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Coronavirus Preparedness Resources


Updated: March 31, 2020, 11:50 a.m.

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. 



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. 




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:






The federal government has dedicated resources to dealing with the virus via the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020 (HR 6047), which was passed by both houses and signed into law by President Trump. 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


UPDATE: The Senate approved the largest COVID-19 federal relief package to-date. This stimulus bill, Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, 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 (Section 2102 and Section 2104)
  • Paycheck Protection COVID-19 relief loans, backed by the Small Business Administration (Section 1102)
  • Applicants may apply to their lender for loan forgiveness


The Senate passed their version of the Families First Coronavirus Act/HR6201. The legislation guarantees free coronavirus testing, establishes paid leave, enhances Unemployment Insurance, expands food security initiatives, and increases federal Medicaid funding. 


The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bipartisan COVID-19 relief package: Families First Coronavirus Response Act/HR 6201. Reader-friendly summary of the bill: here



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 15. 

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 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 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

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 



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.



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.




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:


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


Funds for Disabled Artists


Funds for Women-Identifying Artists


Funds for Theatre Professionals


Funds for BIPOC/Undocumented/LGBTQIA+ Communities



Additional Resources For Arts Organizations


Additional Resources For Independent Artists









  • HowlRound TV offers a guide to Livestreaming: Ways of Gathering in the Age of COVID-19.
  • 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 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






Dance/NYC seeks to facilitate the sharing of information and resources to the community during this global pandemic. The inclusion of these resources and links are being provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval of the views or values expressed therein nor the validity of such information by Dance/NYC. Dance/NYC bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of the external sites. Please contact the external site for answers to questions regarding its content.

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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