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Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance Community News & Important Updates About COVID-19



Please be advised that the Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance and partner businesses are closely monitoring the rapidly evolving situation around coronavirus (COVID-19). Right now our focus is on the health and safety of our communities, partners, and our visitors that are managing this issue. 

Governor Cuomo Announces Individuals Traveling to New York from an Additional State Will Be Required to Quarantine for 14 Days

The Latest Press Releases and News from Governor Andrew Cuomo's Office

Governor Cuomo Announces New Regulations for Bars and Restaurants

Governor Cuomo Updates New Yorkers on State's Progress During COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19 Updates and Important Information for Travelers from Governor Andrew Cuomo's Office

For the health and safety of our visitors and community, the Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance office will be physically closed until further notice. However, our team is working remotely on current projects, content, and planning our marketing and communications strategy for when the COVID-19 crisis passes. 

We encourage you to check in with our team and visit the links below to keep on top of recent news and information regarding the virus. The Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance partner business community is encouraged to share any communication regarding updates about your business practices and any changes that take place during this time. In addition, if you are a partner business with the FLTA please be sure to log into your partner account make sure web listings and any posted content such as future events, specials, packages etc are current and accurate.

We are dedicated to providing the best service for partners and visitors that use and our materials. Please be aware that as a leader for the region the Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance is always looking to support the Finger Lakes business community and those that live, work, and visit our beautiful fresh air destination. If you are a traveller looking for specific travel information, business hours and availability for plans taking place in the Finger Lakes, please don't hesitate to contact us at and we will do our best to assist you in a knowledgable, rapid manner, with the information we have at hand. 

The Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance is working to share resources to ensure businesses working within the region as well as those interested in visiting the Finger Lakes have the most timely and accurate information possible. This information can be found at the resource links below. We encourage you to refer to these resources for updated information regarding COVID-19. From the staff at the Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance, we wish you and your team health and safety during this difficult time.


YELP SUPPORT - While they aren’t offering cash grants, Yelp is offering $25 million in waived advertising fees, free advertising, products, and services to small businesses, mainly local restaurants and nightlife establishments, that have been impacted by coronavirus.  

June 17 UpdateSBA and Treasury Announce New EZ and Revised Full Forgiveness Applications for the Paycheck Protection Program



Restaurants in the Seven Regions that Have Already Entered Phase Two Can Reopen for Outdoor Dining Beginning Tomorrow, June 4th


Information on the Latest in NYS Efforts on Contact Tracing:


Empire State Development (ESD) established a special online intake portal [] for individuals and businesses to relay business-related COVID-19 questions and concerns.


For those businesses looking for references for loans and SBA principles, please contact Bonn Dioguardi and Ray for professional services. 


FYI: Industry Guidelines for phase one of re-opening are posted online at the NY Forward website:

In addition, the site now also includes a link for business to read and affirm detailed guidelines, and a printable business safety plan template. There are also very helpful re-opening FAQ at:


Continuing the NY Forward re-opening, Governor Cuomo announced a new $100 million small business loan fund and new statewide guidelines for religious services, beaches, campgrounds and all veterinary services, among other things.

Details on the new loan fund are in the press release below and the new statewide guidelines are all available on this website:


Checkout the New York Forward Business Reopening Lookup Tool


New York Forward -- Direct Presentation from Governor Cuomo's Office

New York Forward - Plan for Re-Opening Abridged Version from the New York Hospitality & Tourism Association

COVID-19 Reopening Guidance -- A Guide for the Restaurant Industry

National Retail Federation -- Operation Open Doors Checklist

Recovery Readiness A How-To Guide for Reopening Your Workplace 

The Safe Six Checklist Workplace Readiness Essentials

COVID-19 General Guidance & Best Practices to Limit Job Site Exposure & Transmission

New York Wine Industry Association Guidance for Winery Tasting Rooms and Retail Shops in response to COVID-19

Interim Guidance for Child Care Programs

Elements of Specific Site Safety Plans

Supplemental Health and Safety Plan to Address Novel Coronavirus



US Senate Bill and Summaries on Coronavirus Relief Legislation

CDC -- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Updates 

WHO -- World Health Organization Updates

Updates from Governor Cuomo's Office

Guidance for Determining if a Business is Deemed Essential After Recent Executive Orders

Interim Guidance for New Yorkers on Executive Orders Issued for Gatherings, Public Spaces, and Public and Private Sector Entities During the COVID-19 Outbreak

SBA -- Small Business Administration

CARES Act and What Workers Need to Know About the Relief Act with the Coronavirus

New York State Tourism Industry Association (NYSTIA) -- Hotels Now Included In List of Essential Businesses; Listed as Essential Infrastructure

How to Safely Experience the Outdoors in New York State