Dutchess County Business Updates For May 19, 2020


Tomorrow at 8AM: The Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce invites members and non-members to attend a presentation given by City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison on Zoom. The mayor will discuss the impact of the COVID crisis on the city and his vision for moving forward. There will be opportunity to ask questions. Thank you to Rondout Savings Bank for sponsoring. Register HERE.

Friday, May 22, at 10:30AM: The Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce will host a Business Town Hall with Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro, with the latest information from the County about re-opening businesses. Questions will be taken via Zoom and Facebook Live, as well as the County's Town Hall phone line. Thank you to M&T Bank, Marshall and Sterling Insurance, and Nuvance Health for sponsoring this event. Register HERE.

·Horse and car racing tracks will be allowed to reopen without fans beginning June 1. The state will give out additional guidance in the coming week.

·Additionally, Governor Cuomo has stated his support of reopening of major league sports but without fans. He has not yet commented on the status of minor league sports, including the Hudson Valley Renegades.

·The New York State Senate will reconvene for session starting next Tuesday. They will be focusing on COVID-19 related issues, including housing regulations, but have not released an agenda yet. Any legislation impacting the business community will be shared as it is made available.

·An updated FAQ document concerning the reopening of industries through NY FORWARD has been released by the state. It can be found HERE.

·In today’s (Tuesday) press conference Governor Andrew Cuomo said the state would begin a pilot program to allow visitations to hospitals. No hospital in Dutchess County is included in this pilot but if it is successful, the pilot program will be expanded throughout the state.

·The governor said once the downstate regions begin to reopen, the MTA will have policies in place to have the capacity to provide safe commuting services.

·Sector specific reopening requirements have been posted by the state, including:

1.Be in a designated industry and approved region.

2.Adopt a written reopening plan consistent with state guidance and standards – including applicable Executive Orders. Written plans must be maintained and posted on site, but do not need to be submitted to the state.

3.Fully implement its reopening plan, including required employee outreach and training.

4.Affirm to the state that the employer has read and understands its obligation to operate in accordance with state guidance.

Stay current. Consult the NY Forward website on a periodic basis or whenever notified of the availability of new guidance. That site can be found HERE.

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