Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources
Like you, we are continuing to monitor the developments about Coronavirus (COVID-19). The highest priority of any business is to protect the health and safety of employees and customers. As the region’s advocate for business and the community, it is our goal to keep you informed by providing resources to help keep your employees safe and healthy. We encourage everyone to understand the facts about COVID-19 to make informed decisions.
The need for us to collectively work together to remain strong and supportive of one another continues. It is encouraging to see the Fox Cities moving forward. While we may not be back to our normal just yet, our next chapter is on the horizon. We will rebuild together. We are #strongertogether. We are #FoxCitiesStrong
Thank you to We Energies, Bergstrom Automotive, Thrivent, Kimberly-Clark and Community First Credit Union for supporting this initiative and to Goodwill NCW, Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, Appleton International Airport, Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Central Wisconsin, Fox Valley Technical College and United Way Fox Cities for participating in this shared mission as we climb out of these difficult times.
Mask up, Fox Cities
In an effort to remind the community about mask wearing, please consider using this poster within your business, and sharing the video above, to encourage customers and employees to wear a mask. Mask wearing helps to protect our community and keep our economy open and strong.
For more information about travel updates and restrictions in the Fox Cities area, visit www.foxcities.org
CHAMBER OFFICE UPDATE:
For the safety of our staff, Chamber members and visitors, our office lobby is currently closed. Our Chamber team will continue to work remotely and serve you, our members, in the best way possible. Please reach out to the Chamber team via phone or email. General inquiries can be sent to email@example.com or by calling (920) 734-7101.
Be informed through credible sources.
We are working daily to find the best ways to help our members navigate through the uncharted waters of the coronavirus pandemic, as well as keep ourselves informed.
The following page provides a compilation of programs currently providing financial assistance to small businesses due to the impact of COVID-19.
*Applications are currently closed for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).* Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) created by the CARES Act, loans may be forgiven if borrowers use the proceeds to maintain their payrolls and pay other specified expenses. View the U.S. Chamber's Guide to PPP Loan Forgiveness which helps borrowers understand the process by which their loan forgiveness amount will be calculated and the overall approach of the loan forgiveness process.
7-8-2020 - Outagamie to Require Protective Masks (Outagamie County news release)
7-30-2020 - Gov. Evers Issues Executive Order Declaring Public Health Emergency and Requiring Face Coverings Statewide (Office of the Governor | State of Wisconsin)
9-22-2020 - Gov. Evers Declares New Public Health Emergency Due to Campus Outbreaks, Issues New Face Coverings Order (Office of the Governor | State of Wisconsin) - Executive Order #90 | Emergency Order #1
10-2-2020 - Judge Blocks State Release of Employer COVID-19 Data (wpr.org)
10-6-2020 - Gov. Evers Directs Department of Health Services to Limit Indoor Public Gatherings (Office of the Governor | State of Wisconsin) - Emergency Order #3
10-6-2020 - Second round of We’re All In Grants will provide $50 million more for small businesses (wedc.org)
11-10-2020 - Gov. Evers Calls for Unity, Working Together, Signs Executive Order Advising Wisconsinites to Stay Home (Office of the Governor | State of Wisconsin) - Executive Order #94
LOCAL, STATE & FEDERAL LAW CHANGES:
11-10-2020 - As COVID-19 continues to surge across the state, Gov. Evers announced Executive Order #94, which includes new measures to combat the spread of COVID-19. Executive Order #94 advises Wisconsinites to stay home, urges precautions Wisconsinites should take to stay safe if they have to leave their home, and encourages businesses to take additional steps to protect workers, customers, and the surrounding community.
10-6-2020 - Gov. Tony Evers today directed Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm to issue Emergency Order #3 limiting public gatherings to no more than 25 percent of a room or building’s total occupancy. See full the order and list of exemptions here.
9-22-2020 - Gov. Tony Evers today declared a new public health emergency in Wisconsin due to recent surge in cases among young people and issued a new face coverings order effective immediately. Both orders are effective immediately and will expire after sixty days or with a subsequent superseding order. The governor previously declared a public health emergency under Executive Order #82, which remains in effect.
SCHOOL DISTRICT REOPENING PLANS:
Back to school is right around the corner for our Fox Cities area students and our school districts are doing their best to create safe and healthy learning environments in response to the pandemic. Responding to COVID-19 in schools is a monumental undertaking.
9/23/2020: Due to the impact of COVID-19, the following school districts have adjusted plans -
- Oshkosh School District will be virtual for at least two weeks
- Freedom High School will be virtual for at least two weeks
- Menasha School District will be virtual until further notice
Our employees and their families need to be safe. They also need jobs. How we as a community respond impacts both.
Following these strategies ensures your employees, customers and business partners that you are acting in their best interest.
** Due to the current number of COVID-19 cases in our communities, Outagamie County is asking employers to help with contact tracing. Learn more on their website **
We strongly encourage our members to stay informed about COVID-19 by reviewing the links provided above. Thank you for doing your part to ensure the health and safety of our community. Please contact our team at the Chamber with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or (920) 734-7101.
The Fox Cities Chamber is proud to be a Be Safe Wisconsin partner. Learn more at BeSafeWisconsin.org