Below is a notice from Citrus College regarding their campus closure. They are instructing students remotely.
New information regarding from Methodist Hospital was received today. Please click on the three documents they provided as well as the statement below. Their website is linked into the text for easy access.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Los Angeles County Department of Health are monitoring the situation closely and providing hospitals with updates and current information. Know that Methodist Hospital is prepared and is closely monitoring the situation locally. For information on community update on Coronavirus, please visit:
Below is information from SoCalGas on the suspension of service disconnections during this crisis.
Attached are some tips to help save money as we stay at home from SoCalGas. Good info to know!
The application link is now open for any California business wishing to apply for a disaster loan related to economic damage from the COVID-19 health crisis.
Below is the mandate that affects the operations of restrauants, gyms, and more. Please click on the link below to access the full story.
New info from US Chamber of Commerce regarding HR6201. This organization works on members behalf on a much larger scale then we do.
First, please see the attached summary of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (HR 6201), which passed the House late Friday night/Saturday morning and will be taken up by the Senate in the coming days. Some of the key highlights include expanded unemployment insurance and mandatory paid sick and FMLA leave for businesses with fewer than 500 employees.
Second, please see their policy recommendations for the next round of legislative action below. Moving forward, the U.S. Chamber recommends temporarily cancelling payroll tax remittances for the next three months; easing small business loan requirements; and expanding credit facilities for medium and large businesses.
U.S. Chamber: “Let’s Keep Going": Three New Actions Needed Now to Aid Businesses and Workers, Mitigate Job Losses Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
Chamber Recommends Temporarily Cancelling Payroll Taxes, Relaxing Small Business Loan Requirements, and Expanding Credit Facilities for Medium and Large Businesses
for immediate release - March 16, 2020
Washington, D.C. — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today called for additional swift, aggressive action to ensure American businesses of all sizes can mitigate the potentially devastating economic effects from the spread of the Coronavirus, starting with three key steps.
Taken together these three steps, in addition to other actions recommended by the U.S. Chamber and those already initiated by the federal government, will ensure that businesses have increased liquidity, access to financing, and the ability to pay their employees as they weather the temporary loss in revenue from the virus. The biggest issue facing businesses now is a lack of revenue due to a sudden and sharp drop in demand. Without assistance, that likely will force some businesses to choose among difficult options: pay workers less, not at all, or shut down altogether.
“We are pleased that Congress has taken some steps in the right direction. Let’s keep going. No business or family should go bankrupt from the temporary but significant disruption caused by the Coronavirus,” said Tom Donohue, CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
“We need big, bold policy moves now to ensure businesses continue to function, meet payroll, and keep American workers employed,” Donohue said.“Similar to major natural disasters of the past, the Coronavirus will have a significant economic impact—and we must act accordingly. We must not let this public health emergency leave a lasting, permanent impact on our economy, small businesses, and American workers. We urge Congress and the president to move swiftly to enact these three solutions to help American business respond to the virus so they can continue to support their workers and serve their communities.”
In a letter sent to President Trump and congressional leadership, the U.S. Chamber called on Congress and the administration to enact, as swiftly as possible, the following three proposals:
1. Legislation cancelling payment of all payroll taxes paid by employers for the months of March, April, and May. Employers send more than $100 billion to the federal government monthly in the form of Social Security, Medicare, and unemployment taxes. Collectively, these taxes add just over 15% to the cost of employing the average employee. Temporary relief from these taxes would give businesses more breathing room and operating capital to keep paying their employees and avoid layoffs.
2. Legislation expanding and streamlining loan programs for small businesses experiencing revenue loss from Coronavirus. The Small Business Administration(SBA) disaster loan program for those impacted by the Coronavirus should be immediately made available nationwide, eliminating the complex and time-consuming local certification processes. The SBA also should be given the authority to streamline its disaster-loan approval process for amounts below$350,000 in order to provide emergency capital more quickly. This should include removing the requirement that small businesses demonstrate that they cannot access credit elsewhere before turning to the SBA. These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that can’t be paid because of the virus’s impact. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses and 2.75% for non-profits.
3. Legislation enabling the creation of credit facilities to provide loans and loan guarantees to employers with more than 500 employees experiencing significant revenue loss from the Coronavirus. Specifically, legislation should expand the use of the Federal Reserve Discount Window through the easing of restrictions of Section 13-3 of the Federal Reserve Act. The U.S. Treasury, the Federal Reserve, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation should also work in combination with banks to establish a system of credit facilities to provide loans and loan guarantees that can be accessed by businesses with more than 500 employees to address disruptions from the Coronavirus.
In addition to these steps, the U.S. Chamber calls for a series of measures to help businesses weather supply chain disruptions, support business operations, assist employees, and protect small and midsize businesses. The U.S. Chamber also approves of action taken in recent days by the government to respond to the outbreak, including the Federal Reserve’s move on interest rates on Sunday and Coronavirus relief legislation currently under consideration in Congress.
In the coming days, the U.S. Chamber will release additional recommendations policymakers should enact to help businesses mitigate, work through, and recover from the impact of the Coronavirus.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is committed to helping American businesses respond to the Coronavirus so they can support their employees, customers, and communities. Our members and the state and local chambers, who are on the front lines of this pandemic, need us now more than ever to help them through this temporary but significant disruption. We will continue working every day to help our country’s people, businesses, and economy weather this storm and emerge stronger—just as we have at other challenging times in our nation’s history. Visit uschamber.com/Coronavirus for more information.
About the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.
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U.S. Chamber Press Contact
Contact: Chanse Jones
Dear Duarte Chamber of Commerce Members, Associates, Partners and Friends,
The Duarte Chamber is committed to bringing not only quality events and services, but are also committed to ensuring our businesses, customers and community are being protected to the best of our abilities. Our staff and Executive Board have been closely monitoring all aspects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) events and reviewing aspects of our programs and operations. These reviews have included not only governmental mandates, but health and industry input.
Our promise to all of you is to be a resource for you. You can expect staff to be ready and able to help you in the same manner as you are accustomed, with moderate changes in face-to-face interactions. As of March 13th, the Chamber has taken the following measures:
Our phones have been transferred to our remote locations and we can access our emails easily. Mail will be picked up by staff on a regular basis. The Chamber’s contact information follows.
Sheryl Lefmann, Executive Director/CEO: firstname.lastname@example.org
Diana Burckhard, Dir. Membership: email@example.com
Maria Robles, Accounting Clerk: firstname.lastname@example.org
Duarte Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 1438, Duarte, CA 91009
We will continue to monitor the situation and take steps accordingly.
The Chamber will be pushing out pertinent information to our membership as it comes in, however, we urge you to access information from appropriate authorities on this matter. These include the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. State agencies that include the Governor's Office, the California Office of Emergency Services and the California Department of Public Health. We also urge you keep up to date with local information from the City of Duarte, Duarte Unified School District, and the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health.
We are all aware of the pace in which developments are unfolding related to COVID-19. We will strive to keep you informed about any other changes to our programs and services and our ability to serve our members.
As an example of our continued support of our members, we sent a survey to all our restaurants asking them if they offer delivery service. We will compile their responses and send it out to everyone so they can still eat at their favorite restaurants or try new ones.
For our member brick and mortar stores let us know what delivery services or unique services you are providing, and we’ll pass along the information to our membership and via social media. Just email us with the information. If you have published it on social media, tell us what platform you used, and we will cross promote it accordingly.
Being prepared and having knowledge is important for any business. Below are two resources just released by the US Chamber of Commerce (from CDC information) regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). One is for employers, one for employees. Please take the time to review these important documents and keep your business and your employees safe during these quickly changing times.
At the Chamber, we are placing more sanitizers at our events and constantly evaluating our events as new information becomes available.