Webinar:  " Employment Issues Relating to NY Forward"
Guidance will be discussed by Jaclyn Goldberg and Lance Klein of Keane & Beane, who will also take questions.
Host:  Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce 
Date:  June 30, 2020 at 12PM
Sponsor:  KeyBank
Register:   HERE
Update for Friday, June 26, 2020
  • Updated guidance has been released by the state clarifying that because our region is in Phase 3, barber shops and hair salons no longer need to test their employees every 14 days. However, if there is a spike in cases and we are rolled back to Phase 2, that requirement can be reimposed.

  • Additional Phase 4 guidance has been released. Businesses permitted to reopen in Phase 4 include higher education, low-risk outdoor arts and entertainment, low-risk indoor arts and entertainment, and media production. The list of what is considered part of those business categories has been expanded. We are on target to reach this Phase on or about July 7. Phase 4 guidance can be found HERE.

You must follow these steps to be prepared to reopen:
  1. Go to the NY Forward website HERE
  2. Click on “Phase Three 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. 

  • Two clusters of COVID-19 cases have been found in upstate New York, leading to the state to take action in those two areas. This is the type of action businesses can expect if they do not remain vigilant and a hot-spot is created. You can read about the actions taken HERE.

  • Reminder: Dutchess Tourism is interested in learning the opinions of potential visitors and residents of Dutchess County. Please share your thoughts to help guide the organization as they plan for the economic recovery phase and re-opening of our community. Participate in the Visitor or Resident Sentiment Survey – each take less than 5 minutes – and you'll be entered to win an Adams Fairacre Farms gift card, worth $100! Surveys Close July 2!
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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 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
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:
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:
Think Dutchess Alliance For Business
Dutchess County Workforce Investment Board
Dutchess Business Notification Network
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