COVID-19 Information and Resources

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions,  Networking Breakfasts have been suspended until further notice.   

Many of our local small businesses are now open to in-person shopping while following NYS guidelines which require masks and social distancing.  Some still offer appointment and online shopping with curbside delivery.  Restaurants can have limited capacity indoor dining and are also continuing to offer  takeout or delivery service and extended outdoor seating options.  

The Concerts in the Park and outdoor movies have been put on hold until August.  We are planning to hold 4 concerts in August and movies on the First Fridays of August/September.

The Ballston Spa Farmers’ Market is open in Wiswall Park on Thursday and Saturdays, and will follow NYS guidelines for operation.

We are offering our social media platforms to help get the word out about changes and updates to our member businesses and organizations in these current circumstances.  Our social media committee will be monitoring and sharing your posts as much as possible, but please do tag us (Ballston Spa Business & Professional Association) so we don’t miss any.  We suggest business members take advantage of our Ballston Spa BSBPA Member News and Deals Facebook group, which is open to join for you to post your information.  Furthermore, you can email your information to info@ballston.org 

The BSBPA office is open as usual, M-F, 10 am-5 pm. 

We are a Village of Friends, and even as we practice social distancing, we can still support each other.  Stay informed and positive—we are Stronger Together Ballston Spa.

Re-opening Information and Guidelines

Businesses in each region of New York State will re-open in phases. Re-opening refers to non-essential businesses and business activities. Essential businesses and business activities that are open will remain open.  The Capital Region, including Saratoga County, is now in Phase 4.  

All businesses must submit the Business Affirmation form to the State prior to reopening.

IMPORTANT Each re-opening business 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.

Your reopening plan does not need to be submitted to a state agency for approval. You do need to retain a copy of your plan on the premises of the business and it 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.

New 8/3/20 Ballston Spa Central School District Tentative Re-opening Plan.  Please note that this plan is still a work in progress and will be updated as necessary.

7/23/20 Updated Guidance for Restaurants & Bars

NYS Industries Reopening Phase Four

Saratoga County Specific COVID-19 information

COVID-19 Testing Guidelines-who can be tested?

Regional Guidelines for Re-Opening New York

NYS Industries Reopening Phase Three

Outdoor Dining Guidance for Restaurants in Phase Two

NYS Industries Reopening Phase Two

NYS-Industries Reopening-Phase One

CDC Guidelines for Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility 

 

More Resource Links:

Please click here for information and links regarding financial support resources and programs for small businesses and non-profits organizations. 

NYS Department of Health

Village of Ballston Spa COVID-19 Information-Reopening Village Office

NYS Small Business Development Center (SBDC) COVID-19 Guidance for Small Business

 COVID-19 Resources for Non-Profits

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates and Latest Information for Restaurants

Property Owners and Tenants Links and FAQs

Submit COVID-19-Related Business Questions to NYS Here

Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership Resources For Businesses

Phase 2 Saratoga County COVID-19 Business Impact Survey

SCPP also has a direct email for businesses in need of support: Needbizhelp@saratogapartnership.org

SCORE Small Business Mentoring Resource

Capital Region Chamber COVID-19 Information Page

General Information:

Face Mask Usage:

Governor Cuomo has issued an executive order requiring all people in New York to wear a mask or a face covering when out in public and in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained.  Remember that wearing a face covering does not mean you can ignore other precautions. Wash hands often.

The CDC has a helpful resource on its website outlining how to wear a mask and instructions on how to make a homemade mask.

Additionally there are local groups who are sewing masks. 

Saratoga Sews is a volunteer group making homemade masks to distribute for free to our high risk neighbors. Masks will be distributed first to area low and moderate senior residences and those greatest at risk. They can use more volunteers and supplies and support. Contact: abetterbspa@gmail.com

Harmony Designs is a local sewing and alteration business that is also creating and donating masks. They can also use supplies.

Updated  7/23/20-open enrollment extended. Health Insurance Coverage can be a concern for many during this time of layoffs and closings. Adirondack Health Institute (AHI) offers free assistance in navigating the health insurance enrollment process. NY State of Health has opened a special enrollment period for uninsured individuals who need to enroll in a Qualified Health Plan. New York State of Health has extended the Special Open Enrollment Period during which eligible individuals will be able to enroll in insurance coverage to August 15, 2020.   Also, individuals and small businesses that have health insurance through the New York State of Health that are experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19 may defer paying health insurance premiums through 6/1/20.   Pursuant to the new federal law, Families First Coronavirus Response Act, that went into effect on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, all Medicaid coverage in effect on the date the law was enacted will continue during the COVID-19 emergency.   Any cases terminated after March 18, 2020 during the period of the COVID-19 emergency will be reinstated with no gap in coverage.   Additionally, all Medicaid, Child Health Plus and Essential Plan cases that are due for recertification during the COVID-19 emergency period will be automatically renewed for a four month period.   If the state was reimbursing a consumer for their health insurance premiums, the reimbursement will also be extended.    As of  4/9/20, applicants who receive an eligibility determination of “Pending Medicaid” will not be required to submit documentation of income during this time and the application will be processed within a few days after which they can then select a health plan for their managed care provider.    Due dates for providing the required documents for these “Pending Medicaid” cases will not be required for four months.

AHI is handling health insurance enrollment appointments by phone, rather than in-person at this time.   As appointments are made, clients will be made aware that they will receive a phone call from their enrollment specialist who will assist them in completing their health insurance application.  AHI serves those in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties. Call 1.866.872.3740, or visit the EASE webpage to request a free telephone appointment.

Food Pantry Information:

 

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