A few weeks ago, I announced the launch of the Southern Ohio Chamber Alliance Sole Proprietor insurance plan. Quoting for this new program began on April 20, 2020 with coverage set to begin on July 1. The following is a message from SOCA.

Anthem and SOCA are very pleased to announce that the Southern Ohio Chamber Alliance (SOCA) Benefit Plan is making room for sole proprietors. They can enroll in the plan starting July 1. The broker community has already received instructions from Anthem regarding new case submission. Quoting starts April 20.

An eligible sole proprietor must:
• Meet underwriting requirements.
• Work more than 30 hours per week (documentation required).
• Submit a cover page for Form 1040 with Schedule C or Form 1040 with Schedules F and SE.

Regulations limit sole proprietor membership to 10 percent of total SOCA Benefit Plan membership. This is limited to sole proprietors. Presently this offer is not intended for non-profit organizations with one employee.

Please call our office for more information. This is a benefit that has been a long time in the making and just another benefit of your membership!

As we prepare to open our economy, I am attaching a few graphics designed to help your specific sector through this process. Looking ahead to the May 12, 2020 opening of RETAIL ESTABLISHMENTS, we ask that you review THIS GRAPHIC for further guidance.

Things will look different as RESTAURANTS begin to reopen on May 15th. Patrons will be able to enjoy outdoor dining only from May 15th until May 21st, when indoor dining spaces will open. A complete list of rules and regulations restaurants will need to follow are attached HERE. As a sister to a member of the Governor’s restaurant committee, I was made to understand that each restaurant and bar may look a little different once open. What may work for one establishment will not work for another. Those with large party areas or dance floors will be permitted to utilize that space for dining, as there will be no large banquets, dances, etc. Likewise, tables must be separated to ensure proper distance. With the specified restrictions, the 50% of fire code rule will not always apply to restaurants. If you are a restaurant owner with questions, please call the office, and I will direct you to those that can better explain the rules and how they apply to your specific location.

It is time to get that hair cut! Salons, barbershops, tanning and nail salons along with day spas will be open to the public on May 15th. The rules and regulations for these businesses are also stringent. The complete list can be found by clicking THIS LINK.

I know I speak for many of you when I say I am more than ready for those little life moments that, in the past, I have taken for granted; A haircut, a meal with a friend, and a shopping day with my mom. My family and I look forward to supporting these many businesses in the coming weeks!

Until tomorrow, may we all distance socially and support locally!