Updated 4.2.20

COVID-19 Hospitality Partner Resources

Health and Safety Resources

CDC: What You Need to Know About the Corona Virus and How to Protect Yourself

WHO: The World Health Organization Updates and Guidelines

NYS Dept. of Health: Current NY State Guidelines and Information 

Schenectady County Public Health: Updated Information for Schenectady County

Guidance for Businesses, Events & Gatherings 

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.

NYSH&TA Updates

  • 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.

Advocacy 

Helpful Resources, Information and Support

Blog Posts, #Discoverdifferently, and #SchenectadyStrong Content to Share

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.
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