New York State has ordered all non-essential businesses to close on the evening of Sunday, March 22nd. Grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations and utilities are considered essential and will not have to close.
New York State has launched a new email system to provide daily updates about COVID-19. Additionally, Suffolk County has begun providing COVID-19 updates through SMS text messages. To sign up, please visit: https://now.ny.gov/page/s/coronavirus-update to enroll in the State’s notification program and/or text COVIDSUFFOLK to 67283 to get updates texted to your mobile device from Suffolk County.
New York will implement a 90-day moratorium on evictions for residential and commercial tenants. We will do all we can to help those financially suffering because of the #COVID19 pandemic.
For assistance in finding child care please contact the Child Care Council of Suffolk hotline at 646-926-3784. We are prioritizing child care for essential workers, including health care workers, first responders, grocery and pharmacy employees and others who are critical to keep our essential supports operational.
For area businesses, it has been advised that you reach out to your regional Empire State Development office (https://esd.ny.gov/about-us/contact-us) and the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services for small business info (http://www.dhses.ny.gov/index.cfm).
Empire State Development has compiled a helpful FAQ that is continuously being update as information becomes available. The FAQ can be found here: https://esd.ny.gov/novel-coronavirus-faq-businesses.
Businesses may request designation as an essential business by fill out this form and submitting to: email@example.com.
If you are in need of Emergency Services, the Suffolk County Police Department is requesting residents who dial 911 to disclose any and all health concerns or symptoms in order to help protect responding officers and emergency service workers.
To the greatest extent possible, please avoid travel except for essential needs. If you do go out, please remember to follow “social distancing” guidelines and avoid close contact with others and touching shared equipment.
Also, while you may not be able to dine out at this time, I highly encourage you to order takeout or delivery during this time to help support your favorite local restaurants and food establishments.