Guidance for Businesses on the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Posted by: Links and Excerpts Compiled by the Chamber on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 2:00:00 pm


Call 211 if you have questions about COVID-19.

As reported on April 7, the county’s (St. Joseph) total number of confirmed cases is 129 with one death. Statewide, it is 5,507 (28,764 tested), with 173 deaths. Please be mindful of the spaces you use and remember playgrounds remain closed. Stay home! If you must get out, please practice social distancing (6-foot separation), and use a cloth mask (but don't touch your face and still practice the guidelines of social distancing) that covers your nose and mouth.

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb extends Stay-at-Home Orders for another two weeks--April 20 (Hunker Down Hoosiers). | Official Executive Order | Stay-at-Home FAQs | State Resources

CISA Guidelines on Essential Businesses

Updates from Governor Holcomb on Schools, Economy, Unemployment Insurance & More (March 19)

President Trump, on March 29, extends social distancing measures through April 30 | 


Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Info Sheet: Borrowers

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) authorizes up to $349 billion in forgivable loans to small businesses to pay their employees during the COVID-19 crisis. All loan terms will be the same for everyone. Download Info Sheet  

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Application

Download application

Indiana Small Business Development Center: Relief Options

SBA Update Links

Access the latest links from about funding sources for small businesses.

Economic Injury Disaster Loans

COVID-19 Relief Loan Options, SBA   


877.820.0890 or email (For business & industry questions only)

CDC Guidance for Businesses

General Info from the CDC

Prevention Steps for Close Contact (St. Joseph County Department of Health)

State Department of Health Dashboard


Indiana Unemployment Insurance Employer FAQs

Download English PDF | Download Spanish PDF (As of March 26)

Indiana Unemployment Insurance Claimant FAQs (How to File)

Download PDF (As of March 26)

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

All employers, with under 500 employees, are required to give their employees this Families First Paid Sick Leave Notice.  Download notice. If you have any question, please reach out to the Chamber's Director of Operations Mari Bishop at 574.400.4001. Download Families First Employee Rights Poster.

Labor & Employment Law

COVID-19 Employer Update: Barnes & Thornburg Webinar (March 23). Access Webinar

Benefits Playbook

View the Gibson COVID-19 Employee Benefits Playbook

Tax Information

With the impending federal $2.2 billion federal relief legislation, RSM shares their Tax Alert on the Legislation.

Preparing and Responding to COVID-19

Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers from the CDC

Workplace Tips - Tips and resources for employers to combat the virus

U.S. Chamber's Business Resources: Preparedness Tips and Guidelines

Corporate Aid Tracker - How businesses are helping nationwide

Survey on Business Impact - Results from the American Chamber of Commerce in China

Resilience in a Box - A toolbox to help businesses put a plan in place (created by the US Chamber Foundation in partnership with the UPS Foundation)

More Resources - Including consolidated, business-specific guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Coronavirus Resource Page

COVID-19 Safety and Health Standards

Key Planning Recommendations for Mass Gatherings


Chamber Jobs Board

Post job openings on the Chamber Jobs Board and view job openings.

Career Launch Virtual Tour

While we had to cancel the March 24 and 25 Career Launch event at the Century Center. We now bring it to you virtually! Our area employers are ready to show high school students and adults what entry-level or internship opportunities that have available. Use this page as a great learning exercise for high school students learning from home. Take the tour.

Home Learning

WNIT and WORLD to Broadcast Daily At Home Learning Programs for Grades 6-12. More Info


Share the Good

While our business community is facing unprecedented challenges, we are also hearing of good things our businesses are doing by partnering and working together for the greater good. Help us tell those stories, and we'll use our communication channels to share this information. Share the Good here.


Childcare Resources

Brighter Futures Indiana


1-800 Water Damage of South Bend

First Response

Insurance Coverage for COVID-19

Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP: Why you should be looking at  your insurance coverage 

Mental Health and Well-Being

Counseling/Mental Health Business Category


As of March 16, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb ordered no in-person events of more than 50 people, while also ordering bars, nightclubs and restaurants closed through the end of March. Restaruants can still provide takeout and delivery services. As of March 16, the CDC recommended gatherings of no more than 10 people. 

Guidance Regarding COVID-19 and Travel

List of Canceled/Postponed Events

Restaurants Offering Take Out


South Bend Clinic Hotline 574.307.6870
Beacon Answerline 855.523.2225
Call 211 for those people without access to a health care provider

Hygiene and Social Recommendations

  • Practice social distancing, six feet apart. Note: the CDC is recommending gatherings of no more than 10 people.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. If soap and water is unavailable, use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, preferably with your elbow.
  • Avoid handshakes.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick. 
  • If you don't feel well, stay home



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