As COVID-19 emerges as a global concern, the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce is monitoring the situation and we want to provide you with accurate information, useful tools, and resources that allow you to operate your business effectively.
We have compiled resources for you on the COVID-19 response to provide a one-stop resource center for you.
Gov. Brown Announces New Restrictions
Gov. Brown Bans Indoor Gatherings of More Than 10
Phase 2 Reopening Guidelines
THURSDAY, JUNE 4 — Linn and Benton County are approved to move into Phase 2 starting Friday, June 5 (Learn more here: https://govstatus.egov.com/reopening-oregon#phase2)
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3 — New statewide guidance effective immediately (part of baseline not dependent on phase):
- Zoos, museums, and gardens: https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le2351H.pdf
- Indoor and outdoor entertainment facilities: https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le2351A.pdf
- Restaurants and bars: https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le2351B.pdf
- Swimming pools, spas, and courts: https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le2351C.pdf
More guidance is forthcoming on gatherings and venues. The Phase 2 guidance is on OHA’s COVID-19 website – scroll down to “OHA Guidance and Signage”: https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19
OHA has established a website about contact tracing. It explains what to expect if you get a call from a contact tracer, either because you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or have been near someone with it. The website also describes what you will be asked during a contact tracing call – plus what you will not be asked – and how to isolate or quarantine yourself if necessary. Part of the goal is to encourage people to answer calls from contact tracers, while also protecting against fraudulent calls that might try to scam people. The contact tracing website is:
Reopening Oregon Updates
THURSDAY, MAY 14 — The Governor’s Office announced this morning that 28 of the 33 counties that applied to reopen at Phase 1 of reopening guidelines, were approved. Three counties are still under review, and two counties were not approved (Marion and Polk) but will be monitored for the next seven days and their applications will be readdressed then. For more details see https://govstatus.egov.com/or-covid-19.
Phase 1 Reopening Guidelines can be found on the same website. Guidance highlights include: limiting patrons at bars, restaurants, and gyms in support of the 6ft social distancing requirement as well as increased cleaning, and employee face covering requirements.
All counties approved to enter Phase 1 must remain in that phase for a minimum of 21 days while COVID-19 case rates and other health criteria are monitored. Phase 2 Guidelines are not currently available.
Independently of the county approvals and applications, tomorrow (May 15), statewide, certain stand-alone retail establishments, childcare services, and summer youth programs may open and resume operations, while maintaining the social distancing and cleaning guidelines. More details can be found on the website link listed above (https://govstatus.egov.com/or-covid-19)
Guidance Documents for Reopening
- American Hotel Lodging Association – Safe Stay Cleaning Standards
- Building Owners and Managers Association International: Preparing Buildings for Re-Entry
- CDC – Cleaning Disinfection Decision Tool
- CDC – Reopening America Guidance
- CISA – Ops Center Control Room Cleaning Guide
- Limiting Workplace Violence Associated with COVID-19
- Global Association for the Attractions Industry – COVID-19 Reopening Guidance
- Guidance for Reopening from OSHA
- International Council of Shopping Centers – Coronavirus Reopening Guidance
- Mackenzie COVID-19 Design Guidelines
- Oregon Health Authority: General Guidance for Reopening for Employers, Restaurants and Bars, Retail, Shopping Centers, and Malls.
- Oregon’s new Supply Connector portal for posting Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) available supplies and needs is now operational and at https://supplyconnector.org/states/oregon/.
- OHA Reopening Guidance FAQs for Restaurants and Bars
- Reopening Oregon: Details on Restarting Public Life and Business
- From Target – SAFE Retail Toolkit (The toolkit includes sign templates and guides for employee health screening, benefits examples, cleaning checklist protocols, as well as social distancing and safe employee measures).
New Resources from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
- Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Guide
- Reopening Business Digital Resources Center
- Reopening Business Digital Resources Center Toolkit
- Small Business Reopening Playbook
- SBA’s Reopened loans for Small Businesses and Non-Profits Impacted by COVID-19 Pandemic: To further meet the needs of U.S. small businesses and non-profits, the U.S. Small Business Administration reopened the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance program portal.
Update: Paycheck Protection Program (June 11th)
What has changed:
- Loan Forgiveness Period – Borrowers now have a 24-week covered period in which to use loan funds.
- Payroll Cost Allocation – The payroll cost requirement dropped from 75% to 60% of the loan amount.
- Restored Workforce Level – Borrowers have an additional six months to bring staffing and wages back to pre-pandemic levels.
- Loan Term – New loans are now a 5-year term. Existing loans may be modified after a forgiveness decision by mutual consent of the borrower and the bank.
- Deferral Period – The payment deferrals now extend through the forgiveness decision or 10 months after the end of the covered period.
What has NOT changed:
- Loan Amount – There are no changes to how the maximum loan amount is calculated.
- Loan Term for Existing Loans – Existing loans remain on a 2-year term. If there is a balance remaining after forgiveness is decided, you may request a modification to the term at that time. The bank must also agree to the modification.
- Program Expiration – The PPP loan program will still end on 6/30/2020 or when funds exhaust.
City of Albany Survey
What’s Open Albany
City offers utility bill relief for businesses
Chamber President’s Message
Complete list of resources
- Albany Recovers
- ACCE (Association of Chambers of Commerce Executives) — How-to Guide for Reopening Your Workplace
- Benton County
- Buy Local – Fill out a short form and starting April 14th, the Albany Democrat-Herald will start promoting the website to their readers in print and on their social media platforms.
- CARES Act Summary
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – COVID-19 Updates
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Household Cleaning Tips
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – The Center for Disease Control has developed a Guidance for Building Water Systems website with eight steps to take before your business or building reopens.
- City of Albany – Resources & Information
- City of Albany – Albany Emergency Response Business Survey
- City of Albany – Hand Sanitizer DIY Video
- Coronavirus in the community: How employers should respond to the outbreak – Barran Liebman
- COVID-19 Contractor Jobsite Practices
- COVID-19 Related Business Layoffs, Closures, and Unemployment Insurance Benefits
- COVID-19 Resources for Oregonians
- Environmental Protection Agency
- FEMA Rumor Control Website
- Federal Trade Commission – Small business financing: Considerations for borrowers and lenders during the coronavirus crisis
- flattenthecurve.com – These guidelines are intended to help Flatten the Curve with the COVID19 outbreak, to help limit the spread and reduce the load on hospitals and other healthcare.
- Food Insecurity Resources
- Greater Albany Public Schools
- Guidance for the Food Industry: COVID-19
- IRS – Help for taxpayers, businesses, and others affected by the coronavirus
- Lebanon Recovers
- Linn-Benton Community College
- Linn County
- National Alliance on Mental Illness – COVID-19 Information and Resource Guide
- Oregon Business & Industry: Employer Resources
- Oregon Dept. of Revenue – COVID-19 relief available for second quarter Corporate Activity Tax payments
- Oregon Employment Dept. – Scenarios and Benefits Chart / COVID-19 Resuming Business Operations FAQ / Pandemic Unemployment Assistance News Release (updated 4/30/20)
- Oregon Hazards Briefing
- OHA Updated Facemask Guidelines
- Oregon Health Authority / Safe + Strong Oregon / Oregon Health Authority General Guidance for Reopening for Employers, Restaurants and Bars, Retail, Shopping Centers, and Malls / June 1 Update
- Interactive Testing Site Finder
- Oregon State Chamber of Commerce – Resources
- Oregon State Police Emergency Declaration FAQ
- OSHA Guidelines for Employers
- Response Resources for Oregon’s Economic Development Community (Technical Resources)
- Resources from HRSimple.com – FAQs, webinars, podcasts, and video from the more than 25 law firms and 80+ attorneys we work with around the country
- Safe Work Playbook – an interactive manual for businesses that can accompany CDC Guidance already available on preparing and responding to a pandemic.
- Samaritan Health Services
- SBA Local Lender List
- SBDC: Let’s Keep Connected
- Small Business Disaster Loan Information / Three-Step Process / ELA0-Loan Application / Video Tutorial
- Small Business Administration funding available now for businesses in Oregon
- State and Federal Actions to Reduce the Spread of COVID-19
- Umpqua Bank – Resources
- US Bank SBA Loan Information
- US Chamber of Commerce – Resources for Business / Save Small Business Initiative
- USDA Rural Development
- United Way of Linn County
- What Oregon employers need to know about COVID-19 business closures – Fisher Phillips
- What’s Open Albany
- Willamette Workforce Partnership
- World Health Organization (WHO) – Advice for the public
UPDATED: Friday, August 28th, 2020
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