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COVID-19

Updated: 1/21/2021, 6:01 p.m.

The Chamber has a virtual portal for employers to submit questions relating to COVID-19 and its impact on business. Responses are posted at madisonbiz.com/covid19faq.

To submit or vote up questions, visit Slido.com and enter the event code #ASK4BIZ or simply click here to be directed to that page. Questions can also be submitted via email at ask@madisonbiz.com.

To view businesses’ reopening plans that have been shared through our new portal, click here.

To participate in the #JustAsk campaign, print this flyer (English or Spanish) and display it in your business to encourage customers to #JustAsk about policies and procedures being implemented to reduce risks to their health and safety.

To learn more about resources available to small businesses, click here.

To view the Chamber’s agenda for reopening the economy and accelerating our recovery, click here.

To view the first video in the Chamber’s “For You. For Us. Forward.” series, click here.

To learn more about community resources that Greater Madison businesses are offering, click here.

To sign up for regular COVID-19 updates, click here.

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#JUSTASK CAMPAIGN
BUSINESS REOPENING BEST PRACTICES
BUSINESS SURVEY RESULTS: ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
CHILD CARE SCHOLARSHIP FUND
COLD-WEATHER STREATERY GUIDELINES
COVID-19/RECOVERY UPDATE ARCHIVE
DC MEETS MADISON
DEFINING CLOSE CONTACT
ECONOMIC INJURY DISASTER LOANS UPDATE
EMPLOYER NOTIFICATIONS
FALL 2020 BUSINESS SURVEY
HELPFUL RESOURCES
HOW TO SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESSES
LUNCH(UP)DATE ARCHIVE
LUNCH(UP)DATE: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE VACCINATION EFFORTS
MAKING THE DIFFERENCE
OSHA GUIDANCE ON WORK-RELATED COVID EVENTS
PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM REOPENS
PAYING IT FORWARD TO HEALTH CARE HEROES
PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUES NEW ORDER
PUBLIC HEALTH: NEW ENFORCEMENT PROCEDURES
PUBLIC POLICY RESPONSE PLAN
QUARANTINE RECOMMENDATIONS
SE NECESITA AYUDA (HELP WANTED)
SHARE YOUR STORY
SMALL BUSINESS PANDEMIC SUPPORT GRANT PROGRAM EXPANSION
STATE COVID RELIEF UPDATE
UNEMPLOYMENT NOTIFICATION REQUIREMENT
VIRTUAL INDUSTRY MEETING RECAP
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
WEDC PPE PORTAL

LUNCH(UP)DATE: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE VACCINATION EFFORTS
Doug Voegeli, Pandemic Operations Section Chief for Public Health Madison & Dane County (PHMDC), joined us to discuss local and statewide vaccination efforts on today’s Lunch(UP)date, the Chamber program presented by Perkins Coie where you can take a break and enjoy lunch while staying connected, curious and informed.

Voegeli says 41,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine have been administered in Dane County to date, which he says has been a slow process so far due to lack of supply. However, he believes we remain close to his earlier prediction of being able to finish vaccinating individuals in Phase 1A (frontline healthcare workers and residents of long-term care facilities) by the end of January, with those in Phase 1B (including police and fire personnel, individuals age 65 and older, and public-facing essential workers in education and childcare, non-frontline health care personnel, and workers in grocery stores, food and agriculture, pending final approval by the state Department of Health Services) completed in the following 6-8 weeks, depending on supply. Based on current pace and supply, Voegeli believes it’s still possible herd immunity could come by the end of the second quarter of 2021.

As eligibility to receive the vaccine is expanded, Voegeli says they will continue to communicate those updates through their website, press releases and social media. Those receiving a two-dose vaccine schedule their second dose automatically when they receive their first dose. In addition to encouraging employees to get vaccinated, Voegeli says they may look to the business community for assistance in providing additional vaccination sites.

During the conversation, Voegeli also addressed questions about expectations for manufacturing workers and others not projected to be included in Phase 1B, as well as the impact on Public Health’s work related to debate over a state proposal (opposed by the Chamber) that would prohibit employers from requiring employees to get vaccinated. View the full recording of today’s Lunch(UP)date here.

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BUSINESS SURVEY RESULTS: ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
On Wednesday, Chamber President Zach Brandon presented the findings of our Fall 2020 Business Survey to the City of Madison Economic Development Committee, highlighting the urgency of the situation for the many businesses that make up the fabric of Greater Madison.

The results of the survey, conducted in partnership with several area chambers and business membership organizations, were released during a special Advocacy in the A.M. event in December and have since been included in discussions with local elected and public health officials, as well as Capitol Hill lawmakers and staff during our fourth annual DC Meets Madison. Zach answered questions about the findings from committee members, many of whom asked what can be done to strengthen a public-private partnership to accelerate our economic recovery.

Many of our businesses and employees face unprecedented obstacles and an uncertain future. We will continue to use these and future findings to inform policymakers about current business challenges and the need for a predictable and effective path forward balancing the needs of health, the economy and public confidence.

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VIRTUAL INDUSTRY MEETING RECAP
Last week, the Chamber hosted the latest in our Virtual Industry Meeting (VIM) series, as leaders in financing and banking assessed their current needs and shared projections for the three phases of responding to the COVID-19 outbreak: relief, reopening and recovery.

Several attendees saw some bright spots for their businesses in 2020 and said they have reason to be optimistic for the year ahead, though some said the past year has been more of a mixed bag for their clients. Many institutions have served as lenders through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), and while they expect demand to be somewhat lower for this next round, most said the PPP has been helpful to their clients.

For the most part, participants said they have been working with minimal in-person staff or have closed locations altogether. They said the key to a full reopening will be getting their teams and the general population vaccinated. Some said their employees have faced challenges having to balance work with caring for their families, though at least one attendee noted the flexibility and respect they have seen from business owners for their employees.

The Chamber has also convened lenders, developers, commercial property owners, manufacturers, hoteliers, retailers, business membership organizations and leaders in the non-profit sector, healthcare, health and wellness, legal and accounting services, education, child care, construction, design, insurance, technology, biotech, healthtech, arts, culture, entertainment and sports as part of our Virtual Industry Meeting series to help inform our advocacy. Please continue to share with us any policy ideas and recommendations.

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STATE COVID RELIEF UPDATE
On Jan. 12, the state Senate passed 29-2 its version of the COVID-19 response plan, which contains some modifications from the bill that passed the Assembly on a party-line vote.

The version that passed the Senate:

— Includes liability protections, supported by the Chamber, for businesses, individuals and schools;

— Extends Work-Share eligibility for the duration of the federal emergency pandemic; and 

— Continues the extension suspending the one-week waiting period to receive unemployment, requires the state Department of Workforce Development to submit a plan to address the backlog of unemployment insurance claims and extends hours for the Unemployment Insurance call center to 12 hours per day, seven days per week, until the backlog has been addressed.

The Senate removed several provisions passed by the Assembly, including:

— Limiting local health officers’ authority to reduce capacity or close businesses;

— Prohibiting businesses from requiring employee COVID-19 vaccinations (Note: This provision is now being circulated by Senate Republicans as separate legislation); and

— Prohibiting public schools from closing from longer than 14 days without a vote of two-thirds from the local school board.

Gov. Tony Evers has said he will sign the Senate version of the bill if it also passes the Assembly, though Republican leaders in the Assembly have expressed some reservations about the Senate bill. We will continue to follow this legislation closely and share further updates as they become available.

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PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUES NEW ORDER
Public Health Madison & Dane County (PHMDC) has issued a new order that raises the limit on outdoor gatherings to 50 people, with physical distancing. Unfortunately, the order does not modify restrictions on indoor gatherings, for which the limit remains at 10 people, with masks and physical distancing.

The order took effect Jan. 13 at 12:01 a.m. and remains in effect until Feb. 10 at 12:01 a.m. Subsequent orders will continue to be issued in 28-day increments.

Additional changes from the previous order include:

— To determine whether an establishment is a restaurant or a tavern, gross receipts from July 1, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2020 will now be considered. It was previously July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020.

— Drive-in activities may now also offer outdoor seating, as long as it complies with gathering limits.

— Rather than having to maintain physical distancing at all times, participants in low-risk sports now only have to maintain distancing to the greatest extent possible and in compliance with gathering limits. For example, gymnastics and weight-lifting spotters and swimmers passing each other in lanes are permitted under the new order.

Read all of Emergency Order #12 here.

For key differences between Order #11 and Order #12, click here.

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PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM REOPENS
This week, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) reopened the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the federal initiative designed to incentivize small businesses to keep their workers on payroll.

This round of the PPP authorizes up to $284 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses through March 31 and allows certain existing PPP borrowers to apply for a Second Draw PPP Loan. First Draw PPP loans are being accepted from participating community financial institutions as of Jan. 11, while Second Draw PPP loans are being accepted as of Jan. 13.

The PPP will open to all participating lenders soon. Additional SBA information about the PPP, including how to apply, can be found here.

For frequently asked questions about PPP loans, click here.

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SMALL BUSINESS PANDEMIC SUPPORT GRANT PROGRAM EXPANSION
Last week, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi announced an additional $4 million in funding for the county’s Small Business Pandemic Support Grant Program, bringing total funding since the program began to $14.8 million.

Through the program administered by Dane Buy Local, new funds will be targeted to Dane County small businesses hit especially hard during the pandemic, including restaurants, retail stores, independent contractors, the service industry, gyms, fitness facilities and dance studios. Since the program was announced last April, 2,700 local businesses have received an average grant of $4,000.

Business owners can get information and apply for a grant here.

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DC MEETS MADISON
Members of Wisconsin’s congressional delegation shared the latest updates on federal relief efforts during our fourth annual DC Meets Madison.
 
In a conversation with Chamber President Zach Brandon and Destination Madison President and CEO Deb Archer, co-hosted by WisPolitics and moderated by WisPolitics President Jeff Mayers, U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan said he believed Congress was close to passing a COVID relief package, with grassroots support critical to passing additional measures once a new president and Congress are sworn in. He expressed confidence in the prospects for an expansion of Work-Share, as well as new aid to state and local governments that could be paired with business liability protections. Finally, despite what has been a difficult year for so many, Pocan said he’s optimistic about what’s on the horizon, provided we can get people vaccinated and help small businesses make it through a tough winter.
 
Later in the event, U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin joined us for a Virtual Town Hall, fielding questions from leaders at 6AM Marketing, Urban League of Greater Madison, JP Cullen and Ian’s Pizza about extending certain provisions in the CARES Act, assistance for restaurants and minority-owned businesses, and maintaining equilibrium among health, the economy and public confidence. Baldwin echoed Pocan’s optimism heading into 2021, pointing out how the investment made in world-class research institutions like UW–Madison is a major reason why we had two safe, effective vaccines developed within 11 months.
 
As part of the programming, throughout the day, Chamber leadership also met with Sen. Baldwin, Rep. Pocan, Sen. Ron Johnson, Reps. Bryan Steil and Mike Gallagher, and Capitol Hill staff to discuss our NEXUS and Recovery legislative agendas, the results of the recent business survey the Chamber conducted in partnership with several area chambers and business membership organizations, and other issues critical to the business community.
 
View the full recording of our conversation with Rep. Pocan here. The recording of Sen. Baldwin’s town hall can be found here.
 
Thanks again to our presenting sponsor, Exact Sciences, as well as Alliant EnergyAmerican Family Insurance, Epic, Madison Gas and ElectricThe Firm ConsultingUW–Madison and WPS Health Solutions for supporting this event.

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MAKING THE DIFFERENCE
In collaboration with local designers UnderBelly, the Chamber recently launched “Greater Madison: Making the Difference” to tell the stories of area businesses that have taken extraordinary steps to solve the challenges posed by COVID-19.

Most recently, we highlighted Catalent, a global company manufacturing pharmaceuticals and biologics right here in Madison. When the pandemic hit, their local facility was contracted to immediately begin developing vaccines and therapeutics to help in the fight against COVID-19.   

We previously highlighted the efforts of EpicDelve, Midwest Prototyping, UW–MadisonTeel Plastics and American Family Insurance as part of this series. Stay tuned to The BEAM and our Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram pages for more stories about businesses that are Making the Difference.

We encourage you to share these stories and support local leadership. If you have your own story to share, send it to Director of Business Development Nikki Javurek.

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QUARANTINE RECOMMENDATIONS
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently issued updated quarantine recommendations that have also been adopted by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

This guidance clarifies that, while the safest option is for people to quarantine for 14 days after close contact with someone who has COVID-19, there are additional options available for those who have had close contact but do not have symptoms:

— Quarantine for 10 days, then continue to monitor symptoms for four additional days; or

— Quarantine for seven days and get tested on day six or seven of your quarantine. End quarantine once your test comes back negative and then continue to monitor symptoms until 14 days after your last exposure.

Additional information can be found here.

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FALL 2020 BUSINESS SURVEY
The Chamber – in partnership with Destination Madison; Madison Black Chamber of Commerce; Latino Chamber of Commerce; Downtown Madison, Inc.; DeForest Windsor Area Chamber of Commerce; Fitchburg Chamber Visitor + Business Bureau; and Middleton Chamber of Commerce – recently released the results of a Fall 2020 Business Survey, which yielded responses from 503 Greater Madison businesses representing a diverse, mostly small or locally owned, cross-section of industries, as well as a significant percentage of women- and minority-owned businesses.

Among the survey’s key findings are:

— 66 percent rated consumer and employee confidence as their most pressing need, with many citing inconsistent and fearful messaging about the safety of workplaces;

— 78 percent have experienced a decline in revenue, with 30 percent losing more than half their revenue; among businesses representing industries highly affected by the pandemic, 60 percent lost more than half their revenue;

— 47 percent of Black-owned or -led businesses lost more than half their revenue, while 44 percent of Latino-owned or -led businesses lost more than half their revenue;

— While businesses have insulated their employees, 53 percent have still experienced a reduction in employee benefits or workforce;

— Three percent of businesses have already closed, with an additional one percent potentially closing in the next month and another 30 percent expecting to close by June 2021, if existing government regulations are unchanged;

— 91 percent have reduced spending locally;

— 57 percent are utilizing at least some remote work, up from 28 percent pre-pandemic;

— Only 13 percent rate Dane County’s business climate as above average or excellent, compared to 81 percent pre-pandemic; and

— Just 25 percent rate local elected officials’ performance during the pandemic as above average or excellent.

Among the 503 survey respondents, 79 percent have 50 or fewer employees, 86 percent are headquartered in Dane County, 68 percent have locations only in Dane County, 40 percent are women-owned or -led and 20 percent are owned or led by an individual who is non-white.

This survey was a follow-up to a March 2020 survey that collected information on regional employer response strategies at the outset of the pandemic and was critical to early advocacy with elected and public officials at all levels of government. The results of the Fall 2020 survey will be used to inform policymakers about current business challenges and the need for a predictable and effective path forward balancing the needs of health, the economy and public confidence.

View the full video of the Advocacy in the A.M. panel discussion with our survey partners here.

The results of this survey confirm the urgency of the situation for the many businesses that make up the fabric of Greater Madison. For more about the Chamber’s advocacy on these issues, see additional coverage from the Cap Times, WISC-TV, Wisconsin State Journal and WisBusiness.com.

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DEFINING CLOSE CONTACT
With Public Health Madison & Dane County (PHMDC) having announced they are moving to a crisis model of contact tracing and no longer able to follow up with everyone who has tested positive for COVID-19, in order to limit spread at home or in the workplace, it is critically important to understand what constitutes “close contact” with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Public Health has released guidance about understanding close contact and outlined potential scenarios, including scenarios such as “the repeat chit chatter,” “the hugger” and “kitchen co-workers” that may be particularly relevant to workplaces.

To see additional PHMDC scenarios and guidance, click here.

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EMPLOYER NOTIFICATIONS
Public Health Madison & Dane County recently announced that their case investigators will no longer call employers to inform them of employees who have tested positive for COVID-19, due to the current high number of residents with positive tests.

According to Public Health, individuals testing positive are responsible for notifying their employer and working with their employer to identify other employees, clients or customers they may have had close contact with during their infectious period. Case investigators will continue to notify employers of employees who test positive and work in schools, child care, health care and congregate living settings.

Employers are being advised to consider anyone who had close contact with a positive employee as exposed and that these individuals should quarantine for 14 days after the last contact with the positive employee. For additional procedures to follow when an employee tests positive, click here.

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OSHA GUIDANCE ON WORK-RELATED COVID EVENTS
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released guidance to employers on how to report in-patient hospitalizations and deaths resulting from work-related cases of COVID-19, as well as the requirements for doing so.

Employers are only required to report in-patient hospitalizations to OSHA if the hospitalization “occurs within twenty-four (24) hours of the work-related incident.” Employers must report a fatality to OSHA “if the fatality occurs within thirty (30) days of the work-related incident,” and that fatality must be reported within eight hours of knowing both that the employee has died and that the cause of death was a work-related case of COVID-19.

Work-related COVID events can be reported by calling the nearest OSHA office, calling the OSHA 24-hour hotline at 1-800-321-OSHA (6742) or by electronic submission.

See the full OSHA reporting guidance here.

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UNEMPLOYMENT NOTIFICATION REQUIREMENT
As of Monday, Nov. 2, Wisconsin employers must notify employees of the availability of Unemployment Insurance (UI) at the time of separation from employment (e.g., by email, text message, letter, providing printed poster in person or by mail). Providing this notice does not necessarily mean employees will meet the requirements of Wisconsin UI eligibility laws.

For more information about the requirement, including suggested language and resources to provide to employees, click here.

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COLD-WEATHER STREATERY GUIDELINES
The City of Madison has extended to April 14, 2021, its Streatery Program, which was launched earlier this year to allow expanded outdoor dining to assist restaurants that have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. However, colder weather will present new challenges in maintaining outdoor dining while also abiding by Public Health orders.

City Fire Inspection has issued fire safety guidelines for heaters and tents while reminding operators that tents and propane heaters cannot be used together; many restaurants will have to choose one or the other to get through the season. The City has also released cold-weather guidelines for sidewalk cafes and cafes in the parking lane, as well as guidelines for private property.

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PUBLIC HEALTH: NEW ENFORCEMENT PROCEDURES
Public Health Madison & Dane County (PHMDC) recently sent a letter to licensed establishments in Madison – and copied all licensed food and drink establishments in Dane County – about a change in enforcement procedures, moving away from a policy of education first and now shifting to financial penalties for non-compliance.

According to the letter, PHMDC will partner with the City of Madison Police Department on this effort, with violations carrying a penalty of up to $1,000 per violation. The letter states: “An establishment with an occupancy capacity of 100 is required under the Order to limit indoor capacity to 25%, which is 25 people. Thus, if this establishment is found to have 100 people inside, they face a potential forfeiture of $75,000 plus court costs and fees. In addition, any establishment holding an alcohol beverage license may also be subject to an enforcement action against their alcohol beverage license up to and including suspension or revocation.”

This enforcement change raises many questions that we are working to clarify, including if this is limited to businesses located in the City of Madison. The Chamber continues to advocate for education first and that PHMDC provide guidance that is clear, data-driven and devoid of politics.

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CHILD CARE SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Following the announcement by the City of MadisonMadison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) and United Way of Dane County that they were creating a Child Care Scholarship Fund, we called for employers, foundations and the community to donate to the fund to support Greater Madison families and help close the childcare gap.

Just days after the announcement, several organizations stepped up to give back. We are thankful for the leadership of American Family InsuranceM3 InsuranceMGE FoundationMadison-Kipp Corp.6AM MarketingGroup Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin, UW–Madison and others who have contributed to date.

The Child Care Scholarship Fund has a goal of raising $400,000 to provide need-based scholarships for approximately 150 children to attend full-time childcare. This ambitious effort is an important foundation to build upon, but we will need more help to reach our collective goal.

To donate, click here.

Read Chamber President Zach Brandon’s column about the fund in the Wisconsin State Journal. Find additional coverage in the Cap Times here and an editorial from WISC-TV here.

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#JUSTASK CAMPAIGN
The Chamber recently released a Spanish-language version of the flyer for #JustAsk, a collaboration between the Chamber and Public Health encouraging people to feel comfortable inquiring about the steps businesses are taking to enhance their safety.

Along with balancing the needs of our health and the economy, bolstering public confidence is a critical component to reopening Greater Madison. In addition to participating in #JustAsk, businesses can also share reopening plans through this portal so we can aggregate best practices by industry type and socialize them with businesses and the broader community.

You can print and display the Spanish-language #JustAsk flyer here. The English version can be found here.

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ECONOMIC INJURY DISASTER LOANS UPDATE
On June 15, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) began accepting new Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) and EIDL Advance applications from qualified small businesses and U.S. agricultural businesses.

Applicants who have already submitted their applications will continue to be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. For agricultural businesses that previously submitted an EIDL application through the streamlined portal, SBA will process these applications without the need for re-applying.

The EIDL program offers up to $2 million in assistance to small businesses to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills. However, these loans are not intended to make up for lost profits or to be used for expansion.

The CARES Act affords the opportunity to get up to a $10,000 advance on an EIDL. This advance will be forgiven, and small businesses may receive an advance even if they are not approved for a loan.

Eligible small businesses can apply here. For a list of recommended documents and required forms as part of the application process, click here.

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SHARE YOUR STORY
We have long said that Greater Madison is a place that solves global challenges. Now we are actively collecting stories of businesses that have taken extraordinary steps to solve the global challenge posed by COVID-19.

If you have a story to share, please contact Director of Business Development Nikki Javurek.

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BUSINESS REOPENING BEST PRACTICES
As we reopen our economy, we are committed to helping businesses take the steps necessary to ensure the health and safety of their workers and customers. To that end, we are launching a portal to aggregate reopening best practices by industry type, socialize them with businesses and the broader community, advocate on your behalf with local government officials and bolster public confidence in this reopening phase.

Some resources you can consult for examples of reopening procedures and protocols include guidelines from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (general and industry-specific), Wisconsin Safety Council (Returning to Work) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Reopening Guidance and Business FAQ).

Share your reopening plans here.

With our economy on the cusp of reopening, your participation is important as we work to meet this unprecedented challenge. Please contact us with any questions.

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WEDC PPE PORTAL
As part of the Wisconsin Ready plan, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is working to identify manufacturers to supply Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other materials to businesses as they reopen. 

Businesses looking for PPE can search for masks, gloves, hand sanitizer and shields. Manufacturers of PPE can list themselves as a supplier by filling out a profile on the site.

Learn more here.

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PAYING IT FORWARD TO HEALTH CARE HEROES
A coalition of community partners – led by UW HealthUnityPoint Health – MeriterThomas Bradley InsuranceFood FightFearing’s Audio Video Security and Madison Originals – has started Paying it Forward to Health Care Heroes, a new initiative designed to assist restaurants and health care workers impacted by the outbreak.

The initiative enables you to:

–Make a donation to your favorite restaurant and identify that you want your contribution to go toward Health Care Heroes.

–The restaurant will turn your donation into $15 gift certificates, the approximate price of a meal.

–These gift cards will be delivered to UW Health and UnityPoint Health – Meriter, who will then distribute the gift cards to Health Care Heroes as their shift ends.

Donate here.

You can read more coverage about the initiative from the Wisconsin State Journal and In Business magazine.

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PUBLIC POLICY RESPONSE PLAN
The Chamber is continuing to advise all levels of government on the development of a public policy response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

We’re looking for immediate needs that will help employers and workers. Ideas have ranged from helping the newly unemployed with emergency unemployment insurance (UI) benefits; specific ways to help shuttered businesses; ways to help businesses with HR issues or health and safety concerns; or any additional challenges you are facing from COVID-19.

Ideas can be related to issues including funding, taxes, licensure, temporary loosening of some agency rules and more. Proposals will be shared with policymakers on an ongoing basis.

Fill out the form here.

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SE NECESITA AYUDA (HELP WANTED)
With regular updates and resources being provided for businesses relating to the COVID-19 outbreak, we want to ensure these communications are accessible to all.

If you have experience in language translation around business and government and would be able to assist with this need, please contact Director of Business Development Nikki Javurek.

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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
United Way of Dane County has set up a webpage devoted to providing information about opportunities to volunteer safely during this time of need. Opportunities include food deliveries, child care, serving meals, transporting needed supplies and much more.

Check out a list of volunteer options here.

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HOW TO SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESSES
It is important that we continue to support local businesses to strengthen our economy and be there for our friends and neighbors. Here are just a few ways you can do so:

Tip well. Tip more if you are able to do so. Service workers make much of their living on tips, and your generosity can help make up for fewer people ordering food or buying services.

Keep those tickets. If you bought tickets for a local charitable or arts event that was later canceled, consider not asking for a refund, or tell the organization to keep the money you paid for your ticket as a donation.

Buy gift cards. Purchasing gift cards and gift certificates for yourself and others is a great way to support local businesses now while frequenting them at a later date.

Seek virtual options. You can browse and order items from local businesses, including many retailers, online as an alternative to in-person shopping.

Shop for friends, family and neighbors. When shopping, consider asking those who are vulnerable or less mobile if you can purchase anything for them.

Get delivery or takeout. Call restaurants directly or use an aggregated order and delivery service like Madison’s own EatStreet.

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HELPFUL RESOURCES
We strongly encourage you to consult these helpful, regularly updated resources as you implement your business’s infectious disease emergency response (IDER) plans:

CDC: COVID-19 Main Page
CDC: Situation Summary
CDC: Resources for Businesses and Employers
CDC: General Business Frequently Asked Questions
CDC: Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers
CDC: Preventing Spread in Communities
CDC: Print Resources
DHS: COVID-19 Information
PHMDC: COVID-19 Main Page
City of Madison Civil Rights: Mask FAQ

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LUNCH(UP)DATE ARCHIVE
January 21, 2021 – PHMDC Pandemic Operations Section Chief Doug Voegeli
January 7, 2021 – Madison College President Dr. Jack Daniels III
December 17, 2020 – Public Health Madison & Dane County
December 3, 2020 – United Way of Dane County President & CEO Renee Moe
November 19, 2020 – Destination Madison President & CEO Deb Archer and MadREP President Paul Jadin
November 12, 2020 – NAMI Dane County Executive Director Anna Moffit (presentation)
November 5, 2020 – UnityPoint Health – Meriter CEO Sue Erickson
October 8, 2020 – U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher
October 1, 2020 – 365Nation CEO Henry Sanders
September 16, 2020 – MMSD Superintendent Dr. Carlton Jenkins
August 27, 2020 – SSM Health Wisconsin Regional President Damond Boatwright
August 20, 2020 – WISC-TV & Madison Magazine Editorial Director Neil Heinen
August 13, 2020 – Gov. Tony Evers and WI Tech Council President Tom Still
August 6, 2020 – Black Chamber President Camille Carter and Latino Chamber President Jessica Cavazos
July 23, 2020 – DWD Secretary Caleb Frostman
July 16, 2020 – Chancellor Rebecca Blank
July 9, 2020 – Public Health Madison & Dane County
June 11, 2020 – U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan
May 19, 2020 – County Executive Joe Parisi and Public Health Director Janel Heinrich
May 6, 2020 – MMAC President Tim Sheehy
April 29, 2020 – WEDC Secretary Missy Hughes
April 24, 2020 – UW Health CEO Dr. Alan Kaplan
April 17, 2020 – U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin
April 9, 2020 – SBA Wisconsin Director Eric Ness
April 2, 2020 – Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway

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COVID-19/RECOVERY UPDATE ARCHIVE
January 11, 2021
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