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The Chamber has a virtual portal for employers to submit questions relating to COVID-19 and its impact on business. Responses are posted at madisonbiz.com/covid19faq.

Submit questions about the Forward Dane reopening strategy, CARES Act, availability of assistance for your business and more by visiting Slido.com and entering the event code #ASK4BIZ (or simply click here to go directly to the page). Questions can also be submitted via email at ask@madisonbiz.com.


Good evening --

Here are the latest updates on the COVID-19 outbreak and our organizational efforts to inform and ensure an effective community response.

Today's highlights include the latest on Dane County's reopening and an impending deadline for key federal small business assistance.

FORWARD DANE UPDATE

Public Health Madison & Dane County (PHMDC) anticipates remaining in Phase Two of the Forward Dane reopening plan for at least a month following a recent spike in positive COVID-19 cases. A new data snapshot released today shows two metrics with a red status (Cases Per Day and Community Spread).

In an effort to curtail the spread, Public Health amended the Phase Two order, effective June 25. Changes include:

--Mass gatherings are now limited to 10 people indoors, while the limit remains 100 people outdoors. Commercial facilities, such as banquet rooms and event spaces, continue to have an indoor limit of 50 people.

--Restaurants and bars are now limited to seated service only, and customers must be seated at all times when not in transit. Tables should be restricted to members of the same household, but they are once again limited to six people. People from different households should be spaced at least six feet apart.

Based on information gleaned from recent contact tracing interviews, Public Health will be stepping up enforcement for these targeted changes. Please review the order for more details on business requirements.

To enhance safety, businesses are required to have hygiene, cleaning and protective measure policies and documented staff receipt or training in place before reopening and should incorporate general and sector-specific best practices, encourage remote work as much as possible, accommodate sick employees, assist contact tracers, and know what to do when an employee that tests positive. Customers should follow Public Health recommendations for shopping and visiting establishments.

If you have questions about issues impacting your business, please continue to submit them through our Q&A portal here and our staff and team of regional partners will work to get you an answer. All responses are posted on our website here.

PPP APPLICATION DEADLINE

Tomorrow (June 30) is the deadline to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the federal initiative designed to incentivize small businesses to keep their workers on payroll. We encourage business owners that did not previously apply for a PPP loan to review these changes and consider contacting their lender to start an application.

Additional SBA information about the PPP can be found here.

STATE STREET STREATERY PROGRAM

The City of Madison has announced that – starting this Friday, July 3 – State Street will be closed to all vehicular traffic for weekends through Aug. 23 as the Streatery Restaurant Recovery Program rolls out there.

The Streatery program expands outdoor dining to assist restaurants and bars disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and reduce transmission risks compared to indoor dining. The State Street vehicle closure is also designed to help retailers and merchants benefit from exclusively pedestrian traffic.

Streatery is set to expire on Oct. 25, 2020, unless Public Health allows restaurants to return to normal operations prior to that date. Full program details can be found here.

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