Last updated 3/5/21 3:05PM
This page is intended to be a resource for San Juan County businesses and travel industry. For up to date information on COVID-19 please visit the state of Utah’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) information hub
With the ever evolving landscape during the COVID-19 pandemic, San Juan Public Health and San Juan Economic Development and Visitor Services partnered in creating this business resource. The San Juan Promise includes: a toolkit for businesses outlining recommendations for business practices by industry; a certificate encouaging customer confidence; posters and other collateral to be used as friendly reminders for staff and visitors; and additional business resources.
To learn more about the promise visit: www.UtahsCanyonCountry.com/SanJuanStrong
San Juan County is currently in the 'High Risk' phase and masks must be worn in public indoor settings, and outdoors, when physical distancing is not feasible; this includes both employees and patrons.
We are sending out a regular email of updates pertaining to economic development, businesses and the tourism industry. If you would like to receive this email, or others, please sign up using this link: http://bit.ly/2WtNzBE
Have your voice heard in policy decisions, to local leaders, and more. As we have surveys and areas for business input we will share them below. We will also share, as appropriate, the results of the data collected.
COVID-19 BUSINESS IMPACT SURVEY-ROUND 2 (see Round 1 results below)
The Utah Economic Recovery Task Force would like to check in again with the business community to see how conditions are evolving. We ask businesses to respond whether or not they took the first survey a month ago.
This updated survey should take less than five minutes to complete. As we did last month, we encourage you to use your community networks to get this survey in front of as many businesses as possible.
Complete the survey here: https://bit.ly/3deLTRo
UTAH'S CANYON COUNTRY VISITOR FACING PAGE
Please be advised that Utah's public health agencies are closely monitoring the rapidly evolving situation around the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Right now our focus is on the health and safety of our communities, visitors and friends in Utah and around the world that are managing this issue.
Bureau of Land Management
US Forest Service Manti-La Sal Monticello District
National Parks Service Southeast UT Group
2/2/21- Face masks are now required in all NPS buildings and facilities. Masks are also required on NPS-managed lands when physical distancing cannot be maintained, including narrow or busy trails, overlooks and historic homes.
(Read: The President’s Executive Order on Protecting the Federal Workforce and Requiring Mask-Wearing.)
Canyonlands NP OPEN- Roads, trails, campgrounds, and restrooms are open. Needles Visitor Center is closed for the season Nov-March. Island in the Sky Visitor Center is open Thurs-Mon 9am-4pm. (Group campsites remain closed until further notice.) www.nps.gov/cany/index.htm
Natural Bridges NM OPEN- Roads, trails, and restrooms are open. As weather and staffing allow, rangers provide visitor assistance outside the visitor center 9 am–noon and 2–4 pm, Thursday through Monday. The bookstore remains closed at this time. Visitor service operating hours may be subject to change due to park staffing or weather. The campground is open as of 9/10/20. www.nps.gov/nabr/planyourvisit/conditions.htm
Hovenweep NM OPEN Roads, trails, and restrooms are open. As weather and staffing allow, rangers provide visitor assistance outside the visitor center 9 am–noon and 2–4 pm, Thursday through Monday. The bookstore remains closed at this time. The campground reopened on 9/10/20, with some sites remaining closed to promote social distancing. www.nps.gov/hove/planyourvisit/conditions.htm
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area OPEN *Some restrictions/partial closures still in place. Visit website for more info: https://www.nps.gov/glca/planyourvisit/conditions.htm
Links to follow:
Navajo Tribal Parks
Four Corners National Monument CLOSED until further notice. (See press release from 10/2/20)
Monument Valley Tribal Park CLOSED until further notice. (See press release above) (Please note Goulding's will remain open, fully operations, and offering tours outside the park in the surrounding area). Additionally all other public lands remain open, as well as Bluff, Blanding, and Monticello.
Links to follow:
3/18/20 Navajo Nation COVID-19 Updates
3/13/20 DECLARING A STATE OF EMERGENCY DUE TO THE CONFIRMATION OF THE COVID-19 VIRUS IN REGIONAL AREAS SURROUNDING THE NAVAJO NATION, CLOSING THE NAVAJO NATION GOVERNMENT OFFICES, AND SUPPORTING THE CLOSURE OF ALL SCHOOLS AND EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES ON THE NAVAJO NATION
3/12/20 Navajo Tourism Department
Utah State Parks: limited openings
Please refer to this State Park map for reference: https://stateparks.utah.gov/2020/04/17/utah-state-parks-restrictions-lifted/
Edge of the Cedars State Park - Open
Goosenecks State Park - Open
Dead Horse State Park - Open
Links to follow:
Other Museums/Visitor Centers
Blanding Visitor Center OPEN
Monticello Visitor Center OPEN
Canyon Discovery Center OPEN
Bluff Fort Grounds are open M-Sat 9am-6pm & Sun 9am-5pm. Visitor Center remains closed, but drinks and snacks are available to purchase.
For visitors please refer to: www.utahscanyoncountry.com/covid19-travel or call 1-800-574-4386.
San Juan County Public Health has released multiple resources on the COVID-19, Coronavirus. Please refer to these resources below:
San Juan County will remain in compliance with the Governor's Orders moving to LOW (yellow) RISK with the exception for Bluff Town which will remain in MODERATE (orange) RISK
As of May 1st, the San Juan Public Health board voted to officially allow all local ordinances to expire and fall solely under the Governor's orders. San Juan County will follow Governor Herbert's Phased Guidelines under the Orange (Moderate Risk) category with no alterations or variations.
Apply Here: https://bit.ly/34ZfwDf
The purpose of this loan program is to provide financial relief to small businesses in San Juan county that are likely to experience a decrease in business due to an unforeseen emergency. These funds will be made available through the Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) that has been established prior to this.
All funding available through this program will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. Applications should be submitted as soon as possible.
The program is intended to help businesses retain their employees and remain financially stable during a time of economic hardship. The loans provided by this program are intended to bridge the gaps for what may be a shortened financial hardship period.
Loan Program Guidelines:
Repayment for loans received from The Southeastern Utah Association of Local Governments (SEUALG) Emergency Loan Program will be deferred for approximately 90 days following the expiration of any state or federally approved crisis.
Directions to Apply for the SEUALG Emergency Loan Program:
The Program Manager for the Revolving Loan Fund will be available to answer questions regarding the application process. Dawna Housekeeper can be reached at 435-613-0031 or [email protected]
EDCUtah: The Impact of COVID-19 on Utah Businesses Survey (data includes 59 San Juan County businesses)
Opens, 5/11/20 at 9AM, FCFS
An applicant determined to meet eligibility requirements will receive an amount, not to exceed $10,000, between 25% and 100% of a single month of its business lease amount. The percentage is based on a formula that takes into account the company’s loss of gross revenue. The formula also considers whether the company received funds from the CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) managed by the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Apply here: https://bit.ly/2JoWvAj
The Utah Leads Together Small Business Bridge Loan program uses approximately $8 million in repurposed state economic development funds. Additionally, the Utah Department of Workforce Services has contributed $500,000 to the program.
Loan amounts range from $5,000 to $20,000 with 0% interest for up to a 60-month period. Loans cannot exceed three months of demonstrated operating expenses. Loan payments are deferred for 12 months, and GOED will use at least 25% of the program funds to support rural Utah businesses.
There are guidelines, eligibility requirements and required information that must be submitted with applications.
The following are some highlights, but please refer to utahgoed.info/loan for complete details.
Utah small businesses can apply for the Utah Leads Together Small Business Bridge Loan starting on March 31, 2020.
The Federal Assistance package is a three-part bill:
Phase 1: The Aid package came first, about $8 billion (PASSED)
Phase 2: Then the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (PASSED)
Phase 3: The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act (PASSED)
Congress has passed H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. This bill does several things:
The U.S. Department of Treasury proposed three key terms for COVID-19 legislation specific to the Exchange Stabilization Fund, economic impact payments and small business interruption loans. Click here to view the full stage three proposal.
The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) is working to ensure that Americans stay connected during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more here.
The COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide (PDF, 349 KB) is a first-of-its-kind resource for rural leaders looking for federal funding and partnership opportunities to help address this pandemic.
On Friday (3/13), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a primary agricultural disaster designation for counties in Arizona. Under this disaster designation, producers in contiguous counties in Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah (San Juan County) also qualify for benefits.
Additional information on USDA’s disaster assistance program, including county lists and maps, can be found at http://disaster.fsa.usda.gov.
USDA Rural Development has taken a number of immediate actions to help rural residents, businesses and communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Rural Development will keep our customers, partners, and stakeholders continuously updated as more actions are taken to better serve rural America.
Utah Leads Together: PPP Loan Forgiveness
Hosted by the Salt Lake Chamber: Utah's Voice for Business and the leader of the Utah Economic Response Task Force.
Wednesday, June 3 at 10:00 AM
Register here >
Apply Here: https://covid19relief.sba.gov/#/
Apply for disaster relief, the terms of the SBA loans are as follows:
To apply for SBA loans, please click the following link: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance
These are direct loans made by SBA (not through private lenders). Up to $10,000 Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advance if you qualify.
Funds will be made available within three days of a successful application, and this loan advance will not have to be repaid.
In order to qualify for the Advance, you must submit this new application even if you previously submitted an EIDL application. Applying for the Advance will not impact the status or slow your existing EIDL application.
This application is quick, the only "numbers" you will need to initially provide are:
In the third step be sure to check the box that you would like to be considered for the loan advance, enter in bank information, and then submit.
Apply: Talk to your local SBA lender (click here for list)
Those currently in business with an SBA Express Lender can access up to $25,000 with limited paperwork
Bridges the gap while applying for an EIDL loan
Repaid in full or in part by proceeds from the EIDL loan
Apply: Through your local SBA Lender -- in SJC that includes Zions. Wells Fargo is no longer accepting applications. For a list of lendors who do not require a previous lender relationship visit: https://bit.ly/2UO0NrF
Many Utah Banks and Credit Unions are already SBA-approved lenders and can choose to participate in the PPP loan program. Speak to your lender or visit the SBA’s Lender Match website to find a qualified lender.
Additional information from Zions Bank: click here
Wells Fargo is no longer accepting applications, for a list of lenders requiring no prior lender relation: https://bit.ly/2UO0NrF
Desert Rivers Credit Union: Taylor Harrison
The Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program is now available for Utahns. This is the fifth and final CARES Act program to be implemented in the state. PEUC will allow eligible individuals who have exhausted their benefits to receive up to 13 weeks of additional unemployment benefits.
Those who have already exhausted their benefits and have stopped filing weekly claims should visit jobs.utah.gov/ui/home/initialclaims and select “File New or Reopen Claim” to complete a claims application. The system will then determine if the individual is eligible for an extension. Individuals may be eligible for retroactive extended benefits back to March 29, 2020. This is a federally funded and regulated program. Benefits paid will not be taken from Utah’s unemployment insurance trust fund.
To learn more: click here
As an employer, if I need to shut down operations temporarily because of COVID-19 can my workers file for unemployment benefits? Yes.
Get additional help with via Rapid Response Workshop and FAQ by clicking on —-> this link.
UTAH'S CANYON COUNTRY VISITOR FACING PAGE
Utah Office of Tourism COVID-19 Toolkit: https://travel.utah.gov/news/covid-19-toolkit
The state of Utah’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) information hub
American Hotel & Lodging Association’s Coronavirus Resource Page
U.S. Travel Association’s COVID-19 Emergency Preparedness and Response
The Utah Office of Tourism’s COVID-19 Traveler Information on visitutah.com
The Utah Office of Tourism's International Marketing Updates (3/12/20)
The Utah Office of Tourism's Domestic Markets (3/12/20)
The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food has now opened the application process for the UDAF COVID-19 Relief Grant Program to Utah agriculture operations that qualify. This grant funding is in association with the CARES Act and Utah S.B. 3006.
For more info visit: https://ag.utah.gov/2020/05/01/udaf-relief-grant-application-and-w9/
Applicants must submit:
SBA Emergency Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Loan Advance Application has reopened today (May 4, 2020) for Agriculture businesses.
The Administration for Native Americans supports Native American communities by providing financial assistance and capacity building, gathering and sharing data, and advocating for improved policies within HHS and across the federal government. ANA has several programs. to view the funding opportunity announcements click the individual opportunities below:
SEDS grants fund social and economic development projects in on- and off-reservation native communities and provide federal support for self-determination and self-governance among Native American people. SEDS program areas that support tourism include:
For More Information
As our region prepares to keep the public safe and healthy with the COVID-19 pandemic, Emery Telcom is devoted to doing our part. To ease the stress and burdens on families, if you have a student K-12 or a student attending college and do not have Internet service with Emery Telcom, we are offering free Internet and a phone line until the end of the school year (May 31st, 2020).
Universities around the state have moved all courses online. Emery Telcom wants to encourage these students to continue their education without the worry of not having Internet access. We will provide free Internet to families with college students living at home that do not currently have service until May 31st, 2020. If COVID-19 continues to affect the summer college session Emery Telcom is prepared to extend this program into the summer semester.
We do not know if the K-12 schools will close, but we do know that more kids will be at home with the virus spreading. Emery Telcom wants families to be prepared if the school districts move to an online curriculum. Emery Telcom will provide free Internet to families with K-12 students living in their homes that do not currently have Internet service with Emery Telcom until the end of the school year, May 31st, 2020.
If your household falls in one of the categories listed above and is in need of Internet and/or a phone line and currently not an Emery Telcom customer, we ask that you provide proof that your child is enrolled in one of the local schools. This applies, even if you currently have wireless Internet service from another provider. Emery Telcom’s superior Internet is designed for the current high bandwidth demands that your child will need.
Emery Telcom is here to support our community and our citizens.
For more information please contact one of our offices:
Small Business Protection guidelines: https://www.safehome.org/resources/small-business-protection-guide/
Pluralsite online tech training platform is offering FREE classes for the month of April. Visit: https://www.pluralsight.com/offer/2020/free-april-month
The Utah Office of Tourism created this social media toolkit for businesses during COVID-19. Visit: https://bit.ly/2YcUmk2
USU Extention COVID-19 Resources; https://extension.usu.edu/covid-19/
Resilience in a Box: Strengthening Communities Globally: Small businesses are both highly vulnerable and can be without adequate resources to focus on preparedness actions. The Resilience in a Box workbook will guide companies toward addressing preparedness issues while building in flexibility to handle potential business interruptions. https://www.uschamberfoundation.org/resilience-box/resilience-101-workbook-resources
FinImpact Small Business Survival Guide: https://www.finimpact.com/covid-19-coronavirus-smbs/
Hope is not a strategy. Join us for clear strategies and plans on how your business can survive the COVID-19 crisis and emerge as a stronger business when it ends. Presented by Box Elder SBDC Director, Jared Turner. He will talk about how you can reduce your costs, look for new ways to innovate, and glean insights from businesses in China who have survived their own crisis.
Utah businesses of every size are working around the clock to address cashflow challenges resulting from COVID-19. In this webinar, Divvy Co-Founder and CBO Alex Bean and other representatives share insights into the Paycheck Protection Program for small businesses and how Utah businesses can quickly benefit from this unprecedented program--even if their current lender is not processing PPP loans. Divvy has developed an innovative solution to help small businesses apply for and receive PPP funding. Additionally, they will share updates on new programs coming down the pipeline for mid-sized businesses and other insights that your business should be thinking about right now to manage the economic challenges facing Utah businesses today.
WTC Utah, Varex Imaging In-House Counsel Matthew Martinez and Dorsey & Whitney Attorney Troy Keller discussed how the CARES Act supports mid-sized businesses. Utah is home to a number of mid-sized businesses that have been impacted by the novel coronavirus. The recently enacted Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”), includes provisions aimed at supporting these mid-sized businesses. Among these provisions, the CARES Act directs the U.S. Treasury to make low-interest loans available to mid-sized businesses (businesses that employ between 500 and 10,000 employees).
Update from U.S. Embassy of New Delhi
World Trade Center Utah and U.S.-India Strategic Partnership Forum President and CEO Mukesh Aghi will update companies on questions, recommendations and next steps from U.S. Embassy officials regarding COVID-19.
World Trade Center Utah, former US Health and Human Services Secretary and former Utah Governor Mike Leavitt and experts from the Marriner S. Eccles Institute at the David Eccles School of Business will provide actionable insights for businesses of every size throughout Utah to help businesses navigate the COVID-19 health and economic crisis.
World Trade Center Utah and BKD representatives William James, Julia Dengel, and Yelena Bosovik discuss planning strategies to help with financial protection for your businesses, families and communities during this time of economic uncertainty.
World Trade Center Utah, SBA District Director Marla Trollen and District Council John Gygi, ProvenCFO Partner Dave Wilson and Seek Founder & CEO Jon Cheney will answer questions about applying for SBA Loans in the wake of COVID-19.
World Trade Center Utah and Parsons Behle & Latimer Attorneys Christina Jepson, Ross Keogh, Sean Monson, Susan Motschiedler and Mark Wagner will discuss the key provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and how employers should prepare to respond.
World Trade Center Utah and Parsons Behle & Latimer Attorney J. Thomas Beckett will discuss how “force majeure,” “Acts of God,” and related contract terms determine whether non-performance is a breach of contract (which gives rise to liability) or excused (which does not).
World Trade Center Utah and Harris Bricken legal experts Jonathan Bench, Mathew Alderson and Fred Rocafort, located in Salt Lake City, Beijing, and Seattle respectively, will brief Utah companies on how China's business community is grappling with COVID-19 and what it means for Utah companies, including supply chains, tech sectors, e-commerce, manufacturing, media, and entertainment.