Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance for the Restaurant & Hospitality Industries

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Contents:

  • New Paid Sick Leave Requirements for Employers.
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Click HERE for our March 19, 2020 Newsletter (COVID-19: Restaurant Closing Checklist)

Contents:

  • Restaurant Closing Checklist: COVID-19 Response.  
  • Delivery Driver Protocol (Internal).  
  • Delivery Driver Protocol (3rd Party).  

Click HERE for our March 17, 2020 Newsletter (COVID-19 Business & Hospitality Update)

Contents:

  • NYC likely to issue "Shelter in Place" order within next 48 Hours
  • Tax filing and payment deadlines are being extended by 90 days.
  • State Liquor Authority provides clarity on what you can sell 'to-go'.
  • Understanding force majeure clauses in your lease and other agreements.

Click HERE for our March 16, 2020 Newsletter (NY Restaurants Ordered to Go Dark)

Contents:

Frequently Asked Questions

COMMERCIAL LEASES AND THE PAYMENT OF RENT

  1. I can’t afford to pay my rent.  What should I do?
  2. Does the force majeure clause in my lease allow me not to pay rent, or even terminate my lease?

BUSINESS INTERRUPTION INSURANCE

  1. Will my business interruption insurance cover my losses if my business closes?

HANDLING EMPLOYEES

  1. Can I fire an employee who has a confirmed case of COVID-19?
  2. Will my employees qualify for unemployment insurance? 
  3. Can I cut my employee’s wages? 
  4. If necessary, can I layoff my employees without advance notice?
  5. What is the difference between a furlough and a layoff?

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

  1. What kind of financial assistance is available to my business during this outbreak? 
  2. Do I still need to pay my taxes? 
  3. Is the Small Business Administration doing anything to help?

HEALTH & SAFETY

  1. Can an employee refuse to come to work because of fear of infection?
  2. Can I require an employee to work from home?
  3. Can I take my employee’s temperature?
  4. One of our employees has a confirmed case of COVID-19 and he has interacted with our customers.  What should we do?
  5. Can employees be asked to wear or not to wear face masks?
  6. Are employees required to notify their employer if they have tested positive for COVID-19?
  7. Can I require my employees to get vaccinated if a vaccine for COVID-19 is made available?

LIQUOR LICENSE ISSUES

  1. Are restaurants permitted to sell alcohol to go during this shutdown?
  2. Can I apply for a liquor license even though Community Boards are not meeting?

Click HERE for our March 16, 2020 Newsletter (Preparing for the Inevitable)

Contents:

  • NYS Liquor Authority - Delivery of Alcohol



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