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.
If an employee Tests positive
Documents & Pages referenced
U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Save Small Business Initiative
RESOURCES AND WORKSHOPS
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. Go to the Coronavirus Small Business Guide.
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. View past workshops.\
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.