All Member BANY Zoom Meeting
Tuesday, April 28, 2020
11:00 AM

BANY wants to connect with our members. We will provide you with an update as to how BANY has responded to COVID-19 and give you a chance to ask questions.

We invite you to join us Tuesday, April 28th at 11:00AM (EST) on Zoom.

We will take time during this call answer your questions, if you would like to submit questions ahead of time please do so by emailing BANY@BANYBus.org  by COB Tuesday, April 27th.

In order to participate you must register in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Area tourism industry hard hit by coronavirus, shutdown

Rome Sentinel

This week, business for Carol Buczek - owner of Hinckley-based tour company Tours by Design - has been a bit out of the norm due to the economic impact of coronavirus pandemic.

After 17 years of planning trips for civic, church, school and other groups to enjoy, she notes that this time of year is typically busy for companies in the motor coach industry.
Winter is a down time, but spring picks up as package deal excursions are booked for the warmer months into the late fall, she said.

But now, “we’ve canceled every trip through May” as coronavirus has effectively shut down all but essential business, she says. 

And trips slated for farther out in the calendar are either being rescheduled or refunded for many customers who decided they did not want to even chance a trip with other people once social distancing restrictions are lifted.

NYS Department of Labor Launches New Streamlined Application for New Yorkers to Apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Without Having to First Apply for Unemployment Insurance

Cumbersome federal policy that slowed New York from distributing benefits lifted
 
In conjunction with this morning's rollout of improved application, over 3,100 DOL representatives solely dedicated to answering unemployment benefit needs in improved process
 
Since the COVID-19 crisis began, DOL has paid $2.2 billion in Unemployment benefits to 1.1 million New Yorkers
 
Application call backlog prior to 4/8 reduced to 4,305 from 275,000

The New York State Department of Labor today announced the launch of a new application for New Yorkers to apply for traditional Unemployment Insurance or the new COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. This one-stop-shop for unemployment benefits will connect New Yorkers with the benefits they deserve faster, without requiring them to call the Department of Labor.
 
Prior to today, due to cumbersome federal guidelines, New Yorkers were required to apply for regular Unemployment Insurance and be rejected before applying for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. With this new application, which aligns with updated federal policy, New Yorkers will be able to simply fill out one form to get the correct benefits.

Let Representative McCarthy Hear Us!

Send a customized email to tell House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy not to miss THE BUS in the next round of Federal Stimulus funding for businesses!

Head over to ABA's busesmoveamerica.com and send House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Cali.) and email telling him #DontMissOurBus today!

California leads way in advocacy! Are you on the map yet?

UMA

Get on the map! Please take two minutes to support the people of our industry.
 
California is leading the way in UMA's advocacy campaign that tells Congress the best way to help motorcoach businesses ride out this economic storm. Launched last Friday, support has grown by the hour. Joining the campaign is easy and it's easy to share, too, with this easy link:  https://p2a.co/W7EUnGU   .
 
UMA is not above encouraging a little healthy competition between states! Remember our last campaign when Iowa ran away with it? Contact other businesses, your customers, friends and neighbors and help move our numbers up! You can tell them it will take less than two minutes to give our industry a much-needed boost.

Cuomo commits to reopening New York state regionally

POLITICO

ALBANY — New York will reopen at a different rate in different regions of the state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo confirmed Tuesday morning.

“We’re going to make reopening decisions on a regional basis based on that region’s facts and circumstances,” he said during his daily briefing. The briefing was held in Buffalo, his first time venturing west of Schenectady since the pandemic began.

“Just like some states will reopen before other states because they have a different circumstance when it comes to Covid and their status with Covid, it’s also true across the state,” Cuomo said. “[The] North Country has a totally different situation than New York City. Central New York has a different situation. We operate as one state but we also have to understand variations, and you do want to get this economy open as soon as possible.”

Senate passes $484B coronavirus relief package

The Hill

The Senate on Tuesday approved roughly $484 billion in new coronavirus aid for small businesses and hospitals and more funding for testing, ending a lengthy battle over the size and contents of the package. 

The agreement was passed by a voice vote after days of negotiations between congressional Democrats and Treasury Secretary  Steven Mnuchin , with the talks lasting until approximately midnight on both Sunday and Monday. 

The deal includes an additional $310 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), including $60 billion specifically for community banks and smaller lenders, as well as $75 billion for hospitals, $25 billion for testing, and $60 billion for emergency disaster loans and grants, according to a summary obtained by The Hill.

Workers opt for unemployment as benefits exceed job pay

Times Union

ALBANY — Potentially thousands of workers who were laid off from small businesses due to the coronavirus pandemic are declining to return to work because the combined income they are receiving from federal stimulus benefits and New York's unemployment system is more than they made at their jobs.

The fallout also has hindered the ability of small business owners to meet the conditions attached to federal Payment Protection Plan loans, which may be forgiven if the money is used to maintain employee payrolls.

UMA Online Weekly Town Halls Thursdays at 2:00PM  

UMA's hosted online Town Hall meetings will be held weekly on Thursdays at 2:00PM. Join UMA to discuss the most current issues that matter to operators.

New Resources on COVID-19 on BANY's Website

Head to the resources page on BANY's website for a listing of agencies and resources to help you with COVID-19.


US restaurants expect big changes when their doors reopen

Times Union

The days of standing shoulder-to-shoulder at a bar or sharing a meal at a table for 10 are gone for now — and could take a long time to return even after the coronavirus pandemic ends.

U.S. restaurants are thinking ahead to a time when their dining room doors reopen to a changed world. Owners say there may be physical differences, like masked waiters, disposable menus or fewer tables so patrons can sit farther apart. There will be signs explaining cleaning procedures and glass dividers to protect cashiers. Disinfectant wipes might sit next to napkin dispensers.

“The pivot with my restaurants doesn’t anticipate a return to exactly what was,” said Dan Simons, the owner of Farmers Restaurant Group, which owns six restaurants, a bakery and a distillery in the Washington area and a restaurant in Pennsylvania.

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