- As of Tuesday, March 17th at 2 PM, there are 814 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New York City, and 157 of those confirmed cases are in Brooklyn, with seven confirmed fatalities citywide.
- Rideshares and car pools have been BANNED by executive order. With the exception of families, there can only be one passenger per vehicle.
- Alternate Side Parking (ASP) will be suspended from Wednesday, March 18th through March 24th.
- Parents and guardians of students with disabilities should send any questions to @" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" shape="rect">@.
- The City will be opening an initial 100 centers to provide for the care and instruction of City workers’ children.
- All NYC Parks recreation and nature centers are closed to the public until further notice.
- The Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office will stop prosecuting low-level offenses “that do not jeopardize public safety.”
- The US Treasury has announced that Americans have until July 15th to file their 2019 returns for up to $1 million in income.
- Restaurants, bars, and cafés will only serve food in the form of take-out and delivery. Nightclubs, movie theaters, small theater houses, concert venues, and gyms are closed.
- Non-essential businesses are urged to close by 8:00 PM, excluding groceries, gas stations, medical facilities, and pharmacies.
- A halt on all public gatherings of 50 or more persons is in effect.
- Interest payments on federal students loans have been suspended.
- All New York City public schools are closed until at least Monday, April 20th, with remote learning beginning Monday, March 23rd. School sites are open for grab-and-go meals this week, beginning at 7:30 AM.
- Sussman Education is offering FREE distance learning programs if you do not have access to their paid services: Study Island, Study Island for Home, and EdOption Academy.
- Edmentum Online Learning has a number of FREE services that support remote learning.
- As teachers and administrators prepare for remote learning, Teq has offered their professional development platform for FREE; educators can sign up for this service on their website.
- All Brooklyn Public Library branches are closed until Tuesday, March 31st.
- All senior centers are closed except for grab-and-go meal pickup.
- All hospitals will be ordered to cancel their elective surgeries.
- A statewide eviction moratorium is currently in effect, including residential and commercial properties as well as foreclosures, according to the Office of Court Administration.
- All in-person visits to City jails have been suspended.
- Utilities have been ordered to not shut off service for gas, water, or electricity.
- If you see price gouging, report it to 1 (800) 697-1220, fill out the complaint form on the New York State Attorney General’s website, or email @.
- Brooklyn Community Boards 1, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 16, and 18 have all postponed/cancelled their meetings.
- Visit the New York City Department of Small Business Services for information on relief available for businesses with fewer than 100 employees.
- If you are feeling sick, please wait three to four (3-4) days before contacting a doctor. Use telemedicine services BEFORE going to the doctor’s office, urgent care, or the ER. Thanks to our advocacy and Governor Cuomo’s leadership, co-pays for telemedicine consultations have been eliminated due to COVID-19. For urgent care telemedicine, utilize NewYork-Presbyterian, Mount Sinai, or NYU Langone. For mental health telemedicine, reach out to Columbia Doctors. For diabetes telemedicine, reach out to NYC Health + Hospitals. If you know of other NYC services, email @" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" shape="rect">@
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