COVID-19

Updates, Resources, and Business Opportunities for Supplying the Response

As an industry partnership housed at the NYC Department of Small Business Services, MaiiC is dedicated to keeping the industrial sectors up to date and equipped with news and resources to help your business during the COVID-19 crisis.

Resources for Covid-19 Affected Businesses

Recorded Webinar – How to Maximize Employee Safety Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

AM&T and Upstate Safety Services have come together to synthesize the guidelines and requirements involved with operating your facility amid the COVID-19 pandemic. This webinar will help you make sense of the various publications and regulations surrounding this topic as New York State continues its path to recovery.

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Comprehensive Business Resources

Pratt Center’s Made in NYC program has compiled a comprehensive real-time website of funding, crisis planning, grants, workforce, and other resources for industrial companies.

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Forgivable Loans for Small Businesses: Paycheck Protection Program

Small businesses can now apply for a forgivable loan to help keep employees on payroll.

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New York Forward Loan Fund

The New York Forward Loan Fund is a new economic recovery loan program aimed at supporting New York State small businesses, nonprofits and small landlords as they reopen after the COVID-19 outbreak and NYS on PAUSE.  

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SBA Disaster Loans

The US Small Business Administration is offering low-interest disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of Covid-19.

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Waiver of Penalties for NYC DOF Business and Excise Taxes

The NYC Department of Finance is now allowing for a waiver of penalties for DOF-administered business and excise taxes between March 16, 2020 and April 25, 2020. Taxpayers may request to have the penalties waived on a late-filed extension or return.

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Business Opportunities to Supply the Response

Resources on Pivoting to Make PPE/COVID-Related Items

Access an aggregated list of resources and high-level guidance on how to pivot your normal business operations to manufacture Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) or items need by essential businesses.

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Recorded Webinar: How NYC’s Industrial Frontline is Pivoting to Meet Critical Supply Chain Needs

On May 13th, MaiiC hosted Ferrara Manufacturing and Port Morris Distillery, on a webinar to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on their normal operations, how they identified new production opportunities and the resources that made pivoting possible, and ways they were able to connect to market demand. 

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Suppliers of Meals and Pantry Boxes

The City of New York has a rolling solicitation to provide prepared meals and/or off-the-shelf pantry boxes through the Adult Food Access Program. Contractors should have a minimum of three years of experience within past five years of sourcing, providing, and delivering food, and adhere to the following requirements:

  • Provide a minimum of 2,000 meals (individual or pantry box) per day
  • 5% of all meals provided should be vegetarian
  • For Kosher and Halal meals- certification is needed to depict that these meals are kosher or halal certified
  • Pantry boxes should generally align with the guidelines set by the USDA’s Updated Child and Adult Food Program Meal Pattern, NYC Department of Hygiene, NYC Human Resources Administration & Foodbank.org

 

Interested vendors can email NYCFood@dsny.nyc.gov for further information

Manufacturers of Medical Supplies and Equipment

Manufacturers with the ability to make needed medical supplies (e.g. face shields, gowns, ventilators, masks, and other products as needed) from scratch, please complete the EDC Intake Information Form.

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Suppliers of Medical Goods, Equipment, and Other Services

If you would like to sell large quantities of medical goods and equipment (e.g. face shields, gowns, ventilators, masks, and other products as needed), or services such as trucking and fleet capacity, please complete the DCAS intake form.

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Providers of Space

If you would like to rent or offer extra space for warehousing, distribution, stand-up hospital sites, parking, or other activities, please fill out the NYC OEM’s ‘Share Your Space’ Survey.

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Donations of Goods and Supplies

If you would like to donate any of medical supplies or other items to the response effort, please connect with the Mayor’s Fund.

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Surplus Food Products and Services

The City of New York has developed a web portal to match surplus food supplies—both product and services—with unmet demand: nyc.gov/foodsupplymatch

Food producers, manufacturers, distributors, facility owners, retailers, and others in the regional food value chain with excess supplies of a product or services (processing, distribution, refrigeration, etc), and those looking for that product or service can share their information on a secure platform managed by the City of New York. Both parties can search the site for listings for their specific needs once they have filled out the survey form and created an account.

Sign up at nyc.gov/foodsupplymatch

Providing Goods and Services to the Covid-19 Response

The City, State, and public and private hospitals are looking for suppliers of a variety of supplies and materials that are vital to the response to and management of Covid-19.

New York is looking for:

3-Ply Face Masks, Hospital Gowns, Face Shields and other Personal Protective Equipment

Ventilators and ECMO Machines

Surplus Workers to support last-mile distribution

Space and Real Estate for establishing hospital bed space

Please fill out this survey if you are able to provide, or alter your current production processes to produce supplies for the City of New York. If you are able to provide CDC-compliant medical supplies, please email NY State at COVID19supplies@esd.ny.gov.

NY will pay a premium for these medical goods and offer funding for production if needed. Please note whether you are providing FDA or CDC-certified products. Basic technical specifications of some of these medical products are available here.

Private Sector Food Infrastructure in NYC

If you are able to provide and/or distribute Prepared Meals and Groceries, fill out this survey from the Mayor’s Office of Food Policy.

Updates You Should Know

Guidance on Reopening

The State and Federal governments continue to issue guidance on how manufacturing and industrial businesses can safely reopen. The following resources cover mandatory and best practices related to physical distancing, protective equipment, hygiene and cleaning, communication, screening, and space configuration. Please regularly consult NYS re-opening phase guidelines for the latest information on which sectors are allowed to re-open. As of May 27, NYC is still under NY on Pause directives. 

NYS: Reopening New York: Manufacturing Guidelines for Employers and Employees

New York Manufacturing and Extension Partnership: COVID-19 Back to Work Playbook

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

  • A general guide on reopening the state for residents, employees, and employers.

Each reopening business must develop a written Safety Plan to keep on site and available to NYS Department of Health in the event of an Inspection. Find a template for a safety plan here for manufacturing facilities.

Mayor de Blasio Appoints Members to Sector Advisory Councils

Mayor Bill de Blasio launched a series of sector advisory councils to assist the administration in providing guidance on re-opening safely, restarting the economy, and moving back to normal city operations.

The Small Business Advisory Council includes MaiiC Executive Board members John DiFazio of DiFazio Industries and Ramona Mejia, President and CEO of Sell-Mar Enterprise. In addition to our Executive Board Members, other industrial businesses and advocates also make up the council. Including: Lourdes Zapata, President and CEO of SoBro, Ceaser Claro, President of SIEDC, and Limor Fried, Founder of Adafruit.

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Additional Guidelines for Phased Plan to Re-open New York

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo outlined additional guidelines for the phased plan to re-open New York on a regional basis. 

Guidelines notable for the manufacturing and industrial industry include:

  • Businesses in each region will re-open in phases. Phase one will include opening construction and manufacturing functions with low risk. Phase two will open certain industries based on priority and risk level. Businesses considered “more essential” with inherent low risks of infection in the workplace and to customers will be prioritized, followed by other businesses considered “less essential” or those that present a higher risk of infection spread. Regions must not open attractions or businesses that would draw a large number of visitors from outside the local area.
  • Each business and industry must have a plan to protect employees and consumers, make the physical work space safer and implement processes that lower risk of infection in the business.

Paid Sick Leave

On March 18th, 2020, the NYS Legislature passed a Paid Sick Leave law related to Covid-19, requiring:

Employers with 0-10 employees as of January 1, 2020, to provide unpaid sick leave for those employees requiring an at-home quarantine owing to Covid-19 for the duration of their quarantine

Employers with 100+ employees as of January 1, 2020, to provide fourteen (14) days of paid sick leave for those employees requiring an at-home quarantine owing to Covid-19

Employers with 11-99 employees as of January 1, 2020, to provide five (5) days of paid sick leave for those employees requiring an at-home quarantine owing to Covid-19, and unpaid sick leave thereafter, ensuring their

Work-From-Home Mandate

Effective Friday, March 20th, New York State has required non-essential businesses to implement work-from-home policies for 100% of staff. Exemptions are made for essential services.

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Only essential activities in your business may remain in-placeall other activities must be closed or operated remotely.

If your facility remains open, take precautions to ensure that work areas are sanitized frequently and employees wash their hands with soap at regular intervals

Ensure that individual work stations are sited at an appropriate spacing, allowing for more than six feet social distance between all workers

For further industry-specific guidance on occupational safety, please see here.

Work-From-Home Exemption Request

If your specific business activity is not listed, but you believe your business is an important part of the supply chain for the above ‘essential services’ and must remain operational, send exemption requests to the Empire State Development Corporation.

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90-Day Mortgage Relief

The State Department of Financial Services has issued a new directive to New York State mortgage servicers to provide 90-day mortgage relief to mortgage borrowers impacted by the novel coronavirus.

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90-Day Moratorium on Evictions

New York State will implement a 90-day moratorium on evictions for residential and commercial tenants.

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