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Covid-19 Updates & Resources
BUSINESS ADVISORY GROUP:
March 30, 2020–Governor DeWine also announced today that he will develop a business advisory group to convene over the phone to:
- Ensure businesses are doing everything they can to keep their employees safe;
- Provide recommendations (to the greatest extent possible) to mitigate the negative impact the COVID-19 crisis is having on our economy in Ohio;
- Provide recommendations on building a platform for economic recovery.
More details on this group will be released in the near future.
March 25-2020– To better understand the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and how it impacts you and your members, we encourage you to review our summary of the final bill which breaks down the final stimulus package and provides analysis for the business community. Links to the final bill text are included in the summary.
Financial Resources for Small Businesses
The CARES Act has approved $350 billion in emergency loans for small businesses to help them keep workers employed. In fact, if small businesses maintain or later restore their payrolls, they may not have to repay some—or possibly any—of the loan. We encourage you and your members to utilize the U.S. Chamber’s UPDATED – Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist (Paycheck Protection Program) to help answer common questions and navigate the process.
Additionally, the U.S. Department of Treasury issued additional guidance Tuesday regarding the Paycheck Protection Program. Links to the resources provided by Treasury can be found below, or on their webpage.
A top-line overview of the program can be found here.
If you’re a lender, more information can be found here.
If you’re a borrower, more information can be found here.
The application for borrowers can be found here.
Financial Resources for 501(c)(6) Organizations
Although 501(c)(6) organizations were not included in the $350 billion Paycheck Protection Act loan program, they are eligible to apply for a loan through the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. To outline what is available to 501(c)(6) organizations through the EIDL program and the application process, the U.S. Chamber has created a one-pager that we hope will prove to be a useful resource for you.
Ohio has adopted a very broad definition of what is considered essential.
Unemployment Benefit Eligibility Changes to Support COVID-19 Related Employment Impacts
At the state level, the Governor will be issuing an executive order to allow workers without paid-leave benefits will be able to access unemployment benefits through the State. Individuals who are quarantined will be considered unemployed and be able to apply for support. Companies who determine it is necessary to shut down operations due to the COVID-19 outbreak will also be able to apply for unemployment benefits. Additionally, the one-week delay for eligible workers to receive assistance will be waived. Please take a look at http://jfs.ohio.gov/ouio/CoronavirusAndUI.stm for some FAQs or you may contact the state at 877-644-6562 with questions or to apply.
Availability of Economic Injury Loans from SBA for Small Businesses and Non-Profit Organizations
Thanks to a concerted effort by our partners throughout the state, Ohio small business can now apply for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL).
What’s an EIDL?
How do I apply?
Medina County Health Department Resources and Updates
As national case numbers for COVID-19 begin to rise, the Medina County Health Department (MCHD) recognizes the level of concern among businesses. Regionally, we know there are cases. It’s of paramount importance we continue to take caution and prepare for the virus as a community.
Health Department Business Community Checklist:
This is an evolving situation. The Medina County Health Department has been monitoring the global situation closely and will continue to do so. MCHD staff has planned and trained for outbreaks as a regular part of our essential public health function.
For more information and the latest real-time information, visit our website at https://medinahealth.org/. You can also follow the Medina County Health Department on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has resources to help employers and workers prepare for and respond to coronavirus in the workplace. If your business is deemed essential, here are some resources to be sure you are complying with the guidelines outlined during this time.
OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 – Developed in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help employers respond in the event of coronavirus in the workplace.
Temporary OSHA Guidance on Respiratory Protection Standard – This guidance provides suggestions and options to help increase the availability of N95 filtering facepiece respirators for healthcare providers.
COVID-19 Webpage – Provides infection prevention information specifically for employers and workers.
Governor DeWine Order: Bars and Restaurants Must Close Dine-In Service
Governor DeWine ordered all Bars and Restaurants to close for dine-in business beginning 9:00 p.m., Sunday March 15th. Pick-up and delivery operations will be allowed to continue at this point. Please consider continuing to patronize our small businesses, coffee shops and restaurants by using their pick-up and delivery options-they will need your help and your patronage.
Ability for Bars and Restaurants to Return Unopened Liquor
For bar and restaurant owners that have stocked up on alcohol in expectation of St. Patrick’s Day, NCAA or other events that drive bar and restaurant traffic, bar and restaurant owners have an opportunity to return unopened, high proof liquor products purchased in the last 30 days back to the agency of purchase. For information on this program, please contact 877-812-0013 or email@example.com .
Additional Support and Useful Information
How Social Media can help your business during this time. Check out this article for some useful information for your business.
Bureau of Workers’ Compensation FAQ Resource
Opportunities for upskilling your workforce virtually – TechCred.ohio.gov
Helping employers avoid laying off workers through SharedWork –http://jfs.ohio.gov/ouio/SharedWorkOhio/
Interested in getting involved? Click Link for FEMA website for companies looking to sell or donate medical supplies, equipment or services as part of the COVID-19 response: https://www.fema.gov/coronavirus/how-to-help