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Update for Friday, May 29, 2020

  • We are asking each organization to have one individual fill out our newest survey. Your answers will not be shared individually, but the survey results will be shared with our local elected officials as they look to how they can support the business community with new legislation or regulations, and will give us an update on the status of Dutchess County employers. You can find the survey HERE.
  • In today‚Äôs (Friday) press conference Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the state has released guidance on businesses allowed to reopen in Phase 2. Please note: Dutchess County and the Mid-Hudson Region are NOT yet approved to enter phase 2. This guidance has been released to allow businesses to prepare for when our region is approved to enter Phase 2. You can find the guidance HERE. You can also find the Executive Order authorizing Phase 2 businesses to reopen HERE.
  • The Governor also announced hair salons and barber shops can reopen in Phase 2, but it can only be by appointment. Barbers and hair dressers are required to get a COVID-19 test at least once every 2 weeks.
  • To determine if your business is allowed to reopen yet, use the lookup tool HERE. It is important to note industries that must remain closed in Phase 2 include, but are not limited to:
    • Malls
    • On-premises restaurant or bar service
    • Event venues
    • Gyms
    • Casinos
    • Movie theaters, and
    • Places of public amusement
  • Governor Cuomo signed the Executive Order allowing businesses to mandate face coverings to enter their business. That order also extends New York On PAUSE until June 27, with the exceptions of where Phase 1 or further phases are currently being implemented. That order can be found HERE.
  • Statewide guidance has been released on how horse racing can be conducted. That guidance can be found HERE.
  • OSHA has released guidance on how to socially distance in the workplace. That guidance can be found HERE. Other useful guidance documents from OSHA can be found HERE.
  • The Northeast Center for Advancement of Food Safety at the University of Vermont announced an upcoming webinar hosted by Farm Commons titled “Liability for Transmission of COVID-19 to Customers of Farm & Food Businesses.” To register for this webinar, 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.