Mar 26, 2020 | News Story

COVID-19 Pandemic Resources

(Updated 3/29/20) The Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to have significant effects not only on the health of New Yorkers but on the economy as a whole. With businesses forced to close, workers in all industries are facing unprecedented economic uncertainty.

At the City, State, and Federal levels, policymakers have moved to address some of the most pressing initial concerns:  

  • The U.S. Senate has passed a $2 trillion economic stimulus bill aimed at stabilizing the economy in the midst of the ongoing Coronavirus crisis, with the House expected to approve it and send it to the President for his signature. Read more here.
  • The NYS Legislature has passed legislation guaranteeing job protection and pay for New Yorkers who have been quarantined as a result of novel coronavirus.
  • Governor Cuomo signed the "New York State on PAUSE" executive order, a 10-point policy that includes a new directive that all non-essential businesses statewide must close in-office personnel functions effective at 8PM on Sunday, March 22, and temporarily bans all non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason. Find guidance on what is considered an "essential" service here. Any worker who is being instructed by a non-essential employer to work anywhere outside the home can file a complaint-- click here to learn more and begin the process.
  • The NYS Department of Financial Services has issued a new directive to New York State mortgage servicers to provide 90-day mortgage relief to mortgage borrowers impacted by the virus.
  • The NYS Department of Labor has waived the 7-day waiting period for applying for Unemployment Insurance benefits.
  • New York State has suspended eviction proceedings indefinitely throughout the state.
  • The Chief Administrative Judge of New York State issued a memo on Sunday, March 15, effective 5pm on Monday March 16, which states: “All eviction proceedings and pending eviction orders shall be suspended statewide until further notice." - FAQ in Eng & Esp.
  • New York City has a broad Paid Sick Leave Law. Find answers to frequently asked questions here, and more information including which employees are covered and how much time you are entitled to here.
  • Congress passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, an economic stimulus plan aimed at addressing the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on Americans and introducing paid sick leave and an expanded family and medical leave act to the nation’s employers. Read more here.
  • As of March 27, grocery, food, and pharmacy workers in addition to healthcare workers are now eligible to enroll their children in the NYC Regional Enrichment Center Programs for free. Click here to register.
  • Click here for more COVID-10 Labor Related Press.

While this remains an incredibly complex and challenging situation, the Central Labor Council and our staff remain committed to assisting as we move forward together. The CLC is fully operational, with most of the staff working remotely. Please reach out if there is anything the CLC can do to assist you or your members at this time.



Click here for ways to help including how to donate supplies, contribute to Relief Funds, volunteer, register community spaces, and donate blood.



AFL-CIO COVID-19 Resources

NYS AFL-CIO COVID-19 Resources: including important information on relief benefits available to workers under both state and federal laws, and links to NYS agency guidance.



NYC Department of Health

NYC Department of Education

Paid Safe & Sick Leave FAQs

NYC Shared Spaces Survey



NYS Department of Health

Emergency COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave

ESD Guidance on Essential Businesses

If you are a worker who is being instructed by a non-essential employer to work anywhere outside the home, file a complaint here.




Occupational Safety & Health Administration



World Health Organization



Does your workplace need training to protect against COVID-19?

NYCOSH is available to conduct virtual trainings for unions, workers' centers, community organizations, employers, and workplaces throughout New York State to educate and inform on best practices. The trainings will also be a space for workers to strategize on how to improve preparedness in their facilities and to keep New York's workforce safe.

Contact us today at to schedule your free training today.


Hardship Funds

The Nail Salon Worker Resilience Fund

Musicians’ Emergency Relief Fund

Labor Delivers: Emergency Home Meal Delivery


COVID-19 Emergency Supply Sourcing & Manufacturing

NYC EDC is seeking businesses with the ability to source and/or make products to support the City’s COVID-19 response work.

Support can include: 

Sourcing or production of medical supplies and equipment (e.g., masks, gowns, face shields, ventilators, and other products as needed)
Production or distribution of food
Sharing connections to people willing and able to work on response efforts

Click here to complete the form below for each category of support you can offer!



NYC Service leads the Volunteer Coordination Taskforce (VCTF), a partnership with NYC Emergency Management, New York Cares and other partners to centralize and coordinate volunteer efforts during emergencies. The VCTF is working to assess a safe volunteer response to those most affected by COVID-19. If you are interested in learning about available opportunities to volunteer, complete the New York Cares COVID-19 relief efforts form to share your information and hear more about opportunities to serve as they arise.


Share Your Space

Registering community spaces is another way you can help support communities during this time. You also can direct others in your community to register their spaces as well. To register your space, visit the Share Your Space Survey online.


Blood Donations

Because many private blood drives have been cancelled, there is a critical need for blood. To donate, call 800-933-2566 or go to


Covid 19 Tracking

Johns Hopkins CoronaVirus Tracker


This page will be updated as often as possible. Please share any resources workers might need and we are open to try to help answer any questions at