Dear Greater San Antonio Business Leader:
As our nation looks to reopen the economy and return to work, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has developed strategies for implementing a
National Return to Work Plan Memorandum
detailed across three different sections:
- Essential Services and Resources
- Resolution of Regulatory and Legal Liability Issues
- Support for Businesses and Individuals
The purpose of this Plan is to catalog some of the major implications of returning to work in this environment and to help business and the federal government better anticipate expected challenges. Please respond to the questions provided at the end of the document. This information will be invaluable in mounting and coordinating San Antonio’s business recovery efforts.
Please respond to the following U.S. Chamber Questions:
1. What additional essential services do you see as necessary to support a phased reopening?
2. What additional resources do you anticipate needing to operationalize a phased reopening?
3. What additional guidance, including specific regulatory guidance, from the federal government would be beneficial for a phased reopening?
4. What additional legal liability issues are you concerned about during a phased reopening?
5. Do you anticipate your businesses needing additional financial support to bridge a phased reopening? If so, what form should that take?
6. How have you changed how you operate your business as a result of COVID-19 and what changes do you anticipate continuing after the pandemic?
7. Have you benefited from any of the federal support, including the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program, implemented since the onset of the pandemic? If so, which support programs and do you have feedback on these programs and the federal response? Are there any changes you would recommend?
8. What new support do you envision needing going forward? For example, some types of standing support for business interruption in the case of a pandemic? How concerned are you about the potential costs of such support?
9. While restoring the economy will be a matter of private sector employers being able to resume activity, what other role should the private sector be playing, and what hindrances do you see in the way of any of these efforts?
10. What did we forget to ask?