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COVID-19 News, Updates & Resources

Local Updates

New Updated Information: as of 5.13.2020

Helping Businesses Reopen Safely

Lebanon Closing Mulberry St For Downtown Dining This Weekend

 

New Updated Information: as of 5.8.2020

Ohio Restaurant Association

High-Risk Groups

Sector Fact Sheet 5 Hair Salons

CARES Act Forbearance Fact Sheet for Mortgagees and Servicers of FHA, VA, or USDA Loans 

NFIB’s Ohio Communications Director

Restaurant and Food Establishment Best Practices

Sector Fact Sheet 4 Restaurants

New Updated Information: as of 4.30.2020

COVID-19 Masks in the Workplace

 

New Updated Information: as of 4.13.2020

Preparing Your Business for a Post-Pandemic World: great information on how small businesses can work through their pandemic response and plans. 

 

 

New Updated Information: as of 4.09.2020

Warren County Local Resources: Check out this list of local resources that are available

 

New Updated Information: as of 4.01.2020

SBA Coronavirus Pandemic Disaster Loans Comparison Spreadsheet

City video on Social Distancing 

 

New Updated Information: as of 3.31.2020

Warren County Emergency Relief Fund: NONPROFIT COVID-19 NETWORK IN WARREN COUNTY

The Warren County Emergency Relief Fund has been established at the Warren County Foundation, funded by WCF and other nonprofits.  The short-term emergency relief funds will allow UWWC/WCCS/WCF to start assembling 50% matches from the Nonprofit COVID-19 Network to help address critical needs. 

The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act

The programs and initiatives in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was just passed by Congress are intended to assist business owners with whatever needs they have right now. When implemented, there will be many new resources available for small businesses, as well as certain nonprofits and other employers. This guide provides information about the major programs and initiatives that will soon be available from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to address these needs, as well as some additional tax provisions that are outside the scope of SBA.  

 

Updated information from the City of Lebanon

Updated information from the Warren County Health District

Updated information from the Warren County Job & Family Services

Updated information from the Lebanon City School System

Updated information from the Regional Chamber

Updated information from the Warren County SBDC

Greater Cincinnati COVID-19 Resources 

 

 

State Updates

New Updated Information: as of 5.15.2020

May 15, 2020

 

PANDEMIC UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE

 

Ohioans can now apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), a new federal program that covers many more categories of workers than the traditional unemployment program.

 

Those who believe they may be eligible should visit pua.unemployment.ohio.gov and click the button that says, “Click Here to Apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.” Individuals who pre-registered for the program received an email with instructions for how to complete their applications.

 

PUA was made possible by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The program offers up to 39 weeks of benefits to many who traditionally have not qualified for unemployment benefits, including self-employed individuals, 1099 tax filers and part-time workers. The benefit amount is similar to traditional unemployment payments, plus an additional $600 per week through July 25.

 

If you have additional questions, please visit www.unemploymenthelp.ohio.gov or call (833) 604-0774.

 

RESPONSIBLE RESTARTOHIO

 

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted yesterday provided the following sector opening dates established as part of the Responsible RestartOhio plan.

 

CHILDCARE: MAY 31

Beginning Sunday, May 31, childcare providers in Ohio will be permitted to reopen if these providers can meet required safety protocols. 

To ensure that these establishments operate in the safest manner possible, Governor DeWine's Early Childhood Advisory Council created a detailed list of guidelines and best practices for childcare centers to follow. The full list of mandatory and recommended best practices can be found at coronavirus.ohio.gov.

To assist in the reopening of childcare centers, Ohio will use more than $60 million in federal CARES Act funding to provide reopening grants to all of Ohio’s childcare providers, including family childcare, childcare centers, and both publicly-funded and private providers. More information on how to apply will be posted to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services' website very shortly. 

Governor DeWine also announced that Ohio will fund a research project to study best practices for controlling the spread of COVID-19 in childcare settings. Information gathered from the study will continue to inform childcare regulations moving forward. 

The reopening date of May 31 also applies to day camps that can meet required safety protocols. A detailed list of guidelines and best practices for day camps will be available very shortly at coronavirus.ohio.gov.

OTHER OPENINGS

Campgrounds

  • Beginning Thursday, May 21, campgrounds in Ohio will be permitted to reopen if these facilities can meet required safety protocols. 

Horse Racing

  • Beginning Friday, May 22, horse racing in Ohio will be permitted if these operations can meet required safety protocols. Spectators will not be permitted. 

This does not apply to casinos and racinos. Safety protocols for these venues are in development. 

Bureau of Motor Vehicles

  • Beginning Tuesday, May 26, Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) locations in Ohio will be permitted to reopen for certain services if these facilities can meet required safety protocols. 

Services that can be accomplished online should still be done online. More details on online BMV services can be found at oplates.com

Gyms, Fitness Centers

  • Beginning Tuesday, May 26, gyms and fitness centers in Ohio will be permitted to reopen if these facilities can meet required safety protocols. 

Sports Leagues (non-contact and limited-contact)

  • Beginning Tuesday, May 26, sports leagues in Ohio will be permitted to operate if these leagues can meet required safety protocols. This applies only to non-contact and limited-contact sports.

Safety protocols for high-contact sports are in development. 

Public/Club Pools

  • Beginning Tuesday, May 26, public pools and club pools that are regulated by local health departments in Ohio will be permitted to reopen if these facilities can meet required safety protocols. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is no evidence that the virus that causes COVID-19 can be spread to people through the water in pools, hot tubs, spas, or water play areas. Proper operation and maintenance (including disinfection with chlorine and bromine) of these facilities should inactivate the virus in the water.

This does not apply to water parks or amusement parks. Safety protocols for these venues are in development. 

To ensure that these sectors operate in the safest manner possible, Governor DeWine established advisory groups that created detailed lists of guidelines and best practices.  The full lists of mandatory and recommended best practices for these and previously opened sectors are available at coronavirus.ohio.gov.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

 

ONLINE:

Please visit www.Coronavirus.Ohio.gov for the most up-to-date information from the Ohio Department of Health.

 

PHONE:

For any questions you have about COVID-19, please call 1 (833) 4-ASK-ODH from 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m (7 days/week).

 

SOCIAL MEDIA:

@GovMikeDeWine

@LtGovHusted

@OHDeptofHealth

 

DAILY UPDATES:

Governor DeWine is holding daily press briefings at 2:00 p.m. to deliver the most recent updates as well as give updated guidance for the state’s response. These press events are carried live at www.OhioChannel.org.

 

 

                            

New Updated Information: as of 5.14.2020

Please share this latest information from the Office of Gov. DeWine with your stakeholders as appropriate. Thank you!

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 14, 2020

MEDIA CONTACTS: Dan Tierney: 614-644-0957 Breann Almos: 614-799-6480

COVID-19 Update: New Responsible RestartOhio Opening Dates

(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Lt. Governor Jon Husted, and Dr. Amy Acton, MD, MPH, today provided the following sector opening dates established as part of the Responsible RestartOhio plan. 

CHILD CARE: MAY 31

Beginning Sunday, May 31, childcare providers in Ohio will be permitted to reopen if these providers can meet required safety protocols. 

To ensure that these establishments operate in the safest manner possible, Governor DeWine's Early Childhood Advisory Council created a detailed list of guidelines and best practices for childcare centers to follow. The full list of mandatory and recommended best practices can be found at coronavirus.ohio.gov.

"Our goal is to have the safest child care system in the nation - one that nurtures the health and continued growth and development of our children and one that protects the health and safety of our child care workers and teachers," said Governor DeWine. "Moving forward, child care is going to look different for children, parents, and teachers. But we must get this right, or we run the risk of exposing more people to COVID-19."

To assist in the reopening of child care centers, Ohio will use more than $60 million in federal CARES Act funding to provide reopening grants to all of Ohio’s childcare providers, including family childcare, childcare centers, and both publicly-funded and private providers. More information on how to apply will be posted to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services' website soon. 

Governor DeWine also announced that Ohio will fund a research project to study best practices for controlling the spread of COVID-19 in child care settings. Information gathered from the study will continue to inform child care regulations moving forward. 

The reopening date of May 31 also applies to day camps that can meet required safety protocols. A detailed list of guidelines and best practices for day camps will be available soon at coronavirus.ohio.gov.

CAMPGROUNDS: MAY 21

Beginning Thursday, May 21, campgrounds in Ohio will be permitted to reopen if these facilities can meet required safety protocols. 

To ensure that campgrounds operate in the safest manner possible, Governor DeWine's Outdoor Recreation Advisory Group created a detailed list of guidelines and best practices for day camps to follow. The full list of mandatory and recommended best practices for both campgrounds and campers is available at coronavirus.ohio.gov.

OHIO BUREAU OF MOTOR VEHICLES (CERTAIN SERVICES): MAY 26 

Beginning Tuesday, May 26, Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) locations in Ohio will be permitted to reopen for certain services if these facilities can meet required safety protocols. 

Services that can be accomplished online should still be done online. More details on online BMV services can be found at oplates.com

To ensure that each deputy registrar location operates in the safest manner possible, the BMV is creating a detailed list of guidelines and best practices for deputy registrars to follow. A full list of mandatory and recommended best practices will be available soon at coronavirus.ohio.gov.

GYMS, FITNESS CENTERS: MAY 26

Beginning Tuesday, May 26, gyms and fitness centers in Ohio will be permitted to reopen if these facilities can meet required safety protocols. 

To ensure that these establishments operate in the safest manner possible, Governor DeWine's Gyms Advisory Group is creating a detailed list of guidelines and best practices for gyms and fitness centers to follow. A full list of mandatory and recommended best practices will be available soon at coronavirus.ohio.gov.

SPORTS LEAGUES (NON-CONTACT, LIMITED CONTACT): MAY 26

Beginning Tuesday, May 26, sports leagues in Ohio will be permitted to operate if these leagues can meet required safety protocols. This applies only to non-contact and limited-contact sports.

To ensure that non-contact and limited-contact sports leagues operate in the safest manner possible, Governor DeWine's Large Venue Advisory Group is creating a detailed list of guidelines and best practices for sports leagues to follow. A full list of mandatory and recommended best practices will be available soon at coronavirus.ohio.gov.

Safety protocols for high-contact sports are in development. 

PUBLIC/CLUB POOLS: MAY 26

Beginning Tuesday, May 26, public pools and club pools that are regulated by local health departments in Ohio will be permitted to reopen if these facilities can meet required safety protocols. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is no evidence that the virus that causes COVID-19 can be spread to people through the water in pools, hot tubs, spas, or water play areas. Proper operation and maintenance (including disinfection with chlorine and bromine) of these facilities should inactivate the virus in the water.

To ensure that these pools operate in the safest manner possible, Governor DeWine's Outdoor Recreation Advisory Group is creating a detailed list of guidelines and best practices for these facilities to follow. A full list of mandatory and recommended best practices will be available soon at coronavirus.ohio.gov. 

This does not apply to water parks or amusement parks. Safety protocols for these venues are in development. 

HORSE RACING (NO SPECTATORS): MAY 22 

Beginning Friday, May 22, horse racing in Ohio will be permitted if these operations can meet required safety protocols. Spectators will not be permitted. 

To ensure that these establishments operate in the safest manner possible, Governor DeWine's administration worked with the Ohio State Racing Commission to create a detailed list of guidelines and best practices for agricultural horse racing operations to follow. A full list of mandatory and recommended best practices will be available soon at coronavirus.ohio.gov.

This does not apply to casinos and racinos. Safety protocols for these venues are in development. 

CURRENT OHIO DATA: 

There are 26,357 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in Ohio and 1,534 confirmed and probable COVID-19 deaths. A total of 4,718 people have been hospitalized, including 1,268 admissions to intensive care units. In-depth data can be accessed by visiting coronavirus.ohio.gov

Video of today's full update, including versions with foreign language closed captioning, can be viewed on the Ohio Channel's YouTube page

For more information on Ohio's response to COVID-19, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.



New Updated Information: as of 5.13.2020

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Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program Available

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 13, 2020

Bret Crow, Bret.Crow@jfs.ohio.gov or
Angela Terez, Angela.Terez@jfs.ohio.gov

 

(614) 728-9656

 

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program Available

 

 

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Ohioans can now apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), a new federal program that covers many more categories of workers than the traditional unemployment program, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) announced today. Those who believe they may be eligible should visit pua.unemployment.ohio.gov and click the button that says “Click Here to Apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.” Individuals who pre-registered for the program received an email earlier this week with instructions for how to complete their applications.

 

“We appreciate everyone’s patience as we diligently worked to build this new system in record time for the agency,” said ODJFS Director Kimberly Hall. “We encourage anyone who believes they may be eligible to apply. Even after you return to work, you still may be eligible to receive retroactive benefits, dating from as early as February 2.”

 

PUA was made possible by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was signed into law on March 27. The program offers up to 39 weeks of benefits to many who traditionally have not qualified for unemployment benefits, including self-employed individuals, 1099 tax filers and part-time workers. The benefit amount is similar to traditional unemployment payments, plus an additional $600 per week through July 25.

 

Many who were denied regular unemployment benefits may be eligible for PUA. Those who have pending unemployment claims may apply before they receive a determination, and individuals who have exhausted traditional unemployment benefits and any available extensions also may be eligible. The program is effective through December 31. There is no minimum income requirement. To be eligible, individuals must NOT be eligible for regular unemployment benefits and must meet one of the following circumstances:

  • The individual has been diagnosed with COVID-19, or is experiencing symptoms and is seeking medical diagnosis.
  • A member of the individual’s household has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • The individual is providing care for a family member or member of the household who has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • A child or other person in the household for which the individual has primary caregiving responsibility is unable to attend school or another facility is closed as a direct result of the COVID-19 emergency, and the school or care is required for the individual to work.
  • The individual is unable to reach the place of employment because of a quarantine imposed as a direct result of the COVID-19 public health emergency.
  • The individual is unable to reach the place of employment because a healthcare professional has advised him or her to self-quarantine due to COVID-19 concerns.
  • The individual was scheduled to commence employment and does not have a job or is unable to reach the job as a direct result of COVID-19.
  • The individual has become the breadwinner or major support for a household because the head of the household has died as a direct result of COVID-19.
  • The individual has quit his/her job as a direct result of COVID-19.
  • The individual’s place of employment is closed as a direct result of COVID-19.

 

Over the last seven weeks, ODJFS has received more than 1 million initial regular unemployment claims, more than the previous three years combined. More than 89% of those applications have been approved, and fewer than 11% are pending.

 

For more information, visit unemployment.ohio.gov/expandedeligibility.

 

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New Updated Information: as of 5.8.2020

Ohio Restaurant Association

 

New Updated Information: as of 4.29.2020

Responsible Protocols for getting Ohio Back to Work

COVID-19 Economic Impact Updates and Resources

 

 

 

Responsible RestartOhio

 

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Lt. Governor Jon Husted, and Dr. Amy Acton, MD, MPH, yesterday made several major announcements regarding Ohio's plan to responsibly restart Ohio's economy during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

 

The guiding principles of the Responsible RestartOhio plan are protecting the health of employees, customers, and their families, supporting community efforts to control the spread of COVID-19, and responsibly getting Ohio back to work.

Federal Updates

New Updated Information: as of 5.19.2020

Here is a link to the new PPP Loan forgiveness Application.  PPP recipients will need to submit this form and additional documentation with their PPP lender. Individual banks may require additional specific information based on their policies or interpretation of SBA/Treasury guidance:

New PPP Loan Forgiveness Application

 

New Updated Information: as of 4.15.2020

Additional Eligibility Criteria and Requirements for Certain Pledges of Loans

 

New Updated Information: as of 4.13.2020

National Small Business Town Hall Video Conference: In this National Small Business Town Hall Meeting from Inc. & US Chamber of Commerce you will find great Q&As. Check it out!

 

New Updated Information: as of 4.06.2020

 

New Updated Information: as of 4.01.2020

SBA Coronavirus Pandemic Disaster Loans Comparison Spreadsheet

 

New Updated Information: as of 3.31.2020

Financial Resources for 501(c)(6) Organizations

Although 501(c)(6) organizations were not included in the $350 billion Paycheck Protection Act loan program, they are eligible to apply for a loan through the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. To outline what is available to 501(c)(6) organizations through the EIDL program and the application process, the U.S. Chamber has created a one-pager that we hope will prove to be a useful resource for you and your members.

         For additional information on the EIDL program, we encourage you to visit the SBA's webpage.

 

Financial Resources for Small Businesses

The CARES Act has approved $350 billion in emergency loans for small businesses to help them keep workers employed. In fact, if small businesses maintain or later restore their payrolls, they may not have to repay some—or possibly any—of the loan. We encourage you and your members to utilize the U.S. Chamber's Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist to help answer common questions and navigate the process.

 

 

 

Updated information from the Federal Government 

 

 

 

Updated information from the US Small Business Administration (SBA)

 

     Helpful Resources from SBA:

 

Updated information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

 

Updated information from the US Chamber of Commerce

 

 

Updated information from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

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