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COVID-19 Updates 4.21.21

Apr 21, 2021
inside of the american folk art museum

New announcements related to the COVID-19 pandemic have been made this past week, including curfew and capacity extensions and opportunities to receive finanicial relief. See below for highlights.

On Monday, April 19, the curfew for bars and restaurants was extended from 11:00pm to midnight. The curfew for catered events is now 1:00am.

Governor Cuomo has announced that beginning Monday, April 26, museum and zoo capacity will be raised from 25% to 50% and movie theater capacity will be raised from 25% to 33% with other safety precautions in place. Additionally, indoor large sports arenas' capacity will be raised from 10% to 25% on Wednesday, May 19. 

City officials have announced that any New Yorker who is 50 or older can now get a COVID-19 vaccine at any City-run vaccination site without an appointment. Click here to view the list of City-run sites offering walk-in vaccines.

Restaurants, bars, food carts and more will be soon be able to sign up to receive additional pandemic relief under the federal Restaurant Revitalization Fund. The program will provide restaurants with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss up to $10 million per business and no more than $5 million per physical location. Recipients are not required to repay the funding as long as the funds are used for eligible uses no later than March 11, 2023. Learn more here.

And, applications for ROAR New York’s New York City Restaurant Employee Relief Fund in partnership with Robinhood NYC are open. The fund provides $500 cash grants for laid off NYC restaurant workers experiencing economic hardship as a result of the pandemic. Click here to apply.  

Photo credit: American Folk Art Museum's current exhibit Photo | Brut; Olya Vysotskaya