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Posted on: June 21, 2020

Dutchess County Prepares for Phase 3

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Dutchess County is actively preparing to enter Phase 3 of New York Forward on Tuesday, June 23rd.

  • Social Gatherings – Gatherings of up to 25 people will be permitted beginning in Phase 3.
  • Department of Motor Vehicles – Dutchess County Clerk Brad Kendall has officially opened the DMV in Poughkeepsie by appointment only. This is the only DMV office currently open in Dutchess County. More information can be found on the County’s website HERE (link).
  • Phase 3 Guidance – Guidance for the food industry and personal care service can be found HERE (link).
  • New Pool Guidance – The total number of pool users must be based on the number of individuals and groups that can remain socially distant. Please see guidance HERE (PDF).

Business Community Update

Businesses are encouraged to visit DutchessBNN.com (link) to sign up for daily emails and access important information and resources.

  • Governor Cuomo has reiterated that if restaurants and bars do not follow the social distancing regulations, their liquor license can be revoked. He also called on local officials to fully enforce the social distancing regulations after complaints of both individuals and businesses ignoring the regulations were made to the state.
  • A new interim final rule for forgiveness has been published on the PPP as well. That rule can be found HERE (PDF).
  • The Small Business Administration today released a three-page “EZ” Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness application requiring less documentation and fewer calculations than previously required. Form 3508EZ applies to borrowers who meet any one of these three criteria:
    • Applied for the PPP loan as self-employed, an independent contractor or a sole proprietor with no employees.
    • Did not reduce salary or wages for any employee by more than 25% and did not reduce the number or hours of their employees (excepting laid-off employees who refused an offer to return).
    • Did not reduce salary or wages for any employee by more than 25% during the covered period and experienced reductions in business activity as a result of health directives related to COVID-19.
  • Form 3508EZ can be found HERE (PDF), and an instructions sheet on how to complete the form can be found HERE (PDF).
  • A webinar will be held on June 24 at 5PM to discuss the changes to the Paycheck Protection Program by the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce. There will also be a networking portion during this webinar. For more information or to register for the event click HERE (link).

Visitation for Various Facilities

Hospitals and group homes will be allowed to have visitors enter their facilities. The facilities must still follow social distancing guidelines, and it is up to the discretion of the facility to determine if visitations will be allowed. The facilities must notify the state they intended to allow visitors prior to allowing visitations. OPWDD group home visitation will be allowed beginning this Friday, June 19th.

Governor Cuomo also clarified that nursing homes are not included in the group home decision. The state is currently studying data from the hospital pilot program, and a determination on what restrictions can be eased on nursing homes will be made at a later date.

Recreational Sports

Following the call from county leaders across New York State to allow low-risk youth sports to resume, the Governor acquiesced, lifting his prohibition, including adult recreational leagues. Teams may resume practice in regions during Phase 3 — the Mid-Hudson region, including Dutchess County, is on track to begin Phase 3 on June 23rd — and competitions can begin July 6th. Guidance can be found HERE.

4th of July Celebrations

In partnership with the Hudson Valley Renegades, Silo Ridge Field Club, the Dutchess County Fairgrounds and iHeartMedia of the Hudson Valley, the county will host “Dutchess County Goes Renegade,” three free, socially distant fireworks displays around the County, open to all residents on Saturday, July 4th. More information will follow.

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