CORONAVIRUS – BROWARD GUIDANCE FOR BUSINESSES

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UPDATES:

  • March 18, 2020 – There are two emergency small business loan programs designed to assist small businesses during a disaster: 1) Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program; 2) SBA Economic Injury Loan Program. It is important to understand the distinctions between the two programs:

    The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program
    The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program is a State-funded short-term, interest-free working capital loan program intended to “bridge the gap” between the time a major catastrophe hits and when a business has secured longer term recovery resources, such as sufficient profits from a revived business, receipt of payments on insurance claims or federal disaster assistance. This program is currently available to Florida for-profit businesses with 2 to 100 employees. Amount: Up to $50,000 per eligible small business.

    SBA Economic Injury Loan Program
    The SBA Economic Injury Loan is a federally funded loan program available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives and most private nonprofit organizations. This program is anticipated to be activated later this week and as early as tomorrow. The Department of Economic Opportunity announced Sunday that Gov. DeSantis has requested that the SBA deploy the Economic Injury Loan Program. The SBA is still collecting impact information from the State’s Damage Assessment Survey. We strongly encourage all small businesses to complete this survey. Once declared, the loan program can provide up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses that could have been met had the disaster not occurred.

  • March 17, 2020 – Governor Ron DeSantis activated the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program to support small businesses impacted by COVID-19. The bridge loan program will provide short-term, interest-free loans to small businesses that experienced economic injury from COVID-19. The application period runs through May 8, 2020. More information is at FloridaDisasterLoan.org
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CDC recommended strategies for employers to use now:

  • Actively encourage sick employees to stay home
  • Separate sick employees
  • Emphasize staying home when sick, respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene by all employees
  • Perform routine environmental cleaning
  • Advise employees before traveling to take certain steps:
    • Check the CDC’s Traveler’s Health Notices for the latest guidance and recommendations for each country to which you will travel. Specific travel information for travelers going to and returning from China, and information for aircrew, can be found at on the CDC website.
  • Additional Measures in Response to Currently Occurring Sporadic Importations of the COVID-19:
    • Employees who are well but who have a sick family member at home with COVID-19 should notify their supervisor and refer to CDC guidance for how to conduct a risk assessment of their potential exposure.
    • If an employee is confirmed to have COVID-19, employers should inform fellow employees of their possible exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace but maintain confidentiality as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Employees exposed to a co-worker with confirmed COVID-19 should refer to CDC guidance for how to conduct a risk assessment of their potential exposure.
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