COVID-19 - What You Need to Know TODAY May 14, 2020May 14, 2020CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS
There are many resources for you available through the Cedar Park Chamber of Commerce and our network of partners. The US Chamber of Commerce has several helpful guides to help you work through some questions you may continue to have.
They have a list of resources, webinars, research and advocacy for small business. Many of these links we have shared in the past, but it is always a good refresher to know what is available to you 24/7 as a member of the Cedar Park Chamber. To find out more, please click on the links below.
FEDERAL & STATE UPDATES FOR BUSINESS
The Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), continue to apply during the time of COVID-19, but they do not interfere with or prevent employers from following the guidelines and suggestions made by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) or state and local public health authorities about steps employers should take regarding COVID-19. For more information on this, please CLICK HERE.
Governor Greg Abbott has waived license renewal late fees that accrued between March 13 and June 15, 2020 for occupational licenses issued by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. This waiver applies to licenses associated with a variety of occupations such as barbers, cosmetologists, electricians, speech-language pathologists and dyslexia therapists.
The Texas National Guard has activated Facilities Disinfection Teams to support Texas nursing homes and to help limit the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). These Facilities Disinfection Teams, formed in coordination with Texas Health and Human Services, provide a major boost to protecting Texans and limiting the spread. Six teams have already been mobilized to facilities across the state with more coming online.
Beginning yesterday, May 13th, Williamson County and Family Emergency Room will allow individuals who wish to be tested for COVID-19, but are not experiencing symptoms, to be tested. Family Emergency Room is conducting COVID-19 tests by appointment free of charge at its facilities in Cedar Park and Round Rock. Residents must go to www.wilco.org/coronavirus to fill out the form. Schedulers contact patients Monday through Friday; however, appointments are available seven days a week.
WILCO Forward has issued 198 checks which accounts for $2.8 million of the $25 million allocated by the Commissioners Court for the program. WILCO Forward was developed by an appointed strike team that includes County Treasurer Scott Heselmeyer, Precinct 3 Commissioner Valerie Covey and Precinct 4 Commissioner Russ Boles. Applications are still being accepted. Applications can be submitted online through the county’s website. The money will be issued as applications are processed until the $25 million in budgeted funds are exhausted. For more information CLICK HERE.
Leander Independent School District hosted Episode #8 of “Let’s Learn with Bruce & Friends” this week. Some of the hot topics include continued plans for remote learning for those taking summer school and an update on hotspots for areas with little-to-no Wi-Fi capabilities. As they try to prepare for the upcoming school year, LISD will hear about what to expect at tonight’s LISD Board Meeting regarding bell scheduled. For more information CLICK HERE.
IN CLOSING TODAY
Have you been part of something that you feel is special during these times? Have you helped deliver a hot meal or groceries? Have you donated to a cause? Have you been checking in on your friends and family and truly asking them how they are dealing with this? These are important things to do during these times. It keeps us connected.
Has your business done something special? Well we want to hear about it! I know there have been businesses who have reached out to help others in the community. Some of them have helped front-line workers, some have helped their employees, some have helped their business neighbors, and some have been helped. We want to hear your story. Please email me and tell the Chamber (and maybe even the community) about how you helped! My email is email@example.com. I look forward to hearing your story!
Be safe and be kind to one another!