Coronavirus (COVID-19) Business Toolkit
What is it?
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) was first identified in Wuhan, China, and reported by the World Health Organization on December 31, 2019. Around the globe, the Coronavirus is receiving heightened attention for infecting tens of thousands of people. The respiratory illness caused by a Coronavirus is thought to spread between people who are in close contact with one another (about six feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land on common surfaces or in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby, or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
The Weslaco Chamber is closely tracking the impact of the Coronavirus for our businesses and the Weslaco community. Below are resources for advice on how your business and family can plan for and respond to the virus. We will update this page as information is made available. Updated 4/1.
- CDC Situation Summary, Updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tracking the situation in the U.S. and the latest recommendations
- CDC information for Travel, Updated information about Coronavirus for travelers and travel-related industries
- Texas Department of State Health Services, Updated COVID-19 monitoring by Texas DSHS
- Texas DSHS Texas Case Counts, Detailed information on number of cases in Texas by county
- Office of the Governor
- Hidalgo County Texas: Coronavirus Updates
- CDC Interim Guidance for Business and Employers
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation | Guidance for Employers To Plan and Respond to Coronavirus (COVID-19) Downloadable Document
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation | Workplace Tips for Employees Downloadable Document
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce| Live Vlog of COVID-19 Information
- Essential Employee Letter Sample
- Complete your Work Safe Plan, find it here plans must be emailed to email@example.com
Updates on Small Business Loans/Stimulus Package
- US Small Business Administration Resources
- Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act)-PDF
- Newly released CARES Guidelines
- Families First Response Act-Information Page
- All Non-profits (including C6) are eligible for $10,000 grant and SBA disaster Loans, read here
Plan and Prepare > Getting Started
- Communicate what you are doing with your customers, Interactive flyer
- Communicate with Employees
- Encourage Preventative Practices
- Complete our Business Impact Survey
Virtual Business forums
Virtual Business Forum: A conversation with Workforce Solutions and UTRGV SBDC, March 30, 2020
Virtual Business Forum: SBA loan Walk thru (EIDL), April 6, 2020
Virtual Business Forum: Resilience Strategies to Thrive during Uncertain Times, April 13, 2020
Virtual Business Forum: The science behind COVID-19 as we prepare to open up business, April 27, 2020
Virtual Business Forum: Best Practices for Maintaining a safe and clean workplace, May 4, 2020
- Link to Recorded Meeting 5.4.20
- Resources discussed
Virtual Business Forum: National Return to Work Plan, May 11, 2020
Virtual Business Forum: Federal Stimulus Actions to Help Small Business Weather the Coronavirus Pandemic with Tom Sullivan, VP of Small Business Policy, May 29, 2020
- Link to Recorded Meeting, 5.29.20-PENDING
Virtual Business Forum: EIDL Loan with SBA, June 29, 2020
SOCIAL MEDIA BOOT CAMP SERIES
July 13, 2020: Session 1: An introduction, presented by Alex Garrido, Click here to access link to recorded Session
July 20, 2020: Session 2: Meeting a Social Media Influencer: Angelina Villarreal, Click here to access recorded Session
July 27, 2020: Session 3: Marketing Tactics for my small business, Click here to access recorded Session
Special Topic Workshop: Diversity and Inclusion, 7.16.20
Virtual Business Forum: Hurricane Preparedness with KRGV Channel 5, Chief Meteorologist Tim Smith
- Link to recorded Session 7.20.20
- Resources Discussed:
Virtual Business Forum: Regional Economic Impact and Business Resources
- Link to recorded session 8.31.20
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org for handouts/resources
Virtual Business Forum: Affected by Hurricane Hanna? Learn more about resources from SBA Confirmation
On April 27, 2020 Governor Greg Abbot released a document, The Governors Report to Open Texas, the report outlines critical steps that businesses must take as they prepare to open on May 1st.
*Pages 19-43 outline checklists for businesses eligible to open on May 1st
Here is what you need to know:
- UPDATED CHECKLISTS Can be accessed here
- Requirements for ALL:
- Regularly and frequently clean and disinfect any regularly touched surfaces, such as doorknobs, tables, chairs, and restrooms.
- Disinfect any items that come into contact with customers.
- Make hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, soap and water, or similar disinfectant readily available to employees and customers.
- Place readily visible signage at the business to remind everyone of best hygiene practices.
Things you need to do:
Need information on cleaning and disinfecting? Download this PDF
Need information on how to develop your plan to to ensure cleanliness of your business? Download this PDF
Here are some samples of the visible signage that is required to remind everyone of hygiene practices:
- What we are doing to keep you safe! Download here
- Avoid the handshake and opt for a smile and a wave! Download here
- COVID-19 Customizable Flyer, Download here
- Help Us, Help You! Flyer, Download here
Communicate with your Employees:
How will you be monitoring your staff's symptoms? Here is a log you can use.
As per the updated executive order:
A few points from the order:
- Effective 12:01 AM on June 18, 2020, All persons over the age of three (3) should wear some form of covering their mouth and nose. Masks required when in a public placed where it is difficult to keep six feet away from other people.
- All commercial “covered services” as enumerated in Judge Cortez’s Amended Order, that are not CISA services or religious services and that are providing goods and services directly to the public must develop and implement “Health and Safety Practices” that require employees and customers to follow additional hygiene measures.
- Minimum Requirements:
- All employees and customers must on the premises of the business, must wear some form of facial covering over their mouth and nose
- Notice of Health and safety measures must be placed somewhere visible in the business
- Additional measures that can be taken
- Temperature checks or health screenings
- Minimum Requirements:
- Failure to develop and implement Health and Safety Practices as required by the order by 12:01 AM on Saturday June 20, 2020 may result in a fine against the commercial covered entity not to exceed $1000 for EACH violation.
You can find the order here: https://www.hidalgocounty.us/DocumentCenter/View/39010/06172020-Revised-Emergency-Order-20-009
Downloadable Flyers: Sample Flyers for Mask_Health Safety Notice