BUSINESS REPORT ON CORONA VIRUS
From the City of Coral Gables Economic Development Department
COVID-19 UPDATE
Coral Gables Issues New Emergency Order
Effective March 25, 2020 at 11:59pm, Mayor Raúl Valdés-Fauli has issued a “Safer at Home” Emergency Order which strongly urges residents to remain at home.  To view the City of Coral Gables Emergency Order, click here. 

Update Your Business Page
During this ever-changing situation, more and more people are checking the internet for food and serve options. We encourage all restaurants and businesses to update their Google business profiles to provide the most accurate information to customers. This includes hours of operation and descriptions of service options. The updates will show up on the businesses profile on Google searches and Maps. For more information provided by Google, click here.  

SBA Loans Now Available
The U.S. Small Business Administration announced that small businesses located in the State of Florida adversely impacted by COVID-19 can now apply for disaster loans. For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations, the SBA is offering Economic Injury Disaster Loans for working capital needs. For more information, visit www.sba.gov/local-assistance/find/

Emergency Bridge Loan Program
Please don’t forget that Florida has activated its Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program. The bridge loan program, managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), will provide short-term (one-year), interest-free loans for up to $50,000 to qualified for-profit, privately held Florida small businesses (2-10 employees) established prior to March 9, 2020. The application period runs through May 8, 2020. For more information, visit www.floridadisasterloan.org

Looking for a literary escape?
Mitchell Kaplan, owner of the internationally acclaimed independent book store Books & Books has put together a great reading list, click here . If you prefer podcasts, they’ve got you covered as well! Kaplan’s #TheLiteraryLife podcast invites authors to discuss their books, writing processes, inspirations, favorite Miami stories and more. You can also shop online at www.booksandbooks.com and have books delivered straight to your door, all while supporting local.

Support Your Local Restaurants
Please support our small businesses and restaurants during this time. The Business Improvement District of Cora Gables and the Coral Gables Magazine are keeping an updated list of restaurants that are open for takeout and delivery.

Take-out & Pickup Zones for Restaurants
If you're picking up food from a restaurant in the downtown, the City has reserved some spaces for your convenience. All centralized valet locations are now Take-out & Pickup Zones and new locations were added:
  • Parking lot 25 adjacent to Giralda Plaza;
  • 200 block of Andalusia Avenue near Chocolate Fashion;
  • 2400 block of Ponce de Leon Boulevard near Cheesecake Factory;
  • 300 block of Aragon Avenue in front of Caffe Abbracci;
  • 300 block of Giralda Avenue in front of Tap 42;
  • 200 block of Giralda Avenue near Terre del Sapore; and,
  • 2600 block of Ponce de Leon Boulevard near Canton.
There are now 45 spaces in the downtown dedicated to takeout and pickup parking. These locations will provide free parking for up to 10 minutes. Please look for the “10 Minute Take-out Parking Only” signs. Locations may be adjusted.
City of Coral Gables Economic Development Department www.coralgables.com