COVID-19 RESOURCES FOR BUSINESSES AND THE COMMUNITY

COVID-19 RESOURCES FOR BUSINESSES AND THE COMMUNITY

3/23/20

Our community and leaders are continuing to adapt to how they are responding to the COVID-19 crisis and are adding more resources and support for business owners, employees and for the public.

The Downtown Vegas Alliance would like to share these resources with you:

OPEN BUSINESSES PROVIDING ESSENTIAL SERVICES

The Las Vegas Review Journal has created an initiative called “RJ Business Updates,” and it’s free to businesses and customers alike. Here’s how it works:

They’ve set up a special website at lvrj.com/vegas-business-updatesBusinesses can upload information to this website at no cost — a logo, contact information, business hours and service/product offerings. For submissions, companies must go to lvrj.com/vegasbizupdates. Or a Review-Journal representative can input your information via phone at (702) 383-0383

U.S. SENATOR CATHERINE CORTEZ MASTO UNVEILS DISASTER RESOURCE GUIDE FOR NV
In a Medium post, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) unveiled a comprehensive Disaster Resource Guide for Nevadans impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The guide includes critical information on medical care, mental health services, financial and housing assistance, aid for seniors, resources for small business owners, and more.

The Disaster Resource Guide can be found on the senator’s website here.

Full text of the post can be found here  

ESSENTIAL VS NON-ESSENTIAL BUSINESS DEFINITION

Governor Sisolak has ordered non-essential businesses to close for 30 days.  Click the link below to see the categories outlined under this order:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1zS2e1ctJX-iwcqjy0zKlR5VG4DzNXcUV

BUSINESS SERVICES

CITY OF LAS VEGAS BUSINESS PROTECTION PROGRAM
The city of Las Vegas has introduced a new program to help small businesses in the city’s Redevelopment Area. If you are a business owner who has had to secure and close your business we may be able to help with those costs. For more information and application.

SBA SUPPORT
The Small Business Administration will work directly with governors to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and nonprofits that have been severely impacted by the coronavirus. The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. Find more information on the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans at: SBA.gov/Disaster.

NEVADA SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER TOOLKIT
Check out the Nevada Small Business Development Center’s (Nevada SBDC) Business Resiliency Toolkit. It contains a small business resiliency plan developed by the Washington SBDC as well as links to help small business owners navigate through the COVID-19 crisis. https://nevadasbdc.org

DETR/UNEMPLOYMENT
Telephone claim call center hours will increase to 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday. With the convenience of 24-hr filing, claimants are highly encouraged to use the internet to file their UI claims. Employees may be eligible to file claims if their hours have been reduced. For more information, see below or visit https://detr.nv.gov/Page/Press_Releases

EmployNV
Employers in need of employees and individuals who have been laid off and are in need of work can go to www.EmployNV.gov.   Employers can post available job openings and those seeking employment can search to see what is available.

Some companies may be hiring. See this listing.

LinkedIn
Some industries — from shipping to online learning — are hiring to meet coronavirus-related demand. Here are some of the companies hiring right now.

https://www.linkedin.com/feed/news/heres-whos-hiring-right-now-5161074/

HEALTHCARE SERVICES

NEVADA HEALTH RESPONSE
To inform Nevadans statewide, the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Governor’s Office have created this website to better share information and resources as it pertains to the current status of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact within the state of Nevada.  https://nvhealthresponse.nv.gov

NEVADA HEALTH LINK
Nevada Health Link is offering a limited-time exceptional circumstance special enrollment period for Nevadans without health coverage. The SEP will run from March 17 through April 15. For more information, please visit https://www.nevadahealthlink.com/reporting-life-and-income-changes/

SOUTHERN NEVADA HEALTH DISTRICT/CDC
To help curb the spread in Clark County, the Southern Nevada Health District is working with all community partners.

Learn how to protect yourself at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html

If you think you are sick, please click here.

10 things to do to manage your health at home: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/caring-for-yourself-at-home.html

Stay tuned to the health district’s website for all updated information: https://www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/coronavirus/ The info hotline is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. PT Monday-Friday. Call 702-759-INFO.

Or go to the CDC’s website to learn more: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

HEALTH SAFETY INSTITUTE
Help make the workplace and community safer right now by raising awareness. Please share these educational resources alongside the facts from OSHA, the CDC, and the World Health Organization.

https://www.hsi.com/corona-virus-preparedness

DIGNITY HEALTH OFFERS VIRTUAL CARE
During this challenging time, Dignity Health is here for you! They are offering free virtual care visits for mild COVID-19 symptoms. Please note, they have been receiving a high volume of requests at this time.

🖥 If using your computer desktop, go to http://ow.ly/EJkQ50yUHMB

📱 If you have an Android device, go to http://ow.ly/bZB050yUHMC

📱 If you have an Apple device, go to http://ow.ly/qKAQ50yUHMD

NEVADA HEALTH RESPONSE

FAQs and Social Media resources
Includes downloadable files to share including FAQs and Prevention Tips

https://nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/news-resources/social-media/

Information and Press Releases
Find up to date press releases, declarations and information from government agencies including the Nevada Governor’s Office, State of Nevada Public Utilities Commission, Nevada Department of Employment, Training & Rehabilitation, LVMPD, Nevada Health Response and more

https://nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/news-resources/press-releases/

ASSISTANCE FOR NON-PROFITS

NEVADA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
The Nevada Community Foundation has established the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund to support Nevada nonprofit organizations responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Fund is not intended for individuals, but is intended to provide support to nonprofit organizations assisting those affected by the pandemic, with particular focus on seniors, vulnerable populations and first responders. All donations must be unrestricted to allow the Fund to move as efficiently and impactfully as possible.

One hundred percent of all donated funds will be directed to applying nonprofits, as Nevada Community Foundation will forego all administrative fees to manage and administer the Fund.

Online donations to the Fund may be made here: https://www.nevadacf.org/donate-now/.

In the coming weeks, Nevada Community Foundation will work with community stakeholders to ensure effective and impactful use of the fund. Ongoing announcements and information for nonprofits wishing to apply for funding will be shared soon once plans are finalized and capital is raised.

UNITED WAY OF SOUTHERN NEVADA
The UWSN created the Emergency Assistance and Community Needs Fund to assist those impacted by Coronavirus-19 (COVID-19).

https://www.uwsn.org/COVID19

FIND HELP
Enter your zip code to find food assistance, help paying bills, and other free or reduced cost programs that help people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic

https://findhelp.org

FOOD SERVICES

THREE SQUARE
Three Square Food Bank is implementing and emergency food distribution strategy and expanding their sites. You can read more about what they are doing to help the community in response to the COVID-19 at https://www.threesquare.org/learn/news/press/three-square-food-bank-implements-emergency-food-distribution-strategy-in-response-to-covid-19

See the full list of available food distribution sites here: https://bit.ly/2QqTnI5

JUST ONE PROJECT
The Just One Project is a non-profit that hosts Pop-Up and Give Mobile Food Pantries.  During this time they will be providing groceries for those in need.  Go to their website to find dates and locations at https://thejustoneproject.org/pop-up-%26-give-locations.  They are also looking for volunteers to help thejustoneproject.org/volunteer

CCSD
CCSD has updated the list of food distribution sites. Community partners have also provided times and locations for additional food distribution sites around the valley. Click here https://sites.google.com/…/c…/food-distribution-information… or here https://ccsd.nutrislice.com/menu for additional information.

State Superintendent, Jhone Ebert, has reached out to school district leaders directing them to begin “learning at home” on March 23rd.  Options include online and virtual learning programs.

VETERANS VILLAGE
In response to the recent state of emergency and layoffs within the local Las Vegas Gaming and Hospitality industry due to the COVID-19 Outbreak SHARE/Veterans Village in conjunction with their community partners and suppliers are prepared to ramp up distribution from their community food pantry.

Individuals in need of food assistance, water and other supplies as available can seek assistance on distribution days at SHARE/Veterans Village Las Vegas located in Downtown Las Vegas.

Pantry Days are as follows:

SHARE/Veterans Village #2, 50 N. 21st St. LV, NV 89101
Monday’s & Wednesday’s 12 Noon-1:00pm
Saturday’s 10:00am-12 Noon

SHARE/Veterans Village #1 1150 Las Vegas Blvd. So. (Charleston and LV Blvd) LV, NV 89104
Sunday’s 12 Noon-1:00pm

UTILILTY ASSISTANCE

EVICTIONS SUSPENDED
The Las Vegas Justice Court is suspending eviction proceedings effective Tuesday for at least 30 days, according to an order from Nevada Supreme Court Chief Justice Kristina Pickering signed Tuesday afternoon.  Read more at https://lasvegassun.com/news/2020/mar/17/housing-rights-coalition-calls-for-stop-to-evictio/

NV ENERGY
To assist during this time, NV Energy will suspend disconnects for non-payment for our customers directly impacted by this crisis. We will also waive late fees and deposits for customers who experience financial hardships related to COVID-19, or are unable to pay due to self-isolation. Please contact our customer care center to make alternative payment arrangements (702) 402-5555

https://www.nvenergy.com/alwayson/cannon-message-covid19

LAS VEGAS VALLEY WATER DISTRICT
In light of the emerging COVID-19 issue, the Las Vegas Valley Water District (LVVWD) has temporarily suspended customer shutoffs for delinquent and/or non-payment. The Water District will continue to work with individual customers and those facing financial hardships to establish payment arrangements and provide other customer services.

The Water District offers numerous services online to assist customers and provide remote access to the LVVWD account(Opens another site in new window). Customers can call 702-870-4194 for more information.
https://www.lvvwd.com/ab…/news/covid19-temporary-notice.html

SOUTHWEST GAS
Southwest Gas is committed to providing safe and reliable service to our customers. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are immediately starting a temporary moratorium on natural gas disconnections for non-payment that is in effect until further notice. We understand these are trying times for many of our customers and want to ensure that they focus on the well-being of their families without having to worry about a disruption of service. We will also offer flexible payment options for customers experiencing financial hardships due to this issue. Customers can manage their accounts and payment options through MyAccount on swgas.com or via the Southwest Gas mobile app.
https://www.swgas.com/en/alert-details-page-007

COX COMMUNICATIONS
During this time of uncertainty and required in-home learning, Cox is helping get families in need connected to the internet through our Connect2Compete program. Starting today Cox is offering limited-time, first month free of Connect2Compete service, $9.95/month thereafter. Until May 12, 2020, they are providing phone and remote desktop support through Cox Complete Care at no charge to provide peace of mind and ease for technology needs. They are also offering resources for discounted, refurbished equipment through our association with PCs for People. A Learn from Home toolkit for schools, including instructions on how to fast-track eligible students without internet access is also available.
https://www.cox.com/…/connect2compe…/covid-19-response.html…

AT&T
Consistent with FCC Chairman Pai’s “Keep Americans Connected Pledge” announced today and concerns raised by members of Congress, which we share, AT&T is proud to support our customers by pledging that, for the next 60 days, they will:

  • Not terminate the service of any wireless, home phone or broadband residential or small business customer because of their inability to pay their bill due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Waive any late payment fees that any wireless, home phone or broadband residential or small business customer may incur because of economic hardship related to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Keep our public Wi-Fi hotspots open for any American who needs them.

The coronavirus pandemic is causing many hardships. If you find yourself in financial trouble and unable to pay your bill, we’re here to help you. Please contact us at 800-288-2020 for AT&T broadband, residential wireless or small business services and 611 from your AT&T device for wireless.
https://about.att.com/pages/COVID-19.html

VERIZON
Verizon will not terminate service to any of our residential or small business customers because of their inability to pay their bills due to hardships caused by the coronavirus. Customers can still get the support and services they need 24/7 by visiting verizonwireless.com/support/, calling 800.922.0204 or using the MyVerizon app.

https://www.verizon.com/about/news/our-response-coronavirus

SPRINT
For the next 60 days, Sprint will support our residential and small business customers by:

  • Not terminating service if they are unable to pay their Sprint bill because of the coronavirus, and
  • Waiving late fees incurred because of economic circumstances related to the pandemic.

Starting on March 17, per-minute calling rates for international long distance calls to countries identified by the Center for Disease Control as Level 3 are waived through 5/31/20. Customers are still responsible for any monthly charges for add-on international long-distance calling plans.

By March 18:

  • Customers with metered data plans will receive unlimited data per month for 60 days (a minimum of two bill cycles) at no extra cost.
  • We will provide customers with an additional 20GB of mobile hotspot data per month for 60 days (a minimum of two bill cycles) at no extra cost.

Beginning March 18 – April 1:

  • Customers with mobile hotspot-capable handsets who don’t have mobile hotspot today will now get 20GB as well per month for 60 days (a minimum of two bill cycles) at no extra cost.

T-MOBILE
T-Mobile will be removing smartphone date caps for all customers, giving 20GB additional mobile hotspot data, increasing data for schools in their EmpowerED program and making it free to call severely impacted countries.  For more information go to https://www.t-mobile.com/news/t-mobile-update-on-covid-19-response

VIRTUAL VOLUNTEERING
April is Global Volunteer Month.  Global Volunteer Month was initially conceived to recognize the thousands of people around the world who serve as points of light in their own communities. In light of COVID-19, the need to recognize, inspire and activate volunteers is greater than ever. The Points of Light Foundation is kicking off this month with Good Morning America, to offer people opportunities for virtual volunteering. Visit their Global Volunteer Month page today to be a #LocalLight in our community.

Below are some great opportunities that utilize your professional skills:

Catchafire
Catchafire uses their website to match professionals with nonprofits based on their skills, cause interest and time availability. You’ll find tons of skills-based volunteering opportunities, many of which can be completed virtually.

Career Village
Career Village is an online platform where students ask career questions that are answered by people working, or that have worked, in that field. All you need is a LinkedIn account to start helping students become better informed about the career decisions they are facing.

GENERAL COMMUNITY RESOURCES

Lyft offers driver and rider coronavirus updates.

GENERAL CAUTION

Do not “panic shop.” Please view this Shopping Tips PSA to help you prepare in case you self-quarantine. You also may view in Spanish.

  • Dayvid Figler and Rae Lathrop

    DF: Downtown was great as a kid and it is even greater as an adult. I love all of downtown’s hidden gems, its vibrancy, history and sense of connection. Rae is relatively newer to Las Vegas, but just as passionate about downtown. Downtown lends itself to the shared experience, and as a couple we both love seeing this part of the city through each other's eyes. Photo: Lucky Wenzel

     

  • Rob Ponte

    Some of the best nights I’ve experienced started out with no plan other than walking around to check out what’s going on. The great thing about having so many bars and restaurants downtown is the ability to move around if you’re not feeling the vibe in one place. There are plenty of options just outside the door. Photo: Lucky Wenzel

  • Brandon Wiegand

    The downtown Las Vegas of today has much to attract residents - a burgeoning restaurant and nightlife scene, growing diversity of businesses, and major centers of art and culture. Plus, living downtown I am easily within walking or biking distance of it all. Photo: Lucky Wenzel

  • Hank Gordon, Chairman of Laurich Properties

    It is always a pleasure to deal with the city of Las Vegas’ economic development department. The staff is really interested in helping create a positive business environment to work with.

  • Jonathan Jenkins, Founder & CEO of OrderWithMe

    As our company continues its rapid growth, we quickly realized the need to set up a formal U.S. headquarters. We explored multiple cities and were about to make the move to San Francisco, and then we heard about the complete reinvention of downtown Las Vegas. Coming from China where things are booming and growing, we love that downtown Vegas now has a similar vibe of energy and change. Not only is there an exciting tech community here and much lower costs than the Bay Area, but we love the fact that almost every industry group brings their conventions to our front door once a year.

  • Andy Hsieh, Owner of Lux Delux

    We love the vibrancy and energy of Las Vegas, and downtown is at the heart of it all. That's why we've launched our mobile platform with a focus on downtown. This is an exciting time in Las Vegas history, where community, commerce and technology are all converging at once. Downtown is our city's hidden gem.

  • Ramesh Srinivasan, Chief Marketing Officer & Head of Partnerships of SocialWellth

    We chose to relocate from the suburbs to downtown for several reasons. Our brand image and that of downtown’s mesh perfectly. The new downtown Las Vegas reflects a more hip, startup, social media-style image. Additionally, downtown’s emerging technology corridor, anchored by Zappos, is an environment that enhances our ability to recruit the types of technical skill sets required for our continued growth and success.

  • Mark Brandenburg, President of Golden Gate

    I think downtown Las Vegas is a unique blend of intimacy and great energy. Plus, in contrast to The Strip, it’s so easy to walk around…The Golden Gate has been here for over 100 years and with all the changes going on downtown, it feels like a new era. It truly is a renaissance—the rebirth of a classic.

  • Roberto Mendoza, Co-owner of Banger Brewing

    The city has been great in helping us with the licensing and procedures necessary to start a business. There hasn't been a brewery built in the city of Las Vegas for probably 10 years. So for them it hasn't been a typical ‘cut and paste’ thing. We're something different. It was a team work process to get us opened – a lot of talk and listening on both sides. And now the city started opening up the doors for other breweries once we were up and running. Good news for us and good news for the future. (Photo: Lucky Wenzel)

  • Alexandra Epstein, Executive Vice President of El Cortez Casino Hotel

    This downtown area… is emerging and where many events are happening.

  • Meghan Mossler, Owner of Stitch Factory

    The city and the department of economic development have been very helpful to us and all the other downtown business owners. It’s such a community here, and everyone asks you what you need. That kind of help launching a business is amazing and priceless.

  • Pamela Dylag, Co-owner of Velveteen Rabbit

    The city is so supportive of new businesses. Things are popping up constantly. (Photo: Lucky Wenzel)

  • Marc Abelman, CFO & Co-owner of Inside Style

    Downtown is becoming very much in demand…there’s a limited supply. Run fast, don’t walk.

  • Sam Cherry, CEO of Cherry Development

    For a while, downtown was one of the only places in the valley you would see cranes when you drove around. It was nice that city government stepped up and the private sector married with the public sector to create amazing projects that filled the gap. That was very important for us.

  • Johnny Jimenez, Owner of Toy Shack of Las Vegas

    Our business is booming amid the foot traffic on Fremont Street, and we’ve started to see how tourists are falling in love with downtown as they discover it. In the past year, we’re increasingly hearing things like, ‘Wow, next time we’ll stay downtown instead of on The Strip,’ or ‘We’ve visited downtown many times, but this is the first year we’ve actually stayed in a downtown hotel.’ They like that there is more to do within a smaller walking radius.

  • Rich Worthington, President and CEO of The Molasky Group of Companies

    Historically, downtown Las Vegas has not been a top destination for many locals, but in recent years… that trend is reversing itself. Given all the recent openings and progress, there’s much to explore and experience downtown.