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COVID-19 Updates and Resources

These are difficult, trying times for the people of Sheridan County, for our country, and for the world. What matters today is your safety, the safety of your loved ones, and the safety of those in your community. The uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 changes daily, but what does not is our commitment to serving the people of Sheridan County.

To that end, Sheridan Travel & Tourism will continue to share the stories of our incredible community – the creators, the innovators, the makers, and the mavericks. We will share with you the beauty of the legendary Bighorn Mountains. And we will share messages that inspire and uplift in these uncertain times.

When the dust settles, we will still be here. This temporary distance will serve to bring us together for the future.

Here we’ll share with you resources on how you can support local businesses while also practicing social distancing; how our local industry is planning for the future; and more.

The author Sam Morton says that Wyoming is a testament to what people are capable of if you give them enough space. That is more true today than ever before.

Stay safe,

Shawn Parker
Executive Director
Sheridan County Travel & Tourism

COVID-19 INFORMATION AND RESOURCES – UPDATED April 3, 2020

Sheridan County Board of Commission Incident Management Team – click here

Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce – click here

Wyoming Travel Industry Coalition – click here

Wyoming Office of Tourism Industry Resources – click here

City of Sheridan – click here

Our partners at The Wyoming Travel Industry Coalition (WTIC) and Wyoming Lodging and Restaurant Association (WLRA) have developed information and resources that are updated daily. Information you’ll find includes answers to the following questions, and many more:

– Are restaurants, bar and lodging operations limited?

– I have a full retail liquor license.  Can I sell beer and wine to go?

– What are some things I can do to sustain my business if I choose to stay open?  

– If I have to to reduce the hours of my employees or lay off employees, am I required to provide a federal WARN notice?

– Congress just passed a COVID19 FMLA and Paid Sick Leave Act, where can I find the details about this new law? When does it go into effect?

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION DISASTER LOAN ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

The state of Wyoming has received approval for its small businesses to apply for U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loans for COVID-19. Follow this link to the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce’s COVID-19 Business Resource page for updates and instructions.

GOVERNOR GORDON’S RESOURCES

Governor Mark Gordon announced the launch of a state government webpage that will provide resources and information on the COVID-19 outbreak.

The webpage may be viewed at covid19.wyo.gov.

“We want to offer a single location to share information and resources from multiple state agencies as we respond to this pandemic,” Governor Gordon said.

The page includes links to resources and information from the Wyoming Department of Health, the Wyoming Office of Homeland Security, the Wyoming Department of Education, the University of Wyoming and the state’s community colleges.

PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM

BUSINESSES URGED TO SUBMIT APPLICATIONS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE
Starting April 3, 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.

Because there is a cap on the amount of money available for these loans, those interested in applying are urged to submit their applications as soon as possible so as not to miss out on the funds. It is recommended to consult with your lending institution, accountant and/or attorney for guidance.

Click here for the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program Sample Application.

JOB RESOURCES

While many of us are fortunate to be able to work from home, some of our friends and neighbors have been laid off or displaced from their jobs due to COVID-19. The hospitality industry has been hit extremely hard, and layoffs have become a reality across the nation.

But there are companies, many in our own community, still hiring – and in some industries, the need to produce essential material and equipment, food, provide services, etc. means that there is more urgency than ever to find qualified personnel.

The Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce maintains an excellent archive of available jobs, that you can visit here.

Additional resources include:
www.employwyo.com
www.wyomingatwork.com
www.indeed.com

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE

Employees who are separated from employment, have had their hours of employment reduced, or are prevented from working due to a medical condition caused by COVID-19 or due to communicable disease control measures, may be eligible for unemployment benefits.Employees who are quarantined or directed by a federal, state or local government authority or a medical or public health professions to remain in isolation related to COVID-19 may also eligible for unemployment insurance. Employees can apply for unemployment insurance here.

LOCAL FOOD AND BEVERAGE

Many restaurants and food vendors in Sheridan County are currently offering curbside + drive thru options. Remember that all are closed to dine-in guests through April 17th.

To make it easy on you to find what you’re looking for, and to support your local restaurants in these difficult times, check out our restaurant guide.

And don’t forget that our breweries, tap rooms and many other establishments are offering curbside pickup as well.

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