Business Reopening & Recovery Resources
We've put together a toolkit to help as you reopen. Here's what's inside:
- State Reopening Guidelines
- Get Prepared-Updating Your Policies
- Planning a Safe Reopening
- A Sample Reopening Plan
- Temperature Sheet for checking employee temperatures
- Online Check-up to help make sure your customers know what and when to expect from you
- Printable Posters
- COVID Plan so customers know
- How your making your business safe
- What your occupancy is,
- How they can help keep themselves and other safe while in your business
- Maximum Capacity Reached
- How to Properly Wear a Facemask
- Symptoms of Covid
- COVID Plan so customers know
Governor Abbott and his strike force created reopening checklists for the different industries. We've included a link to the entire book as well as the individual industries/section here.
Emergency Loans & Funding
SBA & Emergency Loan Resources
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources
- Paid Protection Program FAQ
- Side by Side SBA Loan Comparison: PPP vs. EIDL | Info-graphic
- SBA EIDL Disaster Assistance One-Pager
- What is the CARES Act Paid Protection Program (PPP)?
- For more information for borrowers please see
- For more information for lenders please see
- For a copy of the application form please click
- SBA 504 Loan Program
U.S. Department of Labor resources to help workers and employers
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has resources to help employers and workers prepare for and respond to coronavirus in the workplace.
- OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 – Developed in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help employers respond in the event of coronavirus in the workplace.
- Temporary OSHA Guidance on Respiratory Protection Standard – This guidance provides suggestions and options to help increase the availability of N95 filtering facepiece respirators for healthcare providers.
- COVID-19 Webpage – Provides infection prevention information specifically for employers and workers.
Wages, Hours and Leave
The Wage and Hour Division is providing information on common issues employers and workers face when responding to COVID-19, including the effects on wages and hours worked under the Fair Labor Standards Act and job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act.
Unemployment Insurance Flexibilities
NOTE: Check with your state’s unemployment insurance program regarding the rules in your state.
The Employment and Training Administration announced new guidance outlining state flexibilities in administering their unemployment insurance programs to assist Americans affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Under the guidance, federal law permits significant flexibility for states to amend their laws to provide unemployment insurance benefits in multiple scenarios related to COVID-19. For example, federal law allows states to pay benefits where:
- An employer temporarily ceases operations due to COVID-19, preventing employees from coming to work;
- An individual is quarantined with the expectation of returning to work after the quarantine is over; and
- An individual leaves employment due to a risk of exposure or infection or to care for a family member.
In addition, federal law does not require an employee to quit in order to receive benefits due to the impact of COVID-19.
Support for Dislocated Workers and States
The Employment and Training Administration announced the availability of up to $100 million in National Health Emergency Dislocated Worker Grants to help states, territories, and tribal governments respond to the workforce-related impacts of COVID-19.
- Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employee Paid Leave Rights
- Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employer Paid Leave Requirements
- Families First Coronavirus Response Act Notice – Frequently Asked Questions
- COVID-19 Paid Leave
- Unemployment Information for Employers from Texas Workforce Commission
- Texas Hotels & Lodging Association (THLA)The Chamber has a group membership with THLA which includes all Mineral Wells hotels. If you are a hotelier in Mineral Wells, they are a great resource for your specific industry.
- SCORE SCORE is a non-profit organization that offers guidance to small businesses and they're working to help businesses navigate aid options.
- USDA COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide