COVID-19 Resources For Food, Beverage, and Agriculture Businesses

As we process the ever-changing information and implications of COVID-19, the Center of Excellence remains committed to providing updated tools and resources to help food and beverage entrepreneurs and companies and agriculture-related businesses navigate today’s uncertain economic climate while preparing for future growth and development.

We will continue to provide updates as new information and resources become available and encourage you to contact us directly should you have specific questions or require additional support.

New York State COVID-19 Health Information

Financial Resources

NYS Department of Labor

Empire State Development

  • Empire State Development: “Novel Coronavirus FAQ for Businesses”: Empire State Development (ESD) has created this FAQ to offer information to businesses regarding State regulations and general guidance related to the coronavirus.

NYS Department of Taxation and Finance

Business Operations Resources


Employer/Employee Resources

  • EEOC Guidance on “What You Should Know About the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and COVID-19”: The EEOC enforces workplace anti-discrimination laws including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act, including the requirement for reasonable accommodation and rules about medical examinations and inquiries. The ADA and Rehabilitation Act rules continue to apply, but they do not interfere with or prevent employers from following the guidelines and suggestions made by the CDC or state/local public health authorities about steps employers should take regarding COVID-19. Employers should remember that guidance from public health authorities is likely to change as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves. Therefore, employers should continue to follow the most current information on maintaining workplace safety.
  • Helpful Recruitment Marketing Resources: Talent acquisition departments across all industries are having to adjust. Here are some resources to help companies shift to virtual interviews and hiring events or ramp up hiring in sectors such as healthcare or the gig economy.
  • OSHA Guidance on Preparing the Workplaces for Coronavirus
  • U.S. Department of Labor Resources: Includes guidance on workplace safety, wages, hours, leave, and unemployment insurance. The U.S. Department of Labor has released a FAQ page on “COVID-19 or Other Public Health Emergencies and the Fair Labor Act.”
  • FuzeHub Quick Start Guide to Remote Work: Many companies are looking to manage their operations remotely for the time being. In many countries and in some parts of the United States, non-essential personal are required to stay home in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. Employees and managers can find effective ways to work from home in this guide. 

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