COVID-19 Bulletin – April 8, 2020, 5:00 p.m.
Governor Ducey Announcements Tuesday, April 7, Affect Arizona Businesses
- By Executive Order, all persons entering Arizona from areas with ‘substantial community spread’ of coronavirus, such as the New York City Tri State area, are required to self-quarantine for 14 days.
- By Executive Order, restaurants licensed to serve prepared foods may sell grocery items such as paper goods, cleaning supplies, prepared food in bulk, meat and vegetables. Restaurants may use curbside signage to promote this.
- By Executive Order, hospitals must report COVID-19-related data such as number of cases, number of ventilators in use, number of occupied ICU beds, and more. The Arizona Department of Health Service and local health authorities are authorized to access confidential patient records.
- By Executive Order, staff at residential and nursing care institutions must use appropriate personal protective equipment, implement symptom checks on those entering the facility, offer electronic communication if visitation is restricted, and more.
- Commercial trucks with gross weights of up to 90,000 pounds will be allowed to operate without overweight permits. The new guidelines will help ensure groceries, pharmacies and medical providers remain fully supplied.
Executive Order Halts Business, Nonprofit Evictions
Governor Doug Ducey issued an Executive Order April 6 halting eviction for small businesses and nonprofits that are unable to pay rent due to financial hardship caused by the pandemic. Evictions will be halted until May 31, 2020. The order also encourages landlords to consider waiving fees and interest associated with late payments.
The order builds on previous actions. On March 30, Ducey announced an agreement with banks to protect small businesses and families from eviction and foreclosure.
Executive Order Closes More Businesses, USFS Closes High Use Trails
Effective April 4, Governor Ducey directed businesses such as hairstyling and nail salons, spas and community pools to close. You can see all the Governor’s Executive Orders related to Covid-19 here: https://azgovernor.gov/executive-orders
The USFS recently closed several high use trail areas in and around Sedona. The Coconino National Forest has posted the status of popular local recreation sites.
211 or 211arizona.org
Governor Ducey has made a phone number, 211, and a website 211arizona.org available for updates on the Covid-19 virus (similar to 511 for roads and 911 for emergencies).
Northern Arizona Healthcare COVID-19 Dashboard
NAH has created a tracking dashboard that is updated as information changes.
SBA Disaster Loan Update – $10,000 GRANTS Available
- NEW: You may apply for a $10,000 grant to cover business expenses, including payroll, at https://covid19relief.sba.gov/, the new simplified SBA application site.
- If you submitted a loan application and wish to apply for the $10,000 grant, you need to reapply for this specific grant at the link above. The SBA will merge your previous application with this new application.
‘SBA Loan Update’ PowerPoint & Synopses now online
The Powerpoint from the Friday, April 3rd, webinar regarding updates to the SBA Loans is now online. The full webinar can be viewed here. The event was sponsored by the Sedona Chamber of Commerce, City of Sedona and the Small Business Development Center at Yavapai College.
The SBDC has prepared an excellent synopsis of the Economic Injury Disaster Loan, the Paycheck Protection Program and the Express Bridge Loan.
SBA Loan Application Online Application Process
The SBA has simplified its loan application process. You may apply for SBA Emergency assistance here.
Businesses in the City of Sedona can email Molly Spangler, the Director of Economic Development for assistance completing the application. Businesses outside the city should email Jeri Deniston at the SBDC for help.
Loans for up to $10 million are available, with no payments in the first year, no prepayment penalty, and 30 years to pay it off. The meeting was sponsored by the Sedona Chamber of Commerce, City of Sedona and the Small Business Development Center at Yavapai College.
Notes for making the online application easier:
- Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge are the recommended browsers for completing the loan application.
- The internet is experiencing high traffic. If you fill out the application after 7:00 p.m., you will complete the application process more quickly.
- You only need one year of tax returns, instead of the originally stated 3 years. After you complete the application, you will hear from an SBA Loan officer within 3 weeks.
- A bookkeeper or accountant can fill out the application for you.
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LOCAL ATTORNEYS EXPLAIN
Aspey, Watkins & Diesel PLLC explain topics to help businesses related to Covid-19
Some of the topics include:
- Emergency Grants Under The CARES Act
- Families First Update
- Arizona’s Stay-at-Home Order
- Paycheck Protection Program Applications
EMPLOYMENT & PAYROLL RELIEF
The $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act approved by Congress March 27 and signed by President Trump allocates $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program, the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses who maintain their payroll during this emergency.
Go here for the Paycheck Protection Program.
New Guidance from Department of Labor on Leave Rules
The U.S. Department Of Labor just published guidance for explaining paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
Relief for laid off and unpaid employees: Arizona@Work is a resource for temporary employment services. Your laid off employees should register at Arizona Job Connection. The Arizona@Work icon is on the upper left.
Here you will find the Sedona Emergency Community Resource Directory
Arizona Unemployment Insurance: The CARES Act includes additional funding for state unemployment insurance and may waive some restrictions such as waiting periods. Your laid off unpaid employees can begin the process of applying for benefits at AZUI.gov
NOTE – the Northern Arizona Council of Governments recommends entering COVID-19 as the ‘Reason for Separation.’
Your laid off employees can get help navigating the services above by calling NACOG’s West County One Shop at (928)778-1422 or (928)308-4832, or the East County One Stop at (928)649-6867 or (928)649-6868, or visit their websites: nacog.org and yavapaiatwork.com.
Does your business have an online sales portal?
Please email the URL to your online store plus an image and two sentences about your online inventory to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will let you know when the page is launched, and will continually add to it as we hear from you.
Flexible signage for curbside pickup: The City is permitting businesses who offer curbside pickup service to use a-frames and other additional signage to advertise during the coronavirus emergency. For details, contact the City at email@example.com.
To encourage local shopping, Sedona Monthly Magazine is creating a digital online directory that’s free for Sedona businesses. They need some basic information. You can read more here.
Non-Profit Support: The Arizona Community Foundation has established a COVID-19 Community Response Fund to help non-profit organizations who provide critical care and need emergency funding to meet the surge in demand. Apply for or donate to the fund at azfoundation.org
VISITOR CENTER & CHAMBER OPERATIONS
Visitor Center Location Closed, Operations Go Virtual: The Visitor Center physical location at Forest and 89A is closed. We will operate remotely, every day, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., as follows:
Chamber Staff Working From Home: The Chamber offices at 45 Sunset Drive are closed. Staff is working from home and keeping regular hours, available by phone, email and text while keeping communications and services going full blast.
ADDITIONAL BUSINESS RESOURCES
The latest advisories from the USTA and their business tool kit here
Destinations International “COVID-19 Travel Industry Resource Page“