COVID-19 - What You Need to Know TODAY May 18, 2020May 18, 2020CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS
As we enter a new week, there will be several important updates. The House of Representatives passed an additional $3 trillion in relief money, but it may not pass as quickly through the Senate. The Governor is expected to give an update on reopening Texas. We will continue to monitor these important developments as it happens. We want you to continue monitoring these developments as well – whether it is through your local news stations, newspapers or an industry specific email you receive. Be informed and make decisions based on the correct information!
FEDERAL & STATE UPDATES FOR BUSINESS
According to the U.S. Census report, retail sales fell more than 16% in April – a record drop. They fell over 8% in March which was the previous record drop in retail sales. Keeping in mind that consumers cannot spend money the same way while stay home orders are in place, this is still a massive drop. To add to this, the 37 million Americans who filed for unemployment and are now out of a job are cutting their spending back substantially. For more information, CLICK HERE.
Governor Abbot sent the state Surge Response Team (SRT) to Amarillo to help in the containment of over 700 positive cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). The SRT was joined by 70 members of the Texas National Guard to help conduct a site survey of high-risk areas, and to being testing employees in a meat packing facility. Also called in were the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Centers for Disease Control, the Texas Division of Emergency Management, Texas Department of State Health Services, BCFS Health and Human Services and local officials who are all responding to this outbreak.
Governor Abbot will make an announcement regarding Texas’ continued safe and strategic opening today at 2:00pm. The Cedar Park Chamber will be monitoring any major changes. Please be sure to look for this update in tomorrow’s newsletter.
Over the weekend a Williamson County Press Release confirmed that five Williamson County EMS employees have tested positive for COVID-19. The employees were in self-quarantine prior to their diagnosis and have not had contact with the public since being diagnosed. All employees are being monitored at home.
CITY OF CEDAR PARK
Starting TODAY, City Buildings Lobbies and the Cedar Park Public Library are reopening! The City Building Lobbies that will reopen today are City Hall, Fire Administration, Utility Building, Police Department, Building Inspections Permits and Development Services. The Cedar Park Public Library will open at 25% capacity. The hours will be 10am – 6pm Monday through Thursday, 10am – 4pm Friday and Saturday, and Closed on Sunday.
Leander ISD has announced that 2020 Summer School will be virtual and other programs are being adjusted. In an update, LISD state that due to the ongoing concerns about public health and discouraging of mass gatherings, LISD Summer School will be entirely virtual in 2020. Some summer programs may be altered or cancelled due to continued school building closure and other circumstances. For more information, CLICK HERE.
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.
IN CLOSING TODAY
I hope your weekend gave you a moment to rest. As we have seen through these last few weeks (months really), we the course when we need to. When outside forces push us to just keep moving forward, we are all able to do this and make decisions we hadn’t contemplated before. However, in a time of social distancing one thing you need to continue to do is take a pause for yourself. You need to think of things outside of your business – even if it is only for a moment – to help you focus on the things that are truly important. If you worked over the weekend, if you have not stopped during these uncertain times, I truly invite you to take the evening off. I know that is easier said than done but do what you can to relax so that you can come back refreshed and give it your all!
Be safe and be kind to one another!