Resources and Opportunities for the North Flatbush Avenue Community

Free at-home COVID-19 testing kits available 
Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order 4 free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests. The tests are completely free. Orders will usually ship in 7-12 days. To order your tests click here.

Along with the test you can order for free, beginning January 15, 2022, individuals with private health insurance coverage or covered by a group health plan who purchase an over-the-counter COVID-19 diagnostic test authorized, cleared, or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will be able to have those test costs covered by their plan or insurance. Insurance companies and health plans are required to cover 8 free over-the-counter at-home tests per covered individual per month.

Supporting NYC Small Business Recovery & Growth SBS just released an exciting new report on small business recovery in NYC. The NYC Small Business Recovery & Growth report is an historic record of not only SBS’s rapid response from the beginning, but the sustained efforts of an unparalleled team at SBS who went above and beyond to adapt to our new reality and to ensure services continued to reach New Yorkers who needed them the most. Read the report here.

New Third-Party Food Delivery Service Laws As of January 24, 2022, Third party delivery apps will require a license to operate in NYC. Restaurants will now have greater protections when they interact with Delivery Apps. But restaurants also have a few new requirements they need to follow; the changes include:

  • Caps on fees that Delivery Apps can charge restaurants
  • Requirement that Delivery Apps list your direct telephone number
  • No unauthorized listings on Delivery Apps without a written agreement
  • Request certain customer data from Delivery Apps unless the customer opts out
  • Bathroom Access for Delivery Workers
    • Starting January 24, 2022, any written agreement you enter into with a Delivery App must contain a provision allowing delivery workers access to your bathroom, with limited exceptions for health and safety reasons.

As an NYC restaurant, the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) wants you to know how these new laws might affect you. For copies of the Laws and Rules, please visit nyc.gov/DeliveryApps. For a summary, read this email.

Electric Bicycles and More — Know the Laws! Not everything is an E-bike — know the laws, including how fast you’re allowed to go and where you’re allowed to ride. Click HERE for a handy graphic!

Illegal Dumping Reward Program It is illegal to dispose of home and/or business garbage in a public trash bin — this includes our Big Bellies and corner bins in our district. If waste is coming from a vehicle, fines for the owner of the vehicle range from $1,500 to $20,000. In instances where the owner and the operator are different, the maximum fine can go up to $40,000. DSNY has a reward program where individuals who report on illegal dumping can earn up to 50% of the amount collected as a reward. Click HERE to read more. Individuals disposing of home and/ or business garbage in public trash bins can also be fined if the waste is NOT coming from a vehicle (this is called “improper disposal,” and is also illegal).