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Covid-19 Business Response ToolKit

The Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce is working to provide you with the most updated information regarding Corvid-19 (Coronavirus) and the resources available to help best manage your business during this challenging time.

The respiratory illness caused by a Coronavirus is thought to spread between people who are in close contact with one another (about six feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land on common surfaces or in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

As we continue to closely track the impact of the COVID-19, we have provided resources here for advice on how your business and family can plan for and respond to the virus. We will update this page as information continues to be made available.

Also, please “like” and “follow” our Facebook page for updates on Chamber events as well as what our Business Members are doing during this time.

CORONAVIRUS BUSINESS TOOLKIT

With the impacts of COVID-19 on our local business community already in effect, in addition to good hand hygiene and common-sense precautions with your employees and patrons, The Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce encourages all local businesses to consider the following:

For your business: Prepare for negative economic impacts:

  • Capital: Create, confirm, or expand your line of credit.
  • Staffing: Develop staffing plans for varying levels of customers and revenue (what does an 80% scenario plan look like?).
  • Insurance: Check with your insurance provider to understand your coverage and options.

For your customers: Make your place of business as hygienic as possible and communicate what you are doing to customers so they feel comfortable visiting.

For your employees: Check, modify, and communicate HR policies regarding remote working, sick-leave, and compensation during health crisis. Try to ensure your policies are as flexible and non-punitive as possible. Sick employees should be encouraged to stay at home.

For your workflow: Cross-train employees for key functions so that daily schedules can continue relatively uninterrupted by potential employee absences. Where relevant, consider staggering start and end times to reduce large numbers of people coming together at the same time; and create and test remote employee collaboration systems (consider apps such as Slack and Zoom).

For your cashflow: Communicate with your landlord (or tenants) and lenders about expectations and request flexibility (better to have that conversation now).

For yourself: Eat well, sleep, and exercise. Taking care of yourself in this time of stress will improve your resistance to infection and resilience in managing difficult business situations. And of course, wash your hands all the dang time and don’t touch your face, or anyone else, for that matter.

For your Chamber: For us to best serve you, we need to know and share what our members are doing to manage risks. To that end, please tell us what what’s working and what you need from us! Email us at EAChamber@eanycc.com!

** Source: Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives 

 

CDC | Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease
Recommended strategies for employers to use now.

SBA | Disaster Assistance Loans for Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

We will continue to update this page with details on the application process once it is made available.  

OSHA | COVID-19 Safety and Health Standards, Control & Prevention

An overview of information for workers and employers, including links to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards and control and prevention.

EEOC | Pandemic Response in the Workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act 

FEMA | Emergency Response Plan 

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation | Guidance for Employers to Plan and Respond to the Coronavirus

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation | Resilience in a Box

Tools and resources designed to educate business leaders on disaster preparedness and business resilience. 

5 Tips For Staying Productive While Working From Home

MORE BUSINESS RESOURCES

Empire State Development Resource Guide to COVID-19 SBA Disaster Loans

NYS on PAUSE Executive Order

NYS Essential Business List

NYS Emergency COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave
On March 18, 2020, Governor Cuomo signed emergency legislation guaranteeing job protection and pay for New Yorkers who have been quarantined as a result of novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. The new law enacts emergency paid sick leave to guarantee workers’ job protection and provide financial compensation while they are on a mandatory or precautionary quarantine due to the Coronavirus.

NYS Department of Health  Updates & Guidance

NYS Department of Labor 
*New York State Department of Labor has waived the 7-day waiting period for unemployment insurance benefits for employees out of work due to COVID-19.

NYS Unemployment Insurance Guide for Businesses Q&A

NYS Unemployment Insurance Hearings Q&A

NYS Employers Guide to Unemployment Insurance

CDC | Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease

Recommended strategies for employers to use now.

OSHA | COVID-19 Safety and Health Standards, Control & Prevention

An overview of information for workers and employers, including links to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards and control and prevention.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation | Guidance for Employers to Plan and Respond to the Coronavirus

Strategies and tips to protect your workforce.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation | Understanding the Coronavirus (Video)

Webinar about the impact of Coronavirus on the private sector and how companies should consider their response, hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

GENERAL INFORMATION – OVERVIEW AND MONITORING

CDC | Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Summary
Updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tracking the situation in the U.S. and the latest recommendations.

CDC | Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information for Travel
Updated information about Coronavirus for travelers and travel-related industries.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation | Understanding the Coronavirus (Video)
Webinar about the impact of Coronavirus on the private sector and how companies should consider their response, hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

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