City Safety Measures
The City of Winston-Salem has issued a stay at home order until April 16th to take precautions against the spread of the Coronavirus. Citizens are asked to stay at home except to make required trips such as going grocery shopping, going to a job at an essential service, or caring for a family member. The order goes into effect on Friday morning.
Our first responsibility is to protect each other. Right now, in order to do so we have to make some tough choices that affect our businesses, workers, and economy. We are here for you as we work to address business needs and prepare our community to bounce back stronger than ever.
Federal Stimulus Package
As businesses and workers face economic implications from the results of social distancing measures in place to stave off Covid 19, Congress is acting quickly and in a bipartisan manner to provide relief. The biggest rescue package in American history comes up to a vote possibly later today.
The plan offers direct cash payments to individuals, provisions to help companies stay in business and retain employees, and billions in assistance to small businesses, healthcare organizations, FEMA, and more. We will provide full details as they are announced.
SBA Expert Q&A
Today we hosted a conference call to learn about the Small Business Administration’s options for economic relief loans for businesses impacted by Covid 19. Levi Kennard, SBA Economic Specialist, led our Q&A. Find a link to the complete recap below.
Call for Personal Protective Equipment
Individuals and businesses throughout our community are undertaking efforts to gather personal protective equipment for local hospitals. Please contact us if you have PPE that you can donate. We will facilitate getting it to the hospitals.
Forsyth County Covid 19 Relief Fund
A local relief fund that provides assistance to nonprofits and individuals impacted by Covid 19 has topped $3 million. The fund is a partnership between the United Way of Forsyth County, the Winston-Salem Foundation, the City of Winston-Salem, and Forsyth County. The application opened to nonprofits today. These efforts show our community’s dedication to working together and supporting each other. Please consider taking part if you are in a position to donate.