Dutchess Business Notification Network Update for Monday, April 6, 2020

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Below are updates and resources for businesses, employers, and employees. Please feel free to forward this email to anyone you believe would benefit from this information.

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IMPORTANT: Urgent Need for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Sanitizing Supplies

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Update for Monday, April 6, 2020:

  • Dutchess Tourism is launching #TakeoutTuesday tomorrow to help promote local restaurants. To see the list of restaurants who are offering either curbside or delivery, click HERE.
  • In Governor Cuomo's press conference today (Monday), the governor announced the NY PAUSE measures will remain in place until at least April 29, 2020. This applies to both businesses and schools remaining closed. The fine for failure to social distance will also increase from $500 to $1,000.
  • The SBA has launched a new website page that is available for lenders, borrowers, and even has a search function to find local lenders participating in the Paycheck Protection Program. The page can be found HERE.
  • Faith based organizations are also allowed to participate in the PPP and EIDL. To see a FAQ guide specifically for faith based organizations, click HERE.
  • The state is still in need of PPE, and is asking any business who is willing to sell PPE to the state email COVID19supplies@exec.ny.gov.
  • The Department of Labor has released a temporary rule for paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. "This exception for small businesses is only an exception from the obligation to provide paid leave to an employee who requests leave due to school or childcare closures." The rule can be found HERE.
  • Empire State Development has released a FAQ page on their site for businesses dealing with regulations and guidance regarding COVID-19. The FAQ page can be found 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.

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