Downtown Syracuse Business Owners,

During his visit to Syracuse this week,  Governor Cuomo  stated that companies across New York state will need to design plans to maintain social distancing in the workplace, and prepare policies for ensuring worker and customer safety.

Industry Strategies

While we await further guidance on the state's reopening requirements and timelines (the current "New York on Pause" guidelines  extend at least until May 15), several  industry groups have released guidance  to assist businesses with  preparing reopening plans  in the interim:
  • Restaurants & Bars
    • National Restaurant Association - COVID-19 Reopening Guidance: Click here for industry guidance on how to safely return restaurants to service. Topics include guidance for food safety, what employers should know, employee personal health guidelines, cleaning and sanitizing, and a guide to social distancing impacts on restaurant layouts and pickup/delivery.
    • StreetSense - Toolkit for Reopening Bars & Restaurants: Click here for one consulting firm's take on financial planning, managing capital, operations adjustments, messaging/communications, and business diversification. 
  • Offices
    • Cushman Wakefield/Pyramid Brokerage - Recovery Readiness: A How-To Guide for Reopening Your Workplace: Click here for one real estate company's six-pronged reopening checklist.
    • A webinar hosted by Downtown law firm Hancock Estabrook, LLP and CenterState CEO discussed workplace reopening considerations: Click here to access the presentation slides.

Continue to send us your updates!
  • If you have not already done so, you may also want to join these Facebook groups and post your business promotions to reach a broader customer base:
    • Central New York Restaurant Support
    • CNY Back In Business
    • CNY Business-We are Open
    • CNY Restaurant take out Menus during Covid-19
    • Corona Virus- Support CNY Businesses
    • Eat Local CNY
    • Where Syracuse Eats
Please also tag the Downtown Committee in your Facebook posts (Downtown Syracuse) tweets (@DowntownSYR) and Instagram stories (@DownownSyracuse) and we can help spread the word!
  • If you want to provide feedback on how your business is adjusting at this time, please complete this five-minute survey.
  • If you have access to industry guides to help support business re-opening activities, please share them with our team by emailing 

Stay up-to-date on financial aid opportunities!
  • This week, the U.S. Small Business Administration's Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) resumed accepting applications through commercial lenders. Businesses who take out PPP loans will have two years to repay loans at 1% interest, or loans may be completely forgiven if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. For more information on the PPP, please click here.
  • The Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and Loan Advance is not accepting new applications at this time. Applicants who have already submitted their applications will continue to be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information on SBA COVID-19 Relief programs, please click here.
  • For more information on COVID-19 financial resources, please visit the Downtown Committee's COVID-19 resource page and scroll to Business Resources.
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