Town of Canandaigua COVID-19 Update - May 8, 2020
Today's Update Includes:
- A message from the Town Manager
- Food Distribution Locations and Dates
- Paycheck Protection Funds Still Available
- Lake Friendly Lawn Care Webinar
- Links to helpful resources/info for individuals and businesses
Town Manager's Message
Reopening the Finger Lakes and the Town of Canandaigua
May 15th is just around the corner, the date which has widely been touted by Governor Cuomo and officials as a possible date for un-Pausing New York. Earlier this week, the Governor outlined plans for a phased approach to reopen the State on a regional basis in four different phases, waiting two weeks in between each phase to make sure that the overall conditions are not getting worse as we start to reopen the Finger Lakes.
While we have to wait to see exactly what will happen on May 15, 2020, we believe the Finger Lakes Region as a whole is in pretty good shape, although everything is subject to change. Based on a predicted opening of the Finger Lakes Region on May 15, we can project the following best-case scenario dates relative to the Town of Canandaigua:
- May 15, 2020 – UnPause NY begins with Phase 1 for construction and assembly line workers (note: not office). The Town of Canandaigua transfer station will begin to return to normal operations allowing residents to self-unload their waste and recycling while also providing an option for those who need assistance with a reduced staffing assistance lane;
- Approximately June 1st (if all goes well and the numbers continue to decline) – Phase 2 begins with the opening of offices including Town Hall, on a limited basis, with reduced staffing and increased sanitization plans including the required use of face-coverings, hand sanitization, disinfecting, and social distancing;
- Approximately June 15th (if all goes well and the numbers continue to decline) – Phase 3 begins with the opening of hotels, accommodations, etc., including the possible availability of reservations for cabins at Onanda Park for families again with required increased hand sanitization, disinfecting, and proper social distancing;
- Approximately July 1st (if all goes well and the numbers continue to decline) – Phase 4 begins with the opening of recreation related activities including the opening of the Town Parks, and hopefully the Town’s beaches (although this has yet to be determined).
Our normal lives have been significantly changed by this situation, and the old normal operations will likely seem very different for a long time. While the dates and timeline identified above is encouraging, those dates and timelines are the best case scenario as we know it at this time and are all subject to change based on many different factors.
The month of May typically has us thinking about the upcoming summer, Memorial Day weekend, and our plans for vacations and spending time outside with friends and family. While this year is likely to be much different, I want to take a moment to extend best wishes from my family to yours.
Doug Finch, Town Manager
Food Distribution Dates and Locations
Please note that advanced registration is required. Also, delivery is available to those who cannot pick up their own meals. Spanish Language Food Distribution Flyer
Paycheck Protection Funds Still Available
From the Small Business Administration:
Round Two still has over $100 Billion for Borrowers in Need
NEW YORK, NY – Billions of dollars in potentially forgivable Payroll Protection Program (PPP) capital remains available to small businesses and nonprofits to help provide eight weeks of payroll and certain overhead to keep workers employed. PPP, created out by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, is responsible for infusing billions of dollars of capital into small businesses nationwide and saving jobs.
SBA forgives the portion of Paycheck Protection loan proceeds used to cover the first eight weeks of payroll costs, rent, utilities, and mortgage interest. Loan payments may be deferred for one year, and is retroactive from February 15, 2020, so employers can rehire their recently laid-off employees through June 30, 2020.
Approved Lenders can be found using the SBA Lender Locater at www.sba.gov/ppp.
Loan forgiveness is based on the borrower maintaining or quickly rehiring employees while maintaining salaries and hours. PPP loans have a maturity of 2 years and an interest rate of 1%. A copy of the PPP borrower application form with all information the federal government requires a small business to provide can be found at: https://www.sba.gov/document/sba-form-2483-paycheck-protection-program-borrower-application-form.
For detailed information on SBA programs for the coronavirus, please visit www.sba.gov/coronavirus and for information on all federal programs, visit www.usa.gov/coronavirus or www.gobierno.usa.gov/coronavirus (en Español).
Town of Canandaigua Contacts and Links
- Email and Facebook is the best way to contact the Town at this point.
- Town website: www.townofcanandaigua.org
- Staff directory for emails: http://townofcanandaigua.org/directory.asp
- Facebook page: www.facebook.com/townofcanandaigua/
- Email for general inquiries: email@example.com
- Town Hall phone: 585-394-1120 (some employees can access voicemail remotely)
Town COVID-19 Resources
Visit the Town's COVID-19 page on the Town’s website for links to local, regional, state, and national information. If you haven’t visited this page yet, we encourage you to do so and check back often as updates are added regularly.
Also scroll below to see other community links that you may find useful.
Community-Wide COVID-19 Information and Updates
- Ontario County Public Health:
- Page on the county's website dedicated to COVID-19.
- Interactive map showing geographical and numerical statistics of COVID-19 cases in Ontario County.
- New York State Department of Health: https://health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/
- Centers for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
- Canandaigua City School District: https://www.canandaiguaschools.org/district/coronavirus-info
- City of Canandaigua: https://www.canandaiguanewyork.gov
- Canandaigua Area Chamber of Commerce: http://www.canandaiguachamber.com/resources-covid-19
- Canandaigua LDC: CanandaiguaMeansBusiness.com has resources to help business owners during these uncertain times. Are you a business owner? Take their survey to help them understand what you need right now and how they can help you.
- Be cautious of news obtained through social media unless it is from a trusted source
Where Can I See Local and State Televised News Related to COVID-19 Online?
Ontario County Public Health Facebook Page (links to previously recorded videos)
Finger Lakes Television Daily Briefings
Governor Cuomo's Daily Briefings available on the Governor's YouTube channel
Want email updates from New York State on Coronavirus? Sign up for more frequent updates here
Restaurants Offering Curbside/Take-Out Services
Still want to enjoy food from area restaurants? We have you covered. Our local tourism friends have created a page on (https://www.visitfingerlakes.com/flxtakeout/) that lists those restaurants in Ontario County that have indicated they are open for takeout, delivery or curbside service. It will be updated as needed.