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July 14, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES 
Local health officials are combining their efforts to provide a more comprehensive report on local COVID-19 numbers. The report is expected to be released around noon each day, and when it becomes available, it will be shared on the Fredericksburg Standard Facebook page and through a special email. Yesterday's report totaled 90 cases, of which included 40 active cases, 29 recovered cases and 21 Hill Country Memorial positive cases not yet reported by the Texas Department of State Health Services. 

July 13, 2020

Please read this letter for a better understanding of COVID reporting and the actions needed from the community to help HCM!

Visit HCMCOVID19.org for the update from HCM's CEO, Jayne Pope. HCM Thanks you for doing your part to help us safeguard the capacity we need to keep our communities and team cared for well.

SAMPLE EMPLOYEE SCREENING QUESTIONNAIRE

Protect your workplace from the spread of COVID-19. The US Chamber of Commerce offers this sample employee screening questionnaire.

https://www.uschamber.com/sites/default/files/coronavirus_employeequestionnaire_final.pdf

July 8, 2020

MANAGING COVID-19 DIAGNOSIS IN THE WORKPLACE

With a rise in local COVID-19 cases, our office has received a variety of questions related to the best practice and legal requirements of managing employees with possible, suspected or positive COVID-19 diagnosis.

 

The Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Hill Country Memorial to offer a webinar on the subject and will announce the date/time next week. In the interim, we have assembled the following resource materials, and sourced Q&A to assist our members. PLEASE NOTE: The content of this email, and the referenced resource materials, is subject to change and not intended as professional legal advice.

 

An employee has reported a presumptive or positive COVID diagnosis, what's next?

  • Send the employee with a confirmed or presumptive case of COVID-19 (the “Affected Employee”) home if they are at work, or have them stay at home if they are not at work. 

  • Encourage the Affected Employee to contact their healthcare provider immediately.

  • There is no requirement for employers to notify either the CDC or any state’s department of health to inform them of the positive diagnosis of an employee. The healthcare provider which receives the confirmation of a positive test result is the mandatory reporter who will handle that responsibility.

  • Provide the Affected Employee with information on sick leave and other applicable benefits. This should include benefits available for COVID-19 related absences under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

  • Ensure the Affected Employee has a point of contact with whom they should communicate any updates and developments.

  • Clean and disinfect the Affected Employee’s workspace thoroughly as soon as possible.

  • Ask the Affected Employee to provide a list of employees or other business-related third parties with whom the Affected Employee came in to “close contact” over the previous 14 days. The CDC defines “close contact” as being within approximately 6 feet of someone with COVID-19 for a prolonged period of time, or having direct contact with infectious secretions from someone with a COVID-19 case (e.g., being coughed on).

  • Communicate the potential exposure to other employees who were in close contact with the Affected Employee, without revealing the identity of the Affected Employee. In addition, inform any third parties who were potentially in close contact with the Affected Employee, such as landlords, customers, contractors, and vendors.

  • Send home any individuals who came into close contact with the Affected Employee, and advise them to self-quarantine for a 14-day period.

 

If an employee(s) test positive for COVID-19, do I have to close my business for a period of time?

You are not required to close your business if an employee(s) tests positive for COVID-19, but you should undergo enhanced sanitation protocols as per CDC Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces. You may also choose to have your workplace professionally cleaned.

 

Am I required to provide paid leave to employees who have tested positive for COVID or have been exposed to COVID in the workplace?

The Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (enacted in April 2020) also enacts The Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (“Sick Leave Act”). Under the Sick Leave Act, employees would be entitled to paid sick leave, regardless of how long they have been employed by the employer. The Sick Leave Act also applies to only private employers who have less than 500 employees. However, the Secretary of Labor may exempt employers with less than fifty (50) employees, if the obligation would jeopardize the viability of the business.

 

Full-time employees are entitled to eighty (80) hours of paid sick leave, and part-time employees are entitled to an equivalent to those hours the employee works, on average, over a two week period.

 

For employees who are on leave due to exposure to COVID-19 coronavirus, an employer must pay the employee 100% of the employee’s regular wages, up to $511 per day, for a total of not more than $5,110.00.

 

Employers cannot force you to use up your vacation or other sick time before receiving this benefit.

 

Whom should we inform if one or more employees test positive for COVID-19, and what should we reveal about their identities?

An employer should disclose to other employees that a co-worker (or a visitor to the office) has tested positive for COVID-19, without disclosing any identities.

 

An employer should not disclose the identity of an employee who has tested positive, or anything specific about his/her medical condition or symptoms, to others in the workplace.

 

What could we ask the employee to reveal or let us reveal?

An employer may ask whether an employee is willing to disclose symptoms or a positive diagnosis to others, or whether the employee is comfortable with the employer's doing so. However, employers should be careful to exert no pressure on the employee to agree to either mode of disclosure. Any disclosure of identity under these circumstances should be truly voluntary on the part of the employee.

 

An employer should ask an employee who has tested positive to provide a list of individuals (employees, clients, contractors, vendors) with whom the employee came in contact in the last 14 days in connection with their employment, as well as floors/facilities they may have visited, whether they were in shared spaces such as a cafeteria, etc. An employer may disclose this information to the office (without disclosing the identity of the individual), but we recommend first discussing this with the employee.

 

What disclosures should we make regardless of the employee's consent?

Even if it is not possible to get prior consent from an employee who has tested positive for COVID-19, the employer should notify specific co-workers, clients, vendors, etc. that a person with whom they were in contact over the past 14 days has now tested positive, and that they should take appropriate cautionary measures.

 

Can I require an employee to be COVID tested?

Employers can, subject to certain requirements and limitations, administer a COVID-19 test before permitting employees to enter the workplace. However, mandatory medical tests are covered under the ADA. The ADA requires that any mandatory medical test of employees be "job-related and consistent with business necessity."

 

Applying this standard to the current circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, employers may take steps to determine if employees entering the workplace have COVID-19 because an individual with the virus will pose a direct threat to the health of others. Therefore an employer may choose to administer COVID-19 testing to employees before they enter the workplace to determine if they have the virus.

 

Employers must also ensure that the tests are accurate and reliable. For example, employers may review guidance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration about what may or may not be considered safe and accurate testing, as well as guidance from CDC or other public health authorities, and check for updates.

 

Can I require my employees to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) while at work or while performing work-related duties? Can I ask an employee who has called in sick about their symptoms? Can I ask an employee questions about possible COVID exposure and check for symptoms following travel by that employee?

All of these questions and more are answered in the US Equal Opportunity Employment Commissions, Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace and Americans with Disabilities Act Guidance.

 

When is it safe for COVID positive employee to return to work?

The answer to this question is dependent on many variables. Consult the CDC's safe return to work guidance, including tools for symptom tracking and risk assessment.

July 8, 2020

TEA ISSUES COMPREHENSIVE GUIDELINES FOR A SAFE RETURN TO ON-CAMPUS INSTRUCTION FOR THE 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR

Read more in the TEA News HERE

 

REMINDER! The COVID-extended deadline for filing federal tax returns is one week from today!

July 6, 2020

CITY COUNCIL MEETING JULY 6

The upcoming regularly scheduled City Council Meeting will be held on Monday, July 6, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. This meeting will be held remotely via Zoom Teleconferencing, and in person attendance will not be available. Members of the public may attend the meeting remotely by web or telephone via Zoom Teleconferencing. These actions are being taken to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 by avoiding meetings that bring people into a group setting and in accordance with Section 418.016 of the Texas Government Code.

Members of the public may join the Zoom Meeting by one of the following:

By internet:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81481677858

Password: 786247521

By phone:

(888)788-0099 (Toll Free)

(877)853-5247 (Toll Free)

Meeting ID: 814 8167 7858

Password: 786247521

You may also access this meeting through live streaming on the City of Fredericksburg’s Facebook page.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Fredericksburg is allowing written or verbal public comments using one of the two methods:

Written Comments: to be submitted remotely, by 3 p.m. on July 6, 2020,

1. Must be received by 3 p.m. on July 6, 2020

2. Complete the Citizen Comment Form online at www.fbgtx.org; or

3. Email your comments to sgoodwin@fbgtx.org; or

4. Complete a Citizen Comment Form located inside the Public Access entrance at 126 W. Main Street, Fredericksburg, Texas, and place in the box marked Citizen Comment Form.

Copies of the submitted comments will be provided to the City Council and made public on the City website under the “July 6, 2020, City Council Regular Meeting” tab.

Verbal Comments:

1. Must submit your name, address and contact information to sgoodwin@fbgtx.com by 3 p.m. on July 6, 2020.

2. Please log on to the meeting 15 minutes early.

3. Set your name in the ID on the Zoom Meeting

4. Wait for your name to be called.

5. You will be limited to 3 minutes to speak.

Audio of this meeting will be recorded and uploaded to the City website following the conclusion of the meeting.

Items on the agenda include:

- Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

- Employee Recognitions

- Public Comments

Items on the consent agenda include the following:

- Consider approval of meeting minutes

Public Hearing:

- Hold Public Hearing to receive Citizen's input on the FY2021 Budget

Other Action Items and Updates:

- Consider, discuss, and take appropriate action regarding the Post Oak/Cherry Street Extension Annexation and Zoning schedule

- Consider, discuss, and take appropriate action regarding a presentation on the 5-Year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) for the City of Fredericksburg

- Consider, discuss, and take appropriate action regarding continued operation of City facilities during the COVID-19 recovery period

The City Manager's Report will include a Budget update, discussion of the Governor's COVID-19 Orders, the Mask Order, the COVID-19 Task Force, and the Fourth of July events.

All agendas and meeting minutes can be viewed and downloaded from the City's website at http://www.fbgtx.org/AgendaCenter.

 

 

COVID-19 TESTING BY TEXAS MILITARY DEPARTMENT TAKING PLACE ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 8, 2020

On Wednesday, July 8, 2020, the Texas Military Department, in conjunction with the

City of Fredericksburg, the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM), the Texas Emergency

Medical Task Force (EMTF), and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), will be conducting

a mobile COVID-19 screening event from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the Fredericksburg South Fire Station

located at 221 Friendship Lane. This testing will be offered free of charge to the public.

Those wishing to be tested must register online at https://texas.curativeinc.com/welcome. Testing will

not be provided without registration. Those wishing to be tested can sign up for an appointment 24 hours

prior to the testing day. You must have an email address in order to register.

The testing method that will be used for this event will be a throat swab test rather than a nasal swab.

The event will have the capacity to conduct up to 600 tests.

A screening process will be in place and administered by State Health Department personnel trained to

gather information and assess symptoms which could suggest that a person should be tested for COVID-

19. Anyone with the primary symptoms of COVID-19, including fever and/or chills, dry or productive

cough, fatigue, body aches/muscle or joint pain, shortness of breath, sore throat, headaches,

nausea/vomiting/diarrhea, nasal congestion, or loss of taste and/or smell, will be eligible for testing

without the need of a prescription from a medical professional. Anyone who is asymptomatic may also

be tested.

Those being tested will remain in their vehicle and be administered the test without leaving their

automobile. Once results are available, patients will receive a text message with a link to a portal with

results and information. Those testing positive will also be contacted by their local health department.

For additional information, please contact Catherine Kuhlmann, Fredericksburg Fire EMS Infectious

Disease Control Officer, at 830-992-9218.

July 4, 2020 

An extension of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was signed into law today. The bill extends the deadline for businesses to apply for PPP loans until Aug. 8. The program, set up to assist businesses impacted by closures related to the coronavirus pandemic, had expired on Tuesday night with roughly $130 billion left unused.

 

July 2, 2020

GOVERNOR ABBOTT ISSUES FACE COVERING ORDER & CHANGES OUTDOOR GATHERING RULES

FACE COVERING

This afternoon, Governor Greg Abbott issued an Executive Order requiring all persons in Texas to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth in public spaces in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases, with few exceptions. This will include Gillespie County as its case count exceeds this threshold. The order goes into effect at NOON on Friday, July 3.

 

Exceptions to the order include:

 

1. any person younger than 10 years of age;

 

2. any person with a medical condition or disability that prevents wearing a face covering;

 

3. any person while the person is consuming food or drink, or is seated at a restaurant to eat or drink;

 

4. any person while the person is (a) exercising outdoors or engaging in physical activity outdoors, and (b) maintaining a safe distance from other people not in the same household;

 

5. any person while the person is driving alone or with passengers who are part of the same household as the driver;

 

6. any person obtaining a service that requires temporary removal of the face covering for security surveillance, screening, or a need for specific access to the face, such as while visiting a bank or while obtaining a personal care service involving the face, but only to the extent necessary for the temporary removal;

 

7. any person while the person is in a swimming pool, lake, or similar body of water;

 

8. any person who is voting, assisting a voter, serving as a poll watcher, or actively administering an election, but wearing a face covering is strongly encouraged;

 

9. any person who is actively providing or obtaining access to religious worship, but wearing a face covering is strongly encouraged;

 

10. any person while the person is giving a speech for a broadcast or to an audience; or

 

11. any person in a county (a) that meets the requisite criteria promulgated by the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) regarding minimal cases of COVID-19, and (b) whose county judge has affirmatively opted-out of this face-covering requirement by filing with TDEM the required face-covering attestation form—provided, however, that wearing a face covering is highly recommended, and every county is strongly encouraged to follow these face-covering standards.

 

NOT excepted from this face-covering requirement is any person attending a protest or demonstration involving more than 10 people and who is not practicing safe social distancing of six feet from other people not in the same household.

 

Following a verbal or written warning (from local law enforcement or other local officials, as appropriate) for a first-time violator of this face covering requirement, a person’s second violation shall be punishable by a fine not to exceed $250. Each subsequent violation shall be punishable by a fine not to exceed $250 per violation.

 

OUTDOOR GATHERINGS

The Governor also issued a proclamation giving mayors and county judges the ability to impose restrictions on some outdoor gatherings of over 10 people, and making it mandatory that, with certain exceptions, people cannot be in groups larger than ten and must maintain six feet of social distancing from others. 

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD COMPLETE ORDER

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD BETTER BURG PROMISE SIGNAGE

June 30, 2020

Need help budgeting and planning through COVID-19? The US Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Inc Magazine to offer the Blueprint Series for Planning Through Uncertainty.

Tomorrow's FREE webinar will cover:

-- Building relationships with lenders and others to help keep your finances strong

-- Creating a long-term strategy to withstand unexpected crises as they arise

-- Managing your cash flow to carry your business through challenging times

Advance registration required.

 

CLICK HERE to register.

FREDERICKSBURG'S FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS SHOW
The City of Fredericksburg will host the annual fireworks show at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park, 432 Lady Bird Drive, to celebrate our country’s independence. The fireworks show will begin at approximately 9:30 p.m. on July 4, 2020.
If you are uncomfortable being around large crowds, the City has partnered with Texas Rebel Radio network to stream the fireworks show live on social media for those that wish to watch from home. Connect with the Texas Rebel Radio’s official Facebook page and watch for free in real time! In addition, patriotic music will be broadcast live on KNAF AM 910 to enhance your viewing experience during the
fireworks show.

  • Numerous viewing sites are available to view the fireworks, in addition to Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park. You can view the fireworks from the Gillespie County Fairgrounds, Oakcrest Park, and Fredericksburg High School parking lots. The Gillespie County Airport & Hangar Hotel will be closed for firework viewing unless you are a hotel guest or have official airport business.

  • After the fireworks, the Fredericksburg Police Department will assist vehicles exiting Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park, the airport and fairgrounds parking areas.

  • For those parked on Tivydale Road (FM 2093) west of Kerr Road, you will be forced to take Tivydale (FM 2093) westbound or Kerr Road northbound to exit.

  • For those leaving the fairgrounds on Fair Drive at Tivydale (FM 2093), you will need to turn westbound on Tivydale or north on Kerr Road. Access to Highway 16 from this exit will not be permitted.

  • For those leaving the fairgrounds on Fair Drive at Highway 16, you can turn right to access Highway 16 South or left to the inside lane of Highway 16 North.

  • For those exiting Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park, you can turn right to access Highway 16 South or left to the inside lane of Highway 16 North.

The City would like to notify and encourage those planning to view the fireworks of the following:
  • To the greatest extent possible, please view the fireworks in a drive-in fashion and limit exiting of your vehicle.
  • Due to limited staff and anticipated high attendance at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park, you may encounter limited access to park  restrooms.
  • Due to COVID-19, and after reviewing Governor Abbott’s minimum standard health protocols for outdoor events released on June 3, 2020, the City also encourages the following:
  • Individuals aged 65 and older are at a higher risk of COVID-19. To the extent possible, avoid contact within 6 feet with individuals aged 65 and older. Large gatherings, even those held outside, pose a significant risk to this population.
  • Individuals should maintain 6 feet of separation from others outside the individual’s group. A group is defined as no more than 10 persons including the members of the household and those persons who traveled together to the event.
  • If you feel sick or have flu-like symptoms, stay home.
  • Consider wearing a cloth face covering (over the nose and mouth) at the event when within 6 feet of another person who is not a member of the individual’s immediate family.

 

The mayor will continue to consider public health indicators and work closely with the local public health authority to make decisions regarding additional restrictions that could be imposed. In the event of inclement weather, the fireworks show will be postponed to Sunday, July 5, 2020.
 

To stay up to date with the latest information, please visit our website at www.fbgtx.org.

CITY LIMITING ACCESS TO CITY HALL/FIRE STATION/CITY ANNEX
Due to the sudden increase in positive COVID-19 tests in our community, the City of
Fredericksburg is taking additional steps to protect our employees and the general public. Public access
to City Hall, the Fire Station, and City Annex will be limited effective Tuesday, June 30, 2020, until further
notice.


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.


Please check the City’s website at www.fbgtx.org for updates as the situation evolves.

June 29, 2020

CITY OF FREDERICKSBURG HEALTH & SAFETY POLICY

A Supplemental Order relating to the mandatory wearing of face coverings at commercial establishments open to the public has been issued by Mayor Gary Neffendorf, effective immediately.

 

The order requires that "all commercial entities operating in the city limits of the City of Fredericksburg, that provide goods or services directly to the public, must develop and implement a health and safety policy. The Health and Safety Policy must require, at a minimum, that all employees and visitors to the commercial entity's business premises or other facilities wear face coverings when in an area or performing an activity which will necessarily involve close contact or proximity to co-workers or the public and where six feet of separation is not feasible. The Health and Safety Policy required to be developed and implemented by this emergency order may also include the implementation of additional mitigating measures designed to control and reduce the transmission of COVID-19, such as temperature checks or health screenings. The Health and Safety Policy required to be developed and implemented by this emergency order may allow an exception to the face covering requirement i) when wearing a face covering poses a greater mental or physical health, safety, or security risk; ii) during the time period in which a person is consuming food or drink; and iii) for persons performing music, theatre, and other similar activities for a live audience. Commercial entities must post the Health and Safety Policy required by this emergency order in a conspicuous location sufficient to provide notice to employees and visitors of all health and safety requirements. Facilities owned or leased by the State of Texas, facilities owned or leased by a political subdivision of the State of Texas, and facilities subject to regulation by the Texas Racing Commission are not considered commercial entities under this Order. Failure to develop and implement the Health and Safety Policy required by this emergency order within seven calendar days following the effective date of this Order (by 11:59 p.m. on July 6, 2020), is an offense punishable under by a fine not to exceed $1,000.00 for each day the violation occurs, and may be subject to regulatory enforcement."

 

NOTE: While the ordinance is effectively immediately, businesses have until Monday, July 6 to develop and implement a Health & Safety Plan. Please click below to view the entire Supplemental Order for full details and enforcement information.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD COMPLETE ORDER

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A SAMPLE HEALTH & SAFETY POLICY

 

 

Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) is extending the application deadline for the federal Pandemic-Electronic Benefit Transfer program (P-EBT) to July 31. Extending the deadline will help ensure eligible families have time to apply for this one-time food benefit.

P-EBT is a one-time benefit of $285 per eligible child and can be used in the same way as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food benefits to pay for groceries. Eligible families include those with children who lost access to free or reduced-price school meals through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) due to school closures.

Reminder! Tomorrow, June 30 is the final day to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program loan that was created as part of the CARES Act.

June 26, 2020

GOVERNOR ISSUES NEW EXECUTIVE ORDER

Governor Greg Abbott today issued an executive order limiting certain businesses and services as part of the state’s effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. This decision comes as the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 and the number of hospitalizations have increased and the positivity rate in Texas increased above 10%, which the Governor previously stated would lead to further preventative action. The targeted, measured directives in the executive order are based on links between certain types of businesses and services and the recent rise in positive cases throughout the state.

 

The order includes the following:

  • All bars and similar establishments that receive more than 51% of their gross receipts from the sale of alcoholic beverages are required to close at 12:00 PM today. These businesses may remain open for delivery and take-out, including for alcoholic beverages, as authorized by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. 

  • Restaurants may remain open for dine-in service, but at a capacity not to exceed 50% of total listed indoor occupancy, beginning Monday, June 29, 2020.

  • Rafting and tubing businesses must close.

  • Outdoor gatherings of 100 or more people must be approved by local governments, with certain exceptions.

 

“As I said from the start, if the positivity rate rose above 10%, the State of Texas would take further action to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” said Governor Abbott. “At this time, it is clear that the rise in cases is largely driven by certain types of activities, including Texans congregating in bars. The actions in this executive order are essential to our mission to swiftly contain this virus and protect public health. We want this to be as limited in duration as possible. However, we can only slow the spread if everyone in Texas does their part. Every Texan has a responsibility to themselves and their loved ones to wear a mask, wash their hands, stay six feet apart from others in public, and stay home if they can. I know that our collective action can lead to a reduction in the spread of COVID-19 because we have done it before, and we will do it again.”

CITY OFFICIALS TO CONSIDER MASK ORDER

In response to the concerns voiced by Hill Country Memorial officials and other health officials in Gillespie County, Mayor Gary Neffendorf announced today that City officials will be considering an order to require the wearing of face coverings in the City of Fredericksburg. The potential order could be adopted as early as Monday, June 29 and then go into effect on Friday, July 3.

Details of the order will be published on Monday, June 29, 2020, on the City’s website at www.fbgtx.org.

In the meantime, everyone is encouraged to take personal responsibility for their safety by practicing social distancing, wearing face coverings where appropriate, hand washing, and staying home when possible.

June 25, 2020

COVID-19 ANNOUNCEMENT BY GOVERNOR ABBOTT

Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the State of Texas will pause any further phases to open Texas as the state responds to the recent increase in positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Businesses that are permitted to open under the previous phases can continue to operate at the designated occupancy levels and under the minimum standard health protocols provided by the Texas Department of State Health Services.

“As we experience an increase in both positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, we are focused on strategies that slow the spread of this virus while also allowing Texans to continue earning a paycheck to support their families,” said Governor Abbott. “The last thing we want to do as a state is go backwards and close down businesses. This temporary pause will help our state corral the spread until we can safely enter the next phase of opening our state for business. I ask all Texans to do their part to slow the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a mask, washing their hands regularly, and socially distancing from others. The more that we all follow these guidelines, the safer our state will be and the more we can open up Texas for business.”

GILLESPIE COUNTY REPORTS 19TH AND 20TH CONFIRMED CASES OF COVID-19

Gillespie County is reporting the 19th and 20th CONFIRMED cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, in a county resident. The affected individuals are isolating at home. The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) was unable to determine the exact mode of transmission for case 19. The mode of transmission for case 20 was from in-state travel outside of Gillespie County.

Given the increases in community spread throughout the United States, all individuals are at some risk of exposure to COVID-19. Everyone should monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19, practice social distancing, wear masks or facial coverings, and stay home if they become sick, except to seek necessary medical care. The Texas Department of State Health Services is supporting Gillespie County in identifying any close contacts of the patient, so they can be isolated, monitored for symptoms, and quickly tested, if needed.

Gillespie County Judge Mark Stroeher wants to remind residents that social distancing and the practice of established guidelines is vital in helping to contain the virus and protecting each other during the pandemic. “If we don’t continue to observe the guidelines and policies established by Governor Abbott we may be setting ourselves up for dramatic increases in the number of cases locally. The best way to protect ourselves and our families is to follow these guidelines”.

There are things everyone can do to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

• Stay home when you are sick.

• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then wash your hands.

• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Minimizing exposure is especially important for people who are 65 or older or who have an underlying health condition like heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, high blood pressure or cancer. People in those groups have a higher risk of developing severe disease if they do get COVID-19, and the safest thing for them during an outbreak will be to stay home as much as possible and minimize close contact with other people. To get ready, they should talk to their doctor about getting additional prescription medications and have enough household items and groceries on hand to stay home as needed.

The public can find up-to-date coronavirus information at dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus. If you have questions about COVID-19, call 2-1-1 option 6.

June 23, 2020

Due to the weather, the drive-thru COVID-19 Testing has been moved to the FBG South Fire Station located at 221 Friendship Lane. 

GILLESPIE COUNTY REPORTS 18th CASE OF COVID-19
Gillespie County is reporting the 18th case of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new
coronavirus, in a county resident. The individual is isolating at home, and the type of transmission is
household spread.


Given the increases in community spread throughout the United States, all individuals are at
some risk of exposure to COVID-19. Everyone should monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-
19, practice social distancing, wear masks or facial coverings and stay home if they become sick,
except to seek necessary medical care. The Texas Department of State Health Services is supporting
Gillespie County in identifying any close contacts of the patient so they can be isolated, monitored for
symptoms, and quickly tested, if needed.


County Judge Mark Stroeher reminds residents not to let their guard down now. It is essential
to continue to follow published CDC standards and guidelines in order to control the spread of the
virus in our community. Practicing good personal hygiene, wearing masks and social distancing
remains our best tool in the fight against Covid-19.


There are things everyone can do to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:


• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water
are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then wash your hands.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.


Minimizing exposure is especially important for people who are 65 or older or who have an
underlying health condition like heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, high blood pressure or cancer.
People in those groups have a higher risk of developing severe disease if they do get COVID-19, and
the safest thing for them during an outbreak will be to stay home as much as possible and minimize
close contact with other people. To get ready, they should talk to their doctor about getting additional
prescription medications and have enough household items and groceries on hand to stay home as
needed.


The public can find up-to-date coronavirus information at dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus.

June 22, 2020

GOVERNOR'S COVID-19 RESPONSE UPDATE

Governor Greg Abbott will provide a televised update on Texas' continued response to COVID-19 amidst rising case numbers, today at 2:00 p.m.

GILLESPIE COUNTY REPORTS 16th AND 17th CASES OF COVID-19
Gillespie County is reporting the 16th and 17th case of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, in a county resident. The affected individuals are isolating at home. It has been determined that these cases are associated with family spread of the virus.


Given the increases in community spread throughout the United States, all individuals are at some risk of exposure to COVID-19. Everyone should monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19, practice social distancing, wear a mask or facial covering, and stay home if they become sick, except to seek necessary medical care. The Texas Department of State Health Services is supporting
Gillespie County in identifying any close contacts of the patient, so they can be isolated, monitored for symptoms, and quickly tested, if needed.


Gillespie County Judge Mark Stroeher wants to remind residents that social distancing and the practice of established guidelines is vital in helping to contain the virus and protecting each other during the pandemic. “If we don’t continue to observe the guidelines and policies established by Governor Abbott we may be setting ourselves up for dramatic increases in the number of cases locally.
The best way to protect ourselves and our families is to follow these guidelines”.


There are things everyone can do to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water
are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then wash your hands.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.


Minimizing exposure is especially important for people who are 65 or older or who have an
underlying health condition like heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, high blood pressure or cancer.
People in those groups have a higher risk of developing severe disease if they do get COVID-19, and
the safest thing for them during an outbreak will be to stay home as much as possible and minimize
close contact with other people. To get ready, they should talk to their doctor about getting additional
prescription medications and have enough household items and groceries on hand to stay home as
needed.


The public can find up-to-date coronavirus information at dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus. If you
have questions about COVID-19, call 2-1-1 option 6.

HCM VISITATION UPDATE

Effective June 23, 2020

Effective Tuesday, June 23, HCM will reinstate its no-visitation policy and will stop allowing visitors into any of its facilities. 

Exceptions will be made for child birth, pediatric patients, special needs adult patients, emergency situations in the emergency department, and end of life patients. Additionally, Restore patients may have their coach as a visitor.

 

All visitors must stay in the room with the patient and sign an attestation. Visitors who are allowed 

FREDERICKSBURG'S FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS SHOW
The City of Fredericksburg is moving forward with plans to host the annual fireworks
show at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park, 432 Lady Bird Drive, to celebrate our country’s independence.
The fireworks show will begin at approximately 9:30 p.m. on July 4, 2020.
The City would like to notify and encourage those planning to view the fireworks of the following:
• To the greatest extent possible, please view the fireworks in a drive-in fashion and limit exiting of
your vehicle.
• Due to limited staff and anticipated high attendance at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park, you
may encounter limited access to park restrooms.
• Numerous other viewing sites are available to view the fireworks, in addition to Lady Bird Johnson
Municipal Park. You can view the fireworks from the Gillespie County Airport, Gillespie County
Fairgrounds, Oakcrest Park, and Fredericksburg High School parking lots.
• If you are uncomfortable being around large crowds, the City is working with Texas Rebel Radio
network to stream the fireworks show live on social media platforms for those that wish to watch
from home. Details for the live stream will be released soon. In addition, patriotic music will be
broadcast on 910 AM (KNAF) during the show. The Texas Rebel Radio network of stations includes
910 AM (KNAF), 107.9 FM (KFAN), 105.7 FM and 103.1 FM (The Deuce).
Due to COVID-19, and after reviewing Governor Abbott’s minimum standard health protocols for outdoor
events released on June 3, 2020, the City also encourages the following:
• Individuals aged 65 and older are at a higher risk of COVID-19. To the extent possible, avoid
contact within 6 feet with individuals aged 65 and older. Large gatherings, even those held outside, pose a significant risk to this population.

Individuals should maintain 6 feet of separation from others outside the individual’s group. A
group is defined as no more than 10 persons including the members of the household and those
persons who traveled together to the event.
• If you feel sick or have flu-like symptoms, stay home.
• Consider wearing a cloth face covering (over the nose and mouth) at the event when within 6 feet
of another person who is not a member of the individual’s group.
The mayor will continue to consider public health indicators and work closely with the local public health
authority to make decisions regarding additional restrictions that could be imposed.
In the event of inclement weather, the fireworks show will be postponed to Sunday, July 5, 2020.
To stay up to date with the latest information, please visit our website at
www.fbgtx.org.

June 18, 2020

TABC INDUSTRY NOTICE

Today the TABC issued an industry notice threatening license suspensions for violations of the Governor’s capacity restrictions and social distancing requirements in bars and restaurants. CLICK HERE for more information. 

 

FREDERICKSBURG 2020 JULY FOURTH PARADE CANCELLED
The all-volunteer Fredericksburg Fourth of July Community Parade and Patriotic
Program Committee has made the decision to withdraw their application to the City of Fredericksburg to
hold a parade/reverse parade on July 4th. This action effectively cancels the Fourth of July parade in any
format for 2020.


After significant consideration, research and polling of previous parade participants, it was determined
there was insufficient interest in the reverse parade format as approved by the Fredericksburg City
Council on June 15 to produce a viable event. For the past two months, the Committee has invested
significant time and resources into research, planning, and efforts to hold a parade in some format, but
in the end, cancellation became the most viable option.


The committee appreciates the support received and hopes to be able to produce another great
patriotic event in 2021. For more information about volunteering to help with the 2021 parade and
patriotic program, please contact
fbgparade@gmail.com.

June 16, 2020

COVID-19 TESTING BY TEXAS MILITARY DEPARTMENT TAKING PLACE TUESDAY, JUNE 23

On Tuesday, June 23, 2020, the Texas Military Department, in conjunction with the City of Fredericksburg, the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM), the Texas Emergency Medical Task Force (EMTF), and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), will be conducting a mobile COVID-19 screening event from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at Fredericksburg Elementary School located at 1608 N. Adams Street. This testing will be offered free of charge to the public.

 

Those wishing to be tested must register online at https://txcovidtest.org/ or by calling 512.883.2400. Testing will not be provided without an appointment. Those wishing to be tested can sign up for an appointment 48 hours prior to the testing day.

 

A screening process will be in place and administered by State Health Department personnel trained to gather information and assess symptoms which could suggest that a person should be tested for COVID-19. Anyone with the primary symptoms of COVID-19, including fever and/or chills, dry or productive cough, fatigue, body aches/muscle or joint pain, shortness of breath, sore throat, headaches, nausea/vomiting/diarrhea, nasal congestion, or loss of taste and/or smell, will be eligible for testing without the need of a prescription from a medical professional.

 

Those being tested will remain in their vehicle and be administered the test without leaving their automobile. Once results are available, patients will receive a text message with a link to a portal with results and information. Those testing positive will also be contacted by their local health department.

 

For additional information, please contact Catherine Kuhlmann, Fredericksburg Fire EMS Infectious Disease Control Officer, at 830.992.9218.

June 15, 2020

UPCOMING TELEVISED UPDATE ON TEXAS' HOSPITAL CAPACITY

Governor Greg Abbott and Executive Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs of the University of Texas (UT) System John Zerwas, MD, will provide a televised update on Texas' hospital capacity on Tuesday, June 16th at 1:00 PM.

Under Governor Abbott's Phase III Open Texas plan, outdoor events, such as July 4 celebrations and other large outdoor gatherings with estimated attendance of 500 or more, are permissible to hold in Texas; but county judges or mayors are allowed to decide if a particular outdoor event should be modified or the occupancy further limited based on the facts and circumstances of the event and COVID-19 in the particular jurisdiction. The Fredericksburg City Council will determine final plans for the Fourth of July Parade and July 4th Fireworks at their meeting on Monday, June 15.

https://open.texas.gov/uploads/files/organization/opentexas/OpenTexas-Checklist-Outdoor-Events.pdf

 

 

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

The upcoming regularly scheduled City Council Meeting will be held on Monday, June 15, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. This meeting will be held remotely via Zoom Teleconferencing, and in person attendance will not be available. Members of the public may attend the meeting remotely by web or telephone via Zoom Teleconferencing. These actions are being taken to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 by avoiding meetings that bring people into a group setting and in accordance with Section 418.016 of the Texas Government Code.

Members of the public may join the Zoom Meeting by one of the following:

By internet:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84972614337

Password: 786247521

By phone:

(888)788-0099 (Toll Free)

(877)853-5247 (Toll Free)

Meeting ID: 849 7261 4337

Password: 786247521

You may also access this meeting through live streaming on the City of Fredericksburg’s Facebook page.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Fredericksburg is allowing written or verbal public comments using one of the two methods:

Written Comments: to be submitted remotely, by 3 p.m. on June 15, 2020,

1. Must be received by 3 p.m. on June 15, 2020

2. Complete the Citizen Comment Form online at www.fbgtx.org; or

3. Email your comments to sgoodwin@fbgtx.org; or

4. Complete a Citizen Comment Form located inside the Public Access entrance at 126 W. Main Street, Fredericksburg, Texas, and place in the box marked Citizen Comment Form.

Copies of the submitted comments will be provided to the City Council and made public on the City website under the “June 15, 2020, City Council Regular Meeting” tab.

Verbal Comments:

1. Must submit your name, address and contact information to sgoodwin@fbgtx.com by 3 p.m. on June 15, 2020.

2. Please log on to the meeting 15 minutes early.

3. Set your name in the ID on the Zoom Meeting

4. Wait for your name to be called.

5. You will be limited to 3 minutes to speak.

Audio of this meeting will be recorded and uploaded to the City website following the conclusion of the meeting.

Items on the agenda include:

- Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

- Proclamations: Recognizing the 100th Anniversary of Women's Right to Vote

- Employee Recognitions

- Public Comments

Items on the consent agenda include the following:

- Consider approval of meeting minutes

- Consider waiving the usual Marktplatz rental fees for the Chamber of Commerce who will be hosting a job fair to help our community get back to work

Ordinances:

- The annexation of 91.43 acres of land along the south side of W. Live Oak and extending from east of Post Oak Rd to west of Smokehouse Rd (previously discussed on April 6, 2020)

Other Action Items and Updates include:

- Consider, discuss, and take appropriate action regarding the City Council FY2021 budget priorities

- Consider, discuss, and take appropriate action regarding a presentation by Kimley Horn on the Transportation project and Traffic Impact Study

- Consider, discuss, and take appropriate action regarding the July 4th parade and July 4th Fireworks Show

- Consider, discuss, and take appropriate action regarding the selection of Mayor Pro Tem

The City Manager's Report will include a Relief Route update, information on the reopening of City facilities, the COVID-19 Recovery Task Force, recent community protests, an update on the Historic District Design Guidelines, and the format for the July City Council meetings.

All agendas and meeting minutes can be viewed and downloaded from the City's website at http://www.fbgtx.org/AgendaCenter.

June 12, 2020

DOUBLE-DOWN ON SAFETY

 

Fredericksburg is back open for business and early economic indicators show promise for recovery.

 

However, Texas health indicators are showing cause for alarm. Just this week, the state marked record daily highs, both for new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Texas Department of State Health Services data indicates there are 15,070 hospital beds and 1,419 ventilators available--decreases of 12% and 76% respectively since Monday.

 

Please preserve our hard-fought re-opening and economic recovery by following all safe practice guidelines and encouraging our residents and visitors to do the same. Let's keep THE BETTER BURG PROMISE to protect our health AND our business!

June 10, 2020



MY TWO CENTS

By Penny C. McBride, President/CEO Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce

It’s always interesting when life forces us to contend with the same problem, but from the opposite side. During my nine years as Chamber President, the most commonly-raised worry by our members was the shortage of workers, with county unemployment numbers generally ranging from 1.9 – 3.2 percent.

 

When our economy ground to a halt in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19, that chronically low unemployment rate quickly spiked to the double-digit range. By the end of April, 58 percent of local employers reported a revenue drop of more than 75 percent, according to a Business COVID-19 Impact Survey conducted by the Chamber. And while some were able to retain workers through use of reserve funds or with Paycheck Protection Program loans, many businesses were forced to make the hard decision to lay-off or furlough dozens of workers.

 

Now, with businesses mostly re-opened and the Governor slowly loosening capacity restrictions, businesses are once again challenged by finding workers, despite historically high unemployment rates – same problem, opposite side. Some front-line workers express concern about the safety of returning, while others have refused work in favor of trying to continue unemployment benefits that were augmented by $600 per week as part of the CARES Act. Those refusing legitimate work offers risk losing that unemployment benefit if reported.

 

Recently, the Chamber conducted another survey to assess the needs of businesses as they re-open and work to normalize operations. Among businesses that responded, 30 percent are seeking new hires, while an additional 17 percent are working to bring back former staff or replace positions they cannot fill.

 

In light of this need, the Chamber will host a free Career & Job Fair on Wednesday, June 24 from 9 a.m. to noon in the Adelsverein Halle at Marktplatz. We ask that Gillespie County employers register in advance, using a link provided on the Chamber’s website

(Fredericksburg-texas.com), to ensure we have enough tables and supplies. We are pleased to already have employers like H-E-B, Hill Country Memorial, Chase’s Place Cocktails + Kitchen, City of Fredericksburg, Fischer & Wieser Specialty Foods, Grape Creek Vineyards, Woodforest National Bank, 4.0 Cellars, Crossroads Saloon & Steakhouse, Altdorf's Restaurant and McDonald’s onboard.

 

All job-seekers throughout the region are encouraged to attend. There will be interview areas provided, as needed, for on-site hiring. The Christian Job Corps of Gillespie County will also be on-hand to help job-seekers with resume building, application completion and other skills.

 

We chose Marktplatz to provide plenty of space and fresh air to promote social distancing. Thanks to the generosity of 

Fredericksburg Farms, there will be lots of Texas Bluebonnet Antiseptic Hand Rub and while handshaking seems the intuitive thing to do at a Job Fair, elbow or fist bump work just as well!

 

We are so pleased to have the help of Workforce Solutions Alamo in this endeavor, who will be notifying all area unemployment recipients of this opportunity, plus promoting the event to non-profit and human services organizations across the region, knowing many workers typically commute to Fredericksburg.

 

The other conditions that complicate workforce development in Fredericksburg, such a rising housing costs and education/training needs, remain; but getting back to work and rebuilding our capacity to grow is of the utmost importance.

 

June 4, 2020

PAYCHEX PROTECTION FLEXIBILITY ACT PASSES SENATE

The Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act passed in the US Senate, in identical form to the House version, sending it to President Trump for signature.

 

The Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce thanks our District 21 Congressman Chip Roy for being one of the two sponsors of the bipartisan measure that provides PPP Loan recipients expanded usage of the funds.

 

LEGISLATIVE SUMMARY (Source: Congressional Research Service, a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress on May 28, 2020)

 

This bill modifies provisions related to the forgiveness of loans made to small businesses under the Paycheck Protection Program implemented in response to COVID-19 (i.e., coronavirus disease 2019).

 

Specifically, the bill establishes a minimum maturity of five years for a paycheck protection loan with a remaining balance after forgiveness. The bill also extends the covered period during which a loan recipient may use such funds for certain expenses while remaining eligible for forgiveness. The bill raises the non-payroll portion of a forgivable covered loan amount from the current 25% up to 40%.

 

The bill extends the period in which an employer may rehire or eliminate a reduction in employment, salary, or wages that would otherwise reduce the forgivable amount of a paycheck protection loan. However, the forgivable amount must be determined without regard to a reduction in the number of employees if the recipient is (1) unable to rehire former employees and is unable to to hire similarly qualified employees, or (2) unable to return to the same level of business activity due to compliance with federal requirements or guidance related to COVID-19.

 

Additionally, the bill revises the deferral period for paycheck protection loans, allowing recipients to defer payments until they receive compensation for forgiven amounts. Recipients who do not apply for forgiveness shall have 10 months from the program's expiration to begin making payments.

 

The bill also eliminates a provision that makes a paycheck protection loan recipient who has such indebtedness forgiven ineligible to defer payroll tax payments.



Lastly, the bill is designated as an emergency requirement pursuant to the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010 (PAYGO) and the Senate PAYGO rule.

June 3, 2020

GOVERNOR ABBOTT ANNOUNCES PHASE III OF PLAN TO REOPEN TEXAS

 

This afternoon, Governor Greg Abbott issued a news release announcing details of Phase III of his Open Texan plan, which includes increasing certain business capacity limits and provisions for outdoor events.

 

EFFECTIVE TODAY (JUNE 3)

All businesses currently operating at 25% capacity can expand their occupancy to 50% with certain exceptions. 

 

Bars and similar establishments may increase their capacity to 50% as long as patrons are seated.

 

Amusement parks and carnivals in counties with less than 1,000 confirmed positive cases may open at 50% capacity. 

 

Restaurants may expand their maximum table size from 6 to 10 persons. 

 

EFFECTIVE JUNE 12

Restaurants may expand their occupancy levels to 75%. 

 

Counties with 10 or less active COVID-19 cases may expand their occupancy limits to 75%. Counties that fit this category but have not previously filed an attestation with DSHS will need to do so.

 

EFFECTIVE JUNE 19

Amusement parks and carnivals in counties with more than 1,000 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 may open at 50% capacity.

 

OUTDOOR EVENTS

Outdoor events, such as July 4 celebrations and other large outdoor gatherings with estimated attendance of 500 or more, are permissible to hold in Texas. The county judge or the mayor, as appropriate, in coordination with the local public health authority, may decide if a particular outdoor event should be modified or the occupancy further limited based on the facts and circumstances of the event and COVID-19 in the particular jurisdiction. 

Review revised industry-specific minimum standard health protocols

View newly issued minimum health standard protocols for outdoor events

 

NATIONAL SMALL BUSINESS CORONAVIRUS IMPACT POLL RELEASED 

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce & MetLifeMost released the June results of its 

National Small Business Impact Poll 

Key highlights include:

 

Most businesses are partially open. Seventy-nine percent of small businesses are either fully (41%) or partially (38%) open. One in five are closed, either temporarily (19%) or permanently (1%). 51% of small businesses in the South report they are fully open.

 

Most say it will take longer for the business climate to return to normal. Fifty-five percent of small businesses believe it will take six months to a year before the U.S. business climate returns to normal (up from 50% last month and 46% two months ago).

 

More than eight in ten small businesses report that they are making or planning to make adaptations in response to the coronavirus. Of those doing so, nearly half (48%) of small businesses have either started, or plan to start, more frequent cleaning/disinfecting of surfaces, while 44% are asking, or plan to ask, employees to self-monitor for symptoms and stay home if they feel sick. Four in ten are also making, or planning to make, adaptations around employees wearing protective gear (40%) or requiring six feet of distance between employees and customers (39%).

 

Fewer businesses are very concerned about the coronavirus’ impact. The number of small businesses reporting they are very concerned about the impact of COVID-19 is now 43%, a 10 percentage-point drop from a month ago and a 15-point drop from two months ago.

 

Most larger small businesses concerned about lawsuits. Two-thirds (67%) of small businesses with 20-500 employees are concerned about the possibility of lawsuits related to the coronavirus. Those with less than five employees are less concerned at 22%.

 

Negative sentiments toward the economy are softening. Twenty-four percent of small businesses rate the U.S. economy as “good,” (21% last month). However, the number of small businesses saying the U.S. economy is in “very poor” health has shrunk 11 points to 18% (29% last month).

 

Business health steady overall, increases substantially in Northeast. 53% of small businesses report good overall health (similar to last month’s 50%). Retailers continue to report the lowest percentage of those in good health (46%), while small businesses in the Northeast saw an increase in good health since last month: from 41% to 59% this month.

 

Revenue expectations improve. Now, 50% expect next year’s revenues to increase, while 19% expect them to decrease. Last month 47% expected an increase and 25% expected a decrease.

 

Cash flow improves. Cash flow has been a perennial concern for small businesses during the pandemic. Currently, 56% feel comfortable with their company’s cash flow situation, up from last month’s low of 48%, and in line with findings in late March (59%).

 

Fewer see poor local economy. Slightly more believe their local economy is in good health (28%, similar to last month’s 24%). This month, fewer perceive their local economy’s health to be poor (38% believe it is in poor health vs. 50% last month), and more say it is average (33% vs. 25% last month).

 

Most firms which shed workers anticipate rehiring them. Seventy-one percent of small businesses say they have the same number of employees as in February before the pandemic began. Among those that report having fewer employees now, more than half 5 (55%) anticipate rehiring or bringing back most workers at some point in the next six months. 

 

May 29, 2020

POST YOUR JOB

Visit the Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce's Job Bank

 

Visit WorkInTexas.com website for employers and job seekers

HIRING FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a federal income tax benefit administered by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) for employers who hire individuals from specified target populations. WOTC reduces a business’s federal tax liability, serving as an incentive to select job candidates who may be disadvantaged in their efforts to find employment.

 

The main objective of this program is to enable individuals to become employed, earn a steady income and become contributing taxpayers. WOTC joins other workforce programs that help provide incentives for workplace diversity and improve access to good jobs for American workers.

Learn more about eligible hires and how to calculate tax credits

 

GUIDANCE FOR REFUSAL TO WORK

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) issued guidance on April 30,2020 to unemployment claimants concerning their continued eligibility for unemployment benefits (UI) should they refuse rehire.

 

Each UI benefits case is currently evaluated on an individual basis. However, because of the COVID-19 emergency, the following are reasons benefits would be granted if the individual refused suitable work.

 

Reason for refusal:

  • People 65 years or older, and/or people with medical issues, like heart disease, diabetes, cancer, or a weakened immune system, are at a higher risk for getting very sick from COVID‑19. (Source: DSHS website)

  • Household member at high risk – People 65 years or older are at a higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19 (source DSHS website).

  • Diagnosed with COVID - the individual has tested positive for COVID-19 by a source authorized by the State of Texas and is not recovered.

  • Family member with COVID - anybody in the household has tested positive for COVID-19 by a source authorized by the State of Texas and is not recovered and 14 days have not yet passed.

  • Quarantined – individual is currently in 14-day quarantine due to close contact exposure to COVID-19.

  • Child care – Child’s school or daycare closed and no alternatives are available.

Any other situation will be subject to a case by case review by the Texas Workforce Commission based on individual circumstances.

 

The Texas Workforce Commission requires employers to report workers who refuse an offer to return to work at the same position level and wage, using this electronic form.

CONGRESS CONSIDERS PPP FLEXIBILITY ACT

Yesterday, the House passed H.R. 7010, the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act on a vote of 417-1. 

 

This bill makes the following changes to the Paycheck Protection Program:

 

  • Extends the loan term from 8 weeks to 24 weeks;

  • Lowers the percentage of loan proceeds that must be used on payroll from 75% to 60%; and

  • Extends the PPP from June 30th to Dec. 31, 2020.

 

H.R. 7010 must now pass the Senate, so please reach out to Texas' US Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz. 

CLICK HERE to track the bill's progress.

MAY 28, 2020

PUBLIC MEETINGS FOR HISTORIC DESIGN GUIDELINES TO BE HELD VIA ZOOM WEBINAR
In 2019, the City of Fredericksburg entered into a contract with HHM & Associates along with Winter & Company to create new design guidelines for historic properties. The guidelines are a guide for the community, City Staff, and the Fredericksburg Historic Review Board to use when evaluating the appropriateness of exterior changes to buildings and new construction proposed within
the local historic district and local landmarks. A secondary, but equally important purpose of this document, is to convey to the property owner the appropriate methods of improving their historic property. The guidelines are a resource for property owners, builders, architects, and realtors to use in order to: 1) understand the reasons for; 2) the proper methods of; and 3) the overall benefits of historic
preservation both to the individual and the community as a whole.

 

In January, the first public meeting was held to gather public input for historic district guidelines. A draft of
the new Historic District Design Guidelines is now available for review and comments. The draft can be
downloaded and viewed from
http://www.fbgtx.org/999/Design-Guidelines. There will be two public
meetings to review the document and provide feedback on the content. The two meetings will be the same,
just held at different times to allow more participants. A comment form is available on the website to track
comments. Please submit comments to Anna Hudson at ahudson@fbgtx.org by June 30, 2020.

 

Both meetings can be accessed by going to www.zoom.us. Use the following meeting IDs to join the
meetings:


Tuesday, June 2, 2020, at 5:30 p.m. - Meeting ID: 876 9922 2113

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at noon - Meeting ID: 852 8188 4892


For more information regarding the draft of the new Historic District Design Guidelines or for any
questions on accessing the public meetings, please contact Anna Hudson, Historic Preservation Officer, at
(830)997-7521 or by email at
ahudson@fbgtx.org.

May 26, 2020

ADDITIONAL EXPANSION OF SERVICES UNDER PHASE II OF OPEN TEXAS

Governor Greg Abbott today issued a proclamation expanding additional services and activities that can open under Phase II of the state's plan to safely and strategically open. With this proclamation, water parks, recreational sport programs for adults, driver education programs, and food-court dining areas within shopping malls can begin operations with limited occupancy or regulations to protect the health and safety of Texans.

Beginning Friday, May 29th, water parks can open but must limit their occupancy to 25% of normal operating limits. Components of these water parks that have video arcades must remain closed. Starting Sunday, May 31st, recreational sports programs for adults can resume, but games and similar competitions may not begin until June 15th. Driver education programs can resume operations immediately.

Food-court dining areas within shopping malls can also immediately resume operations, but malls are encouraged to designate one or more individuals who are responsible for ensuring health and safety practices are followed, including: limiting tables to six individuals; maintaining a six-feet distance between individuals sitting at different tables; cleaning and disinfecting tables between uses; and ensuring no condiments or other items are left on tables between customer uses.

Minimum standard health protocols outlined by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) are recommended and located on the Open Texas webpage.

REVISED MINIMUM STANDARD HEALTH PROTOCOLS FOR BARS AND SIMILAR ESTABLISHMENTS

The Governor's Office issued these REVISED Minimum Standard Health Protocols for Bars and Similar Establishments on May 22.

https://gov.texas.gov/uploads/files/organization/opentexas/OpenTexas-Checklist-Bars.pdf

May 21, 2020

Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will begin a phased opening of driver license offices, with Central Texas offices scheduled to re-open May 29, with limited service offerings. As part of this opening plan, DPS will launch a statewide driver license (DL) appointment system that allows customers to book appointments up to six months in advance. The limited services being offered will be by appointment only.

https://www.dps.texas.gov/DriverLicense/

The Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, has determined that any borrower that, together with its affiliates, received Paycheck Protection Loans with an original principal amount of less than $2 million will be deemed to have made the required certification concerning the necessity of the loan request in good faith.

May 20, 2020

RESOURCES FOR BRINGING BACK WORKERS

FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT

The US Department of Labor, Wage & Hour Division, will will collaborate with the IRS and SBA to provide a FREE webinar with the latest information on your rights and responsibilities as an employer, or employee, under the federal laws. REGISTER HERE for the webinar, which will be held tomorrow, May 21 at 1 p.m.

 

Cynthia Ramos, district director, and Erica Holder, assistant district director with the U.S. Department of Labor, Wage & Hour Division, will give an overview of the emergency paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave requirements in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). 

 

Nina Ramon, public affairs specialist with SBA, will review the resources available to small businesses.

 

Cassandra Felton, with the IRS Communication and Liaison Outreach Division, will discuss employer credits (retention and deposit deferrals). She will answer your questions on how employee credits act together with SBA loans.

 

REFUSAL TO RETURN TO WORK

The Small Business Administration and US Treasury intend to issue an interim final rule excluding laid-off employees whom the borrower offered to rehire (for the same salary/wages and same number of hours) from the Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness reduction calculation. The interim final rule will specify that, to qualify for this exception, the borrower must have made a good faith, written offer of rehire, and the employee’s rejection of that offer must be documented by the borrower. Employees and employers should be aware that employees who reject offers of re-employment may forfeit eligibility for continued unemployment compensation.

 

Additionally, employers are required to report workers who refuse rehire to the Texas Workforce Commission using the online 

Employer Work Refusal Documentation form.

May 18, 2020

GOVERNOR'S STRIKE FORCE TO OPEN TEXAS

Governor Greg Abbott just announced the re-opening schedule and protocols for many more Texas businesses, including:Childcare, youth clubs and personal care services including massage may reopen immediately.

 

Bars, wine-tasting rooms, bowling alleys and certain other entertainment businesses may re-open at limited capacity on May 22.

Office buildings can reopen with the greater of ten employees or 25% of the workforce.

Youth camps, Little League, Vacation Bible School programs and 4-H activities may resume, per guidelines, on May 31.

Schools may choose to operate summer school programs on June 1.

For full guidelines: https://gov.texas.gov/organization/opentexas

 

GOV.TEXAS.GOV

Governor's Strike Force to Open Texas

Under the direction of Governor Abbott, with the advice of the Lt. Governor, Speaker of the House, Attorney General, and Texas Comptroller

PUBLIC COMMENTS TO BE SUBMITTED REMOTELY FOR MAY 18TH CITY COUNCIL MEETING

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Fredericksburg is allowing public comments to be submitted remotely, by 3:00 p.m. on May 18, 2020, using any of the following methods:

- Complete the Citizen Comment Form online at www.fbgtx.org; or

- Email your comments to sgoodwin@fbgtx.org; or

- Complete a Citizen Comment Form located inside the Public Access entrance at 126 W. Main Street, Fredericksburg, Texas, and place in the box marked Citizen Comment Form.

Copies of the submitted comments will be provided to the City Council and made public on the City website under the "May 18, 2020, Regular City Council Meeting" tab.

The form can be accessed at www.fbgtx.org.

May 15, 2020

The SBA has issued its final interim rule that allows partnerships that received a Paycheck Protection Program loan that only included amounts necessary for payroll costs of the partnership’s employees and other eligible operating expenses, but did not include any amount for partner compensation, to request a loan modification to include self-employment income of general active partners of up to $100,000 annualized, on a PPP loan application filed by or on behalf of the partnership.

https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/136/Interim-Final-Rule-on-Loan-Increases.pdf

May 14, 2020

SCAM WARNING

The US Treasury Department has warned of an uptick in phone call scams during the COVID-19 crisis.

CLICK HERE FOR THE VIDEO

UPCOMING COUNCIL MEETING

The upcoming regularly scheduled City Council Meeting will be held on Monday, May 18, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. This meeting will be held remotely via Zoom Teleconferencing, and in person attendance will not be available. Members of the public may attend the meeting remotely by web or telephone via Zoom Teleconferencing. These actions are being taken to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 by avoiding meetings that bring people into a group setting and in accordance with Section 418.016 of the Texas Government Code.

Members of the public may join the Zoom Meeting by one of the following:

By internet:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88583147087

Meeting ID: 885-8314-7087

By phone:

(888)788-0099 (Toll Free)

(877)853-5247 (Toll Free)

Meeting ID: 885-8314-7087

You may also access this meeting through live streaming on the City of Fredericksburg’s Facebook page.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Fredericksburg is allowing public comments to be submitted remotely, by 3:00 p.m., on May 18, 2020, using any of the following methods:

1. Complete the Citizen Comment Form online at www.fbgtx.org; or

2. Email your comments to sgoodwin@fbgtx.org; or

3. Complete a Citizen Comment Form located inside the Public Access entrance at 126 W. Main Street, Fredericksburg, Texas, and place in the box marked “Citizen Comment Form”.

Copies of the submitted comments will be provided to the City Council and made public on the City’s website under the “May 18, 2020, City Council Regular Meeting” tab.

Audio of this meeting will be recorded and uploaded to the City website following the conclusion of the meeting.

Items on the agenda include:

- Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

- Employee Recognitions

- Public Comments

Items on the consent agenda include the following:

- Consider approval of meeting minutes

Ordinances and Resolutions:

- Consider approval of Ordinance 2020-13 amending the Code of Ordinances, amending the maximum speed limit for W. Main Street (US 87 North) within the City Limits, determined upon the basis of an Engineering and Traffic Study for said roadway (first of two readings; City Council may waive second reading)

- Consider approval of Ordinance 2020-14 creating a Joint Airport Zoning Board (first of two readings; City Council may waive second reading)

- Consider approval of Resolution 2020-11R approving the Annual Review of the City's Investment Policy and Investment Strategies

Other Action Items and Updates include:

- Consider approval of Mid-Year Budget Amendments for FY2020

- Consider, discuss, and take appropriate action concerning the resignation of Linda Langerhans, Mayor, effective May 17, 2020, and the appointment of a qualified person to fill the vacancy of the Office of Mayor until the next city election

- Discuss and consider the reopening of City Facilities

- Discuss July 4th Parade

The City Manager's Report will include information on Governor Abbott's Executive Orders and the COVID-19 Recovery Task Force.

All agendas and meeting minutes can be viewed and downloaded from the City's website at http://www.fbgtx.org/AgendaCenter.

May 5, 2020

GOVERNOR'S UPDATE MAY 5

Governor Greg Abbott will provide an update on the statewide response to COVID-19 tomorrow, May 5th at 2:30 PM in the auditorium of the State Capitol. He will be joined by Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Commissioner John Hellerstedt, MD, Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) Chief Nim Kidd, Texas Health and Human Services (HHS) Acting Executive Commissioner Phil Wilson and Texas Education Agency (TEA) Commissioner Mike Morath.

COFFEE WITH THE CITY MANAGER

Remote event via Zoom

Wednesday, May 6, 8 a.m.-9 a.m.

Via internet:

www.zoom.us

Meeting ID: 843 8021 0372

Telephone Dial:

877.853.5247 (Toll Free)

888.788.0099 (Toll Free)

Meeting ID: 843 8021 0372

NEW GUIDANCE - PPP LOAN FORGIVENESS

On May 3, the Small Business Administration issued new guidance to clarify the impact on PPP loan forgiveness if a borrower laid off an employee and offered to rehire the same employee, but the employee declined the offer. The new guidelines read, "As an exercise of the Administrator’s and the Secretary’s authority under Section 1106(d)(6) of the CARES Act to prescribe regulations granting de minimis exemptions from the Act’s limits on loan forgiveness, SBA and Treasury intend to issue an interim final rule excluding laid-off employees whom the borrower offered to rehire (for the same salary/wages and same number of hours) from the CARES Act’s loan forgiveness reduction calculation. The interim final rule will specify that, to qualify for this exception, the borrower must have made a good faith, written offer of rehire, and the employee’s rejection of that offer must be documented by the borrower. Employees and employers should be aware that employees who reject offers of re-employment may forfeit eligibility for continued unemployment compensation."

May 4, 2020

SBA ACCEPTING NEW ECONOMIC DISASTER LOAN APPLICATIONS ON A LIMITED BASIS FOR AGRICULTURAL BUSINESSES

The SBA will begin accepting new Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance applications on a limited basis only, in order to provide unprecedented relief to U.S. agricultural businesses. The application is available at: www.SBA.gov/Disaster.

At this time, only agricultural business applications will be accepted. For agricultural businesses that submitted an EIDL application through the streamlined application portal prior to the legislative change, SBA will process these applications without the need for re-applying.

 

CITY COUNCIL MEETING MAY 4

The upcoming regularly scheduled City Council Meeting will be held on Monday, May 4, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. This meeting will be held remotely via Zoom Teleconferencing, and in person attendance will not be available. Members of the public may attend the meeting remotely by web or telephone via Zoom Teleconferencing. These actions are being taken to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 by avoiding meetings that bring people into a group setting and in accordance with Section 418.016 of the Texas Government Code.

Members of the public may join the Zoom Meeting by one of the following:

By internet:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82817993023

Meeting ID: 828 1799 3023

By phone:

(888)788-0099 (Toll Free)

(877)853-5247 (Toll Free)

Meeting ID: 828 1799 3023

You may also access this meeting through live streaming on the City of Fredericksburg’s Facebook page.

Audio of this meeting will be recorded and uploaded to the City website following the conclusion of the meeting.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Fredericksburg is allowing public comments to be submitted remotely, by 3:00 p.m., on May 4, 2020, using any of the following methods:

1. Complete the Citizen Comment Form online at www.fbgtx.org; or

2. Email your comments to sgoodwin@fbgtx.org; or

3. Complete a Citizen Comment Form located inside the Public Access entrance at 126 W. Main Street, Fredericksburg, Texas, and place in the box marked “Citizen Comment Form”.

Copies of the submitted comments will be provided to the City Council and made public on the City’s website under the “May 4, 2020, City Council Regular Meeting” tab.

Items on the agenda include:

- Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

- Employee Recognitions

- Public Comments

Items on the consent agenda include the following:

- Consider approval of meeting minutes

Ordinances and Resolutions:

- Consider approval of Ordinance 2020-12 amending the Code of Ordinances establishing a Form Survey requirement for any concrete slab poured during construction of buildings and improvements in the City (first of two readings; City Council may waive second reading).

- Consider approval of Resolution 2020-10R creating a COVID-19 Recovery Task Force, establishing and adopting the duties and functions associated therewith; and providing for an effective date.

The City Manager's Report will include a financial status - Mid Year Budget Review, status of the Governor's recent executive order, and status of reopening of City facilities.

All agendas and meeting minutes can be viewed and downloaded from the City's website at http://www.fbgtx.org/AgendaCenter.

May 1, 2020

IMPORTANT UPDATE!

May 1, 2020

In an email just received, County Judge Mark Stroeher has certified to the state that each of the standards and requirements have been investigated and confirmed to be met that will allow certain businesses to operate at an expanded 50% capacity instead of the 25% capacity that Gov. Abbott authorized pursuant to Executive Order No. GA-18. He emphasizes that authorization to operate at the higher level is permissive, not mandatory. Businesses have the choice to operate at 50% or 25% or not to open at all. Confirmed COVID cases in Gillespie County presently stand at 3. If there is an uptick in that number, capacity could be again reduced.

 

PER CITY OF FREDERICKSBURG  PRESS RELEASE

COVID-19 TESTING TO BE OFFERED BY TEXAS MILITARY DEPARTMENT
The Texas Military Department (TMD) will be in Fredericksburg to conduct COVID-19
screenings for symptomatic patients on Tuesday, May 5, 2020. Details of the one-day testing operation
will be forthcoming from the TMD including time, location, and how to register to be tested. There will
be no charge for this testing.
Testing for the COVID-19 virus is also still available through Hill Country Memorial with a doctor’s
recommendation.
Everyone can do their part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not
available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then wash your hands.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Minimizing exposure is especially important for people who are 65 or older or who have an underlying
health condition like heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, high blood pressure or cancer. People in those
groups have a higher risk of developing severe disease if they do get COVID-19, and the safest thing for
them during an outbreak will be to stay home as much as possible and minimize close contact with other
people. The public can find up-to-date coronavirus information at dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus.
For additional information, please contact Catherine Kuhlmann, Fredericksburg Fire EMS Infectious
Disease Control Officer, at 830.992.9218.

April 27, 2020

GOVERNOR ABBOTT ANNOUNCEMENT

Governor Abbott announces most businesses can reopen this coming Friday, May 1 at 50% capacity for counties with fewer than 5 COVID-19 cases, which includes Gillespie County. His guidelines, including which businesses can reopen May 1 and which will reopen May 18, can be found at Gov.texas.gov/organization/opentexas.

 

You can download a copy of the

GOVERNOR'S PHASE I TO OPEN TEXAS HERE

The Governor also established increased occupancy protocols for certain counties with five or fewer laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19. Those counties may, on an individualized basis, increase occupancy limits to up to 50% for restaurants, retail, shopping malls, museums and libraries, and movie theaters if they meet certain criteria.

 

The county judge must certify and affirm to DSHS that the following standards have been investigated and confirmed to be met:

 

The county had five or fewer COVID-19 laboratory confirmed cases on April 30, 2020 or, at a later date, five or fewer active COVID-19 cases as verified by DSHS.

The county has created a list of testing opportunities in the county or the area.

The county has been in contact with its designated regional advisory council to ensure the community is prepared for any needed health care transfers.

The county has provided public notice to the residents of the county, including: Signs and symptoms of COVID-19: Recommended health and safety protocols in line with CDC guidance; Information regarding how residents can get tested in the area; A link to the DSHS website where residents can go to learn about community spread in nearby communities, in order to help county residents understand their risk to exposure if they travel regularly outside of the county.

The county has contacted each of the following types of facilities located in the county to ensure they are complying with Texas Health and Human Services (HHSC) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines regarding COVID-19: Nursing homes; Assisted living facilities; Industrial, agricultural, or business facilities with a significant number of employees; and City or county jails.

The county is equipped and prepared to protect vulnerable populations, including nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

The county has documented procedures to be activated if a resident becomes COVID-19 positive, including procedures to take appropriate measures as necessary in line with the plan to open Texas.

The county has contacted DSHS in order to create a plan to ensure contact tracing will occur within 48 hours of a positive test reported to DSHS.

COVID-19 UPDATE BY THE TEXAS GOVERNOR

Governor Greg Abbott will provide his next COVID-19 response update today, April 27 at 2:30 p.m.

CITY COUNCIL MEETING APRIL 27, 2020

The upcoming special meeting of the City Council will be held on Monday, April 27, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. This meeting will be held remotely via Zoom Teleconferencing, and in person attendance will not be available. Members of the public may attend the meeting remotely by web or telephone via Zoom Teleconferencing. These actions are being taken to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 by avoiding meetings that bring people into a group setting and in accordance with Section 418.016 of the Texas Government Code.

Members of the public may join the Zoom Meeting by one of the following:

By internet:

https://zoom.us/j/92069163830

Meeting ID: 920 6916 3830

By phone:

(877)853-5247 (Toll Free)

(888)788-0099 (Toll Free)

Meeting ID: 920 6916 3830

You may also access this meeting through live streaming on the City of Fredericksburg’s Facebook page.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Fredericksburg is allowing public comments to be submitted remotely, by 1:00 p.m., on April 27, 2020, using any of the following methods:

1. Complete the Citizen Comment Form online at www.fbgtx.org; or

2. Email your comments to sgoodwin@fbgtx.org; or

3. Complete a Citizen Comment Form located inside the Public Access entrance at 126 W. Main Street, Fredericksburg, Texas, and place in the box marked “Citizen Comment Form”.

Copies of the submitted comments will be provided to the City Council and made public on the City’s website under the “April 27, 2020, City Council Special Meeting” tab.

Audio of this meeting will be recorded and uploaded to the City website following the conclusion of the meeting.

Items on the agenda include:

- Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

Discussion and Take Appropriate Action on:

- The reopening of certain City facilities, including the Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Golf Course

- The creation of a Business Recovery Task Force, related to local recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic

- The City's plans to ensure compliance with Governor Abbott's updated Executive Orders, related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

All agendas and meeting minutes can be viewed and downloaded from the City's website at http://www.fbgtx.org/AgendaCenter.

April 24, 2020

SMALL BUSINESS FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Congress has struck a deal to replenish the emergency loans available to small business through the CARES Act. The bill infuses more aid into the economy, including $320 billion into the Paycheck Protection Program, which had run dry. It’s critical relief for small businesses who are struggling to find the resources they need to survive this economic pause. Where can small business owners turn for help? How should companies operate in this low-cash environment? And how and when should businesses plan for a return to work?

 

This Friday, April 24 at noon ET (11 a.m. Central), Inc. and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will join forces for a fifth virtual National Small Business Town Hall to help guide business owners through the resources available to them. REGISTER HERE

WHAT MUST BE CONSIDERED TO RE-OPEN SAFELY?

Businesses will soon be asked to make many decisions to protect the health of their employees and customers, as well as comply with governmental requirements. But what does it all mean? And where will they find needed supplies?

 

In this latest installment of the US Chamber's Path Forward video series, you will hear a meaningful discussion on temperature checks, face masks, standards for social distancing in the workplace and COVID-19 testing.

TOOL KIT INTRODUCTION

With Governor Greg Abbott expected to make announcements on Monday as to the timetable and process for re-opening the Texas economy, we have assembled this tool kit with resources to help your business prepare. Look for more updates as additional information becomes available. And, if you have a great resource from trade associations to which you belong, please share so we may add the information for the benefit of your fellow members.

GUIDANCE ON PREPARING WORKPLACES

FOR COVID-19

US Department of Labor & US Department of Health & Human Services

INDUSTRY SPECIFIC RE-OPENING GUIDANCE

 

RESTAURANTS & FOOD SERVICE

National Restaurant Association Reopening Guidance (published April 22, 2020)

 

HOTEL & LODGING

Register for today's COVID-19 Impact & Recovery Trends Webinar

American Hotel & Lodging Association

(Friday, April 24 at noon)

 

BEAUTY

Professional Beauty Association Back-To-Work Guidelines (publishes April 22, 2020)

 

MANUFACTURING

Replay of National Association of Manufacturers Webinar (posted April 1, 2020) Manufacturers discuss industrial cleaning best practices to mitigate risk to their workforce, limit the spread of the virus and ensure their manufacturing operations can continue unabated.

 

FESTIVALS & SPECIAL EVENTS

CDC's Get Your Mass Gatherings or Large Community Events Ready (posted March 15, 2020)

 

IFEA Coronavirus Forum (webinar series)

International Festivals & Events Association

April 20, 2020

PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM UPDATE

A second round of stimulus funding, including as much as an additional $300 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), could be approved by Congress this week. With the first $350 billion having been depleted in about two weeks, we encourage eligible business owners to be ready if funding occurs.

 

Additionally, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has requested all non-profit organizations be made eligible for any new PPP funding. In the original program, only 501(c)3 and 501(c)19 designated non-profits were deemed eligible.

 

Special Guidance for Self-Employed and Independent Contractors

You are eligible to apply for a PPP loan as an independent contractor or self-employed individual who has been or will be harmed by the pandemic if all of the following are true:

 

1. You were in operation on February 15, 2020

2. Your primary place of residence is the United States

3. You filed or will file a Form 1040 Schedule C for 2019 showing self-employment income.

 

For guidance on what documentation is needed, how much may be borrowed and forgiven, how the loan may be used and other available resources, please download the simple, five-page guide below.

https://www.uschamber.com/report/independent-contractors-guide-cares-act-relief

RESTORE SMALL BUSINESS LOAN PROGRAM

The Small Business Administration has closed applications for both the Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Payroll Protection Program Loans as funds are no longer available. Voice your support for Congress to replenish funding for the Paycheck Protection Program.

FREDERICKSBURG CITY COUNCIL MEETING

The upcoming regularly scheduled City Council Meeting will be held on Monday, April 20, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. This meeting will be held remotely via Zoom Teleconferencing, and in person attendance will not be available. Members of the public may attend the meeting remotely by web or telephone via Zoom Teleconferencing. These actions are being taken to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 by avoiding meetings that bring people into a group setting and in accordance with Section 418.016 of the Texas Government Code.

Members of the public may join the Zoom Meeting by one of the following:

By internet:

https://zoom.us/j/184065217

Meeting ID: 184-065-217

By phone:

(888)788-0099 (Toll Free)

(877)853-5247 (Toll Free)

Meeting ID: 184 065 217

You may also access this meeting through live streaming on the City of Fredericksburg’s Facebook page.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Fredericksburg is allowing public comments to be submitted remotely, by 3:00 p.m., on April 20, 2020, using any of the following methods:

1. Complete the Citizen Comment Form online at www.fbgtx.org; or

2. Email your comments to sgoodwin@fbgtx.org; or

3. Complete a Citizen Comment Form located inside the Public Access entrance at 126 W. Main Street, Fredericksburg, Texas, and place in the box marked “Citizen Comment Form”.

Copies of the submitted comments will be provided to the City Council and made public on the City’s website under the “April 20, 2020, City Council Regular Meeting” tab.

Audio of this meeting will be recorded and uploaded to the City website following the conclusion of the meeting.

Items on the agenda include:

- Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

- Employee Recognitions

- Public Comments

Items on the consent agenda include the following:

- Consider approval of meeting minutes

Ordinances and Resolutions:

- Consider approval of Ordinance 2020-11 temporarily waiving penalties assessed for failure to remit payment of Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

- Consider approval of Resolution 2020-09R responding to the application of Atmos Energy Corporation - Midtex Division, to increase rates under the Gas Reliability Infrastructure Program

Other Action Items and Updates include:

- Consider approval of the Audited Financial Statement and Independent Auditors Report for the period ending September 30, 2019

- Consider the award of the construction contract for the Knauth Pump Station Project to Keystone Construction Services, LP in the amount of $3,960,750.00

- Consider request to waive the Fredericksburg Art Guild rent for three months

The City Manager's Report will include a financial status report, update on essential services, and status of the Governor's Stay at Home Order.

All agendas and meeting minutes can be viewed and downloaded from the City's website at http://www.fbgtx.org/AgendaCenter.

April 17, 2020

FREDERICKSBURG CHAMBER RELEASES IMPACT SURVEY

How has COVID-19 impacted your business? Tell us in our survery. One response per employer. please.

http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07eh1fqym8k9306uml/start

GOVERNOR'S PRESS CONFERENCE

Governor Greg Abbott held a press conference on Texas' economic response to COVID-19 today, April 17th at 12:00PM at the State Capitol. 

Information from the press conference:

SCHOOLS Governor Abbott closes all Texas schools for the remainder of the school year.

RETAIL Governor Greg Abbott issues guidelines for the

re-opening of Texas retailers, referencing the "retail-to-go" procedures outlined HERE

PARKS Governor Abbott re-opens Texas state parks, beginning Monday April 20, with the following conditions: 1. Guests must wear masks/face coverings. 2. Guests must stay 6' away from other non-family member guests. 3. Guests may not gather in groups larger than 5 people.

April 16, 2020

SBA CLOSES APPLICATIONS

The Small Business Administration has closed applications for both the Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Payroll Protection Program Loans as funds are no longer available.

April 6, 2020

EMPLOYEE RETENTION TAX CREDIT

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act created a new employee retention tax credit for employers who are closed, partially closed, or experiencing significant revenue losses as a result of COVID-19.

 

Who is ELIGIBLE?

Private employers, including non-profits, carrying on a trade or business in 2020 that:

 

• Have operations partially or fully suspended as a result of orders from a governmental authority due to COVID-19, or

 

• Experience a decline in gross receipts by more than 50% in a quarter compared to the same quarter in 2019 (eligibility ends when gross receipts in a quarter exceed 80% compared to the same 2019 quarter)

 

With respect to tax-exempt organizations under 501(c) of the tax code, the requirement to be partially or fully suspended applies to all operations of the organization.

 

Employers who receive a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan are not eligible for a tax credit. To learn more about PPP loans, visit uschamber.com/sbloans

 

How much is the TAX CREDIT?

This new employee retention tax credit is a 50% tax credit for the first $10,000 of compensation, including the employer portion of health benefits, for each eligible employee.

 

• Compensation does not include paid sick or family leave for which the employer is reimbursed under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

 

• The credit only applies to wages paid after March 12, 2020 and before January 1, 2021

 

WHICH EMPLOYEES COUNT toward eligibility?

• For employers with more than 100 employees: Full-time employees who are (i) being paid but (ii) not providing service due to either a full or partial shutdown or a reduction in gross receipts count toward eligibility

 

• For employers with 100 or fewer full-time employees: All employees, regardless of whether those employees are providing service, count toward eligibility

 

• Employers may not claim the same employee for this credit and the Work Opportunity Tax Credit for the same period. In addition, employers may not claim the same wages for an employee under this credit and also under the employer credit in section 45S for FMLA

 

How is the CREDIT PAID?

The refundable credit is applied against the employer portion of payroll taxes. The Treasury Department will develop a process for employers to receive an advance payment of the tax credit.

 

City Council Meeting April 6 at 6pm Available by Teleconference

The upcoming regularly scheduled City Council Meeting will be held on Monday, April 6, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. This meeting will be held remotely via Zoom Teleconferencing, and in person attendance will not be available. Members of the public may attend the meeting remotely by web or telephone via Zoom Teleconferencing. These actions are being taken to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 by avoiding meetings that bring people into a group setting and in accordance with Section 418.016 of the Texas Government Code.

Members of the public may join the Zoom Meeting by one of the following:

By internet:

https://zoom.us/j/870200237

Meeting ID: 870 200 237

By phone:

(888)788-0099 (Toll Free)

(877)853-5247 (Toll Free)

Meeting ID: 870 200 237

You may also access this meeting through live streaming on the City of Fredericksburg’s Facebook page.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Fredericksburg is allowing public comments to be submitted remotely, by 3:00 p.m., on April 6, 2020, using any of the following methods:

1. Complete the Citizen Comment Form online at www.fbgtx.org; or

2. Email your comments to sgoodwin@fbgtx.org; or

3. Complete a Citizen Comment Form located inside the Public Access entrance at 126 W. Main Street, Fredericksburg, Texas, and place in the box marked “Citizen Comment Form”.

Copies of the submitted comments will be provided to the City Council and made public on the City’s website under the “April 6, 2020, City Council Regular Meeting” tab.

Audio of this meeting will be recorded and uploaded to the City website following the conclusion of the meeting.

Items on the consent agenda include the following:

- Consider approval of meeting minutes

Public Hearings:

- Annexation of approximately 91.24 acres of land along the south side of W. Live Oak and extending from east of Post Oak Road to west of Smokehouse Road (second of two hearings)

Ordinances:

- Actions pertaining to the Annexation of 91.43 acres of land situated in Gillespie County, Texas along the south side of W. Live Oak and extending from east of Post Oak Road to west of Smokehouse Road

Other Action Items and Updates include:

- Hold a discussion and possible action regarding the May 2, 2020 City of Fredericksburg General Election

- Hold a discussion and possible action to extend the payment deadline for 1st Quarter CY 2020 Hotel Occupancy Tax due to COVID-19

- Hold a discussion to consider delaying or canceling the CXT Concrete Building restroom and shower project at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park for a cost savings of $235,000

- Hold a discussion to consider closing or restricting access to additional park facilities

The City Manager's Report will include updates on City Finances, HOT funding, future City Council meetings, major Water Improvement Project, and the Electric Services building.

All agendas and meeting minutes can be viewed and downloaded from the City's website at http://www.fbgtx.org/AgendaCenter.

April 3, 2020

CLICK HERE for Non-profit updates and our BUSINESS DIRECTORY for additional Nonprofit  listings

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.

 

CARES ACT

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 | laborinfo@twc.state.tx.us

 

Employers: Legal options and work from home policies:

1-800-832-9394 | employerinfo@twc.state.tx.us

Most recent updates: twc.texas.gov

March 24, 2020

SUBSCRIBE TO THE FREDERICKSBURG STANDARD DAILY UPDATE

Subscribe to the Fredericksburg Standard Daily Update email newsletter for valuable up-to-date information on what is happening in your city! https://bit.ly/39PZT2D

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)

Visit: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USSBA/bulletins/2825f00  

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: fredericksburg@ctcd.edu and anne.arnecke@ttu.edu. 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

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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. 

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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 yvonne@fredericksburgstandard.com 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 yvonne@fredericksburgstandard.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.

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