Information & Resources For Peach County Citizens and Businesses
Disclaimer: The Peach Regional Chamber of Commerce seeks to provide access to recommendations, regulations, services and expertise to its members. During the COVID-19 pandemic, this mission remains constant. Prior to acting, members should consult their own professional advisors for information and counsel specific to the individual and unique situations faced by organizations, individuals and corporations. The opinions, interpretations and recommendations of the Peach Regional Chamber of Commerce are informational only and should not be relied upon by the recipient as legal or professional advice. The Peach Regional Chamber of Commerce makes no representations as to the accuracy or reliability of the content contained herein. Users of this information accept any and all risks associated with the use of such information and agree that the Peach Regional Chamber of Commerce has no liability to user.
This page is dedicated to providing information and resources about our businesses and organizations along with helpful links to State, Federal and other websites associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
**APRIL 21, 2020 - GUIDANCE FROM THE GEORGIA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE**:
Click HERE for the latest guidance relative to Governor Kemp's announcement to implement Phase 1 reopening of some Georgia businesses. As we receive additional information we will pass that along and will update this document online at www.gachamber.com/covid19 .
- Peach County Board of Commissioners Executive Order (Information about County-wide curfews, general County functions, business closures/operational requirements, etc.)
- A Message from Peach County Schools (March 6, 2020)
"Parents, please be advised that Governor Kemp has issued an executive order to keep schools closed through April 24th. We will provide additional information for parents and students, as it becomes available, through our district social media. Thank you for your continued patience, support, care and concern for our children." (March 26, 2020)
- Peach County To Go (A listing of privately-owned Peach County restaurants with hours, menus, etc. Please consider supporting your favorite local restaurants!)
- A Message from the Fort Valley Utility Commission
- City of Fort Valley Declaration of Local Emergency
The SBA provides low-interest disaster loans to help businesses and homeowners recover from declared disasters. Georgia businesses are now approved to apply for this loan. Learn about available resources & see how this critical resource can help your business!
- Disaster Loan Assistance - U.S. Small Business Administration
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources
- The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act
The IRS has a special webpage, Coronavirus Tax Relief that focuses on steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the coronavirus. This page will be updated as new information is available and is in English and Spanish.
- Coronavirus Tax Relief resources & news releases from IRS
The State of Georgia has a new COVID-19 hotline. If you believe that you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, please contact your primary care doctor, an urgent care clinic, or your local federally qualified healthcare center. Please do not show up unannounced at an emergency room or health care facility.
Hotline: (844) 442-2681
Governor Kemp’s April 2 Executive Order:
On April 2, Governor Kemp signed an executive order requiring residents and visitors of the state of Georgia to “shelter in place,” effective April 3 at 6 p.m. through April 13, 2020 (The order was set to expire on April 13. It will now end on April 30), in line with the state’s public health emergency order, to ensure uniformity across the state. Gov. Kemp also signed an executive order on April 1, closing Georgia Public Schools through the end of the 2019 - 2020 school year.
Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) has also created a resource library to help Chambers and businesses prepare for the impacts of COVID-19 transmission in the United States. Learn more about implementing a series of actions that minimize impact on local communities and support the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) containment strategy.
- Pandemic Guidance
- Interim Guidance for Businesses & Employers (Plan & Respond) CDC recommended guidance for employers, including advice for developing a response plan and steps that all employers can implement now.
- Key Planning Recommendations for Mass Gatherings
- CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY LOANS - Small Business Guide and Checklist
Loan Program Checklists for Small Business
Policy experts at the Chamber have been busy putting together guides and checklists for to help navigate the various loan programs available through the stimulus bill for small businesses. See below for a guide on each and how it can help you:
- Save Small Business Initiative
- Small Business Emergency Loan Guide (PPP)
- Small Business Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)
- COVID-19 Resource Center from the U.S. Chamber
Tips for Your Small Business
New resources and tips published every day for small businesses, from how to effectively manage a team remotely, to mastering social media, to utilizing technology to keep productive at home. Check back here to hear what other small businesses are doing during this crisis and other updates and keep an eye on the CO— Coronavirus Small Business Guide.
- Phase 3 Federal Relief Bill Synopsis - S. 3548 CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act) Phase 3 Coronavirus Relief Legislation (DOWNLOADS automatically)
- The Georgia Chamber is working to support fact-based communication as we weather the COVID-19 pandemic. The Small Business Administration currently has two major loan programs in response to COVID-19. A business can apply for both the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program and Paycheck Protection Program IF there are different use of proceeds for each program. Funds from these loans cannot be comingled. Click here for a PDF out of the Chamber summarizing the key points for these programs. This piece can also be found along with a host of other resources on the Chamber’s website at www.gachamber.com/covid19.
USEFUL INFORMATION AND GUIDANCE
- CDC’s official guide for business
- OSHA’s guidance on preparing workplaces for COVID-19
- EPA’s useful list of disinfectants suitable for use against COVID-19
MENTAL HEALTH CONCERNS
Quarantine and isolation as a result of COVID-19 have meant more people than ever are looking online for help and support. See below for some resources:
- GA CARES Warm Line: 1-844-326-5400
- Peer2Peer Warm Line: 1-888-945-1414
- The Summit Wellness Group - Comprehensive resource guides on topics like suicide prevention, overdose prevention, and Georgia community mental health support.
- SAMHSA's Treatment Locator - National database of approved addiction treatment centers.
- Detox Local - Features medically reviewed articles on every aspect of the drug & alcohol withdrawal process, as well as a directory of licensed detox centers.
SMALL BUSINESS WEBINARS - BY REGION
The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center is teaming up with the Georgia Department of Community Affairs and the Georgia Department of Economic Development to provide the small businesses of Georgia with vital information and assistance during this time of need.
Contact: UGA SBDC in Macon, (478) 757-3609 or firstname.lastname@example.org