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We are asking each organization to have one individual fill out our newest survey. Your answers will not be shared individually, but the survey results will be shared with our local elected officials as they look to how they can support the business community with new legislation or regulations, and will give us an update on the status of Dutchess County employers. You can find the survey HERE .
Update for Friday, May 29, 2020
  • In today’s (Friday) press conference Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the first 5 regions who reopened into Phase 1 can now move into Phase 2. To be clear, WE ARE NOT IN PHASE 2 YET.

  • The governor said hair salons and barber shops can reopen in Phase 2, but it can only be by appointment. Barbers and hair dressers are required to get a COVID-19 test at least once every 2 weeks.

  • The state has released guidance on businesses allowed to reopen in Phase 2. This guidance has been released to allow businesses to prepare for when our region is approved to enter Phase 2. You can find the guidance HERE. You can also find the Executive Order authorizing Phase 2 businesses to reopen HERE.

  • It is important to note that industries that must remain closed in Phase 2 include, but not limited to; malls, on-premises restaurant or bar service, event venues, gyms, casinos, movie theaters, and places of public amusement. To determine if your business is allowed to reopen yet, use the lookup tool HERE.

  • Governor Cuomo signed the Executive Order allowing businesses to mandate face coverings to enter their business. That order also extends New York On PAUSE until June 27, with the exceptions of where Phase 1 or further phases are currently being implemented. That order can be found HERE.

  • Statewide guidance has been released on how horse racing can be conducted. That guidance can be found HERE.

  • OSHA has released guidance on how to socially distance in the workplace. That guidance can be found HERE. Other useful guidance documents from OSHA can be found HERE.

  • The Northeast Center for Advancement of Food Safety at the University of Vermont announced an upcoming webinar hosted by Farm Commons titled "Liability for Transmission of COVID-19 to Customers of Farm & Food Businesses." To register for this webinar, click HERE.
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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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