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Snow Alert for Sun, 1/31, beginning at 7PM

Based on current forecasts, the NYC Department of Sanitation expects snowfall beginning Sunday evening, 1/31, and continuing to Tuesday morning, 2/2. Total accumulations in the forecast of up to 18 inches are possible at this time.

NYC DOT is requiring partners to temporarily halt the execution of Open Streets and Open Streets: Restaurants temporary street closures. Partners must secure all barricades, signage, and other furniture and materials associated with Open Streets and Open Streets: Restaurants by removing them from the street while this alert is in effect. Alert will be in effect beginning today Sunday, 1/31 at 7PM. DOT will notify partners by email when Open Streets operations may resume. 

Open Restaurants roadway dining is SUSPENDED all day Monday, 2/1.

Guidance for Open Restaurants: While the Sanitation Department has trained to remove snow on streets with Open Restaurant structures, restaurateurs must also take steps to protect their patrons, staff and property:
  • Use snow sticks to increase visibility.
  • Regularly remove snow and ice from sidewalks; clear a path to the crosswalk, if applicable.
  • Do not to block fire hydrants.
  • It is illegal to push snow into the street. Snow may be placed at the curb line, against the building, or on private property.

NYC Emergency Management has issued a Hazardous Travel Advisory for Monday 2/1 and Tuesday 2/2. Significant snow totals are expected with sustained winds of 20 mph- 30 mph, with gusts up to 45 mph. The combination of heavy snow and gusty winds could cause blizzard like conditions. Temperatures below freezing are expected on Monday and Tuesday, which will result in the potential for continued dangerous road conditions after the snow has ended.

New Yorkers are advised to work remotely and refrain from unnecessary travel. If travel is necessary, use mass transit where possible, exercise caution when driving, walking, or biking, and allow for additional travel time as roads may be slippery and visibility may be low.

Reminder: Alternate Side Parking is suspended 2/1 and 2/2. Meters remain in effect. 

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NYC Restaurant Week to Go
NYC Restaurant Week To Go offers amazing meals at home for $20.21. Available for takeout or delivery during lunch or dinner, it's the warmest way to dine this winter—and give thanks to the restaurants who keep serving through it all. Order your To Go lunch/dinner at any of the below participating Chinatown restaurants:
Shuttered Venue Operators (SVO) Grant
The Shuttered Venue Operators (SVO) Grant program was established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, signed into law on December 27, 2020. The program includes $15 billion in grants to shuttered venues, to be administered by the SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance.
Eligible applicants may qualify for SVO Grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. $2 billion is reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees.

Eligible entities include:
  • Live venue operators or promoters
  • Theatrical producers
  • Live performing arts organization operators
  • Relevant museum operators, zoos and aquariums who meet specific criteria
  • Motion picture theater operators
  • Talent representatives, and
  • Each business entity owned by an eligible entity that also meets the eligibility requirements
Other requirements of note:
  • Must have been in operation as of February 29, 2020
  • Venue or promoter must not have received a PPP loan on or after December 27, 2020
Southern Smoke Foundation
Emergency Relief Fund
Do you need emergency financial assistance and work in the food and beverage industry? Southern Smoke Foundation (SSF) is a crisis relief organisation for people in the food and beverage industry. Welcome to Chinatown has partnered with SSF to provide Chinese translation services for applicants who need assistance in completing their application.

To qualify, you must have worked in the food and beverage industry for a minimum of 6 months and an average of 30 hours per week minimum. Every applicant must show proof of employment with paycheck stubs and/or W2s available. SSF requires this and exceptions will not be made. 

Examples of need include utility bills, medical bills, a car accident, family support assistance, and mental health needs. Currently, only providing Chinese translation services for applicants who have worked in NYC Chinatown.

您是否需要或身邊有親友需要緊急經濟援助,並在食品和飲料行業工作?Southern Smoke Foundation(SSF)是一個為食品和飲料行業從業人士提供危機救助的組織。 現在,Welcome to Chinatown已與SSF展開合作,為需要協助完成申請的申請人提供免費翻譯服務。


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