Welcome to the Coronavirus Info Hub - Updated on 4/9
As the Coronavirus situation continues to evolve, it is important for all employers to monitor the outbreak and are prepared to implement strategies to protect their workforce while ensuring continuity of operations. To help educate employers and employees on how they can prepare for and address the impacts of the virus, please explore these following 10 sections of helpful information and resources:
- 1) Coronavirus: General Information and Business Resources
- 2) Coronavirus: Business Guidance and Legislation Information
- 3) Coronavirus: Webinars
- 4) Coronavirus: Resources for Impacted Employees
- 5) Coronavirus: Small Business Resources
- 6) Coronavirus: Nonprofit Resources
- 7) Coronavirus: Resources for Remote Work
- 8) Coronavirus: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Information
- 9) Coronavirus: Shareable Digital Content
- 10) Coronavirus: Chamber Event Updates
- 11) Coronavirus: How Business Is Helping
In addition, Tom Baldrige, President & CEO of the Lancaster Chamber has been providing timely letters with updates. Read below:
1) Coronavirus: General Information and Business Resources
(Section updated on 4/3)
WHAT EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES NEED TO KNOW:
- Coronavirus in PA – Overview & Guidance for Pennsylvanians
- Updated Business Guidance from the Department of Health (includes Employee Exposure Information)
Center for Disease Control Information:
- Find Guidance for Businesses and Employers from the CDC here
- Explore the main CDC website regarding the Coronavirus here
- Follow the CDC Twitter account here
- Follow the CDC Facebook page here
US Chamber Coronavirus Updates
- Explore the main Coronavirus updates page on the US Chamber website for current information on travel advisories, the economy, and more
TOOLKIT OF RESOURCES:
- Guidance For Employers - Click here to download guidance for employers to plan and respond to the Coronavirus
- Workplace Tips - For workplace tips and resources for employers to combat the virus, please click here.
- Resilience in a Box - If your business needs help putting a plan in place, click here to use the U.S. Chamber Foundation's toolkit created in partnership with the UPS foundation.
- More Resources - For more resources, including consolidated, business-specific guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), please click here.
Keep checking back here for more information and look out for Friday email updates (sign up for the email updates by emailing Tony Gorick, Creative Services Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org) that will be communicating any new information regarding the Coronavirus.
2) Coronavirus: Business Guidance & Legislation Information
(Section updated on 4/7)
- READ: List of Essential/Non-Essential Industry/Business – A list of business types that may/may not continue physical operations. (UPDATED on 4/1 at 4pm – CURRENT)
- READ: Life-Sustaining FAQ Document (Updated on 4/1)
The business exemption submission period has ended. Waiver requests are no longer be accepted. Businesses seeking further guidance and clarification from DCED can contact its customer service account at email@example.com.
Life-Sustaining Business Commuting Guidance for Employees
Employers with employees commuting to and from a business deemed life-sustaining or with a waiver can provide their employees with a letter on company letterhead stating what category of life-sustaining operation they fit into, contact information of a key contact person at the company, and signed by HR or C-level.
(This is not currently required and local enforcement is aware of/utilizing the list as they do enforcement, but this is a current “best-practice” for employers who are deemed life-sustaining or have a waiver and would like to provide their employees with some kind of documentation. If guidance is issued from the Governor’s administration or local authority guidance would change we will update this information.)
Employee Mask Guidance:
Safety & Sanitation Measures:
Updates on Lancaster County and City:
- READ: Governor Wolf adds Lancaster County to the Stay At Home List
- READ: Lancaster County Planning Commission regarding closures and operations
- READ: City of Lancaster Declares State Of Emergency
- READ: Lancaster County Declaration of Disaster Emergency
- READ: County and Court Continuity of Operations Live Updates
What Employers Need To Know Regarding the Coronavirus Legislative Response:
- Read Federal Stimulus Information
- Coronavirus Paid Leave Programs: Employer Guide
- US Department of Labor Families First Coronavirus Response Act – Q&A
- FFCRA DOL Regulations & IRS Guidance
- Employee Notice – All businesses covered by the FFCRA law (i.e., private sector employers with fewer than 500 employees) are required to post this notice, even if you are a small business owner. You can obtain the notices free of charge by contacting DOL’s Wage & Hour Division at 1-866-4-USWAGE (1-866-487-9243) or you can download and print the notice yourself. Employers may satisfy the notice requirements of the law by emailing or direct mailing the notice to employees, or posting the notice on an employee information internal or external website. Since the law only applies to current employees, the notice does not have to be shared with laid-off individuals.
- Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Summary/Highlights
- CARES Act Detailed Information
- For Specific Information & Guidance on the CARES Act Impact for Small Businesses, See Section 5
- Employee Retention Tax Credit Guide
- Employee Retention Credit Available – IRS Info
- Paycheck Protection Program – Treasury Info
- SBA PPP Interim Final Rule
- COVID-10 Emergency Loans: Small Business Guide
- SBA EIDL Guide
- US Chamber EIDL Guide
- Infographic on Scenarios & Benefits Available (Paid Leave, UC, WC)
3) Coronavirus: Webinars
(Section updated on 4/9)
Ask An Attorney Webinar PART 1:
This webinar featured representatives from APPEL & YOST and Blakinger Thomas to provide discussion on high-level issues regarding the Coronavirus along with the legal (and practical) challenges associated with continuing to run a business during the virus threat.
ACCESS HERE (Password to access webinar is kY5XGd6f)
Business Insurance Considerations During COVID-19 Webinar
This webinar covered issues including: Business Interruption Coverage, General Liability, Workers Compensation, OSHA Recording.
Ask An Attorney Webinar: Part 2
This webinar is specifically targeted to cover legislative changes that have taken place over the course of the weeks and what businesses need to know.
ACCESS HERE (Password to access webinar is fNJveSw5)
Getting the facts about Corona Virus, or Covid -19, and its impact on your company is a business imperative. Although the news is dominated with stories about what businesses must do, it can be overwhelming. It featured Eric Athey, Co-Chair of the Labor and Employment Practice Group at McNees Wallace and Nurick LLP, and his colleagues, Renee Lieux and Ursula Siverling address these pressing topics and provide you with the information you need to avoid compliance pitfalls while also addressing the needs of both your business and your workforce
ACCESS HERE (Password to access webinar is Gh8gCpib)
When: April 1 from 1:30-2:30pm
In the last 3 weeks, some of our Lancaster County business community moved our workforce to remote working due to the COVID19 pandemic. Now that you are doing business from multiple locations, you need to be sure your information is safe.
The webinar focused on accounting, payroll and cash flow related topics. The panelists covered changes to: individual tax, employer payroll tax, corporate tax, employer retention credit, delay of tax payments and cash flow strategies. The panelists covered these topics, followed by time for a moderated Q&A.
In the last 3 weeks, some of our Lancaster County business community moved our From insurance savings to energy discounts, Chamber Members receive a curated list of value programs that saves businesses and organizations a lot of money. This greatly helps the bottom line of a business. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we wanted to provide a free webinar about these value and cost savings programs that gives a preview of each along with a Q&A time.
Learn how local businesses can increase revenue by selling products and services online. Amazon’s self-service platform can help every business boost sales and reach more customers. Listen to the discussion regarding ‘thinking outside the box’ to create a strategy to help build multiple streams of income for your business.
2) REGISTER FOR UPCOMING WEBINARS BELOW:
When: TODAY from 1:30-2:15pm
Join Kedren from Work Wisdom to learn about five concrete ways to enhance your ability to Lead Through Crisis. In addition to these processes which improve your leadership during uncertainty, you will also explore the leadership mindset of preparing for recovery, as opposed to managing the crisis.
REGISTER FOR WEBINAR NOW
When: April 15 from 1-2pm
Small businesses are being hit hard right now, and your top priority is figuring out how to preserve revenue and survive through this pandemic.
REGISTER FOR WEBINAR NOW
When: April 16 from 8:30-9:30am
Join us for this important event on how to cope with stress during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn to recognize the impact of the virus on your mental health and the health of your workforce. Also learn some important coping strategies.
REGISTER FOR WEBINAR NOW
Caring For Employees Financial Wellness
When: April 16 from 11am-Noon
In this session, we will explore the positive impact Workplace Financial Wellness can have in helping employees find greater success and confidence in managing their finances, despite today’s uncertainties.
REGISTER FOR WEBINAR NOW
REGISTER by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Webinar Program is available to small businesses and private non-profits due to COVID-19. Webinar trainings are now available! The webinar will address: Who is eligible for an SBA EIDL loan, What you need to have in hand before filing your application, Q&A time devoted to answer your specific questions
Due to the high volume of questions, the webinar will be held daily. If the session is full, please join another day's session.
The schedule is daily now through Friday, April 3. Webinars are offered Monday through Friday. Each Webinar starts at 12:00 noon and concludes at 1:30pm
Call the Eastern PA SBA District Office at 610-382-3062 with any questions about the training.
4) Coronavirus: Resources for Impacted Employees
(Section updated on 4/1)
WellSpan Health provided us with two flyers that they have distributed to deal with COVID-19 that share good practices for personal wellness, suggestions for self-care, how to navigate fear of the unknown, and more.
Below is up-to-date information on the services being offered to all community members by the Lancaster Health Center. Lancaster Health Center is hearing from many people who are concerned with layoffs and the impact on their health insurance. They are open to see anyone, regardless of insurance status
5) Coronavirus: Small Business Resources
(Section updated on 4/8)
NEW - Crowdfunding EnCourage initiative to raise money for small businesses in Lancaster City - Learn more here
NEW - SCORE Mentors walk local merchants through federal loan and paycheck protection programs. Watch the video here
Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act:
The programs and initiatives in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was just passed by Congress are intended to assist business owners with whatever needs they have right now. READ IT HERE.
Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide & Checklist:
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program, the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses. GET THE GUIDE AND CHECKLIST HERE.
Paycheck Protection Program FAQs for Small Businesses:
Here is a collection of the FAQs about the paycheck protection program. GET IT HERE.
Paycheck Protection Program application form is here
Local Lending Institutions:
During a temporary cash flow shortage, your local bank may be your fastest avenue to accessing a line of credit or working capital term loan. Banks that are familiar with SBA 7a lending also have access to bank guaranteed loans that can be utilized for small business working capital needs. If you already have a local lending officer, we encourage your small business to inquire about options available directly through your local bank partner.
SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans:
As of 4:00pm on March 19, 2020 all small businesses in Lancaster County and the entire Commonwealth of Pennsylvania are eligible to apply.
- Up to $2 million to each small business to help them overcome temporary loss of revenue
- Phase I: Up to the lesser of $500,000 or 50% of last year’s gross profit; credit score based;
- Phase II: Up to an additional $1,500,000 based upon further loan underwriting;
- Term: Up to 30 years for most loan requests with an initial 12 month payment deferral;
- Interest Rate: 3.75% fixed for businesses / 2.75% fixed for not-for-profits
- Collateral: Subordinate lien positions on real estate and other business assets;
- Before you Apply: Applicants will be asked to upload completed forms as part of the application. To save time, download and complete application forms here: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Information/PaperForms (Para información en español)
- To Apply: When you have your application information ready, apply and upload here: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela (Para información en español)
- Need Help: Call the SBA EIDL call center: 1-800-659-2955
Daily SBA Webinars:
See up under section 3 with all other webinar information
SBA Loan Offerings:
PA Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) Webinars:
Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority:
UPDATED at 4/1 AT 9:00AM
The PA Department of Community & Economic Development notified all Certified Economic Development Organizations last night that it has received applications well in excess of the $60 million available in the fund. At this time, DCED is no longer accepting applications as it works to review the applications submitted. The state has not indicated how long it expects its review process will take or when CEDOs will be notified of the status of any submitted applications, however, the EDC knows it is the state’s intent to take these steps as quickly as it can.
EDC will be notifying all Lancaster County businesses who submitted an application to them over the last week (program opened on 3/25) of the status of our review of your materials. Their intent is to get all notifications out this week.
They strongly encourage businesses in need to review emerging information on the CARES Act, including the Paycheck Protection Program and other anticipated SBA lending options. Some information on the Act can be found on the EDC home page.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as the EDC works to support so many businesses in Lancaster County that need assistance.
Small Business Survey:
How has COVID-19 impacted your business? Small businesses and community leaders are coming together to find solutions and supports for the local economy. Help inform the process by taking this 5 minute survey. Brought to you by Cultivate Lancaster Entrepreneurship Coalition and it’s many partners. TAKE SURVEY HERE.
6) Coronavirus: Nonprofit Resources
(Section updated on 4/3)
Here is a collection of resources for nonprofits.
(NEW) From Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Resources: COVID-19 information for nonprofits
From Independent Sector: READ: CARES Act and How To Apply for Nonprofit Relief Funds
- Webinars, sample plans and policies, communications tools, event management and fundraising, managing stress and reducing stigma
- Coronavirus Crisis Communication Best Practices for Nonprofits
- Coronavirus Advice for Nonprofit Leaders
- Experts Urge Charities to Communicate Their Needs Clearly to Their Donors
- Coronavirus and Your 2020 Fundraising Goals: What Nonprofits Need to Know
- Best Practices for Donor Relations during COVID-19
- Non-Profit Resources for Remote Work During the COVID-19 Outbreak
- Understanding the Videoconferencing Tools Available to Your Nonprofit
- A Good Time to Get Good at Virtual Meetings
7) Coronavirus: Resources For Remote Work
(Section updated on 4/1)
We are working on collecting resources made to help you navigate your workforce working remotely. (Check above for new webinars specifically about working remotely under section 3)
Below are services that we have found that are currently offering discounts or free access for telework options to make meeting, collaborating, and processing easier when remote:
6 Tips On Working Remotely Digital Article:
Remote Desktop & Collaboration Solutions:
- Teamviewer: 20% off remote desktop connection solutions:
- Chrome Remote Desktop (Free solutions for remote desktop access)
- Microsoft Teams. 6 months free Instant messaging, fire sharing, video and voice chat.
- LogMeIn is offering Emergency remote Work kits for free to nonprofits, schools, and health care organizations
CHS Tech solutions can help setup ANY of the above solutions as well as solutions for larger customers where it would not make sense for a “one off” solution. CHS Tech Solutions also offers phone solutions where you can take your desk phone home with you and it will function as if it was plugged in at your office.
Remote Meeting & Screen Sharing Solutions:
- Free Cisco Webex
- GoToMeeting: Up to 16% off selected plans:
- TechSmith: Screen recording tool offered for free until June 30, 2020:
Internet Connection Solutions:
- Comcast: Internet Essentials service offered free for 60 days to new customers.
- Phone Carriers lift data caps and late fees:
8) Coronavirus: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Information
(Section updated on 4/6)
PA Critical Medical Supplies Procurement Portal - Pennsylvania needs critical medical supplies. To fulfill this need, the departments of Community and Economic Development, Health, General Services, and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency have developed the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Critical Medical Supplies Procurement Portal (the “Portal”) to source the most needed medical supplies.
The Portal is for manufacturers, distributors and other suppliers to inform us of supplies available for purchase and will allow us to more quickly and efficiently procure these supplies for hospitals and medical facilities across Pennsylvania. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE PORTAL.
PA Manufacturing Call to Action Portal
The Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development – in collaboration with its strategic partners – wants to mobilize manufacturers that can produce critical medical supplies and products in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are a current manufacturer of supplies and products or can pivot your existing manufacturing capabilities to meet the necessary demand, we want to hear from you. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION.
The Pennsylvania Manufacturing Call to Action Portal allows us to:
- Match manufacturers and distributors to fill specific supply chain needs to meet increasing demands for medical supplies and related products.
- Assist manufacturers that have workforce needs or gaps and aid them in identifying skilled workers.
- Identify manufacturers that can pivot or innovate to fulfill the demand for medical supplies and related products.
How to Help Medical Providers in Lancaster: https://helplancasterproviders.wordpress.com/
List of Places to Donate Homemade Cloth Face Masks in Lancaster County (managed by Lancaster Masks): FIND HERE
Lancaster General Health Accepting Community Donations for COVID-19 Outbreak: Read the press release here.
Operation Emerald - "A Call To Arms" Initiative by the Emerald Foundation to raise funds for PPE - Learn more here
9) Coronavirus: Shareable Digital Content
(Section updated on 4/6)
Here is some shareable digital content you can share on your social media networks and more:
- Governor Wolf Orders Stay At Home for Lancaster: What That Means
- 6 Tips & Tricks for Working From Home
- Shareable Social Media Graphics & Message Tips
- Lancaster Online right now has FREE ACCESS to all Coronavirus information
10) Coronavirus: Chamber Event Updates
(Section updated on 4/2)
For questions or comments on the postponement of the 148th Annual Dinner please email email@example.com.
OTHER CURRENT POSTPONED AND CANCELLED EVENTS:
- Wake Up To the Issues Forum featuring Congressman Smucker - Rescheduled date TBD
- Mixer at Decades - Rescheduled for May 13
- Unleashing the Power of People Workforce Event - Rescheduled date TBD
- Excellence Exchange - Rescheduled Date TBD
- Total Internship Management Workshop - Rescheduled for May 18
- Professional Development Forum programs - Rescheduled for August 14
- Leadercast Live - Rescheduled date TBD
We have currently postponed the above events and programs. If you have any questions regarding the status of an event, your registration, or want more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CLOSURE OF CHAMBER BUILDING
At the current time, the Chamber will be processing Certificates of Origin by appointment only. Those who need certificates processed should email email@example.com.
All meetings scheduled to be held in the building have been cancelled and/or transitioned to remote or call-in meetings. Outside rentals have been cancelled or postponed.
A temporary phone auto attendant will direct Chamber callers to specific staff who can answer questions about events, membership, paying invoices or general questions. Please call (717) 397-3531.
11) Coronavirus: How Business Is Helping
(Section updated on 4/8)
The community is coming together to help promote business and community. We're in this together. Explore some of the intiatives happening here in Lancaster.
- Lancaster Cares Covid-19 Response Fund - Lancaster County Community Foundation Fund to address food security, housing support and emerging needs
- Local news source LNP/LancasterOnline is providing all COVID-19 coverage free of charge for all users: view coverage
HEALTHCARE AND WELLNESS
- BeBalanced founder is offering virtual calming sessions on Facebook to help relieve stress during this time
- Thistle Finch pivots to make hand sanitizer for businesses in Lancaster. Read the article here.
- The Scarlet Runner is launching an initiative to help those who are food insecure. Read the release and see how you can help donate to this cause.
- The Commons Company is assembling bagged lunches and passing them out through nonprofit networks
- Stauffer Compressor & Machine is getting creative by providing discount incentives for their services for those who donate food that they can give to a food bank. Read more.
- EnCourage Crowdfunding initiative to help small businesses in Lancaster City
- Support Lancaster small businesses through Gift Card Purchases with this new hub called Lanc.Care. See more by clicking here.
- Fig Lancaster shares a helpful guide to local restaurants offering takeout and pickup. Help support these restaurants. Check out the guide.