Webinar Alert
Tomorrow at 12:00PM: Dutchess Tourism will host the Dutchess Tourism Awards of Distinction Free WATCH PARTY and celebrate local tourism businesses that represent industry excellence! They’ll be recognizing the finalists and announcing this year’s winners on YouTube Premiere. Register HERE .

June 24 at 5PM: A webinar will be held to discuss the changes to the Paycheck Protection Program by the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce. There will also be a networking portion during this webinar. For more information or to register for the event click HERE .
Update for Monday, June 15, 2020
  • The state has released interim guidance for special education services during COVID-19. That guidance can be found HERE.

  • In today's (Monday) press conference, Governor Andrew Cuomo said that beginning in Phase 3, gatherings of up to 25 individuals will be allowed.

  • Governor Cuomo also reiterated that if restaurants and bars do not follow the social distancing regulations, their liquor license can be revoked. He also called on local officials to fully enforce the social distancing regulations after complaints of both individuals and businesses ignoring the regulations were made to the state.

  • Dutchess County Clerk Brad Kendall has officially opened the DMV in Poughkeepsie by appointment only. This is the only DMV office currently open in Dutchess County. More information can be found on the County's website HERE.

  • The Office of Workers' Compensation Programs, Division of Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation will host a webinar with DEEOIC Director Rachel Pond and Deputy Director Doug Pennington. They will discuss a number of recent actions and initiatives. You can register for the webinar HERE.

  • The state has announced that low-risk youth sports can resume beginning July 6th, as long as the region is in Phase 3 of reopening. Our region is expected to be in Phase 3 by that time, but we are currently in Phase 2. The guidance on what classifies as a “low-risk youth sport” has not been issued as of 6/15.

  1. Go to the NY Forward website HERE
  2. Click on “Phase Two Guidance.”
  3. Select your industry by scrolling down on the left side navigation bar.
  4. Click on and read “View Summary Guidelines” for your industry.
  5. Click on and read “Read and Affirm the Detailed Guidelines” for your industry, and then click the link at the bottom of the page or HERE to complete the form and hit submit.
  6. Click on “Print Business Safety Plan Template” for your industry, and then print and fill out the template, and keep on file at your place of business.
  7. Implement the Safety Plan. 
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If you have any questions regarding the information in this notification or any other business related concerns and suggestions, please email Contact@DutchessBNN.com. Please do NOT contact elected officials regarding information in this email as they are currently inundated with handling the government response to this crisis. This network was created to help coordinate responses and share the burden, and we ask that you please contact us with any questions or concerns so our elected officials can focus on their task at hand. Thank you for your continued support through this time.
Resources With Links
United States Small Business Administration
EIDL For Agriculture Application: https://covid19relief.sba.gov/#/
Federal Representatives
Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney: (845) 561-1259
Congressman Antonio Delgado: (845) 443-2930
Centers For Disease Control

Novel Coronavirus Hotline (24/7): 1-888-364-3065
New York State Government

NY Forward Reopening Information: https://forward.ny.gov/
State Representatives
Senator Pete Harckham: (914) 241-4600
Senator Sue Serino: (845) 229-0106
Assembly Member Didi Barrett: (845) 454-1703
Assembly Member Kevin Cahill: (845) 338-9610
Assembly Member Jonathan Jacobson: (845) 562-0888
Assembly Member Kieran Lalor: (845) 221-2202
New York State Department of Labor
Dutchess County Government

Dutchess County Mental Health Hotline (24/7): (877) 485-9700
Dutchess Tourism
For updates on major attractions, lodging, and restaurants (including a list of restaurants and farms open for takeout, curbside & delivery) click  here , for important information and updates (including a resource guide for County tourism-related businesses) click  here .
Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce
Business News Portal: https://www.dcrcoc.org/news
Think Dutchess Alliance For Business
Dutchess County Workforce Investment Board
Dutchess Business Notification Network
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