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March 23: Governor Noem issues Executive Order regarding COVID-19
Every South Dakotan should:
1. Review and practice the recommended CDC hygiene practices designed to stop the spread of the disease COVID-19 and encourage others to do so as well.
2. Know the signs and symptoms of COVID-19, call a health care provider if suffering symptoms in advance of a visit to a provider, and stay at home if sick.
3. Understand that those who are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19, including those over age 60 and those suffering from respiratory or cardiac conditions, should take extra precautions and remain home if possible.
4. Implement social distancing measures and support businesses who are adjusting their business model to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
5. Assist those who work in essential jobs such as emergency personnel, medical professionals, and law enforcement.
All employers, both for profit and not-for-profit, within the State of South Dakota should:
6. Implement the recommended CDC hygiene practices and other business strategies designed to reduce the likelihood of spreading the disease.
7. Understand that the COVID-19 is not a short-term challenge, and operations will need to endure a difficult and limited social environment for potentially eight weeks or more.
8. Innovate and continue to demonstrate entrepreneurial excellence in their operations during this difficult and uncertain environment.
9. Encourage staff to telework if possible, implement social distancing measures, limit unnecessary work gatherings, limit non-essential travel, and consider regular health checks including CDC guidance for COVID-19 screening if possible.
10. Offer, to the extent possible, special shopping times or access periods for populations particularly vulnerable to COVID-19.
Any “enclosed retail business that promotes public gatherings” within the State of South Dakota should:
11. Suspend or modify business practices as recommended by CDC guidance that involve ten or more people to be in an enclosed space where physical separation of at least six feet is not possible.
12. Continue offering or consider offering business models that do not involve public gatherings, including takeout, delivery, drive-through, curb-side service, off-site services, social distancing models, or other innovative business practices that do not involve public gatherings in an enclosed space.
13. Consider business arrangements and innovative ideas intended to support the critical infrastructure sectors, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security.
For the purpose of sections 11 through 13, an “enclosed retail business that promotes public gatherings” means any enclosed facility operating as a bar, restaurant, brewery, cafe, casino, coffee shop, recreational or athletic facility, health club, or entertainment venue.
All healthcare organizations within the State of South Dakota should:
14. Implement or Continue to follow CDC guidance and maintain their exceptional efforts to prepare for the expected surge of patients needing health care services as a result of the COVID-19 disease.
15. Postpone all non-essential elective surgeries to conserve (and thereby maximize) supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE).
All local and municipal governments within the State of South Dakota should:
16. Implement the recommended CDC hygiene practices and public employee arrangements designed to reduce the likelihood of spreading the disease, and take action based on facts, data, and science.
17. Restrict public gatherings of ten people or more, unless it is necessary.
18. Review the business practices of each “enclosed retail business that promotes public gatherings” in their community for compliance with this Executive Order and protect the ability of those businesses to innovate.
19. Encourage entrepreneurial innovation in the private sector to provide employment opportunities to protect the continued operation of the free market consistent with recommended CDC hygiene practices and understand that COVID-19 will impact their communities for potentially eight weeks or more.
20. Protect the critical infrastructure sectors, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, such as healthcare services, pharmaceutical industry, and food supply entities, as these sectors have a special responsibility to maintain their normal work schedule.
You can read the full order here.
March 23: Gov. Noem Postpones the 2020 South Dakota Week of Work
Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Governor has paused plans for the South Dakota Week of Work until students and businesses can fully participate.
The South Dakota Week of Work will introduce students to career opportunities in their communities through job shadows, industry tours, and other business-classroom connections. The week will provide employers opportunities to engage with youth and develop connections with the state’s future workforce.
The inaugural South Dakota Week of Work was set for April 20-24, 2020. Dates have not yet been determined for the postponed event.
March 20: SBA Approves Economic Injury Disaster Loans for South Dakota Small Business
After a request from Gov. Noem, the Small Business Administration has made disaster loans available to South Dakota small businesses. Here are the rules for eligibility and how to apply:
- SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance per small business and can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.
- These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses without credit available elsewhere; businesses with credit available elsewhere are not eligible. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%.
- SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, based upon each borrower’s ability to repay.
- SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans are just one piece of the expanded focus of the federal government’s coordinated response, and the SBA is strongly committed to providing the most effective and customer-focused response possible.
Small businesses can learn more about the program and apply for financial assistance here.
For help on how to apply at the state level, small business owners can call this number: 605-773-4633.
Stay up to date with with the state of South Dakota is doing about the COVID-10 outbreak here.