COVID-19 Overview

Reopening Guidelines

Useful Links

Please read in combination with the documents listed at the top of the right hand column.

PKF O’Connor Davies COVID-19 Resource Center
Current information from an accounting firm.

Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program FAQ
The most current version of the SBA’s ever-lengthening PPP FAQ

Diocesan Paycheck Protection Program FAQ
A PPP FAQ prepared by the chancellor of the diocese, Alice Yurke, Esq.

PPP Loan Forgiveness Links

PPP Loan Forgiveness Application
The official application form for PPP loan forgiveness.

PPP Loan Forgiveness Application Overview (by PKF O’Connor Davies)
An overview of the PPP loan forgiveness application by an accounting firm.

PPP Loan Forgiveness Application In-Depth Analysis (by PKF O’Connor Davies)
An in-depth analysis of the PPP loan forgiveness application by an accounting firm.

PPP Loan Forgiveness Application Guide (by Withum)
A guide to the PPP loan forgiveness application by an accounting firm.

PPP Loan Forgiveness Application Guide (Forbes)
A guide to the PPP loan forgiveness application from Forbes.

PPP Flexibility Act Summary (Forbes)

Please note: These links are provided as a service to our congregations. Where they lead to the websites of professional firms or publications, they do not indicate or imply the diocese’s endorsement in any way of the content to which they lead, or of the individuals or organizations that prepared them.

Have your church's outreach ministries changed
as a result of the coronavirus pandemic?

If So, Please Update or Add Your Church's Outreach Ministry Information on
the Episcopal Asset Map.

In times like these, the excellent Episcopal Asset Map provides invaluable information about the ministries and services that Episcopal churches such as yours offer to those in need.
But that information is only useful if it is accurate - and in many cases, the facts about your parish's ministries may have temporarily changed.
  • Are you open or closed?
  • If open, what are the hours of service?
  • What has changed (Takeout only, drive-through only, etc.)?
  • If you aren't open, where could someone get help?
  • How can you be reached? Add a contact person with an email address and/or a phone number that will be regularly monitored.

Latest Updates

Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act Extends Time for Using Funds from 8 to 24 Weeks; Reduces % of Funds That Must Be Used for Payroll; Extends Loan Repayment Period

June 6, 2020
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On June 5, the President signed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act. This legislation makes some important positive changes to the Paycheck Protection Program: It extends the time period to use PPP loan funds and still qualify for loan forgiveness from 8 to 24 weeks. It reduces the amount of PPP loan funds that must […]

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Bishop Issues Guidance on Re-Opening

May 25, 2020
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Bishop Dietsche’s letter to the clergy, lay leaders and people of the Episcopal Diocese of New York laying out plans, requirements and recommendations for the resumption of public worship beginning on July 1. Includes PDF link for downloading.

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PPP Loan requests that resulted in loans of less than $2 million will be deemed to have been certified by the applicant in good faith

May 13, 2020
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In a May 13 update of its PPP FAQ (see FAQ 46), the SBA said that all recipients of PPP Loans of less than $2 million will be deemed by the SBA to “have made the required certification concerning the necessity of the loan request in good faith.”

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Suspension of Public Worship Extended to July 1

May 1, 2020
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Bishop Dietsche announced May 1 that the suspension of public worship in response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been extended to July 1. This decision was reached by the bishops of New York in consultation and coordination with the bishops of the Diocese of Long Island.

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Diocesan Emergency Grants ~ Committee Members, Further Details

April 23, 2020
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More details on the Diocesan Emergency Grants Program, including the total amount and how it will be distributed, plus the names of the newly appointed members of the Emgergency Grants Committee.

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File Downloads

Public Worship and Meetings Suspended Until July 1

Public worship and all diocesan meetings and events until July 1 are suspended, canceled, postponed or, in some cases, possibly moved to an online platform.

Bishops Staff Working from Home Until July 1

The Bishop’s staff is working from home until July 1. They are responding to emails and regularly checking voicemails.

Please click here for contact information.

No Virtual Communion

On March 27, Bishop Dietsche wrote as follows: “…a number of questions have come to me positing alternative ways in which the consecrated host might still reach the members of your congregation. Communion by mail. Drive-by communion. While well meant, these and like ideas are not possible. They fall too far outside the practices set forth in the Episcopal Church for the eucharist, and I think may also have the unintended effect of trivializing the sacrament. And they will necessarily fail in their purpose. The more we try to make things feel normal, the more isolated and lonelier we are likely to feel.

"The question has also been asked, by many, about the possibility of Virtual Communion, by which a priest might celebrate the eucharist remotely, while people at home gather before their computer screens with bread and wine. I have given this a lot of thought. I have had good well-articulated cases made to me for these services, and I am not 100% certain that this could not be done within some reasonable stretching of the canons and the rubrics of the Book of Common Prayer. However, I am not at this time going to allow these services of virtual communion. The celebration of the Holy Eucharist presupposes the coming together of the people of God, and the receiving of the sacrament together; eating from the one loaf, drinking from the one cup. We sing “let us break bread together on our knees,” and the key word in that verse is “together.” We have many ways to pray within our tradition, and practices within and without our prayer book which may be done by an individual person alone. But holy communion requires the gathering of the people. "