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COVID-19 Updates

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


Utah Leads Together Plan Summary


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

CURRENT EMAIL (4/6/20)


SAN JUAN BUSINESS FUNDING RESOURCEhttps://bit.ly/2xAznfA


SAN JUAN COUNTY LOCAL BUSINESS DIRECTORY, if your business is not listed or you would like to provide an update please email [email protected]

San Juan County Visitor Updates

UTAH'S CANYON COUNTRY VISITOR FACING PAGE

Stay Safe, Stay Home This Easter (click image to expand)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3/28/20 Guide to COVID-19 Travel Restrictions Currently In Effect in San Juan County

Bluff Town businesses will be closed until May 10th (K&C Convenience Store remains open)

Bureau of Land Management

  • BLM Canyon County District, Monticello Field Office is implementing a soft closure. Please visit their website for updates.
  • The General office number for the Monticello Field Office is 435-587-1500, the San Juan River information line is 435-587-1544,  Cedar Mesa Information line is 435-1510

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 BluffBlanding, and Monticello.

Links to follow:

3/18/20 Navajo Nation COVID-19 Updates

3/13/20 Navajo Nation Department of Natural Resources Memorandum

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 Public Health Resources

San Juan Public Health Updates

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:

Recommendations For Employers

Preventive Measures

Local Resources (San Juan County)

San Juan County COVID-19 Task Force Daily Brief


San Juan County Economic Development & Visitor Services


SEUALG RLF Emergency Loan Program, Application = OPEN

Apply Here: https://bit.ly/3avwISN

Application Directions

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:

  • Loan Maximum: $10,000
  • Loan Minimum: $5,000
  • Interest Rate: 4%
  • Loan Term: 3 year Term with 3 Months Deferred Payments, 9 Months Interest Only Payments, 2 Years Amortized Payments
  • Businesses Must be Able to Prove a Need for Emergency Funds
  • Business must be current on all business taxes (ie: TRT, sales, payroll)
  • Loan Funds May Only Be Used For:
  • Working Capital
  • Marketing
  • Inventory

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:

  • Fill out application
  • Include items requested on application
  • Sign application, there is a digital consent.
  • Submit the completed application for review.

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]

State of Utah Resources

State COVID-19 Business Resource Page


GOED Bridge Loan, Applications: Phase 1 Closed, Phase 2 TBA 

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.

  • Criteria Highlights
  • Businesses must be established and licensed before January 1, 2020, and in good standing with the Utah Division of Corporations and Commercial Code (will be verified here).
  • Applicants must have employees on their payroll for whom they have had payroll taxes withheld (i.e., W-2 employees).
  • Applicants must provide six months proforma of estimated lost revenue or other documented loss evidence.
  • Eligibility Highlights
  • Businesses that have experienced severe economic impact due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Businesses that can demonstrate a multiplier impact on other industries.
  • Businesses that play a key role within a strategic state supply chain.
  • GOED will determine the eligibility of applicants. Applying is not a guarantee of funding.
  • Requirement Highlights
  • Financial statements: profit and loss, and balance sheet statements for the previous year, and most recent quarter or month.
  • Last year’s business state of Utah tax returns (2019 or 2018).
  • A copy of the business lease agreement or mortgage statement for the business location.

Utah small businesses can apply for the Utah Leads Together Small Business Bridge Loan starting on March 31, 2020.


State COVID-19 Business Resource Page

Utah Leads Together Plan Summary

Stay Safe, Stay Home (3/37/20)

State orders restaurants, bars to suspend dine-in services to slow spread of COVID-19 (3/17/20)

Federal Resources

San Juan County Representation

CONGRESSMAN JOHN CURTIS' RESOURCES

SENATOR MIKE LEE'S RESOURCES

SENATOR ROMNEY'S RESOURCES


Federal Relief Package (3 Phases)

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)


Phase 2: Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R.6201) - PASSED

Congress has passed H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. This bill does several things:

  1. Establish a federal emergency paid leave benefits program for employees taking unpaid leave pandemic
  2. Expand unemployment benefits and provide grants to states for processing and paying claims
  3. Require employers to provide paid sick leave to employees
  4. Establish requirements for providing COVID-19 diagnostic testing at no cost to consumers
  5. Treat personal respiratory protective devices as covered countermeasures that are eligible for certain liability protections
  6. Temporarily increase the Medicaid federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP)

You can read a summary of the bill. Sen. Mike Lee also has fact sheets about the impact on small businesses and mid-sized businesses.

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.


Phase 3: Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) - PASSED

CARES Act Summary


IRS

https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus

Additional resources:


USDA AGRICULTURE DISASTER RELIEF

https://rd.usda.gov/coronavirus

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 Disaster Designation: Utah

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.

3/25/20 USDA Resource Announcement


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Resources for Businesses and Employers


Federal Communication Commission Coronavirus Webpage

The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) is working to ensure that Americans stay connected during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more here.

SBA Funding Options

SBA Disaster Assistance in Response to Coronavirus

  1. The Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. The SBA approved the entire state of Utah as a “disaster area,” allowing eligible small businesses and private nonprofits across our state affected by COVID-19 to apply for disaster relief loans. An SBA EIDL loan provides a working capital loan of up to $2 million. More information here. 
  2. Loan Advance. The Loan Advance/Emergency EIDL ($10K) is an emergency economic disaster relief loan advance. It will be an SBA administered program for affected businesses. To further clarify, businesses need to request the advanced cash payment through the SBA in their EIDL application.
  3. SBA Express Bridge Loans distributed by local SBA lender, this is a bridge loan while waiting for your EIDL.
  4. The SBA 7a or Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was established by Congress in the CARES Act and provides 100% federally-guaranteed loans to eligible small businesses and nonprofits. Loan payments are deferrable for at least six months and up to a year. The maximum loan amount is determined by a business’s average payroll costs, up to $10 million. Portions of the loan may be forgiven if an employer maintains its payroll and employees during COVID-19. For more information please contact your local lender, this loan will be distributed by local SBA lenders (Wells Fargo & Zions).

Other resources:


1 - SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, Applications: Open

Apply Here: https://covid19relief.sba.gov/#/

Apply for disaster relief, the terms of the SBA loans are as follows:

  • 3.75% interest rate for small businesses
  • 2.75% interest rate for non-profits
  • Repayment terms of up to 30 years
  • For additional information, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center. Call 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail [email protected].

To apply for SBA loans, please click the following link: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance  


2 - SBA Loan Advance/Emergency EIDL, Application: Open

Apply Here: https://covid19relief.sba.gov/#/

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:

  • Gross Revenues for the Twelve (12) Month Prior to the Date of the Disaster (January 31, 2020)
  • Cost of Goods Sold for the Twelve (12) Month Prior to the Date of the Disaster (January 31, 2020)

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.


3 - SBA Express Bridge Loans, Applications: Open

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


4 - SBA 7a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Applications: Open

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.

Eligability:

  • An eligible small business, nonprofit, veterans organization, tribal business, independent contractor, sole-proprietors, and other self-employed individuals can qualify for a Paycheck Protection Program loan if the business existed with payroll, self-employment, or independent contractor expenses on or before February 15, 2020 and has fewer than 500 employees or meets SBA industry size standards. Speak to your lender or the SBA to determine eligibility. 
  • Allowable uses of loans include payroll support, such as employee salaries, paid sick or medical leave, insurance premiums, and mortgage, rent, and utility payments

Forgiveness Eligability:

  • Loans may be forgiven for payroll, interest on mortgage payments, rent, and utilities expenses incurred during the 8-week period after the origination of the loan. 
  • The loan forgiveness amount is contingent on several conditions, including maintaining employees. There are limits to the amount that may be forgiven, including restrictions on any compensation above a $100,000 annual salary. Applicants should review and discuss these conditions carefully with their 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


Additional Resources & FAQ's

U.S. Chamber of Commerce 

Employment & Labor Resources (State & Federal)

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/osha/osha20200309

Coronavirus Resources


https://jobs.utah.gov/covid19/index.html 


EMPLOYERS – UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE

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.

https://jobs.utah.gov/ui/home/


EMPLOYEES – UNEMPLOYMENT AND WIC

If you have lost your job or had hours reduced, there is help. Click on these links —> for unemployment insurance benefits, and Utah’s WIC program.

SEASONAL UNEMPLOYMENT DEFERRALS

  • DWS has extended seasonal deferrals through May 2nd in light of COVID-19; we could see another extension, possibly to the end of May or June, if the virus continues to spread in the State of Utah.
  • Many of the individuals on seasonal deferrals have been granted up to 26 weeks of benefits from the start of their claim to be able to file through this date. If you have questions about this deferral or if a new claim is denied, please contact DWS by calling 801-526-4400 or opening a chat on jobs.utah.gov

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE

  • In order for an unemployment insurance extension to be triggered, the statewide insured unemployment rate has to be 6%; Utah is currently at 1%. Therefore, the State of Utah does not have a special extension. It is highly unlikely that Utah will reach the 6% rate, so we do not expect an unemployment insurance extension.
  • Temporary extensions of unemployment insurance have to be approved by congress.
  • If any claim extension issued by congress is released via a, DWS will let the State and local governments know and they will also notify employers and employees via email.
  • The Federal Stimulation Package bill has been sent to the President for signature, but at this time we do not know if the unemployment extension is included in the bill.

Tourism Resources

TRAVEL TRADE INDUSTRY RESOURCES

UTAH'S CANYON COUNTRY VISITOR FACING PAGE

Utah Office of Tourism COVID-19 Toolkit: https://travel.utah.gov/news/covid-19-toolkit

Who to Follow

The state of Utah’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) information hub

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control Travel Health Notices and COVID 2019 Information for Travel 

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)

Native American Resources

Administration for Native Americans Releases SEDS Funding Opportunity: Deadline: June 15, 2020

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:

  • Tourism - Planning or developing resources, services, and businesses that promote travel, recreation, and tourism, or branding to tell the story of Native Americans as the First Peoples of the United States. Projects may utilize the arts or other cultural resources to help revitalize Native communities, promote economic development, increase livability, and present the uniqueness of the Native communities to visitors in a way that celebrates the diversity of the United States.
  • Native Arts and Culture - Developing or enhancing activities that promote, preserve, or restore Native culture and arts.
  • Entrepreneurship and Microbusiness - Promoting entrepreneurial development through business incubators and other activities that support businesses and market the availability of local products or services.

For More Information

ANA provides regional training and technical assistance through regional providers, click here to find your representative. For other questions, call 1-877-922-9262 or email [email protected].

Broadband Resources

EMERY TELCOM: FREE INTERNET (K-12 & UNIVERSITY STUDENTS)

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:

  • Emery – (435) 748-2223
  • Moab - (435) 259-8521
  • Price – (435) 613-9605

Other Business & Community Resources

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COMMUNITY RESOURCES

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