COVID-19 Resources

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

https://www.oregonlive.com/coronavirus/2020/07/gov-kate-brown-holds-press-conference-to-discuss-the-state-of-coronavirus-in-oregon-watch-live.html

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):

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

New Resources from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

SBA Updates

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.

Local Updates

City of Albany Survey

 Let local agencies know what your business needs to get through this challenging time.

What’s Open Albany

City offers utility bill relief for businesses

Questions? Call utility billing, 541-917-7547.

Chamber President’s Message

Shop Local

 Fill out a short form. Starting April 14th, they will start promoting the website to their readers in print and on their social media platforms.

Complete list of resources

UPDATED: Tuesday, June 23rd

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