Latest COVID-19 closures call for fast action and relief
Yet again, a fourth surge is forcing our leaders to make the hard decision to limit exposure and keep infection rates under control.
As of this Friday, April 30, Multnomah and Clackamas counties will be moved into "extreme risk" categories. (See Governor Brown News release, April 27, 2021) A complete list of counties and their risk levels is available here.
Today’s announcement is devastating news for small businesses that are following guidelines. Many of these businesses have invested in major changes to their operations to safely welcome customers and are already working on a slim margin just to keep their doors open. (Find regulations by risk category on this chart from Oregon Health Authority.)
We are hopeful that Governor Brown will carefully and regularly review this difficult decision on a weekly basis, so that the negative impacts to our region’s economy are not prolonged. We urge our state leaders to act quickly to ensure adequate emergency relief funding is readily available now to keep businesses impacted now afloat during this challenging time.
To thrive we need certainty. And it has become clear that more must be done to contain COVID-19 so that we may all get back to doing the work that makes our business ecosystem thrive. We hope those who can, will do their part to get vaccinated and help stop the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.
Access to Vaccines
For employers needing assistance on where to sign up for a vaccine appointment, or how to help your employees, Oregon Health Authority has created a Employer Toolkit: Helping Your Employees Get COVID-19 Vaccinations.
Be here for Portland.
More than a year in, many have made sacrifices. For businesses still open, this year has been a struggle.
We encourage community members to do what you can to be here for Portland. Support a local business impacted by the latest closures – get takeout, purchase a gift card, do what you can to support your local business -- so that they’ll be here for you once we’re able to fully reopen. Learn more: HereforPortland.com.
Federal Assistance for Restaurants Coming Soon
The U.S. Small Business Administration announced today that registration will begin this Friday, April 30, at 6 a.m. PST for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, with applications opening on Monday, May 3, at 6 a.m. PST. The $28.6 billion fund was established through the American Rescue Plan. Learn more and register here.
President Biden also recently announced a tax credit for employers who offer paid time off for workers to get their vaccines. Learn more here.