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COVID-19 Local Updates

05.28.2020 Update

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05.28.2020
Good afternoon.
Lt. Governor Husted announced today the Tech Cred Program would be expanding to include individuals who are not currently employed but could become employable by upskilling in a trade. The next enrollment period for TechCred begins June 1, 2020, and additional information can be found by following this link.
Today, the governor released a statement regarding county and independent fairs. The guidelines, which will be posted on the state’s website later, focus on social distancing, limiting crowds, animal care and welfare and ensuring everyone’s health.
Because each county fair is different, decisions about county and independent fairs will be left to local boards, the governor said.
Yesterday, the Fayette County Fairboard announced its decision to move forward with the Junior Fair. Stay tuned for further details! As details are released, I will forward those along.
Friends and family of individuals residing in an intermediate care facility (assisted living/developmental disability home) may begin outdoor visitations on June 8, 2020. Symptom checks and appointments for visits will be required, and any additional safeguards the facility wishes to request. Again, please check back later for guidance that will be posted on the coronavirus website. The link is shared at the bottom of this email.
In BWC news, many of you have received your 50 free face masks. If you have extra you wish to share, please contact me and I will put you in touch with a business that will gladly take them off your hands! Additionally, the BWC is deferring all June, July, and August premium payments.
While many of our businesses are beginning to reopen gradually, several are still operating from an online platform. Our friends at the Small Business Development Center are hosting a ‘Tips & Tricks for Online Marketing – REOPENING EDITION’ webinar tomorrow. The cost is free for our members, but reservations must be made by emailing Melissa Carter. This is a great opportunity to get your business primed and ready for the great things that surely will come!
Wishing you all a great Thursday evening!
Julie

05.26.2020 Update

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05.26.2020
Good afternoon. As guidance, orders, and recommendations change, I have tried to always attach the most up to date information. Those links have been available at the bottom of each daily newsletter. Recently, several sectors have received sweeping changes to their mandates shortly after their initial publication. I will not be attaching each specific link today but recommend visiting the coronavirus web page for the most up to date information should you have questions regarding any of the mandates. Once on the page, you can search for sector-specific guidelines, public health orders, and responsible protocols, to name a few.
As many of our businesses begin to gradually reopen, several are still operating from an online platform. Our friends at the Small Business Development Center are hosting a ‘Tips & Tricks for Online Marketing – REOPENING EDITION’ webinar this Friday, May 29, 2020. The cost is free for our members but reservations must be made by emailing Melissa Carter. This is a great opportunity to get your business primed and ready for the great things that surely will come!
Wishing you all a great evening!
Julie

05.21.2020 Update

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05.21.2020
Good afternoon! Today, we have several updates and additional sector openings.
Governor DeWine announced the cancellation of the Ohio State Fair. I am not positive, but I believe this is the first year in my life I will not be attending in some sort of exhibitor capacity. Whether it was my own project or that of my daughter, the state fair was a family affair.
Skills training for all sports can begin May 26, 2020, provided safe protocols are followed. This announcement will require a change in the Order to allow for the use of school facilities. Published guidance can be VIEWED HERE.
Guidance for general non-contact sports to include bowling, putt-putt, etc. can be VIEWED HERE.
Provided they can abide by the same restrictions as restaurants, catering and banquet facilities are permitted to reopen June 1, 2020. These restrictions include but are not limited to maintaining 6′ distance, the seating of groups by family, no buffet, no congregating, etc. As soon as the complete guidance is published, I will forward a copy to all.
On Tuesday, Governor DeWine announced the Director of Health would be writing a new Order that would rescind and maintain portions of the Stay Safe Ohio order. This new Order can be read in its entirety HERE. The breakdown of those revisions are as follows:
Section 3 – Stay at home or place of residence. This order is rescinded effective May 20, 2020.
Section 5 – Prohibited and permitted travel. This section has been amended to now read that persons who have tested positive, are presumptively diagnosed or are exhibiting symptoms shall not enter the State unless under medical orders or are a permanent resident of the State.
Section 15 – Travel. This section, in its entirety, is rescinded.
Indoor dining gets the green light today! Please support our member businesses, their staff, and our community in the coming days. I know they’ve worked extremely hard to get their restaurants up to code and look forward to serving you and yours!
Have a great evening,
Julie

05.19.2020 Update

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05.19.2020
This afternoon, the governor announced the state is moving from state-mandated orders to strong recommendations. The new recommendations, entitled “Urgent Health Advisory-Ohioans Protecting Ohioans” states we must continue to do our part to keep Ohio healthy. Many of the current orders for social distancing, a limited number of people (less than 10) at any gathering, and proper sanitation remain in the new health advisory. Once this advisory is available in print format, I will forward it for your review.
Travel bans have been lifted for the state of Ohio.
This week, the BWC will begin delivering over 2 million face covers to Ohio employers. Employers covered by the BWC (public and private) will receive a packet of 50 masks in the coming days. If you receive more masks than you need, please forward those to an employer who can use them. The purchase of the masks by BWC will not affect your premium.
In these uncertain times, saving money is of the utmost importance. To that end, the chamber is proud to provide another member-benefit and option for energy savings. To date, several of our members have taken advantage of this program and are experiencing significant savings. Click the link below to register for the informational meeting!
Have a great evening,
Julie

05.18.2020 Update

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05.18.2020

In these uncertain times, saving money is of the utmost importance. To that end, the chamber is proud to provide another member-benefit and option for energy savings. To date, several of our members have taken advantage of this program and are experiencing large savings.

Future opening dates
May 21, 2020 Campgrounds
May 21, 2020 Indoor Dining
May 22, 2020 Horse Racing (without spectators) resumes (No racino or casino openings at this time)
May 26, 2020 Gyms, fitness centers, dance studios and pools. This does NOT include waterparks and amusement parks. Only public pools regulated by a local health department are permitted to open.
May 26, 2020 The BMV will open across the state
May 26, 2020 Baseball and Softball and other low-contact and no-contact sports can resume.
May 31, 2020 Childcare, daycare and day camps.

05.16.2020 Update

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05.16.2020

The governor’s office just released the Responsible ReStart protocol for several new sectors. Click the links below for complete details:

Day Camps
Gyms-Dance Studios
Golf Course
Pools & Aquatic Centers
Tennis Courts

I have received a few calls from members who did not order or did not order enough PPE and sanitizing supplies during our first round of the Supply Share. If you find yourself in need, please call the office.

Future openings are as follows:

May 21, 2020 Campgrounds
May 22, 2020 Horse Racing (without spectators) resumes (No racino or casino openings at this time)
May 26, 2020 Gyms, fitness centers, dance studios and pools. This does NOT include waterparks and amusement parks. Only public pools regulated by a local health department are permitted to open.
May 26, 2020 The BMV will open across the state
May 26, 2020 Baseball and Softball can resume
May 31, 2020 Childcare, daycare and day camps.

Wishing you all a great weekend!
Julie

05.14.2020 Update

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05.14.2020

Fayette County Memorial Hospital is in need of facemasks for patients. If you are willing and able, completed masks should be delivered to the front desk of the main hospital building weekdays between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Time to get out my sewing machine!

Daycares will be permitted to reopen May 31, 2020, with a reduced number of children, Gov. DeWine announced today. Some new protocols include workers wearing masks, temperature checks, and children washing their hands when they are dropped off and when they leave for the day. Class sizes will be limited to nine or less for school-age children and six or less for infants.Additional openings are as follows:

May 21, 2020 Campgrounds
May 22, 2020 Horse Racing (without spectators) resumes (No racino or casino openings at this time)
May 26, 2020 Gyms, fitness centers, dance studios and pools. This does NOT include waterparks and amusement parks. Only public pools regulated by a local health department are permitted to open.
May 26, 2020 The BMV will open across the state
May 26, 2020 Low-Contact and No-Contact sports can resume
May 31, 2020 Childcare, daycare and day camps. Protocol and ratios for day camps will be released by end of day May 15, 2020.

Guidance currently available on the coronavirus.ohio.gov website at the time of this email is provided below. The Lt. Governor stated that the remainder of the state guidance will be available by the end of the day tomorrow.

Wishing you all a great Thursday afternoon!
Julie

05.13.2020 Update

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05.13.2020

Earlier this week, Stage Distribution closed their doors permanently. In conjunction with the Fayette County Department of Job and Family Services, we are compiling a list of employers that are currently seeking employees. If you would like to have your business and open positions added to a list that will be given to the displaced workers, please email julie@fayettecountyohio.com or lana.pavey@jfs.ohio.gov.

Additionally, our website receives quite a bit of traffic each month. We offer free ‘Help Wanted’ listings to all members. Take a look, and call the office if you would like to post your available positions.

Wishing you all a great Wednesday afternoon!
Julie

05.12.2020 Update

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05.12.2020

Let the OPEN flags fly in front of our retail establishments! Today was opening day for Ohio’s retailers. While driving down Court Street, it was nice to see the familiar flags. Please remember, just because retail was permitted to open, does not mean that each retailer will be open today. Call ahead and be patient as they write their business-specific protocol in an effort to open safely.

Lt. Governor Husted announced that massage and tattoo parlors are permitted to open this Friday, May 15th, along with hair salons, day spas, barbershops, nail salons, etc. To read the state-mandated safe reopening guidelines, click HERE.

Beginning Friday, May 15th, restaurants can open for outdoor dining only. Again, we are asking for patrons to practice patience as these restaurants adjust their standard operations in an effort to bring you an enjoyable dining experience.

Gov. Mike DeWine announced that more than $250 million in SNAP benefits will be distributed to 850,000 students across the state as part of Ohio’s Pandemic EBT Plan.

Families will receive around $300 in the mail and do not need to apply for the funds.

The money is meant to help children who relied on free or reduced-price meal programs while school was in session.

We have received our complete ‘Supply Share’ order and are in the process of getting items distributed. We are grateful to the City of Washington Court House for their assistance with this much-needed program.

All sector-specific guidelines are linked below. As we navigate these uncharted waters, please reach out with any questions you may have.

Until tomorrow-enjoy the sunshine!

Julie

Responsible ReStart Guidelines

05.11.2020 Update

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05.11.2020

Good afternoon!

I know many of you are as excited as I am to see those ‘OPEN’ signs hanging in our retail establishment windows tomorrow! I ask that as consumers, we remain vigilant with the actions that have kept us safe this far. While it is tempting to hug another customer or shop owner we haven’t seen in weeks; we must refrain. The most important thing at this very moment is to SHOP LOCAL. These business owners are our friends and neighbors, selling their items to our friends and neighbors and paying local taxes that support our community. My husband asked if I had a list of things I wanted to buy once the shops opened… I replied that I was ready to do my part to stimulate the Fayette County economy!

Last week, we provided a door hanger for business owners that state the precautions the business is taking and what the business expects from its customers. For your convenience, I am attaching the printable PDF again. I can’t wait to see you all – even if it is from an appropriate distance! We wish our retail businesses the best of luck!

Consumer, Retail & Other Services Guidelines

JobsOhio and the Department of Liquor Control announced today they will provide a $500 rebate for eligible bars and restaurants. ODL has provided a FAQ sheet with directions that I am attaching to this email.

One-Time Liquor Rebate Program FAQ

Restaurant and Bar Guidelines

As of tomorrow, 89% of Ohio’s economy will be open for business.  Many protocols are still being discussed and written as our leaders work to get Ohio 100% open. At this point, the governor and his team are not ready to provide guidelines for the reopening of day care centers. We will pass along that protocol once it is received.

Dr. Acton spoke today regarding the reporting of positive cases within your business. It is imperative that, even if the COVID-positive employee resides in another county, you contact the Fayette County Department of Public Health. I am attaching a letter from Deputy Health Commissioner, Leigh Cannon, for your review. If you have any questions, please contact us. Confirmed Case Notification

At this point, we have received the hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes and the KN95 masks we ordered as a part of the Supply Share program. Per my phone conversation with the supplier this morning, he expects our delivery of dust masks to be made on Tuesday, May 12th. You will be receiving a phone call from us as soon as the delivery truck arrives!

Have a great Monday evening,

Julie