Last updated 4/7/20 1:56PM
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
We are sending out a regular email (currently daily) 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
UTAH'S CANYON COUNTRY VISITOR FACING PAGE
Stay Safe, Stay Home This Easter (click image to expand)
Bluff Town businesses will be closed until May 10th (K&C Convenience Store remains open)
Bureau of Land Management
National Parks Service
Canyonlands NP CLOSED effective 3/28/20 until further notice.
Natural Bridges NM CLOSED effective 4/1/20 until further notice.
Hovenweep NM CLOSED effective 4120 until futher notice.
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area CLOSED https://www.nps.gov/glca/planyourvisit/conditions.htm
Links to follow:
Navajo Tribal Parks
Four Corners National Monument CLOSED, until further notice
Monument Valley Tribal Park CLOSED, until further notice (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 (CLOSED to non-residents of the county that the state park is located in.)
Edge of the Cedars State Park- As of 3/27/20, available ONLY to the residents of the county that the state park is in. (San Juan)
Goosenecks State Park- As of 3/27/20, available ONLY to the residents of the county that the state park is in. (San Juan)
Dead Horse State Park- As of 3/27/20, available ONLY to the residents of the county/counties that the state park is in. (Grand & San Juan)
Links to follow:
Other Museums/Visitor Centers
Blanding Visitor Center CLOSED, until further notice
Monticello Visitor Center CLOSED, until further notice
Canyon Discovery Center CLOSED, through April
Bluff Fort CLOSED, until further notice
San Juan County and San Juan Public Health are encouraging vistors and residents to heed the following recommendation, "We ask all visitors, potential visitors, and county residents to please stay home. Avoid all unnecessary travel, right now. Avoid all leisure traveling, right now. Let's all wait this out together. We encourage you to come visit us when this is over. For visitors who are already in the area, please refer to: www.utahscanyoncountry.com/covid19-travel or call 1-800-574-4386 as you plan your departure to be with your loved ones during this unprecedented event."
San Juan County Public Health has released multiple resources on the COVID-19, Coronavirus. Please refer to these resources below:
Apply Here: https://bit.ly/3avwISN
The purpose of this loan program is to provide financial relief to small businesses in Carbon, Emery, Grand, and San Juan counties 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]
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.
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.
The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) is working to ensure that Americans stay connected during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more 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
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 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:
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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:
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.