Stay Up To Date On COVID-19!
Get the latest information and updates on COVID-19 from the “NYC Department of Health”. To receive real-time New York City COVID-19 updates, text “COVID” to 692-692 or “COVIDESP” to 692-692 for updates in Spanish.
Visit the city’s Department of Health’s website for a full list of measures everyone needs to take to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and updates on remote learning, summary on COVID cases and any new recommendations as they come out.
Schools and Remote Learning
Public schools are now closed and they are moving to a remote learning model. If your child needs access to a device for remote learning visit this website to apply. Schools are offering grab and go meals for students. Stay up to date on your child’s school by calling them or visiting the NYC schools website.
For students of health care workers, first responders, MTA,NYCTA, OEM and more Regional Enrichment Centers are being created for your children. Please fill out this form to enroll.
Services for People 60 years and Older
Many local grocery stores are dedicating specific shopping hours for seniors and those with disabilities; we are working to gather this information and will post it here shortly. We are also working to identify sources for Grab n Go or delivered meals for seniors. Please check back soon and follow our social media for updates!
Overcharging of necessities
If you witness overcharging in businesses, you are encouraged to report this to the city’s Department of Consumer Affairs by calling 3-1-1 and saying “overcharge” or by visiting 311.nyc.gov and searching “overcharge.”
Support Local Businesses and Their Employees
While our activities are severely curtailed, we can still find ways to support small businesses. Many of our bars and restaurants will remain open for delivery and takeout in the coming days; we will post details here on the best (non-app!)* ways to contact local businesses for delivery along with any specials they may have on specially-prepared foods, whether or not they offer gift cards, etc. Visit our map of restaurants, businesses, and more. Please call ahead to see if they are open!
Here are some ways you can support small businesses:
Order delivery directly from the business rather than using Grubhub or Seamless. Both have lots of fees that will further impact the small business, instead order directly from the business themselves, below is a list of businesses that are offering delivery.
Order take out if you can safely leave your home. You can get your cocktails to go!
Please remember that employees who rely on tips, and especially delivery drivers, are among those who are most vulnerable, not only during this health crisis but even during the best of times. Please tip them generously!
Purchase a gift card for later use, purchase for yourself, a friend, a neighbor. Good for upcoming birthdays or other special events.
Follow businesses on social media, leave ratings on yelp, send messages about how much you enjoy that spot on the different platforms.
Help them with applying for loans and grants, the Mayor is offering loans and grants to businesses who are feeling the impact of COVID-19, Astoria Together is helping share this information but it would be great if residents wanted to help a business apply for a loan or grant.
Check in on them, if you know someone from your local business, call them, check in on them, let them know you care and ask them how they would like to be supported.
Infosheets for the community:
Green Valley Marketplace of Sunnyside 44-07 Greenpoint Ave, 718-752-1931 is hiring for deli clerks and cashiers. Visit the store to apply.