The Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce continues to monitor resources for the business community to manage the impact of the COVID–19 outbreak.
- Palm Beach County has extended the COVID-19 State of Emergency until October 16.
- With the exception of Palm Beach County Emergency Orders Nos. 2020-012 (facial coverings) and 2020-017 (enforcement), as extended and as may be amended, all prior Palm Beach County emergency orders imposing COVID-19 related restrictions on individuals, businesses, and/or establishments are hereby repealed and replaced with the instant Order.
- Palm Beach County Emergency Orders 20-018 and 2020-023 are hereby repealed. This action removes any County-ordered COVID-19 emergency restrictions on business operating hours.
- Palm Beach County has extended the COVID-19 State of Emergency until October 2.
- Emergency Order 2020-012 is hereby extended by Emergency Order 2020-026 requiring face coverings in Palm Beach County, an additional 30 days. It is effective at 12:01 a.m. on 9/22/20.
- Palm Beach County has issued Emergency Order 25 to clarify that clubhouses, banquet halls, ball rooms, and other rental spaces may be open for meetings and other events, the County Administrator is issuing this clarifying order.
- Palm Beach County has issued Emergency Order 24 implementing Phase 2 – Step 1 for Palm Beach County in compliance with Governor DeSantis’ Executive Order 20-214.
9/3: EO 20-23: Revised Operating Hour Restrictions on Serving Food and/or Alcohol for on Premises Consumption and Other Business Hours
- Palm Beach County has issued Emergency Order 23 effective at 12:01 A.M. on September 4, 2020. This order revises an earlier order that restricted operating hours on serving food and/or alcohol for on premises consumption and other business hours. Emergency Order 23 amends Sections 4 and 5 of Emergency Order 2020-018 to replace all hour references from “between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.” to “between the hours of 12:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m.”Subsection 6k of Emergency Order 2020-018 is also amended to remove the references to tattooing, body piercing, and tanning business establishments, which are no longer closed within Palm Beach County.All other provisions of Section 6k are unchanged and all other provisions of Emergency Order 2020-018 remain in full effect.
For a complete list of Palm Beach County orders, click here.
From Our Members & Valued Partners
- The U.S. Chamber launched a new Reopening Business Digital Resource Center that includes state-specific guidance, industry sector-specific guidance and more.
- Palm Beach State College
- COVID-19: Your Questions Answered from Senator Rick Scott
- Coronavirus Emergency Loans: Small Business Guide & Checklist (US Chamber)
- Florida SBDC at FAU helps small businesses to access capital through both (1) the SBA Disaster Loan Assistance and (2) Bridge Loan Programs for COVID-19 — Click here for more information.
- Florida Weekly State-wide COVID-19 Business & Events Updates
- VCMG Live introduces two advertising support packages
- Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association
- FPL responds to ongoing COVID-19 pandemic by lowering customer bills for the second time this year
- LASPBC Legal Resource Guide
- How to Prevent Zoom Bombing!
- Raymond James:
- Enterprise Florida: Microfinance Guarantee Program
- Palm Beach Neighbors Community Business Board
- CROS Ministries remains a constant presence in the community with some changes in line with CDC and governmental recommendations.
- Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association
SBA Disaster Loan Virtual Office Hours
Monday – Friday
9:00 A.M – 5:00 P.M.
The U.S. Small Business Administration South Florida District Office will host virtual office hours to answer questions about the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program. Limited to 250 callers at one time. Participants may call at anytime and are welcome to enter and exit at will. Callers will be muted upon entry and will be taken in the order they are received.
Phone: (202) 765-1264; Conference ID – 162817288
SBA Disaster Loan Virtual Office Hours in SPANISH
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Phone: (202) 765-1264; Conference ID – 812319792
Federal & State Guidance
U.S. Small Business Administration: Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources – Health and government officials are working together to maintain the safety, security, and health of the American people. Small businesses are encouraged to do their part to keep their employees, customers, and themselves healthy. https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources
Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers – The following interim guidance may help prevent workplace exposures to acute respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, in non-healthcare settings. The guidance also provides planning considerations if there are more widespread outbreaks of COVID-19. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html
U.S. Department of Labor: Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 – This guidance is intended for planning purposes. Employers and workers should use this planning guidance to help identify risk levels in workplace settings and to determine any appropriate control measures to implement. Additional guidance may be needed as COVID-19 outbreak conditions change, including as new information about the virus, its transmission, and impacts, becomes available. https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3990.pdf
U.S, Department of Labor: Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions & Answers -As provided under the legislation, the U.S. Department of Labor will be issuing implementing regulations. Additionally, as warranted, the Department will continue to provide compliance assistance to employers and employees on their responsibilities and rights under the FFCRA. https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-questions
Florida Department of Health: What you need to know about COVID-19 in Florida – Adults 60 and older and those with underlying medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes and lung disease are more likely to develop serious illness. Here’s what you can do right now. https://floridahealthcovid19.gov
Florida Chamber Foundation: The FCF has an extensive resource center website that provides up-to-date information. https://www.flchamber.com/follow-facts-not-fear/
County and Municipality Links
Palm Beach County
The School District Palm Beach County
City of Palm Beach Gardens
City of Riviera Beach
Town of Juno Beach
Town of Jupiter
Town of Jupiter Inlet Colony
Town of Lake Park
Town of Mangonia Park
Click here to download a statement from the mayor of Mangonia Park.
Town of Palm Beach Shores
Village of North Palm Beach
Village of Tequesta
Businesses Resources and Disaster Assistance
The following links provide information on business operations, business loans, avoiding scams, traveling safely, and more.
SBA Disaster Assistance – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) provides low-interest disaster loans to help businesses and homeowners recover from declared disasters. Businesses can apply for loans online through a 3-step loan process.
Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program – Short-term, interest-free working capital loans which are intended to “bridge the gap” between the time a major disaster hits and when a business has secured longer-term recovery resources. The program provides a short-term loan of State of Florida public funding. It is not a grant and must be repaid. https://floridadisasterloan.org/
SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans – Substantial economic injury means the business is unable to meet its obligations and to pay its ordinary and necessary operating expenses. EIDLs provide the necessary working capital to help small businesses survive until normal operations resume after a disaster. The SBA can provide up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses that could have been met had the disaster not occurred. Your loan amount will be based on your actual economic injury and your company’s financial needs, regardless of whether the business suffered any property damage. https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Information/EIDLLoans
Bartender Emergency Assistance Program – The United States Bartenders Guild’s National Charity Foundation has launched a program for bartenders in need of assistance during the coronavirus outbreak. The Bartender Emergency Assistance Program is meant to aid service industry personnel experiencing financial difficulties as a direct result of the outbreak. Eligible applicants can receive a grant, in undisclosed sums, to help pay their bills. https://www.usbgfoundation.org/beap
Disaster Recovery Resources
Responding to Disaster: Tips from the Frontline – Helpful info-graphic of key items. www.uschamberfoundation.org/bhq/when-disaster-hits-home-story-resilience-and-recovery
Small Business Recovery Expanded Guide – When a disaster occurs, businesses must take care of employees’ needs, communicate impact, address financial matters (e.g., insurance, disaster assistance), restore operations, and organize recovery. Here are resources to help reopen your business and make long-term recovery progress. https://www.uschamberfoundation.org/node/43168
Florida SBDC Network – As a principal responder in the state’s Emergency Support Function (ESF) 18 for Business & Industry, the SBDC Network is a key economic development organization that supports disaster preparedness, recovery and mitigation through its Business Continuation services. Specialists can help develop a comprehensive business continuity, emergency preparedness, and disaster recovery plan tailored for businesses at no cost. http://floridasbdc.org/services/business-continuation/
- Apply for the Business Emergency Bridge Loan
Resources to Help Your Small Business Survive the Coronavirus – The coronavirus is causing financial difficulties for businesses across the U.S. Here are five resources that can help you navigate this difficult situation. https://www.uschamber.com/co/start/strategy/small-business-resources-for-surviving-coronavirus
Health Related Resources
World Health Organization
Florida Department of Health
Jupiter Medical Center
Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center
JFK Medical Center
St. Mary’s Medical Center
BUSINESS DAMAGE ASSESSMENT SURVEY
If you believe your business has been affected by the Coronavirus, please take a moment to complete SBA’s Business Damage Assessment Survey. The survey is available in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole and is available at:
This survey is meant to determine how much the Coronavirus has impacted small businesses. The results of this survey will be used to justify a Small Business Administration Disaster Declaration for the State of Florida so that funds may be allocated and the application process may begin.
FloridaDisaster.biz is a partnership between the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) and the Florida Division of Emergency Management (DEM).
DEO is the lead agency for the State Emergency Response Team Emergency Support Function (ESF) 18. ESF-18 is tasked with coordinating local, state and federal agency actions that provide immediate and short-term assistance to business and industry as well as economic stabilization. Additionally, ESF-18 works with business and industry to identify available resources to meet the needs of the state and its citizens before, during and after a disaster.