COVID-19 SPECIAL UPDATE - 3/25/20
GUIDANCE AND RESOURCES FOR BUSINESSES AND EMPLOYERS
VOLUSIA COUNTY GOVERNMENT OFFICE HOURS (New update)
To support the state’s efforts to reduce the spread of coronavirus, most Volusia County offices reduced public access office hours until further notice.
The temporary public access hours are:
- Mondays: 8 a.m. to noon
- Tuesdays: 1 to 5 p.m.
- Wednesdays: 8 a.m. to noon
- Thursdays: 1 to 5 p.m.
- Fridays: 8 a.m. to noon
The new hours also apply to the Volusia Sheriff’s Office on the fourth floor of the Thomas C. Kelly Administration Center.
Residents who need to do business with the county are encouraged to use www.volusia.org or contact offices by phone or email from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Some departments will provide appointment options for alternative hours.
FREE WEBINAR ON NAVIGATING COVID-19 – MARCH 26 (New update)
- Join a panel of Grow FL expert leaders and CEOs in discussing how your business can navigate the challenges of COVID-19 at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 26.
- Register here: Navigating COVID-19 webinar
FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE (FDOR) ESTABLISHES DEDICATED COVID-19 TEAM (New update)
- Contact the call center at 850-488-6800 or email COVID19TAXHELP@FloridaRevenue.com with tax-related issues pertaining to COVID-19
- FDOR encourages all taxpayers to conduct their business through online services. Visit FloridaRevenue.com for information and answers to your questions.
- Use e-services applications on the website to file and pay taxes.
IRS ESTABLISHES DEDICATED COVID-19 TAX RELIEF WEBPAGE (New update)
- The IRS has established a special section focused on steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the coronavirus. This page will be updated as new information is available.
PREVENT WORKPLACE EXPOSURE
- CDC resources for Businesses and Employers and interim recommendations on environmental cleaning and disinfection
- OSHA has developed interim guidance procedures
TAKE THE EMERGENCY BUSINESS DAMAGE ASSESSMENT SURVEY
- Business Damage Assessment survey – The survey will evaluate businesses affected by COVID-19. With proper reporting through the survey, Florida can activate the SBA Economic Injury Loan Program.
- For assistance with the survey, email Emergency Support Function.
SMALL BUSINESS EMERGENCY FUNDING AVAILABLE
- Florida Emergency Bridge Loan Program – Available to small business owners in all Florida counties that experienced economic damage
- Application period opens March 17 and runs through May 8, 2020
SUPPLY CHAIN DISRUPTION PLANNING
- Access the FloridaMakes network online to review a checklist of current or suspected future supply chain disruptions considerations.
SBA ECONOMIC INJURY DISASTER LOAN PROGRAM NOW AVAILABLE
- Small business owners in Florida are currently eligible to apply for the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan. The loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million. NOTE: The page to apply for the disaster loan is currently undergoing planned maintenance; therefore, check back frequently. (New update)
- SBA Programs and resources
- Government Contracting Guide (New update)
GOVERNOR DESANTIS EXECUTIVE ORDER ON CROWD AND DENSITY REDUCTIONS
- Governor Ron DeSantis issued an Executive Order that will reduce density and crowds in restaurants, bars, nightclubs and beaches to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
FLORIDA STATE AGENCY COVID-19 UPDATES
The below listed State of Florida business operations and transportation related information was part of the March 15 update issued online by the State of Florida Joint Information Center on COVID-19. Here is the latest complete update available: http://www.floridahealth.gov/newsroom/2020/03/031520-2110-covid19.pr.html.
- AGENCY FOR HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION (AHCA) – AHCA will be granting a 90-day extension to all licenses for health care providers and regulated facilities.
- FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (FDOT) – FDOT Secretary Thibault and staff from the department will host weekly conference calls with all passenger seaports and public use airports to provide updates related to COVID-19. Also, pursuant to Executive Order 20-52 issued by Governor Ron DeSantis, FDOT Secretary Thibault has suspended size and weight restrictions for divisible loads on any vehicles transporting emergency equipment, services, supplies and necessary agricultural commodities on state roads.
- FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HIGHWAY SAFETY AND MOTOR VEHICLES (FLHSMV) – Pursuant to Executive Order 20-52, FLHSMV Executive Director Rhodes waived commercial truck hours of service regulations and other related regulations so that emergency supplies, equipment, commodities and resources can be moved more quickly and efficiently throughout the state.
- OFFICE OF INSURANCE REGULATION (OIR) – OIR has issued Informational Memorandum OIR-20-02M as a reminder to all health insurers, health maintenance organizations and other health entities to allow for early prescription refills following the Governor’s Executive Order 20-52 declaring a state of emergency in Florida.
GENERAL INFORMATION ON COVID-19
- Up-to-date Florida Department of Health information and guidance on COVID-19
- FLDOH dedicated COVID-19 24-hour Call Center: (866) 779-6121. Email inquiries: COVIDemail@example.com.
- CDC COVID-19 updated information and advisories
- U.S. Department of State current travel advisories
VOLUSIA COUNTY BUSINESS RELATED ASSISTANCE
Helga van Eckert
Economic Development Director
Offices located in the Daytona Beach International Airport (passenger terminal)
700 Catalina Drive, Suite 200
Daytona Beach, Florida 32114
386-248-8048 · 800-554-3801