Congratulations and Thank You to Member of the Week

Member Business Leaders of Colors, led by Gladys Brangman, has worked to promote and support local entrepreneurs and business owners of color by connecting her network to important resources in our community. Recently, BLOC has partnered with the Tompkins Chamber & City of Ithaca to host, curate, and share a list of black-owned businesses for community members wishing to support them. Thank you Gladys Brangman for all you do!
Area Colleges Announce Plans for Student Return
All plans supported by local government & health officials; plans must be approved by NYS to be implemented

The Chamber commends our local higher education partners for their thoughtful, comprehensive planning efforts, and their extensive inclusion of and collaboration with campus stakeholder groups, local government officials, the business community, our healthcare system, and public health officials as they considered the community health and economic impacts of students returning.
From President Pollack:
"Residential instruction for the Ithaca campus fall semester will begin on Wednesday, September 2. Detailed instructions and other information regarding New Student Orientation and move-in days will be provided over the coming weeks. Move-in will take place over an extended period, to allow for virus screening and initial quarantine of all students. In order to mitigate the risks of students leaving Ithaca and then returning from many different places, students will return to their permanent residences for Thanksgiving break (the last day of on-campus classes will be Tuesday, November 24) and finish the semester with just a few weeks of classes and final exams online. On-campus accommodations will be available to those students who request and receive waivers to remain in student housing. The final day of the fall term will be on Monday, December 21."
From President Collado:
"We vowed to be nimble, iterative, and metrics-based in our decision-making as we respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, and this updated ’20-21 academic calendar reflects that commitment. We want to offer our sincere appreciation to Associate Provost Jeane Copenhaver-Johnson, who has been spearheading this massive effort, and the hundreds of faculty, staff, students, and parents who have provided feedback on this critical work and contributed constructively to carving out a path forward in a time of crisis....

On Tuesday, September 8, the college will begin dual instruction and a staggered return to campus for our students, with our original date of Monday, October 5, being the day by which all of our students will be on campus for in-person instruction. "
From President Montague:
"Tompkins Cortland Community College will begin Fall 2020 semester classes on Monday, August 31. The College will offer both in-person and online classes, as well as some courses that will combine both in-person and online meetings. The commitment to offer a robust schedule of classes to give students maximum flexibility comes as the College has worked with Cayuga Health System on a plan to provide surveillance testing of students and staff. In preparing for the reopening, the College has also worked closely with the Tompkins County Health Department, the SUNY Administration, and other higher education institutions in the region."
NYS & Local Updates

On Wednesday, July 1, Governor Cuomo expanded the testing criteria to include all New Yorkers statewide.

NYS has made changes to some industry guidelines for earlier phases. We suggest checking your guidelines frequently, and making adjustments to operations if new procedures are recommended. If your business or organization is operating with employees or customers on site - regardless of location, or whether you're open to the public - you should have submitted an Affirmation to NYS and be following your industry guidelines.

Consider your obligations as a business and employer regarding essential work travel, but also how you will address quarantine requirements and Covid-19 sick time for employees who have traveled to these states for non-essential reasons.

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