Bay County and the municipalities within it have declared a ‘State of Emergency’ in response to the current spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) globally and specifically in the United States. For the latest national health advisories and notices, please click here. For the latest State of Florida advisories, please click here. For the latest Bay County Health Department advisories, please click here.
To assist our local companies, the Bay Economic Development Alliance (Bay EDA) is compiling resources to assist our businesses and their employees during this fast-changing situation. The situation is unique in that it has affected everyone in their daily life and caused nearly all companies to make unexpected changes to their operation. On this COVID-19 Resource Center, you will find information on federal, state, private financial resources to help our companies’ weather this ‘storm’. You will also find additional information to assist employees if their employment has been impacted. We have also included specific demographic information to help our companies and community leaders make informed decisions as we all work to stop the spread of COVID-19. As this situation evolves, this page will be updated to provide new information on resources that will be available to assist you operation and employees.
Workforce and General Information
On April 29th, Governor DeSantis announced plans for Florida to transition into Phase 1 for Florida’s Recovery Post COVID-19 Emergency. The plan is to take effect on Monday, May 4th at 12:01 a.m. and will last until a subsequent order is made. Additional Phase One information is below as well as a list of General Questions that may arise about the order.
Phase 1: General Questions
CareerSource Gulf Coast
During this time, our workforce partner, CareerSource Gulf Coast is managing the COVID-19 response for all workforce related items for employees and employers who have been impacted by the coronavirus. To support your impacted workforce CareerSource GC has put together the following resources. The information can be accessed here. CareerSource is updating this information several times daily as new information is provided regarding workforce resources.
If you or someone you know is needing to apply for reemployment assistance, CareerSource Gulf Coast now has paper applications available. Please see the image for additional details.
To assist businesses and employees, on Friday, March 20th, the Federal Government announced that the federal tax filing deadline was being extended from April 15th to July 15th. This will allow all taxpayers the additional time to complete filings and make payments, if needed, without penalties or interest. Additional information on this will be forthcoming. An initial news report can be found here.
Is your Business Reopening or Workplace Coming Back to the Office?
If your business is in the planning stages of restarting its operation or looking for suggestions to ensure you have a safe workplace in the wake of COVID-19? Our partners at Hand Arendall Harrison Sale and the U.S. CDC have compiled information to assist companies with just that. See below for further information.
HAND ARENDALL HARRISION SALE INFORMATION
CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION INFORMATION