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Along with everyone else, we are following everchanging updates regarding COVID-19. Our focus is to continue to monitor and collect information about how the virus and concerns about it are affecting Times Square specifically, to synthesize and share relevant information from government and industry groups, and to keep calm and carry on within an uncertain and rapidly changing context.
Stay connected and alerted about emergency situations by following the NYC Office of Emergency Management.
New Yorkers are encouraged to text “Covid” to 692-692 for updates.
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U.S. Small Business Association (SBA)
Paycheck Protection Program — The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. To prepare for the application, start collecting the following information now:
If you have questions about the Paycheck Protection Program please call 800-827-5722 or email email@example.com.
Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Loan Advance — The Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses including an advance of up to $10,000 within three days of a successful application. If you have questions about EIDL please call 800-659-2955 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Express Bridge Loans — The Bridge Loan Pilot Program allows small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 with less paperwork. These loans can be a term loan or used to bridge the gap while applying for an EIDL. If a small business has an urgent need for cash while waiting for decision and disbursement on Economic Injury Disaster Loan, they may qualify for an SBA Express Disaster Bridge Loan.
Hospitality Industry-Specific Resources:
Restaurants can sign up to be promoted for free through Schneps Media outlets through The World's Fare.
In the New York on PAUSE executive order, as of Marcc 22 at 8pm, only essential businesses can still have an in-person workforce. (Essential businesses must continue to comply with the guidance and directives for maintaining a clean and safe work environment issued by the Department of Health.)
Bars, Restaurants, Entertainment Venues, and Gyms Closed
As of 8pm on March 16, restaurants and bars are only be permitted to provide take-out and delivery food. Dining and drinking in establishments is not permitted.
Clubs and bars with no food, movie theaters, entertainment venues, and gyms have fully closed.
If you have tickets for an event like a concert or performance, get in touch with the venue; many like Town Hall, Sony Hall, the Iridium, and more are trying to reschedule events and will honor your original ticket for the new date, or provide automatic refunds for cancelled events.
Restrictions and Guidance for Events
As per the Governor's New York on PAUSE order, non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason (e.g. parties, celebrations or other social events) are canceled or postponed at this time. Any concentration of individuals outside their home must be limited to workers providing essential services and social distancing of at least six feet should be practiced.
All Broadway Performances Suspended
Broadway shows in New York City have suspended all performances through April 12. Those holding tickets for performances through April 12, 2020 should contact their point of purchase regarding refunds and exchanges. See statements from Telecharge, Ticketmaster, TodayTix, and TDF below.
Those who have bought tickets from a box office in cash should visit that theater's box office as soon as possible for a refund, as many will be closing.
Telecharge: Your tickets will be automatically refunded back to your credit card. If you bought tickets at a box office with a credit card, your tickets will also be automatically refunded back to your card.
Ticketmaster: Ticketmaster will automatically generate a full refund to the original point of purchase.
TodayTix: If you have a ticket to any cancelled show in NYC, you will be given a TodayTix voucher worth 110% of your original order. The vouchers will be worth 110% of your original order total and will be valid for one year.
TDF: TDF will automatically issue refunds for any canceled performance to the original form of payment. All three TKTS by TDF booths will remain closed until Broadway performances resume.
The following documents contain advice, resources and support options for immigrants living in New York City. / Los siguientes documentos contienen consejos, recursos y opciones de apoyo para inmigrantes que viven en la ciudad de Nueva York.
From the NYC Department of Health:
Avoiding Crowds in NYC:
If You Are Sick, Stay Home:
New Guidance on Face Coverings
People who do not show symptoms may still be able to spread COVID-19. A face covering can help prevent you from spreading COVID-19 to other people, so you should wear one whenever you leave the home.
A face covering can include anything that covers your nose and mouth, including dust masks, scarves and bandanas. Do not use health care worker masks, as those must be preserved for people in the health care system.
Even if you have a face covering, continue to stay home as much as possible and avoid close contact with other people.
Additional guidance from the Center for Disease Control:
Cover coughs and sneezes
Clean and Disinfect:
From the MTA
If you need to use the subway to get to your job, the MTA has information about current service and the precautions they're taking.
As per the Governor's New York on PAUSE order, individuals should limit use of public transportation to when absolutely necessary and should limit potential exposure by spacing out at least six feet from other riders.
A number of organizations in the area and across New York are working their hardest to make sure that those in need are able to get help as we deal with the impact of business closings, layoffs or uncertain employment, lack of healthcare, illness, and more.
As everyone in the theater community knows, the show must go on... in a socially responsible way. Numerous performers and organizations have been putting on digital shows and performances, or making older performances available online, so that everyone staying home can still enjoy the incredible New York arts scene while being safe.
In addition to the options below, you can find a variety of virtual events on the What's Happening page.
Playbill also has a calendar of upcoming live streams:
This year's Broadway Backwards — the annual benefit performance where Broadway’s biggest stars and beloved legends share LGBTQ twists on classic and modern favorites — may have been cancelled, but Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS has put up a playlist of phenomenal performances from Broadway Backwards of the past:
Seth Rudetsky and his husband James Wesley are producing Stars in the House, a daily online mini-show featuring stars of stage and screen singing and performing live (from home!). The shows will take place every day at 2pm and 8pm.
Broadway World is presenting Living Room Concerts — performances direct to you live from the living rooms of Broadway performers!
Broadway icon Laura Benanti has asked students whose high school musical has been cancelled to post video clips on twitter with the tag #SunshineSongs. Scroll through the performances or post your own!
The Metropolitan Opera is doing free nightly streams of past performances. If you've enjoyed their opening night live streams on Times Square's electronic billboards, make sure to check it out.
BroadwayHD is an ad-free streaming service with a library of hundreds of productions from Broadway, Off-Broadway, and more.
PBS has several Broadway and West End performances, including Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I, 42nd Street, and Kinky Boots, currently available in their streaming service PBS Passport. Additionally, PBS Great Performances has select classical programming streaming for free through April 13: