Below is a list of resources for businesses including important links that will provide you with essential information during this worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.
This listing will be edited periodically to keep up with the ever changing response to this crisis.
The following recommendations are taken from the Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The full version can be found HERE.
Actively encourage sick employees to stay home
Separate sick employees
Emphasize staying home when sick, respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene by all employees
Perform routine environmental cleaning
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has set up an emergency loan fund to assist small businesses affected by the Coronavirus. SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance for a small business. These loans can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.️ Information about how the process for accessing the loans can be found by CLCKING HERE.
These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses without credit available elsewhere; businesses with credit available elsewhere are not eligible. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%.
The U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division has information related to requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act and job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act. You can find that information HERE.
The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has a website dedicated to the Coronavirus. You can access it HERE.
Rhode Island Resources:
If you are an Employer or an Employee that has been impacted by (COVID-19) There is information about assistance available through State programs. The Department of Labor and Training (DLT) will do all they we can to ensure impacted Rhode Islanders receive the benefits for which they are eligible. Learn More
Rhode Island Commerce Corporation COVID-19 Resource Page
Microsoft Providing Six Months of Office 365 Tools for Free
For businesses, municipalities, K-12 and other entities, Microsoft is providing six months of Office 365 tools for free to enable remote collaboration, file sharing and video conferencing. They’re also offering free assistance to set up these tools.
Healthsoure RI: Special Enrollment due to COVID-19
Due to COVID-19, a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) for any Rhode Island resident without healthcare to enroll in a plan through HealthSource RI until April 15. Call 1-855-840-4774 to learn more or enroll.
United Way of RI and RI Foundation Form COVID-19 Response Fund this fund has already raised $1.5 million. The Fund will support local nonprofits with direct service programs impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Restaurants Switch to Takeout This week Governor Raimondo announced that all restaurants, bars and coffee shops in Rhode Island will shut down and remain closed until Monday, March 30. Take-out and delivery service can continue.
Eat Drink RI, the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau,and Discover Newport have compiled lists of R.I. restaurants offering pick-up and delivery.
Farm Fresh Rhode Island is encouraging the community to use its Market Mobile wholesale service to get fresh food from local farms delivered to your home.
We encourage you to responsibly support Burrillville's small businesses whenever possible.