News Release: 3/16/2020: COVID-19 Update: Restaurants/Bars Impacted

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March 16, 2020
For Immediate Release:

BAR/RESTAURANT CLOSURE
AT 2PM ON 3/16/2020 Governor Kate Brown updated us with a new executive order that will be in effect on 3/17/2020 for four (4) weeks, entailing the following:
  • A statewide cancellation of all events and gatherings larger than 25 people — exempting essential locations like workplaces, grocery stores, pharmacies, and retail stores. It's additionally recommended that Oregonians avoid gatherings of 10 people or more.
  • Restaurants, bars, and other establishments that offer food or beverages for sale are restricted to carry-out and delivery only with no on-site consumption permitted.
  • Food service at health care facilities, workplaces, and other essential facilities will continue.
  • All other businesses are urged to assess their practices, implement strong social distancing measures, and close their doors temporarily if they cannot put the new guidance in place.

(To watch the full press release, view here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jQndXECPSc&fbclid=IwAR2SEbiR6PHGJQ0ThV8k-yryLlE9n94FjzVax2B1qHRIwtQpVw8U4OxAeDU)

Information we collected that may be helpful to our small business neighbors:

FOR EMPLOYERS:
The US Small Business Administration has released some information to help small business owners.
https://www.sba.gov/page/guidance-businesses-employers-plan-respond-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19

Visit the SBA link above to learn more about COVID-19 talking points, capital access.
The local SBA assistance program is located in the Chemeketa Small Business Development Center: 626 High Street STE 210 Salem, Oregon.
 
**If you have a relationship with a lender for your business for an operating line of credit, reach out and ask for an increase, or if you have debt payments on anything business related reach out and ask for help, defer or interest only payments, for example.

The Governor's Office is still collecting hardship letters i
n order to meet the threshold for federal small business assistance, OREGON SMALL BUSINESSES have to engage and share the impact.  PLEASE COME FORWARD AND TELL YOUR STORY.

You may submit your story to the Governor's office directly by emailing Leah Horner (leah.horner@oregon.gov) and sending us your story (Danielle@keizerchamber.com), we will compile and send in groups on your behalf.

Also, the Oregon State Chamber just released a letter sent to Governor Brown from Representative Helt and Bynum: view here
Oregon State Chamber has created a resource page: view here

OREGON EMPLOYMENT DEPARTMENT INFORMATION:
Information obtained from: https://www.oregon.gov/employ/Pages/COVID-19.aspx?fbclid=IwAR0UTf_lPRciKvvDVxfMg03jEWBWI-I2rIKDQh4-CBOTFwP8ra7GPvoB2u8

FOR EMPLOYEES:


To file for unemployment benefits visit the Oregon Employment Department website: https://secure.emp.state.or.us/ocs/


We are working diligently with all of our partners to get you the most current, helpful information as it comes in. 

Contact:
Danielle Bethell, Executive Director
(503) 393-9111