June 16, 2020 8:30 am

Good morning:  As the Phase 3 reopening progresses in the Southern Tier, the health metrics continue to trend in the right direction.  As a result, the state has eased restrictions on the number of individuals that can gather.  Beginning today, groups of up to 25 people will be allowed, which is an increase from the previous limit of 10.


In addition, the state is allowing low-risk youth sports to begin on July 6th for regions in Phase 3 of reopening.  Sports to resume include baseball, softball, gymnastics, field hockey, cross country, and crew with up to two spectators allowed per child.


While the restrictions are easing, individuals are reminded that they should be diligent in their efforts to continue practicing social distancing and other recommended health and safety measures to protect themselves and the public from the spread of the virus.


Finally, the Small Business Administration announced yesterday it will begin accepting new Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance applications on June 15 to qualified small businesses and U.S. agricultural businesses.


The expanded eligibility will now allow agricultural businesses to qualify as a result of the latest round of funds appropriated by Congress in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Agricultural businesses include those engaged in the production of food and fiber, ranching, and raising of livestock, aquaculture, and all other farming and agricultural related industries (as defined by section 18(b) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 647(b)).
  • SBA is encouraging all eligible agricultural businesses with 500 or fewer employees wishing to apply to begin preparing their business financial information needed for their application.


More information on the EIDL program can be found at  https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/economic-injury-disaster-loan-emergency-advance.