While things continue to open up and people slowly get out of their houses and out of their own “self-quarantine,” it is still important to remain informed. Yesterday the State of Texas had several major updates and changes, Williamson County lifted their Disaster Declaration earlier this week and things are still changing on a Federal level each and every day. Stay informed and know your customers. The Cedar Park Chamber wants each and every business and resident to feel confident.
Businesses be sure to communicate what you are doing, what changes you’ve made and any new offers you may have. Consumers need to do their part in this too. There is a level of personal responsibility that all customers must adhere to. We are all learning what individuals, groups and businesses are comfortable with. Be sure to do your part to stay in your comfort zone while the dust settles.
FEDERAL & STATE UPDATES FOR BUSINESS
Next week, the
House of Representatives is expected to consider the Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act.
The bipartisan bill from Representative Phillips and Roy modifies certain loan forgiveness requirements under the Paycheck Protection Program. For example, the bill eliminates the limitation on non-payroll expenses counting towards loan forgiveness and extends the 8-week window for eligible expenses.
Governor Abbott issued an
Executive Order terminating air travel restrictions related to COVID-19
. The Governor’s new order immediately terminates all restrictions contained in the Governor’s previous Executive Order that mandated temporary quarantines for air travelers arriving from the following areas of the United States: California; Connecticut; New York; New Jersey; Washington; Atlanta, Georgia; Chicago, Illinois; Detroit, Michigan; or Miami, Florida.
Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) will expand COVID-19 testing to all patients, residents and staff at the 23-state operated inpatient psychiatric hospitals and living centers
throughout Texas. HHSC operates 13 state supported living centers that provide 24-hour residential care, medical services and vocational training for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The agency also operates 10 state hospitals that provide acute inpatient psychiatric care for adults, children and adolescents.
Governor Abbott announced that the
Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will begin a phased opening of driver license offices starting May 26
with limited service offerings. As part of this opening plan, DPS will launch a statewide driver license (DL) appointment system that allows customers to book appointments up to six months in advance. For more information,
WILLIAMSON COUNTY UPDATE
WILCO Forward Grant Program has issued more than $15 million in grants as of May 21
. A total of 1,287 checks have been mailed to business owners who needed support during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The program has received an overwhelming response since it was first launched on May 6
. So far, Williamson County Auditor’s Office has received 3,015 applications. Each application is reviewed carefully, making the processing of the documents time consuming. Every business owner will hear back from the county regarding their application. The County Auditor’s Office has approved 1,675 applications as of yesterday.
Williamson County Commissioners Court will hold a
special session on Tuesday, May 26, 2020
online through a virtual meeting platform beginning at 9:00am. The Commissioners Court previously cancelled its regular session that was to be held on that day due to Memorial Day. Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell felt it was necessary to call this special session following time sensitive matters that arose after Tuesday’s Meeting.
Last week the U.S. Chamber unveiled its
Reopening Business Digital Resources Center
to equip America’s business community with the latest state guides, sector-specific guidance, small business advice and other tools and resources as we look to reopen safely and keep employees and customers health and informed. New Resources have been added to this guide. For more information,
IN CLOSING TODAY
During the Memorial Day Weekend, it is important to remember personal responsibility. While many of us are used to having parties and visiting friends and family over this long weekend, be sure you understand how this may have changed for this year. Be careful when visiting friends, be sure you don’t accidentally expose yourself or somebody else to a potential infection. Most importantly, be kind to those who may not want to risk it. There is nothing wrong with making your own personal decision and we all need to remember; it is everybody’s personal decision.
Be safe and be kind to one another!
Tony Moline, IOM, PCED
President & CEO
Cedar Park Chamber of Commerce