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November 30, 2021

Omicron Variant Causes Government to Close US Entry from Seven African Countries

In November, President Biden permitted resumption of international travel into the United States for fully vaccinated travelers. Since then, the emergence of the omicron variant has resulted in the President ordering a halt to travel into the United States from seven African countries, including South Africa. The news brings to light the ongoing fragility of the international tourism ecosystem.

We will keep you advised of any government policy adjustments that may impact your business operations, the travel industry and the health, safety and tourism economy of Red Rock Country. The Arizona Office of Tourism’s information page has testing resources and other useful information to assist our international guests. The US Travel Association is also a good resource for current travel industry news.

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’ if it pertains.

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.

Vaccine Distribution

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 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.

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.

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. 

Arizona Commerce Authority Small Business Webinars

The Arizona Commerce Authority is continuing its popular webinar series. Check out free webinars on a host of ways to improve your business performance.

The Arizona Office of Tourism Provides Guidelines for Tourism Industry Businesses

The Arizona Office of Tourism shared Travel-focused Pandemic Data Resources


FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE


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. Renters and landlords in the twelve Arizona counties listed can 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.

Senior Core of Retired Executives Offer FREE Business Advice 

Free SCORE business advisory services for COVID-19 business advice, and  recovery planning. Contact Logan Enright at logan.enright@scorevolunteer.org


LOCAL ATTORNEYS EXPLAIN


Aspey, Watkins & Diesel PLLC explain topics to help businesses related to COVID-19

Click here to view all topics


EMPLOYMENT & PAYROLL RELIEF


Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act from the US Senate 

Click here for the Small Business Guide and Checklist, provided by the US Chamber of Commerce

US Senate Committee on Small Business provides Paycheck Protection Program FAQs for Small Businesses here.

CARES Act Eligibility Guide

CARES Act FAQs


VISITOR CENTER & CHAMBER OPERATIONS


Visitor Center: The Visitor Center at Forest and 89A is open 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

Chamber Administrative Office:  The Chamber offices at 45 Sunset Drive is open 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to Noon on Friday.

Please bookmark to regularly review and share the Sedona Travel Advisory page and our Updates to Sedonans.


ADDITIONAL BUSINESS RESOURCES


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City of Sedona Covid-19 information and resources

 


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Coconino County Health and Human Services information

Yavapai County Health Services website

Arizona Department of Health and Human Services information

Arizona Commerce Authority

Arizona Department of Economic Security

Unemployment Insurance Fact Sheet from the Department of Economic Security


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CDC website on coronavirus

CDC’s travel notices

Tips on coronavirus prevention