COVID-19 BUSINESS PREPAREDNESS RESOURCES

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Updates Posted Daily

Check this page frequently to keep up to date with the latest COVID-19 news and information.

We're In This Together

Let’s keep calm, everyone. Be kind to one another. Take deep breaths. Go for walks. Shop local. Be safe. We’ll get through this.

Just the Facts

Don’t believe everything you read on social media. Don’t listen to rumors, and for goodness sake, don’t spread rumors.

We Can Do This

Our grandparents were called to war. We are simply being asked to stay home and avoid groups for a few weeks.

OPEN FOR BUSINESS

Open Businesses and Restaurants

OPPORTUNITY FOR FREE INTERNET

The Chamber of Commerce has verified all residents who live at serviceable Spectrum locations and have school children (PK-12 or college-age) are eligible for free Spectrum Internet and WiFi for two months.

Stipulations: Parents or those at least 18 years of age must call and place the order; CANNOT be a current Spectrum customer

If you and your family meet the criteria above, call (844) 488-8398 and ask for new service and mention the Free Internet Offer for Students and Distance Learning.

COMMUNITY UPDATES

  • 3/28/2020: Mayor's Disaster Declaration for Columbus, TX

  • 3/28/2020: Mayor's Social Distancing Guidelines

  • 3/27/2020: A Message from the CISD Superintendent

  • 3/24/2020: County Judge's Radio Interview on COVID-19 Updates

  • 3/20/2020: Colorado County Joint Disaster Declaration

  • 3/20/2020: Mayor's Interview Regarding COVID-19

  • 3/19/2020: Governor's Letter Regarding COVID-19 Preparedness and Mitigation

  • 3/19/2020: Mayor's Letter to Columbus Restaurants, Bars, and Gyms

  • 3/18/2020: County Judge's Radio Interview Regarding Disaster Declaration

  • 3/17/2020: State of Disaster Declaration for Colorado County

  • United Way of Greater Houston (2-1-1 Helpline)

  • City of Columbus Website

  • Colorado County, Texas Website

  • Colorado County Citizen

  • Banner Press

  • KULM 98.3

  • Chamber Events Calendar

COVID-19 SAFETY TIPS

  • COVID-19 Cases in Texas

  • Coronavirus Guidelines for America

  • Guidelines for Preventing the Spread of COVID-19

  • Working From Home? 5 Tips to Stay Secure.

  • 5 Ways to Boost Your Immune System

  • FCC Consumer Warnings and Safety Tips

ASSISTANCE FOR EMPLOYERS & EMPLOYEES

  • Coronavirus Disaster Relief Options for Small Businesses (3/31 Workforce Solutions Webinar)

  • Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program

CORONAVIRUS STIMULUS BILL

On 3/24/2020, the US Senate approved a $2 trillion package with many provisions to assist families and businesses.

CLICK HERE to learn about the Senate CARES bill tax provisions.

CLICK HERE to learn about the Senate CARES bill unemployment provisions.

CLICK HERE to learn about the Senate CARES bill  small business provisions.

CLICK HERE to learn about the Senate CARES bill distressed industries provisions.

CLICK HERE for a topline summary of the Senate CARES Act

CLICK HERE for Senate CARES act summary of small business impact.

CLICK HERE for Senate CARES act questions and answers.

 

Additionally, the US Department of Labor published new guidelines explaining paid sick leave and family and medical leave (FMLA) and the Families Fires Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), a new law that goes into effect April 1st and may apply to businesses in Columbus. Business owners, take note!

CLICK HERE for a FFCRA fact sheet for employees.

CLICK HERE for a FFCRA fact sheet for employers.

CLICK HERE for a FFCRA questions and answers document.