• COVID-19 Resource Center

    In support of our business community amidst the COVID-19 outbreak, the Grand Island Chamber is providing up-to-date information to combat the ever-changing circumstances businesses and individuals are facing. Last update: 11/25/20
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    City Facial Covering Ordinance NEW
    An emergency ordinance requiring the use of facial coverings in public was approved during a city council meeting on November 24. Items worth noting for businesses: 
    •  The ordinance begins November 27th, 2020, and ends February 23, 2021.
    • All businesses open to the general public shall require all individuals age five and older to wear a face-covering while indoors of said premises (unless a minimum of 6-feet separation is held at all times)
      • ​Exemptions include:
        • Seated at a bar/restaurant to eat or drink.
        • When the wearing of a mask would create a job hazard.
        • Individuals alone in an office/room/a vehicle/cab of heavy equipment/enclosed area.
        • Communicating with individuals who are deaf/hard of hearing or who have a disability, medical condition, or mental health condition that makes communication with that individual while wearing a face-covering difficult. 
    • ​​All businesses must have one or more signs posted and visible to all persons instructing them to wear face coverings. Download a mask sign here
    • To view the ordinance and all regulations click here.

    Do Right, Right Now NEW
    Do Right, Right Now is a practical call for a unified response to COVID-19. As Nebraskans, we pride ourselves on doing the right thing, caring for one another and working together to address problems and affect change. We can get the good life back when we Do Right, Right Now. For access to the digital resources provided by the campaign, click here
     
    FINANCIAL 
    Grown Nebraska 2 - Grant Funding
    The Governor announced targeted grant programs to help assist businesses in industries that were particularly hurt by COVID-19. Including: 
    • Restaurants and Bars - $20 million available
      • ​$12,000 grant awards to eligible awardees
      • Entities who did not participate in the original Small Business Grant program may be eligible for $24,000
    • Cosmetic, Massage, and Body Art Services - $22 million
      • ​12,000 grant awards
    • Event Centers and Sports Arenas - $20 million
      • ​Up to $500,000 grant awards on a tiered basis based on seating and square footage
    • Hotels and Convention Centers - $34 million
      • Up to $500,000 grant awards on a tiered basis based on meeting space and approximate guests
    • Movie Theaters - $3.2 million
      • Grant awards will be distributed on a $10,00 allocation per screen in the facility. 
    Grant applications open October 21st and close November 13th. To apply, click here. 
     
    Business and Livestock Producer Stabilization Grant Program
    Governor Ricketts announced a new grant program for eligible businesses and ag producers who have not yet received assistance.
    • Grant applications open October 21st and close November 13th. To apply, click here. 
    • Small Business - $15 Million available 
      • $12,000 grant awards
    • Livestock - $10 Million available
      • $12,000 grant awards
    Employee Retention Tax Credit
    The CARES Act created a new employee retention tax credit for employers who are closed, partially closed, or experiencing significant revenue losses as a result of COVID-19.
     
    Families First Coronavirus Response Act
    The Families First Coronavirus Response Act created new temporary paid sick leave and paid Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) programs that are 100% reimbursable by the federal government. The effective date of both programs is April 1 and they expire on December 31. 

    DIRECTED HEALTH MEASURES (DHM) 
    (The following has been adapted from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
     

    Signage for your business 
    The Chamber office no longer has any printed copies of the following signs. If you need a copy to hang at your business, they are free to download. Simply click on the sign you would like to download. They print best on 11 x 17 paper but can be printed on any standard size printer paper.