Latest Covid Updates





Updated May 27, 2021

For a full list of business resources, visit CEDC’s Covid Business Resources Page.

Guidance on Latest Re-Opening News

Reopening Reference Guide:

Helpful link concerning guidance changes to align with CDC recommendations

Key Points: The following recommendations apply to non-healthcare settings

Fully vaccinated people can:

  • Resume activities without wearing masks or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance
  • Resume domestic travel and refrain from testing before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel
  • Refrain from testing before leaving the United States for international travel (unless required by the destination) and refrain from self-quarantine after arriving back in the United States
  • Refrain from testing following a known exposure, if asymptomatic, with some exceptions for specific settings
  • Refrain from quarantine following a known exposure if asymptomatic
  • Refrain from routine screening testing if feasible

For now, fully vaccinated people should continue to:

  • Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
  • Follow CDC and health department travel requirements and recommendations

In addition, a press release has been posted concerning updated guidance for day and overnight camps, and that information can be found here:

County fairs and local festivals can be held this summer so long as local governments permit them and consider COVID-19 health guidelines. County fairs and local festivals must ensure that the total number of attendees is limited so that six feet of distance can be maintained between individuals who are not members of the same party, unless all attendees present proof of full vaccination status. Fairs and festivals may require masks for all attendees, and per CDC guidance masks are required for unvaccinated attendees in certain settings, and indoors where vaccination status is unknown.

Catered Events can Resume at Residences above the State’s residential gathering limit of 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors, as long as the events are staffed by a professional, licensed caterer, permitted by the respective locality or municipality, and strictly adhere to health and safety guidance, including social and event gathering limits, masks, and social distancing.

Guidance for dancing among attendees at catered events will be aligned with neighboring states, replacing fixed dance zones for each table with social distancing and masks.

Additional Updates:

  • The outdoor social gathering limit is 500 people
  • The 12:00AM Curfew IS Removed for Outdoor Dining Areas
  • The 1:00AM Curfew IS Removed for Catered Events where attendees have provided proof of vaccination status or a recent negative COVID-19 test result
  • The indoor social gathering limit is 250 people
  • The outdoor residential gathering limit of 25 people is removed
  • The indoor residential gathering limit is 50 people


Social Distanced-Based Business Capacities:  Most business capacities—which are currently based upon a percentage of maximum occupancy—will be removed in New York. Businesses will only be limited by the space available for patrons or parties of patrons to maintain the required social distance of 6 feet. This new distance-based maximum capacity will apply across commercial settings, including retail, food services, gyms and fitness centers, amusement and family entertainment, hair salons, barbershops and other personal care services, among other settings. It will also apply in houses of worship.

  • Large-scale indoor event venues will operate at 30% capacity
  • Large-scale outdoor event venues, including professional and collegiate sports and live performing arts & entertainment, can increase capacity to 33%

Beginning Monday, May 31

The 12:00AM Curfew Will Be Removed for Indoor Dining Areas

The 1:00AM Curfew Will Be Removed for All Catered Events

Beginning Tuesday, September 14

Broadway will reopen its doors at 100% capacity

For the latest list of reopening updates, visit the reopening
reference guide here.


Latest News for Businesses

The New York State Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) round is back for 2021, and applications are being accepted for a variety of programs in a similar fashion to past rounds.  A rolling component has been added to the competition, as $150 million of the $750 million available will be provided on a rolling deadline basis.  Applications on the traditional deadline are due at 4 pm on Friday, July 30, 2021.

Access the CFA Application Portal Here

New York State Economic Development Council CFA Webinar:
June 2, 10 am | Register Here

2021 REDC Guidebook
2021 CFA Available Resources
2021 REDC Webinars
Read the Press Release


New York State has launched the $800 million Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Progam. The program makes funding available for small businesses to help them recover from the economic impact of the pandemic. Applications for the program will be accepted starting June 10 for small and micro businesses and small for-profit independent arts and cultural organizations to help them recover from the economic impact of the pandemic. Flexible grants up to $50,000 will be made available to eligible small businesses and can be used for operating expenses, including payroll, rent or mortgage payments, taxes, utilities, personal protective equipment, or other business expenses incurred during the pandemic.

Read more about the Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program.