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Supporting Local Business – Information & Assistance

Supporting local businesses and organizations has been paramount through the pandemic. At the outset in early March, County Executive Molinaro mobilized an economic Rapid Response Team, a coalition of local business community partners, and the Dutchess Business Notification Network was established, providing critical information and resources, including guidance about essential and non-essential designations.

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Information on Health & Safety Plans

Dutchess County, as part of the Mid-Hudson Region, is in Phase Four effective July 7th.

*Low-risk indoor and outdoor arts and entertainment (indoor museums, historical sites, aquariums, etc.) are allowed in Phase 4, as is media and film production, and the state has provided guidance on in-person higher education. The state has not provided guidance on when shopping malls, gyms, and theaters may open.

All eligible businesses who have remained open as “essential” or plan to reopen must have a COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan to protect employees and consumers, make the physical work space safer and implement processes that lower risk of infection in the business. 

  1. Visit the NY Forward website.
  2. Click on the appropriate Phase guidance link on that page and find your industry.
  3. Click on “View Summary Guidelines” for your industry.
  4. Click on “Read and Affirm the Detailed Guidelines” for your industry and, after reviewing the guidance, complete the State’s Business Affirmation Form and click submit. 
  5. Click on “Print Business Safety Plan Template” for your industry, and then print and fill out the template, and keep on file at your place of business.
  6. Implement your Safety Plan. 


  • Plans must be retained on the premises of the business and must be made available to the New York State Department of Health (DOH) or local health or safety authorities in the event of an inspection.
  • Businesses must review and submit affirmation they will adhere to the guidelines outlined in the NY Forward plan. Summary guidelines, safety plan templates and affirmation statement and submission directions are available, by industry, on the NY Forward website.

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