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ESD has updated their guidance, and they have added residential moving services to the list of essential services. This now means residential moving, storage and warehousing are deemed essential. Also, the guidance states that any service provided to an essential business is also essential.
Below is a link to the updated guidance issued by Empire State Development (ESD) for determining whether a business is essential or non-essential.
While we are sharing this updated guidance with you, it is so you can make informed business decisions. The Association cannot give legal advice or issue a general statement that can apply to all movers because each company must make their own individual decision as to whether to accept moves or not.
Please keep in mind that the designation as essential is related solely to those employees that must be present to support the essential business activities. No other employees/personnel are permitted to work from your business location. Also, for those essential employees that are remaining, please follow all recommended social distance guidelines to every extent possible. Some recommendations are:
When operating, please regularly check the New York State Department of Health website for best practices and updated guidance – https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home Also a reminder that no employee should work if they are ill or appear sick.
Overnight, we also learned that a deal has been reached at the federal level on a stimulus bill that includes relief for small businesses. We will pass along any information on that as we receive it. In addition, here are several other resources for small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic:
Finally, here are some additional resources to take advantage of, as you navigate this uncertainty and wrestle with difficult decisions:
US Small Business Administration https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources
US Chamber https://www.uschamber.com/co/start/strategy/small-business-resources-for-surviving-coronavirus
We will continue to provide updated information and guidance as we receive it. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Stay safe everyone.