2-Week Statewide Freeze

From November 18 to December 2, Oregon will be in a statewide Two-Week Freeze to stop the rapid spread of COVID-19 across Oregon. These risk reduction measures are critical in limiting the spread of COVID-19, reducing risk in communities more vulnerable to serious illness and death, and helping conserve hospital capacity so that all Oregonians can continue to have access to quality care.

Two-Week Freeze

Social Gatherings

Limited to no more than 6 people total, from no more than 2 households – indoor and outdoor

Limited faith-based organizations to a maximum of 25 people indoors or 50 people outdoors

No Indoor visitation in long-term care facilities

Businesses

Work-from-home to the greatest extent possible and close offices to the public

Restaurants are delivery and take-out only

Grocery stores and pharmacies are limited to 75% capacity and should encourage curbside pick up

Retail stores and malls (indoor and outdoor) are limited to 75% capacity and should encourage curbside pick up

Must Close

Gyms and fitness organizations

Indoor recreational facilities, museums, indoor entertainment activities, and indoor pools and sports courts

Zoos, gardens, aquariums, outdoor entertainment activities, and outdoor pools

Venues that host or facilitate indoor or outdoor events

The Two-Week Freeze does not apply to or change current health and safety protocols for…

Personal services (such as barbershops, hair salons, and non-medical massage therapy), congregate homeless sheltering, outdoor recreation and sports, youth programs, childcare, K-12 schools, K-12 sports currently allowed, current Division 1 and professional athletics exemptions, and higher education — all of which can continue operating under previous guidance issued by the Oregon Health Authority.

For more information please visit, https://govstatus.egov.com/or-covid-19/

Effective Friday, July 24th:

  • Face coverings are required for age 5 and up
  • Restaurants and bars must close at 10pm statewide, regardless of phase
  • Face coverings are now required when exercising indoors, plus outdoors when you can’t physically distance
  • Capacity limit for restaurants, gyms, venues (e.g. concert halls, movie theaters) is reduced to 100 people indoors, including staff

Reopening Oregon with a Commitment to Safety

Oregon Restaurants & Lodging Association has put together a checklist in guidance to improve operational safety.

visit ORLA for more information

https://www.oregonrla.org

Questions or would like to make an appointment with  the Business Resource Center

 customer service number is 541-289-3000

SBA Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov

Economic Injury Disaster Loan and Advance

 

Economic Injury Disaster Loan now includes up to a $10,000 advance that may be requested at the same time the business owner applies online.
SBA now has a streamlined application process with no requirement for tax returns, financial statements, etc.  The one application covers the request for the EIDL loan and the EIDL advance.  Here is the link for the EIDL application:  https://covid19relief.sba.gov/.

Paycheck Protection Program

 

Businesses may visit their local bank or any approved SBA 7a lender to access the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

Here is a link which allows applicants to enter their zip code to find a lender to apply for the PPP program: https://www.sba.gov/paycheckprotection/find

The Eastern Oregon Regional Economic Recovery Team has put together a useful one-page guide that covers the most relevant funding and relief options for small businesses, all on one easy to access page.

Umatilla County

Small Business Emergency Grant

Umatilla County Grant Committee has established the Small Business Emergency Grant for the purpose of providing one-time, short-term financial support to small businesses and sole proprietors impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The funds are to serve during the gap between when Federal and State funds are expected to become available and dispersed to small businesses in late April and May. The county-wide program is being administered by Gail Nelson, Umatilla County Economic Development Coordinator.

“The purpose of these grants is to provide interim relief to businesses and sole proprietors to help them have a chance to make it through these unprecedented times and be able to open and operate as soon as this Covid-19 time passes” stated Nelson.

To be eligible, the applicant must operate within Umatilla County, be able to demonstrate financial impact/damage due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and show documentation of applying for other financial assistance from at least one other source.

Apply at: www.umatillacounty.net/grants

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) serves as the lead agency for the public health response. For more information from OHA visit:

https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19

The Food Industry Association put together a guidance booklet.

The Guidance includes: managing and helping associates, assisting customers, addressing the supply chain, and other helpful resources.

https://www.fmi.org/docs/default-source/coronavirus/food-industry-best-practices—short-term1279f0073cb6492d87b8799f97ca9ccc.pdf?sfvrsn=bdebd4d7_2

Friendly Reminder

Tax deadline changed

The deadlines to FILE and PAY federal income taxes are extended to July 15, 2020.

Need Health Information or updates on the COVID-19? Visit these websites:

https://www.oregon.gov/

https://www.fema.gov/

https://www.cdc.gov/

Need Travel Information in Oregon?

Visit TravelOregon.com