Update for Thursday, May 28, 2020
  • In today’s (Thursday) press conference Governor Andrew Cuomo announced he would sign an Executive Order later today to allow private businesses to deny entry to stores and places of business to anyone who doesn’t wear a mask or face covering.
  • The governor said that the rules posted on the state website for industry guidance to reopen is for the entire state. He clarified that there would not be different guidelines for urban and rural areas.

  • The governor did not make any comments on any region moving into Phase 2 tomorrow, which would be two weeks from when the first regions entered Phase 1. This does not mean they will not still qualify and begin entering Phase 2 tomorrow, but that has not been confirmed by the governor.

  • Additional information has been released on the New York Forward Loan Fund. A FAQ document can be read HERE. A PowerPoint on the program can be found HERE.
  • The pre-application period for the New York Forward Loan Fund has begun. You do not apply directly with lenders like federal loan programs, but complete a pre-application process. That can be found HERE.
  • The U.S. House has passed a bill that would expand the covered period to use funds from 8 weeks to 24 weeks. Additionally, the threshold of how much of the loan must be used for payroll expenses would drop from 75% to 60%. The bill will now be sent to the Senate for possible amendments and passage. We will update you on the progress of this legislation.

  • Reminder: updated essential business guidance has been posted by the state and can be found HERE.
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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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