City of Newberry Coronavirus Resource Page
Like all of our community, we are monitoring the impact of COVID-19. We are in regular contact with our local, state, and federal health resources. Our number one priority is always the health and safety of our citizens, employees, volunteers, and guests. Should there be any recommendations from our local health officials, we will communicate any scheduling changes and post options for accessing City officials. Any changes will be communicated on our webpage (under the News section), Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and local communication channels including The Newberry Observer and WKDK. We request that any staff who are feeling ill, remain at home and we request that citizens who become ill or have had recent contact with others who are ill, avoid entering public facilities, return home, and contact your healthcare provider. We will provide ongoing updates as necessary.
Newberry City Council will meet virtually on Tuesday, November 10. Meeting information will be posted here when available. Agendas can be found here: https://www.cityofnewberry.com/government/downloads/category/107-2020-agendas-and-minutes
Below are helpful resource links for community members, businesses, and those willing to educate themselves about the effects of COVID-19.
City of Newberry Ordinance on Face Coverings Summary (currently in effect):
All person entering a grocery store or pharmacy in the City must wear a face covering while inside the establishment. The face covering shall simultaneously cover both the nostrils of the nose and mouth at a minimum. For the purposes of this Ordinance, the term grocery store shall mean an indoor or outdoor establishment that primarily sells food but may also sell other convenience and household goods. Grocery stores shall include but not be limited to Walmart, Food Lion, Dollar General, other dollar stores, farmers markets, and vegetable/fruit stands. The term does not include a convenience store or gas station which may sell food as an ancillary item.
To view a full copy of the ordinance and it's additional details please call 803-321-1000.
PLEASE NOTE- the State of South Carolina, by order of the Governor, currently requires the use of facemasks at restaurants and gatherings/gathering places. See executive order summary link below.
Wear your Mask, from the CDC:
General COVID-19 Resource Links:
SC Executive Orders : Summary of 2020-50 (Masks, Restaurants, & Special Events), Press Release on 2020-63 (Restaurant Occupancy)
Federal Stimulus Check Information:
The IRS has announced that individuals who have not received a stimulus check and who do not have a tax filing requirement have until October 15 to sign up for stimulus funds. The website is irs.gov/eip For assistance, you can call the United Way’s 211 Economic Impact Payment Helpline (1-844-322-3639) or visit their website at https://www.211.org/pages/stimuluscheck
UPDATE TO CARES ACT 10/12/2020
The SC CARES Grant Management Program serves as the mechanism by which public and private entities may submit requests for reimbursements for eligible COVID-19-related expenses. Learn more about the Minority, Small Business, and Non-Profit Relief Programs at this link.
For Our Community:
- SC Department of Health and Environmental Control – COVID-19 Information Page & Education Resource Page
- Eat Smart Move More SC- Food Resource Guide
- Southeast ADA Center, provided by Able, SC as the Regional Technical Assistance Center for the National ADA Network – COVID-19 Resources for People with Disabilities
- Southeast ADA Center COVID-19 Resources in Spanish- Recursos en español sobre coronavirus
- Federal Emergency Management Agency- Coronavirus Rumor Control Page
- Accounting.com- The 2020 IRS Federal Tax Delay Explained
- Accounting.com - What you Need to Know: Coronavirus Stimulus Package of 2020
- Abraham Land Surveying - City of Newberry Restaurant information
- Newberry Area Restaurants that are Palmetto Priority Certified
- South Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association: Guide for Diner's Responsibilities
For All Business Types:
- Welcome Signs with Prevention Tips: English PDF, English JPEG, Español PDF, Español JPEG
- City of Newberry- Getting Your Business to go Digital Infographic
- FREE Complementary Signs & Supplies from #ShopSmall with American Express
- SC Emergency Management Division – Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center
- SC Department of Employment and Workforce – Filing unemployment claims for workers
- Centers for Disease Control – Resources for Businesses and Employers
- Municipal Assoc. of South Carolina Information: Click here.
- S. Department of Labor – COVID-19 and the Workplace
- S. Small Business Administration – Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program
- National Federation for Independent Businesses COVID-19 Resources: Click here
- SC Chamber of Commerce – COVID-19 Information & Resources Hub
- National Main Street Center – COVID-19 Main Street Resources
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce – Combating the Coronavirus
- Small Business Administration - Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
- Streetsense- COVID-19 Small Business Resource Kit
- Google for Small Business Resources: Click here.
- Crisis Communications Planning Checklist: Click here.
- Institute for Self Reliance Tip Sheet: Click here.
- South Carolina Dept. of Revenue Tax Information: Click here.
- Small Business Mental Health Tip Sheet: Click here.
- Setting up e-Gift Cards: Click here.
- Facebook and Instagram during COVID-19 (Small Business Marketing Academy) FREE Webinar: Click here.
- Facebook Business Resource Hub: Click here.
- Independent We Stand: Small business resources.
- Coronavirus Response Center by McKinsey & Company: Plethora of online resources that re-frame thinking around business structure
- Downtown Professionals Network - Reopen Main Street Strategies for Retail, Service, and Eating Establishments
- Chernoff Newman- Coronavirus Consumer Survey Insights to consider for your business
- Leading a small business through a recession: Click here
- US Chamber of Commerce Foundation Resilience Resources: Click here.
- Fast Facts about the CARES Act benefits for small businesses: Click here.
- Preparing a Post-Pandemic Marketing Plan: Click here.
- Getting through COVID-19: A Financial Game Plan: Click here.
- Webinars for barbers, salons, and spas related to re-opening: Click here.
- Main Street America’s Reopening Tips for Small Businesses
- EPA’s Guidance Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2
- Target’s toolkit for Retailer Post Covid-19 Includes templates and guides for employee health screening, benefits examples and cleaning protocols, as well as social distancing and safe employee measures. Target offers this guide to all with the freedom to interpret and adapt.
- Inc Magazine – Numerous articles and videos for reopening
- “Open in SC: A Suggested Best Practices Manual in Preparation of Reopening the South Carolina Economy,” HERE.
- SC State Guidelines for Reopening Cosmetology Establishments
- SC State Guidelines for Reopening Gyms & Fitness Centers
- SC Restaurant and Lodging Association Outdoor dining & Re-opening Guide & webinars: Click here.
- SC State Guidelines for Reopening Close Contact Businesses
For Hospitality Businesses – restaurants and hotels:
- Palmetto Priority Program: Click Here
- SC Department of Health and Environmental Control – Click Retail Food Service Establishments & COVID-19
- SC Restaurant & Lodging Association – COVID-19 Relief Fund for Hospitality Workers
- Tips on Implementing To-Go Orders for local restaurants & eateries
- ServSafe - Free Food Safety & Career Development Training & Resources
- Streetsense - Pandemic Relaunch Toolkit for Bars & Restaurants
- James Beard Foundation Resources: Click here.
- Restaurant Workers Community Foundation: Click here.
- Relief Fund Information from Eater.com: Click here.
- Re-opening after COVID-19: Click here.
- National Restaurant Association Re-opening Guide: Click here.
- SC Restaurant and Lodging Association Outdoor dining & Re-opening Guide & webinars: Click here.
- FDA’s Best Practices for Re-Opening Retail Food Establishments During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- FDA’s Best Practices for Retail Food, Restaurants + Food Pick-up / Delivery During Covid-19
- Wasserstrom’s Restaurant Reopening Checklist
- National Retail Federation: Click here.
- Retail Industry Leaders Association: Click here.
- Bob Phipps (RetailDoc) Web Series:
- Temporary store closure checklist: Click here.
- Ebay is offering free e-commerce and technical assistance through June 30 to help small business owners transition to online stores. Learn more.
- National Retail Federation Operation Open Doors Checklist
Small Business Funding
- The Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. Since Governor McMaster’s declaration of a state of emergency, this funding is now available to all qualifying small business owners in all 46 counties of South Carolina. Learn more.
- As part of the recently adopted CARES Act, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) authorizes loans for small businesses to help cover payroll expenses. These loans may be forgivable, and loans are applied for through local SBA lenders (banks). Learn more.
- As part of the recently adopted CARES Act, eligible employers may qualify for an Employee Retention Tax Credit. The Employee Retention Credit is a fully refundable tax credit for employers equal to 50 percent of qualified wages (including allocable qualified health plan expenses) that Eligible Employers pay their employees. This Employee Retention Credit applies to qualified wages paid after March 12, 2020, and before January 1, 2021. Learn more.
- Opportunityfund.org has enacted a Small Business Relief Fund specifically targeted towards women- and minority-owned business owners. This organization also offers emergency loan funding for small business owners. Learn more.
- GoFundMe and Yelp have teamed up to help small businesses raise funds through GoFundMe. Small businesses may also apply for a $500 matching grant, paid out when the business’s fundraiser hits $500. Learn more.
- GoFundMe and QuickBooks have also teamed up to help small businesses raise funds through GoFundMe. Quickbooks is making contributions to small business fundraisers. Learn more.
- As part of the recently adopted CARES Act, a new employee retention tax credit was created for employers who are closed, partially closed, or experiencing significant revenue losses. This program cannot be combined with PPP. Learn more.
- HelloAlice is offering $10,000 grants to small business owners impacted by COVID-19. Click on “apply for an emergency grant” once on their website. Learn more.
- Samuel Adams and the Greg Hill Foundation are teaming up to offer grants to restaurant employees in South Carolina and 19 other states.Currently they are raising funds for new grants.
- The Doonie Fund is offering micro-grants for African-American women-owned businesses. Learn more.
- The Red Backpack Fund is offering grants for women-owned businesses. Application deadlines are rolling, learn more.
- American Express Small Business Resource Center: Click here.
- Customized COVID-19 Response Flyer (US Chamber): Click here.
- “From Crisis to Connection: Building a Social Media Content Strategy During COVID-19”: Click here.
- Local Marketing Agencies & Web Developers: Emily Revolutionary Marketing, Summer Media Inc., Sync2Sell
- City of Newberry- Getting Your Business to go Digital Infographic- JPEG image below: