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Coronavirus Updates and Resources
During this unprecedented time, the Oklahoma Restaurant Association, Oklahoma Hotel & Lodging Association and, Oklahoma Travel Industry Association in partnership, continue to respond to the challenges COVID-19 presents across Oklahoma's hospitality industry. We remain in close and constant communications with our state and national leaders and support organizations, including the Governor’s office, Oklahoma Employment Securities Commission, Oklahoma Secretary of Commerce, our legislative leaders both statewide and federal, NRA, AH&LA, and others. We will vigorously fight for our industry and are always available for your questions, comments, and concerns at helpdesk@okrestaurants.com.

The National Restaurant Association created industry-specific guidance for owners and operators that you can view here. The industry works day-in and day-out at food safety. You can find out more about ongoing ServSafe training and certification programs here.
FEATURE OF THE DAY: 

•  4/5/20  Hotel Leasing Interest? OH&LA is now working with the Oklahoma State Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The have informed us that their full strategy will be developed this week, and it will be communicated to OH&LA with regard to hotels helping to meet the housing capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic. We will inform our members as the plan is confirmed. In the meantime, if your hotel is interested in entering into a temporary lease agreement with state government there is still time. Please complete this online form. Contact patti@okrestaurants.com for more information.
•  4/3/20 •  Step-By-Step Guide To COVID-19-Related Tax Credits For Paid Leave   Here is a link to the slides from yesterday's webinar by the NRA. It included highlights regarding the document the Internal Revenue Service provided to assist companies with the process of defraying the costs of paid sick leave required under the 'Families First' Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). It also provided information on what the IRS needs from employees in order for businesses to be eligible for the FFCRA tax credits. Learn more by clicking here

• 4/2/20  •  Unemployment Insurance: How to Apply
The CARES Act allows for both self-employed and unemployed individuals to apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. We understand that filing for unemployment benefits is a big process, and filing for unemployment insurance is even more of a process. Attached is a fact sheet for guidance. Please reach out to us if you have any questions or need further assistance. 

• 4/1/20  • SBA "PPP" Guidelines Released
Attached are the first "official" guidelines released by the SBA. We ask that you look these over and get in touch with your financial institution. Please note, you can't apply until April 3rd. The Treasury Department is still shaping some of the rules, but this gives you a good idea of how it's going to work. Please contact us if you need further assistance. 

Assistance for Small Businesses
The Paycheck Protection Program prioritizes millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $349 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses. Small businesses and eligible nonprofit organizations, Veterans organizations, and Tribal businesses described in the Small Business Act, as well as individuals who are
self-employed or are independent contractors, are eligible if they also meet program size standards.

  • For a top-line overview of the program CLICK HERE
  • If you’re a borrower, more information can be found HERE
• 4/1/20  •  NRA Restaurant Employee Relief Fund: Applications are Still Open The Restaurant Employee Relief Fund was set up to help restaurant industry employees experiencing hardship in the wake of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. Through this Fund, grants will be made to restaurant industry employees who have demonstrated being financially impacted by COVID-19, whether through a decrease in wages or loss of employment. Please click here to read the criteria and more details. Applications for the fund open Thursday, April 2nd. 
•  3/31/20  •  Free Banner for your Carry Out Marketing
In partnership with our friends at Dr. Pepper, we are excited to offer to members at no cost, Keep Calm Carry Out banners (in cooperation with our media campaign) for any restaurant member needing a little help with take-out/carry-out marketing. If you would like (1) 3 x 6 pre-printed Keep Calm Carry Out banner, please complete this banner online form

•  CARES Act: An Update  • The National Restaurant Association has developed a CARES Act "Frequently Asked Questions” document for your use found here. Please feel free to reach out to us if you have further questions.

•  3/30/20 •  Has Your Property Closed? If you have closed one or more of your hotels, please help us by completing this form.  This form submitted directly to OH&LA, will assist us in building a complete list. We ask that you do not email, and instead submit through this form.
•  3/29/20  Hotel Leasing Interest? AH&LA has been contacted by the US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to create a national database of properties willing to enter into lease agreements. They want to meet the demand for housing capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic and create a more efficient flow of information among willing parties. That's where you come in. If your hotel is interested in entering into a temporary lease agreement with state government there is still time. Please complete this online form. Contact patti@okrestaurants.com for more information.
•  3/27/20 •  Audio file from Senator James Lankford Call
Today, our associations were invited to be on a call with Senator James Lankford. We appreciated the Senator visiting with us and the leadership he has shown during this unprecedented time. The meeting was recorded and you can listen to the audio here(This is a downloadable file)
Additionally, below are some brief highlights shared today by the National Restaurant Assn.
  • SBA 7a loans, also called payroll protection loans, can be used for payroll and other business costs to help with a quick infusion of cash in your business. That portion of the loan used for payroll, rent, lease payment, and mortgage interest can be forgiven and turn into a grant that you don't have to pay back.
  • SBA 7a loans are 100% guaranteed. No collateral is required and the "credit elsewhere" hurdle is removed.
  • These loans are calculated on 2.5x your average monthly payroll as the amount for which you can apply.
  • If you have already furloughed your employees, you can still be eligible for an SBA 7a loan. You just have to bring them back on your payroll so they will be ready to go as soon as you reopen for business.
  • Finally, NRA suggests you talk to your local lender beginning as early as this weekend to begin the process of applying for these SBA loans.
•  3/27/20  •  ORA and OH&LA partner with Feed the Children and Crossings Community Church to provide more than 400 Hospitality Relief Packages to hospitality workers in Oklahoma City. To apply for assistance complete this application. Our giving link to support future distributions for hospitality workers. https://www.feedthechildren.org/ora
•  3/26/20 • $2 trillion Stimulus Package 
The measure creates a $349 billion program for the SBA to offer unique loans to small businesses (500 or fewer employees). The loan amount is based on 2.5x of the borrower’s average monthly payroll cost for the preceding year (provisions for seasonal employers are included), up to $10 million. Collateral requirements are waived, and the “credit elsewhere” requirements (which have slowed down the process in the past) have been waived as well. The loan is forgiven if used for payroll costs, mortgage interest or rent/utilities. 
    •  3/25/20 •  Hotels to Stay Open: After Governor Stitt's press conference yesterday and his new Executive Order, there was some confusion on whether or not his order qualified hotels as "non-essential businesses" meaning they would have to close. We have just confirmed with the Governor's office that hotels are considered "essential businesses" and are to remain open and DO NOT HAVE TO CLOSE at midnight tonight. 
  • 3/24/20 • Oklahoma Municipality COVID-19 Closings/Restrictions: Click here for a list of Oklahoma closings and restrictions as of March 24, 2020. This list will be updated as necessary, and will also be available on our website on this page.
  • 3/24/20 •  Guidance in Furloughs v. Layoffs/Reductions-In-ForceThe COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound effect on the economy and has forced businesses of all sizes to confront difficult questions about how, or if, they can stay financially solvent. Employers need guidance in managing payroll costs while also considering the long-term needs of their employees and the future of their business. Click here for information about Furloughs, Layoffs/Reductions-In-Workforce from Legal Resource Center partners from Pierce Couch Hendrickson and Green.
  • 3/21/20 •  Alcohol To-Go - We have been informed by the Oklahoma Tax Commission that for the duration of the Emergency Alcohol To Go rules from the ABLE Commission, the 13.5% mixed beverage tax DOES NOT apply to those alcohol sales, Applicable sales taxes do still apply. ABLE has told us they will be issuing a revised Emergency Order on Monday and we will share it with you as soon as possible. Nothing else in the ABLE Emergency Rule will change. The permissible alcohol sales remain beer and wine only in sealed containers, purchased with a meal for carry-out, and curb-side delivery only. Alcohol sales paired with meals delivered by third-party delivery operators are still not allowed. Please call Jim Hopper at 405-641-2950 if you have any questions. 
  • 3/21/20 / 8:30 pm •  Feds approve Oklahoma for the SBA disaster loan program. The SBA website has been experiencing technical difficulty. For those who wish to apply with a paper application, you may download one here.  Read more by clicking here. 
  • 3/20/20 •  Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation (LTFF) and Mother Road Market (MRM), in partnership with the Oklahoma Restaurant Association (ORA), announce the Tulsa Employee Relief Fund: Food and Beverage. LTFF will be donating $100,000 to start this relief fund managed by the ORA's Foundation to support Tulsa restaurant workers. Funds will be dispersed as $1,000 grants directly to workers to spend on their immediate needs whether that is food, rent, gas, medical expenses, etc.  In turn, LTFF is challenging the community to donate so that additional funds are raised to support this group of hard-working people in our Tulsa community! As of 3/28/20 the application process has closed.
  • 3/19/20 •  U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is said to have approved an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration for Oklahoma that will help small businesses here in the state impacted by COVID-19, however, Oklahoma has not been taken live on the site yet. Standby and ORA will update you when it is time to apply.
  • 3/19/20 •  ORA launches "Keep Calm Carry Out" media campaign, and Carryoutok.com online dining site.
  • 3/18/20 •  ABLE has announced that restaurants with beer/wine licenses will be allowed to sell canned/bottled beer and can/bottled wine as part of a food sale and for curbside service only. That means you can't purchase only a bottle of wine, but you can add beer or wine to any food order purchase. The loosening of the rule lasts until April 17. Read more about it here.
  • 3/17-19/20 •  City of Tulsa, Cushing, Oklahoma City, Lawton, The Village, Norman, Moore and Stillwater issued a mandatory shutdown of all bars and restaurants except for take-out and drive-thru services.
  • 3/17/20 •  Only elected officials, essential staff, certain state employees and the credentialed press will be allowed in the state capitol building until further notice. Although the building will be closed to the public, legislative leadership indicated they will continue to hold session and build the state’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year. 
  • 3/16/20 •  Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt Declares State of Emergency View Here


Other Resources: 

Printable Posters from the NRA
Coronavirus: What You Can Do (Spanish Included)
Handwashing 101 Poster (Spanish Included) 
Handwashing Infographic
Before You Come To Work Poster
Cleaning vs. Sanitizing Poster (Spanish Included)

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CDC's Most Up-To-Date List of Resources
Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations
Situation Summary & What May Happen
Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 – Feb. 2020

Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

World Health Organization
Rolling Updates on Coronavirus Disease

Johns Hopkins CSSE
Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases Map

Impact on Our Industry
Resources for Restaurants and Workers Coping with the COVID-19 Emergency

 If you have any questions about this email or the above resources, please don't hesitate to contact Jim Hopper by email or at 405-942-8181. 
 
What's Happening
03.16.20
During this unprecedented time, the Oklahoma Restaurant Association continues to respond to the challenges COVID-19 presents across Oklahoma's hospitality industry. We will vigorously fight for our industry and will strive to provide you with new and relevant information and resources. Check here regularly for updates every foodservice operator/employer needs to know!
03.30.20
Visit "Keep Calm Carry Out" for our dining guide! Let it be your guide to restaurants throughout the state of Oklahoma who are currently offering to-go options in food, beer, and wine. You'll find hours, services and temporary carry out menus. Because we're all in this together, we encourage you to continue supporting your favorite Oklahoma restaurants when they need you most. Keep Calm, Carry Out!
ORA Golf Classic Canceled
11.30.-1
Due to recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), we have canceled the ORA Golf Classic. We appreciate your patience during this time!
ServSafe Classes PostPoned
03.16.20
Due to recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to postpone gatherings of more than 50 people, ServSafe classes have been postponed for the month of March and April. We will keep you updated on when and where they will be rescheduled in the future. We appreciate your patience during this time.
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