Responsible RestartOhio is about protecting the health of employees, customers, and their families; supporting community efforts to control the spread of the virus; and, leading in responsibly getting Ohio back to work. To view a full description of the Sector Specific Operating Requirements and more, please click below.
OCIC has developed an interactive COVID-19 Resource Packet for quick and easy access to local, state and federal resources. We will continue to update the packet as we receive new information.
Recorded Webinars: COVID-19 Updates
Recorded Webinar: Bob Hille, Ottawa County Treasurer, and Jennifer Widmer, Ottawa County Auditor, gave an update regarding the current status of both departments. Questions were asked at the end of the webinar.
Recorded Webinar: State Representative D.J. Swearingen provided information on the COVID-19 legislation, the newly-formed Economic Recovery Task Force, and general updates. Questions were asked at the end of the webinar.
Recorded Webinar: Nancy Osborn, Health Commissioner, and Jerry Bingham, Director/Deputy Health Commissioner, with the Ottawa County Health Department, provided information on COVID-19 testing, the new Ottawa County COVID-19 Dashboard, and general updates. Questions were asked at the end of the webinar.
President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, a $2.2 trillion economic rescue package, into law Friday, March 27th to provide emergency assistance and health care response for individuals, families and businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and provide emergency appropriations to support Executive Branch agency operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. The CARES Act includes:
- $100 billion will go to healthcare providers, including hospitals on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- $27 billion will go to bolstering life-saving capabilities, including developing vaccines and the development, purchase, and distribution of critical supplies.
- $45 billion will go to the Federal Emergency Management Agency Disaster Relief Fund, more than doubling the amount available to support the President’s Emergency and Disaster Declarations to empower State, local, and tribal leaders to effectively respond.
- Couples earning up to $150,000 will receive $2,400, plus an additional $500 for each child.
- Individuals earning up to $75,000 will receive $1,200, plus an additional $500 for each child.
- $3.5 billion in emergency funding to our child care providers to stay open, keep payroll, and prioritize the child care needs of healthcare, emergency, and sanitation workers all across our country.
- $17 billion to forgive 6 months of payments on any existing Small Business Administration non-disaster loans.
- $500 billion for the Treasury and Federal Reserve to provide liquidity and purchase business, municipal, and State debt.
For economic developers, the bill contains many items of interest. View a first glance breakdown by agency or program.
Ohio has been declared a disaster state, therefore making Ohio businesses and non-profits statewide eligible to apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) assistance through the Small Business Administration (SBA). Please understand that these will be loans, requiring repayment. These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that cannot be paid because of the disaster’s impact. These loans are only intended as working capital loans utilized to assist with impact caused by the coronavirus emergency efforts. The EIDLs are not for other purposes such as expansion, new equipment, property purchase, etc. that do not have anything to do with the national emergency we are facing.
With the CARES Act signed into law, small businesses and non-profits can get up to a $10,000 advance on an Economic Injury Disaster Loan even if your previous application was declined or still pending. The SBA has provided additional guidance regarding the $10,000 forgivable loan advance under the CARES Act. To be eligible, businesses will need to complete the new application that launched March 30 — even if they have already competed an earlier version of the application or have already been turned down for a loan. For additional questions please call: 1-800-659-2955 or (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or email: DisasterCustomerService@sba.gov
BEFORE APPLYING FOR THE SBA ECONOMIC INJURY DISASTER LOAN (EIDL), WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO CONTACT YOUR LENDER TO ASSIST YOU WITH ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE.
View the EIDL Guidlines.
You can also reach out to the Small Business Development Center located in Fremont, Ohio.
View SBA Active Partners by program and area of operation.
SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza and Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin announced that the SBA and Treasury Department have initiated a robust mobilization effort of banks and other lending institutions to provide small businesses with the capital they need. Under the CARES Act, the new $349 billion Paycheck Protection Program will provide much-needed relief to millions of small businesses so they can sustain their businesses and keep their workers employed. It will provide critical capital to businesses without collateral requirements, personal guarantees, or SBA fees – all with a 100% guarantee from SBA. The new loan program will be available retroactive from Feb. 15, 2020, so employers can rehire their recently laid-off employees through June 30, 2020.
The SBA launched the unprecedented Paycheck Protection Program in just one week. Following its launch, the SBA processed more than 14 years’ worth of loans in less than 14 days. On April 16th, the SBA announced they would not accept new applications for the PPP as the program ran out of funding. On April 24th, President Trump signed a new bill to provide an additional $320 billion to the Paycheck Protection Program. On April 27th, the SBA resumed accepting PPP applications from participating lenders.
On Friday, May 15, the Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, released the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application and detailed instructions for the application. To view the application and instructions visit SBA PPP Loan Forgiveness.
The purpose of this Notice is to inform Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Lenders of the reporting process through which PPP Lenders will report on PPP loans and collect the processing fee on fully disbursed loans which they are eligible to receive. Click SBA Procedural Notice to view the notice.
Under Section 2301 of the CARES Act, employers of any size, including small businesses, who have either suspended operations to some degree or experienced a loss of at least half of their gross receipts during the first quarter of 2020, are eligible to receive the Employee Retention Credit equal to 50 percent of the wages paid to their employees, to a maximum of $5,000 per employee. Employers are only eligible for these credits if they have not applied for Paycheck Protection Loans or received credits for wages under the Family First Coronavirus Response Act. Employers are eligible to receive the credit either for the amount of time their operations were suspended or, if the credits were based on a diminution of gross receipts, until the quarter where their gross receipts reach the level of 80 percent of the prior year average. For more information, visit Employee Retention Credit FAQs.
Express Bridge Loan Pilot Program allows small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 with less paperwork. These loans can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing and can be a term loans or used to bridge the gap while applying for a direct SBA Economic Injury Disaster loan. If a small business has an urgent need for cash while waiting for decision and disbursement on Economic Injury Disaster Loan, they may qualify for an SBA Express Disaster Bridge Loan. View the program guide for more information.
The Family First Coronavirus Response Act provides that employers subject to the EPSLA and the Expanded FMLA paid leave requirements are entitled to fully refundable tax credits to cover the cost of the leave required to be paid for these periods of time during which employees are unable to work (which for purposes of these rules, includes telework). Certain self-employed persons in similar circumstances are entitled to similar credits. For an overview of FFCRA’s refundable tax credit provisions, visit Tax Credit FAQs. Visit Basic FAQs for more detailed information regarding the requirements, limitations, and application of the paid leave credits.
Governor DeWine, Lt. Governor Husted, and Dr. Acton have urged Ohioans to start wearing cloth masks while in public, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC issued the recommendation that citizens wear face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. A couple items to note:
- CDC posted a video on “how to make a mask.”
- Many of us are asymptomatic (don’t show symptoms but still spread virus to others).
- Encourage other people to wear masks.
- Wash your face and hands before and after using the masks.
The IRS has posted answers to FAQs on the deferral of employment tax deposits and payments through December 31. Employers can now defer the deposit and payment of the employer’s share of social security taxes. Self-employed individuals can now to defer payment of certain self-employment taxes.
The U.S. Department of Labor announced on April 5th the publication of Unemployment Insurance Program Letter (UIPL) 16-20 providing guidance to states for implementation of the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program. Under PUA, individuals who do not qualify for regular unemployment compensation and are unable to continue working as a result of COVID-19, such as self-employed workers, independent contractors, and gig workers, are eligible for PUA benefits. This provision is contained in Section 2102 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act enacted on March 27, 2020.
Eligibility for PUA includes those individuals not eligible for regular unemployment compensation or extended benefits under state or federal law or pandemic emergency unemployment compensation (PEUC), including those who have exhausted all rights to such benefits.
A new web tool will allow millions of people to quickly register for Economic Impact Payments. People who don’t have an IRS tax filing obligation, including those with too little income to file now have a new option online tool to register for Economic Impact Payments. It’s free and easy.
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced on April 17th the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). This new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) program will take several actions to assist farmers, ranchers, and consumers in response to the COVID-19 national emergency. President Trump directed USDA to craft this $19 billion immediate relief program to provide critical support to our farmers and ranchers, maintain the integrity of our food supply chain, and ensure every American continues to receive and have access to the food they need. CFAP will use the funding and authorities provided in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES), the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), and other USDA existing authorities. The program includes two major elements to achieve these goals:
- Direct Support to Farmers and Ranchers: The program will provide $16 billion in direct support based on actual losses for agricultural producers where prices and market supply chains have been impacted and will assist producers with additional adjustment and marketing costs resulting from lost demand and short-term oversupply for the 2020 marketing year caused by COVID-19.
- USDA Purchase and Distribution: USDA will partner with regional and local distributors, whose workforce has been significantly impacted by the closure of many restaurants, hotels, and other food service entities, to purchase $3 billion in fresh produce, dairy, and meat. We will begin with the procurement of an estimated $100 million per month in fresh fruits and vegetables, $100 million per month in a variety of dairy products, and $100 million per month in meat products. The distributors and wholesalers will then provide a pre-approved box of fresh produce, dairy, and meat products to food banks, community and faith based organizations, and other non-profits serving Americans in need.
Further details regarding eligibility, rates, and other implementation will be released at a later date.
On April 23, the House passed the fourth COVID-29 relief package which had been passed earlier in the week by the Senate. The bill is expected to be signed immediately by President Trump and enacted. The $484 billion dollar funding measure provides:
- $321 billion for the depleted Paycheck Protection Program. ($60 billion is set aside for underbanked businesses including community-based lenders, smaller banks and credit unions to assist smaller businesses that don’t have established relationships with big banks and had a harder time accessing the funds in the first round of loans. About $10 billion of that would also be allocated for administration fees.);
- $60 billion in additional funds for the SBA’s disaster loans and grants programs;
- $75 billion for hospitals;
- $25 billion for coronavirus testing. ($11 billion will go to states and some will also go to the federal government.)
The $150 billion aid requested for states and local governments was not included in the approved bill. A fifth relief bill is being pushed to address that issue.
Ohio Governor DeWine signed Executive Order 2020-01D, declaring a state of emergency in Ohio to protect the well-being of Ohioans from the dangerous effects of COVID-19. The state of emergency allows state departments and agencies to better coordinate in their response.
On Sunday, March 22th, under the direction of Governor DeWine, Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, issued a stay at home order to require all Ohioans beginning at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 23, 2020 until 11:59 p.m. on April 6, 2020. Dr. Acton issued a new stay at home order that begins on April 7, 2020 and lasts through May 1, 2020. This order prohibits holding gatherings of any size and closes all nonessential businesses. Essential services will be operational including, but not limited to: Grocery stores, Gas stations, Pharmacies, Police stations, Fire stations, Hospitals, clinics and healthcare operations, Garbage/sanitation, Public transportation, Public benefits (i.e. SNAP, Medicaid) hotlines. It does NOT prohibit essential activities like going to the grocery store, receiving medical care, or taking your pet for a walk. Residents can return home from out of state and can leave the state. View the FAQs here: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Governor DeWine signs Executive Order to expand assistance for rent and mortgage payments for small businesses on April 1, 2020.
“Through this order, I am issuing a plea — a plea to lenders and landlords across Ohio to work with their small businesses and suspend payments for at least 90 days.” – Gov. DeWine
“The goal of this is to prevent foreclosures. You know that the federal gov. stopped the foreclosure on residential mortgages. You know that through actions of the legislature, the courts have the ability to suspend eviction. But there is a connectivity problem – if someone can’t pay their rent and we’re not evicting them, then the person who owns the complex isn’t getting the money they need to pay their commercial loan. So we are creating a 90-day pause.” – Lt. Gov. Husted
Governor DeWine announced the creation of the Ohio Manufacturing Alliance to Fight COVID-19. This private-public partnership was formed to help meet the urgent need for more Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) used by health care workers and first responders. The OMA is a lead partner in the effort, along with the Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership (and its partner organization MAGNET), the Ohio Hospital Association, JobsOhio, the Ohio Development Services Agency (DSA), the Ohio Department of Administrative Services (DAS), and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH).
- “If you are a manufacturer, we need you and we need you right now.” Lt. Governor Husted praised Ohio manufacturers for “being part of the solution.”
- Governor DeWine urged manufacturers who have the potential and competencies to help produce PPE to visit RepurposingProject.com.
- If you have PPE (such as masks, goggles, gloves, gowns, and face shields) available for immediate donation, fill out your information here so Alliance can help ensure that resources are used where they are most needed to benefit all Ohioans.
The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation announced that insurance premium installment payments due for March, April and May 2020 have been deferred until June 1, 2020 (when the matter will be reconsidered). BWC will not cancel coverage or assess penalties for amounts not paid due to the pandemic. View the FAQs.
The Ohio Department of Transportation has created a downloadable, blanket permit for haulers carrying heavy or over-sized loads of food, non-alcoholic beverages, medical supplies, cleaning products and other household goods. The blanket permit applies to travel on roads and bridges maintained by the Ohio Department of Transportation (Interstate, U.S. and State Routes. Hauler loads may not exceed a maximum of 90,000 pounds gross vehicle weight and must comply with all posted bridge weight and height restrictions. Loads exceeding 90,000 pounds gross vehicle weight MUST contact the ODOT Special Hauling Permits main office line at 614-351-2300 during normal business hours.
The Ohio Department of Insurance has issued an important ruling related to the state of emergency in Ohio pertaining to all health plan issuers. All health insurers are required to provide the option of deferring premium payments, interest free, for up to 60 calendar days from each original premium due date. This means that employers can defer their premium payments up to two months, giving them some relief on costs, while keeping their employees insured.
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) extended temporary regulatory relief from the hours-of-service requirements for drivers operating commercial motor vehicles transporting consumer goods, medical supplies, gasoline, diesel, propane, heating oil, and waste within the state of Ohio. The regulatory relief is effective immediately and will remain in effect for the duration of Ohio’s state of emergency or unless rescinded. Carriers subject to this regulatory relief are not exempt from any other motor carrier safety regulations, including commercial driver’s licensing, controlled substance and alcohol use and testing requirements, and financial responsibility requirements. Carriers should continue to maintain records of duty status and take all measures to ensure that drivers have the ability to safely operate their commercial vehicles. Drivers must keep a copy of this notice on each vehicle affected by this relief.
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) issued an order directing Ohio’s electric, natural gas, water & wastewater distribution utilities to suspend any in-person meter reading activities, and any other non-essential work that would create unnecessary social contact. In its order, the Commission noted functions that are necessary to initiate new service or to ensure the continuity of service should be deemed essential and should continue during the state of emergency. Utility customers who have questions or concerns regarding their utility service are encouraged to contact the PUCO online at PUCO.ohio.gov/contact-us.
Medical Mutual is waiving member cost sharing associated with COVID-19 testing and treatment. This applies to services provided by both in-network and out-of-network providers. For testing, this covers the cost of the test, as well as the cost of the provider visit, which could include a telehealth (telemedicine), urgent care or emergency room visit, to determine whether the COVID-19 testing is required, and the visit to administer the test. For treatment, cost sharing is waived for all treatment related to COVID-19 including hospitalizations and ground ambulance transfers, as well as FDA-approved medications and vaccines when they become available.
Lt. Governor Husted announced a temporary buy-back of high proof liquor products purchased within the last 30 days. The goal of this is to ease cash flow for bar/restaurant owners. Here is a release by the Department of Commerce. If you have questions you may call 1-877-812-0013 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In response to the public health situation with COVID-19 and the Ohio Department of Health’s (ODH) Stay at Home Order, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife is temporarily suspending the sale of non-resident hunting and fishing licenses until further notice. This temporary suspension went into effect at midnight on April 6. Sales will resume when COVID-19 guidelines change or are lifted.
Lt. Governor Husted announced that the administration’s Dispute Resolution Commission, which was initially announced last week (April 8, 2020), is now prepared to receive submissions from essential businesses as well as county health departments. The Dispute Resolution Commission announced last week that was established to evaluate and render guidance in situations where two local health departments have come to a different conclusion for similar businesses on what is or is not an essential business. This will help provide uniformity. For example, a chain store may be operating as an essential business in one jurisdiction, but not another. The local determination in question may be submitted to the Commission by either of the local health departments, or an entity or person subject to the determination. The Commission will review requests submitted and decide the outcome of the Order to the conflict. The decision of the Dispute Resolution Commission shall be final.
For guidance or to submit a dispute, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov/BusinessHelp and select the “Businesses & Nonprofit Support” tab under “Dispute Resolution Commission.”
In an attempt to increase important medical care across the state of Ohio while keeping patients and health care workers as safe as possible amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor DeWine signed an order expanding telehealth care. Telehealth provides medical, mental health and behavioral health care over the phone or through video appointments. This order will allow more work to be done remotely to keep people away from each other and reduce contacts.
Many Ohio distilleries have stepped up and are now are producing large quantities of hand sanitizer. JobsOhio has purchased more than 3,100 cases (more than 1 million ounces) of distillery-made sanitizer. JobsOhio will donate the hand sanitizer to the Ohio Association of Foodbanks. Shipments of the hand sanitizer are arriving at distribution centers this week (April 13,2020) and will be delivered to Ohio’s 12 Food Banks next week and over the coming months as they need it.
Governor DeWine announced a new permit from the Ohio Department of Transportation will allow food vendors to sell food to truck drivers and other essential personnel who stop at any of the state’s 86 rest areas. The permit is of no cost to the vendor and can be found on ODOT’s website. Vendors must display it at all times while operating, and must abide by state and local food service regulations, as well as social distancing guidelines. The Ohio State Highway Patrol will regularly monitor rest areas to enforce compliance with all Ohio laws and regulations. This is in addition to the regular vending machine service that is provided by Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities.
Starting on Friday, April 24, Ohioans who are unemployed as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic but who don’t qualify for regular unemployment benefits can begin pre-registering for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), a new federal program that covers many more categories of workers, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) announced today. To pre-register for PUA benefits, Ohioans should visit unemployment.ohio.gov and click on “Get Started Now.” The benefit amount will be similar to traditional unemployment benefits, plus an additional $600 per week through July 25. The pre-registration tool will allow individuals to get in line early and pre-register their account, so that as soon as the agency has the technical ability to process their claims in May, individuals can log in and complete their paperwork.
On April 23, Governor DeWine invited Mark Weir, Ph.D., an assistant professor of Environmental Health at The Ohio State University, to discuss how health risks change as changes are made to the environment. Dr. Weir explained that minimizing the spread of the disease as Ohio begins the long process of reopening depends on personal and environmental controls. Personal precautions include interrupting the infection process by practicing good hand hygiene and wearing masks. Download here to view the slides that Dr. Weir referenced. To watch the full video presentation, visit the Ohio Channel’s YouTube page.
During the press conference on April 30th on coronavirus in Ohio, Governor DeWine announced the state’s stay-at-home order will be extended. Late Thursday, the Ohio Department of Health released information on a new order by ODH Director Dr. Amy Acton, entitled ‘Stay Safe Ohio’ that extends the stay-at-home protocol until May 29.
“The stay at home order will be extended with the exceptions,” DeWine explained Thursday. “When retail opens up that certainly will be a major exception for that. Certainly it’s an exception in just a few days when manufacturing and other companies are allowed to start back so, it will be extended.”
The ODOH’s release says the order could be changed if Director Dr. Amy Acton modifies it at a sooner date.
The “Stay Safe Ohio Order” is available on Ohio’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) website.
The Ohio Manufacturers’ Association (OMA), the Ohio Hospital Association (OHA), the Ohio Manufacturing Extension Program (Ohio MEP) and JobsOhio joined forces through the Ohio Manufacturing Alliance to Fight COVID-19. Through this site, you can share and purchase personal protective equipment. Categories include:
- face shields
- beds or room partitions
- hand sanitizer
- cotton face masks
- space for hospital overflow
- 3d printed swabs for covid-19 testing
- gowns (all materials)
- non-cotton face masks
- partitions for companies (grocery stores, etc.)
Visit repurposingproject.sharetribe.com to take a look at all the PPE equipment.
Ottawa County’s surrounding banks have a message for you as well as programs and procedures for customers regarding the coronavirus:
Ottawa County understands the impact COVID-19 may have on local businesses supported by the State of Ohio’s CDBG Economic Development and Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Programs. Given the recent mandated shutdowns of many industries statewide, the County will allow the following flexible financing terms for new and existing loans during the State of Emergency:
- 0% interest loans
- Working capital loans will not be capped at 30% of program income (principal, interest, and bank interest) received in one year
- Working capital loans may be approved without accompanying fixed-asset investment
- Deferred principal and interest for new and existing loans for up to 6 months with a 6-month renewal option as deemed appropriate and documented by the local RLF board
There are a few sections that reference job creation and/or a specific project such as an expansion. If your business is just interested in obtaining a working capital loan, you can simply fill out the portions that are pertinent to your situation and mark the job creation and specific project portion as ‘Not Applicable.’
To apply for the RLF application, please fill out the County RLF Application. For additional information, please review the Guidance to Economic Development and Revolving Loan Fund Availability during COVID-19 Pandemic documentation from the Ohio Development Services Agency. For questions regarding the program or how to apply, please call the Ottawa Regional Planning Commission at (419) 734-6780 or email at email@example.com.
The Ottawa County EMA, Ottawa County Health Department and Magruder Hospital have released a “Plan Now, Visit Later!” Tourism press release. Ottawa County residents should continue to follow orders and use their discretion when considering visiting places frequented by visitors. Ottawa County EMA and county partners will continue to explore methods to enforce the State’s orders.
The Ottawa County Health Deparment has created an Ottawa County specific dashboard, similar to the one that can be found on the ODH website. The dashboard can be found on their website. A note from the Ottawa County Health Department:
“Please keep in mind that these numbers are the laboratory confirmed cases, it is very likely people have COVID-19, but have not had a laboratory test to confirm it. Please continue to take the proper precautions to keep yourself safe from this illness. We also will continue to keep the location of the patients private, please just know that we do have confirmed cases in Ottawa County.”
Looking for a bite to eat? Take a look at the list of restaurants that are open offering curbside pickup options. Please note that these lists may not be 100% up-to-date. If you are unsure if a restaurant is/isn’t open, we would encourage you to contact that restaurant directly.
Area 7 (Greater Ohio Workforce Board) procured an economic analysis of COVID-19 for our workforce area. The report looks at the impact on businesses and industries by state and the region of Area 7. It also looks at likely affected occupations. The report also projects new growth industries and new in-demand occupations. Wright State University won the procurement and has completed the study. Click COVID-19 Economic Analysis to view the report.
The Governor issued an Executive Order waiving certain unemployment insurance (UI) requirements. The measure was taken in order to expedite the processing of benefits for individuals who lose their jobs as a result of the pandemic and allow them to receive their first benefit payments as quickly as possible. While claimants must still meet the weekly requirements that they be “able and available for work,” the requirement that they actively search for work while receiving benefits has been waived. By law (Ohio Revised Code Section 4141.29), when an individual has been waived from the work search requirement, they are also exempt from completing their reemployment requirements. These are commonly known as the “8 week and 20 week” requirements. Once exempted, the exemption remains for the entire benefit claim.
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services is instructing Ohio employers planning layoffs or shutdowns as a result the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic to share the following mass lay-off number with their employees to speed the processing of unemployment benefits: 2000180.
See COVID-19 Unemployment Response to Claimants for guidance.
See Coronavirus and Unemployment Insurance: Employer Information for reference.
Ohioans can apply for unemployment online 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at unemployment.ohio.gov. You can also file by phone at (877) OHIO-JOB (1-877-644-6562) or TTY at (888) 642-8203, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Employers with questions should email UCTech@jfs.ohio.gov.
Those without internet access or who have case-specific questions can call 1-877-644-6562 (OHIO-JOB) from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. (The call center formerly was operational from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays.)
At the local level, the Rapid Response Program is also an option. This program is designed to overt layoffs. To qualify, you must continue to pay wages so that the program will pay for training. Here are some things to consider when requesting/using Rapid Response dollars:
- What are you going to cross train your employees in?
- As an employer, you need to continue to pay wages during this time.
- Ottawa County will pay the training costs.
- It is a 50%-50% match. The wages can count as your contribution.
For more information, please contact Gaye Winterfield: firstname.lastname@example.org
The restaurant industry is home to more than 15 million trained and skilled employees in restaurants across the country serving the public every day. To ensure that restaurants have the latest information about coronavirus, the NRA created this industry-specific guidance for owners and operators. For more information, please visit restaurant.org/Covid19.
Lt. Governor Husted announced the development of a website specifically geared toward matching essential businesses with Ohioans who are able and willing to work as an essential employee during the COVID19 crisis. Both essential businesses and current job seekers can visit coronavirus.ohio.gov/JobSearch to post and search. With questions, please email the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation at Workforce@OWT.Ohio.gov.
The purpose of the Bartender Emergency Assistance Program (BEAP) is to assist qualified bartenders, bar backs, and bar servers who are in need of financial assistance as a result of a catastrophic event or an emergency hardship. Grant recipients will be selected solely on the basis of the eligibility requirements above. Each grant applicant will be pre-screened for compliance with the eligibility and application requirements on an objective and nondiscriminatory basis by the USBG National Charity Foundation.
Samuel Adams, in partnership with The Greg Hill Foundation created the Restaurant Strong Fund last month to give workers a one-time free grant of $1,000 to help during the shutdown. Beginning Friday, April 3 workers can apply for the grant if they meet the five requirements:
- Completed application form in employed state
- Full-time restaurant employee (minimum 30 hours/week, can be multiple restaurants)
- Employed for three months or longer at the same location
- Worked in a restaurant, bar, cafe or nightclub
- Submit the last two pay stubs received
Applications can be submitted here.
Through the Employee Relief Fund, one-time $500 grants will be made to restaurant industry employees who have been impacted by COVID-19, including a decrease in wages or loss of employment. For eligibility requirements or to apply, visit Employee Relief Fund Application.
Ogden Newspapers has established a $1 million Community Marketing Grant fund to assist locally owned businesses with marketing during this challenging situation. These funds are open to locally owned and operated businesses impacted by the coronavirus. Applications must be submitted via our online form below.
To extend a helping hand to small businesses suffering from the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation – in partnership with Vistaprint and a coalition of supporting companies, foundations, and philanthropic donors – are teaming up to establish the Save Small Business Fund. This initiative will provide $5,000 grants to help employers get through the days and weeks ahead. The application is short and will take about 10 minutes to complete. All you will need is your business’s W-9 form. Grants will be awarded on a weekly basis, but you only need to apply one time to be eligible for funding.
To qualify, you must:
- Employ between 3 and 20 people
- Be located in an economically vulnerable community
- Have been harmed financially by the COVID-19 pandemic
Due to overwhelming demand, on April 21, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced they are unable to accept new applications. They are in the process of awarding grants. Visit Save Small Business Fund for more information.
JobsOhio, Peoples Bank and First Federal/Home Savings Bank announced a partnership to support existing small business clients with maintaining operations and payroll during the COVID-19 pandemic. JobsOhio has committed up to $50 million to assist Peoples Bank and recently merged First Federal Bank and Home Savings Bank – with providing lending support to companies negatively affected by the coronavirus pandemic. This program will enable additional lending for companies throughout Ohio, as well as support community banks as proud Ohio employers. For additional information or to see if you are eligible, please visit the relevant bank’s site:
To apply, please call your local branch to make an appointment or contact your banker.
Attorneys at Eastman & Smith have been actively disseminating information addressing issues arising from COVID-19 pandemic.
Leave Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
The new law includes an emergency expansion of FMLA and emergency paid sick leave. It expands FMLA leave benefits to all public and private employers with fewer than 500 employees. Emergency paid leave would also apply to all public and private employers with fewer than 500 employees.
SBA Loan Assistance for Ohio and Michigan Small Businesses
The SBA is offering low-interest loans of up to $2 million for small businesses in states affected by COVID-19. To determine which Ohio and Michigan counties are currently eligible for an EIDL, visit disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Declarations.
Take 20 Seconds to Read Your Contract (and Wash Your Hands)! Force Majeure Clauses Amid the COVID-19 Outbreak
Employers in nearly every industry are implementing measures to reduce the spread of the disease which, in some instances, means bringing the supply chain of goods and services to a screeching halt. While the ultimate impact and duration of the outbreak remains to be seen, one thing is certain: a spike in breach of contract claims around the country is imminent.
Are Economic Losses Related to COVID-19 Recoverable Under Business Interruption Insurance Coverage?
Since the SARS outbreak many insurers have incorporated into their commercial property policies endorsements that exclude coverage for “Loss Due to Virus or Bacteria.” However, policies may specifically include extended coverages for mitigation of communicable diseases, but only to the time necessary to detoxify from the communicable disease event.
COVID-19 and the Construction Industry
Contractors, subcontractors and suppliers can and should be proactive in addressing COVID-19 in a few different ways things can and will change quickly as the pandemic unfolds.
Workers’ Compensation and COVID-19: What Employers Need to Know
The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) and Ohio Industrial Commission have made changes to the processing and adjudication of workers’ compensation claims in light of COVID-19 (a.k.a. coronavirus).
COVID-19 Changes Tax Deadline
The Treasury Department is deferring the filing and paying of federal taxes to July 15 for individuals and businesses. Since response to the pandemic has been so fluid, you should check with a tax professional regarding the filing and payment of federal, state, local and school taxes.
Excess Liquor Buy Back in Ohio
Establishments that sell liquor in the State of Ohio have stocked up in preparation for St. Patrick’s Day, and now may find themselves with an significant excess of inventory. Ohio is making economic assistance to the owners of bars, restaurants, and nonprofit organizations with temporary liquor permits.
Public Notices & Annoucements
Ottawa County Sanitary Engineer Suspends Sewer & Water Penalties – The Ottawa County Commissioners passed a Resolution, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak to authorize the Sanitary Engineering Department to suspend future late fees. Click the link to view the resolution: Ottawa County Commissioners 03-25-20
Village of Elmore – Public Notice
Village of Genoa – Small Business News Release
Village of Marblehead – We ask that you call or email your needs to:
Police: 419-798-5881 or 419-635-5224 email@example.com
Streets: 419-798-9229 or 419-656-0085 firstname.lastname@example.org
Zoning: 419-798-0517 email@example.com
Water Plant: 419-798-5836 firstname.lastname@example.org
Water Billing: 419-798-4074 email@example.com
Fiscal Office: 419-798-4074 firstname.lastname@example.org
Village of Oak Harbor – 1) Disconnection for delinquent utility bills will be suspended until May 1, 2020; 2) Customers who have had a direct loss of employment due to the Coronavirus pandemic need to communicate this to the billing office staff so arraignment’s can be made for future structured payment plans; 3) Businesses that suffer a direct loss of revenue from State required closures or limited hours of operation may also contact the billing office at 419-898-3231 to make a plan for future payment of utilities.
Village of Put-in-Bay – Public Notice
City of Port Clinton – Public Announcement: Water Department
What You Can Do
Remember that the best thing you can do in the face of COVID-19 is to take precautions to protect yourself, your family, and your community:
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; dry hands with a clean towel or air dry hands.
- Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are unavailable.
- Cover your mouth with a tissue or sleeve when sneezing or coughing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
- Clean “high-touch” surfaces daily. These include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, desks, and tablets.
If you have questions about how to protect yourself and prepare for COVID-19 in your community, the Ohio Department of Health (OHD) can provide answers. The ODH coronavirus disease 2019 call center can be reached at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH. ODH staffers operate the center seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, including weekends. Find additional information at coronavirus.ohio.gov
COVID-19 Response Form
We know and understand that times are difficult right now. If you have questions, please contact us and we’ll assist you as best as we can.