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Webinar Alert
Wednesday, June 10 at 1:00PM: Have a Facebook Page/Instagram Profile, but you’re wondering… now what? Chat with Dutchess Tourism Director of Communications Whitney Bowers and Arts Mid-Hudson Marketing & Development Coordinator Melissa Dvozenja-Thomas about the best ways to schedule, create, and analyze your posts to enhance your social media presence. RSVP  HERE .
Update for Monday, June 8, 2020
  • In today's (Monday) press conference, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the deadline for small businesses to file a property tax abatement is being extended by 90 days.

  • A new Executive Order has been signed that allows places of worship to reopen in Phase 2 at a 25% capacity basis, with social distancing precautions in place. Guidance on how to clean and disinfect houses of worship can be found HERE. The Executive Order can be found HERE.

  • The Executive Order also permits commercial building owners, retail store owners, and those authorized on their behalf to manage public places within their buildings and businesses, to require individuals to undergo temperature checks prior to being allowed admittance. Operators can deny admittance to any individual who refuses to undergo such temperatures check, or any individual whose temperature is above that proscribed by New York State Department of Health Guidelines.

  • REMINDER: As our region prepares to enter Phase 2 tomorrow, remember you must both affirm the state guidelines and create a safety plan. Both of those necessary documents can be found HERE.

  • Legislation has been signed by the governor that bans price gouging for personal protective equipment for the remainder of the COVID-19 pandemic. You can report cases of price gouging HERE.

  • The governor signed a new Executive Order that allows summer schools to operate in the state. The Executive Order can be found HERE.

  • Dutchess businesses are encouraged to #ThinkLocalFirst by showing off their #ShopDutchess Open For Business badge HERE. While you're there, be sure to watch the video created by Think Dutchess on why it is important to support fellow Dutchess County businesses.

  • ARE YOU AN EMPLOYER THAT HAS REMAINED AN ESSENTIAL BUSINESS OR ARE YOU PREPARING TO REOPEN YOUR BUSINESS OR NON-PROFIT? THESE ARE IMPORTANT STEPS YOU MUST TAKE:
  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) 338-9601
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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