Friday June 12, 2020
Hello Chamber Members and Partners,

Here are the latest updates and resources for businesses and employees during this uncertain time.

Send us any questions or updates you may have, we are here to help provide information, connect the dots and assure those in the North Country that we will get through this together.

Onward and Be Well!
NORTH COUNTRY REGION BEGINS PHASE 3 TODAY!
The North Country Chamber of Commerce is welcoming the announcement that Phase Three of the business re-opening process can begin in the North Country region.
 
Phase Three businesses are reminded that their re-opening must:
  • Follow state guidelines, found here
  • Affirming on-line to the guidelines for their sector
  • Creating and having available a COVID-19 safety plan for their operation

Business Categories in Phase 3 include:
  • Food Services
  • Personal Care
 
Personal Services include:
  • Tattoo & Piercing Facilities
  • Appearance Enhancement Practitioners
  • Massage Therapy
  • Spas
  • Tanning
  • Cosmetology
  • Nail Specialty
  • Waxing
  
Templates and instructions for all industries can be found at  forward.ny.gov .
Updated Guidance for Chiropractic Services, Acupuncture, Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy
Updates have been made to the ESD essential business guidance regarding healthcare and recreation.

Essential business activity now includes:
Chiropractic Services
Acupuncture
Physical Therapy
Occupational Therapy

Full guidance is available here .
Public & Private Pools Guidance From NYSDOH
NYSDOH has provided this interim guidance for the public and private owners and operators of pools and recreational aquatic spray grounds.

Including but not limited to:
  • Cities, villages, towns
  • Campgrounds
  • Children’s camps
  • Day cares
  • Hotels
  • Assisted living facilities
  • Schools
  • Colleges & Universities
  • Mobile home parks
  • Homeowners’ associations
  • Apartment complexes

This guidance does not apply to private homeowner’s pools. For owners and operators that also provide other activities on premise (e.g. food service, retail, etc.), they must consult and adhere to guidance set forth on the New York Forward website as it applies to their operations.
Yard Sales & Garage Sales Permitted
Garage and yard sales – as informal events for the sale of used goods by private individuals in residential settings – are permitted to operate so long as sellers ensure that: 
  • Occupancy of the space used for the sale is limited to the number of people who can be safely and appropriate spaced such that each person is at least six feet away from others and, in no case, should the space be occupied by more than 10 people at any given time
  • Appropriate face coverings must be used by people in areas or situations where they are likely to come within six feet of another individual
  • Adequate hand hygiene supplies (e.g. hand sanitizer) and regular cleaning/disinfection protocols are in place. Sellers may consult the New York Forward safety plan template for additional precautions that they should consider implementing during such sales.

The Clinton County Department of Health is urging people to please use caution and to do the most you can to protect yourselves while operating yard sales.
CLINTON COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS DRIVE-IN THEATER TO KICK OFF WITH SHOWINGS OF ‘GREASE’ JUNE 13 AND 14
The Clinton County Fairgrounds will debut its new drive-in movie theater with evening showings of “Grease” on Saturday, June 13 and Sunday, June 14.

Gates will open at 7:30 p.m., and the film will begin at approximately 9 p.m., on both evenings. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children. A rate of $20 per carload will also be offered. 
U.S. Department of Labor Issues Frequently Asked Questions and Answers About Face Coverings, Surgical Masks and Respirators in the Workplace
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published a series of  frequently asked questions and answers  regarding the use of masks in the workplace.

“As our economy reopens for business, millions of Americans will be wearing masks in their workplace for the first time,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety and Health Loren Sweatt. “OSHA is ready to help workers and employers understand how to properly use masks so they can stay safe and healthy in the workplace.”

The new guidance outlines the differences between cloth face coverings, surgical masks and respirators. It further reminds employers not to use surgical masks or cloth face coverings when respirators are needed. In addition, the guidance notes the need for social distancing measures, even when workers are wearing cloth face coverings, and recommends following the  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance on washing face coverings .

For further information and resources about the coronavirus disease, please visit OSHA’s  coronavirus webpage .
Q&A
Member Spotlight: The Strand Center for the Arts
The Strand Center for the Arts, now has their Virtual Gallery live on their website. Currently, they are featuring 4 local talented artists that have amazing work for show and sale!
 
If you have any questions or if you would like to participate in the Gallery please contact their Gallery Director, David Monette.
To help the North Country reopen safely and meet the state and local mandates, T he North Country Chamber of Commerce has created a comprehensive list of resources to navigate state and local requirements. Check out the home page for details. There is also a series of webinars available for businesses to help educate and provide answers to common questions.
QUICK LINKS:
  • Looking for Supplies: If your business is looking for hard to find protective products, we have created a list of businesses offering hand sanitizer, gloves, wipes, masks and other items.





  • Now Hiring: Whether you are hiring or looking for work, we have a page dedicated to helping pair potential employees with employers.


  • Webinars: Did you miss one of our webinars, you can find them all here.

  • How to Help: If you are looking for a way to help the North Country, we have created an ever growing list of needs in our community. And if you are a non-profit, health care organization or a business helping those in need, email us with your needs, contact information and we will be happy to add you to our growing list.

  • SCORE: Visit Scores Coronavirus page for webinars and useful articles for small businesses.
Have Questions? We're here to help!

North Country Chamber of Commerce
518.563.1000