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New for Tuesday, March 17, 2020
  • Beginning Thursday, March 19th, all Stop & Shop stores will open earlier in order to service only customers who are age 60 and over from 6:00a.m.-7:30a.m. daily.

  • In today's 11:30AM press briefing, Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin announced individuals who owe up to $1 million, and corporations who owe up to $10 million, will be able to defer their income-tax payment up to 90 days.

  • County Executive Molinaro announces Dutchess businesses are now eligible to apply for disaster relief loans. Read the full release HERE

  • SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza: “Small businesses, private non-profit organizations of any size, small agricultural cooperatives and small aquaculture enterprises that have been financially impacted as a direct result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) since Jan. 31, 2020, may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses which could have been met had the disaster not occurred.” ***This only applies to Dutchess, Putnam, and Westchester counties***

  • Ethan Allen Workforce Solutions has created a summary of the proposed legislation in Congress called the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. This is still only proposed legislation, so it may change as it goes through the legislative process. It can be found on our website at

  • The Business Council of New York will hold a webinar on Friday, March 20, 2020. The webinar will include hygiene efforts, employee communication, travel restrictions, working from home, “social distancing,” ADA/FMLA/PFL compliance, potential NEW sick leave mandates from the state and/or federal government, and more. Register HERE.

Resources With Links
Centers For Disease Control
United States Small Business Administration
Disaster Loan Application:
New York State Government
New York State Economic Development
New York State Department of Labor
Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce

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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