Governor Abbott held a press conference Monday, April 27, where he presented the Texans Helping Texans: The Governor's Report to Open Texas and issued three Executive Orders GA-18 - related to reopening services, GA-19 - related to hospital capacity, and GA-20 - related to travel restrictions.
He announced that the statewide executive order to stay home will expire on April 30.
Phase one of Open Texas is set to begin May 1, and if cases are still contained, Phase two will begin two weeks later, with proper data given and considered, on May 18.
Phase one has the main priority of protecting the most vulnerable populations, such as those older than 65 and those with other illnesses. It emphasizes that these populations stay home if at all possible.
Phase one includes:
Businesses such as barber shops, salons, gyms, and bars will not be able to open at this time, but will be considered later in May.
The Office of the Governor has also created checklists to consider for business able to open in Phase one and for consumers. They can be found here.
As a small gesture for caring for our businesses that have closed and who may remain closed for the foreseeable future, even as Texas gradually “re-opens” for business, we created a “Closed at the moment, HERE FOR GOOD” sign and worked with M&D Graphics and Printing to have them printed. They are available for free to any business and can be picked up at the following locations:
We hope businesses will pick one up and display at their business to let Temple know that even if they are temporarily closed, they are “HERE FOR GOOD” and will “be back to business soon”. Our community will persevere through the challenges we currently face because we are Temple Strong.
The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives approved the latest COVID-19 relief bill on April 21 and April 23, respectively. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, President Trump signed the bill into law, April 24.
The bill provides $484 billion in additional funding to replenish and supplement key programs under the CARES Act, including the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), small business disaster loans and grants, hospitals and health care providers and testing.
The small business loan programs authorized under the CARES Act had been quickly depleted after only two weeks of operation. More details are below:
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP): The bill appropriates an additional $321 billion in funding, with $60 billion set aside for small, midsize and community lenders (including minority lenders).
Disaster Loans Program: The bill appropriates an additional $50 billion for the Disaster Loans Program and an additional $10 billion for Emergency Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Grants.
HHS Hospital and Provider Grants under the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund: The bill provides an additional $75 billion to support the need for COVID-19 related expenses and lost revenue due to coronavirus.
Testing: The bill provides $25 billion for the HHS Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund for necessary expenses to research, develop, validate, manufacture, purchase, administer and expand capacity for COVID-19 tests. Requires the Administration to create a national strategy to provide assistance to states for testing and increasing testing capacity.
Many local lenders are already accepting applications for the PPP with this additional funding. Be sure to reach out to your lender soon. The EIDL application is through the Small Business Administration.
Small Business Administration:
Department of the Treasury:
U.S. Chamber of Commerce: