Business Recovery Resources
Business Recovery Resources
Effective June 24, 2020: Amended City of Tampa Executive Order 2020-30 for face coverings.
Every person working, living, visiting, or doing business in the City of Tampa shall wear a face covering in any indoor location, other than their home or residence, when not maintaining social distancing from other person(s), excluding family members or companions.
Click here for Frequently Asked Questions
Effective June 29, 2020: Amended Hillsborough County Executive Order for face coverings.
Hillsborough County’s Emergency Policy Group (EPG) enacted an order requiring that face coverings be worn inside businesses that are open to the public, with certain exceptions. The order applies to all persons, including customers and employees, inside Hillsborough County businesses that are open to the public when social distancing cannot be maintained.
Click here for Frequently Asked Questions
Florida now has over 40 separate mask ordinances (and counting)!
Check out the Chamber Mask Ordinance Resource Center to find out what you need to know, before you go, thanks to our partners at the Florida Chamber of Commerce.
White House Guidelines for Opening Up America
President Trump has unveiled Guidelines for Opening Up America, a three-phased approach based on the advice of public health experts. These steps will help state and local officials when reopening their economies, getting people back to work, and continuing to protect American lives. Click here to read more.
Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step Plan for Florida's Recovery
Phase 2: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery
- Full Phase 2 Infographic
- Phase 2 FAQ provided by the Governor's Office
- Governor’s COVID-19 Resources Webpage
- Still have questions? Check out the Florida Chamber's Q&A Resource!
Additional guidance is as follows:
- Vulnerable individuals are strongly encouraged to avoid crowds and take measures to limit their risk of exposure to COVID-19.
- All individuals, when in public, should maximize physical distance from each other.
- Face masks are recommended for all those in face-to-face interactions and where social distancing isn’t possible.
- All persons in Florida are encouraged to avoid congregating in groups larger than 50.
Effective June 25, 2020: Department of Business and Professional Regulation Executive Order 2020-09 suspending on premises consumption of alcohol at bars statewide. *This does not apply to restaurants or hotels. | July 1 Amendment
Announcement June 11, 2020: Recommendations to Safely Reopen Florida’s Education System
Effective June 5, 2020: Executive Order 20-139 for the Phase 2: Plan for Florida’s Recovery
Effective June 1, 2020: Executive Order 20-137, which extends Executive Order 20-94 until July 1, 2020
Effective May 22, 2020: DBPR Approval of County Plan for Vacation Rental Operations
Effective May 18, 2020: Executive Order 20-123 brings all Florida counties into Full Phase 1
Effective May 11, 2020: Executive Order 20-120 allows for the reopening of barbershops & cosmetology salons
Effective May 4, 2020: Executive Order 20-112 for the Phase 1: Plan for Florida’s Recovery
South Tampa Chamber Resources
The South Tampa Chamber is committed to providing valuable connection, collaboration and educational opportunities for our members.
- South Tampa Chamber COVID-19 Resources
- How to Activate Your Membership TODAY
- Use your Chamber Membership to market your business
- View our online events calendar to learn about future virtual events
- Check out these recordings of past events
The Chamber is also focused on developing strategies and resources to help local businesses prepare for the transition to economic recovery. Please share your questions and ideas with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Open for Business Toolkit
The South Tampa Chamber continues to be an advocate and partner for our local business community. As many businesses are beginning to re-open or expand your services, we have put together these easy step-by-step guides to celebrate your re-opening and engage your current (and potential) customers.
In this toolkit you will find:
- 5 Steps to Open Your Business
- PPE, Supplies & Cleaning Guide
- Safety Notice to Post
- Printable Signs for your Business
- Customizable Safety Sign
- Ribbon Cutting in a Box
- Social Media Banner Graphic
- How to Host a Facebook Live Event
- View the full toolkit here
To request your #OpenForBusiness sign, contact the Chamber office at 813-637-0156 or email@example.com. Signs can be picked up from the chamber office located at 701 S. Howard Ave. #204, Monday-Friday, 10am-3pm.
#RememberAMember and Shop Local
A key factor in the recovery and rebound of our local economy will be all of us rallying together to support local businesses. As you begin to order supplies, merchandise, signage or to contract services you may need, PAUSE and ask if you can purchase it locally. These South Tampa Chamber Members have supplies and resources to help local businesses open while providing a safe environment for your employees and customers. #RememberAMember and use our business directory to support fellow Chamber members.
Business Recovery & Readiness Resources
Local Business Resources
- Hillsborough County Business Resources
- City of Tampa Business Resources
- South Tampa Chamber Open for Business Toolkit
- Back to Business Hillsborough Toolkit
Florida Chamber Resources
The Florida Chamber of Commerce as developed a wealth of resources to help businesses navigate the Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. reopening plan.
- Florida Chamber of Commerce Resources
- Florida’s Economy: The Road to Recovery
- Sign up for the Florida Chamber's Email Updates
U.S. Chamber Resources
- US Chamber Reopening Digital Resource Center
- Ready to Reopen Playbook for Small Business
- The Path Forward Plan
- Sign up for the US Chamber's Email Updates
Florida SBDC at Hillsborough County business consultants are available to assist small businesses prepare disaster loan applications and with other post-disaster challenges at no-cost. Visit HCFLGov.net/FSBDC to request a phone or Skype appointment.
Loans & Financial Aid
R3 Economic Recovery Financial Assistance
Hillsborough County has an Economic Recovery financial assistance program to assist local small businesses economically damaged by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. All available program information is available at HCFLGov.net/R3Biz. Business owners can apply for one of three programs:
- Kickstart Small Business - up to $10,000 in working capital; for businesses with up to $3 million in annual revenue
- Back to Work - up to $2,000 per employee in payroll incentives to hire or rehire workers; for businesses with up to $20 million in annual revenue
- Safe at Work Matching - up to $10,000 matching reimbursement for the cost of qualifying workplace improvements directly related to mitigating the spread of COVID-19; for businesses with up to $20 million in annual revenue
One Tampa: Relief Now, Rise Together Phase III for Businesses
Please visit our COVID-19 Resources Page for additional information about loans, financial aid and IRS announcements.
Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) 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.
- Families First Toolkit
- Employee Fact Sheet
- Employer Fact Sheet
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Families First Coronavirus Response Act Notice
- Download Employee Rights Poster
U.S. Department of Labor
- Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)
- Employee Paid Leave Rights
- Employer Paid Leave Requirements
- Frequently Asked Questions
- U.S. Department of Labor Resources
- COVID-19 Fair Labor Standards Act: Questions and Answers
- COVOD-19 Family and Medical Leave Act: Questions and Answers
- COVID-19 and the American Workplace
CareerSource of Tampa Bay
Employees Return to Work
- Tampa General Hospital Offers Infection Prevention Advice to Safeguard Businesses
- AdventHealth Safe Business Assistance
- BayCare Helps Businesses Get Back to Work from COVID-19
Resources from Chamber Members
- Akerman Return to Work Resource Guide
- Akerman Webinar: The Road to Reopening
- COVID-19 Resources from Tucker/Hall
- Better Business Bureau Back to Business Toolkit
If your business has resources to share, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other Readiness Resources
- Recovery Readiness: A How-to Guide for Reopening your Workplace - A comprehensive guide for real estate tenants and landlords on reopening workplaces as stay-at-home restrictions are lifted. (Cushman & Wakefield)
- Stand for Small, by American Express, is a one-stop shop with resources, offers, and tools from a growing group of companies that want to help your small business get back to business.
- Guidance for Reopening Buildings After Prolonged Shutdown or Reduced Operation
Florida Department of Health
Governments, corporations, health care professionals, public health organizations and other groups can use these materials in their community outreach about COVID-19 prevention and protection.
CDC Guidance for Re-Opening
- Click here if you have a suspected or confirmed case(s) of COVID-19 in the Workplace
- Review of the recently released CDC resource document which serves as a helpful guide for reopening,
- CDC Coronavirus Resource Center for Businesses and Workplaces
- CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers (Updated May 2020)
- CDC Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Workplaces and Businesses
- CDC FAQs: Reducing the Spread of COVID-19 in Workplaces
- CDC FAQs: Healthy Business Operations
- CDC Workplace Tree - Download
- Top 10 Tips for Protecting Employees Health
- Click here to view the latest updates
- Get email updates straight to your inbox
U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)
Download this questionnaire for sample screening questions to ask employees upon return to work and on a regular basis moving forward. This template is based on questions required or recommended by various states as well as input from U.S. Chamber member companies of all sizes and sectors.
General Office Settings
- Reopening Guidance for General Office Settings (AIHA)
- Recovery Readiness: A How-to Guide for Reopening your Workplace (Cushman & Wakefield)
- The Safe-Six Checklist (Cushman & Wakefield)
- The Six-Feet Office: Helping You Adjust to Your New Normal (Cushman & Wakefield)
Tourism & Travel
Tampa International Airport: In order to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Airport is making a number of changes to its facilities and operations while it anticipates the gradual return of passengers.
Visit Tampa Bay has created Tampa Bay Prepared providing resources to help define what reopening might mean for your business, inlcuding some resources and recommendations on reopening strategies that can ensure traveler confidence.
Industry Specific Resources
At Home Service Providers:
Colleges & Universities
Gyms & Workout Facilities:
- CDC Considerations for Restaurants and Bars
- National Restaurant Association Reopening Guidance
- Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association Guidance
- Tampa Bay Prepared from Visit Tampa Bay
- FDA Best Practices for Retail Food Stores, Restaurants, and Food Pick-Up/Delivery Services
Medical & Dental:
Parks & Recreation:
Salons, Barbershops & Nail Shops:
- Executive Order 20-120 reopening barbershops, hair salons and nail salons
- Department of Business and Professional Regulation
- Guidance for barbershops, hair salons and nail salons can be found HERE.
- Answers to frequently asked questions relating to Executive Order 20-120 can be found HERE.
- Reopening Guidance for Hair & Nail Salons (AIHA)
Warehouse & Storage:
- Warehouse Readiness Checklist (Cushman & Wakefield)
More resources are being added daily! If your organization has industry specific resources to share, please email email@example.com.
Things to Watch:
Big Picture: Road Map to Reopening
Path Forward: Masks, Temperature Scanners
Deep Dive: How is the Pandemic Influencing Consumers?
Path Forward: Social Distancing and Sanitization in the Office
Blueprint: Reopening Your Business