COVID-19: Resources for Owners/Operators
We're all in this together
Our mission at the GRA is to serve as the voice of Georgia's restaurant industry in advocacy, education and awareness. Restaurants are the heartbeat of their communities and right now, our industry is facing challenges far greater than we could have ever imagined.
The GRA is here not only to represent restaurants with elected officials and shape public policy in our industry's best interest, but we are also here as a resource to help you get through this difficult time and hopefully thrive again in the future. We must move forward in thoughtful ways that can create a positive impact for our industry and in our local communities.
The health and well-being of Georgia's restaurant owners, workers and customers is always a top priority of our organization. Restaurants are highly regulated, and we are already utilizing proven methods to prevent the spread of disease. Currently, there is no evidence to suggest that COVID-19 can be transferred to humans through food. Continue to follow sanitation procedures outlined in the Georgia Food Code. For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 (in multiple languages), please visit the Georgia Department of Public Health or CDC websites. Here is a link to a CDC flyer in seventeen languages about controlling the spread of infection.
If you are feeling symptoms, please contact Georgia's COVID-19 hotline, 844-442-2681 or screening number at your local hospital. If you or an employee tests positive for COVID-19, contact the Georgia Department of Public Health at 1-866-PUB-HLTH (1-866-782-4584).
Please, reach out to us for any additional information or assistance. We are all in this together.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Save Small Business Initiative
RESOURCES AND WEBINARS
The latest resources, advice, and information to help small businesses navigate this challenging time, including financial aid guides, remote working tips, best practices articles, webinars and town halls, and more.
In partnership with Inc., CO— by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is hosting weekly virtual town halls to help small businesses navigate financial aid programs and answer questions. Register to attend the next town hall.
CO— by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is now hosting “Workshop Wednesdays” – a weekly series of virtual events focusing on a single topic related to COVID and its impact on small companies. Register to attend the next workshop.
As part of the Save Small Business Initiative, the Chamber is also partnering with local and state chamber of commerce, associations, and corporate partners to offer custom webinars and Q&A sessions.
FINANCIAL AID AND TAX GUIDES
The CARES Act allocated $350 billion (and as of April 24, an additional $310 billion) to help small firms keep workers employed. Called the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the initiative provides 100% guaranteed loans that can be forgiven if borrowers maintain or restore payrolls. Check eligibility and prepare to apply using this guide.
The CARES Act expanded the SBA’s long-standing Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL), which includes additional loan programs and $10,000 emergency grants. Check eligibility, calculate borrowing limits, and prepare to apply using this guide.
The CARES Act created a new employee retention tax credit for employers that are closed, partially closed, or experiencing revenue losses as a result of COVID. Check eligibility and calculate your credit using this guide.
Congress has created new temporary paid sick leave and paid Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) programs that are 100% reimbursable by the federal government. Check requirements, eligibility and exemptions using this guide.
If you are an independent contractor or self-employed individual, you may be eligible for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans/grants, SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL), and/or Unemployment Compensation for lost income. This guide walks you through all the steps.
The National Restaurant Association has arranged these exclusive benefits to help keep active and furloughed employees healthy and safe during these trying times.
Telemedicine - Offer your employees the ability to safely seek medical assistance from the comfort of their home anytime of the day or night with Healthiest You.
- Members-only price is $7 per employee per month for unlimited virtual visits (includes all family members at no additional cost) with $0 copays.
At-Home Lab Testing - Help your employees take control of their health with LetsGetChecked, this accessible, affordable and convenient home health lab testing service. Zero cost to employers; individuals order the tests and pay at time of purchase. (Please note, LetsGetChecked does not currently offer a COVID-19 test)
Pharmacy Discount Card - This free card offers employees access to discounted prescriptions