Resources for Business & Industry
We know this period of time with the Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) is difficult for all of us. Please let us know how the Fayette County Development Authority can be of assistance during this time. We are continually monitoring the evolving situation and will provide regular updates on COVID-19’s impact on Fayette County and resources to help you navigate any challenges.
Stay-at-Home Orders & Local Government Operation Announcements
Peachtree City, Fayetteville, and Tyrone have instituted restrictions on business operations until April 7, 2020. These include closure of barber shops, gyms and parks, as well as the prohibition of dining inside restaurants, though curbside or drive-thru service is still allowed. Gatherings of 10 or more people – including at churches – is also prohibited. Fayette County will close public access through April 30, 2020 in an abundance of caution concerning COVID-19.
Essential Business Guidance UPDATE – March 28, 2020
It is up to cities and states to decide, but there are some businesses that all locales have deemed essential. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) provides a list of critical industries for national continuity. The list can be found HERE and is intended to be overly inclusive reflecting the diversity of industries across the U.S. CISA will continually solicit and accept feedback on the list (both sectors/sub sectors and identified essential workers) and will evolve the list in response to stakeholder feedback. CISA is asking businesses to share feedback on this list so they can provide the most useful guidance to our critical infrastructure partners. Feedback can be sent to CISA.CAT@CISA.DHS.GOV.
Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)
On March 18, 2020, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) was signed into law. The FFCRA implements many changes to increase public health measures. The FFCRA temporarily requires most U.S. private employers to provide paid leave to employees for certain COVID-19-related reasons and expands the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to provide employees paid leave under the FMLA to care for a child as a result of school or child care closings due to a public health emergency. While employers are responsible for funding the paid leave, employers will be able to take tax credits for the paid leave provided to employees under the FFCRA.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), the paid leave provisions of the FFCRA will take effect on April 1, 2020, and expire as of Dec. 31, 2020.
U.S. Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loan
On March 18, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) designated all counties in Georgia eligible for low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering economic injury due to this national event.
- SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) offer up to $2 million in assistance and can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue.
- These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses and 2.75% for non-profits.
- SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, based upon each borrower’s ability to repay.
More information is available here:
Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1.800.659.2955 or email email@example.com.
The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) has adopted an emergency Rule 300-2-4-0.5 Partial Claims, effective March 16, 2020. The rule mandates all Georgia employers to file partial unemployment claims online on behalf of their employees for any week during which an employee (full-time/part-time) works less than full-time due to a partial or total company shutdown caused by the COVID-19 public health emergency. Any employer found to be in violation of this rule will be required to reimburse the Georgia Department of Labor for the full amount of the unemployment insurance benefits paid to the employee.
Partial claims results in employees receiving unemployment insurance benefit payments faster, usually within 48 hours for claims filed electronically.
Please monitor the Georgia Department of Labor website for any updates to these guidelines.
- OSHA – Guidance on Preparing Workplace on COVID–19
- U.S. Department of Labor Coronavirus Resources
- IRS Coronavirus Relief
- U.S. Small Business Administration’s Disaster Loan Assistance– 3 Step Process SBA Disaster Loan (PDF)
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce Combating the Coronavirus
- Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers from the CDC
- Georgia Department of Labor
- U.S Small Business Administration, Georgia District Office
- Georgia Department of Economic Development
- Georgia Chamber of Commerce
- Governor Brian P. Kemp, Office of the Governor
- Fayette County Government
- City of Peachtree City
- City of Fayetteville
- Town of Tyrone
- Town of Brooks
- Town of Woolsey
- Fayette Chamber of Commerce
- Fayette Factor COVID-19 Resources