CORONAVIRUS Updates - New York City
COVID-19 Engagement Portal
- New York City launched a COVID-19 Engagement Portal to empower residents to self-report their health condition and provide up-to-date information to local families. If you are experiencing symptoms, have come into contact with someone who is sick or are in quarantine, visit cv19engagementportal.cityofnewyork.us/#/display/5e63c34ff75d7a02111fcb6c.
- All schools will remain closed through the end of the academic year. (https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/amid-ongoing-covid-19-pandemic-governor-cuomo-announces-schools-and-college-facilities)
- All New Yorkers are being offered three free Grab-and-Go meals Monday through Friday at 400 locations across the city. Meals are available for children and families from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and for adults from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. No one will be turned away and registration or ID are not required. (https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-life/food/free-meals)
To find a free meal pickup location closest to you, visit opt-osfns.org/schoolfoodny/meals/default.aspx or text "NYCFOOD" or "COMIDA" to 877-877.
- Approximately 100 regional enrichment centers have opened across all five boroughs for children in grades 3K-12 who need somewhere to be while their parents work. (https://www.schools.nyc.gov/enrollment/enrollment-help/regional-enrichment-centers/rec-parent-overview)
- Elementary- and intermediate-level state assessments have been suspended for the remainder of this school year (http://www.nysed.gov/news/2020/statement-board-regents-chancellor-betty-rosa-and-interim-state-education-commissioner-2)
- All June and August Regents Exams are canceled. More info here: http://www.nysed.gov/common/nysed/files/programs/coronavirus/nysed-covid-19-cancellation-august-2020-regents-exams.pdf
- All New York City playgrounds are closed until further notice. City parks remain open. (https://www.nycgovparks.org/about/health-and-safety-guide/coronavirus)
- To ensure no one has to risk their health to make their voice heard, New York is sending postage-paid absentee ballot applications to all eligible voters to vote by mail in any election on or before June 23. When filling out the application, simply check the box for "temporary illness or physical disability." Voters will receive ballots and postage-paid envelopes to send their completed ballots back. To learn more, visit https://vote.nyc/page/absentee-voting. (https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-20223-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency)
Changes to Day-to-Day Life
- Much of New York State remains on PAUSE - which stands for Policies Assure Uniform Safety for Everyone - until at least May 28. Regions can begin Phase 1 of the reopening process immediately once they meet criteria. The state of emergency was also extended to June 13 for regions that don't currently meet the reopening guidelines. To learn more about the reopening criteria, visit: forward.ny.gov/metrics-guide-reopening-new-york. To see which categories of businesses will be allowed to resume service as the reopening process progresses, visit: forward.ny.gov/industries-reopening-phase. (https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-20231-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency)
- To help protect at-risk individuals and essential workers from exposure to COVID-19, New Yorkers need to wear masks or face coverings in public when social distancing isn't possible. (https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-20217-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency)
- To increase social distancing, gyms, movie theaters, barber shops, hair salons, tattoo/piercing parlors, bars, restaurants and casinos are closed temporarily, but restaurants and bars can still provide takeout and delivery services. (www.governor.ny.gov/news/amid-covid-19-pandemic-governor-cuomo-governor-murphy-governor-lamont-and-governor-wolf-direct)
- The state is strongly encouraging essential services, such as gas stations, grocery stores, pharmacies and medical facilities, to stay open. (https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home)
- Major pharmacy chains in New York State have agreed to offer free home delivery. (https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/amid-ongoing-covid-19-pandemic-governor-cuomo-announces-nys-pause-functions-extended-next-two)
- New York has closed all offices of the state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Any driver's license, non-driver identification, vehicle registration, yearly vehicle inspection or 45-day temporary registration issued by auto dealers due to expire March 1 or after will be extended until further notice. Driver's license and permit tests and road tests are also suspended. (dmv.ny.gov/press-release/press-release-03-21-20)
- State debt collection on student debt and medical debt will have payments frozen through at least June 16. (https://ag.ny.gov/press-release/2020/attorney-general-james-and-governor-cuomo-again-renew-suspension-state-debt)
- The federal government has also suspended federal student loan payments and is waiving interest through Sept. 30, 2020. (https://www.consumerfinance.gov/about-us/blog/what-you-need-to-know-about-student-loans-and-coronavirus-pandemic/)
- The Department of Financial Services (DFS) has issued a directive to lenders to provide a 90-day mortgage relief period, starting March 19, and suspend or postpone foreclosures for 90 days for those facing financial hardship because of COVID-19. (www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-signs-executive-order-mandating-businesses-require-office-personnel-decrease)
- The state has extended the moratorium on commercial and residential evictions for another 60 days until August 20. (https://twitter.com/NYGovCuomo/status/1258424113393274883)
- New state law allows for sick leave and benefits to quarantined/isolated workers. (nyassembly.gov/Press/files/20200318a.php)
- It also eliminates the one-week waiting period for UI claims for workers directly affected by COVID-19. To file a claim, visit labor.ny.gov/unemploymentassistance.shtm and follow the on-site instructions.
- The deadline for filing your state and federal taxes has been moved from April 15 to July 15. (https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/payment-deadline-extended-to-july-15-2020)
- NY State of Health is offering a special open enrollment through June 15. (https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/amid-ongoing-covid-19-pandemic-governor-cuomo-outlines-additional-guidelines-when-regions-can)
- Alternate Side Parking Restrictions will be in effect from May 18 through May 24 to allow the Department of Sanitation to clean city streets. Alternate Side Parking Restrictions will then be suspended once again from May 25 through June 7. (https://portal.311.nyc.gov/article/?kanumber=KA-01011)
- New York State is aware of multiple scams related to the coronavirus. To file a complaint or learn more, visit www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/coronavirus-scams-what-ftc-doing.
Check with your local grocery store about limited hours and/or special hours for seniors to shop.
For updates and more information, visit the New York State Department of Health website at https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home or call 888-364-3065.
Additional information can be found in multiple languages at www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-main.page.
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