Covid-19 Update & Resources
Our industry continues to get rocked by the expanding coronavirus outbreak, new and tighter travel and commercial restrictions, and the growing economic fallout.
Oneida County Impacted Business Survey
Oneida County, in collaboration with Mohawk Valley EDGE, the Utica Chamber of Commerce, the Rome Chamber of Commerce, the Genesis Group and Oneida County Tourism, is conducting a survey to identify and assess the impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19), on Oneida County businesses.
Click here for the survey.
It is clear we need to brace for decimated demand numbers in the near term and expect to be challenged as never before in the weeks and months ahead. Here are the latest top line developments:
-As you know, attractions, movie theaters, gyms, casinos and nightclubs have closed statewide (this will also be enforced in New Jersey and Connecticut as the Governors are working together on protocol to combat the virus as quickly and efficiently as possible).
-Hotels have been deemed Essential Businesses and are allowed to remain open for guests, but must following CDC recommendations and protocols for health and safety.
-New York State restaurants, bars and cafes will only serve take-out and delivery, effective 3/16. Because of this restriction, certain State Liquor Authority regulations will be waived according to the New York Hospitality Alliance.
-Crowd capacity across New York State and the tristate area, including private events, has been reduced to 10 people, per the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) recommendation for the next eight weeks.
-The State is waiving all park fees where applicable. This is in an effort to give families a safe outlet to get outdoors as the weather is changing, in an environment that is not densely populated.
-Canada and the U.S. have mutually agreed to “temporarily restrict all nonessential travel across the Canada-U.S. border.
-Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that would guarantee paid leave for New Yorkers under mandatory or precautionary quarantine for COVID-19.
-All non-essential businesses were ordered to close by 8pm Sunday, March 22, 2020. Click here for the Executive Order and further explanation.
-Effective March 21, 2020 at 8 p.m. and until further notice, all barbershops, hair salons, tattoo or piercing parlors and related personal care services will be closed to members of the public. This shall also include nail technicians, cosmetologists and estheticians, and the provision of electrolysis, laser hair removal services, as these services cannot be provided while maintaining social distance.
Please continue to keep us posted on changes in your business and report cancellations by completing our member survey. The report is vital for us to understand the lost business and impact. We will be sending out each week for our partners to submit.
We have assembled several resources to update you on the latest information (see the links below), and will keep you apprised of any significant new developments.
Health & Safety Resources:
Oneida County Department of Health
Small Business Resources:
Small Business Administration
NYS Department of Labor - Unemployment
Travel Industry Resources:
I LOVE NY Coronavirus Resources for Travelers
For an update from Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri & Utica Comptroller Bill Morehouse, including the city issuance of an emergency order and actions taking effect immediately, please click here. The order includes the closure of City Hall and other city departments and facilities, updated UPD procedures and more.
We encourage all businesses to engage with their local Chamber of Commerce as we navigate our way through this crisis together. For a complete listing of local Chambers of Commerce visit chamberalliancemv.org.
While these are dark and uncertain times, we are not alone in this struggle. We have experienced hardship and risen above it many times before. While this is unlike previous challenges, we will rise again.
In the meantime, take care of yourself and your friends and family, and remember to keep washing your hands. We need everyone to be healthy and strong to get to the other side of this. Please do not hesitate to reach out with questions or if we could be of support in any way.
PARKS AND CAMPING:
Please limit outdoor recreational activities to non-contact, and avoid activities where you may come in close contact with other people. If you arrive at a park and crowds are forming, choose a different park or trail, or return another time/day to visit. We appreciate your support and patience as we navigate this public health crisis together. Learn more about COVID-19 and its impact on NY State Parks.