As we safely reopen Watkins Glen and all of the Finger Lakes, we look forward to safely welcoming you to our communities. Please remember to call ahead: our restaurants, wineries/breweries/distilleries, and attractions have developed location-specific procedures and protocols to ensure that our community, visitors, and employees remain safe and healthy.

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COVID-19 UPDATES AND RESOURCES

helping keep our communities safe with timely, accurate information

Updated 3/30/2021

As of March 29, New York State has administered more than 9 million total doses of vaccine and is on track to make eligibility universal nearly a month earlier than the May 1 deadline. All three vaccines are available at various sites in the State.

Interested in tracking results? Bookmark this page: ny.gov/vaccinetracker. For the latest updates on news and regulations, bookmark the New York Forward webpages.

Vaccine Clinic Update (as of 3/29/2021)

Among other sites in the region, Arnot Health is holding a vaccination clinic on April 1 from 2 to 5 pm at the Arnot Mall Event Center. In addition, Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital in Bath will be holding a vaccine clinic on March 30 from 8 am to 4 pm. To register for either of these clinics, please visit https://www.arnothealth.org/vaccine-info-individuals. For detailed information on clinic locations and eligibility throughout the state, visit https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/. Note:  Individuals can also call 1-800-952-2662 to reserve their spot for both clinics.

 

News from Local Organizations in March

Community Updates: Zoom Meetings Organized by SCOPED
April 1, 2021: Join Annmarie Flanagan from Public Health, Becky Gould, CEO of Schuyler Hospital, Dr. Ben Saks providing clinical and community health updates from a practitioner's perspective, Tim O’Hearn providing Regional Control Room information, and Judy McKinney Cherry with updates on business support.

Join Zoom Meeting:

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Meeting ID: 811 9632 6743; Passcode: 931473

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Mark your calendar for future meetings:

  • May 6, 2021 03:00 PM
  • Jun 3, 2021 03:00 PM

Grant funds available through Alternative Federal Credit Union

Due to a generous grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York (FHLBNY) to Alternatives Federal Credit Union (AFCU), small businesses and non-profits located in Schuyler County will now be eligible to receive up to $4,000 in grant funds. Grant funds may be used for reasonable and necessary expenses incurred or to be incurred as a direct result of COVID-19.

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Webinars:

The following webinars were offered by PayChex to take advantage of benefits offered with the passage of the 2021 Consolidated Appropriations Act.

  • 3/19 at 2pm: Employee Retention Tax Credits: "Must-Know" Information
  • 3/22 at 2pm: How Paychex Can Help with PPP Loan Forgiveness

The webinars will be recorded. To attend the live webinar or see the recording, Paychex asks that you register at the above links.

 

News from the SBA

The U.S. SBA has posted info for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) application portal in anticipation of opening applications for the much-anticipated critical economic relief program on Thursday, April 8, 2021. Details here: https://www.svograntportal.sba.gov/s

 

News from the State:

Beginning Tuesday, March 30, at 8 a.m., all New Yorkers 30 years of age and older will be eligible to receive the vaccine. Beginning April 6, universal eligibility goes into effect and all New Yorkers 16 years of age and older will be eligible to receive the vaccine. 

The following information was released on March 26, offering guidance on reopening adult day health care programs and nursing facility visitation.​

On March 24, the State announced the NYS Citizen Public Health Leader. To continue the fight against COVID and prepare for the next public health emergency, the State announced the launch of a free, online Citizen Public Health Training course for New Yorkers. This innovative course, delivered by the New York State Department of Health in partnership with Cornell University and supported by the State University of New York, will prepare and equip New Yorkers to become NYS Citizen Public Health Leaders and build an informed network of community health leaders across the state. Enroll today

Mental health resources are available for New Yorkers who need them. Now that it's officially spring, we are slowly getting outside again and enjoying the warmer weather but we still recognize the mental and emotional strain many are feeling during the pandemic. New Yorkers can visit headspace.com/ny for free mindfulness resources or call the support hotline at 1-844-863-9314.

As of March 23, New Yorkers 50 years of age and older will be eligible to receive the vaccine. New Yorkers seeking to determine eligibility and schedule an appointment at a state-run mass vaccination site, can visit the 'Am I Eligible' website. New Yorkers may also call their local health department, pharmacy, doctor, or hospital for additional information and to schedule appointments where vaccines are available.

As of March 21, pharmacies may not vaccinate New Yorkers with co-morbidities. Previously, pharmacies were able to vaccinate New Yorkers over the age of 60 and teachers.

On April 1, the New York Mets and New York Yankees can resume playing with spectators in stadiums. Professional sports in large outdoor stadiums that hold 10,000 people or more will be allowed to reopen at 20 percent 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 screenings. Vaccination efforts at both Yankee Stadium and Citi Field will still continue during the MLB season.

 

Guidelines for in-person, catered events were updated by the State on 3/18/2021 as follows:

Starting March 15, capacity restrictions for in-person, catered events are the lesser of 50% occupancy or:

  • Without testing & other advanced health protocols: 50 people, indoors or outdoors (current social gathering limit)
  • With testing & other advanced health protocols: 150 people, indoors or outdoors

 

On March 19, the capacity restrictions for in-person, catered events are the lesser of 50% occupancy in NYC or 75% occupancy outside NYC or: 

  • Without testing & other advanced health protocols: 50 people, indoors or outdoors (current social gathering limit)
  • With testing & other advanced health protocols: 150 people, indoors or outdoors

 

On March 22, the capacity restrictions for in-person, catered events are the lesser of 50% occupancy in NYC or 75% occupancy outside NYC or: 

  • Without testing & other advanced health protocols: 100 people indoors or 200 outdoors (announced increased social gathering limit)
  • With testing & other advanced health protocols: 150 people indoors

 

On April 2, the capacity restrictions for in-person, catered events are the lesser of 50% occupancy in NYC or 75% occupancy outside NYC or:

  • Without testing & other advanced health protocols: 100 people indoors or 200 outdoors (the increased social gathering limit)
  • With testing & other advanced health protocols: 150 people indoors or 500 people outdoors

 

Guidelines released by the State prior to 3/18/2021:

The State has launched the New York Forward Rapid Test Program. This is a unique public-private partnership to make low-cost rapid testing available to the public to support enhanced economic activity, including weddings, catered events, and arts and entertainment venues. Visit NY.gov/RapidTestProgram to learn more about this initiative and find sites in your area – new locations are being continuously added ​statewide. Appointments are now available at ten new state-run mass vaccination sites across the state, including in the Southern Tier. For info call the NYS COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline at 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829). 

Indoor fitness classes can resume at limited capacity on March 22. Indoor fitness classes can begin reopening statewide at 33 percent capacity with health screening and contact information required at sign-in. Classes should be scheduled to allow additional time for cleaning and disinfection between sessions. Local health departments shall inspect before or within 2 weeks of the fitness center opening to ensure compliance.

Beginning April 5, the 11 pm curfew currently in place for casinos, movie theaters, bowling alleys, billiards halls, gyms and fitness centers will be lifted. The 11pm curfew for food and beverage establishments and the midnight curfew for catered events will remain in effect. Both curfews will be re-evaluated in late April. 

As of March 17, three new groups of New Yorkers will be eligible for the vaccine:

  • Public-facing government and public workers
  • Not-for-profit workers who provide public-facing services to New Yorkers in need
  • Essential in-person building service workers.

New Yorkers who qualify in these categories can make an appointment through the Am I Eligible Tool or through the NYS COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline at 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829).

As of April 1, quarantine for domestic travel to New York will no longer be required, although it is recommended. Mandatory quarantine for international travelers remains in place. Travelers must continue to complete the Traveler Health Form.

As of March 19, restaurants outside of New York City can operate at 75% capacity.

As of March 15, weddings and catered events can resume statewide at 50% capacity with no more than 150 people per event. All guests must show proof of vaccination, negative PCR test within 72 hours, or negative antigen test within 6 hours of the event. The respective county health department or local public health authority must be notified of in-person and catered events above the State’s maximum social gathering limit. [catered events updated; see entry above dated 3/18/21]

As of April 2, event, arts, and entertainment venues can reopen at 33% capacity, up to 100 people indoors and 200 people outdoors without testing. With proof of vaccination or valid testing, capacity caps are raised to 150 (indoors) and 500 (outdoors). [catered events updated; see entry above dated 3/18/21]

As of February 23, major stadiums and arenas must obtain DOH approval for venues and events and institute 10 10% capacity limit. All spectators must show a negative COVID-19 PCR test obtained within 72 hours of the event. [updated; see entry above referencing 4/1/21]

More than a dozen community-based pop-up vaccination sites will open in March.

The Excelsior Health Pass has been piloted and is expected to launch in March.

New legislation grants employees time off to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Under this new law, public and private employees will be granted up to four hours of excused leave per shot that will not be charged against any other leave the employee has earned or accrued. This legislation is in effect now. The 'Am I Eligible' screening tool has been updated for individuals with comorbidities and underlying conditions with new appointments released on a rolling basis over the next weeks. New Yorkers can use the following to show they are eligible:    

  • Doctor's letter, or
  • Medical information evidencing comorbidity, or
  • Signed certification  

 

Tools and Resources to address COVID-19 issues and challenges:

These updates, documents, tool, links and resources are for the public, members of the chamber and visitors as needed and we will do our best to post information as we receive it. 

For the most up-to-date guidance visit the Schuyler County website here

Information from Schuyler County Public Health can be found on their website here.

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