Masks are required in all public spaces. Thank you for helping to keep yourself and Ashland safe and our businesses open.
The Ashland Chamber of Commerce is deeply involved in the COVID-19 issue at the community level. We are passionate about helping you navigate the incredibly challenging times as information and resources become available to us. Through our community partnerships, we are finding access to resources and will be adding them to this page as we receive the information. Information about new regulations, tax benefits, loans, grants and more are changing rapidly. Please refer to this page for updated information frequently as we work to keep up with these rapid changes.
October 19, 2020: OHA (Oregon Health Authority) revises face covering guidance
OHA has revised its guidance on face coverings to include the following new provisions:
The guidance now requires that people wear face coverings in all private and public workplaces including classrooms, offices, meeting rooms and workspaces, unless someone is alone in an office or in a private workspace.
The revised guidance also requires that people wear face coverings in outdoor and indoor markets, street fairs, private career schools and public and private colleges and universities.
Finally, the revised guidance also recommends wearing a face covering instead of a face shield, except in limited situations when a face shield is appropriate such as when communicating with someone who is deaf or hearing impaired and needs to read lips.
COVID-19 is surging again. Oregonians can lower the risk to themselves, their families and their communities by:
Wearing a face covering
Keeping 6 or more feet away from others
Avoiding large gatherings and limiting social gatherings
Frequently washing our hands.
For more information about face coverings and face masks visit healthoregon.org/masks.
Governor Brown Announces Free Masks and Gloves for Small Businesses (09/16/2020). Click here for more information
Governor Kate Brown Extends Foreclosure Moratorium to Protect Oregon Homeowners and Business Owners until December 31. Click here to read more
SBA Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources
Health and government officials are working together to maintain the safety, security, and health of the American people. Small businesses are encouraged to do their part to keep their employees, customers, and themselves healthy.
For business assistance, contact our local SBDC: click here
Resources from Oregon State Senators Merkley & Wyden and US Representative Greg Walden
Department of Labor Coronavirus Resources and news: https://www.dol.gov/coronavirus
CDC & WHO Resources
WORKPLACES AND EMPLOYERS - https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19 Community Resources by Topic: Workplaces and Employers, including:
FAQ related to workplace outbreaks:
Indoor Air Safety and COVID-19 guidance:
♦ https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le2748.pdf (English)
♦ https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/ls2748.pdf (Spanish)
EMPLOYERS- Oregon WorkShare Information- Work Share provides an alternative for employers and workers who may be facing the prospect of a lay off situation.
SAIF grants for COVID-19 related expenses for worker safety (As of May 5, 2020, SAIF is no longer accepting applications for this program due to requests exceeding funds available. However, we keep this posted as a resource in the event more funds become available and the program reopens)
Rogue Workforce Development Layoff Aversion Fund (As of May 5, 2020, Rogue Workforce Development is no longer accepting applications for this program due to requests exceeding funds available. However, we keep this posted as a resource in the event more funds become available and the program reopens)
Rogue Workforce Partnership currently has grant funds available to help businesses in the Rogue Valley avoid layoffs. These funds do not have to be repaid, and are available immediately. They can also be mixed with other federal and state funds. To apply, click here. The application is under the "Layoff Aversion" tab.
The National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) has provided a list of resources for Artists (including visual arts, musicians, writers, dance), Theatres, Galleries, and Museums impacted by COVID-19. The information can be found by clicking here.
For State Representative Pam Marsh, please contact: email@example.com
For State Senator Jeff Golden, please contact: Sen.JeffGolden@oregonlegislature.gov
The City of Ashland is offering a variety of programs for businesses regarding utilities, TOT and Food & Beverage: http://www.ashland.or.us/news.asp?newsID=4588
Avista Update- In the event you have made the decision to close your doors as we navigate through the period of shelter in place, here are helpful resources from Avista to save you money on your infrastructure. Click these links for more information: Building-Shutdown-Checklist and Energy Saving Tips_Closing Buildings
Tourism & Hospitality Resources:
For our tourism industry members, Travel Oregon partners with the US Travel Association and Brand USA who are committed to ensuring that travelers are provided with accurate, updated information about public health conditions in Oregon. For the latest travel alerts, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html or www.Industry.TravelOregon.com.
Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association (ORLA) has created the following resources for hospitality businesses to find out information about COVID-19 and the Governor’s “Stay Home, Save Lives” Executive Order.
Jackson County Public Health Department:
CARES Act Funding for Black-owned businesses, Black-led nonprofits & Black individuals Sent 8/26/2020 https://conta.cc/3hxbjMx
Jackson County Public Health Guidance for Employers if an Employee has COVID-19 Sent 8/21/2020 https://conta.cc/2EebI8o
United Way of Jackson County COVID-19 Fund for Small Businesses & Individuals Sent 8/12/2020 https://conta.cc/2Fk9xAo
City of Ashland- State of Oregon COVID-19 Emergency Business Grant Program- Applications Due 4pm Wednesday, July 8th Sent 6/23/2020
Chamber Update 6.5.2020 Sent 6/5/2020
Chamber Update 5.15.2020 Sent 5/9/2020
Culinary Industry Outreach from Ashland Chamber and Travel Ashland. Sent 5/9/2020
Retail Industry Outreach from Ashland Chamber and Travel Ashland. Sent 5/92020
Webinar Series for Retail, Restaurant & Personal Service businesses Opening in Phase 1. Sent 5/8/2020
May 7 Ashland Chamber & Travel Ashland Update. Sent 5/7/2020
May 1 Ashland Chamber & Travel Ashland Update. Sent 5/1/2020
Link Error in Oregon State Chamber survey. Sent 4/28/2020
Oregon State Chamber Survey for Input. Sent 4/28/2020
Ashland Chamber & Travel Ashland Update 4/24/2020. Sent 4/24/2020
Ashland Chamber & Travel Ashland Update 4/20/2020. Sent 4/20/2020
US Chamber Foundation launches Save Small Businesses Initiative with Grant Opportunity. Sent 4/16/2020
Webinars from the SBA for Small Businesses. Sent 4/14/2020
Three SBDC Webinars on Business Loan/Grant Info this week- First Opportunity TODAY 9:30am. Sent 4/6/2020
Ashland Chamber COVID-19 Update April 2nd. Sent 4/2/2020.
COVID-19 Update- Paycheck Protection Program details available. Sent 3/31/2020
March 30th COVID-19 Update. Sent 3/30/2020
COVID-19 Update and Federal Stimulus Information- March 26, 2020. Sent 3/26/2020
March 19th COVID-19 Updates. Sent 3/19/2020.