The following is a summary of major COVID 19 developments.  This page will include new regulations from New York State and the Federal Government. It also includes tool kits and information to address the economic consequences of COVID-19.  It will be updated on a regular basis.

Reopen NY Guidelines
FCC Regulations & Programs
NYS Laws & Regulations
Health Related COVID-19 Websites
NAB COVID-19 Tool Kit
Tax Relief
Marketplace - Coping with the Economics
SBA Loans
Paid Sick & Family Leave

Broadcasters are Essential Services

Federal Government

Federal law (42 U.S.C. § 5189 e) includes radio or television broadcasting within the definition of an “essential service provider.”  The statue states further that a federal agency, “to the greatest extent practicable,” shall not deny or impede access to the disaster site to an essential service provider.  The statute can be found HERE.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Center for Cyber Security and issued two letters for broadcasters:

  • Letter regarding access to broadcast facilities click HERE.
  • Letter regarding access to fuel  click HERE.  

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (CISA) just issued new guidance on the “essential critical infrastructure workforce.”  The new guidelines explicitly include radio and TV.

“Workers who support radio, television, and media service, including, but not limited to front line news reporters, studio, and technicians for newsgathering and reporting”

The new guidelines can be found HERE.

State Government

Governor Cuomo’s latest Executive Order (March 20, 2020) requires 100% closure of non-essential businesses statewide, effective 8pm Sunday March 22nd.  This follows previous executive orders seeking to reduce work density.  The Executive Order can be found HERE

We have been advised in writing that all radio and television stations are an essential service and fall within the scope of the “news media” exception.  

We have prepared a NYSBA COVID-19 Travel authorization form which may be down loaded HERE

In addition to this form, station personnel should carry some form of ID indicating that they work at a broadcast station.  In addition they may want to carry the U.S. Department of Homeland Security letters. (see above) 

If you have any questions issues contact David Donovan at ddonovan@nysbroadcasters.org