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Updates to Gov. Cooper’s Phased lifting of restrictions.
As of June 24 North Carolina will remain in Safer-At-Home Phase 2 for three additional weeks. Face coverings will be required statewide in public spaces indoors or outdoors where six feet of physical distancing is not possible. Here are FAQ’s on face coverings including businesses responsibilities.
Posters for your windows
If you have a local business and you’re reopening, feel free to download and print out this poster for your window (and use this one if you are requiring face masks). It is important that we communicate, together, as a community, the need to keep each other safe and how we all can participate in that.
We’re also encouraging businesses to post these Pro-Mask = Pro-Asheville posters and use the hashtag on social media #MaskAVL to encourage folks to wear them, as they make all of us safer.
Check out the Asheville Chamber’s Smart Restart Toolkit and resources for businesses.
- Curbside pick-up zones in high density commercial districts
- Eased restrictions on food truck operations
- Eased signage restrictions for eating establishments
- Suspended fees for outdoor dining, signage and pushcart permits until January 2021
- Suspended parking fees for parking garages
The U.S. Senate passed the PPP Flexibility Act (HR 7010) that was previously passed by the U.S. House. Signature by the President is expected to happen. A brief summary of those modifications is below, and additional updates/clarifications are sure to follow:
- The loan forgiveness period has been increased from 8 weeks to 24 weeks.
- The proceeds required for payroll have been reduced from 75% to 60%.
- Loan repayment period has been increased from 2 years to 5 years.
- An allowance for a payroll tax deferral for PPP loan recipients has been included.
- The deadline for rehiring employees under the safe harbor rule has been extended beyond June 30th.
- Visit here for a PPP checklist of what you’ll need.
- EIDL loan information and application via the SBA.
- Self Help Credit Union is still accepting applications.
Planning on reopening, need supplies?
Find local suppliers to help you reopen (hand-sanitizer, cleaning supplies, gloves, masks…) with this list updated by the Chamber and from the SupplyConnector (started locally).
The City of Asheville set up a Ready Team call center at 828-419-0095 or at [email protected] to help answer general questions related to COVID-19 in Buncombe County and direct you to the best resources available if we cannot answer your questions. In a partnership with United Way’s 211, the call center will have options for Spanish, Russian and multiple other languages.