COVID-19 Resources

Below you will find information that businesses can use to educate themselves and their employees to make informed decisions on continuity during this uncertain time.  This page will continue to be updated as more information is released.

Executive Order from Governor Cuomo

Update 3/27/20

The Governor just updated the rules for construction and large portions of the industry are no longer deemed essential.  Text of section 9 of the executive order is below and you can find the full order at https://esd.ny.gov/guidance-executive-order-2026.  Critically we don’t know yet if this is effective immediately or after a period of time like prior shut down orders. We do understand that you will be allowed to secure jobsites and create a safe environment before shutting a project down.  This latter point will have a lot of nuances that we will try and clarify.

Text of Executive Order Relating to Construction

  1. Construction

All non-essential construction must shut down except emergency construction, (e.g. a project necessary to protect health and safety of the occupants, or to continue a project if it would be unsafe to allow to remain undone until it is safe to shut the site).

Essential construction may continue and includes roads, bridges, transit facilities, utilities, hospitals or health care facilities, affordable housing, and homeless shelters. At every site, if essential or emergency non-essential construction, this includes maintaining social distance, including for purposes of elevators/meals/entry and exit. Sites that cannot maintain distance and safety best practices must close and enforcement will be provided by the state in coordination with the city/local governments. This will include fines of up to $10,000 per violation.

For purposes of this section construction work does not include a single worker, who is the sole employee/worker on a job site.

COVID-19 SBA Disaster Loans

Here is a link to a resource from the NYS Division of Small Business & Technology Development:

COVID-19 SBA Disaster Loans

New York State COVID-19 Legislation including Paid Sick Leave Bill

Guidance on NYS COVID-19 Legislation and Governor Executive Orders

Federal COVID-19 Legislation: Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Guidance on how to navigate the Federal COVID-19 Legislation

Monroe County Loan Programs

  • City of Rochester Kiva Loan Program
    • The City of Rochester has announced changes to the Kiva loan program available to businesses located in the City of Rochester. The changes are as follows:
        • Zero-interest loan maximum increased to $15,000
        • Elimination of some eligibility issues. Follow link above for additional details
        • Implementation of a 6-month grace period repayment schedule
  • Monroe County Zero-Interest Small Business Assistance Loan Program
    • In response to the current COVID-19 crisis Monroe County has established a loan program for small businesses. Highlights include:
        • Zero-interest loans up to $10,000, which may be used to support operations and employment
        • Businesses with 50 or fewer full-time or full-time equivalent employees are eligible
        • No application cost