Hudson Valley Nearly Ready for Phase 1, and other updates for May 22, 2020

·In today’s (Friday) press conference Governor Andrew Cuomo said he expects the Mid-Hudson Region to begin Phase 1 reopening next week. This is contingent on the death rate continuing to decline and having enough contact tracers.

·Governor Cuomo announced that in anticipation of the reopening, construction businesses may now begin staging for the beginning of Phase 1. This does not allow for any construction work to begin, but materials and equipment may be staged on job sites.

·The governor also announced the state would begin a loan program for small-businesses and nonprofits with less than 20 full time equivalent employees. Small landlords who have seen a loss of rental income also qualify for the program. This program would provide a low interest loan to be paid off over 5 years. As more information about this program is released, we will include it in this email.

·Pre-application for these funds will be opened on May 26. For more information on the program, click HERE.

·Childcare providers for essential workers are being encouraged to keep an eye out for the pediatric inflammatory disease related to COVID-19. The state has put out information on what to look for and it can be found HERE.

·To view a recording of today's Virtual Business Town Hall with County Executive Marcus Molinaro, please click HERE.

·Reminder: On www.DutchessBNN.comyou can find all of our previous emails, find links to federal, state, and local resources, and find the forms necessary to reopen or receive aid. Additionally, all of the requirements and necessary paperwork to reopen can be found there. We encourage you to check out the website to find all of this useful information, and check it regularly as it is updated daily.

Complimentary webinar panel discussion: “We can safely reopen our businesses and our panelists will tell you why and how.” Wednesday at 5PM in conjunction with the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce’s May Business After Hours at Millbrook Vineyards and Winery, virtually on Zoom. There will be opportunity to network and ask questions of panelists David Bova from Millbrook Vineyards and Winery, Gaye Mallet from Adams Fairacre Farms, Michael Turturro from RBT, CPAs and David Wise from Mackey Butts & Wise. Sponsors: Adams Fairacre Farms, Mackey Butts & Wise, and RBT, CPAs. You can register HERE.

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