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April 3, 2020
Central Texas Mobile Food Pantry at First Baptist April 10
The Central Texas Mobile Food Pantry will be in the First Baptist Church parking lot at 711 S. Eagle Street in Fredericksburg April 10 from 10am-11am. CLICK HERE to find food now.
March 31, 2020
Governor Abbott Issues Executive Order, Implements Statewide Essential Services And Activities Protocols
CLICK HERE for more information about the order.
CLICK HERE for more information about the GA-14 Essential Services Designation
Fredericksburg Chamber President/CEO Penny C. McBride talks with JD Rose of Informing FBG about the latest developments on business and our community. Penny offered broad overview of business assistance programs, including the small business provisions of the recently passed CARES Act, plus ways you can help local businesses survive economic uncertainty.
March 30, 2020
Informing FBG will feature a live interview with Fredericksburg Chamber President Penny C. McBride at 1;30 p.m. today. She will offer a broad overview of business assistance programs, including the small business provisions of the recently passed CARES Act, plus ways you can help local businesses survive economic uncertainty.
March 29, 2020
SQUARE WAIVING FEES
Square is waiving all software subscription fees for the month of April for existing sellers who currently use Square Appointments, Retail, Restaurants, Loyalty, Team Management, Payroll, Marketing, and Square Online Store. Square will manage the process for you—there’s no need to do anything. This is in addition to refunding March subscription fees. For more information visit https://squareup.com/us/en/l/immediate-support-response
March 27, 2020
NATIONAL SMALL BUSINESS TOWN HALL
In case you missed the National Small Business Town Hall, which was hosted earlier today by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Inc. Magazine, please click to watch.
The 58 minute video includes information on waivers to SBA loan programs, an overview of the key provisions of the CARE act and how to evaluate what choices may be best for your small business.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act has allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program, the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses who maintain their payroll during this emergency.
CLICK HERE to view U.S. Chamber's Summary Guide of Care Act.
March 25, 2020
A MESSAGE FROM THE TEXAS STATE COMPTROLLER
These are challenging times for businesses all over the nation. The Texas Comptroller’s office knows that during periods of economic hardship, paying or remitting taxes and fees on time can feel like an extra burden when there’s so much uncertainty. We’re thankful to those businesses that were able to remit state and local sales taxes they collected from customers in February on the March 20, 2020, due date.
We understand that virtually all of our taxpayers are doing their best to remain in compliance and be responsible in submitting the taxes they collected from their customers. With that in mind, our agency is here to offer assistance to those businesses that are struggling to pay the full amount of sales taxes they collected in February.
For businesses that find themselves in this situation, our agency is offering assistance in the form of short-term payment agreements and, in most instances, waivers of penalties and interest.
We ask that you contact our Enforcement Hotline at 800-252-8880 to learn about your options for remaining in compliance and avoiding interest and late fees on taxes due.
In addition, we have a variety of online tools for businesses seeking assistance. See our COVID-19 emergency response webpage for access to online tools, tutorials and other resources for tax services, and to establish 24/7 online account access with Webfile.
We’re standing by to help Texas businesses during these difficult times.
TEXAS WORKFORCE COMMISSION RESOURCE INFORMATION & LIVE Q&A
The Texas Workforce Commission will host a LIVE Q&A session on their Facebook page this afternoon at 2:30pm
Employees: Questions about Unemployment or Employment insurance:
1-800-832-2829 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Employers: Legal options and work from home policies:
Most recent updates: twc.texas.gov
March 24, 2020
SUBSCRIBE TO THE FREDERICKSBURG STANDARD DAILY UPDATE
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LISTEN TO CITY MEETINGS
Review agendas and listen to Fredericksburg City Council meetings. http://www.fbgtx.org/AgendaCenter
SBA WEBINARS AVAILABLE
The Small Business Administration is offering free webinars regarding the Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL)
HILL COUNTRY UNIVERSITY CENTER UPDATES CLASS STATUS
Officials with Central Texas College (CTC) and Texas Tech University-Fredericksburg (TTU) have announced that the offices at the Hill Country University campus in Fredericksburg are closed to the public until further notice and classes will be conducted in an online format for the remainder of the semester.
Students can still email their advisors, who are responding to questions: and email@example.com. All common services are available remotely: advising, financial aid, and bookstore orders.
“We want to help our students succeed in any possible way we can,” said Kristy Kothe, CTC Site Director. “Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, we still want to encourage our students to continue their educational pathway. The health and safety of our students, their families and our community is of upmost importance.”
At this time, face-to-face classes are pending for the summer session at the Fredericksburg Site. However, those may move to the online format depending upon recommendations issued by the Centers for Disease Control.
Summer registration for TTU is open now, and will open April 6th for CTC students.
The public can visit the institutional websites for updates: CTCD.EDU and TTU.EDU. Students are also encouraged to check the CTC Hill Country and TTU Fredericksburg Facebook pages for updates on local campus activities.
March 23, 2020
CITY COUNCIL MEETING TO BE BROADCAST LIVE ON RADIO AND INTERNET
The City of Fredericksburg City Council will meet in a special session on Monday, March 23, 2020, at 3:30 p.m. in the City Hall Conference Room, 126 W. Main Street, Fredericksburg, Texas. This is an open meeting, open to the public, subject to the Open Meetings Law of the State of Texas, and as required by law, notice is hereby posted on March 20, 2020, before 5:00 p.m., providing time, place, date, and agenda thereof. However, the City of Fredericksburg will be adhering to the CDC guidelines and be limiting the meeting to 10 people in a gathering and encourage residents to listen to the meeting on KNAF and on the internet at fbg.live.
Items on the agenda include:
- Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Report on status of the City response to the Coronavirus pandemic
Discussion and approval of Disaster Declaration
Discussion and approval of temporary closure of certain City services
Report and discussion on financial impact to the City
Discussion on future City Council and advisory board meetings
Discussion of continuing to provide critical City services
Discussion and possible action on the May 2, 2020 City of Fredericksburg General Election
All agendas and meeting minutes can be viewed and downloaded from the City’s website at http://www.fbgtx.org/AgendaCenter.
March 20, 2020
CITY OF FREDERICKSBURGSPECIAL SESSION
The City of Fredericksburg City Council will meet in a special session on Monday, March 23, 2020, at 3:30 p.m. in the City Hall Conference Room, 126 W. Main Street, Fredericksburg, Texas. This is an open meeting, open to the public, subject to the Open Meetings Law of the State of Texas, and as required by law, notice is hereby posted on March 20, 2020, before 5:00 p.m., providing time, place, date, and agenda thereof. However, the City of Fredericksburg will be adhering to the CDC guidelines and be limiting the meeting to 10 people in a gathering and encourage residents to listen to the meeting on
KNAF and on the internet at fbg.live.
Items on the agenda include:
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Report on status of the City response to the Coronavirus pandemic; Discussion and approval of Disaster Declaration; Discussion and approval of temporary closure of certain City services; Report and discussion on financial impact to the City; Discussion on future City Council and advisory board meetings; Discussion of continuing to provide critical City services; Discussion and possible action on the May 2, 2020 City of Fredericksburg General Election.
All agendas and meeting minutes can be viewed and downloaded from the City's website at fbgtx.org/AgendaCenter.
March 19, 2020
DAILY RECORDING BY CITY MANAGER
The City of Fredericksburg is offering a daily recording from City Manager Kent Myers about COVID-19 that can be heard by calling 830-307-3680. They are also limiting employee contact with the public. While utility customers will not be able to access City Hall to pay their bill, customers can pay online or utilize the drop box outside City Hall, located at 126 W. Main St., or the drop box in the Broadway Bank drive-thru location.
GOVERNOR DECLARES PUBLIC HEALTH DISASTER
Governor Greg Abbott has announced statewide restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19. The following restrictions go into effect tomorrow at midnight and remain in effect until midnight, April 3.
All public gatherings, including weddings and funerals, will be limited to 10 persons.
No in-restaurant dining. Drive-through and curbside service is still allowed.
Bars and gyms to be closed.
Schools remain closed.
No visitation to nursing homes and assisted living centers.
The Governor will hold a televised Town Hall meeting tonight at 7 p.m.
Fredericksburg Independent School District’s Board of Trustees unanimously voted to suspend face-to-face instruction in school facilities through April 3. The board will reconvene April 2 for another decision. Students could return April 6, depending on state,federal and local decisions.
City Limiting Access to City Hall/Fire Station
Daily Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates Available Via Telephone
Fredericksburg, TX - The City of Fredericksburg is taking the threat of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) very seriously and
wants to keep the public informed with the most up-to-date information possible. City Manager, Kent Myers, will
be recording daily updates that will be accessible to the public by calling 830.307.3680.
“The current COVID-19 situation is extremely fluid at this point. It is of utmost importance that pertinent information
is shared with our community. The safety, health, and welfare of the community and our employees is paramount,”
stated City Manager, Kent Myers.
The City of Fredericksburg will also be limiting employee contact with the public. While utility customers will not be
able to access City Hall to pay their bill, customers can pay online or utilize the drop box outside City Hall or the drop
box in the Broadway Bank drive through location. Customers needing to speak with City departments should contact
City Hall at 830.997.7521 to make an appointment or attempt to solve any issues over the phone or by email. The
City of Fredericksburg will continue to provide City services including electric, water, wastewater, and sanitation
services to the community.
The City’s website also contains helpful information at fbgtx.org/coronavirus. City staff and local officials will
continue to meet at least weekly to share information and updates as they are available.
March 18, 2020
Governor Abbott Waives Certain Regulations to Allow Delivery of Alcohol from Restaurants and to Support Hospitality Industry
CLICK HERE for information
March 17, 2020
As per Fredericksburg City Manager Kent Myers, restrictions on gatherings of more than 50 persons (as per CDC guidelines) only apply to City facilities and parks. These restrictions DO NOT apply to local businesses at this time.
The office of Gillespie County Judge Mark Stroeher states that Gillespie County is currently following CDC Guidelines.
The Fredericksburg Standard Radio-Post continues to provide excellent updated information about closures, schedule amendments and cancellations. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to submit updates. Subscribe to the Fredericksburg Standard’s free email Daily Update for the latest news.
Event cancellations & local updates from the Fredericksburg CVB
March 16, 2020
Effective today, the City of Fredericksburg will be following the CDC recommendations on limiting mass gatherings (over 50 attendees) in the City Limits.
Hill Country Memorial (HCM) has issued the following instructions related to screening for COVID-19:
Should you, a family member or employee have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, please CALL your Primary Care Physician or the HCM Immediate Care Clinic at 803.992.2820 for a phone screening.
Follow the directions provided during the phone screening.
Do not drive to a facility to be screened.
HCM does offer a drive through testing option if you are symptomatic and have a physician’s orders.
Additionally, HCM has made the following changes to its visitation:
Any and all visitors must be over the age of 18
One visitor will be allowed per patient per stay
Considerations may be made for end of life care
For additional information, please visit HCM’s COVID-19 resource page or call their Community Resource Information line at 830.990.6100, Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Fredericksburg Standard Radio-Post is informing readers through a variety of channels about closures and cancellations. Please email email@example.com to submit updates. Subscribe to the Fredericksburg Standard’s free email Daily Update for the latest news.
Fredericksburg and Harper Independent School Districts will be closed this week, along with Ambleside School, Heritage School and St. Mary’s Catholic School.
STATE AND FEDERAL EMPLOYER & EMPLOYEE RESOURCES
The U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division, has posted Q&A related to common issues employers and employees face when responding to influenza, pandemics, or other public health emergencies, and their effects on wages and hours worked under the Fair Labor Standards Act and job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act.
The U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety & Health Administration, has released
Guidance for Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19, including steps to reduce worker exposure to the virus and how to assess that risk.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention offers these interim guidelines for businesses and employers to control exposure and create a continuity plan for potential outbreak.
The Texas Department of Insurance has stated that health insurers and health maintenance organizations, representing more than 95% of the state-regulated market in Texas, are waiving consumer costs for medically-necessary testing of COVID-19. Many also are offering telemedicine at no cost to consumers. Check the list here.
The U.S. Small Business Administration will provide Disaster Assistance Loans for Small Businesses impacted by COVID-19. The program will offer up to $2 million in assistance for a small business. These loans can provide economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.