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  • Winter Outdoor Dining Initiative  


    Small Business Grants and New Guidelines Support Safe Options for Winter Outdoor Dining 

    Mayor Walsh Issues New Outdoor Dining Guidelines 

    The City Department of Neighborhood and Business Development and the Department of Public Works issued new guidelines to make it easier for restaurants and bars in the City of Syracuse to safely and comfortably serve customers outdoors during winter months. The City is extending the season for outdoor café seating; is allowing “parklets” to stay in place until the first major snow event; and is allowing the placement of outdoor vestibules and enclosures through the winter.

    View Winter Guideline and Updates

    SEDCO Offers Small Business Grants to City Businesses for COVID-19 

    To help city business to safely serve customers, Mayor Walsh announced the opening of a winter round of grant funding through the Syracuse Economic Development Corporation (SEDCO) to help small businesses adapt to the challenges presented by COVID-19. With the official start of winter only four weeks away, the SEDCO COVID-19 Small Business Grant Program will provide direct financial assistance to help small businesses make investments as the pandemic and winter cold weather converge.

    Apply for a SEDCO Small Business Grant


    COVID-19 | Reopening Information & Resources

    NY Forward Safety Plan Certificate

    Each business or entity, must develop a written Safety Plan outlining how its workplace will prevent the spread of COVID-19. A business may fill out this template to fulfill the requirement, or may develop its own Safety Plan. This plan does not need to be submitted to a state agency for approval but must be retained on the premises of the business and must be made available to the New York State Department of Health (DOH) or local health or safety authorities in the event of an inspection. 


    Reopening New York State

    These guidelines apply to all restaurants and food services establishments, including food trucks and other food concessions. During the COVID-19 public health emergency, all operators of food service sites should stay up to date with any changes to state and federal requirements related to such establishments and incorporate those changes into their operations. This guidance is not intended to replace any existing applicable local, state, and federal laws, regulations, and standards. 


    New York Forward Loan Fund

    Apply for the New York Forward Loan Fund, targeted toward small businesses, nonprofits and small landlords, and for U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loans. 

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