Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Federal, State of Florida & Pinellas County

The State of Florida and Pinellas County have published Frequently Asked Questions and Guidelines on the Safer at Home Initiative.

Click on this link for the entire Safer at Home Initiative FAQs.

Click on State of Florida & Pinellas County “SAFER-AT-HOME” Guidelines.

See the President’s and Center For Disease Control’s (CDC) guidance at: https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/03.16.20_coronavirus-guidance_8.5x11_315PM.pdf


Florida Department of Health

Click here for Social Distancing Public Announcement video.

Stop the Virus Flyer


Recent news reports surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) have caused concern among employers and the general public. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said there is likely no way to stop the virus from spreading, it must be stressed that there is no need to panic. The National Safety Council agrees with CDC recommendations and urges employers to take basic precautions to curb the transmission of all infections, including cold and influenza viruses.

On Jan. 31, NSC issued a statement regarding COVID-19, including measures employers and employees can implement right now that follow guidelines prescribed by OSHA and CDC. You may have many of these policies already in place. Now is the time to remind your workforce to be vigilant and practice them.

Hygiene and health is key
As many employees know, particularly in the healthcare and hospitality industries, practicing standard sanitation and hygiene regimens is a top priority.

  • Always practice proper sterilization and infection control measures
  • Encourage frequent and thorough hand washing with soap and water
  • Hand sanitizer, with at least 60% alcohol content, is a secondary option
  • Remind everyone to keep noses and mouths covered when coughing or sneezing
  • Avoid touching these areas, as well as in and around the eyes, with unwashed hands
  • Ensure employees have access to PPE, including disposable gloves and masks if needed
  • Everyone who has not yet had a flu shot should get one as soon as possible

Sick employees should stay home
Employees who are sick should not report to work and should avoid contact with others. If employees have any concerns about COVID-19, advise them to see a doctor for evaluation immediately. Employees who have been sick should be fully recovered before returning to work.

What to do if you are sick

Call your doctor: If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider immediately.

Steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick:

  • Stay home except to get medical care
  • Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home
  • Call ahead before visiting your doctor
  • Wear a facemask if you are sick
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Clean your hands often
  • Avoid sharing personal household items
  • Clean all “high-touch” surfaces everyday
  • Monitor your symptoms

 For more information on how you can prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick, please visit the CDC’s Steps When Sick page .

Travel safety and telecommuting
The U.S. Department of State has advised against all travel to China where COVID-19 originated. Employers should suspend business travel to China and be aware of other areas identified with an increase in cases (such as South Korea, Japan, Italy, Iran and elsewhere). Daily situation reports on the spread of the COVID-19 are available here. Remind employees who have recently traveled to these areas to inform supervisors or Human Resources immediately.

If you have employees who are able to work safely and effectively from home or another remote location, consider allowing them to do so.

 NSC will continue to closely monitor developments surrounding COVID-19 and keep our members informed. The safety of workers is employers’ most vital task. For more information about the virus, please visit the CDC, OSHA or WHO.

Protect yourself and your community from COVID-19.

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Practice social distancing!

Helpful Links:

Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) website gives you three options – one that is sewn and two others that are no-sew. Click on the link https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html.

Quick video on how to convert a bandana into a mask using a couple of hair ties or rubber bands. Click on the link https://giphy.com/gifs/mask-facemask-no-sew-XHXb2GdNeY7TkcQwhd?fbclid=IwAR1W7KA0HtJ-cRMpPpm1FnEc_YRk8Hxb81uT-NbzykfRbC2I1lZL6HAPTOk

Stay safe!

Employee Resources 
Coronavirus Relief 

Bank of America
Will suspend mortgage, credit card bills, business loans, etc if you can show proof hardship is caused by coronavirus. Requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Other Financial Institutions
For all other mortgage, credit card bills, business loans, etc call your financial institution directly and ask for relief.

Duke Energy
In addition to suspending disconnections for non-payment during this time, effective March 21, we have waived all late payment fees and fees for returned checks. Customers who were recently disconnected can contact us to make arrangements for service restoration.
https://www.dukeenergyupdates.com/info/customer-service

Taxes
April 15th tax deadline was extended 90 days to July 15th.
https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus

Federal Income Tax payments delayed 90 days to July 15th.
https://www.deanmead.com/2020/03/payment-due-date-for-2019-tax-payments-delayed-for-90-days-due-to-coronavirus-interruptions/

Employee Assistance
Short time employee compensation program
http://floridajobs.org/office-directory/division-of-workforce-services/reemployment-assistance-programs/short-time-compensation-program-for-employees

Reemployment Assistance
http://floridajobs.org/job-seekers-community-services

Bartender Emergency Assistance 
https://www.usbgfoundation.org/beap

Additional Resources
Florida Department of Health rundown on the numbers and cases, etc.
https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/

Provided by Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce
www.tampabaybeaches.com/coronavirus

Business Resources
Coronavirus Relief 

Bank of America
Will suspend mortgage, credit card bills, business loans, etc if you can show proof hardship is caused by coronavirus. Requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Other Financial Institutions
For all other mortgage, credit card bills, business loans, etc call your financial institution directly and ask for relief.

Duke Energy
In addition to suspending disconnections for non-payment during this time, effective March 21, we have waived all late payment fees and fees for returned checks. Customers who were recently disconnected can contact us to make arrangements for service restoration.
https://www.dukeenergyupdates.com/info/customer-service

Taxes
April 15th tax deadline was extended 90 days to July 15th.
https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus

Florida Department of Revenue will ease deadlines for payment of the state’s corporate income and sales taxes until the end of the year.

Federal Income Tax payments delayed 90 days to July 15th.
https://www.deanmead.com/2020/03/payment-due-date-for-2019-tax-payments-delayed-for-90-days-due-to-coronavirus-interruptions/

Loans
Department of Economic Opportunity Bridge Loan - Interest free loans for 12 months for businesses. Although loans might always be what businesses are looking for, these loans can carry you through until federal assistance money comes through.  
https://floridadisasterloan.org/

Small Business Association Loan - Low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners, and renters.
https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/?fbclid=IwAR2QA-xHeEazCj7Wg8Yu3r6CZLs93n8nJ8uXFVcQwHl5yx53HczaWM9lskU

Grants
Small Business Facebook Grants
https://www.facebook.com/business/boost/grants

Employee Assistance
Short time employee compensation program
http://floridajobs.org/office-directory/division-of-workforce-services/reemployment-assistance-programs/short-time-compensation-program-for-employees

Reemployment Assistance
http://floridajobs.org/job-seekers-community-services

Bartender Emergency Assistance 
https://www.usbgfoundation.org/beap


Additional Resources

Provided by Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce
 www.tampabaybeaches.com/coronavirus