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|Topic||Local Info||State Info||Federal Info/Other|
|Current Business Restrictions||March 23, 2020 –Governor Northam Orders Statewide Closure of Certain Non-Essential Businesses, K-12 Schools |
Bans public gatherings of more than 10 people
|Ideas on shifting products or services, and protecting assets to meet new reality|
–Start pick/up or delivery of current products
–Create new convenience items or items that meet current needs
-Promote special online sales to your customer base via email or social media, including gift cards/certificates
–Update your Hours and Services on Google
|Communicating with Customers|
Update Event calendars including VisitFloydVa
Use Social Media in new ways…e.g. consider Facebook live to update customers on offerings or steps you’re taking to assure health and safety of staff and customers
|“Communicate openly with your customers about the status of your operations, what protective measures you’ve implemented, and how they (as customers) will be protected when they visit.”~SBA|
|Protecting and Supporting Employees|
Plenty! food assistance still operating
Allow telework when possible
Make sure employees have needed VPN to access your network.
Virginia Rapid Response Program-Crisis Management regarding Staff
Business Guidance from CDC: Updated includes reduce transmission among employees, maintain healthy business operations, and maintain a healthy work environment.
|Financial Assistance and Information Loans: do you have cash to weather the storm?|
Businesses: You need 45+ days of operating funds available.
The Roanoke Regional Small Business Development Center will be hosting informational sessions through Zoom on applying for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans. All Session are listed here. Note that some sessions are specifically for Sole Proprietors.
While filing deadlines remain the same for Virginia individuals and corporate income taxes, the due date for individual and corporate income tax will now be June 1, 2020. Please note that interest will still accrue, so taxpayers who are able to pay by the original deadlines should do so.
AND Deferring State Sales Tax: The Gov. announced that Businesses impacted by COVID-19 can also request to defer the payment of state sales tax due tomorrow, March 20, 2020, for 30 days. When granted, businesses will be able to file no later than April 20, 2020 with a waiver of any penalties.
IRS Income tax filing and payment deadline moved from April 15, 2020 to July 15, 2020. This is for businesses and individuals and includes both 2019 and first quarter 2020.) You need not file a request for extension for this.
Many forms of assistance being discussed at the Federal Level; none finalized and available yet.
|Events/Gatherings—Status and Guidance||Floyd Tourism Page: Status of Local events, new Local business hours and services, and Virtual Floyd options|
3/17/2020:“Governor and Health Commissioner Issue Public Health Emergency Order to Enforce 10-Patron Limit Order; gives law enforcement the ability to enforce 10-patron limit in restaurants, fitness centers, and theaters.”
|President Advises no gatherings with more than 10 (5/16/20)|
CDC Advises Cancel or Postpone Events of 50 or more through at least 3/15/20
|Continuity of Operations Plan||-Prepare for the fact that current business leaders may be unavailable to do illness.|
–Designate at least one person who knows all critical business operations to work in a separate location for now.
–Crisis Communication Plan: establish now how you will communicate with all employees
-Seek to assure alternate sources of supplies.
-Who will be in charge of the premises if business must close?
|Need to talk to someone about your business?||Contact:|
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Remote Advising by Small Business Development Center (free)
Remote Advising Sessions
|What should I do if I think I may have COVID-19?|
If you have a Medical Emergency Call 911, if you have questions about the Coronavirus or need to be tested contact the Health Department Hotline for COVID-19 (tel. 540-267-8240)
If you have developed a fever and/or symptoms of a respiratory illness, please contact the hotline to determine if testing for COVID-19 is needed.
The New River Health District has recently launched a new website (nrvroadtowellness.com), to help keep the residents of the New River Valley informed of current health issues.
“Call your healthcare professional if you feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or if you live in or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19. If you are seriously ill, call ahead and seek care at the emergency room. Your healthcare professional will work to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19 and may consult with your local health department if needed. If you have very mild illness, stay home and rest.” Virginia Department of Health
New River Health District Hotline 540-267-8240
Saturday – 8-12 am
Sunday – 12-4
|State of Emergency Declaration||US- 3/13/2020|
|Lodging Businesses: If you have guests arriving from current domestic or international “hotspots”||Email the Floyd County Emergency Services Coordinator, Kevin Sowers if you have guests who have traveled outside of the US within the last 14 days or to/from one of the areas of widespread transmission of COVID-19 (West Coast: Washington and California or New York).|