Dear Members and Chamber Friends,

We are working hard to gather the most up to date and informative information to you regarding COVID-19.

Below you will find several websites, press releases and other resources that we wanted to share with you. Please take a moment to review this information and also keep this as a resource as we move forward. As we receive new information, we will pass it along to all of you.

To ensure the health and safety of our Chamber Staff, Welcome Center Volunteers and Visitors, we have closed the welcome center to the public. Staff is still available during business hours to all of our members. If it is necessary to meet with staff at this time, we encourage you to do so my phone.

We are available for each and every one of you, so please feel free to reach out to us with any questions you may have.

We are taking each day one at a time with the information we receive. We have added a link to this email on our website and this will be updated daily or as we receive new information.

Please check our website for the most up-to-date event information.

Thank you all and be well!


Important Resources & Links
Florida Department of Health
Hotline on COVID-19
This hotline is available 24/7
Reemployment Assistance COVID-19
If your employment has been negatively impacted as a result of the mitigation efforts in Florida to stop the spread of COVID-19, you may be eligible to receive Reemployment Assistance. Individuals who may be eligible for Reemployment Assistance may include...

Those who are quarantined by a medical professional or a government agency,

Those who are laid off or sent home without pay for an extended period by their employer due to COVID-19 concerns

Those who are caring for an immediate family member who is diagnosed with COVID-19.

 Keeping Workers Paid and Employed Act
The proposed Keeping Workers Paid and Employed Act would prevent workers from losing their jobs and small businesses from going under due to economic losses caused by the Coronavirus pandemic.

The plan would provide cash-flow assistance through 100 percent federally guaranteed loans to employers who maintain their payroll during this emergency. If employers maintain their payroll, the loans would be forgiven, which would help workers to remain employed and affected small businesses and our economy to quickly snap-back after the crisis.

This proposal would be retroactive to March 1, 2020, to help bring workers who may have already been laid off back onto payrolls.

211 is a United Way program that provides free information and referral to human/social service agencies within Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee Counties, 24 hour a day, 365 days a year. Clients can call and receive information and referrals appropriate to their needs. United Way 211  help peoples navigate their way through the maze of human and social services agencies by providing the most adequate resources for the client’s situation. English and Spanish languages are readily available. United Way 211 is for non-emergency assistance only; 211 may not be reached on some hotel, cell, or pay phones. In these cases, 211 can be reached in Lee County at (239) 433-3900 and Hendry/Glades (800) 887-9234. United Way 211

The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program is currently available to small business owners located in all Florida counties statewide that experienced economic damage as a result of COVID-19.

These short-term, interest-free working capital loans are intended to “bridge the gap” between the time a major catastrophe hits and when a business has secured longer term recovery resources, such as sufficient profits from a revived business, receipt of payments on insurance claims or federal disaster assistance.

The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program is not designed to be the primary source of assistance to affected small businesses, which is why eligibility is linked pursuant to other financial sources. Note: Loans made under this program are short-term debt loans made by the state of Florida using public funds – they are  not grants . Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loans require repayment by the approved applicant from longer term financial resources. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). SBA Loan Fact Sheet

The Centers for Disease Control has developed  Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers  to plan, prepare and respond to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). This interim guidance is based on what is currently known  about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) . The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will update this interim guidance as needed and as additional information becomes available.

Restaurants & Bars
Governor Ron DeSantis announced all Florida bars and nightclubs will close at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 17th and will remain closed for 30 days.

Restaurants are limited to 50% capacity. Seating needs to be staggered by at least six feet and take out must be encouraged. Restaurants should also screen employees.

Grab & Go Breakfast & Lunch
The Food and Nutrition Services department will be serving a “Grab & Go” breakfast and lunch at 23 schools and 7 community sites between March 23rd and 27th. The USDA has granted the District the flexibility to provide these meals during a time of unanticipated closure. Breakfast and lunch will be served together in a single bag. The meals are free for anyone under 18 years of age. Each child must be present at the pick-up location to receive a “Grab & Go” bag. It is expected the meals will be eaten at home, and not the schools where they are picked up. The meals will be available for pick-up between 9:00am and 11:00am at the following schools. For More Information.
VISIT FLORIDA Private Sector Partner and Tourism Weekly Calls

VISIT FLORIDA is coordinating weekly calls with the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity on responding to COVID-19. 
In support of the Florida Department of Health in response to COVID-19 in Florida, weekly conference calls began today for Florida's Private Sector and Tourism partners. Please join future calls using the call-in information below. Also see the attached file for additional details.

Florida JIC Private Sector and Tourism Conference Call
Every Wednesday
10:00 AM to 10:30 AM   
Call-In Information
Call-In Number: 888-585-9008

 Chamber of Commerce of Cape Coral
2051 Cape Coral Parkway E
Cape Coral, FL 33904
(239) 549-6900 x300