Update for Wednesday, October 21, 2020
  • A series of webinars on the PPP Forgiveness Application for Borrowers and Lenders will be hosted by the New York District Office of SBDC: 

BORROWERS of PPP should attend: 
Thurs. Oct. 29th at 10am – Register: HERE

LENDERS of PPP should attend:
Tue. Oct. 27th at 9am – Register: HERE

Thurs. Oct. 29th at 4pm – Register: HERE

  • A new Gubernatorial Executive Order extends the moratorium on evicting or foreclosing on a commercial tenant through January 1, 2021. The E.O. can be found HERE.

  • The Governor's new Cluster Action Initiative creates three levels indicating the severity of a COVID-19 hot spot. If an area qualifies as a hot spot, additional restrictions are administered and fines increased – up to $15,000 for any individual who encourages, promotes, or organizes non-essential gatherings in excess of 50 people. Use the tool HERE to check your area. Currently, Dutchess County doesn’t have any designated hot spots under this initiative.

  • On October 23, movie theaters can reopen at 25% capacity, or up to 50 people maximum depending on which is lower. This does not apply to counties with an infection rate above 2% over a 14-day average, or counties with red cluster zones.

  • New York now mandates all private sector employers to offer paid sick leave. Sick time will start accruing effective September 30, 2020, with benefits available as of January 1, 2021. The state's Labor Department released guidance HERE, and a FAQ HERE

  • REMINDER: Businesses are required to provide two hours of paid time-off to vote. An FAQ on this employer mandate can be found HERE.

  • What states are currently on the automatic quarantine list? As of October 21, there are 38 states and two territories impacted. Although they are not listed Connecticut, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania are also on the list, but it was deemed impossible to enforce the quarantine along New York's border. You can always find an updated list HERE. They are the following:
  • Alaska 
  • Alabama 
  • Arkansas 
  • Arizona 
  • Colorado 
  • Delaware 
  • Florida 
  • Georgia 
  • Guam 
  • Iowa 
  • Idaho 
  • Illinois 
  • Indiana 
  • Kansas 
  • Kentucky 
  • Louisiana 
  • Maryland 
  • Michigan 
  • Minnesota 
  • Missouri 
  • Mississippi 
  • Montana 
  • North Carolina 
  • North Dakota 
  • Nebraska 
  • New Mexico 
  • Nevada 
  • Ohio 
  • Oklahoma 
  • Puerto Rico 
  • Rhode Island 
  • South Carolina 
  • South Dakota 
  • Tennessee 
  • Texas 
  • Utah 
  • Virginia 
  • Wisconsin 
  • West Virginia 
  • Wyoming

To view our website and see previous emails, important documents, and other resources available, click HERE.
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
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) 338-9610
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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