• Florida Chamber COVID-19 Membership Update: July 14, 2020

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    July 14, 2020
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    A Message from the Florida Chamber
     
     
     
     
    WHETHER OR NOT YOU LIKE FLORIDA'S
    COVID-19 APPROACH MAY DEPEND LARGELY ON YOUR POLITICAL LEANINGS:
     
    Apparently, according to our recent Florida Chamber polling, COVID-19 isn’t immune to politics. As Florida voters begin to receive their mail ballots this week for Florida’s August primary election, the Florida Chamber of Commerce has found that Floridians by party are decisively torn on the state’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Republicans in Florida overwhelmingly agree with Florida’s response with 73% in support. Compare that with the 20% Democrats and 35% of NPA registered voters. With the road to the White House going through Florida, we should expect to see this division along party lines play out in cities and regions throughout Florida. As a non-partisan, pro-business unifier of business, we will continue providing the facts, not fear, on COVID-19 as well as news and insights to operate safely.
     
    While the nation is seeing another upward trend, you can follow the numbers for your county with one easy-to-use website. Florida has a tool with valuable COVID data unlike any other state – The Florida Scorecard. Here you can see the COVID numbers AND even break them down by county to see how your county is trending.
     
    Continue to help us relaunch Florida’s economy by remembering to keep doing your part: wearing your mask, washing your hands, and socially distancing when appropriate. Below you will see the latest COVID-19 numbers on Day 134; and please continue to read and share this update with your executive team, family and friends, and remind them to sign-up to receive their personal copy. If you have suggestions or would like to see specific information, please email me directly at mwilson@flchamber.com.
     
     
     
    COVID-19 BY THE NUMBERS AT DAY 134 IN FLORIDA:
     
    Chamber Foundation Chief Economist Dr. Jerry Parrish and our research team continue to analyze COVID-19 data and report on it daily on www.TheFloridaScorecard.org.
     
     
     
     
    Data Source: Florida Department of Health’s COVID-19 Dashboard
     
    Know how your county is trending! Our COVID-19 County Level Tracker is free and available
    24-7, and is based on the latest data available.
     
     
     
     
    SAFETY CENTRAL – THE ROLE PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY PLAYS IN OUR COVID-19 WORLD:
     
    Diego Sanchez, Senior Safety Manager for the Florida Chamber Safety Council shares his perspective and expertise on personal responsibility in a COVID environment.
     
    "As employers and businesses across the state are doing everything in their power to keep their employees safe, it is important to remember that slowing down the spread of COVID-19 is everyone’s responsibility. Let’s not forget that the virus not only can spread in the workplace, it is everywhere, and as the common denominator “us” as individuals could be the most effective in slowing or stopping the spread of COVID-19.
     
    We can make the difference during this pandemic; we have the power in our hands to slow this virus down. Small yet effective techniques that can help in our crusade to reduce the spread of COVID-19 include wearing a face covering. If we all would use masks when in public, I believe that we would be able to see the results of that effort in a pretty short period of time. Also, thorough hand washing and personal hygiene can be great contributors to slowing the spread.
     
    We need to understand that our local and state leaders are doing what they can to slow the spread, we at the lowest level can be the game-changers in the flattening of the curve. It does take some personal responsibility to adhere to these simple but powerful tools and to be contributors to the progress and the re-emerging of Florida as the safest state in America."
     
    The Florida Chamber Safety Council (www.flchambersafety.com) is unifying businesses to make Florida the safest state in the country. We recognize that it is our personal responsibility to choose the right role we play in this COVID environment, and we realize that the role we play is building momentum and driving this important initiative forward. The Florida Chamber and Florida Chamber Safety Council will continue to closely monitor the latest COVID-19 cases to ensure business can operate safely and cautiously. We encourage you to follow these best practices to make Florida the safest, healthiest, and most sustainable state in America. If you are a Florida Chamber member and you have a safety question ranging from OSHA to Lock-Out/Tag-Out to COVID-19, simply email Diego at dsanchez@flchamber.com 
     
     
     
    COVID-19 HITS OUR POOREST ZIP CODES THE HARDEST - JOIN YOUR FELLOW BUSINESS LEADERS TO CREATE EQUITY OF OPPORTUNITY IN FLORIDA – ONE ZIP CODE AT A TIME:
     
    The combination of COVID-19’s impact on our high-poverty zip codes and our nation’s long-overdue discussion on social justice and diversity has accelerated our Florida prosperity movement and your help in your zip code is easier, and more important, than ever. 870,505 children are living in poverty in Florida. The Florida Chamber Foundation’s Florida 2030 Blueprint has a goal of cutting childhood poverty in half by 2030. Our Florida Chamber Foundation Prosperity Initiative is leading a statewide effort in Florida to create equality of opportunity and end generational poverty one zip code at a time. On July 22, inclusion, diversity and equity of opportunity will be the focus of part one of our five-part series, and you can play an important part by lending your voice to these important and game-changing discussions. I encourage you and your entire management team to reserve your complimentary webinar registration today or Register here for the entire five-part series
     
    Please let our Florida Prosperity Initiative Executive Director, Michael Williams (mwilliams@flfoundation.org) know if you are interested in sponsoring and partnering with our efforts.
     
     
     
    IF YOUR COUNTY IS CONSIDERING A MASK ORDINANCE – SEND YOUR UPDATES HERE: 
     
    On my weekly, national call yesterday with state chamber leaders, I received an update on mask and travel restrictions. Currently 25 states require masks when in public settings and 15 states (including Florida) have travel restrictions for quarantines in place. While Florida does not, and likely will not, have a one-size-fits-all mask mandate, under the direction of Governor Ron DeSantis and Surgeon Dr. General Scott Rivkees, the Florida Department of Health (DOH) has advised Floridians to wear masks in public and to socially distance. The Florida Chamber’s Litigation and Regulatory Reform Center has created the online Chamber Mask Ordinance Resource Center to educate and empower local chambers and members on this changing regulatory environment.
     
     
     
    Like all states, Florida is facing many challenges, and that’s why it’s more important than ever that we unite business for good. Please continue to read and share this update with your executive team, family and friends, and encourage them to sign-up to receive their personal copy.  
     
    My best,
     
    Mark Wilson
    President & CEO
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Economic Injury Disaster Loan Changes, PPP and
    Federal Relief Updates
     
     
    The Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Advance hit the $20 billion that was appropriated by Congress over the weekend, ending the grant program that was created under the CARES Act. Businesses that are still looking at relief options are able to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program through August 8, the Economic Injury Disaster Loan or Main Street Lending Program. The Paycheck Protection Program may offer loan forgiveness, whereas EIDL and the Main Street Lending Program are loans. 
     
    Recent information released by the Small Business Administration (SBA) shows that nearly 400,000 Florida businesses were approved for the Paycheck Protection Program, totaling over $31.5 billion in funding. The SBA also released information last week on businesses have received the PPP loan, however reports have shown that some of the information is either incomplete or inaccurate at this time. 
     
     
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