COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Resources

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Designation by State Department of Health Requires All Employers to Implement Workplace Safety Plans to Help Protect Workers from COVID-19: Law Protects Employees from Retaliation for Making a Complaint About Employer's Failure to Comply with the Law or the Adopted Plan

Governor Kathy Hochul announced that the commissioner of health has designated COVID-19 a highly contagious communicable disease that presents a serious risk of harm to the public health under New York State's HERO Act, which requires all employers to implement workplace safety plans in the event of an airborne infectious disease, helping to prevent workplace infections.

Boost Nassau - Small Business COVID-19 Recovery Loan Program

Nassau County is proud to launch the Boost Nassau Small Business Recovery Loan Program as part of the New York Forward Loan Fund (NYFLF) announced by Governor Cuomo on May 22, 2020 to offer critical stabilization loans to Nassau’s small businesses, MWBEs and non-profits hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Click here to find out more.

Nassau County and Town of Hempstead Unite to Expand Free PPE Program for Local Small Businesses

Nassau County Executive Laura Curran, Town of Hempstead Supervisor Don Clavin and Nassau County Local Economic Assistance Corporation Chairman Richard Kessel announced today that the Town will be contributing an additional $2 million to support the Nassau County Executive’s initiative to provide small businesses and nonprofits with personal protective equipment (PPE) kits free of charge. This initiative by the Town of Hempstead will help make another 4,000 personal protective equipment kits available to local small businesses throughout the Town.

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Resources from Associate Members

We have created a special page on the MACC website that is dedicated to helping Associate Members stay connected! This page allows for members and the industry to stay informed of any news and/or updates from associates members, which can include new products, special promotions, training seminars, webinars and more.

Associate members are encouraged to email any information they would like published to

Be sure to check out our Resources from Associates page at:

MACC Virtual Food Drive

MACC Virtual Food Drive

MACC is proud to announce that we have raised $1,400 for Island Harvest as they help those in need during this pandemic. Thank you to everyone who so graciously donated to our Virtual Food Drive! Below you will find more information Island Harvest's response to COVID-19 and how you can help.

PPP Forgiveness Changes Coming as Senate Passes House Bill

The U.S. Senate passed the House version of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) legislation Wednesday night, tripling the time allotted for small businesses and other PPP loan recipients to spend the funds and still qualify for forgiveness of the loans.

The bill passed in a unanimous voice vote hours after Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson initially blocked it. Among the key provisions is a change in the threshold for the amount of PPP funds required to be spent on payroll costs to qualify for forgiveness to 60% of the loan amount. 

The Senate approval sends the House bill, called the Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act, to President Donald Trump, who is expected to sign it.

The vote had to be unanimous because the Senate is not officially in session. That meant that any senator could force the matter to be delayed until the Senate returned to Washington with enough members for a quorum and a vote.

New York Forward Business Reopening Lookup Tool

This tool will help you determine whether or not your business is eligible to reopen, and the public health and safety standards with which your business must comply. Click here for more information.

Cuomo says New York City on track to begin reopening on June 8

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that New York City is on track to begin to reopen on June 8, a huge milestone for the city that had been the epicenter of the U.S. coronavirus outbreak. Meanwhile, Cuomo said five upstate regions will move ahead with the next phase of reopening. 

"Remember that reopening does mean we are going back to the way things were," Cuomo said. "Life is not about going back, nobody goes back, we go forward. And it's going to be different. It is reopening to a new normal, a safer normal. People will be wearing masks, people will be socially distant."

Click here for full article form CBS News.

Reopening in Phases - Phase One: Construction Guidelines

Phase One: Eligibility for regional reopening determined on May 15th

Phase One: Construction Guidelines

  • Building Equipment Contractors
  • Building Finishing Contractors
  • Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors
  • Highway, Street and Bridge Construction
  • Land Subdivision 
  • Nonresidential Building Construction
  • Residential Building Construction
  • Utility System Construction





"NY Forward Reopening" Plan

Governor Cuomo released a guide to the state's "NY Forward Reopening" Plan, along with the state's regional monitoring dashboard.

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Alert to Help Keep Construction Workers Safe during the Coronavirus Pandemic

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued an alert listing safety tips employers can follow to help protect construction workers from exposure to the coronavirus.

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HVAC Systems Should Be Checked Before Buildings Reopen, Due to COVID-19

The ACHR NEWS asked M. Dennis Knight, P.E., FASHRAE, principal/engineer at Whole Building Systems in Charleston, South Carolina, and member of ASHRAE’s Epidemic Task Force, about how contractors can help commercial building owners make sure their HVAC systems are operating safely and efficiently after COVID-19 restrictions are lifted and occupants start returning to work.

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A Letter to Members

On behalf of everyone at Metropolitan Air Conditioning Contractors of New York (MACC), I hope that you and your family are staying well during these difficult and uncertain times.
We would like you to know that MACC is here for you! MACC strives to be a valuable resource for members and the industry, and our Board of Directors and Staff have been working hard to ensure we continue to be a resource during this pandemic.

COVID-19 in Construction: Crucial Developments & Updates (Construction Business Owner)

April 20, 2020, 5 a.m. CST
Last week, President Donald Trump released a three-step plan to reopen the economy—one that uses a "phased and deliberate approach" to restart work and open companies in areas that have strong, capable COVID-19 testing processes in place and have seen a decrease in the number of new cases.

The Trump administration's plan puts the power to reopen in the hands of state governors, many of whom were already working on plans of their own. Areas with low transmission of the coronavirus would be the first to go back to normal business practices. Click here to continue reading. 

HVAC Contractors Use Technology to Create Social Distancing During COVID-19 Crisis (ACHR News)

“Social distancing” went from a rarely used phrase in the United States to the basis for just about everything people do right now. But how do service providers like HVAC contractors practice social distancing when their work often requires entering people’s homes? How do they protect the safety of their employees and the homeowners? Contractors across the nation have been coming up with creative solutions, often by working with manufacturers and other vendors. Click here to continue reading. 

How to Help Your Employees Cope with the Stress of COVID-19

Construction is a people business built on healthy relationships and partnerships. Human capital risk management holds that employees are the primary asset of companies. Companies that truly care for workers yield a sustainable competitive advantage from building a caring culture.

A crisis is the best time to reinforce these beliefs. It is said that actions speaker louder than words. Winston Churchill said, “Out of intense complexities, intense simplicities emerge.” And so it is with the complexities and uncertainty of COVID-19. The intense simplicity emerging in the COVID-19 crisis is the essential need to maintain regular communication from company leaders promoting the mental well-being of the workforce. Click here to continue reading. 

Guidelines for Opening Up American Again

President Trump has unveiled Guidelines for Opening Up America Again, a three-phased approach based on the advice of public health experts. These steps will help state and local officials when reopening their economies, getting people back to work, and continuing to protect American lives. Click here for the guidelines. 

Comprehensive Guide: HVAC Service Calls During COVID-19

Technicians are in several homes every day. Each home is another opportunity to be exposed to coronavirus, the regular flu, a cold, or whatever happens to be the malady of the household. Since COVID–19 is super contagious, we need to think about what a tech should do to protect himself as well as the homeowner.

Also, these are not suggestions or recommendations unless indicated in the reference. They are thoughts for you to consider. Some of the thoughts may not be possible due to shortages of product. Some you can easily do. Click here to continue reading. 

Notice: PPP Resumes April 27, 2020

The SBA will resume accepting Paycheck Protection Program applications from participating lenders on Monday, April 27, 2020 at 10:30am EDT.

Service Roundtable Webinar: Learn How Our Contractors Thrive in the Era of COVID-19

Learn from residential contractors on how they are not only surviving but thriving during the pandemic. You will hear from eight successful contractors and learn the following:
- What strategies and tactics they were using before the COVID-19 to generate business and grow their companies.
- How our members are achieving success under the current pandemic conditions.
- What their plans are for gaining market share as well as a competitive advantage once the pandemic is over.

Click here to register and for more information.

MACC Virtual Food Drive

MACC Virtual Food Drive

We are hosting a virtual food drive benefiting Island Harvest Food Bank and their mission to help Long Island families in need during the COVID-19 crisis. Our goal is to collect $2,500 worth of food items for our local community! Please help us reach our goal! Donate today:

Governor Cuomo, Governor Murphy, Governor Lamont, Governor Wolf, Governor Carney, Governor Raimondo Announce Multi-State Council to Get People Back to Work and Restore the Economy

Council Will Include One Health Expert, One Economic Development Expert and Respective Chiefs of Staff from Each State. Council Will Develop a Fully Integrated Regional Framework to Gradually Lift the States' Stay at Home Orders While Minimizing the Risk of Increased Spread of the Virus. New Effort Builds on the States' Ongoing Regional Approach to Combating COVID-19. Click here to read more,

Empire State Development (ESD) NY Updates Guidance on Essential Business

All non-essential construction must safely shut down, except emergency construction, (e.g. a project necessary to protect health and safety of the occupants, or to continue a project if it would be unsafe to allow to remain undone, but only to the point that it is safe to suspend work).

How the Coronavirus Pandemic is Affecting Members and the Industry

We would like to hear how the Coronavirus Pandemic is affecting members and their businesses. Members are invited to submit feedback. Click here to complete our survey.

President's Message - Spring 2020 Vol. 1

President's Message - Spring 2020 Vol. 1

We are all in this together.

These are trying times throughout the world. We are now faced with a “new normal”. Our personal and professional lives have dramatically changed. Please remember that we are all in this together! In times of uncertainty, we must remind ourselves that there are brighter days ahead. We are all tougher than we think, and we will come out of this stronger than before. Although we are unable to meet in person, we are still able to stay connected.

Paycheck Protection Program

Starting tomorrow, Friday, April 3, 2020, small businesses and sole proprietors can apply for and receive loans to cover their payroll and certain other expenditures through SBA lenders. Contact your bank to see if they are an approved SBA lender. The application will only be available online. Payroll information will be needed to complete the form.

  1. 2. PPP Fact Sheet
  2. 3. PPP Overview


The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was signed into law by President Trump on March 27, 2020. A provision of the CARES Act allocates approximately $350 billion to help small business in this time of worldwide health and economic crisis. This initiative, known as the Paycheck Protection Program, provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small business via SBA loans. Businesses in need are highly encouraged to take advantage of this program to help in this time of business disruption.