatbush YMCA Census 2020 Webinar – The 2020 Census is here! It means our fair share of $675 billion for hospitals, schools, affordable housing, and more.  Tune in with the YMCA and guest panelists on April 15th from 12-2 PM for a conversation on how we can Get Out the Count in our community. To register for this training session go to: www.facebook.com/ymcanyc  and via Zoom (link will be available soon) Click here to view webinar flyer.

INFORMATIONAL POSTERS TO PRINT

1. Stay Healthy! Prevent the Spread of Covid-19: https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/doh/downloads/pdf/imm/coronavirus-stay-healthy-ad.pdf

2. Stay Strong Brooklyn poster to print & hang in your window: https://www.brooklyn-usa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/StayStrongBk_fnt.jpg