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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.
If you work at or own a business in Times Square and want to receive updates about business-oriented grants, resources, webinars, and more, make sure to sign up for our regular Stakeholder Updates.
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Financial Relief Resources:
For the Arts Industry:
The Actors Fund is curates and updates a list of emergency financial assistance grants and other resources for artists and those in the arts industry.
Facebook has launched a $100M grant program to help small businesses cover workforce and operational costs.
RXR Realty has launched RXRVolunteer, a platform to connect local non-profits and small businesses impacted by COVID-19 with volunteers from the RXR community of employees, tenants, vendors, partners, investors, and friends. Volunteers will have an opportunity to align their professional skills with the needs of individuals, non-profits, and small businesses to help support them through the immediate crises and beyond, and businesses and non-profits will benefit from the connection to high-skilled volunteers.
Business Safety Plans for Re-Opening
If you haven't yet reopened your business but plan to, prepare to develop a written Safety Plan outlining how your business will prevent the spread of COVID-19. A business may fill out this template to fulfill the requirement, or may develop its own Safety Plan. This plan does not need to be submitted to a NYS agency for approval but must be retained on the premises of the business and must made available to the New York State Department of Health (DOH) or local health or safety authorities in the event of an inspection.
Hospitality Industry-Specific Resources:
Mayor Bill De Blasio has issued an executive order mandating that hotels and short-term rental companies have travelers from restricted states fill out the New York State Traveler Health Form before providing lodging.
The Department of Health is beginning to conduct modified restaurant inspections, which will be shorter, more limited in scope, and focused on education rather than on issuing a summons or a letter grade, with some exceptions.
As we move towards further phases of reopening, NYC & Company are asking tourism and hospitality businesses and their guests to take Stay Well NYC Pledge, backed by public health protocols, to help the five boroughs reopen responsibly.
Learn more about outdoor and takeout food services:
Alcohol: The State Liquor Authority and the Governor have approved several temporary measures allowing businesses to deliver alcohol and return alcohol.
Donating food: The Food Education Fund, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is working to create a space to share resources on available food sources for families, collect information on possible food donations from organizations that will be suspending operations, and share general resources.
Alternative Marketing Opportunities:
New York City is currently in Phase IV of reopening.
Outdoor dining at restaurants is allowed, with many restaurants expanding outdoor seating temporarily through the citywide, multiphase Open Restaurants program.
However, beginning Friday, November 13, any establishment with a state liquor license, including bars and restaurants, must close at 10pm. Gyms must also close at 10pm.
As of December 14, indoor dining has once again closed in New York.
All travelers entering New York from a non-border state must fill out the Traveler Health Form. All travelers entering New York from a state that's not a contiguous state, or from a CDC Level 2 or 3 Travel Health Notice country, must either quarantine for 14 days or "test out" according to the following guidelines:
For travelers who were out-of-state for more than 24 hours:
For travelers who were out-of-state for less than 24 hours:
Essential workers are exempt.
All Broadway Performances Suspended
Broadway shows in New York City have suspended all performances through the May 30, 2021. Contact your point of purchase if you have a ticket for a show before this date.
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.
Stop the spread and help NYC recover by practicing these 5 steps: 1) Wash your hands, 2) practice social distancing, 3) wear a face covering, 4) stay home if you're sick, and 5) get tested regardless of symptoms. Free COVID-19 tests are confidential and safe. Go to NYC.Gov/COVIDTest or text "COVID TEST" to 855-48 to find a testing site near you. Most results are returned in about 3 to 5 days. Be sure to answer any calls from NYC Test+Trace or (212) numbers to get free resources and support.
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. An order from the Governor requires everyone to wear a face covering when outside their home and when they cannot practice physical distancing, such as maintaining 6 feet of distance from others.
Do not use medical grade masks, such as N95 or surgical masks, as those must be reserved for people in the health care system. Health care workers are at high risk for COVID-19 and need these masks to stay safe and keep serving New Yorkers who are very sick.
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.
The MTA has launched a new MTA Essential Plan Night Service to continue moving essential workers during the closure period, which includes an increase in overnight bus service.
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.
The MTA has announced a pilot program that will deploy approximately 150 dual-headed mobile devices from Denver-based startup PURO Lighting to test and evaluate the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of UVC technology in a number of settings across New York City Transit including trains, buses, stations and occupational facilities, using strict protocols and procedures to ensure the safety of the employees and customers. After evaluation, the pilot's second phase will expand to Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North.
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.
Looking for an activity? Check out our Times Square coloring pages.
Time Out New York, Playbill, and Broadway Briefing have compiled lists of live streams and other theatrical events to watch from home:
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!
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.