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New for Monday, March 16, 2020
  • Effective 8PM tonight movie theaters, gyms, casinos, and theaters will be required to close.

  • Bars and restaurants may only be open for delivery or take-out services.

  • The State Liquor Authority will issue temporary rules allowing takeout of “any goods served on premises,” Cuomo said. The rule would be announced by 5 p.m. today.

  • NYS is waiving the 7-Day waiting period for Unemployment Insurance benefits for people who are out of work due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) closures or quarantines.

  • The State will organize the National Guard, building unions, and private developers to identify sites to retrofit existing buildings and convert them to medical facilities with the goal of creating an additional 9,000 beds.

Centers For Disease Control

On March 15, the CDC put out official guidance regarding mass gatherings of people. It included the recommendation that all events of 50+ people be postponed for at least 8 weeks. For those who organize events for those considered "at-risk", it is recommended the gatherings be no more than 10 people.
United States Small Business Administration

The SBA offers disaster assistance in the form of low-interest loans to businesses, renters, and homeowners located in regions affected by declared disasters.
New York State Government

Effective 8PM today in New York State: Crowd capacity reduced to 50; restaurants/bars will be takeout/delivery only; gyms, movie theaters, and casinos are closed.
New York State Economic Development

Included here from New York State are FAQs for businesses, FAQs for tourism industry, interim guidance on large gatherings and public spaces.
New York State Department of Labor

New York State has decided to waive the 7-Day waiting period for Unemployment Insurance benefits for people who are out of work due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) closures or quarantines. Any UI applications must reference employer name and corresponding FEIN Employer Number. Click the link above to see how to file a claim.
Dutchess County Government

Dutchess County government continues to work round-the-clock with all of its resources. Our Emergency Operations Center (EOC) continues to compile needs and resources.
Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce

The Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce has created a special poster encouraging everyone to Think Local First. There are also posters that explain actions you can take to help protect your business, customers, and employees. You can download these posters to print and share on their homepage.
Washington Post Article On "Flatten The Curve"

This article explains how to "flatten the curve," which is essential to manage the COVID-19 pandemic. By taking steps today, we can ensure it is safer for everyone tomorrow.
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