Applications Open for New York State COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program

Empire State Development announced today that the New York State COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program, which was created to provide flexible grant assistance to currently viable small businesses, micro-businesses and for-profit independent arts and cultural organizations in New York that have experienced economic hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is now open. The…
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Cocktails to Go Extended for Another 30 Days

Governor Cuomo has extended your ability to sell cocktails to go for another 30 days. This is good news for restaurants and taverns throughout New York State, but with the State of Emergency certain to be coming to an end soon, this could be the last extension of cocktails to go. Legislation to extend this…
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Indoor Dining Curfew Is No More

The curfew on indoor dining is lifted effective today. Starting tonight you can revert to your SLA approved hours of operation which, for most licensees, means the legal hours of sale in your county. Any restrictions on hours of operation imposed as part of your licensing process (not a COVID related penalty) remain in place.…
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Applications for Restaurant Revitalization Fund Exceed Available Funds

As we expected, the applications received by the Small Business Administration (SBA) for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) have exceeded the $28.6 billion funding available. The RRF portal received more than 372,000 applications seeking $76 billion before the SBA closed the application portal this week. It’s clear that there will be significant demand that cannot…
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Legislature Considers Legalized Alcohol to Go as Liquor Stores Push Back

The fight over extending alcohol is fully engaged. The liquor store lobby continues to tell tall tales about the bill and your business, but this article in the Albany Times Union sets the record straight.
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SLA Posts Guidance for Complying with New Mask Rules

The New York State Liquor Authority has posted guidance on the State’s decision to adopt the CDC guidance on masks. You can find the updated guidance here.
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Fight Over Alcohol to Go Shaping Up

With key state legislators expressing interest in extending the privilege of selling alcohol to go, the associations representing liquor stores have started an aggressive campaign to try to block this measure. Alcohol to go served as an important lifeline for many on-premises operators over the past year. Even with the relaxation of restrictions it’s going…
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Small Business Relief Coming Soon 

The $800 million COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program included as part of the state budget this year, provides grant funding to small businesses and for-profit independent arts and cultural organizations impacted by the pandemic. The grants will be flexible and can be used for a number of different business needs, including payroll, rent…
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Reopening Updates

The State continues to relax restrictions on the operations of restaurants and taverns. In a series of announcements over the past few weeks culminating with adoption of the CDC’s new mask policy, the Department of Health has removed most of the COVID-19 public health restrictions on your business. Here’s a recap on recently announced changes:…
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NYS Issues Updated Guidance for Masks

New York State has published additional guidance on mask and face coverings. The new guidance is consistent with our earlier post, but does not answer all of our questions. Here’s a recap of what we know: Consistent with CDC guidance, fully vaccinated individuals are not be required to wear masks Businesses are able to require…
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NYS Adopts CDC Mask Policy – Awaiting Detailed Guidance – UPDATE 5/19

As you may have heard, the Governor announced today that New York State is adopting the CDC’s guidance on masks effective Wednesday. No details on what that means have been released as of yet, but we expect guidance to be issued prior to the change taking effect. We will update this post once we have…
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SLA Updates Guidance to Reflect Recent & Upcoming Changes

The State Liquor Authority has updated it’s website to reflect recent changes to the guidance for restaurants and bars, including the change in the food requirement and curfews. Visit the SLA website for more info: Recent and Upcoming Changes
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