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COVID-19 Preparedness Resources

 

Updated: July 10, 2020, 10:00am.

Dance/NYC understands the serious impact Coronavirus (COVID-19) is having on our community and continues to closely monitor the news regarding the virus. The health of the New York City dance community is important to us and we are committed to doing our part to address this threat seriously and proactively. 

Below you can find a list of resources for how you and your organization can plan for the potential impact of the virus on your dance making activity in the New York City Metropolitan Area. 

 

COVID-19 IMPACT SURVEY FOR THE NEW YORK CITY DANCE COMMUNITY

Dance/NYC appreciates the deleterious financial impact that the Coronavirus may have on the dance community, in particular organizations and artists dependent on in-person gatherings, classes, and performances as sources of earned income, as well as artists and cultural workers without readily available access to healthcare and wage protections. We also recognize that African, Latina/o/x, Asian, Arab, and Native American (ALAANA), immigrant and disabled artists may face additional challenges accessing necessary resources at this time. 

In order for Dance/NYC to better serve and advocate for dance organizations and individuals in the dance community, we are asking that you take this brief survey to help us understand the impact the coronavirus is having on your organization and work. It should not take more than 10 minutes of your time. If you are both an independent dance worker and part of a dance organization, group or project impacted by COVID-19, please take the survey for each category. Additionally, Dance/NYC recognizes that the Pandemic is ongoing, and encourages you to take the survey multiple times as the impact of COVID-19 deepens over time.

We value your input and will use it to create public awareness and guide policy, resources, and program development for dance makers and organizations based in the metropolitan New York City area. 

CORONAVIRUS IMPACT SURVEY

 

CORONAVIRUS IMPACT DATA FINDINGS ON THE NEW YORK CITY DANCE COMMUNITY 

Dance/NYC understands the key role data has in ensuring dance workers and companies are advocated for and that their needs are served at this time. Since launching our Coronavirus Impact Survey, we have been analyzing data on a weekly basis with our current research consultant, Carrie Blake at Webb Mgmt. These data analyses include the current and potential impacts of the virus on individual dance artists as well as dance organizations, groups and projects in the dance field at large. 

For live updates on the findings of the Coronavirus Impact Survey, as well as the stories of those impacted by COVID-19 coronavirus and the social restriction measures implemented to contain the disease visit our live data overview here:

DATA FINDINGS

 


 

GOVERNMENT RESPONSE


FEDERAL GOVERNMENT RESPONSE

June 22, 2020: On April 22, 2020, an executive order pausing the issuance of green cards at US Embassies and/or Consulates was signed. On June 22, 2020, a new executive order amended the April 22 Executive Order by suspending the issuance of H-1B, H-2B, L, and J visas at all U.S. Embassies and/or Consulates worldwide, except in limited circumstances, and for select workers (e.g., COVID-19 medical workers or researchers, and/or necessary to the U.S. economic recovery), through December 31, 2020. This does not expressly impact O or P visas.

  • Please visit the online resource Artists from Abroad, which contains a variety of updates relating to guest artist visas as well as technical assistance on the visa and withholding process.

 

June 18, 2020: (S.4014 / H.R. 7241) The Prioritized Paycheck Protection Program Act was introduced in the House and Senate; the bill would allow smaller PPP recipients, with significant losses due to COVID-19, to receive a second PPP loan.

 

June 18, 2020: (S. 4001) Catastrophic Cash Flow Strain Act was introduced in the Senate; a type of unemployment insurance legislation, the bill would correct the Labor Department interpretation requiring reimbursing employers to pay 100 percent of unemployment claims upfront and get reimbursed later. The text of the bill is similar to the HEROES Act provision.

 

June 5, 2020: The president signed the Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act (H.R. 7010); the bill passed the Senate on June 4th and the House on May 28th. The bill will:

  • extend the PPP through 12/31/2020,
  • extend the rehire deadline until 12/31/2020,
  • expand the covered period for loan use from eight weeks to 24 weeks,
  • expand maturity from 2 years to 5 years for new loans and permit borrower and lender to mutually agree to later maturity
  • Forgiveness provisions
    • Eases rehire requirement based on inability to rehire former or similarly qualified employees, or inability to return to operations levels
    • Revises the 75%/25% rule to 60%/40%
    • Defers payments of principal, interest, and fees until either the date the lender receives payment for the forgiven amount of loan or 10 months after the end of the covered period.
    • Makes PPP participants eligible for employer payroll tax deferral (CARES Act Sec. 2302)

On June 12, 2020, the Small Business Administration released new rules implementing the provisions of the Act.

Update: On June 26, 2020, SBA issued an Interim Final Rule - Revisions to Loan Forgiveness IFR and SBA Loan Review Procedures IFR.

 

May 15, 2020: Review and Recap of Nonprofit Provisions in the HEROES Act. On Tuesday May 12, 2020, the House introduced legislative language for a proposed “Package 4” of COVID-19 relief. The text of the bill, called the Heroes Act (H.R. 6800), is here. The House passed the bill on May 15, 2020. The bill would:

  • Expand access to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for all nonprofits
  • Include nonprofits in the Main Street lending program

ACTION ITEM: Congress is debating the next federal relief package and they need to hear from you! Review the talking points below and send your letters to Congress today.

 

April 24, 2020: Congress passes the Paycheck Protection Program and Heath Care Enhancement Act

  • Summary:
    • $321 billion to refill the CARES Act's Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
    • $60 billion in economic disaster loans for small businesses
    • $75 billion to help hospitals treat COVID-19 patients and address drops in revenue
    • $25 billion for states to increase testing capabilities

 

March 30, 2020: The Small Business Administration (SBA) launched a new streamlined application platform for organizations and self-employed individuals applying for emergency loans directly from the SBA, including $10,000 advance payments that will be forgiven by the federal government. SBA Small Business Guidance and Loan Resources here.

Update: The U.S. Treasury and Small Business Administration have released the long-awaited guidance on PPP loan forgiveness.

The U.S. Treasury and Small Business Administration have issued a new interim final rule on Paycheck Protection Program guidance.

  • Summary: 
    • Self-Employed individual is eligible for PPP loan if:
      • You were in operation on 2/15/2020
      • You are individual with self-employed income (e.g. indep contractor or sole proprietor)
      • Principal Residence in USA
      • You filed or will file 2019 1040 Schedule form
    • Note: If you are a partner in a partnership, you may not submit a separate PPP loan application for yourself as self-employed. Self-employed income of partners can be reported as payroll costs (up to $100k/yr) on PPP loan application by partnership.
    • Note: Participation in PPP may affect eligibility for state-administered unemployment benefits, as well as employee retention credits (ERCs) under the CARES Act.

 

March 27, 2020: Relief Package #3: The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, i.e. H.R. 748 - CARES Act became public law.

  • The bill provides FY2020 supplemental appropriations for federal agencies to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak and includes new forms of support that can be accessed by individuals and organizations. Federal agencies are currently developing guidelines for implementation. 
  • Highlights of the CARES Act include, but are not limited to:
    • Pandemic unemployment assistance for workers, including self-employed individuals 
    • Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Loan Forgiveness: Local lenders backed by the SBA are rapidly preparing to process loan applications from employers with fewer than 500 employees, as well as applications from self-employed workers. These aim to support eight weeks of eligible costs through loan forgiveness. 
  • The National Immigration Law Center: Immigrant Eligibility for Public Programs During COVID-19
  • Dance/USA Overview of CARES Act: Support for Dance in Latest Relief Package  

 

March 18, 2020: Relief Package #2: The Families First Coronavirus Response Act, i.e. the second coronavirus preparedness and response supplemental appropriations act H.R. 6201, became public law.

 

March 6, 2020: Relief Package #1: Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, i.e. H.R. 6074 became public law. 

  • This bill funds an $8.3 billion response to the new pandemic including:
    • $826 million for developing coronavirus vaccines, treatments and tests
    • $300 million to purchase vaccines and treatments once they're approved
    • $950 million in grants to states and localities to help the front-line health departments
    • $3.1 billion to buy medical supplies

 

NEW YORK STATE RESPONSE

 

June 30, 2020: Governor Cuomo Announces Individuals Traveling to New York From Eight Additional States Will Be Required to Quarantine for 14 Days

June 29, 2020: Five regions of New York entered Phase 4 of reopening. These regions are the Finger Lakes, Central New York, Southern Tier, Mohawk Valley and the North Country. Officials are continuing to carefully monitor health data during the reopening process. Read more about Phase 4 here.

June 28, 2020: Governor Cuomo Announces Lowest COVID-19 Deaths and Hospitalizations in New York Since the Pandemic Began

June 27, 2020: Governor Cuomo signed a new executive order that makes New York employees who voluntarily travel to specified states after June 25 ineligible for this benefit. New York State employees who voluntarily travel to high-risk states will be ineligible for COVID-19 paid sick leave.

June 9, 2020: The State legislature passed A2513/S3695: Repealing Section 50-a, repeals provisions relating to personnel records of police officers, firefighters and correction officers. For more than 40 years 50-a has kept law enforcement’s personal information private during investigations, preventing police departments from disclosing an officer’s disciplinary records.

June 8, 2020: The State legislature passed a number of policing and criminal justice reform bills including:

May 28, 2020: The State legislature passed the Emergency Rent Relief Act A10552 (Cymbrowitz)/S8419 (Kavanagh), which  sets aside $100 million for rental assistance for rent burdened tenants.

May 27, 2020: The Tenant Safe Harbor Act (A10290/ S8192), passed the Senate and made it through the Rules Committee in the Assembly. This bill extends evictions protections for residential tenants that have suffered a financial hardship during the COVID-19 covered period.

May 15, 2020: Reopening New York: Phase 1 May 15th: Five regions can reopen Phase 1 industries today: Central NY, Finger Lakes, Mohawk Valley, North Country, Southern Tier.

April 24, 2020: Amid Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, Governor Cuomo Issues Executive Order To Make Sure Every New Yorker Automatically Receives A Postage-Paid Absentee Ballot Application

April 15, 2020: Amid Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, Governor Cuomo Issues Executive Order Requiring All People in New York to Wear Masks or Face Coverings in Public

March 31, 2020: Governor Cuomo outlined the 2020 Agenda for New York State's FY2021 budget.

March 29, 2020: Governor Cuomo’s PAUSE Order – which requires all non-essential workers to stay at home and non-essential businesses to close – has been extended through April 29. 

March 27, 2020: Governor Cuomo provided guidance for determining whether a business enterprise is deemed “essential” or subject to a workforce reduction under executive order 202.6. FAQs here.

March 25, 2020: New York Senator, Charles E. Schumer negotiated a small business rescue plan that allocates more than $375 billion to forgivable loans and grants to small businesses and non-profits so they can maintain their existing workforce and help pay other expenses during this crisis, like rent, a mortgage or utilities.

March 22, 2020: Governor Cuomo announced the New York State on PAUSE executive order, a 10-point policy to assure uniform safety for everyone.

March 15, 2020: New York state halts evictions statewide due to coronavirus.

March 7, 2020: New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency in New York State. As a point of reference, the Governor’s state of emergency declaration provides the following for New York State: 

  • Expedited procurement of cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer and other essential resources
  • Allowing qualified professionals other than doctors and nurses to conduct testing
  • Expedited procurement of testing supplies and equipment
  • Expedited personnel onboarding
  • Expedited leasing of lab space
  • Allowing EMS personnel to transport patients to quarantine locations other than just hospitals
  • Providing clear basis for price gouging and enforcement investigation 

 

NEW YORK CITY RESPONSE

New York City is updating the case count in the city in real-time and providing information and resources on the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene site and social media channels.  

New Yorkers should text COVID to 692-692 to get regular updates on the latest developments regarding COVID-19; Text COVIDESP to 692-692 for updates in Spanish

Find a location to get tested at nyc.gov/covidtest.

ACTION ITEM: Business Interruption Bill: Call your Assemblymembers in the Insurance Committee and Cities Committee and tell them about your experiences with Business Interruption Insurance in support of A10226B/S8211.

UPDATE:  New York City is scheduled to begin Phase 3 of re-opening (without indoor dining) on Monday July 6, 2020.

June 30, 2020: In the Face of an Economic Crisis, Mayor de Blasio Announces Budget that Prioritizes Safety, Police Reform, Youth Services, and Communities of Color

May 28, 2020: Mayor de Blasio Offers 1st Detailed Picture of What NYC’s Phase I Reopening Looks Like

May 26, 2020: Mayor de Blasio Signs COVID-19 Relief Package Into Law

  • Intro. 1914-A designates threatening a commercial tenant based on its status as a COVID-19 impacted business a form of harassment, effective immediately. This includes businesses that were subject to capacity restrictions, were forced to close, or business owners who contracted the virus.
  • Intro. 1932-A protects commercial tenants' personal assets by temporarily prohibiting the enforcement of personal liability provisions in commercial leases or rental agreements involving COVID-19 impacted tenants. Threatening to or attempting to enforce such a provision will be considered a form of harassment, effective immediately.
  • Intro. 1936-A expands the definition of tenant harassment to protect tenants from threats based on status as an essential employee or being impacted by COVID-19.  

May 21, 2020: Mayor de Blasio Announces Return of Half-Hour Staten Island Ferry Service During Morning and Evening Rush Hours

May 6, 2020: Mayor de Blasio Appoints Members to Sector Advisory Councils

April 24, 2020: Mayor Bill de Blasio announced New York City’s plan to address racial disparities in COVID-19 and direct more assistance to the hardest hit communities. As part of their outreach efforts, four tele-town halls with faith leaders and a series of webinars with city commissioners and health officials will be held.

April 23, 2020: Governor Cuomo Announces $30 Million in Child Care Scholarships for Essential Workers and Supplies for Child Care Providers

April 21, 2020: Mayor de Blasio Announces New York City COVID-19 Immigrant Emergency Relief Program with Open Society Foundations

April 11, 2020: Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Carranza announce Remote Learning for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.

April 10, 2020: Mayor de Blasio and Speaker Johnson Announce $25 Million in Emergency Funding for Food Providers

April 3, 2020: Mayor de Blasio Announces Partnership with JetBlue and United Airlines to Fly Healthcare Workers to New York City for Free.

As of March 17, 2020 the City urges all New Yorkers, healthy or sick, to stay home as much as possible. Restaurants, bars and cafes may only serve food take-out and delivery. Nightclubs, movie theaters, small theater houses and concert venues must all close. All outdoor and indoor events with 50 or more people are now banned. The City continues to monitor and prepare for a potential “Shelter in Place”.  

March 17, 2020: Mayor De Blasio, NYC Health + Hospitals And Bioreference Laboratories Announce Expanded Capacity To Allow 5,000 Daily COVID-19 Tests

March 15, 2020: New York City to Close All School Buildings and Transition to Remote Learning

March 15, 2020: Statement From Mayor de Blasio on Bars, Restaurants, and Entertainment Venues

March 13, 2020: Mayor de Blasio Provides Updates on New York City's COVID-19 Response 

 

CONTACT YOUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS

As Congress and the Administration consider new forms of federal economic assistance that may be targeted or widespread, artists and performing arts groups can join with others in the arts and nonprofit sector to speak up to ensure that relief will meet all community needs. We encourage you to consider joining Dance/USA’s online campaign to Congress, or you can opt to weigh in directly with local district staff, to share more about your current needs. We urge you to be as specific as you can about the current and projected impact on yourself or your organization. Congress needs to hear from as many constituents as possible that COVID-19 relief should be made accessible to nonprofit arts organizations and artists. 

As opportunities for federal relief do become available, your elected officials will likely be key partners in helping you to gain access, so it is doubly important to tend to these relationships now by initiating a conversation on this topic.


RESOURCES

NEW YORK STATE & NEW YORK CITY 


Sign up for the City’s official source for information about emergency alerts Notify NYC. In addition, you can text COVID to 692-692 to get enrolled in Notify NYC to provide important updates about COVID-19 in NYC. You can continue to help us keep track of outreach efforts using this tracker form.
 

NEW JERSEY STATE 

 

CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have issued guidance to help businesses and employers prepare for the potential spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) within the United States. The CDC has prepared materials specifically for employers, and community-based organizations. Here is a collection of current resources:

FUNDING RESOURCES

The philanthropic community and governmental agencies are considering near and longer-term resources that may be needed to support communities impacted by the coronavirus. We will add to this list as more information becomes available. 

 

Funds for Dance and Arts Organizations

 

Funds for Independent Artists

UPDATE: 

Artist Relief, a coalition of national arts grantmakers, will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19. Apply (Cycle 4: Closes July 22, 2020) here.

 

Funds for Disabled Artists

 

Funds for Women-Identifying Artists

 

Funds for Theatre Professionals

 

Funds for BIPOC/Undocumented/LGBTQIA+ Communities

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Additional Resources For Arts Organizations

 

Additional Resources For Independent Artists

 

Additional Resources for Disabled Artists

 

Additional Resources for Latinx Artists

  • The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC): Arts Resource List for independent artists and cultural workers as well as arts organizations and collectives. 

 

SELF CARE & MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

 

ONLINE DANCE CLASSES, PROJECTS & PERFORMANCE STREAMING SERVICES

 

ADVOCACY RESOURCES

 

EVENT MANAGEMENT TOOLS

Note: Arts, Entertainment, Recreation, Education are in Phase 4 (projected date for reopening is August 3, 2020) of New York’s Reopening Plan.

  • New York’s Office for People with Disabilities: Digital Accessibility Resources
  • Springboard for the Arts has provided principles for ethical cancellation of public events and gatherings affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • Teaching Theatre Online:  A Shift in Pedagogy Amidst Coronavirus Outbreak,” originally created by Dr. Daphnie Sicre
  • The American Institute for Architects published The Re-occupancy Assessment Tool, which includes Programming, Administrative Controls, and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
  • The Event Safety Alliance has hosted a webinar on preparing your organization for the Coronavirus disease outbreak
  • The National Endowment for the Arts Office of Accessibility is the advocacy-technical assistance arm of the Arts Endowment to make the arts accessible for people with disabilities, older adults, veterans, and people living in institutions. Visit this page for more information and accessibility resources.
  • World Health Organization: guidance on mass gatherings

 

COMMUNICATIONS RESOURCES

 

RELATED PRESS 

 


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The resources displayed on this page were compiled with thanks to The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Dance/USA, New Yorkers for Culture & Arts, and The League of American Orchestras. 

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