COVID-19 RESOURCES FOR BUSINESSES AND THE COMMUNITY

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.

WEBINARS FOR BUSINESSES

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Last Updated: June 29, 2020

WEBINAR RECORDINGS

Webinar Recoding Available: STAY CONNECTED TO YOUR TEAM 

The Downtown Vegas Alliance hosted a webinar, in partnership with the Nevada Business Information Network, that featured the Las Vegas Microsoft team Michelle Henderson, Store Manager, and Tracy Goins, Community Development Specialist.

Michelle and Tracy shared how technology-driven strategies can support the productivity and development of your teams in remote and hybrid-work models to help your team be successful in a work from anywhere environment.

RECORDING AVAILABLE FOR How to Create Social Distancing in Your Office
The Downtown Vegas Alliance, in partnership with the Nevada Business Information Network, hosted a webinar featuring Craig Palacios, AIA, and his team from Bunnyfish Studio, a leading architecture and interior design firm in downtown Las Vegas.
COVID-19 has changed how we do business and how we look at office space. This webinar shared important best-practices for short-term and long-term solutions to create social distancing in work areas and common spaces as offices begin to reopen and bring their teams back to work.
RECORDING AVAILABLE FOR Prepare for a Healthy and Safe Opening
The Downtown Vegas Alliance hosted a webinar in partnership with the Nevada Business Information Network and the Southern Nevada Health District to help businesses prepare to reopen and keep their employees and customers healthy and safe.
Now that Nevada has entered Phase Two, it is more important than ever to understand how to properly use Personal Protective Equipment and how to correctly sanitize your workspace and storefront.
SNHD reopening guidance and building plumbing flushing guidance:  www.snhd.info/reopen
RECORDING AVAILABLE FOR Business Reopening Preparedness Grant

The Downtown Vegas Alliance in partnership with the Nevada Business Information Network recently hosted a webinar to help Las Vegas business owners learn about how they can apply for a grant from the city of Las Vegas to help purchase items they need to follow the Phase One reopening guidelines.

 

During this webinar, Bill Arent, Director city of Las Vegas, Economic & Urban Development Department, outlined the details of their Business Reopening and Preparedness Grant program and City Council members Brian Knudsen, Ward 1, and Olivia Diaz, Ward 3, answered questions.

 

This newly created program will provide companies with a city of Las Vegas business license a grant of up to $4,000 to cover reopening costs due to COVID-19 as part of the CARES Act funding.  Grants are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are at the sole discretion of the city of Las Vegas.

CLICK HERE FOR THE GRANT APPLICATION

For additional questions, please contact the city's call center at 702-229-CARE.

 

 

RECORDING AVAILABLE FOR  Social Media During Social Distancing Webinar

The COVID-19 crisis has had an unprecedented impact on businesses in downtown Las Vegas and across the state.  With consumers being quarantined and employees practicing social distancing, it is more important than ever for businesses to connect their brand and their customers together.

 

Social Media Experts from Faiss Foley Warren shared how companies can utilize social media to communicate with their audiences during these challenging times.

RECORDING AVAILABLE FOR Curbside Retail Webinar 

The Downtown Vegas Alliance hosted a webinar in partnership with the Nevada Business Information Network which featured Derek Stonebarger, owner of ReBAR and the new Boardwalk Liquors.
Derek shared  how he was able to build a model for curbside retail sales during the COVID-19 crisis and provided tips on how to create no contact shopping lists, no contact payment and curbside pick-up to protect customers and help retail owners to get back to business during this uncertain time.

RECORDING AVAILABLE FOR Victim to Victor with Nick Santonastasso Webinar

Nick Santonastasso provides audiences with strategies, frameworks tools and systems from the top achievers in the world. He teaches professionals how to be better leaders and perform at their optimal level.
During this webinar, Nick shared his step-by-step approach to build leadership skills, gain more confidence, strengthen relationships, improve your health, and find out your true life purpose to be fulfilled and maximize your impact.
To take Nick up on his generous offer to speak to your teams, please email us at dva@downtown.vegas

RECORDING AVAILABLE FOR THE LAS VEGAS BLVD CONSTRUCTION WEBINAR 

The Downtown Vegas Alliance hosted a webinar that provided details about the Las Vegas Boulevard Construction Projects that started this week.
CLICK HERE for the recording of the webinar where you will learn about schedules, traffic impacts and contact information.
CLICK HERE for a PDF with information about the project
Stay informed of the project and updated on its progress by added your information to the email distribution list by  CLICKING HERE
RECORDING AVAILABLE FOR How to Protect Your Business Webinar
The Downtown Vegas Alliance recently hosted a webinar to share information about how to Protect Your Business during this period of temporary closure.
The webinar featured security experts from Protective Force International, about ways to keep your building and assets safe, the city of Las Vegas Business Development team who shared details of their new Business Protection Program that offers grants of up to $2,000 to protect and beautify closed storefronts, and Las Vegas Artist, Jerry Misko, who talked about how businesses can work with artists to create an inspirational environment until our community reopens.
available including security, artists and contractors to help secure your business.
RECORDING AVAILABLE FOR SBA and Paycheck Protection Program Webinar
The Paycheck Protection Program is part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This is a nearly $350-billion program intended to provide American small businesses with eight weeks of cash-flow assistance through 100 percent federally guaranteed loans.
The Downtown Vegas Alliance recently hosted a webinar featuring Saul Ramos, Deputy Director of the SBA's Nevada District, that shared information about the Paycheck Protection Program and resources available to businesses in our community.
Click here to view information about the program including who can apply, loan and forgiveness details.

CLV BUSINESS PROTECTION PROGRAM WEBINAR

The Downtown Vegas Alliance recently hosted a webinar to share information about how to Protect Your Business during this period of temporary closure.
The webinar featured security experts from Protective Force International, about ways to keep your building and assets safe, the city of Las Vegas Business Development team who shared details of their new Business Protection Program that offers grants of up to $2,000 to protect and beautify closed storefronts, and Las Vegas Artist, Jerry Misko, who talked about how businesses can work with artists to create an inspirational environment until our community reopens.
available including security, artists and contractors to help secure your business.
If you have any questions of offer services to Protect Businesses, please email us at dva@downtown.vegas.
We are here to support you through this time and are hopeful that we will all come out of this crisis safe and healthy and ready to get back to business.

VIDEOS

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Last Updated: June 29, 2020

WEBINAR RECORDINGS

Webinar Recoding Available: STAY CONNECTED TO YOUR TEAM 

The Downtown Vegas Alliance hosted a webinar, in partnership with the Nevada Business Information Network, that featured the Las Vegas Microsoft team Michelle Henderson, Store Manager, and Tracy Goins, Community Development Specialist.

Michelle and Tracy shared how technology-driven strategies can support the productivity and development of your teams in remote and hybrid-work models to help your team be successful in a work from anywhere environment.

RECORDING AVAILABLE FOR How to Create Social Distancing in Your Office
The Downtown Vegas Alliance, in partnership with the Nevada Business Information Network, hosted a webinar featuring Craig Palacios, AIA, and his team from Bunnyfish Studio, a leading architecture and interior design firm in downtown Las Vegas.
COVID-19 has changed how we do business and how we look at office space. This webinar shared important best-practices for short-term and long-term solutions to create social distancing in work areas and common spaces as offices begin to reopen and bring their teams back to work.
RECORDING AVAILABLE FOR Prepare for a Healthy and Safe Opening
The Downtown Vegas Alliance hosted a webinar in partnership with the Nevada Business Information Network and the Southern Nevada Health District to help businesses prepare to reopen and keep their employees and customers healthy and safe.
Now that Nevada has entered Phase Two, it is more important than ever to understand how to properly use Personal Protective Equipment and how to correctly sanitize your workspace and storefront.
SNHD reopening guidance and building plumbing flushing guidance:  www.snhd.info/reopen
RECORDING AVAILABLE FOR Business Reopening Preparedness Grant

The Downtown Vegas Alliance in partnership with the Nevada Business Information Network recently hosted a webinar to help Las Vegas business owners learn about how they can apply for a grant from the city of Las Vegas to help purchase items they need to follow the Phase One reopening guidelines.

 

During this webinar, Bill Arent, Director city of Las Vegas, Economic & Urban Development Department, outlined the details of their Business Reopening and Preparedness Grant program and City Council members Brian Knudsen, Ward 1, and Olivia Diaz, Ward 3, answered questions.

 

This newly created program will provide companies with a city of Las Vegas business license a grant of up to $4,000 to cover reopening costs due to COVID-19 as part of the CARES Act funding.  Grants are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are at the sole discretion of the city of Las Vegas.

CLICK HERE FOR THE GRANT APPLICATION

For additional questions, please contact the city's call center at 702-229-CARE.

 

 

RECORDING AVAILABLE FOR  Social Media During Social Distancing Webinar

The COVID-19 crisis has had an unprecedented impact on businesses in downtown Las Vegas and across the state.  With consumers being quarantined and employees practicing social distancing, it is more important than ever for businesses to connect their brand and their customers together.

 

Social Media Experts from Faiss Foley Warren shared how companies can utilize social media to communicate with their audiences during these challenging times.

RECORDING AVAILABLE FOR Curbside Retail Webinar 

The Downtown Vegas Alliance hosted a webinar in partnership with the Nevada Business Information Network which featured Derek Stonebarger, owner of ReBAR and the new Boardwalk Liquors.
Derek shared  how he was able to build a model for curbside retail sales during the COVID-19 crisis and provided tips on how to create no contact shopping lists, no contact payment and curbside pick-up to protect customers and help retail owners to get back to business during this uncertain time.

RECORDING AVAILABLE FOR Victim to Victor with Nick Santonastasso Webinar

Nick Santonastasso provides audiences with strategies, frameworks tools and systems from the top achievers in the world. He teaches professionals how to be better leaders and perform at their optimal level.
During this webinar, Nick shared his step-by-step approach to build leadership skills, gain more confidence, strengthen relationships, improve your health, and find out your true life purpose to be fulfilled and maximize your impact.
To take Nick up on his generous offer to speak to your teams, please email us at dva@downtown.vegas

RECORDING AVAILABLE FOR THE LAS VEGAS BLVD CONSTRUCTION WEBINAR 

The Downtown Vegas Alliance hosted a webinar that provided details about the Las Vegas Boulevard Construction Projects that started this week.
CLICK HERE for the recording of the webinar where you will learn about schedules, traffic impacts and contact information.
CLICK HERE for a PDF with information about the project
Stay informed of the project and updated on its progress by added your information to the email distribution list by  CLICKING HERE
RECORDING AVAILABLE FOR How to Protect Your Business Webinar
The Downtown Vegas Alliance recently hosted a webinar to share information about how to Protect Your Business during this period of temporary closure.
The webinar featured security experts from Protective Force International, about ways to keep your building and assets safe, the city of Las Vegas Business Development team who shared details of their new Business Protection Program that offers grants of up to $2,000 to protect and beautify closed storefronts, and Las Vegas Artist, Jerry Misko, who talked about how businesses can work with artists to create an inspirational environment until our community reopens.
available including security, artists and contractors to help secure your business.
RECORDING AVAILABLE FOR SBA and Paycheck Protection Program Webinar
The Paycheck Protection Program is part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This is a nearly $350-billion program intended to provide American small businesses with eight weeks of cash-flow assistance through 100 percent federally guaranteed loans.
The Downtown Vegas Alliance recently hosted a webinar featuring Saul Ramos, Deputy Director of the SBA's Nevada District, that shared information about the Paycheck Protection Program and resources available to businesses in our community.
Click here to view information about the program including who can apply, loan and forgiveness details.

OPEN BUSINESSES PROVIDING ESSENTIAL SERVICES

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Last Updated: May 15, 2020

Downtown Restaurants, Retail May Temporarily Extend Business To Sidewalk

City of Las Vegas to Allow Safe Sidewalk Dining and Shopping in Downtown
Downtown Restaurants, Retail May Temporarily Extend Business To Sidewalk
Effective immediately, the city of Las Vegas will allow downtown restaurants and retail establishments, which are operating under *Phases 1 and 2 of the governor's orders, to provide outdoor dining and sidewalk sales on a temporary basis in downtown Las Vegas.
dining
View the map of the sidewalk
retail and dining boundaries.
Each business must follow the state of Nevada social distancing recommendations for tables, chairs and other furniture. Businesses must maintain a minimum of six feet from a "pedestrian path" at all times. Retail businesses and restaurants will be allowed to operate on the public sidewalk area, during their regular operating hours only.
For more detailed information visit lasvegasnevada.gov/coronavirus. For additional questions, please contact the city's call center at 702-229-CARE.
*Applicable State of Nevada Emergency Orders and Regulations

Restaurants Offering Dine-in Service

A Running List of Restaurants Offering Dine-in Service in Las Vegas and Henderson

With dine-in restrictions lifted, diners can head back inside

 

Gov. Steve Sisolak has lifted many restrictions on dine-in service and slowly, local venues are preparing to welcome back loyal customers.

Still encouraging curbside pickup and delivery, restaurants can only fill 50 percent of the maximum occupancy, and tables and booths must remain a minimum of six feet from each other. All employees will be wearing masks and customers are also encouraged to follow their lead.

 

Click here to see which restaurants are open for dine-in service.

CITY OF LAS VEGAS CALL CENTER

CITY OF LAS VEGAS CALL CENTER

Hours Extended For Call Center To Assist Public With Questions About City Services. Hours for the city of Las Vegas call center have been extended to take calls from the public with questions about city services during the coronavirus pandemic. The public can call 702-229-CARE (2273) from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Saturday and Sunday the line will give callers automated options. The city will continue to update coronavirus information, including closures and cancellations, at www.lasvegasnevada.gov/coronavirus.

RJ BUSINESS UPDATES
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

RESOURCES

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.
 
PENALTIES FOR NON-ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES THAT STAY OPEN
The city of Las Vegas will either pursue a criminal or civil complaint against violators based on findings by the Metropolitan Police Department which began conducting compliance checks on businesses Saturday, March 21st.
"The criminal option entails the filing of a misdemeanor," Riggleman said in an email. "The civil option would consist of the city securing a temporary restraining order to close the business more quickly should its owners not comply with the Metro order."
Misdemeanor crimes are punishable by up to six months in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.
All businesses deemed "nonessential" must stay closed until April 16.  City of Las Vegas, spokesman David Riggleman outlined several steps the city plans to take to "ease the burdens" on them, including a 60-day grace period for business license renewals due March 1 or April 1 and reduced fees for liquor and gaming licenses during the closures.
The city will also provide options to close for general or privileged licenses without cost to reinstate them and continue to accept business-related applications throughout the period so they may open as quickly as possible once the order is lifted, according to Riggleman.
More info

https://www.reviewjournal.com/news/politics-and-government/las-vegas/las-vegas-will-prosecute-businesses-that-stay-open-as-public-nuisances-1989192/

 
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:
 
EMPLOYMENT RESOURCES
 
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.
 
 
NEVADA HEALTH RESPONSE
 
FAQs and Social Media resources
Includes downloadable files to share including FAQs and Prevention Tips
 
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/ 

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

BUSINESS RESOURCES

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Last Updated: June 29, 2020

WEBINAR RECORDINGS

Webinar Recoding Available: STAY CONNECTED TO YOUR TEAM 

The Downtown Vegas Alliance hosted a webinar, in partnership with the Nevada Business Information Network, that featured the Las Vegas Microsoft team Michelle Henderson, Store Manager, and Tracy Goins, Community Development Specialist.

Michelle and Tracy shared how technology-driven strategies can support the productivity and development of your teams in remote and hybrid-work models to help your team be successful in a work from anywhere environment.

RECORDING AVAILABLE FOR How to Create Social Distancing in Your Office
The Downtown Vegas Alliance, in partnership with the Nevada Business Information Network, hosted a webinar featuring Craig Palacios, AIA, and his team from Bunnyfish Studio, a leading architecture and interior design firm in downtown Las Vegas.
COVID-19 has changed how we do business and how we look at office space. This webinar shared important best-practices for short-term and long-term solutions to create social distancing in work areas and common spaces as offices begin to reopen and bring their teams back to work.
RECORDING AVAILABLE FOR Prepare for a Healthy and Safe Opening
The Downtown Vegas Alliance hosted a webinar in partnership with the Nevada Business Information Network and the Southern Nevada Health District to help businesses prepare to reopen and keep their employees and customers healthy and safe.
Now that Nevada has entered Phase Two, it is more important than ever to understand how to properly use Personal Protective Equipment and how to correctly sanitize your workspace and storefront.
SNHD reopening guidance and building plumbing flushing guidance:  www.snhd.info/reopen
RECORDING AVAILABLE FOR Business Reopening Preparedness Grant

The Downtown Vegas Alliance in partnership with the Nevada Business Information Network recently hosted a webinar to help Las Vegas business owners learn about how they can apply for a grant from the city of Las Vegas to help purchase items they need to follow the Phase One reopening guidelines.

 

During this webinar, Bill Arent, Director city of Las Vegas, Economic & Urban Development Department, outlined the details of their Business Reopening and Preparedness Grant program and City Council members Brian Knudsen, Ward 1, and Olivia Diaz, Ward 3, answered questions.

 

This newly created program will provide companies with a city of Las Vegas business license a grant of up to $4,000 to cover reopening costs due to COVID-19 as part of the CARES Act funding.  Grants are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are at the sole discretion of the city of Las Vegas.

CLICK HERE FOR THE GRANT APPLICATION

For additional questions, please contact the city's call center at 702-229-CARE.

 

 

RECORDING AVAILABLE FOR  Social Media During Social Distancing Webinar

The COVID-19 crisis has had an unprecedented impact on businesses in downtown Las Vegas and across the state.  With consumers being quarantined and employees practicing social distancing, it is more important than ever for businesses to connect their brand and their customers together.

 

Social Media Experts from Faiss Foley Warren shared how companies can utilize social media to communicate with their audiences during these challenging times.

RECORDING AVAILABLE FOR Curbside Retail Webinar 

The Downtown Vegas Alliance hosted a webinar in partnership with the Nevada Business Information Network which featured Derek Stonebarger, owner of ReBAR and the new Boardwalk Liquors.
Derek shared  how he was able to build a model for curbside retail sales during the COVID-19 crisis and provided tips on how to create no contact shopping lists, no contact payment and curbside pick-up to protect customers and help retail owners to get back to business during this uncertain time.

RECORDING AVAILABLE FOR Victim to Victor with Nick Santonastasso Webinar

Nick Santonastasso provides audiences with strategies, frameworks tools and systems from the top achievers in the world. He teaches professionals how to be better leaders and perform at their optimal level.
During this webinar, Nick shared his step-by-step approach to build leadership skills, gain more confidence, strengthen relationships, improve your health, and find out your true life purpose to be fulfilled and maximize your impact.
To take Nick up on his generous offer to speak to your teams, please email us at dva@downtown.vegas

RECORDING AVAILABLE FOR THE LAS VEGAS BLVD CONSTRUCTION WEBINAR 

The Downtown Vegas Alliance hosted a webinar that provided details about the Las Vegas Boulevard Construction Projects that started this week.
CLICK HERE for the recording of the webinar where you will learn about schedules, traffic impacts and contact information.
CLICK HERE for a PDF with information about the project
Stay informed of the project and updated on its progress by added your information to the email distribution list by  CLICKING HERE
RECORDING AVAILABLE FOR How to Protect Your Business Webinar
The Downtown Vegas Alliance recently hosted a webinar to share information about how to Protect Your Business during this period of temporary closure.
The webinar featured security experts from Protective Force International, about ways to keep your building and assets safe, the city of Las Vegas Business Development team who shared details of their new Business Protection Program that offers grants of up to $2,000 to protect and beautify closed storefronts, and Las Vegas Artist, Jerry Misko, who talked about how businesses can work with artists to create an inspirational environment until our community reopens.
available including security, artists and contractors to help secure your business.
RECORDING AVAILABLE FOR SBA and Paycheck Protection Program Webinar
The Paycheck Protection Program is part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This is a nearly $350-billion program intended to provide American small businesses with eight weeks of cash-flow assistance through 100 percent federally guaranteed loans.
The Downtown Vegas Alliance recently hosted a webinar featuring Saul Ramos, Deputy Director of the SBA's Nevada District, that shared information about the Paycheck Protection Program and resources available to businesses in our community.
Click here to view information about the program including who can apply, loan and forgiveness details.

Facial Covering Infographics for Your Business

The DVA has designed two infographics that you can display at your business to remind your employees and customers that facial coverings are required to help slow the spread of the virus.

You can easily print them yourself. Click here to download the file.

Clark County Small Business Stabilization Grant

Clark County understands the challenges that many small businesses currently face.  As an integral part of our community we want to support small businesses financially impacted by closures or restrictions related to COVID-19.  For businesses operating within Clark County we have developed a business support grant using federal CARES Act Relief Funds.
Grant Award: up to $10,000 5-20 employees
                      up to $5,000 1-4 employees
Grant Uses: Working Capital (rent, utilities, inventory, payroll, license fees, etc.)

REOPENING CHECKLISTS AND INFOGRAPHICS

 

Welcome your customers back and build their confidence by showing them how you are working hard to keep them healthy and safe.  The Downtown Vegas Alliance has created tools for you to use including messaging points and infographics for Office Environments, Restaurants and Retail Establishments.

 

Please feel free to share these points with your customers so that they know you are working to ensure they are safe and secure when visiting your workplace.  Use them in emails and social media messages in conjunction with the Infographic that we have created to be displayed for customers to see.  It’s part of our commitment to help you get back to business!

 

CLICK HERE FOR OFFICE MESSAGES

CLICK HERE FOR OFFICE INFOGRAPHIC

 

CLICK HERE FOR RETAIL MESSAGES

CLICK HERE FOR RETAIL INFOGRAPHIC

 

CLICK HERE FOR DINING MESSAGES

CLICK HERE FOR DINING INFOGRAPHIC

 

Downtown Restaurants, Retail May Temporarily Extend Business To Sidewalk

City of Las Vegas to Allow Safe Sidewalk Dining and Shopping in Downtown
Downtown Restaurants, Retail May Temporarily Extend Business To Sidewalk
Effective immediately, the city of Las Vegas will allow downtown restaurants and retail establishments, which are operating under *Phases 1 and 2 of the governor's orders, to provide outdoor dining and sidewalk sales on a temporary basis in downtown Las Vegas.
dining
View the map of the sidewalk
retail and dining boundaries.
Each business must follow the state of Nevada social distancing recommendations for tables, chairs and other furniture. Businesses must maintain a minimum of six feet from a "pedestrian path" at all times. Retail businesses and restaurants will be allowed to operate on the public sidewalk area, during their regular operating hours only.
For more detailed information visit lasvegasnevada.gov/coronavirus. For additional questions, please contact the city's call center at 702-229-CARE.
*Applicable State of Nevada Emergency Orders and Regulations

PERSONAL PROTECTION EQUIPMENT (PPE)

OSHA RELEASES VIDEO AND POSTERS ON HOW TO PROPERLY WEAR AND REMOVE A RESPIRATOR

 

The U.S. Department of Labor announced that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released a new video and poster for employers and workers on how to properly wear and remove a respirator.
For workers who may need to use respirators to protect themselves from coronavirus exposure, a properly worn respirator can help reduce the wearer's risk of viral exposure and help prevent its spread to others.
The VIDEO and poster - in ENGLISH and SPANISH - demonstrate and describe seven steps every worker should follow when putting on and taking off a respirator.
  1. Wash hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rubs containing at least 60 percent alcohol before putting on and after removing the respirator;
  2. Inspect the respirator for damage;
  3. Cover mouth and nose with the respirator and pull strap over the head so that it rests at the back of the head. A second strap should rest at the back of the neck. Use the metal nose clips to mold the respirator to the shape of the nose;
  4. Adjust the respirator by placing both hands over it and inhaling and exhaling. Readjust the straps if air leaks from the respirator's edges;
  5. Avoid touching the respirator while wearing it;
  6. Remove the respirator by grabbing the strap(s) from behind. Do not touch the front; and
  7. If the respirator does not need to be reused because of supply shortages, discard it in a closed-bin waste receptacle.
VISIT OSHA'S PUBLICATIONS WEBPAGE  for other useful workplace safety information.
TRAIN YOUR EMPLOYEES ON PROPER PPE USE
It may seem like hyperbole to say that training can save your employees' lives, but when it comes to PPE training, it's no exaggeration. Here is how to roll out PPE training to everyone who needs it.
What is PPE training?
PPE training covers the proper use of personal protective equipment that guards the health and safety of employees. It lays out the standards for proper use and helps keep employees (and the people they serve) safe.
A typical PPE training course often covers the following topics:
  • When PPE is necessary (and when it won't help)
  • What types of personal protective equipment is available for employees
  • The proper way put on, adjust, wear, and take PPE off
  • The proper care, maintenance, and disposal of equipment
  • How long personal protective equipment is effective
  • How to inspect equipment for damage or wear
EXCLUSIVE to DVA Members: Discounted Pricing on PPE and other Essential Items for your Business
The Downtown Vegas Alliance has partnered with BT Supplies West/Lifeguard to offer our members exclusive discounts to personal protection equipment and other essential items to offer bulk-pricing on certain items that you may need when they are able to get back to business without having to order bulk quantities.
Minimum orders are $199 for delivery.  Quantities may be limited, inventory and pricing may change.
These discounts are exclusively for Downtown Vegas Alliance members and are not transferrable.
SPECIAL PRICING ON THESE SELECT ITEMS FOR DVA MEMBERS 
Medical Masks - Box of 50
  • 50 Medical Masks
  • Dust Proof
  • Comfortable
Hand Sanitizer - 24 pack/8 oz each
Never be without protection!
  • Shields hands from germ-based infections.
  • Formulated with botanical extracts including Aloe, Jojoba, and Vitamin E
  • Vegan
  • Sulfate-Free
  • Paraben-Free
  • Cruelty-Free
NCL Avistat-D Disinfectant - Case of 12/1 Liter
Avistat-D™ is a non-acid formulation that aggressively cleans hard surfaces with broad spectrum germ killing efficacy.
  • Meets OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standard for HIV, HBV & HCV
  • Kills 99.9% of Germs
  • Cleans and Deodorizes in one easy step
  • TUBERCULOCIDAL
  • FUNGICIDE (against pathogenic fungi)
  • *VIRUCIDE
  • Kills MRSA
For more information please contact us at dva@downtown.vegas

CITY OF LAS VEGAS CALL CENTER

CITY OF LAS VEGAS CALL CENTER

Hours Extended For Call Center To Assist Public With Questions About City Services. Hours for the city of Las Vegas call center have been extended to take calls from the public with questions about city services during the coronavirus pandemic. The public can call 702-229-CARE (2273) from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Saturday and Sunday the line will give callers automated options. The city will continue to update coronavirus information, including closures and cancellations, at www.lasvegasnevada.gov/coronavirus.

RJ BUSINESS UPDATES
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

LEADERSHIP ARTICLES

The Heart of Resilient Leadership: Responding to COVID-19
Five fundamental qualities of resilient leadership distinguish successful CEOs as they guide their enterprises through the COVID-19 crisis. Learn specific steps that can help blunt the crisis's impact-and enable your organization to emerge stronger.

 

5 Ways to Lead in an Era of Constant Change
Who says change needs to be hard? Organizational change expert Jim Hemerling thinks adapting your business in today's constantly-evolving world can be invigorating instead of exhausting. He outlines five imperatives, centered around putting people first, for turning company reorganization into an empowering, energizing task for all.
Click here to watch the video.

 

Mark Cuban On Corporate Responsibility In A Crisis

On Point talked with Mark Cuban, the outspoken Dallas Mavericks owner and Shark Tank entrepreneur. He joins us to discuss corporate responsibility and the need for innovation in a crisis.
"And we live in a social media universe now. And when people are not treated well, everybody around them is going to know. It used to be, you know, the business mantra was, 'If you do something good, one person hears about it. If you make a mistake, 20 people hear about it.' Now, if you do something good or bad, hundreds, if not thousands and potentially millions of people read or hear or see it."
Click here to read the interview.

 

McKinsey Leadership
The coronavirus pandemic has placed extraordinary demands on leaders in business and beyond. The humanitarian toll taken by COVID-19 creates fear among employees and other stakeholders. The massive scale of the outbreak and its sheer unpredictability make it challenging for executives to respond....Click here to read the full article by McKinsey

STIMULUS INFORMATION

Which Federal Aid Programs are Best for You?

Not sure what economic relief programs you qualify for? Check out this simple tool that the SCORE Las Vegas Chapter created on the federal aid programs that outlines the various options available for individuals and business owners.

3-Step Process for Applying for SBA Economic Injury Loan

House Passes Bill Providing $484 Billion in Coronavirus Aid

Today, the House passed the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act (H.R. 266) by a vote of 388-5, with one member voting "present." The Senate passed the bill unanimously on Tuesday by voice vote. The legislation includes $484 billion in additional funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the health care industry. The bill will now be sent to President Trump, who is expected to quickly sign it into law.
Click here to read more.

 

Click here to read the bill.

Trump Administration Announces Distribution of $100 Billion in Health Care Aid

On March 27, President Trump signed a historic $2 trillion COVID-19 stimulus package, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (H.R. 748), into law. Included in this package is a $100 billion Provider Relief Fund to be allocated to Medicare and Medicaid providers nationwide battling the pandemic. Earlier this week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) outlined how it plans to allocate this funding to address the economic harm across the health care system due to the cancellation or postponement of elective procedures, and to address the economic impact on providers incurring additional expenses caring for COVID-19 patients.

Click here to read the full article.

Coronavirus Stimulus Checks: 4 Plans for Sending Americans More Money

Some of the $1,200 stimulus checks have not yet to arrived and already many are pushing for more - perhaps much more - in the coming months.
The Treasury Department says that, as part of the stimulus package passed in March, over 80 million Americans have already received their money via direct deposit. The paper checks began going out this week for those without banking information on file. Subsequent rounds of checks will continue being distributed until September.
Click here to read the full article.

FFCRA Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave Info

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. These provisions will apply from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.
PAID LEAVE ENTITLEMENTS
Generally, employers covered under the Act must provide employees:
Up to two weeks (80 hours, or a part-time employee's two-week equivalent) of paid sick leave based on the higher of their regular rate of pay, or the applicable state or Federal minimum wage, paid at:
* 100% for qualifying reasons #1-3 below, up to $511 daily and $5,110 total;
* 2/3 for qualifying reasons #4 and 6 below, up to $200 daily and $2,000 total; and
* Up to 12 weeks of paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave paid at 2/3 for qualifying reason #5 below for up to $200 daily and $12,000 total.
A part-time employee is eligible for leave for the number of hours that the employee is normally scheduled to work over that period.
ELIGIBLE EMPLOYEES
In general, employees of private sector employers with fewer than 500 employees, and certain public sector employers, are eligible for up to two weeks of fully or partially paid sick leave for COVID-19 related reasons (see below). Employees who have been employed for at least 30 days prior to their leave request may be eligible for up to an additional 10 weeks of partially paid expanded family and medical leave for reason #5 below.
QUALIFYING REASONS FOR LEAVE RELATED TO COVID-19
An employee is entitled to take leave related to COVID-19 if the employee is unable to work, including unable to
telework, because the employee:
  1. is subject to a Federal, State, or local quarantine or isolation order related to COVID-19;
  2. has been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine related to COVID-19;
  3. is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and is seeking a medical diagnosis;
  4. is caring for an individual subject to an order described in (1) or self-quarantine as described in (2);
  1. is caring for his or her child whose school or place of care is closed (or child care provider is unavailable) due to COVID-19 related reasons; or
  2. is experiencing any other substantially-similar condition specified by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
ENFORCEMENT
The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has the authority to investigate and enforce compliance with the FFCRA. Employers may not discharge, discipline, or otherwise discriminate against any employee who lawfully takes paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave under the FFCRA, files a complaint, or institutes a proceeding under or related to this Act. Employers in violation of the provisions of the FFCRA will be subject to penalties and enforcement by WHD.

U.S. Dept. of Labor Publishes Guidance Explaining Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family Medical Leave Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Today, the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) announced its first round of published guidance to provide information to employees and employers about how each will be able to take advantage of the protections and relief offered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) when it takes effect on April 1, 2020.
FFCRA will help the United States combat and defeat COVID-19 by giving all American businesses with fewer than 500 employees funds to provide employees with paid leave, either for the employee's own health needs or to care for family members. The legislation will ensure that workers are not forced to choose between their paychecks and the public health measures needed to combat the virus while at the same time reimbursing businesses.
 
The guidance - provided in a Fact Sheet for Employees, a Fact Sheet for Employers and a Questions and Answers document - addresses critical questions, such as how an employer must count the number of their employees to determine coverage; how small businesses can obtain an exemption; how to count hours for part-time employees; and how to calculate the wages employees are entitled to under this law.

#COVID19 Capital Relief Dashboard

Duke University's Fuqua School of Business has built a website tool to help entrepreneurs, nonprofits and businesses anywhere in the world. The #COVID19 Capital Relief Dashboard allows for searchable entries for Loans, Grants, Funds, and Relief resources at global, national and regional levels.
Search Global and National programs to learn how companies and other organizations such as Loews, Kiva Microfunds, Liquid Capital and the SBA are supporting businesses during this time

Dept of the Treasury PPP FAQs

Have questions about the Paycheck Protection Program? The Department of the Treasury and the Small Business Administration are regularly updating their FAQs.
CLICK HERE to find answers to questions you may have.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated almost $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program, the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses.
Importantly, these loans may be forgiven if borrowers maintain their payrolls during the crisis or restore their payrolls afterward.
Click here for a guide and checklist for the PPP.

 

The Small Business Owner's Guide to the CARES Act provides information about the major programs and initiatives that will soon be available from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to address these needs, as well as some additional tax provisions that are outside the scope of SBA.
Click here for the guide.

5 Easy Ways to Help Support Your Favorite Local Business

5 Easy Ways to Help Support Your Favorite Local Business

 

Social distancing is the name of the game - there's ample data showing that increasing space between people will slow the spread of COVID-19. It's comforting to see the CDC and local and state governments taking steps to limit exposure.
However, there have been huge ramifications on the economy from these measures. In particular, local businesses that depend on in-person foot traffic for their revenue (restaurants, bars, nail salons, etc.) are seriously hurting.
Click here to read the full article.

GRANT INFORMATION

Salesforce Offering $10,000 Grants to Small Businesses

Salesforce is launching a new program to offer $10,000 grants to small businesses across the United States. Grant applications for Las Vegas open on Monday, April 27th at 8:00 AM PST.
Am I eligible?  To be eligible to apply, companies must:
  • Be a for-profit company
  • Have between 2 to 50 employees
  • Have been in business for 2 full years as of March 2020
  • Have an annual revenue between $250k and $2M
  • Have experienced challenges from COVID-19
  • Meet all other eligibility requirements as stated in the Grant Program Terms linked here.
All applicants will be required to fill out an eligibility form prior to the application. If deemed ineligible, you will not be able to move forward with the application process.
If eligible, you can continue with the application. You will receive a confirmation email with next steps within 24 hours after you have completed all parts of the application and submitted.

Apply for $5,000 Emergency Grant Assistance from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce 

The U.S. Chamber announced that beginning today at 12:00 PM PST, the Chamber will accept applications from small businesses (3 to 20 employees) for $5,000 emergency grant assistance.
The program targets disadvantaged communities which impact the communities we serve, including downtown and urban neighborhoods.
Go to https://savesmallbusiness.com/ to see if your business qualifies.

SBA ECONOMIC INJURY DISASTER LOAN

Today, Joseph Amato, District Director for the US Small Business Administration (SBA) shared important information about access to Economic Injury loans through the SBA as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
This morning the SBC declared a state of emergency for Nevada which allows for the immediate acceptance of SBA disaster loan applications for Economic Injury. These applications will be processed through the Office of Disaster Assistance (ODA) in Sacramento, CA.
These Economic Injury loans are different from the typical SBA loan as they are being funded directly by the federal government and not through a lender.
The SBA has tried to set up a seamless process for small businesses to apply for financial assistance. You must go to their Economic Injury website www.sba.gov/disaster to begin the application process.
Small businesses and nonprofit organizations are eligible for an Economic Injury loan of up to $2MM with low interest rates (public companies are not eligible for this program).
For-profit businesses - 3.75% Fixed Rate
Non-profit businesses - 2.25% Fixed Rate
$0 Closing Costs for applications through the www.sba.gov/disaster website
  • Size standards are still in effect.
  • You must have an explainable credit history (they will consider medical and other life changes).
  • You must have the ability to repay the loan. Please note that these loans can have expanded terms up to 30 years to keep the monthly payments low.
  • SBA will be required to take all available collateral until the loan is repaid.

The website will help you to determine the loan amount you will need based on factors including your monthly burn rate:

  • Current debt obligations including SBA and 3rd party loans
  • Lease/Rent
  • Fixed liabilities including payroll and benefits for critical employees
  • Costs to not only stabilize your operation but prepare you for recovery
  • Individual contractors are also able to apply
Normally the SBA would fund the above for 3-6 months, however it is allowing small businesses to request up to 12 months. The team at the SBA can help you with calculating your costs to determine how large your Economic Injury loan should be. You will also need to share historical income for the past 3 years with the SBA to help them understand your business cycles to further support your loan amount.
If your small business applies for a loan of $25,000 or less, the ODA will be able to streamline the process without requiring documentation - only a signature - to deliver funds as quickly as possible. All other loans are expected to take between 2-3 weeks from application to funding.
If you underestimate the amount of money you need from this Economic Injury program, you are able to go back and reapply for more financial support as long as the total amount does not exceed the $2MM limit.
If you overestimate your costs and borrow more money than you need, there is no penalty for early repayment of the Economic Injury loan.
If you currently have a loan through the SBA, this will not affect your loan limit of $5MM. Regular SBA loans and the Economic Injury loans are funded separately from two different sources.
In the remote chance that your small business is not approved, the SBA is working with banking institutions to find other options to fund your operations to keep your doors open.
Deadline to apply is December 17, 2020.
If you have any questions, please call the SBA District Office at 702/388-3611. Please be patient as they are receiving a high volume of calls.
You can also call the Governor's Office of Economic Development at 702/486-2700.

 

3-Step Process for Applying for SBA Economic Injury Loan

Which Federal Aid Programs are Best for You?

Not sure what economic relief programs you qualify for? Check out this simple tool that the SCORE Las Vegas Chapter created on the federal aid programs that outlines the various options available for individuals and business owners.

RESOURCES

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.
 
PENALTIES FOR NON-ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES THAT STAY OPEN
The city of Las Vegas will either pursue a criminal or civil complaint against violators based on findings by the Metropolitan Police Department which began conducting compliance checks on businesses Saturday, March 21st.
"The criminal option entails the filing of a misdemeanor," Riggleman said in an email. "The civil option would consist of the city securing a temporary restraining order to close the business more quickly should its owners not comply with the Metro order."
Misdemeanor crimes are punishable by up to six months in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.
All businesses deemed "nonessential" must stay closed until April 16.  City of Las Vegas, spokesman David Riggleman outlined several steps the city plans to take to "ease the burdens" on them, including a 60-day grace period for business license renewals due March 1 or April 1 and reduced fees for liquor and gaming licenses during the closures.
The city will also provide options to close for general or privileged licenses without cost to reinstate them and continue to accept business-related applications throughout the period so they may open as quickly as possible once the order is lifted, according to Riggleman.
More info

https://www.reviewjournal.com/news/politics-and-government/las-vegas/las-vegas-will-prosecute-businesses-that-stay-open-as-public-nuisances-1989192/

 
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:
 
EMPLOYMENT RESOURCES
 
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.
 
 
NEVADA HEALTH RESPONSE
 
FAQs and Social Media resources
Includes downloadable files to share including FAQs and Prevention Tips
 
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/ 

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

NEVADA DISASTER RESOURCE GUIDE

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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.

NV HEALTH RESPONSE

The State has created a website that provides a central, state-wide hub for individuals, businesses, & organizations to access federal & NV-specific guidance & resources to make informed decisions surrounding this rapidly developing situation. Learn more:    https://nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/

 

NEVADA HEALTH RESPONSE RELEASES INDUSTRY-SPECIFIC GUIDANCE FOR PHASE ONE REOPENING

Nevada Health Response Center, in coordination with the Local Empowerment Advisory Panel (LEAP), released industry-specific guidance for Phase 1 reopening, in alignment with the Nevada United: Roadmap to Recovery.
The guidance covers a wide-range of industries and was developed by the Local Empowerment Advisory Panel (LEAP) in conjunction with the Governor’s Office, public health officials and local health districts, business leaders, state agencies and state licensing and regulatory boards.
On May 7th, Gov. Steve Sisolak announced that Phase 1 reopening will being on Saturday, May 9. During Phase 1, businesses may open, but have to follow the business and sector-specific guidance that the LEAP and the State drafted.
In line with the federally supported, state managed and locally executed response and recovery plan, county governments are empowered to tailor specific restrictions on business and public life, as long as those restrictions do not go below the standards the state has issued. Local government are also empowered with enforcing the standards.
Businesses are also empowered to impose stricter social distancing requirements than the statewide standards, as they deem necessary or appropriate. And I encourage these businesses to communicate the standards appropriately to their customers.

 

GUIDELINES INCLUDE:
Agriculture
Appliance and Furniture Showrooms
Auto Dealerships
Banking and Financial Services
Barber Shops and Barber Schools
Drive-In Operations
Food Establishments
General Office Environments
Hair Care Salons
Nail Care Salons
Real Estate/Leasing
Retail & Consumer Services
Transportation, Couriers and Warehousing

REOPENING GUIDELINES

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Prepare for a Healthy and Safe Reopening

The Downtown Vegas Alliance hosted a webinar in partnership with the Nevada Business Information Network and the Southern Nevada Health District to help businesses prepare to reopen and keep their employees and customers healthy and safe.
Now that Nevada has entered Phase Two, it is more important than ever to understand how to properly use Personal Protective Equipment and how to correctly sanitize your workspace and storefront.

 

Nevada Governor’s Directives and Guidance:

REOPENING CHECKLISTS AND INFOGRAPHICS

 

Welcome your customers back and build their confidence by showing them how you are working hard to keep them healthy and safe.  The Downtown Vegas Alliance has created tools for you to use including messaging points and infographics for Office Environments, Restaurants and Retail Establishments.

 

Please feel free to share these points with your customers so that they know you are working to ensure they are safe and secure when visiting your workplace.  Use them in emails and social media messages in conjunction with the Infographic that we have created to be displayed for customers to see.  It’s part of our commitment to help you get back to business!

 

CLICK HERE FOR OFFICE MESSAGES

CLICK HERE FOR OFFICE INFOGRAPHIC

 

CLICK HERE FOR RETAIL MESSAGES

CLICK HERE FOR RETAIL INFOGRAPHIC

 

CLICK HERE FOR DINING MESSAGES

CLICK HERE FOR DINING INFOGRAPHIC

 

Downtown Restaurants, Retail May Temporarily Extend Business To Sidewalk

City of Las Vegas to Allow Safe Sidewalk Dining and Shopping in Downtown
Downtown Restaurants, Retail May Temporarily Extend Business To Sidewalk
Effective immediately, the city of Las Vegas will allow downtown restaurants and retail establishments, which are operating under *Phases 1 and 2 of the governor's orders, to provide outdoor dining and sidewalk sales on a temporary basis in downtown Las Vegas.
dining
View the map of the sidewalk
retail and dining boundaries.
Each business must follow the state of Nevada social distancing recommendations for tables, chairs and other furniture. Businesses must maintain a minimum of six feet from a "pedestrian path" at all times. Retail businesses and restaurants will be allowed to operate on the public sidewalk area, during their regular operating hours only.
For more detailed information visit lasvegasnevada.gov/coronavirus. For additional questions, please contact the city's call center at 702-229-CARE.
*Applicable State of Nevada Emergency Orders and Regulations

REOPENING GUIDELINES

INDUSTRY SPECIFIC GUIDANCE RELEASED FOR PHASE ONE REOPENING IN NEVADA

https://nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Industry-specific-Guidance-Documents-1.pdf

 

GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES NEVADA WILL MOVE INTO PHASE ONE ON SATURDAY, MAY 9

Nevada will begin to emerge from its pandemic-triggered statewide business shutdown at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, Gov. Steve Sisolak announced Thursday, outlining detailed requirements for reopening businesses and listing dozens that must remain shuttered for now.
The reopenings will include restaurants, barbershops and hair salons and most retail businesses, with certain guidelines and limitations. Bars, gaming establishments, gyms and entertainments venues, such as movie theaters, will stay closed under the Phase One reopening plan. Relaxation of the restrictions comes a week earlier than the May 15 date the governor gave last week.
PHASE ONE HIGHLIGHTS

Governor Sisolak just announced that Phase One of the Roadmap to Recovery for Nevada will begin at 12:01 a.m. this Saturday, May 9.

  • Restaurants - May open, but can't exceed 50% of capacity. Employees must wear masks or face-coverings. Bar areas in restaurants must remain closed. Social distancing guidelines must be followed.
  • Hair and nail salons - May open, must have a partition between stations or just use every other station, must use social distancing guidelines. Appointments only, no walk-ins - staff must wear masks or face coverings. Customers encouraged to do so as well.
  • Retail businesses - May open but must not go above 50% capacity. This change will impact stores that have been allowed to stay open through this crisis. They must now adhere to the 50% rule.
  • Malls - Outdoor malls may open, indoor malls must stay closed but are allowed to do curbside deliveries.
  • Bars, taverns, nightclubs, casinos, gyms, other fitness facilities and other entertainment venues like movie theaters are NOT part of Phase 1.These businesses must stay closed according to Governor Sisolak.

SOUTHERN NEVADA HEALTH DISTRICT RELEASES COVID-19 REOPENING GUIDELINES

The Southern Nevada Health District has released its COVID-19 reopening guidance documents. These documents provide information for businesses that are regulated by the Health District as well as for general businesses in Clark County.  Information about what businesses can do to begin to reopen, and help prevent the spread of COVID-19, can be found at the following link:
All business must still comply with the Governor's directives and executive orders.  These documents are being provided to assist facilities in planning for reopening, and can be implemented as appropriate and in compliance with the Governor's directives.  Please visit nvhealthresponse.nv.gov for more information about the current status of the Governor's Orders and Directives.
To continue to decrease the spread of COVID-19, the Health District continues to recommend that people practice social distancing, wear cloth face coverings when in public and regularly wash their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds.
These documents will be posted on the Health District's website and updated as we learn more about the disease and as new directives are issued by the Governor. You can also sign up to receive notifications of updates. The guidance documents are currently being translated into different languages and will be added to the website as quickly as possible.
General Guidance for Reopening
  • Take steps to reduce transmission among employees
  • Educate employees on how they can reduce the spread of COVID-19
  • Take steps to maintain healthy business operations and work environment
  • Take steps for your customer and clients
  • Take steps to prevent other diseases
Thank you and Stay Safe!

 

CORPORATE AND INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE TIPS FOR REOPENING YOUR BUSINESS FROM AIHA

he American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) is an organization that specializes in corporate and industrial hygiene.  They have put together an amazing safety guide for almost every type of business.
The links below offer specific, easy-to-follow, science-based recommendations for limiting the transmission of the coronavirus while operating a wide variety of businesses, including restaurants, retail outlets, and hair and nail salons.
These guidelines were developed for those smaller business that don't have readily available occupational health and safety resources. We encourage employers, employees, and customers to carefully read and implement as many of the recommendations contained in the guidance document provided for your industry as possible.
General Office Settings Guidelines
The reopening of office workplaces should be conducted in a thorough manner accounting for several factors before employees are allowed to return.
Construction Guidelines
According to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), much of the construction industry has been identified as critical infrastructure and essential business.
Retail Guidelines

Small and medium (especially non-chain) retail stores have been very challenged during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Restaurant Guidelines

With stay-at-home restrictions beginning to lift, restaurant owners are faced with difficult questions that must be addressed before reopening.

Hair and Nail Salon Guidelines
Many have been forced to lay off or furlough key staff members, which may complicate re-opening.
Gyms and Workout Facilities Guidelines
Many of these businesses have been viewed as "non-essential" by state governments and are closed.
At Home Service Providers Guidelines
At-home service providers, including residential tradespeople, have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rideshare, Taxi, Limo and other Passenger Driver-for-Hire Guidelines
With stay at home and shelter-in-place restrictions beginning to lift, Rideshare, Taxi, Limo and other Passenger Driver-for-Hire companies are faced with difficult questions that must be addressed as they transition back to normal operations.

NV HEALTH RESPONSE PHASE ONE GUIDANCE

NEVADA HEALTH RESPONSE RELEASES INDUSTRY-SPECIFIC GUIDANCE FOR PHASE ONE REOPENING

Nevada Health Response Center, in coordination with the Local Empowerment Advisory Panel (LEAP), released industry-specific guidance for Phase 1 reopening, in alignment with the Nevada United: Roadmap to Recovery.
The guidance covers a wide-range of industries and was developed by the Local Empowerment Advisory Panel (LEAP) in conjunction with the Governor’s Office, public health officials and local health districts, business leaders, state agencies and state licensing and regulatory boards.
On May 7th, Gov. Steve Sisolak announced that Phase 1 reopening will being on Saturday, May 9. During Phase 1, businesses may open, but have to follow the business and sector-specific guidance that the LEAP and the State drafted.
In line with the federally supported, state managed and locally executed response and recovery plan, county governments are empowered to tailor specific restrictions on business and public life, as long as those restrictions do not go below the standards the state has issued. Local government are also empowered with enforcing the standards.
Businesses are also empowered to impose stricter social distancing requirements than the statewide standards, as they deem necessary or appropriate. And I encourage these businesses to communicate the standards appropriately to their customers.

 

GUIDELINES INCLUDE:
Agriculture
Appliance and Furniture Showrooms
Auto Dealerships
Banking and Financial Services
Barber Shops and Barber Schools
Drive-In Operations
Food Establishments
General Office Environments
Hair Care Salons
Nail Care Salons
Real Estate/Leasing
Retail & Consumer Services
Transportation, Couriers and Warehousing

NV ROADMAP TO RECOVERY

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NV ROADMAP TO RECOVERY

INDUSTRY SPECIFIC GUIDANCE RELEASED FOR PHASE ONE REOPENING IN NEVADA

https://nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Industry-specific-Guidance-Documents-1.pdf

GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES BUSINESS WILL ENTER PHASE ONE ON SATURDAY, MAY 9

Governor Sisolak just announced that Phase One of the Roadmap to Recovery for Nevada will begin at 12:01 a.m. this Saturday, May 9.

  • Restaurants - May open, but can't exceed 50% of capacity. Employees must wear masks or face-coverings. Bar areas in restaurants must remain closed. Social distancing guidelines must be followed.
  • Hair and nail salons - May open, must have a partition between stations or just use every other station, must use social distancing guidelines. Appointments only, no walk-ins - staff must wear masks or face coverings. Customers encouraged to do so as well.
  • Retail businesses - May open but must not go above 50% capacity. This change will impact stores that have been allowed to stay open through this crisis. They must now adhere to the 50% rule.
  • Malls - Outdoor malls may open, indoor malls must stay closed but are allowed to do curbside deliveries.
  • Bars, taverns, nightclubs, casinos, gyms, other fitness facilities and other entertainment venues like movie theaters are NOT part of Phase 1.These businesses must stay closed according to Governor Sisolak.
GOVERNOR SHARES NEVADA UNITED ROADMAP TO RECOVERY PLAN
Nevada's roadmap to a "new normal" in the wake of the virulent COVID-19 pandemic will start by mid-May as the state sees continued declines in new cases and hospitalizations and reaches benchmarks for expanded testing and contact tracing, Gov. Steve Sisolak said Thursday.
The Phase 1 start of the recovery will see social distancing measures stay in place to guide the day-to-day lives of Nevadans, with businesses including casinos remaining closed, along with other venues where large crowds may congregate.
He also recently announced that the Stay at Home Order will be extended to May 15. However, some restrictions have been loosened.
Starting May 1:
  • Retail businesses will be permitted to do curbside pick-up, including liquor and smoke shops.
  • Cannabis retail businesses are now permitted to do curbside pick-up.Places of worship may offer services on an in-car or drive-in basis.
  • Golf, tennis and pickleball activities can resume in a manner that is consistent with social distancing guidelines and sanitation practices.
  • Businesses will need to follow strict guidelines and city businesses may need additional permits.

Visit www.lasvegasnevada.gov/coronaviruslicensing to learn more.

President Donald Trump has released new guidelines for a science-based framework to reopen the American economy, formally known as Opening Up America Again. The guidelines are not mandatory and are set-out in an 18-page document.
The guidelines are based on up-to-date data and state readiness. The goal is to take a phased and deliberate approach to mitigate the risk of resurgence and protect vulnerable populations, including the elderly and those with underlying health conditions. The guidelines are intended to be implementable on a statewide or county-by-county basis and include specific recommendations for individuals and employers. They suggest three phases for states to reopen, with progressively relaxed levels of social distancing. Each phase would require a 14-day period of a "downward trajectory" of cases to advance to the next one.
Click here for the Guideline Document.

NV HEALTH RESPONSE

The State has created a website that provides a central, state-wide hub for individuals, businesses, & organizations to access federal & NV-specific guidance & resources to make informed decisions surrounding this rapidly developing situation. Learn more:    https://nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/

 

NEVADA HEALTH RESPONSE RELEASES INDUSTRY-SPECIFIC GUIDANCE FOR PHASE ONE REOPENING

Nevada Health Response Center, in coordination with the Local Empowerment Advisory Panel (LEAP), released industry-specific guidance for Phase 1 reopening, in alignment with the Nevada United: Roadmap to Recovery.
The guidance covers a wide-range of industries and was developed by the Local Empowerment Advisory Panel (LEAP) in conjunction with the Governor’s Office, public health officials and local health districts, business leaders, state agencies and state licensing and regulatory boards.
On May 7th, Gov. Steve Sisolak announced that Phase 1 reopening will being on Saturday, May 9. During Phase 1, businesses may open, but have to follow the business and sector-specific guidance that the LEAP and the State drafted.
In line with the federally supported, state managed and locally executed response and recovery plan, county governments are empowered to tailor specific restrictions on business and public life, as long as those restrictions do not go below the standards the state has issued. Local government are also empowered with enforcing the standards.
Businesses are also empowered to impose stricter social distancing requirements than the statewide standards, as they deem necessary or appropriate. And I encourage these businesses to communicate the standards appropriately to their customers.

 

GUIDELINES INCLUDE:
Agriculture
Appliance and Furniture Showrooms
Auto Dealerships
Banking and Financial Services
Barber Shops and Barber Schools
Drive-In Operations
Food Establishments
General Office Environments
Hair Care Salons
Nail Care Salons
Real Estate/Leasing
Retail & Consumer Services
Transportation, Couriers and Warehousing

NV HEALTH RESPONSE PHASE ONE GUIDANCE

NEVADA HEALTH RESPONSE RELEASES INDUSTRY-SPECIFIC GUIDANCE FOR PHASE ONE REOPENING

Nevada Health Response Center, in coordination with the Local Empowerment Advisory Panel (LEAP), released industry-specific guidance for Phase 1 reopening, in alignment with the Nevada United: Roadmap to Recovery.
The guidance covers a wide-range of industries and was developed by the Local Empowerment Advisory Panel (LEAP) in conjunction with the Governor’s Office, public health officials and local health districts, business leaders, state agencies and state licensing and regulatory boards.
On May 7th, Gov. Steve Sisolak announced that Phase 1 reopening will being on Saturday, May 9. During Phase 1, businesses may open, but have to follow the business and sector-specific guidance that the LEAP and the State drafted.
In line with the federally supported, state managed and locally executed response and recovery plan, county governments are empowered to tailor specific restrictions on business and public life, as long as those restrictions do not go below the standards the state has issued. Local government are also empowered with enforcing the standards.
Businesses are also empowered to impose stricter social distancing requirements than the statewide standards, as they deem necessary or appropriate. And I encourage these businesses to communicate the standards appropriately to their customers.

 

GUIDELINES INCLUDE:
Agriculture
Appliance and Furniture Showrooms
Auto Dealerships
Banking and Financial Services
Barber Shops and Barber Schools
Drive-In Operations
Food Establishments
General Office Environments
Hair Care Salons
Nail Care Salons
Real Estate/Leasing
Retail & Consumer Services
Transportation, Couriers and Warehousing

LAS VEGAS BOULEVARD PROJECT

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LAS VEGAS BOULEVARD UPDATES

RECORDING AVAILABLE FOR THE LAS VEGAS BLVD CONSTRUCTION WEBINAR 

The Downtown Vegas Alliance hosted a webinar that provided details about the Las Vegas Boulevard Construction Projects that started this week.
CLICK HERE for the recording of the webinar where you will learn about schedules, traffic impacts and contact information.
CLICK HERE for a PDF with information about the project
Stay informed of the project and updated on its progress by added your information to the email distribution list by  CLICKING HERE

MAY 1, 2020

Crews are working on median island removals, so this area can be used for traffic during construction. Temporary lighting will be installed throughout the corridor. Palm trees will be removed, planted in a tree farm, and replanted towards the end of the project.
Traffic Impacts Update
The table above summarizes current and upcoming impacts to traffic.
Business and pedestrian access will be maintained for the duration of construction.

POLICY UPDATES FROM BHFS

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POLICY UPDATES FROM BHFS

Click here to read more Brownstein alerts on the legal issues the coronavirus threat raises for businesses.

What Does the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis Mean for Nevada Businesses? - Second Edition

The coronavirus pandemic has taken a tremendous toll on the country, but the Nevada economy is being impacted in ways that we have never contemplated. Gov. Steve Sisolak has demonstrated strong leadership in the face of this unprecedented public health crisis, but he has been forced to make difficult decisions that impact all Nevadans. Most recently, on May 7, 2020, Gov. Sisolak announced that he will continue to ease restrictions previously put in place because of the pandemic and move into phase one of his reopening plan announced on April 30. This comes after he issued Emergency Directive #016 on April 29, extending the stay-at-home order and other previous directives.

Click here for the full article.

 

Key Issues to Consider While Reopening or Partially Reopening

As state and local governments relax their "stay-at-home" orders, businesses must look at how to revamp and reinvent their day-to-day operations to comply not only with a wide variety of new regulations, but also legal implications from existing laws and regulations. Often, these issues are overlapping and involve more than one area of law. BHFS's Business Response Team has put together a list of issues for companies to consider as they start this planning process, including:
  • Employment and Benefits
  • Real Estate
  • Liability Mitigation
  • Communications
  • Policy and Regulatory Advocacy

 

Coronavirus Economic Response Update: The Road to Recovery

As an increasing number of governors plan to reopen state economies, Congress is under pressure to pass a fourth stimulus package to help businesses and individuals navigate economic recovery. BHFS's weekly newsletter outlines the latest developments in Washington, including major tax, small business and financial services developments related to CARES 4.0 negotiations and newly-issued regulatory guidance from various agencies. Including:

  • What to Expect in the Next Package
  • Congressional Proposals
  • Implementation

Click here for the full article.

 

The Main Street Lending Program: Recent Changes, Challenges Ahead

The April 30 changes to the Federal Reserve's Main Street Lending Program (MSLP) broaden the Federal Reserve's backstop for loans to small and medium-sized enterprises (SME), but also impose new non-credit-related restrictions on borrower eligibility. While these program changes may facilitate the provision of bridge loans to some businesses, the MSLP continues to be challenged by its structure (the intermediation role of private banks and credit unions) and by the increasing politicization of the government's COVID-19 recovery programs.

Changes Ahead for the Federal Reserve's Main Street Lending Programs

On April 9, the Federal Reserve published term sheets for two COVID-19-related "Main Street" lending facilities for companies with both fewer than 10,000 employees and less than $2.5 billion in 2019 revenue. Explained in more detail here, the Main Street New Loan Facility would create a market for bank-originated unsecured loans to companies with modest leverage (not to exceed 4x, net of the new loan) by purchasing a 95% interest in these loans. The Main Street Expanded Loan Facility would facilitate a market in upsized tranches of existing term debt provided the pro forma leverage of the company does not exceed six times 2019 EBITDA.
While these Main Street facilities (as constructed in the April 9 term sheet) would provide direct help to some companies, the reality is that the loans described in these term sheets are not particularly risky.
Click here to read the full article.

Developing Legal Issues for Business Interruption Insurance and COVID-19

While businesses across the globe have yet to understand the full economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of emerging issues have already gained prominence. Among the biggest-and most likely to persist-is the issue of whether business interruption insurance (BII) covers lost income for businesses affected by the pandemic. This client alert provides an analysis of the ways in which this BII coverage issue is developing, including litigation, state legislation, state regulatory actions and federal legislation.

Click here to read the full article.

Five Big Things to Watch in CARES Act Implementation

The CARES Act, which appropriated approximately $2 trillion to save the American economy, was written in just under a week, reflecting Congress's bipartisan urgency in mitigating COVID-19's economic toll on workers and businesses across the entire country. As one might expect, a fair amount of discretion has been left to agencies-especially the Small Business Administration, the Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve-to implement the law. Many businesses, from large-cap corporations with billions in revenue to Main Street operations with a handful of employees, are seeking certainty not only on when these programs will become available but on the contours of the programs, especially eligibility rules.

Click here to see the top five things to watch as these agencies implement the CARES Act.

 

Analysis of Senate-Passed CARES Act

On March 25, the Senate approved a $2 trillion stimulus package,
the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, to address the economic and health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill now moves to the House for a vote on Friday. The House is expected to approve the bill and send it to President Donald Trump for his signature.
DVA member, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, has put together a summary and analysis of the legislation's following provisions:
  • Division A-Keeping Workers Paid and Employed, Health Care System Enhancements and Economic Stabilization
    • Title I-Keeping American Workers Employed and Paid Act
    • Title II-Assistance for American Workers, Families and Businesses
      • Subtitle A-Unemployment Insurance Provisions
      • Subtitle B-Rebates and Other Individual Provisions
      • Subtitle C-Business Provisions
    • Title III-Supporting America's Health Care System in the Fight Against the Coronavirus
      • Part I-Addressing Supply Shortages
        • Subtitle A-Medical Product Supplies
        • Subtitle B-Mitigating Emergency Drug Shortages
        • Subtitle C-Preventing Medical Device Shortages
      • Part II-Access to Health Care for Covid-19 Patients
        • Subtitle A-Coverage Of Testing And Preventive Services
        • Subtitle B-Support For Health Care Providers
      • Part III - Innovation
      • Part IV - Health Care Workforce
        • Subtitle A-Health Provisions
        • Subtitle B-Education Provisions
        • Subtitle C-Labor Provisions
        • Subtitle D-Finance Committee
        • Subtitle E-Health and Human Services Extenders
        • Subtitle F-Over-the-Counter Drugs
    • Title IV-Economic Stabilization and Assistance to Severely Distressed Sectors of the U.S. Economy
  • Division B-Emergency Appropriations for Coronavirus Health Response and Agency Operations

Please click here for their full analysis.

 

How Will State and Local Governments Reopen Businesses After COVID-19?

From the federal government to the states, governmental entities have begun planning how and when to reopen the economy. Governments must strike the appropriate and delicate balance between the competing interests of preserving and protecting public health and economic resiliency and growth. As signs begin to emerge showing that extreme social distancing and stay-at-home orders are working, states and the federal government are beginning to chart out their plans to reopen their economies while working to ensure that there is not a resurgence or relapse of COVID-19 that would have tragic consequences.
To read the full article click here.

IRS Issues FAQ on Deferral of Employment Tax

Earlier this week, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued guidance in the form of FAQs on the payroll tax deferral option included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Under the provision, employers may defer their share of social security payroll taxes and pay 50% of the deferred amount on Dec. 31, 2021, and the remaining balance on Dec. 31, 2022.
The guidance clarified the interaction of the payroll tax deferral provision and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). A taxpayer may defer payroll taxes until the PPP loan is forgiven, however, from that point the deferral of payroll taxes is no longer permitted. The guidance also clarified that a taxpayer may first take advantage of the payroll tax deferral provision, and then the employee retention tax credit, which is also included within the CARES Act. This will allow taxpayers flexibility when determining how to maximize the benefits of these new provisions.
To review the FAQ, please click here.

Opportunities for Small Business in the CARES Act of 2020

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides assistance to small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Congress did not, however, provide a one-size-fits-all solution. Instead, small businesses must determine their eligibility for various assistance programs. This guide outlines the provisions in the Act to help small businesses determine whether to proceed with an application for a loan, how to claim an elective tax incentive, and how to comply with certain changes in the tax code.
In addition to the CARES Act, President Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) of 2020, which imposes a mandate on many small businesses to provide paid sick leave and paid expanded Family and Medical Leave Act benefits. Qualified wages under these programs are eligible for a 100% refundable payroll tax credit to help small businesses cover most of the costs. This document also provides information on the mandates and tax credits in the FFCRA.
CONTENTS 
  1. I.       Liquidity: What Programs are Available to Help Small Businesses Struggling with Liquidity Issues?
    1. A.    Paycheck Protection Program
    2. B.     Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) and Emergency Economic Injury Grants
    3. C.    Small Business Debt Relief / Subsidy for Certain Loan Payments
    4. D.    Deferred Employer Payroll Taxes
    5. E.     Main Street Fund for Larger Businesses
  2. II.     Employee Retention: What Other Assistance is Available to Help Retain Employees? 
    1. A.    Employee Retention Tax Credit
    2. B.     Short-Time Compensation (STC) Arrangements
    3. C.    Unemployment Benefits (UI)
  3. III.     Employee Benefits: What New Benefits are Created by the Law? 
    1. A.    Paid Sick Leave
    2. B.     Paid Family and Medical Leave (FMLA) Act
    3. C.    Access to Defined Contribution Retirement Funds
    4. D.    Exclusion of Employer Payments of Student Loans
  4. IV.    Acceleration of Tax Cuts: How Do I Accelerate and Take Advantage of New Tax Benefits? 
    1. A.    Carryback of Net Operating Losses
    2. B.     Increased Deduction for Interest Expense
    3. C.    Accelerated Depreciation of Qualified Improvement Property
  5. V.      Individual Relief: What Other Relief is Available to Individuals? 
    1. A.    Rebates

IRS FAQs Allow Taxes Withheld from Employees' Wages to Fund Leave and Wage Payments

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently provided guidance, in the form of frequently asked questions (FAQs) related to the refundable payroll tax credits for the paid family and sick leave required to be provided by certain employers under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and for the employee retention credit available to eligible employers under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The FAQs provide guidance on a myriad of topics, including a listing of the documentation that must be maintained in relation to taking the payroll tax credits, calculate the amount of the payroll tax credits and how procedurally the payroll tax credits can be taken, including requesting advance payment of the refundable credits, and the IRS has indicated that the FAQs will be updated as necessary.
Click here for the FAQs

Summary of Federal Reserve Lending Programs as of April 9, 2020

Today, the Federal Reserve announced new lending facilities and expanded existing lending facilities for mid-sized "Main Street" businesses, larger investment grade businesses, capital markets and municipal securities. The Department of the Treasury ("Treasury") and the Federal Reserve have not yet committed the full $454 billion of CARES Act money allocated for credit support to lending facilities; more loan programs, or expansion of these now existing loan programs, could be forthcoming.

CARES Act Employee Retention Tax Credit Guide for Employers

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides access to a tax credit for employers whose businesses have been impacted by COVID-19. Referred to as the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC), the credit is available to businesses that either have had to partially or fully suspend their business operations in 2020 or have had a significant decline in gross receipts as compared with 2019. This guide outlines the general provisions in CARES regarding the ERTC tax credit, explains how businesses can claim the credit, sets out the limitations of using the ERTC when other relief has been claimed, and summarizes the seven pieces of ERTC guidance that have been released to date, all in a question and answer format.
For more information on any of these provisions, contact any of the Brownstein National Tax Policy Group attorneys listed on the last page.
Please click here for a guide from  Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck.

Consumer Credit and Coronavirus - What Lenders and Collectors Need to Know

Many companies in the consumer credit industry have quickly responded to the coronavirus pandemic and its impact to their borrowers. As lenders, collectors and debt buyers think about how to provide meaningful relief while keeping their businesses afloat, they should keep in mind the following developments that have occurred at the state and federal levels over the past few weeks.

Legal Information for Business Owners re: COVID-19

During this time, many businesses are wondering what their responsibilities are as the legal landscape is evolving based on new government mandates that are being put in place to protect consumer, employees and owners.

Below is a series of insights and alerts from Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP, a Downtown Vegas Alliance member, and WilmerHale to help you navigate your company's role over the next few weeks and months:
 
FOR BUSINESS OWNERS AND OPERATORS:
 
 
 
FOR EMPLOYERS:
 
 
FOR ENTERTAINMENT AND HOSPITALITY INDUSTRIES:
 
FOR THE HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY:
FOR CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS:

TELEFORUM SERIES

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What’s Next Nevada: Force Majeure Clauses

In the inaugural episode of Brownstein’s What’s Next Nevada, Brownstein Shareholders Mitch Langberg, Frank Flansburg and Recebba Miltenberger discuss how the COVID-19 crisis has triggered contract issues such as force majeure clauses and other challenges to performance, how that has impacted business over the last several months and what happens if contracting parties can’t reach agreement in dealing with these issues.

Click here for the audio recording

What Does the Government Response to the COVID-19 Crisis Mean for Nevada Businesses?

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak issued a Declaration of Emergency, and Congress has passed a series of measures intended to mitigate the impact of the crisis in the U.S.
Greg Brower and Neal Tomlinson discussed how these actions will affect businesses in Nevada. The call was moderated by Kristina Kleist.

CITY OF LAS VEGAS BUSINESS PROTECTION PROGRAM & LICENSING

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CLV BUSINESS PROTECTION PROGRAM WEBINAR

The Downtown Vegas Alliance recently hosted a webinar to share information about how to Protect Your Business during this period of temporary closure.
The webinar featured security experts from Protective Force International, about ways to keep your building and assets safe, the city of Las Vegas Business Development team who shared details of their new Business Protection Program that offers grants of up to $2,000 to protect and beautify closed storefronts, and Las Vegas Artist, Jerry Misko, who talked about how businesses can work with artists to create an inspirational environment until our community reopens.
available including security, artists and contractors to help secure your business.
If you have any questions of offer services to Protect Businesses, please email us at dva@downtown.vegas.
We are here to support you through this time and are hopeful that we will all come out of this crisis safe and healthy and ready to get back to business.

Downtown Restaurants, Retail May Temporarily Extend Business To Sidewalk

City of Las Vegas to Allow Safe Sidewalk Dining and Shopping in Downtown
Downtown Restaurants, Retail May Temporarily Extend Business To Sidewalk
Effective immediately, the city of Las Vegas will allow downtown restaurants and retail establishments, which are operating under *Phases 1 and 2 of the governor's orders, to provide outdoor dining and sidewalk sales on a temporary basis in downtown Las Vegas.
dining
View the map of the sidewalk
retail and dining boundaries.
Each business must follow the state of Nevada social distancing recommendations for tables, chairs and other furniture. Businesses must maintain a minimum of six feet from a "pedestrian path" at all times. Retail businesses and restaurants will be allowed to operate on the public sidewalk area, during their regular operating hours only.
For more detailed information visit lasvegasnevada.gov/coronavirus. For additional questions, please contact the city's call center at 702-229-CARE.
*Applicable State of Nevada Emergency Orders and Regulations

CITY OF LAS VEGAS BUSINESS PROTECTION PROGRAM & LICENSING

NEW LICENSES FOR CURBSIDE PICKUP AVAILABLE

New licenses for curbside pickup of retail items, packaged liquor and cannabis are now available from the city of Las Vegas.
Non-essential retail businesses that were originally identified in Directive 003 will be permitted to do curbside pick-up, including liquor and smoke shops.  Retailers wising to do curbside service must comply with the NV OSHA requirements, CDC Guidelines and the Curbside Commerce Safety Protocols issued by the Nevada Health Response.

CITY OF LAS VEGAS CALL CENTER

Hours Extended For Call Center To Assist Public With Questions About City Services. Hours for the city of Las Vegas call center have been extended to take calls from the public with questions about city services during the coronavirus pandemic. The public can call 702-229-CARE (2273) from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Saturday and Sunday the line will give callers automated options. The city will continue to update coronavirus information, including closures and cancellations, at www.lasvegasnevada.gov/coronavirus.

Businesses and Artists Working Together in Downtown Las Vegas 
A new city program has helped downtown businesses make something beautiful out of these dark times.

Eligible businesses have taken advantage of a $2,000 grant to not only secure their buildings during the shut down but also to showcase the work of local

artists.
About 25 businesses have taken advantage so far. You can take a tour of the artwork by touring them safely from your car using the map posted on the city of Las Vegas' BLOG.
You can also CLICK HERE for a Google map of temporary murals in downtown Las Vegas.
Please follow social distancing guidelines if you visit in person.
Check out the video of the murals on the city of Las Vegas' Twitter page.

For more information  see the program information online.

Show Las Vegas how you're #InItTogetherSNV

Share stories with us about how the Las Vegas community is coming together to help. Big or small, if it makes you smile, we'd like to know about it!

These stories could be used on lasvegasnevada.gov, KCLV Channel 2 and the city's social media channels /cityoflasvegas. Follow along using #InItTogetherSNV

CLV BUSINESS PROTECTION PROGRAM DETAILS

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.
BUSINESS PROTECTION PROGRAM:
  • Designed to help secure buildings during emergency shutdown
  • Provides financial assistance for securing buildings during times of emergency. (For example boarding up windows and doors, decorating facade.) Interior improvements and security systems are not eligible.
  • Grants up to $2,000 for boarding and securing of a building as long as art is provided on the façade of the securing material.
  • Grants are reimbursement of cost and can be retroactive to the date of the order by the governor (3/17/2020) to shutdown non-essential business
  • Funding available annually on a first-come, first served basis and only available for the duration of the mandatory shutdown (4/16/2020) and is subject to change.
TIME FRAME:

  • All projects receiving funds must be completed within 14 calendar days of the date application is approved by the City Manager, Executive Director of the Las Vegas Redevelopment Agency. Projects not completed within the specified 14 days forfeit all approved and allocated Business Protection funds
  • Reimbursement of funds takes approximately 14-30 business days once copies of all paid invoices, receipts, cancelled checks and photos of completed project, are received. (Redevelopment Agency reserves the right to pay applicant in one lump sum or installments.)
PROPERTY/BUSINESS REQUIREMENTS:
  • Located within one of the City's Redevelopment Areas in tax district 203, 204, 207, 212, 213 or 214
  • Zoned for commercial, industrial or mixed-use operations. Eligible zoning designations: P-R, N-S, O, C-D, C-1, C-2, C-PB, C-M, M, R-3, R-4
  • Properties with multiple retail tenants and/or vacant store fronts will be limited to 1 grant per storefront
INELIGIBLE PROPERTIES:
  • Single-family residential properties
  • Multifamily residential properties not part of a larger mixed-use development
  • Properties or projects not meeting eligibility requirements
  • Businesses specifically excluded are essential businesses designated by the State of Nevada and businesses that hold non-restricted gaming licenses (restaurants can qualify)
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APPLICANT REQUIREMENTS:
  • Applicant must have a current, active business license issued by the city of Las Vegas; show proof of a current city of Las Vegas business license for both the property owner and tenant
  • Complete all improvements within 14 days of approval
  • Work must be performed within the time frame of the mandatory shutdown
  • Pictures of boarding and art must be submitted to the agency before reimbursement and inspected by the agency.
  • Prior to receiving matching contribution, submit all paid invoices, receipts, cancelled checks and photos of completed project. (The Redevelopment Agency reserves the right to refuse payment for any change orders not authorized).
APPROVAL POLICIES:
  • Applications will be reviewed and considered in the order they are received
  • Applicant participation in this program and approval of any grant monies is at the sole discretion of the Redevelopment Agency.
  • Agency shall have the ultimate authority to accept or reject each application, and have complete authority to decide whether requested work is eligible for this program.
  • Agency shall be obligated to commit funds only the applicant is approved by the city of Las Vegas Redevelopment Agency.
  • Any action taken by the city of Las Vegas Redevelopment Agency is final. There is no appeal process for applications that are not approved.
QUALIFIER:
  • Final selection of a contractor(s) is the sole responsibility of the participating applicant. The Agency shall offer no warranty on work performed. The applicant should obtain any desired warranty information from the contractor(s) in writing.

NEVADA BUSINESS INFORMATION NETWORK

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NEVADA BUSINESS INFORMATION NETWORK

The Downtown Vegas Alliance is proud to be a members of the Nevada Business Information Network, a statewide network of business, industry, trade and economic development organizations established by Nevada's COVID 19 Response Relief Recovery Task Force. The Nevada Business Information Network is working together to share information and provide resources to Nevada businesses to help them through the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.
Go to https://www.lvgea.org/covid19/ for information including announcements, webinars and resources.

 

NETWORK PARTNERS

COMMUNITY RESOURCES

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COMMUNITY RESOURCES

BUSINESS SERVICES
 
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
 
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
MORTGAGE SUPPORT
NAHAC has relaunched the Unemployment Mortgage Assistance Program, offering mortgage assistance up to $3,000/month for those with job loss due to the pandemic and are receiving unemployment insurance benefits. Visit http://nahac.org for program information and eligibility.
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.
If you think you are sick, please click here.
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
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://www.threesquare.org/help
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
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/nv.ccsd.net/covid-19updates/food-distribution-information?fbclid=IwAR0r-npyuaBQ42-1vi3MX2rX5E1iKdSCKPLBBinyrddrqbenDbPQC6wVsa8#h.609qrppo89og
 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
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.
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.
TMOBILE
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
SHARE Village is here to help!
SHARE Village is helping anyone impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and has expanded their Food Pantry services to 7 days a week.

Individuals in need of food assistance can visit the SHARE Village Las Vegas Pantry located at:

SHARE Village Las Vegas #2, 50 N 21st St, Las Vegas, NV 89101

8:00 AM-9:00 AM - Ready To Eat Breakfast Items Available (Sandwiches, Bagels and Doughnuts)

10:00 AM-12:00 PM - FRESH FOODS (Fruits, Veggies, Meats and Non-Perishables)

Supplies Limited.  All products are subject to availability.
SHARE Village is also offering delivery services to homebound seniors during this time. If you know anyone who needs this service, please call them at 702/624-5792.

SHARE Village is also accepting donations of food and other items to help those in need.  If you have perishable and non-perishable items including water, please call them at 702/624-5792 to coordinate delivery and pick-ups.

Discovery Children's Museum At Home
The Discovery Museum may be temporarily closed, but there is still plenty to be DISCOVERED! They've created digital resources to help keep families busy during this time of social distancing including:
  • Videos from the Discovery Team
  • Science Experiments to do from home
  • Literacy Resources
  • Virtual Resources from Museums Around the Country
  • Bilingual Resources
  • And More......