The Yorktown Small Business Association has been working with the Town of Yorktown as part of the Reboot Yorktown Task Force. We are working together with the Yorktown Chamber of Commerce as well as other task force members to strategize on safely reopening our town businesses when it is permitted to do so.
For more information on the state's phased reopening plan, visit forward.ny.gov.
A few of the new initiatives designed to help local businesses and protect public health include:
- Expediting the permit process and eliminating fees that allow restaurants to expand or begin outdoor dining.
- Expediting approvals and eliminating fees for retail businesses to have sidewalk sales.
- The installation of Plexiglass barriers in Town Hall offices that serve the public.
The updated guidelines do not just apply to restaurants or retail. If you have a business and would like to operate outdoors, please contact the town supervisor or building department for further assistance.
For more information, please refer to the news article on the Town website: https://www.yorktownny.org/yorktown-announces-reopening-strategy
Bob is quoted in the article and said the new initiatives are about reassuring the public. “What we’ve discovered is that lots of businesses are going want to be able to show that they have a safe place for their customers,” said Giordano of the new sidewalk measures. “If that means me getting my hair cut outside…under this veranda. If that gets me to come rather than being fearful of going inside, that’s great. It’s great for the barbershop, for the nail salons and every small business in town.”
You can also watch the recent press conference announcing the task force: https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=1590982044389394
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to contact us.
REBOOT YORKTOWN OUTDOOR PERMIT FAQ'S
Who is the prime contact (first point of contact in the town)? Town Supervisor or Building Department
Where are the applications? Building Department
Are all businesses regardless of the zone qualified? No, only commercial zones (C1, C2, C2R, C3, C4)
What is the process? Rough sketch showing outdoor dining or sidewalk sale location followed by a site inspection by the Building Department.
How long will it take? We estimate the process to take one week and we have eliminated the associated fees.
What are the qualifications (All Zones, Just C1, C2?) All commercial zones.
CAN YOU PROVIDE PRODUCTS OR SERVICES USEFUL FOR BUSINESSES AS THEY PREPARE TO REOPEN?
The Westchester County Office of Economic Development is gathering a list of local companies that can provide products or services useful for businesses as they prepare to reopen.
· Masks, gloves and other PPE
· Hand sanitizer and wipes
· Workspace redesign services
· Cleaning services
· Website updates, maintenance, redesign, including adding e-commerce and/or takeout and delivery services
· Marketing (e.g., email, social media, traditional, etc.)
· Adding contactless payment systems
· Updating your HR policies regarding telecommuting and remote work
We do not guarantee that all businesses submitted will be included and inclusion of a particular business is not considered to be an endorsement by the Office of Economic Development. The list will be edited and updated as needed.