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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MARCH 18, 2020
COVID-19 UPDATE #7:
EXECUTIVE ORDER 20-01 & BUSINESS RESOURCES AVAILABLE IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19
DAVIE, Fla. - The Town of Davie continues to monitor the situation regarding coronavirus (COVID-19). On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the Town of Davie issued a Declaration of Emergency Regulations that require the closure of entertainment facilities. Business Resources confirmed to date are outlined below that businesses can utilize to help prepare, respond and recover from the recent emergence of COVID-19.
Emergency Order 20-01
Emergency Order 20-01 is effective as of today, March 18, 2020 at11:59 p.m. requiring the closure of all entertainment facilities including dance halls, concert halls, movie theaters, banquet facilities, auditoriums, bowling alleys, video arcades, gymnasiums, fitness studios and other similar type entertainment facilities and businesses. This order shall not apply to gymnasiums or fitness centers which are:
Business Recovery Resources
Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program
The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program is currently available to small business owners located in all Florida counties statewide that experienced economic damage as a result of COVID-19.
These short-term, interest-free working capital loans are intended to “bridge the gap” between the time a major catastrophe hits and when a business has secured longer-term recovery resources, such as sufficient profits from a revived business, receipt of payments on insurance claims or federal disaster assistance.
The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program is not designed to be the primary source of assistance to affected small businesses, which is why eligibility is linked pursuant to other financial sources. Note: Loans made under this program are short-term debt loans made by the state of Florida using public funds – they are not grants. Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loans require repayment by the approved applicant from longer term financial resources.
For questions regarding the Emergency Bridge Loan Program, please contact the Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network Headquarters. Email: Disaster@FloridaSBDC.org. Phone toll-free: (866) 737-7232.
About the Emergency Bridge Loan Program
The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program was first activated following Hurricane Andrew in 1992. It has been activated 26 additional times following disasters and has helped more than 4,750 small businesses statewide to receive more than $157.5 million in assistance.
Short-Time Compensation Program for Employees
The Short-Time Compensation program helps employers retain their workforce in times of temporary slowdown by encouraging work sharing as an alternative to layoff. This program permits prorated reemployment assistance benefits to employees whose work hours and earnings are reduced as part of a Short Time Compensation plan to avoid total layoff of some employees. Apply here.
Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program
The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The program makes loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses and private, non-profit organizations in designated areas of a state or territory to help alleviate economic injury caused by COVID-19. Apply here.
Florida Small Business
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) issued the Business Damage Assessment Survey to evaluate businesses affected by COVID-19 and the impacts the virus has had on the local economy. The survey’s feedback allows State Government to fully assess the economic impact COVID-19 is having on Florida businesses and industries, in order to mobilize the appropriate resources to help alleviate those pressures. The Business Damage Assessment Survey can be taken online. Results will be shared with state agencies and local partners, including the Small Business Administration. For inquiries and assistance with the survey, please contact ESF18@em.myflorida.com.
Reemployment Assistance Program
The Reemployment Assistance program provides temporary and partial wage replacement for qualified workers who have become unemployed, through no fault of their own, during this public health emergency. You can apply online for Reemployment Assistance (formerly known as unemployment compensation) if you were working in Florida and are now:
Leona Henry, Intergovernmental Affairs Manager
Sussette Rodriguez, Public Relations Assistant