Businesses Struggling with Stay at Home Orders: Your Chambers Are Here For You
Wednesday, December 09, 2020
New Stay at Home Orders for Southern California include Orange County.
Orange County is once again subject to stay-at-home orders in response to surging COVID-19 levels and a regionally impacted ICU and hospital system. The business community has been a staunch advocate that Good Health is Good Business, maintaining a commitment to masks, social distancing, widespread testing, and the myriad of suggested public safety measures recommended by health leaders. With good protocols in place, local businesses have for the most part implemented recommended safety measures to protect workers and customers.
The recent announcement of lockdowns have once again placed businesses of all sizes in jeopardy, many at reduced capacity and many shutdown for a minimum of three weeks, after which time the metrics are reexamined on a weekly basis.
Your business councils and chambers of commerce are here for you—call them for advice, resource connections, and advocacy.
As businesses do their part to ensure the economy is positioned to reopen safely and swiftly, OCBC and Orange County Chambers seek to reiterate and emphasize multiple areas of the local economy in critical need of federal support. THIS WEEK many chambers sent a co-branded letter appealing to our Orange County Congressional Delegation and Senators, imploring them to extend and expand the Paycheck Protection Program and forgive the federal California loan for unemployment benefits, which is currently at approx. $20 billion and expected to grow with a shelter in place order. This tax increase on employers is unacceptable. We are advocating for many of the priorities reflected in the recently proposed bi-partisan framework for a $908 billion federal coronavirus relief package.
Chambers of Commerce in Orange County and OCBC, collectively representing millions of diverse businesses, large and small, have exhibited resilience in the face of sustained economic crises from the enduring COVID-19 pandemic. We are here to advocate for you and your businesses and will not stop fighting for the business community and economic recovery.
We urge you to stay strong, do not lose hope as coming vaccines will help us all open SOONER AND SAFER. So continue practicing good health protocols, maskup, test to identify asymptomatic folks to slow the spread, remember “Good Health is Good Business,” and lean on your local chamber groups for support and advocacy.
Resources can be found on these and other Greater Irvine Chamber website pages: