Business Resources- COVID-19

The City of Alabaster is monitoring the rapidly changing environment with COVID-19 and assisting to provide guidance and resources to our businesses. We want this website section to be a resource to businesses, employees and customers. We will continue to update and refresh this site with information from different helpful sources such as the Federal Government, State of Alabama as well as business trade groups. For anyone wishing to speak to the City about a specific business related question, please contact Brian Binzer, City Administrator at 205-664-6832 or bbinzer@cityofalabaster.com . We will help you in any way possible to get answers to your questions!

ANNOUNCEMENTS!!!

President Trump Signs $484B Payment Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act (April 24)

This Act will help replenish funding for the popular Payment Protection Program (PPP) by adding another $310B for small business emergency loans and grants. It will also help health care providers with $75B in funding and provide $25B in funding for testing of the Coronavirus throughout the country. We encourage businesses to contact your local SBA lender in assisting in the PPP program.

State of Alabama Launches COVID-19 Website (April 14) to assist citizens and businesses:

 https://altogetheralabama.org/

ALtogether is a one-stop-shop where Alabamians can ask for help or lend a hand during the COVID-19 crisis. This response effort is designed to connect businesses, nonprofits, and people that need help with the right program partners–and to connect program partners with people and resources to help those most in need. 

At a broader level, ALtogether is a coordinated effort to provide policymakers, businesses, foundations, and the public with (1) information about how the crisis is impacting hardworking Alabamians and (2) opportunities to offer assistance to Alabama business owners and workers. 

Latest Public Health Order from Gov. Ivey (April 6)

Governor Ivey’s latest public health "Stay at Home Order" had some changes that temporarily amended occupancy (how many people can be inside) in essential businesses such as supermarkets and home repair stores. Below is taken directly from the order:  

"6. Effective Saturday, April 4, 2020, at 5:00 P.M., all “essential retailers” as defined in paragraph 2, including grocery stores, pharmacies, and “big box” stores, shall comply with the following rules in addition to any other applicable provisions of this Order: a. Emergency maximum occupancy rate. Occupancy shall be limited to no more than 50 percent of the normal occupancy load as determined by the fire marshal. This “emergency maximum occupancy rate” shall be posted in a conspicuous place, and enough staff shall be posted at the store entrances and exits to enforce this requirement. b. Social distancing. An employee of the essential retailer place may not knowingly allow customers or patrons to congregate within six feet of one another.  c. Sanitation. The essential retailer shall take reasonable steps to comply with guidelines on sanitation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Alabama Department of Public Health."

Even with these changes, these essential businesses remain OPEN and continue to serve the public. These businesses have been working hard to accommodate their customers under the changes while providing safe operations for the patrons and employees. Also, the order had no change to other business operations such as restaurants. Those businesses will still be allowed to offer curbside and delivery. Please continue to support these businesses and their employees. Feel free to check out information on hours and menus of our Alabaster restaurants:   http://cityofalabaster.com/492/ShopAlabaster-Restaurant-Status 

The Governor’s entire order is linked here: https://governor.alabama.gov/assets/2020/04/Final-Statewide-Order-4.3.2020.pdf

Small Business Financial Assistance-New Updates (April 2)

There is new information released from the US Department of the Treasury about the Payment Protection Program including a fact sheet and application. Small businesses are encouraged to reach out to their local banker, accountant, financial adviser or credit union today. They will need to start compiling information about their business for the application. Below is a link to US Treasury’s website for information:

  https://home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/top-priorities/cares-act/assistance-for-small-businesses

Gov. Ivey Announces new Federal resources for businesses (April 1):

Governor Kay Ivey on Wednesday urged Alabama Small Business Owners to respond to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic by taking steps to ensure their business will withstand the troubling economy.

Final guidelines for how the federal government will distribute financial relief to Alabama’s small businesses will be released very soon. In the meantime, Small Business Owners need to contact their local banker, accountant, financial advisor or credit union today to get the latest details about who is eligible, what documents are needed and how best to apply for funding relief caused by the coronavirus.

Here is a link to the announcement: 

https://governor.alabama.gov/newsroom/2020/04/governor-ivey-urges-alabama-small-business-owners-to-prepare-now-by-applying-for-federal-financial-relief/?fbclid=IwAR31nQo--kgVkC_PJn0gFVQ6SC4nxzDXO0ptRzxausDnzLB6OI5I9mVzYro

President Trump Signs Coronavirus Relief Bill (March 27)

The President signed a new relief bill to provide economic relief to citizens and businesses. As more details become available, the City will provide information on this page about resources to help businesses.

New Health Order Announced from Gov. Ivey (March 27):

https://governor.alabama.gov/assets/2020/03/Amended-Statewide-Social-Distancing-SHO-Order-3.27.2020-FINAL.pdf 

Below is a summary from the Alabama Retail Association:

"Non-Essential Businesses Closed to Non-Employee Activities

Effective at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 28, and through 5 p.m. Friday, April 17, a specific list of "nonessential" businesses, venues and activities statewide are to be closed to non-employees, based on a state health order issued today.

Curbside, home delivery and online fulfillment for nonessential businesses is permissible, officials in Gov. Kay Ivey’s office told the Alabama Retail Association today.

The order’s intent is to emphasize the "importance of staying home and away from crowds," the state’s health officer said.

"If your business is NOT on the (nonessential) list, your business is NOT closed," the governor said in a news conference today announcing the order. The governor said she is prioritizing the economy, and Alabama is "not trying to say what is essential."

Under the order, restaurants, bars, breweries, or similar establishments can continue to offer food for take-out or delivery provided social distancing protocols, including maintaining a consistent six-foot distance between people, are followed. Such establishments are strongly encouraged to offer online ordering and curbside pick-up of food."

Alabaster, it will be important to continue to support our businesses during this time. The City will soon be releasing a listing of business hours and operation information the businesses provide us. Please keep these businesses in mind for your needs!

Ways YOU can help Small Businesses in Alabaster!!!

  • Buy gift cards or certificates: This really helps our small businesses hang on during these times!
  • Shop online: Check out local business websites, Facebook, Instagram and other social media outlets for opportunities to buy goods from our local Alabaster businesses.
  • Order takeout and/or use drive through and curbside pick-up options: Many are delivering through Waitr, DoorDash, Grubhub and KATS Delivery. (a link is coming soon updating hours and information on restaurants and businesses)
  • Tip generously when you pickup or receive delivery
  • If you are a business with employees working extended hours, consider bringing in meals from an Alabaster restaurant.
  • Say Thanks to the retailers and restaurants who have decided to stay open in this environment!