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Dear Businesses:
Last week was a busy one for news so today's newsletter is particularly long but contains important information. Please read carefully.


Main Street Relief Fund  - next steps: every business who applied for the MSRF prequalification  should have received an email from the the NH Dept of Revenue on Friday with instructions on how to apply for the final grant.  Application deadline is Friday, June 12 at midnight  . Checks are expected to be mailed the week of June 15. Grants are capped at $350,000. If you did not apply for the prequalification, you will not be able to apply for the grant at this time.

NONPROFITS - 501c3 nonprofits may begin to apply for the NH Nonprofit Emergency Relief Fund . Applications open June 11 and close June 25.

Restaurants  Restaurants located in Grafton County will be allowed to open June 15 for indoor dining at 100% capacity.  Guidance has been updated.

Wedding Venues  wedding venues may reopen at 50% capacity.  See same guidance as restaurants.  See guidance docs.

Golf Courses  may open immediately for out of state golfers  . Golf carts may now be used by golfers not related to each other.

Outdoor Recreation/Attractions  - including agro-tourism, outdoor
walking trails, tours and paths, batting cages, zip lines, chairlifts, ropes
courses/aerial parks, disk golf, open off-road vehicle tours (no enclosure), natural
science centers, garden tours, diving tours and lessons, caves, petting zoos, balloon rides, helicopter and plane rides (groups fewer than 5) and white water rafting - may now reopen.  Guidance docs.

State beaches  are now reopened for sunbathing and picnicing. Parking areas will remain at 50% capacity.

The Governor also announced that he expects to lift the Stay at Home order on June 15.

Congress passed H.R.7010, Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act of 2020 . New provisions in the PPP program include:
  • Extends the forgivable period from 8 weeks to 24 weeks or the end of the calendar year.
  • Adds flexibility to the forgiveness ratio for non-wage expenses from 75% payroll and 25% non-payroll eligible expenses to 60:40.
  • Establishes a minimum loan maturity of 5 years for the remaining balance after the balance is adjusted for forgiveness.
  • Extends the required period during which an employer may restore wages to December 31st.
  • Allows borrowers to defer payments until they receive compensation for forgiven amounts. Those who don’t apply for forgiveness can have 10 months from the program’s expiration to being making payments.
  • Allows for PPP borrowers to also defer payroll tax payments including payment of principal, interest, and fees, until the date on which the amount of forgiveness determined under section 1106 of the CARES Act is remitted to the lender.
This is great news for businesses who have PPP loans. However, local lenders are waiting on guidance from the SBA on how to proceed - you should reach out to your commercial lender more information on how this will affect your loan specifically.

Also, many businesses are questioning whether they can take out a second PPP loan or add to their current loan.

Businesses MAY NOT apply for a second PPP loan.

There are a couple scenarios in which an increase to an existing PPP Loan can be done; 

  • Partnership who’s original PPP Loan app did not include compensation for the partners.
  • Seasonal Employers who’s original PPP Loan app was submitted prior to alternative criterion coming out for determining the maximum loan amount.
In each of these cases the increase can be made so long as reporting for that loan has not yet been made. Other entity types are not eligible for increases.

As A Business, Am I Liable for Covid19 Related Claims?
UVBA has received many questions regarding liability to businesses related to Covid19 such as whether a business owner is liable if an employee contracts C19 and claims it is a result of their work conditions, or whether a business is liable if a customer or client claims they contracted C19 at your place of business.

The NH Attorney General released an opinion that answers the employer-related liability questions.
  1. Does State law provide liability protection for employers from employee personal injury claims? Conclusion: Yes, New Hampshire's Workers' Compensation law, RSA 281-A, precludes employees or employees' beneficiaries, from bringing certain actions, including personal injury claims, against their employers. 
  3. Does State law limit an employee's ability to seek workers' compensation benefits for illnesses, like Covid -19? Conclusion: Yes, workers' compensation benefits are limited to instances when an employee determinatively demonstrates that the illness resulted from the risks of employment.

The Attorney General does not address liability to businesses from claims by customers or clients, although does say that following state guidelines would make it unlikely a business would be held liable. However, there have been several inconsistencies with the guidelines and changes as sectors reopen that make it difficult for businesses to adapt quickly. Because we have heard many businesses express concern on this issue, the UVBA, fellow NH Chambers of Commerce and the BIA have all advocated for Safe Harbor legislation to be enacted by the State Legislature or by Governor Sununu as an emergency order. UVBA will continue to monitor this situation.

Meanwhile, businesses should make every effort to follow recommended guidelines for reopening and current best practices, and document your efforts.If this issue is of great concern to your business, we encourage you to contact your state representative.



Restaurants - effective 6/8 may open for indoor dining at 50% capacity.

Governor Scott also lifted some of the travel restriction s on Friday.

Curious how New England Businesses Are Faring Compared to Rest of US? The US Chamber of Commerce has done a Small Business Coronavirus Impact Poll.


UVBA Partners with GRDC to Provide Business Assistance
UVBA has partnered with the Grafton Regional Development Corp and the Small Business Development Center to provide assistance for businesses in the Upper Valley and Sullivan County to navigate the federal and state programs due to Covid19. Our services are open to all businesses in this area. Please contact Tracy at 603-448-1203.

Informational and Q&A call for restaurants navigating the re-opening process Wednesday June 10, 2:00-3:30 PM:
How to be hospitable in a 'no-contact' hospitality industry?
Join Denise Anderson, Vital Communities' Pandemic Small Business Navigator, and Department of Health representatives from both states for a virtual conversation.
Password: 697685
Meeting ID: 893 4616 6994
One tap mobile+19294362866,,89346166994# US (New York)
This call is intended for restaurant owner's. You can find the audio recording for the first call here.
Last Chance to Advertise in Our Community Guide
Our new UVBA Community Guide will be published soon and for those of you who missed out on the display advertising, we still have enhanced business listings available. Download Information Here. Also here is the Distribution Plan .
Back to Business Toolkit for Download
UVBA has put together a BACK to BUSINESS TOOLKIT that includes signs that you can print for your store, a sample reopening plan and guidance on policies for reopening. If you would like posters professionally printed for display, contact Gnomon Copy and reference Back to Business Toolkit.
UVBA Member News & Good News to Share
UVBA Members: Log into to UVBA website to post your news releases for inclusion in the newsletter. Need help with your log in? Email Us.
We will be sharing news on what our members are doing to navigate the current situation as well as any good news or happenings here. Members log in and post a news release or email us at [email protected]

PINE restaurant is now open for lunch and dinner 11:30am - 7:30pm.

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