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Coronavirus



Like businesses across Florida, the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce is committed to the safety and health of Florida employers and the millions of people that work for them.

Our goal is to meet this challenge head-on by sharing key information and best practices, while providing employers with the guidance they need.

We encourage our members to implement strategies to protect their workforce from the coronavirus while ensuring continuity of operations. There are several resources to aid your business, whether large or small, to assist in that effort.




Resources that the U.S. Chamber has developed to assist businesses access resources created under the CARES Act (Phase III bill).  This includes an update to the guide we released several days ago on the Paycheck Protection Program. 

 
NEW - Guide to SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) 

 NEW - Guide to the Employee Retention Tax Credit   

 UPDATED – Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist (Paycheck Protection Program)

Additionally, the U.S. Department of Treasury issued additional guidance yesterday regarding the Paycheck Protection Program.  Links to the resources provided by Treasury can be found, or on their webpage.

A top-line overview of the program can be found here.

If you’re a lender, more information can be found here.

 If you’re a borrower, more information can be found
here.

The application for borrowers can be found here.

Emergency Loan Guide and Checklist

Small Businesses and Loans
 
        
SBA Disaster Assistance

 

The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program is now accepting applications from companies whose cash flows have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The program will be administered through the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity in partnership with the Florida Small Business Development Center Network and Florida First Capital Finance Corporations.

Loans are interest-free for up to one year.

For additional information, including eligibility requirements and application forms, please use the following link: https://floridadisasterloan.org/         
 

Surety Bonds

Government Grants

SBA Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus.





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Here are upcoming webinars to help your business:

Beginners Guide to Marketing with Canva
Date/ Time: Thursday, April 9, 2020 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Speaker: Mariana Griswold, Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Boca Chamber
Click here to register

Government Affairs Committee Meeting
Date/ Time: Thursday, April 9, 2020 | 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Speaker: Robert Weinroth, Vice Mayor, Palm Beach County
Click here to register

Live After Five - Virtual Happy Hour
Date/ Time: Tuesday, April 14, 2020 | 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Click here to register

Boynton Beach Coffee Plus Networking Event
Date/ Time: Tuesday, April 16, 2020 | 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Click here to register

Successful Women In Business - After the Coronavirus Crisis - What Then?
From commonplace office jobs to telemedicine, how we get things done has changed—potentially forever. Are we prepared?
Date/ Time: Tuesday, April 16, 2020 | 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Speaker: Penny Morey, Managing Director, RemarkableHR, Inc.
Click here to register

The Power of MIndset: Learn how to master your success by managing your mind
Date/ Time: Tuesday, April 21, 2020 | 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Speaker: Patricia Cimino, Empowerment Coach, Patricia Cimino Coaching
Click here to register

  

 

In the event that you have missed any of our virtual programs, you are able to access this information on the Boca Chamber's Youtube page. 

 

 


April 1: Governor Ron DeSantis has issued a mandatory safer-at-home order for the entire state of Florida, beginning Tonight at midnight. The order mandates that residents stay home and requires "all persons in Florida to limit their movements and personal interactions outside of their home" to essential services or activities for the next 30 days.
To read the full order, please
click here.


March 28:
On Saturday evening, the City of Delray Beach issued a stay-at-home order and overnight curfew. The curfew will be in effect daily from 12:01 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. and shall include but not be limited to the prohibition of pedestrian and vehicular movement, standing, and parking. 
To view the full order, please click here

  
March 27: The City of Boca Raton issued a “Stay Home, Stay Safe” emergency order for everyone living within City limits beginning Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 12:01 AM. People should remain in their homes or on their own property. Individuals may leave their places of residence only for essential activities. Do your part. Slow the spread. Stay safe and stay home.
View the Emergency Order - "Stay Home, Stay Safe Order."

 
March 25, 2020:
Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-83 directing the State Surgeon General and State Health Officer to issue a public health advisory to everyone over the age of 65 and those with serious underlying medical conditions, urging them to stay home and to take other measures as necessary to limit their risk of exposure to COVID-19. Additionally, the Order directs the State Surgeon General and State Health Officer to issue a public health advisory against all social or recreational gatherings of 10 or more people and urging those who can work remotely to do so.
View the Executive Order.


March 24, 2020:
The City of Boca Raton is closing all non-essential retail and commercial establishments, effective 12:01am Wednesday, March 25, 2020, until further notice.
This order is intended to save lives and prevent the long-term devastating impacts that COVID-19 could have on our residents, businesses and visitors. Do your part. Slow the spread. Stay at home.

View the full Emergency Order (PDF). 

 

       

 

           
A new Covid-19 testing site will be available in Palm Beach County at the FITTEAM Ballpark (5444 Haverhill Road, West Palm Beach) of the Palm Beaches March 31, 2020. Telephone registration and appointment scheduling are required. Call: 561-642-1000
   

Many retail pharmacy chains such as CVS Health, have recently announced that they will provide Coronavirus testing services to the general public.
While final details are still being worked out, CVS has indicated that Coronavirus testing will take place in parking lots or other secure areas – not inside of the store.

Broward County now has three testing centers set up across the county. Broward Health is operating a site in Pompano Beach, while Cleveland Clinic is set up in Weston,
and Memorial Health is in C.B. Smith Park.

Those who meet the criteria below are encouraged to call the CB Smith Park Screening Center at 954-276-4680.

-First responders: police, fire rescue and hospital workers who are symptomatic.
-Individuals who are 65 years or older, “Who has a chronic condition, and who also has symptoms,” according to Dr. Jennifer Goldman, who organized the drive-thru testing and the hotline

The hotline will be operating Tuesday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., seven days a week.
 

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About COVID-19    

Checklist for Individuals and Families.

COVID-19 and Animals

 

15 Days to Slow the Spread
       

Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2.

               

Cancellations in Boynton Beach

Cancellations in Boca Raton.




Caring for Yourself at Home

What to do if You are Sick

       


During this difficult time, our community is coming together to help assist those in need. Let us show our support by helping those who need it most, now more than ever. Please see below for a list of organizations that are taking initiative in an effort to help others: 

Achievement Centers for Children and Families has set up an Amazon Smiles Account for people to purchase supplies for Achievement Centers families who can't afford these purchases. Click here to donate. 

The Arch of Palm Beach County is holding a Food Pantry Drive to assist the families they serve. Please click here for more information.

The Spirit of Giving is joining forces with Boca Raton Interfaith Clergy Association and Bocahelps.com to provide community support during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Please click here to learn more about this program.

Space of Mind has partnered with other local nonprofits, restaurants, and community leaders who are committed to making creative and culinary resources available to the community. Please click here for more information on how to help.


       
FULL CARES Act

CARES Act Summary Provided by the U.S. Chamber       

USA Government

US Chamber

State of Florida

List of Executive Orders 2020- State of Florida

Florida Department of Health

Palm Beach County


Cultural Council for Palm Beach County


Palm Beach County Schools

City of Boca Raton

City of Boynton Beach

City of Boynton Beach - Open Restaurants

Restaurant Options, Promotions, and First Responder Discounts

       



CDC World Map
 

CDC Cases in the U.S.

Cases in Florida

Testing in the U.S.