Reopening Nassau

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Re-Opening Nassau 
What Businesses Need to Know


Nassau County Restaurant Recovery Grant Program

  • On November 18, 2020, County Executive Laura Curran established the Restaurant Recovery Grant Program (RRGP) to assist full-service restaurants with a grant award of either $5,000 or $10,000, depending on their number of full-time employees. 
  • Building on the success of the program, the County Executive announced on March 31, 2021 that the eligibility criteria for the RRGP has been expanded to include banquet halls with catering staff – including meeting halls run by charitable and religious organizations – which operate under food service permit by the Nassau County Department of Health.
  • Further details on the program are available on
    • Click the link above to view the list of eligible businesses APPROVED to receive grant funding. 

Boost Nassau Small Business Loan Program

    • NY Forward “Boost Nassau” loan fund is a business recovery loan program aimed at supporting Nassau County’s small businesses, Minority/Women-owned Business Enterprises (MWBE) and nonprofits struggling during the COVID-19 outbreak. The “Boost Nassau” program ensures that $10 million will be available for businesses located in Nassau County by leveraging funding from the State’s NY Forward Loan Fund.
    • The “Boost Nassau” loan program makes funding available to For-Profit and Not-For-Profit Employers, with 50 or fewer full-time equivalent (FTE) employees, that did not receive a PPP greater than $500,000 or EIDL greater than $150,000 for COVID-19 impacts.
    • Further details on the program, eligibility, and how to apply are available on, and here.
  • On January 27, 2021, County Executive Laura Curran invited small businesses and nonprofits to attend a free webinar to learn more about the low-interest loans offered by the “Boost Nassau” loan program. Watch here.

Open Streets Pilot Program - Making it Easier for Businesses to Utilize Street Space

  • With Nassau County’s new Open Streets Pilot Program, we are making it easier for Villages, Towns and Cities to temporarily close County roads to vehicles to allow businesses to utilize sidewalk and/or street space fronting their business to increase their capacity while maintaining social distancing. This will help address reduced indoor capacity requirements under the NY Forward reopening plan, which limits the number of customers indoors and may impact revenue. 
  • Continuing the County’s efforts to support the revival of our downtowns and business districts, the County will be fast tracking permitting approvals for temporary road closures, with a decision within a week of receiving an application. 
  • To apply, visit:


Per Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 202.68, areas of New York State may be required to comply with enhanced public health restrictions based on identified clusters of positive COVID-19 cases. The safety protocols and restrictions for the “Cluster Action Initiative” are issued by NY State as outlined below.

Cluster Zones per NY State

The New York State Department of Health identifies whether an area is a “Cluster Zone” according to cluster-based cases of COVID-19 at a level that compromises the State’s containment of the virus.

Activities will be restricted according to three (3) zone designations intended to control further spread of the virus: