Gaeta COVID-19 Response

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To Our Staten Island neighbors and customers:

As you know, the new Coronavirus (COVID-19) has now been classified as a pandemic. We’ve been getting a lot of questions of how small businesses can get financial assistance from governmental agencies. We hope the attached links are useful. In addition as a fellow Staten Islander, we are offering temporary suspension of service and billing to customers who have closed due to government mandate or personal choice.

COVID-19 doesn’t only affect individuals – it’s also having a real effect on Staten Island businesses. When possible and if safe to do so, please help support the local economy in the midst of this slowdown.

Additionally, financial assistance is now available for businesses affected by the disease. For more information, follow the Staten Island SBDC and visit the NYC Business Continuity Planning Checklist

The Mayor announced this past weekend that there will be assistance to small businesses to help them adapt to changing customer behavior. Businesses may qualify for low-interest loans and employee retention grants.

  • Businesses with fewer than 100 employees, seeing a decrease in sales up to 25% or more will be eligible for zero interest loans up to $75,000 to help mitigate losses in profit.
  • The City is also offering eligible small businesses with fewer than five employees a grant to cover 40% of payroll costs for two months to help retain employees.

 To get more information on the loans you must fill out the form

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Here are some steps that small businesses can take to be proactive, and we want to thank the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce for some of the content of this email:

  • Ensure you and your employees are informed and stay informed on new developments. Good resources include the Center for Disease Control and NYC.gov.
  • Encourage employees to maintain good hygiene, wash their hands, and stay home if sick. 
  • Reduce in-person meetings where possible and switch to phone or web.
  • Review your Business Interruption Insurance to examine if it applies to COVID-19.
  • Review your leave policies and how they do or don’t support public health emergencies.
  • Anticipate staffing issues and, when possible, ensure remote, or “work-from-home,” access is available. 
  • Ramp up hygiene measures and ensure supplies are fully stocked (in bathrooms, dispensers, etc.).
  • Consistently clean “high traffic” surfaces, such as elevator buttons, railings, door knobs, and electronics.

Thank you, and stay healthy!