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:
After two months exclusively working remotely, our office has reopened. Limited capacity will be allowed in our facility and precautions are in place for the health of our employees and visitors. Many of our employees will continue to work remotely with some being available in the office each day. We are continuing to follow guidelines recommended by the CDC and Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC). As time allows, we truly look forward to seeing you all in person soon.
- We ask that visitors enter through our main entrance.
- We will be limiting the number of guests in our building to five people at a time.
- All in-person meetings will be conducted virtually or by phone.
- 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
LOCAL, STATE & FEDERAL LAW CHANGES:
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.
7-30-2020 - Gov. Tony Evers today declared a Public Health Emergency and issued an Emergency Order requiring individuals to wear face coverings when indoors and not in a private residence, with some exceptions as clarified and defined in the order.
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.
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