March 16th, 2020
This morning, Governor Cuomo implemented new restrictions in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 and decrease the expected strain on our health care facilities. The Chamber will work to keep you informed of the latest updates as best as possible. We have outlined the highlights of these restrictions below. To view the entire announcement, click here: NYS Governor’s Announcement 3/16/20
- No gatherings of more than 50 people.
- Beginning tonight at 8pm, Casinos, Gyms, Theaters, Bars, and Restaurants will be closing. However, restaurants will be able to offer take-out. The State Liquor Authority (SLA) will soon be enabling establishments (restaurants, bars, breweries, wineries & distilleries) to serve their offerings off-premise as well. In other words, you can order food, beer, wine, liquor, etc. all for take-out to enjoy at home. More information from the SLA on the specifics will be available by 5pm today.
- The State is waiving all park fees where applicable. This is in an effort to give families a safe outlet to get outdoors as the weather is changing, in an environment that is not densely populated.
- Local Governments must reduce to 50% workforce.
- Local Government must supply all emergency service workers, such as Police Officers and First Responders with surgical masks.
The Chamber understands that these were not easy decisions to make and they affect absolutely everyone. We also know that we have a responsibility to comply with the regulations, and to support our members as much as possible. We will work to update you daily as this is an ever-changing situation.
We will also be taking some time to chat with our different members each day so they have an opportunity to let us know how they’re doing and how you can best support them during this time. We will be doing interviews and posting them on social media.
As noted in our previous statement, we encourage businesses to determine ways to set up employees to work remotely, if they can, as soon as possible. In that statement, we outline several resources to help you navigate COVID-19. Read it here: Greater Utica Chamber’s Statement on COVID-19
For an update from Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri & Utica Comptroller Bill Morehouse, including the city issuance of an emergency order and actions taking effect immediately, please click here. The order includes the closure of City Hall and other city departments and facilities, updated UPD procedures and more.
IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING SYMPTOMS:
As communicated by the CDC, please contact your primary physician. If you do not have a primary physician or do not have health insurance, please call the Upstate University Hospital COVID-19 hotline at 315-464-3979. The hotline is open from 7:00am-11:00pm.