COVID-19 Information for Ulster County Businesses

Ulster County Office of Economic Development


Ulster County Department of Economic Development is available and ready to help our local businesses face these challenging times.  Please call or email us with your concerns and questions.

  • NYS COVID-19 Response and Vaccine Information
    • NYS Excelsior Pass is Now Live
      • This free and voluntary app utilizes secure technology to confirm an individual’s vaccination or recent negative COVID-19 test and could be a critical tool in our sector’s reopening. Developed with IBM, the Excelsior Pass is the first app of its kind in the U.S.
      • Download the pass HERE.
      • Learn more about the Excelsior Pass HERE.
    • Summary of Reopening Timeline
      • Beginning March 26th: Indoor Family Entertainment Centers can open limited to 25% capacity. Please see detailed guidelines HERE.  The Governor’s announcement contains some key points:
        • Contact information must be collected from each party to inform contact tracing, if needed;
        • High-touch areas, attractions, and rides must be cleaned and disinfected frequently throughout the day;
        • Attractions must close if they cannot ensure distancing and be frequently cleaned/disinfected;
        • Sufficient staff must be deployed to enforce compliance with rules, including capacity, distancing and face coverings;
        • Tickets should be sold in advance, and entry/exit and waiting times should be staggered to avoid congestion;
        • Indoor areas must meet enhanced air filtration, ventilation and purification standards; and
        • Retail, food services and recreational activities must abide by all State-issued guidance.
      • Beginning April 1st:
        • Professional sports in large outdoor stadiums that hold 10,000 people or more will be allowed to reopen at 20% capacity.
          • Attendees must show proof of a recent negative test or completed vaccination series prior to entry and are subject to strict state guidance on face coverings, social distancing, and health screening.
        • Sports venues that hold 1,500 people indoors or 2,500 people outdoors can reopen
          • Capacity will be limited to 10% indoors and 20% outdoors.
          • Attendees must show proof of a recent negative test or completed vaccination series prior to entry and are subject to strict state guidance on face coverings, social distancing, and health screening.
        • Outdoor performing arts venues, including stadiums, that hold more than 2,500 people can reopen at 20% capacity
          • Attendees must show proof of a recent negative test or completed vaccination series prior to entry and are subject to strict state guidance on face coverings, social distancing, and health screening.
      • Beginning April 2nd: Event, Arts and Entertainment Venues Can Reopen, though detailed guidelines have not yet been issued.
        • Restricted to 33% capacity, up to 100 people indoors and up to 200 people outdoors
        • With proof of a negative COVID test prior to entry, capacity can increase up to 150 people indoors and up to 500 people outdoors
      • Beginning April 5th11PM Curfew Lifted for Casinos, Movie Theaters, Bowling Alleys, Billiard Halls, Gyms and Fitness Centers
      • Beginning April 9th: Outdoor Amusement Parks Can Open at 33% capacity though guidelines have not yet been issued
    • Governor Cuomo Announces Collegiate Sports Can Bring Fans Back to the Stands Beginning April 2
      • Large-Scale College Sports Venues Can Host Spectators at 10 Percent Indoor or 20 Percent Outdoor Capacity
      • Recent Negative Test or Immunization Required for Attendees
      • Small-Scale College Sports Venues Can Host Spectators at 2 Per Player, or Social Gathering Limit of 100 People Indoors or 200 People Outdoors; With Recent Negative Test or Immunization, Increases to 150 People Indoors or 500 People Outdoors

Financial Resources

Ulster County offers low-cost, flexible financing through countywide and municipal Revolving Loan Funds (RLFs). RLFS are financing tools for communities to provide loans to local businesses, which in turn, create jobs and leverage other private investment while helping a community diversify and stabilize its economy.

RLFs fill the gap between a businesses’ financial needs and the amount that can be borrowed from a lender. RLFs can help to complete a business’ financing package by offering fixed rate, low-interest loans, revolving lines of credit or loan guarantees. RLFs have an application fee, closing costs and attorney fees.

United States Small Business Administration

SBA offers several relief options to help businesses, nonprofits, and faith-based organizations recover from the impacts of COVID-19. Review all options or skip to a specific program in the information that follows.

SBA is currently offering Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans until March 31, 2021. President Biden announced program changes to make access to PPP loans more equitable.

1. Find a lender:

2. Identify a PPP loan type:

  • First Draw PPP loans: If you have not received a PPP loan before, First Draw PPP loans are available to you.
  • Second Draw PPP loans: If you have previously received a PPP loan, certain businesses are eligible for a Second Draw PPP loan.
     

SBA is also currently offering the following funding options:

SBA is preparing to offer:

SBA is contacting eligible businesses regarding:

Local businesses are encouraged to reach out to the Office of Economic Development for options on other financial resources, as well as questions and concerns.

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