COVID-19 Update 13.0
San Juan County - Utah's Canyon Country
Friday 27 March 2020
Dear Partner,
Two new orders from San Juan Public Health and the San Juan Sheriff's Department were released today:
Effective Saturday, March 28, 2020, Arches and Canyonlands National Parks will be closed to all park visitors until further notice. All vehicles, bikes, and pedestrians are prohibited from entering any park areas, including campgrounds, trails, backcountry, and roads. Any recreational use of the parks is in violation of this closure.   Please read full press release here.
San Juan County is currently soliciting Request for Interest (RFI) for hotels willing to provide emergency isolation or quarantine services during the COVID-19 period. Letters of interest are due by March 31, 2020 by 4PM. Please click the button below to review the complete RFI.
SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) -- As of 3/27/20 Small non-farm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses which could have been met had the disaster not occurred. Please read full press release here.
USDA Rural Development WASHINGTON, March 27, 2020 – USDA Rural Development has launched a COVID-19 resource page to keep our customers, partners, and stakeholders continuously updated on actions taken by the Agency to help rural residents, businesses, and communities impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. www.rd.usda.gov/coronavirus
With the Federal Relief funding we know of two SBA programs:

  1. The SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans applications are currently OPEN and available directly through the SBA. For information on how to apply follow this link: http://bit.ly/2QsQiXV
  2. The proposed addition to the SBA 7a loan, which will be called the "Payment Protection Loan (PPP)." This will be made available through your local SBA lender. Please click on button below for more information.

Likely businesses will only be able to receive assistance from one source. With this being said, we are still encouraging all businesses to apply for both--this will ensure that you have the opportunity to participate in whichever program you choose. As a reminder, the "Payment Protection Loan" is currently not available but will be through your local SBA lender. If you are interested, we would advise touching base with your local lender now. In San Juan County that includes Zions and Wells Fargo.
Utah Economic Task Force
We highly recommend community leaders, business owners, and citizens watch and participate in these Utah Economic Task Force Facts & FAQ's meetings every Tuesday and Thursday from 4PM-5PM. If you are unable to watch or attend, we have linked the YouTube recordings of the meetings to date below:

If you would like to receive future communications on the Economic Response Task Force,  click here

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL)

Applications: OPEN
If you are considering to apply for SBA disaster relief funding we understanding the process can be somewhat daunting. We've linked SBA's 3-step application process as well as a loan assistance application guide (as a note, we continue to add helpful tips to this guide as local businesses are applying--if there is anything you would recommend we add please let us know).

ELIGIBLE ENTITIES:
  • Applicants must meet the SBA requirements of a small business (500 employees or
  • fewer)
  • Businesses directly affected by COVID-19
  • Businesses that offer services directly related to the businesses in the declaration
  • Other businesses indirectly related the industry that are likely to be harmed by losses in their community (Example: Manufacturer of widgets may be eligible as well as the wholesaler and retailer of the product)
  • Small non-farm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture

INELIGIBLE ENTITIES:
  • Religious Organizations
  • Charitable Organizations
  • Gambling Concerns (Ex: Concerns that derive more than 1/3 of their annual gross
  • revenue from legal gambling activities)
  • Casinos & Racetracks (Ex: Businesses whose purpose for being is gambling (e.g., casinos, racetracks, poker parlors, etc.) are not eligible for EIDL assistance regardless of 1/3 criteria above.
  • Cannabis Industry
Remember to Read...
Current San Juan County Updates
Bluff businesses will be closed until May 10th
Many of our local businesses are doing what they can to keep their doors open and services available to our residents .

Click here for our director of county businesses and their temporary COVID-19 hours, adjusted operations, and offerings.

Business Directory: http://bit.ly/33tdCKl

To be listed or edit a listing contact: ssmith@sanjuancounty.org
Business Weekly Spotlight
With many of our local businesses remaining open we will be running features on our Newsroom to inspire our community to buy local.
#SanJuanStrong
Many of our local businesses have taken the time to get creative in their business models allowing them to stay open & make sales while still encouraging social distancing. It used to be you'd send flowers when you were thinking of someone, now nothing says it more that flowers and a roll of TP! The Flower Shop & Sagebrush Rose , to make your order please call Leslie at 435-678-2017. We will deliver,curbside pickup or pickup in store. Send something to brighten a day.
Help us find and share these features by tagging @sanjuanedvs and #SanJuanStrong
#SJCMonumentalMoments
Let's take a moment to recognize the positive moments in our community. Blanding Hub shared three quarantine activities since "social distancing" [feels like it] started two years ago and not eight days." Activities include a teddy bear hunt, bronco search, and treasure hunt! Check out their facebook post here.
Help us find and share these features by tagging @sanjuanedvs and #SJCMonumentalMoments
Previous Emails
For business and tourism industry updates please refer to:

We are aware of the concern many businesses have, particularly those impacted by the travel industry. This web page is intended to be a resource for businesses regarding changes in the travel industry as well as business relief funding options as they become available.

Please note, this web page is not intended to be a source for updates on COVID-19. For up to date information on COVID-19 please visit the state of Utah’s Coronavirus (COVID-19)  information hub : https://coronavirus.utah.gov/
Please feel free to contact our office with any questions 435-587-3235 or 800-574-4386
Cheers,
San Juan County EDVS

Natalie Randall, nrandall@sanjuancounty.org
Allison Yamamoto-Sparks, ayamamoto@sanjuancounty.org
Stuart Smith, ssmith@sanjuancounty.org