E-Alert #6 | COVID-19
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Governor Abbott Issues Executive Order,
Implements Statewide Essential Services & Activities Protocols
March 31, 2020 Executive Order| "Governor Greg Abbott issued an Executive Order implementing Essential Services and Activities Protocols for the entire state of Texas.

The order directs all Texans to minimize non-essential gatherings and in-person contact with people who are not in the same household and renews and amends his previous order enforcing federal social distancing guidelines, including closing schools and instructing Texans to avoid eating or drinking at bars and restaurants; allowing for essential activities and services based on the Department of Homeland Security’s guidelines on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce.

Go to TDEM's COVID-19 website for a list of Essential Services. Orders will be effective statewide starting at 12:01 AM on April 2, 2020 through April 30, 2020.
U.S. DOL Issues Paid Sick Leave Guidance | NFIB Fact Sheet
Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) | U.S. DOL released the first round of guidance and required posters for new paid leave mandates enacted by Congress in response to the coronavirus crisis. The guidance includes:

Effective Date | FFCRA Enacted on March 18, is effective from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020

Mandates | FFCRA law amends the Family and Medical Leave Act, mandating that all private employers with fewer than 500 employees, post this notice (share with employees) by April 1 and provide the following:

  • Paid Sick Leave (up to 10 days) - employees are eligible for up to two weeks, or 10 days, of paid sick leave, subject to an 80-hour cap for full-time employees

  • Expanded Family and Medical Leave (up to 10 weeks) - Employees who have been employed for at least 30 days prior to their leave request may be eligible for up to an additional 10 weeks of partially paid expanded family and medical leave, where applicable

Small Business Exemptions | Small businesses with fewer than 50 employees may qualify for exemption. See referenced U.S. DOL links to determine if your business qualifies for exemptions. Employers wishing to seek the exemption should at this time document why their business meets such criteria.

Employer Reimbursement | The cost of all paid sick, family, and medical leave incurred under the new law will be reimbursed to companies via payroll tax credits.

Employee Notification | DOL requires that employers post (and share) the Employee Rights Posters for the new paid leave mandates by April 1.

More details on the small business exemption and other additional guidance and FAQs will be forthcoming from DOL, specifically how small businesses can best navigate the new federal mandates. More details available at COVID-19 and the American Workplace
NFIB | The North SA Chamber is working with the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) and others to help provide the latest, most detailed information. NFIB published a Paid Leave Law Fact Sheet and posted Small Business COVID-19 FAQs online, which are updated as more information becomes available from the Administration.

The North SA Chamber will provide updates and details as they are released.
The City is Accepting Donations of PPE and Cleaning Supplies
The City is accepting donations from businesses and commercial enterprises of unopened cleaning supplies and medical-grade personal protection equipment (PPE). Donations will support first responders and public-facing city services.

Items in high demand include: disinfectant wipes and spray, hand sanitizer wipes and spray, medical-grade nitrile gloves, N95 face masks, 3-ply surgical face masks, full- and half-size face shields, shoe covers, and disposable surgical gowns.

To arrange a donation, please send details of available items to covid19.cleaningsupplies@sanantonio.gov.
COVID-19 Community Action Working Groups

San Antonio continues to take aggressive action with the COVID-19 crisis working to protect the health and safety of residents and mitigate the short and long term impacts on the local economy. 

Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Judge Nelson Wolff appointed COVID-19 Community Action (memo) working groups that will act as strike These teams focused on immediate areas of impact within the community. and are charged with identifying measures to mitigate the challenge, recommending measures for long-term recovery and identifying local/state/federal resources to assist the community.
SBA Disaster Recovery Assistance
Texas small businesses can now apply for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help with the COVID-19 crisis. Join SBA for the latest information about SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. Sessions will cover the basics of the program, how to apply and where you get get additional help preparing and applying for the SBA loans online. Join by phone: 210-469-4148 or use links below:

SBA EIDL Information Webinars
April 1 | 2 pm | Skype Call in Link | Conference ID 366690258
April 2 | 2 pm | Skype Call in Link | Conference ID 484237430 (Spanish)
April 3 | 10 am | Skype Call in Link | Conference ID 783528154

For questions about or relating to an EIDL loan application, contact SBA disaster assistance customer service at 1-800-659-2955 or e-mail disastercustomerservice@sba.gov
Coronavirus Emergency Loans
Small Business Guide and Checklist

The CARES Act, Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is implemented by the Small Business Administration with support from the U.S. Department of Treasury. The following are information and resources for prospective lenders and borrowers interested in SBA loans can be found at Treasury's CARES Act:

Coronavirus Emergency Loans
Small Business Guide and Checklist

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, known as the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. The PPP initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses who maintain their payroll during this emergency.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce created Coronavirus Small Business Guide (available at uschamber.com/sbloans or PDF) to help small businesses, independent contractors, and gig economy workers prepare to file for a coronavirus relief loan. 

The guide outlines steps small businesses should take now and prepare to access much-needed funds to help keep their workers on the payroll during this crisis period. 
North SA Chamber | Zoom Morning Connections
Friday, April 3 | 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

During these times of uncertainty and the Stay-Home Order, we want to provide our members with an opportunity to make connections and check-in with each other. Join us for Morning Connections where all will have the opportunity to introduce themselves through Zoom! You can find more information here.
Chamber Access & Services
Temporary & Restricted Office Hours by Phone and Email Only
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Phone: 210.344.4848 | Email: membership@northsacchamber.com