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  • June 19th Update: City of Tampa Mask Ordinance | Hillsborough County CARES Funding | PPE & Supplies

    Dear Valued Members,

    I hope that your week has been filled with some bright spots as we move through this transitional season into a time of recovery. We have a lot of new information to share with you as we close this work week. We have also added several new resources to our COVID19 Resources Page and our Business Recovery Resources Page.
    City of Tampa Mask Ordinance:
    Effective at 5pm on Friday, June 19, 2020, 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. | See Executive Order 20-27.
    Exceptions/Facial coverings are not required to be worn by the following persons:

    • Persons under the age of two years
    • ​Persons observing social distancing in accordance with CDC guidelines
    • Persons for whom a face covering would cause impairment due to an existing health condition
    • Persons working in a business or profession who do not have interactions with other persons
    • Persons working in a business or profession who maintain social distancing from another person
    • Persons working in a business or profession where use of a face covering would prevent them from performing the duties of the business or profession
    • Persons exercising, while maintaining social distancing
    • Persons while eating or drinking
    • Public safety, fire and other life safety and health care personnel, as their personal protective equipment requirements will be governed
    • by their respective agencies
    • The requirement shall not apply when a person who is hearing-impaired needs to see the mouth of someone wearing a face covering in order to communicate PPE Guide

    Free face covering pick-up will be available at the following locations starting Saturday from 8 AM -- 5 PM until further notice.

    • Himes Ave. Complex  - 4501 S. Himes Ave
    • MacFarlane Park – 1700 N. MacDill Ave.
    • Al Barnes Park – 2902 N. 32nd St.
    • No ID required, limit to 2 per person in the vehicle
    • Businesses can request to pick up the necessary quantities of face coverings for staff and customers by filling out this form.

    Thanks to our partnership with the Florida Chamber of Commerce, we will receive 1000 cloth face coverings to be distributed to our member businesses at no cost. We expect to receive the shipment by early next week and will send additional instructions on how you can obtain these supplies for your employees. 
    CDC Resources for Masks & Cloth Face Coverings:

    South Tampa Chamber PPE, Cleaning & Supplier Guide:
    Please see the our NEW PPE, Cleaning & Supplier Guide to help you locate needed supplies for your business. To have your business added to the list contact hello@southtampachamber.org.

    Printable Signs for your Business:

    Hillsborough County Small Businesses Grant Funding:
    Small business owners across Hillsborough County who have been financially affected by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic soon will be able to apply for $100 million in relief grants that aim to help get business back up and running again. Beginning on Monday, June 22, business owners can review the grant details and set up a username and password in the grant portal. Hillsborough County will also provide online information sessions about the financial assistance programs | Click here to learn more.

    Business can qualify for one of three different grants:

    • Kickstart Small Business Grant - up to $10,000 in working capital, for businesses with up to $3 million in annual revenue
    • Back to Work Grant - 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 Grant - 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

    South Tampa Chamber Resources: 

    I hope to see you next Tuesday when we welcome Dr. Jerry Parrish, Chief Economist and Director of Research for the Florida Chamber, who will present us with an Economic Update on what to expect as we move into the second half of 2020. | RSVP Here as space is limited.
    Be well and be safe,
    Kelly Flannery, FCCP | President & CEO
    South Tampa Chamber of Commerce