Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Information and Resources

 

Saratoga County is in PHASE 4 of the NY State’s
Reopening Process

 

The Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership is diligently monitoring the impact of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, on our businesses, workforce, economy, and public health in Saratoga County.  We are closely collaborating with government officials at the Federal, State, and local levels to ensure we get resources and information to our businesses, farmers, workforce and community members expeditiously.

We are committed to keeping you informed and this webpage will be updated as necessary. If your business is experiencing disruption during this challenging time, or if you have questions, please email Shelby Schneider or Mary Ryckman call 518.871.1887 for further assistance.

Saratoga County Reopening

  • Our region, the Capital Region, is cleared and open for safely reopening businesses and reinvigorating the economy. Click the link below for a one-stop resource with information related to helping Saratoga County businesses safely reopen

Saratoga County Reopening Advisory Group Page

 

Reopening and Safety Information

Reopening Guidelines

Saratoga County Reopening

Considerations for Restaurants and Bars – Updated July 17, 2020

As restaurants and bars resume operations in some areas of the United States, CDC offers the following considerations for ways in which operators can protect employees, customers, and communities and slow the spread of COVID-19. Restaurants and bars can determine, in collaboration with state and local health officials, whether and how to implement these considerations, making adjustments to meet the needs and circumstances of the local community. Implementation should be guided by what is feasible, practical, acceptable, and tailored to the needs of each community. These considerations are meant to supplement—not replace—any state, local, territorial, or tribal health and safety laws, rules, and regulations with which businesses must comply.
For More details Click Here

NY Forward - A Guide to Reopening New York and Building Back Better

The Governor’s Office published “NY Forward: A Guide to Reopening New York & Building Back Better.”  The complete guide details the State’s plans to reopen the economy. CLICK HERE TO READ NY FORWARD RE-OPENING PLAN

NY Forward – Industries Reopening by Phase

Businesses in each region will re-open in phases. Re-opening refers to non-essential businesses, essential businesses that are open will remain open.  Eligible industries must be in regions that have met the criteria to re-open.

The State has provided guidelines for each industry by phase.  Some industry guidelines change as more opening is permitted.  Please look to see if your sector is listed in later phases for more information to determine if there are any modifications

Here is breakdown of Industries for Phase 4 Re-Opening

Phase Four 

For help determining whether or not your business is eligible to reopen, use the reopen lookup tool.

Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on New York Forward and Business Reopening if you have additional needs.

Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID 19

Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID 19

Travel Advisory - Restricted States

Alaska, Delaware, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, Virginia and Washington Meet Metrics to Qualify for Travel Advisory

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that three additional states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. meet the metrics to qualify for the travel advisory requiring individuals who have traveled to New York from those areas, all of which have significant community spread, to quarantine for 14 days. The newly-added states are Illinois, Kentucky and Minnesota. No states have been removed. The quarantine applies to any person arriving from an area with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a 7-day rolling average or an area with a 10 percent or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.

Governor Cuomo also announced that the joint State Liquor Authority and New York State Police Task Force observed 26 additional violations of state social distancing requirements yesterday. The task force conducted 644 compliance checks last night.

The governor also renewed his call on Congress to include funding for state and local governments in the next stimulus package.

Governor Cuomo also offered to have Major League Baseball teams come play in New York if they are experiencing difficulties in their home states.

“Our job is to do everything we can to control COVID and anticipate possible future issues, and in that regard, the issues we watch are the infection rates spreading across the country and compliance with the rules that we now have in place across the state,” Governor Cuomo said. “The situation across the nation is still very bad and there are more states that have exceeded our thresholds for quarantine.”

“New York State has one of the lowest infection rates in the U.S.,” Governor Cuomo continued. “We have a full Department of Health protocol system in place, and I offer to the MLB, if you are having problems playing in other states, come play here – we will set up a health protocol.”

The governor also updated New Yorkers on the state’s investigation into a concert in Southampton that received widespread press and social media attention. Yesterday, New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker sent a letter to the Town of Southampton requesting information on the concert within 24 hours and advising the town that New York State will conduct an investigation and assess the penalties associated with any violations of public health laws or regulations.

The full, updated travel advisory list is below:

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Puerto Rico
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin

Guidance For Travel

Guidance for Travel

The travel advisory is effective at 12:01 am on Thursday, June 25, 2020. If you have traveled from within one of the designated states with significant community spread, you must quarantine when you enter New York for 14 days from the last travel within such designated state, provided on the date you enter into New York State that such state met the criteria for requiring such quarantine.

The requirements of the travel advisory do not apply to any individual passing through designated states for a limited duration (i.e., less than 24 hours) through the course of travel.

Examples of such brief passage include but are not limited to: stopping at rest stops for vehicles, buses, and/or trains; or lay-overs for air travel, bus travel, or train travel.

The travel advisory requires all New Yorkers, as well as those visiting from out of state, to take personal responsibility for complying with the advisory in the best interest of public health and safety.

For questions about the travel advisory please refer to the guidance linked here.

For general inquires contact the call the Hotline: 1-888-364-3065 or Ask a Question.

To file a report of an individual failing to adhere to the quarantine pursuant to the travel advisory click here or call 1-833-789-0470.

Individuals may also contact their local department of health.

Guidance for Individuals Traveling for Medical Treatment

Guidance for Professional Sports Teams

Empire State Development – Guidance for New York State Businesses related to COVID-19

Empire State Development

As New York State continually monitors and responds to developments related to COVID-19, Empire State Development (ESD) is providing up-to-date guidance for the agency’s partners and other stakeholders impacted by the virus. This is a rapidly changing situation and ESD will be updating the resources below to reflect the latest information available. ESD has created this detailed FAQ to answer immediate questions businesses may have regarding State regulations and general guidance related to the coronavirus. Submit your COVID-19 related business questions here.

NYS Contract Training

Contact Tracing

New York State has partnered with Bloomberg Philanthropies, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Vital Strategies to create the NYS Contact Tracing Program, a nation-leading initiative to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and make it safer to begin to return to normal again.

Contact Tracers work with people who have tested positive for COVID-19 to identify people they have had contact with and let them know they may have been exposed to the disease.

A contact tracer will:
NEVER ask for your Social Security number
NEVER ask for any private financial information
NEVER ask for credit card information
NEVER send you a link without proper authentication procedures

Contact Tracers have been hired and trained to work with state-of-the-art software to gather information on the spread of the infection. Your participation is confidential.

New York State Contact Tracing Tool

If you test positive for COVID-19, you will get a call from a public health representative to identify any contacts you have had. This form can help you identify your contacts so you will be ready for the call.

If you get a call from “NYS Contact Tracing” (518-387-9993), please answer the phone!

Join the Contact Tracing Team: Apply here to become a Contact TracerTeam Supervisor, or Community Support Specialist.

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Capital Region Reopening Plan

The Capital Region action plan for safely reopening businesses and reinvigorating the economy.

Capital Region Regional Re-opening Plan (5.18.20)

PPE Suppliers

Latest News Alerts from NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo

Coronavirus Resources for Travelers

Updated 7/6/20 

As New York State moves through its phased reopening of businesses by industry and region, please check with venues and attractions for information on openings, capacity, and available amenities before making plans. For more information on the New York Forward business reopening plan, visit forward.ny.gov.

Preventing the spread of coronavirus is important. Governor Cuomo issued executive orders 202.17 and 202.18 requiring any individual within the state who is over age two and able to medically tolerate a face-covering to cover their nose and mouth with a mask or cloth face-covering when in a public place or business and unable to maintain, or when not maintaining, social distance including when taking public or private transportation or riding in for-hire vehicles. The New York State Department of Health advises all people in New York to keep at least 6 feet distance from others when in public.

Please note New York State, New Jersey, and Connecticut have implemented a tri-state travel advisory that requires any individuals traveling from states with significant community spread of COVID-19 to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. More information on the advisory, including the daily updated list of which states the travel advisory applies to, can be found here.

We continue to monitor the situation and will provide tourism-related updates. Travelers are encouraged to visit the New York State Department of Health website. You can also sign up for coronavirus updates from Governor Cuomo.

If you have a business that has been impacted by coronavirus, please visit Empire State Development for information on available resources.

Additional information:

  • Hotels, marinas, campgrounds, and RV parks are open statewide.
  • Public and private beaches statewide are allowed to operate with restrictions on capacity.
  • Outdoor pools in State Parks across NYS are open at reduced capacity with social distancing guidelines in place.
  • The New York State Fair will be cancelled this summer out of an abundance of caution.
  • There are a number of low-risk, outdoor recreational activities that are permitted statewide as long as social distancing and disinfecting procedures are followed including, drive-in theaters, tennis, golf, ziplining, ropes courses, and rental of non-motorized watercraft. For a full list, please refer to the following guidance found here. PDF File.
  • Horse racing and car racing tracks statewide are allowed to operate without fans.
  • For regions in Phase Three of reopening, outdoor and indoor dining at restaurants and bars is permitted, however restaurants and patrons will have to follow capacity and safety guidelines. For information on phases of reopening for regions across the state and safety guidelines/restrictions, visit forward.ny.gov.
  • New York City is set to move to Phase Three by Monday, July 6, allowing for the resumption of personal care services and more outdoor recreation, such as tennis and basketball. Indoor dining will not be permitted in NYC until further notice.
  • For regions in Phase Four of reopening, low-risk outdoor arts and entertainment such as zoos, botanical gardens, nature parks, grounds of historic sites and cultural institutions, outdoor museums, and outdoor agritourism/agricultural demonstrations will be allowed with restrictions. There are capacity restrictions and visitors will have to follow safety guidelines. More information on that can be found here. PDF File.
  • For regions in Phase Four of reopening, low-risk indoor arts and entertainment such as indoor museums, historical sites, and aquariums will be allowed with restrictions. There are capacity restrictions and visitors will have to follow safety guidelines. More information on that can be found here. PDF File.

Small Business Guidance

SBA - Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

SBA Payroll Protection Program Loan Program

The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll.

SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. The Paycheck Protection Program will be available through June 30, 2020.

Who’s eligible?

  • Small employers with 500 employees or fewer
  • Other business concerns that meet the current SBA size standards
  • Sole proprietors, self-employed individuals and contractors
  • Certain nonprofits, including 501(c)(3) organizations and 501(c)(19) veteran organizations, and tribal businesses with under 500 employees.
  • Businesses in the accommodation and food service industries can apply on a per location basis if they have 500 employees or fewer per location.

How to Apply
You can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender, like Adirondack Trust Company, Saratoga National Bank, Glens Falls National, Ballston Spa National Bank, NBT and more or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. Other regulated lenders will be available to make these loans once they are approved and enrolled in the program. You should consult with your local lender as to whether it is participating in the program.

Lenders may begin processing loan applications after April 3, 2020.

SBA - Coronavirus Funding Options

Click here to learn more about available SBA loan and debt relief options.

Our nation’s small businesses are facing an unprecedented economic disruption due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. On Friday, March 27, 2020, the President signed into law the CARES Act, which contains $376 billion in relief for American workers and small businesses.

Notice: Now Accepting New Applications for Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Advance: On June 15, SBA will begin accepting new Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance applications from all eligible small businesses and U.S. agricultural businesses. To learn more about eligibility and apply, click here.

EIDL applicants who have already submitted their applications will continue to be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

To learn more about the relief options available for your business, click here.

Coronavirus Recovery Information in Languages other than English

Guidance for Businesses and Employers

Guidance for Businesses and Employers

The President’s Guidelines for Opening Up America Again

www.Coronavirus.gov

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers the most up-to-date information on COVID-19. This interim guidance is based on what is currently known  about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). For updates from CDC, please see the following:

The following interim guidance may help prevent workplace exposures to acute respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, in non-healthcare settings. The guidance also provides planning considerations if there are more widespread, community outbreaks of COVID-19.

To prevent stigma and discrimination in the workplace, use the guidance described below and on the CDC’s Guidance for Businesses and Employers web page.

Below are recommended strategies for employers to use now. In-depth guidance is available on the CDC’s Guidance for Businesses and Employers web page:

  • Actively encourage sick employees to stay home
  • Separate sick employees
  • Emphasize staying home when sick, respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene by all employees
  • Perform routine environmental cleaning
  • Advise employees before traveling to take certain steps
    • Check the CDC’s Traveler’s Health Notices for the latest guidance and recommendations for each country to which you will travel. Specific travel information for travelers going to and returning from designated countries with risk of community spread of Coronavirus, and information for aircrew, can be found on the CDC website.
  • Additional Measures in Response to Currently Occurring Sporadic Importations of the COVID-19:
    • Employees who are well but who have a sick family member at home with COVID-19 should notify their supervisor and refer to CDC guidance for how to conduct a risk assessment of their potential exposure.
    • If an employee is confirmed to have COVID-19, employers should inform fellow employees of their possible exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace but maintain confidentiality as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Employees exposed to a co-worker with confirmed COVID-19 should refer to CDC guidance for how to conduct a risk assessment of their potential exposure.

Common Issues Small Businesses May Encounter:

  • Capital Access – Incidents can strain a small business’s financial capacity to make payroll, maintain inventory and respond to market fluctuations (both sudden drops and surges in demand). Businesses should prepare by exploring and testing their capital access options so they have what they need when they need it.  See SBA’s capital access resources.
  • Workforce Capacity – Incidents have just as much impact on your workers as they do your clientele. It’s critical to ensure they have the ability to fulfill their duties while protected.
  • Inventory and Supply Chain Shortfalls – While the possibility could be remote, it is a prudent preparedness measure to ensure you have either adequate supplies of inventory for a sustained period and/or diversify your distributor sources in the event one supplier cannot meet an order request.
  • Facility Remediation/Clean-up Costs – Depending on the incident, there may be a need to enhance the protection of customers and staff by increasing the frequency and intensity by which your business conducts cleaning of surfaces frequently touched by occupants and visitors. Check your maintenance contracts and supplies of cleaning materials to ensure they can meet increases in demand.
  • Insurance Coverage Issues – Many businesses have business interruption insurance; Now is the time to contact your insurance agent to review your policy to understand precisely what you are and are not covered for in the event of an extended incident.
  • Changing Market Demand – Depending on the incident, there may be access controls or movement restrictions established which can impede your customers from reaching your business. Additionally, there may be public concerns about public exposure to an incident and they may decide not to go to your business out of concern of exposing themselves to greater risk. SBA’s Resources Partners and District Offices have trained experts who can help you craft a plan specific to your situation to help navigate any rapid changes in demand.
  • Marketing – It’s critical to communicate openly with your customers about the status of your operations, what protective measures you’ve implemented, and how they (as customers) will be protected when they visit your business. Promotions may also help incentivize customers who may be reluctant to patronize your business.
  • Plan – As a business, bring your staff together and prepare a plan for what you will do if the incident worsens or improves. It’s also helpful to conduct a tabletop exercise to simulate potential scenarios and how your business management and staff might respond to the hypothetical scenario in the exercise. For examples of tabletop exercises, visit FEMA’s website at: https://www.fema.gov/emergency-planning-exercises

Coronavirus Tax Relief and Economic Impact Payments

Coronavirus Tax Relief for Businesses and Tax-Exempt Entities

Get information on coronavirus (COVID-19) tax relief for businesses and tax-exempt entities.

Filing and Payment Deadline Extended

The deadlines to FILE and PAY 2019 federal income taxes are postponed to July 15, 2020.

Get answers to your questions on the filing and payment deadline.

Employee Retention Credit Available for Many Businesses Financially Impacted by COVID-19

The Employee Retention Credit is a refundable tax credit against certain employment taxes equal to 50% of the qualified wages an eligible employer pays to employees after March 12, 2020, and before January 1, 2021. You can get immediate access to the credit by reducing the employment tax deposits you are otherwise required to make. Also, if your employment tax deposits are not sufficient to cover the credit, you may get an advance payment from the IRS.

Get details on the retention credit.

Coronavirus-Related Paid Leave for Workers and Tax Credits for Small- and Mid-Size Businesses

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (PDF) gives all American businesses with fewer than 500 employees funds to provide employees with paid leave, either for the employee’s own health needs or to care for family members.

Get details on paid leave for employees.

NOL Carrybacks of C-Corporations

Get answers about NOL Carrybacks of C Corporations to Taxable Years in which the Alternative Minimum Tax Applies.

Tax Exempt NOL Carrybacks

Get more information about the carryback of NOLs by certain exempt organizations.

Payroll Support for Air Carriers and Contractors

Get answers about tax treatment of the air carrier payroll support payments.

Topics for Tribes

Specific questions for tribes

Review these resources if your tribe or tribal entity operates a trade or business:

Online Tax Help

Online resources for small business and self-employed taxpayers:

Online resources for tax exempt and other entities:

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