COVID-19 Hospitality Partner Resources
Health and Safety Resources
NYS Dept. of Health: Current NY State Guidelines and Information
Schenectady County Public Health: Updated Information for Schenectady County
Guidance for Businesses, Events & Gatherings
- Guidance on NYS Executive Order 202.6 for Workforce Reduction
- NYS Executive Order 202.8: Continuing Temporary Suspension and Modification of Laws Relating to the Disaster Emergency
- NYS Department of Labor Shared Work Program: Informational Sheet & NYSDOL Shared Work Program Webpage
- COVID-19 Hotel Lease Volunteer Form
- Interim Guidance to Restaurants to Sell Grocery Items
- Guidelines from the CDC on Events and Mass Gatherings
- Guidelines from the CDC for Businesses and Employers
- NYS Department of Health Updates for Businesses
- Guidance and updates from Empire State Development
- FAQ from Empire State Development
- Request for Designation Form - to apply to have your business categorized as essential
- Loan Guidance and Resources from the Small Business Administration
- Disaster Loan Assistance (including checking application status)
- COVID-19 Emergency Loans Small Business Guide & Checklist (new)
Free Industry Virtual Events & Webinars
- Beginning Thursday, March 26, 2020 and running through April 2020: STR COVID-19 Webinars
Join Jan Freitag, STR’s senior VP of lodging insights, for a quick-hitting weekly webinar focused on the most recently processed week of hotel performance data for the U.S. and Canada
- Tuesday, April 14, 2020: Global Meetings Industry Day: Virtual
MPI will broadcast a day-long summit that will focus specifically on tools and skills relevant to moving forward during this unique global situation. We will connect with our industry leaders and peers from around the world in a live, 12-hour global broadcast and share learnings that are immediately actionable and relevant.
- Since the CARES Act was passed, U.S. Small Business Administration (“SBA”) Loan Options Pursuant to The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) and Legislation have been detailed for the nation’s businesses. NYSH&TA’s legal/lobby counsel created a chart to more easily break down the options for our members. Highlights in this format on the new loan availability might help to clear up some confusion.
- CARES Act Overview: Who is eligible and what are the exceptions? Which businesses will be eligible for relief under the CARES Act? Under Title I of the CARES Act (“Keeping American Workers Employed and Paid”), qualifying businesses that have suffered significant disruption as a result of COVID-19 will be able to receive no-fee “small business interruption loans.” Qualifying small businesses include “any business concern, nonprofit organization, veteran’s organization, or Tribal business” that have fewer than 500 employees, whether employed on a full-time, part-time, or other basis. Click here for an overview developed by NYSH&TA legal/lobby counsel Greenberg Traurig.
- Paycheck Protection Program and Hotel/Restaurant Eligibility: You are eligible for a loan if you are a small business that employs 500 employees or fewer, or if your business is in an industry that has an employee-based size standard through SBA that is higher than 500 employees. In addition, if you are a restaurant, hotel, or a business that falls within the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code 72, “Accommodation and Food Services,” and each of your locations has 500 employees or fewer, you are eligible. Click here for details.
- Memo in Opposition - Workers Compensation Proposal: A current proposal being considered in New York State would make COVID-19 an allowable, work-related condition under current NYS Workers Compensation Law. NYSHTA, along with our partners, the Ski Association of NY and the Campground Owners of NY (CONY), strongly opposed this legislation in a joint memo. At a time when so many businesses face closure, it would be reckless to pursue such expansive changes to the workers compensation system. The proposal would cause an exponential increase in Workers Compensation claims, and ultimately increase employer premiums. This cost would be unbearable, particularly for small businesses, and further restrain their ability to reopen and rehire those workers temporarily laid off or furloughed as a result of compliance with State in-person workforce limitations. Click here to full memo in opposition on behalf of our members and the tourism industry.
- Support the entire motor coach and group travel industry: follow the American Bus Association (ABA) to see how they are helping our industry grapple with the COVID-19 including advocacy efforts.
Helpful Resources, Information and Support
- Destinations International COVID-19 Industry Resources
- Knowland COVID-19 Industry Resources
- U.S. Travel Association COVID-19 CARES Act Relief Resources
Blog Posts, #Discoverdifferently, and #SchenectadyStrong Content to Share
- Restaurants & Bars Offering Take Out and Delivery
- Online Shopping and Gift Cards
- Donating to Arts and Cultural Organizations
- COVID19 Landing Page on Discover Schenectady Website
- Discover Schenectady Newsletter Update 3.26.20 (web version)
- Discover Schenectady Meeting & Event Planner Update 3.26.20 (web version)
- Discover Schenectady Group Tour Operator Email 3.19.20 (web version)
- Schenectady County Public Health Services
- Schenectady City Online Form Center
- Information on Schenectady County FREE Online Learning Platform
Local Community Support
- A number of local stakeholders are getting ready to launch a great initiative to support our Hospitality Workers in this time of need. The site, tipyourbartender.online is currently accepting submissions from chefs, servers, bartenders, brewers and more to add a profile. Beginning on Friday 3.20.20, patrons will be able to log on to the site and tip their favorites virtually through Venmo and Paypal. Everyone that submits tips will be entered to win prizes being donated by businesses throughout the region. We encourage you to share with your staffs and/or colleagues that may be impacted during this difficult time.
- If you, your team or guests need help with transportation, Tech Valley Hospitality Shuttle is still in operation and available as a resource. Owner Trent Griffin-Braaf has indicated you can contact him directly at 518-878-3136.
- The Community Foundation of the Greater Capital Region and the United Way have partnered to create a COVID-19 Relief Fund. To donate or learn how to apply for relief, visit their website.
- The Schenectady Foundation has created a relief fund for those impacted by COVID-19 - funds will go toward disaster relief, helping under-resourced families and has an immediate focus on providing food to needy families.