1. NEW GUIDANCE FOR FULFILLMENT OF REMOTE ORDERS BY RETAIL BUSINESSES

    NEW GUIDANCE FOR FULFILLMENT OF REMOTE ORDERS BY RETAIL BUSINESSES

    NEW GUIDANCE FOR FULFILLMENT OF REMOTE ORDERS BY RETAIL BUSINESSES 

    Earlier this week, the Administration provided new guidance for retail businesses. Under this guidance, non-essential businesses are allowed to bring in a small number of employees in order to remotely fulfill online or phone orders, provided they can meet safety protocols. Read the full guidance in the COVID-19 Essential Services FAQs.

    U.S. DEPT. OF COMMERCE’S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ADMINISTRATION FUNDING: ECONOMIC ADJUSTMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

    Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration announced the availability of $1.5B in funding through an Economic Adjustment Assistance program.This funding will support communities in economic recovery through planning and technical assistance grants, grants for recovery and resilience strategies, capitalizing or recapitalizing revolving loan funds, and innovation grants. Cities and towns, Regional Planning Agencies, private or public non-profits working with local government, and others can apply for this support. Read more about this funding on the EDA’s website; eligible applicants may apply here. Chambers of Commerce may consider speaking with city and town officials or Regional Planning Agencies about this opportunity, to follow up on notice provided to these entities by my office.

    DEPARTMENT OF UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE RESOURCE

    As Director Jeffers mentioned on the call, DUA has recently released FAQs to guide employers and employees in returning to work: Unemployment Insurance Benefits and Returning to Work: Guide for Employers and Unemployment Insurance Benefits and Returning to Work: Guide for Workers. These FAQs provide responses to some of the questions that employers and employees may have when looking ahead to reopening.

    SUBMIT INPUT TO REOPENING ADVISORY BOARD

    Chambers of Commerce, business associations, and other groups are invited to submit association-level input to inform the Reopening Advisory Board’s report. Submit an online form here.

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