• “Shelter-in-Place” for Williamson County, effective beginning tonight at 11:59pm March 24, 2020

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    March 24, 2020

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    A message from Tony Moline, IOM, PCED 

    President and Chief Executive Officer of The Cedar Park Chamber of Commerce 

     

    Cedar Park Chamber Members and Investors –  

     

    As many of you are now aware, Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell officially ordered a “Shelter-in-Place” for Williamson County, effective beginning tonight at 11:59pm tonight, March 24th until 11:59pm, Monday, April 13th.  We understand it was certainly a difficult decision for the Judge to make to combat COVID-19. This decision will impact many businesses residents for longer than this order will be in place. But this was something that was done with a lot of advice and guidance from medical professionals. 

     

    Ultimately, we support the leadership of Judge Gravell, and our local leadership in Mayor Corbin Van Arsdale, Cedar Park City Council and City Manager Brenda Eivens. These unprecedented times call for collaboration and we thank our community leaders for continuing to work together for the health and well-being of our community. 

     

    This order impacts many of our local businesses, including the Cedar Park Chamber of Commerce. While the doors to the Chamber will remain closed, our team is working remotely during this time. Please be sure to reach out to us with questions during this time. If we do not know the answer, we will do our best to get you an answer quickly. We will continue our COVID-19 News You Can Use Newsletter to keep you informed during this time as well.  

     

    ESSENTIAL ACTIVITIES AND ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES DURING THIS ORDER INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:   
     

    • Tasks that are essential to maintain health and safety, such as going to the hospital, obtaining medicine from pharmacies, clinics, veterinary offices and other healthcare service facilities  

    • Getting necessary supplies for you, your family or household members, such as groceries, pet food, food bank, farmers’ markets, convenience stores, carry-out or delivery restaurants, and other essentials for staying at home 

    • Getting to work for essential businesses or services, including roles needed to maintain basic operations such as security, payroll, and similar activities  

    • Engaging in outdoor activities, such as walking, hiking or running—just as long as you maintain at least 6 feet of physical distancing 

    • Caring for a family member in another household, and caring for elderly people, minors, dependents, people with disabilities or other vulnerable persons 

    • Childcare facilities providing services that enable essential employees to continue functioning 

    • Gas stations and auto repair facilities 

    • Banks and financial institutions 

    • Critical infrastructure including energy, water, solid waste collection and other governmental services 

    • Hardware stores, plumbers, electricians, and other service providers necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences and other essential businesses 

    • Educational institutions, for the purposes of facilitating distance learning 

    • Businesses that provide social services and necessities of life for economically disadvantaged individuals and shelter facilities 

     

    VIEW THE FULL ORDER ONLINE HERE 

     

    MORE INFORMATION FOR YOUR BUSINESS 

     

    Friday afternoon we learned the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has granted Texas’ Economic Injury Disaster Loan Assistance declaration. This means loans are now available statewide to small businesses. Visit our COVID-19 website to start that process now! Online applications are the fastest method to receive an eligibility decision. 

     

    On Monday, Governor Abbott announced that Texas has received $36.9 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as part of the state allotment of funding passed by Congress last week. The funds will be used to improve testing and reporting capabilities and support community intervention efforts to slow the spread of the virus.  

     

    Click here for a copy of the “Shelter-in-Place” Order. 

     

    We are YOUR business advocate! Please do not hesitate to let us know how we can help! 


     

    Tony Moline, IOM, PCED
    President & CEO
    Cedar Park Chamber of Commerce