Private businesses across New York are being encouraged to only allow vaccinated-only admission. This includes restaurants, bars, and stores.
Starting Monday, all Publix employees will be required to wear masks, and Walmart employees will be required to wear face coverings if they work in areas with high infection rates. It remains optional for customers.
Earlier this summer, with cases at their lowest and reopenings abounding, it seemed that New York City was coming back. But now uncertainty over virus strains has caused some employers to press pause.
The Justice Department says individuals must be informed of their "option to accept or refuse administration" of an emergency use vaccine like the coronavirus shot. But that doesn't prohibit employers from mandating vaccinations as a condition of employment.
Disgraced chef Mario Batali, his business partner and their New York City restaurant company have agreed to pay $600,000 to resolve a four-year investigation by the state attorney general's office into allegations that Batali, restaurant managers and other workers sexually harassed employees.
Residents and visitors to Great Neck said they welcome the splash of color that artwork brings to empty storefronts.
Store owners in the Bronx say illegal street vendors are taking over entire streets and it's cutting into their bottom line.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we're starting to see pop-up shops appearing year-round to fill empty storefronts.
New Jersey has set aside $4 million in its recently enacted budget for long-needed repairs to the Wildwood boardwalk, one of the Jersey Shore's main attractions.
After Memorial Day weekend was a washout, the Fourth of July holiday weekend got off to a wet start, too. However, businesses along the Jersey Shore didn't seem to be too worried.
With 70% of adults in New York having at least one dose of the COVID vaccine, Gov. Andrew Cuomo lifted all state-mandated restrictions "effective immediately."
Businesses can choose to continue health and safety precautions. And that could lead to confusion and conflicts.
In December, lawmakers in Washington finally passed a $16.1 billion relief package called the Shuttered Venue Operator Grant program, and help was on the way for theater owners across the country. Until it stalled.
Over 14,000 businesses have applied for a Shuttered Venue Operators Grant, but only 90 have been awarded one.
Critics claim unemployment benefits are keeping people out of the restaurant workforce. But workers and labor organizers say that the reality is more complex, and that food service workers haven't been paid a living wage.
The Town of Islip leases areas of the Great South Bay to oyster and clam farmers. The program is expanding.
Many products and services have launched subscriptions. Businesses love the recurring revenue and consumers love the convenience. But how many subscriptions do we really have and need?
"$5 FEE ADDED TO ORDERS PLACED WHILE WEARING A FACE MASK," a sign posted in the window of the café reads. In the fine print below the sign says that any customer "caught bragging" will also have to pay the penalty.
New York City is way behind in recovering from the pandemic compared to the rest of the country.
Last year, an out-of-work Broadway performer realized that she could make decent cash by selling stuff that New Yorkers tossed to the curb. And with so many residents fleeing the city, she found a lot of inventory.