UPDATES APRIL 25, 2020
PREPARING FOR THE TRANSITION
We anticipate the announcement of standards for reopening businesses soon. The reopening will no doubt be incremental and require social distancing and other CDC-issued measures to ensure continued safety of your employees and patrons.

Governor DeSantis is expected to make an announcement early this week. Pinellas County will take the lead on specific standards that affect us ( click here to check for County updates), and Mayor Kriseman may require additional measures for St. Pete ( click here to check for City updates). Those may include significant limitations on occupancy and business hours, and a requirement for safety certification and/or inspections. We will do our best to relay those standards to you as soon as they are available, help liaise with the City during your transition, and follow up on your questions.

For now, however, there are a few things you can do to start preparing:
• read the current OSHA guidelines ( click here )
• for restaurants, read the NRA Guidelines for Reopening ( click here )
• contact your key employees to update
• re-examine and reassess your physical space to accommodate social distancing and sanitizing or implementing touch-free systems
• ensure adequate protective masks and gloves for your employees

As always, we want you to know that we will continue our Main Street best to assist you and get you to the resources you need. We will recover together, and stronger than ever.
FUNDING UPDATES
FEDERAL PPP

Under the new stimulus package signed into law yesterday, $310 billion has been added to the federal Paycheck Protection Program. We urge both individuals and businesses who missed funding in the first round to contact their banks and request application to this second round of funding.

ST. PETE FIGHTING CHANCE FUND

The first round of applications for this $6.8 million fund, providing $5,000 per eligible business and $500 per eligible individual, is still being processed. Checks are being sent out daily to those who applied and met all eligibility criteria. This first round of assistance was derived from FEMA funds from Hurricane Irma. The second round of funding – expected to be announced soon – will include private donations and expanded criteria to cover a larger scope of businesses and individuals. Please stay tuned.
RESTAURANT SENIOR MEAL CONTRACTS
Last month we sent you several announcements about our senior meals collaboration with the Area Agency on Aging for Pasco-Pinellas. If you're an EDGE restaurant and haven't yet signed up for this opportunity, we urge you to do so. This is a contract opportunity, where you are paid by the meal. Click here for the eligibility requirements. The AAAPP just finished its pilot program and is expanding its senior clientele. To become a meal vendor, email MGriffin@seniorsinservice.org or call 813-355-7739.
FACES OF THE EDGE
Help Us Help You! To keep the public engaged and supportive of our businesses, we're showcasing the FACES OF THE EDGE on our social media. (Two of our first volunteers were CF from Kalamazoo and Chris from Anytime Fitness, above.) Especially as we head into recovery and need the public to understand how much their support matters, we want this campaign to spotlight you , the heart and soul behind the businesses . We want this to be a positive message, we're in this together and we will continue to keep their safety as a priority.

To that end, please send us a short video of your greeting to let everyone know how you are, and some of the great things you're doing to get your products and services to them safely. If you feel uncomfortable with video, just send a photo of you at your business and let us know what you want everyone to know. Please email or text your content to Barbara at executivedirectoredge@gmail.com or 727-421-8935.

And please help us spread the word by SHARING our posts! For our FB page, click here .
Big Frog's Small Business Relief Fund
Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More in the EDGE is sponsoring its own Small Business Relief Fund ( click here ), to support our small businesses. Here's how it works:

First, Big Frog will create a t-shirt with your company logo on it so that the community can wear and show their love for your business during this time. To participate, send your business logo to StPete@BigFrog.com. Secondly, Big Frog will donate $10 to your business for every t-shirt sold with your logo.

In addition, we've got our own " EDGE District Stronger Together " shirt (above on right). All sales will go back to support this fund. To order, just click here .

Many thanks to BIg Frog owner Sean Mulligan, for this great community support!
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