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.
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
- Global Association for the Attractions Industry – COVID-19 Reopening Guidance
- 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
Please read and take action today!
Updated SBA Links and Information
NEW (5/15/20) SBA and Treasury Release Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application — The PPP was created by the CARES Act to provide forgivable loans to eligible small businesses to keep American workers on the payroll during the COVID-19 pandemic. The documents released today will help small businesses seek forgiveness at the conclusion of the eight-week covered period, which begins with the disbursement of their loans. Click here to view the application and instructions.
NEW (5/12/20) — The Express Bridge Loan Pilot Program allows small businesses that have a current business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 with less paperwork. These loans can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing due to COVID-19. To find more information and locate an Express Bridge Loan Lender please visit https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/sba-express-bridge-loans. If you have additional questions or require further assistance, please call the Disaster Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 or, for the deaf and hard-of-hearing 1-800-877-8339 (Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Eastern Time) or email us at [email protected].
Update: Paycheck Protection Program – On Tuesday, April 21st, the US Senate approved a $480 Billion Relief Package which means more PPP Funds will be available after the House votes Thursday and the President signs the bill into law. With this funding working its way down through the system – now is the time for biz owners to get their PPP loans squared away. Learn more here.
Economic Injury Disaster Loan and Advance – Economic Injury Disaster Loan now includes up to a $10,000 advance that may be requested at the same time the business owner applies online. The EIDL advance does not have to be repaid. SBA now has a streamlined application process with no requirement for tax returns, financial statements, etc. The one application covers the request for the EIDL loan and the EIDL advance. Here is the link for the EIDL application: https://covid19relief.sba.gov/.
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 Employment Dept. – Scenarios and Benefits Chart / COVID-19 Resuming Business Operations FAQ / Pandemic Unemployment Assistance News Release (updated 4/30/20)
- 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
- 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, May 29th
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