• COVID-19 - What You Need to Know TODAY March 19, 2020

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    March 19, 2020

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    IMPORTANT UPDATES
    There have been some substantial changes since our newsletter went out yesterday. We will continue to publish the most up-to-date information on our Facebook page and will have helpful links on our website during this time.
     
    COMPTROLLER'S OFFICE UPDATE
    The Comptroller's Office has not delayed or postponed any deadlines for sales tax. All sales tax collected in February is still due online. CLICK HERE for more information.
     
    SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (SBA) DISASTER LOANS
    Funding is being allocated right now through several Bills that are being passed. This could enable the SBA to provide an estimated $7 billion in loans and provides $20 million to administer it.
     
    Impacted businesses should register with the Texas Division of Emergency Management FIRST. This registration allows counties to meet the threshold of eligibility for funding. To access the registration worksheet CLICK HERE. Once the counties meet the requirements, businesses can receive funds if they apply. Businesses must apply for assistance HERE.
    You can contact an SBA Certified Lender with one of the financial institutions below:
     
    American Bank – 512.306.5557  
    Frost Bank – 512.473.4858
    Horizon Bank – 512.482.6051
    Prosperity Bank – 512.260.9199
    R Bank – 512.600.8113
    Randolph Brooks FCU - 512.670.6954
    SouthStar Bank – 512.456.0035
     
    WILLIAMSON COUNTY UPDATES
    There were a few updates coming from Williamson County yesterday. The County Judge signed a Second Mass Gathering Order which limited gatherings and better defined what that is. There are several updates within that order. We also became aware of the county’s first COVID-19 cases.
         
    • Prohibits “Community Gatherings” of ten (10) or more people at the same time in a single room or other indoor or outdoor confined space.
     
    • Important EXCEPTIONS to this rule: government facilities; private business facilities (businesses, commercial offices, grocery stores, retail stores, professional offices, hardware stores, etc.); construction sites; daycare/childcare facilities; schools and institutions of higher learning; hospitals, health clinics, pharmacies, medical offices and other healthcare facilities.
     
    • Food Establishments are ORDERED to close common dining areas during the effective period. They are encouraged to provide take-away or no-contact delivery options.
     
    EDUCATION UPDATE
    Austin Community College employees are asked to begin working remotely on March 23rd. All students will remain on extended spring break through March 29th. Spring Classes will move primarily online beginning March 30th. More details to come!
     
    Leander ISD is working on their “Continuation of Learning” while buildings are closed. In the coming days, teaching and learning team and principals will set up virtual preparation time for teachers. Teachers will reconnect with students on or around March 25th to reconnect with students and families and share plans for learning. The following day, teachers will begin sharing opportunities for students to practice and reinforce academic content and skills.
     
    CLOSING
    While things have continued to be fluid, we are working to get you answers quickly. I’m on several daily conference calls trying to get you answers and keep you informed. As we learn things, we will be sure to share. Your Chamber Team is working for you during this time. Please do not hesitate to email any of us with your question – we will be sure to answer you once we have an answer.
     
    You can see there are many other links which will continue to be available to you, your business, your friends and neighbors through this crisis both through this newsletter and on the Cedar Park Chamber website (CedarParkChamber.org). Please forward this newsletter to people who can use it! They can sign up for the newsletter as well.
     
    Please know we are here to help you. We are YOUR business advocate. Stay safe and let us know how we can help!
     
     
    Tony Moline, IOM, PCED
    President & CEO
    Cedar Park Chamber of Commerce