March 5, 2021
Governor Rescinds Occupancy for Restaurants, Bars, other Businesses
On March 5, Governor Ducey announced occupancy limitations for restaurants, gyms, theaters, water parks, bowling alleys, and bars providing dine in services are rescinded effective immediately. However, distancing and mask protocols remain in place. Read the complete Executive Order.
Coconino and Yavapai County Health Departments are administering COVID-19 vaccinations for eligible residents. Make an appointment and stay updated on vaccine allocations, administration and locations in Coconino County and Yavapai County Health Department websites. To find COVID-19 testing sites near you, put in your ZIP code at Arizona Department of Health.
Are your “Mask Up, Sedona” and Sedona | Safe.Clean.Ready messages readily visible to your customers? Now is a good time to check and if you need additional or replacement posters, you can download them here. Let’s not let our guard down.
Governor Ducey Executive Orders Online
Governor Ducey has issued numerous COVID-19 Executive Orders that impact the business community. You can see all the COVID-19 Executive Orders here.
COVID-19 Relief Bill Information
The SBA’s Paycheck Protection Plan (PPP) is accepting first and second draw applications through Community Financial Institutions. You will find the list of lenders at this link.
The terms of the relief programs are complex and require study and preparation. Among the top-line features:
- The Employee Retention Tax Credit has been broadened and extended to July 1, 2021.
- Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) applications are extended through the end of 2021 and EIDL grants of up to $10,000 are available.
- An SBA debt relief program goes into effect in February regarding SBA 7 (a), 504 and microloans.
- SBA lending programs have received new funding.
- SBA grants for “shuttered venues” such as cultural institutions are available.
- The PPP program continuation has been extended to March 31, 2021.
- New rules are in place for PPP loan forgiveness.
- The Yavapai College Small Business Development Center has prepared an excellent synopsis.
If you are not a client of the SBDC, now is a good time to consider joining and receive free business planning, counseling, access to funding and other business assistance. To become a client, please register and a business analyst will contact you.
If you are interested in any of these resources, you should prepare your financial information prior to applying.
- Financial Statements -Work on getting these up to date and in order. These will be needed for the application process.
- Connect with your local banker to understand their process for applying for some of these funds as well.
If you are a client of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), reach out to your business analyst for assistance and any questions.
Sedona Tourism Economic Recovery Task Force
The Sedona Chamber of Commerce has formed a Tourism Economic Recovery Task Force representing a range of Sedona businesses to guide the Sedona Chamber’s recovery strategy and to serve as a resource for City of Sedona and Verde Valley leaders. The Task Force is meeting regularly and we will keep you updated on this page.
Take Advantage of Promotional and Marketing Opportunities
Please visit the Benefits of Partnership page to see all your Sedona Chamber benefits including ways to promote your business with free and paid opportunities. Please contact Teri Ruiz if you have any questions about your benefits.
Arizona Commerce Authority Webinars Prepare you for 2021
The Arizona Commerce Authority is continuing its popular webinar series. Check out free webinars on a host of ways to improve your business performance in 2021.
Mitigation Requirements For Events
Under Executive Order 2020-43 issued in June, organized public events with more than 50 attendees are prohibited in Arizona, with the option for local jurisdictions to selectively approve events of greater than 50 people only if they implemented enhanced mitigation measures, which include:
- It is determined that safety precautions consistent with guidance issued by both the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and ADHS are in place.
- The event organizer has committed to implementing and enforcing these precautions.
- If an event is approved, the local jurisdiction must publicly post the mitigation measures on their website and dedicate resources to enforcing mitigation measures.
As was the case before, a local city, town or county may deny a request for an organized event due to public health concerns related to COVID-19.
Mandatory Mask Proclamation Continues
The proclamation by Sedona Mayor Sandy Moriarty mandating masks for anyone five years of age or older in a public place in Sedona remains in effect.
All businesses whose employees interact with the public must require employees to wear face coverings.
If you have questions, email email@example.com.
Brief Online Mask Video Helps Protect Everyone
The City and the Sedona Chamber are supporting the Sedona Emergency Mask Proclamation. You can help by sharing this 1:39 “How to Use a Mask” video that demonstrates proper masking procedure. The CDC video on the City COVID-19 page has more information on when and how to use a mask.
Steps for Employers in Handling COVID-19
The Arizona Department of Health Services has published COVID-19 workplace guidance with directions on what to do if someone has symptoms, is awaiting test results, and when isolation is required. The guidance is specific to the types of COVID-19 tests, enabling you to act quickly and correctly.
An accompanying flow chart offers a step-by-step guide to assessing the most appropriate actions.
Free Enhanced COVID AWARE Food Handler’s Certificate
Coconino County’s Health and Human Services and Northern Arizona University’s Economic Policy Institute are offering a FREE online Enhanced Food Handler’s Training and Testing program for food service employers and employees. The training teaches best practices as they relate to COVID-19. Upon completion, employees receive an Enhanced Food Handler’s Certificate. Businesses who complete employee training receive a Certified COVID AWARE decal to display on their business window.
Start the program here.
Sedona | Safe.Clean.Ready Campaign Continues to Grow
277 businesses have volunteered to implement posted safety practices and are now listed on SedonaSafeCleanReady.com. We are also encouraging residents and visitors to practice the guidelines.
By signing on, you get immediate access to Sedona | Safe.Clean.Ready logos and posters letting customers know you are operating responsibly and educating them on interacting safely with you and your employees.
We are promoting Sedona | Safe.Clean.Ready through social media, blogs, free media and paid advertising. The City of Sedona is helping with A-frame signs and variable message boards.
Signing up takes just a few moments. Act today!
Send firstname.lastname@example.org photos of your safety practices, so we can share what you are doing!
The Arizona Office of Tourism Provides Guidelines for Tourism Industry Businesses
- Reopening guidance for Pools
- Reopening guidance for Spas
- Reopening guidance for Retail Businesses
- Reopening guidance for Salons, Spas and Barber Shops
- Reopening guidance for Restaurants and Coffee Shops
- Reopening guidance for Visitor Centers
- Reopening guidance for Attractions
The Arizona Office of Tourism shared Travel-focused Pandemic Data Resources
- Coronavirus Travel Sentiment Index Report, Destination Analyst
- Daily Travel Index, Arrivalis
- Compilation of data resources by Miles Partnership
Apply for City of Sedona Grant Funding Now Through April 29
The City of Sedona invites 501(c) organizations to apply for city grants typically ranging from $2,000 to $20,000. Grant applications are available for programs, activities or events developed by 501(c) organizations that provide a public service or benefit, and are consistent with the city’s funding priorities. Grant applications will be distributed by request only. For more information or to receive an application, fill out the request form here.
Apply for SBDC Small Business Makeover
The Small Business Development Center at Yavapai College is powering a Small Business Makeover for qualifying businesses in the area! Four businesses will be selected to receive a full business makeover, while 60 other businesses will be selected to receive a mini-makeover. Whether your business needs a website makeover, marketing and strategy overhaul or operations improvement, the SBDC will bring in a team of experts to help revitalize your small business.
To get started you must:
- Have been in business for at least three years.
- Must permanently reside in Yavapai County, not a subsidiary or a branch.
- Have up to $15MM in annual revenues and/or less than 500 employees.
- Describe how COVID-19 has impacted your business.
- Not be involved in any legal proceedings.
- Have not received ongoing coaching in the last five years from the Yavapai College SBDC.
Click here to apply! There are two more rounds left: March 31 and April 30. After your application is received, members from the SBDC will reach out to confirm eligibility, discuss program details, guidelines and expectations.
Emergency Rental Assistance Program
The Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) was awarded $289 million from the COVID-19 relief package passed by Congress. This funding will be used toward direct payments for rent, rental arrears, utilities, utility arrears, and other expenses related to housing stability incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Beginning February 23, renters and landlords in the twelve Arizona counties listed will be able to apply for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) using the online ERAP portal. Applications will be accepted through the program’s expiration on December 31, 2021 or until funding is exhausted. Click here to view the Emergency Rental Assistance Program details and eligibility requirements.
Arizona Community Foundation 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.
SBA Disaster Loan Update
The SBA is accepting applications for the EIDL Loan and Advance Programs. Check it regularly. Non-profit organizations are also eligible for SBA Disaster Loans. Nonprofits should contact Northern AZ SCORE and United Way of Yavapai County for assistance.
Senior Core of Retired Executives Offer FREE Business Advice
Free SCORE business advisory services for COVID-19 business advice, and recovery planning. Contact Wade Bell at email@example.com
LOCAL ATTORNEYS EXPLAIN
Aspey, Watkins & Diesel PLLC explain topics to help businesses related to COVID-19
Some of the topics include:
EMPLOYMENT & PAYROLL RELIEF
Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act from the US Senate
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.
VISITOR CENTER & CHAMBER OPERATIONS
Visitor Center: The Visitor Center at Forest and 89A is open 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. We will continue to operate as follows:
- Visit us at 331 Forest Road, Sedona
- Call 1.800.288.7336
- Live Chat at VisitSedona.com
- Email Info@SedonaChamber.com
Chamber Administrative Office: The Chamber offices at 45 Sunset Drive is open by appointment only. Staff are keeping regular hours, available by phone, and email while keeping communications and services going full blast.