Updated April 29, 2020
Covid-19 Business Toolkit:
Preparing to Reopen Safely, Responsibly and Confidently
This document provides businesses with guidance on preparing for the loosening of restrictions put on business operations. The timeline for gradual business reopening must be determined using public health data reflecting the number of cases, the level of access to testing, level of PPE available for first responders and healthcare workers, hospital readiness, and capacity for local contact tracing. Local and state orders regarding the phased re-opening of businesses must be followed.
This document may be updated as new guidance comes out. Please visit co.monroe.wi.us for the latest version.
This document is guidance to assist businesses in taking actions to prevent the facility from being an environment where transmission occurs. Following this guidance is not mandated unless it aligns with state, local and federal laws and regulations.
This toolkit was adapted from La Crosse County’s business toolkit. Thank you to La Crosse County Health Department for sharing your work with other counties for adaptation.
Governor Evers announced Wisconsin’s “Badger Bounce Back” plan.
|Gov. Evers Announces Badger Bounce Back Plan|
|MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers today announced Wisconsin’s “Badger Bounce Back” plan which outlines important criteria for Wisconsin to be able to reopen its economy in phases and includes steps to make sure workers and businesses are prepared to reopen as soon as it is safe to do so. In coordination with this announcement, at the direction of the governor, Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary-designee Andrea Palm issued Emergency Order #31 establishing the process and outlining the phases of the plan. The emergency order is available here.
“As we’ve learned over the past month, in the most difficult of circumstances, Wisconsinites will rise to the occasion, helping each other and working together to do what’s best for our families, our neighbors, and our communities,” said Gov. Evers. “That’s what the Badger Bounce Back is all about: our resilience as a people and as a state. I am excited and hopeful about this plan. While being safe at home continues to be important, this plan is an all-out attack on the virus and it begins the process of preparing our businesses and our workforce for the important planning that will result in the safe and logical reopening of our economy.”
The Badger Bounce Back plan is informed in part by the President’s Guidelines for Opening Up America Again that was issued by the White House on April 16, 2020. Currently, Wisconsin does not meet the criteria the White House established to start reopening our state. The Badger Bounce Back plan takes important steps to get the state of Wisconsin there.
The goal of the Badger Bounce Back plan is to decrease cases and deaths to a low level, and increase capacity in our healthcare system so the phased reopening of businesses is possible. As part of that plan the state will be working to increase access to more testing and expand lab capacity. Under the Badger Bounce Back plan, everyone who needs a test should get a test. The state is setting a goal of 85,000 tests per week, averaging about 12,000 tests per day. More information on the state’s testing efforts was released earlier today, and is available for review here.
Next, the state will be expanding contact tracing and more aggressively tracking the spread with the goal of every Wisconsinite who tests positive being interviewed within 24 hours of receiving their test results and their contacts being interviewed within 48 hours of test results.
Additionally, the state will continue to pursue every avenue to grow Wisconsin’s supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare and public safety entities to conduct COVID-19 testing, patient care, and public safety work. Finally, the plan works to bolster healthcare system capacity where patients can be treated without crisis care and there are more robust testing programs in place for at-risk healthcare workers.
The state will be looking for a downward trajectory of influenza-like illnesses and COVID-19 symptoms reported within a 14-day period, and a downward trajectory of positive tests as a percent of total tests within a 14-day period. When the state has seen these efforts be successful, Wisconsin can begin to turn the dial, re-open the state, and get businesses and workers back on their feet.
The Badger Bounce Back plan is available here. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s portion of the Badger Bounce Back plan aimed at helping to ensure workers and businesses are prepared and ready to bounce back is available here. The Badger Bounce Back plan in brief is also available here.
Please find attached Emergency Order #31 and the Bounce Back Plan document.
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses in your state that are suffering substantial economic loss as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The the press releases linked below will outline the details on the governor certification that makes SBA assistance available for the entire state.
Eligibility for Economic Injury Disaster Loans is based on the financial impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The interest rate is 3.75 percent for small businesses. The interest rate for private non-profit organizations is 2.75 percent. SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years and are available to entities without the financial ability to offset the adverse impact without hardship.
Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing may call (800) 877-8339. For complete details on SBA, visit www.sba.gov.
SBA Customer Service Representatives will be available to answer questions about SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program and explain the application process at 1-800-659-2955.
Documents: Click the links to view the documents.
Resources provided by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
This is intended to serve as a resource for agricultural organizations as they prepare for potential impacts of COVID-19 on their business operations. The State of Wisconsin, including the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP), continues to monitor the spread of COVID-19 (2019 novel coronavirus) in coordination with the Department of Health Services (DHS) Public Health and other local, state, and federal partners. DATCP’s Emergency Response Group is also working to update the department’s plan to ensure continuity of essential operations. Click below to download.
Common Questions Answered: Federal Paid Leave and the WI Safer at Home Order – From Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce
A common question we’re hearing from our members deals with the intersection of the new federal paid sick leave in Families First Coronavirus Response act (FFCRA) and the Safer at Home order issued by Governor Evers. The new federal law provides sick leave benefits for individuals who are;
- Subject to a government quarantine or isolation order related to COVID-19.
- Advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine due to concerns related to COVID-19.
- Experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and seeking a medical diagnosis.
- Caring for an individual who is subject (1) or (2).
- Caring for a son or daughter home from school because their school or daycare in unavailable due to COVID-19 precautions.
- Experiencing any other substantially similar conditions specified by the Secretaries of HHS, Treasury, and Labor.
The common question is whether employees now home because of the Safer at Home order qualify under (1) above for the new paid time. While DOL has not provided guidance on this topic yet, the predominant legal opinion is that the FFCRA was not intended to apply to mass stay home directives like what Gov. Evers put on Wisconsin this week. Instead it is intended to be for individual cases, like if a worker was in contact with someone with COVID-19 or had traveled to a hot spot and is required by a local, state or federal government to self-quarantine.
Further, employers that were deemed “essential” in the state order are still able to be open, therefore their workers would not be subject to the Safer at Home order and wouldn’t trigger the first eligibility criteria in the FFCRA. That said, criteria 2-6 above would still apply even to an “essential” operation.
Once we get clarification from DOL on this point, we will share it right away. Please let us know if you have a question that you think other employers are also struggling with, and we’ll do our best to address it.
Federal “CARES” Act Summary~ Creates a Small Business “Paycheck Protection Program”
SMALL BUSINESS GUIDE FOR EMERGENCY LOANS
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program, the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses who maintain their payroll during this emergency.
Importantly, these loans may be forgiven if borrowers maintain their payrolls during the crisis or restore their payrolls afterward. The administration soon will release more details including the list of lenders offering loans under the program.
In the meantime, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has issued this guide to help small businesses and self-employed individuals prepare to file for a loan (attached).
SBA ECONOMIC INJURY DISASTER LOANS
Small Businesses and private non-profits are now eligible for SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans(EIDL). Loans are available for up to $2 million can help provide working capital to meet the needs of payroll, accounts payable and fixed debt payments until the situation improves. EIDL info sheet attached.
New! Live Loan Webinars Starting March 30
Wisconsin’s SBA office will again offer live daily webinars to walk you through the application process and answer your questions. Register for Monday, March 30 through April 10. All sessions are at 2 pm:REGISTER FOR LOAN WEBINAR
Wisconsin Safer at Home order.
The following document includes Governor Tony Evers Safer at home order. Please click the image below to view the entire document.
Wisconsin Department of Health Services. https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/index.htm
Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation https://wedc.org/programs-and-resources/covid-19-response/
Monroe County Health Department http://healthymonroecowi.org/covid-19/
CARES Act Small Business Guide and Checklist – U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Paycheck Protection Program FAQs for Small Business – U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act – U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
SBA Updated Information on the Paycheck Protection Program – https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/paycheck-protection-program#section-header-2
Information on the Paycheck Protection Program