COVID-19

Gov. Lee Extends State of Emergency to Aug. 29, 2020

New executive orders extend key provisions from previous orders

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Governor Bill Lee today signed Executive Order No. 50 to extend the State of Emergency related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic to August 29, 2020. The order allows the continued suspension of various laws and regulations and other measures in these orders to facilitate the treatment and containment of COVID-19 through regulatory flexibility, promoting social distancing and avoidance of large gatherings, and protecting vulnerable populations. 

Gov. Lee also signed Executive Order Nos. 51 and 52, which extend provisions that allow for electronic government meetings subject to transparency safeguards and remote notarization and witnessing of documents, respectively, to August 29, 2020.

See below to read Executive Orders 50, 51, and 52 in their entirety.

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“As more and more studies are being done worldwide, it is becoming abundantly clear that the wearing of masks, even non-medical masks used by the general public, can prevent a substantial number of COVID infections.  Reputable studies have shown that adherence to mask wearing can reduce infection rates by 80%.”

Community WiFi Hotspots Located in Maury County
Community WiFi Hotspots in Maury County

The Tennessee Department of Health will offer 33 drive-through events this weekend to make COVID-19 testing available to Tennesseans who are concerned about their health or the health of their family members. On Saturday, April 18, 22 COVID-19 drive-through testing sites will be open at THESE locations in Tennessee.

HERE are some guidelines to follow after you have been tested.

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COUNTY & MUNICIPAL RESOURCES

Maury County

Maury County Closings, Cancellations and other Information

Register HERE for Maury County Emergency notifications.

Williamson County

United Way of Williamson County - Are you in need of assistance from one of United Way’s partner agencies but don’t know which one to contact?

  • Dial 2-1-1 to reach a trained specialist to assist you.
  • Visit http://uw211help.org/
  • TEXT your zip code to 898211 to connect with a specialist by text.

Housed at United Way and chaired by former Senator Dr. Bill Frist, the COVID-19 Response Fund will focus its initial allocations on helping our neighbors who are experiencing lost wages or who become ill from the virus receive the assistance they need to stay in their homes and keep food on the table. Email for more info.

THE PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM DEADLINE IS FAST APPROACHING

All applications for the Paycheck Protection Program must be submitted by June 30. The program will fund up to 250% of a business’s average monthly payroll costs. The loan will be fully forgiven if a business spends at least 60% of the loan on payroll costs. The other portion may be used for rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. 

Once you complete your application, you can submit it to any participating lending institution. Call your bank to determine if they are participating in the PPP program or click here to find a lender.

  • The new PPP application has made it even easier to apply. Click here for the revised PPP application. 
  • Qualified borrowers may apply by using the simplified “EZ Application,” which is only three pages long. Click here to determine if you qualify for the “EZ Application.” You can access the simplified application here
  • Some of the groups eligible to apply for the PPP include: Businesses with less than 500 employees per location, faith-based groups, nonprofits, veterans organizations, tribal concerns, self-employed individuals, sole proprietorships, and independent contractors. 
  • Click here for the full list of eligible groups as well as additional information on PPP loan forgiveness. 
  • For frequently asked questions specific to religious groups, click here
  • To learn more about the Paycheck Protection Program, click here

SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCES

Tennessee Dept. of Economic and Community Development

CARES ACT Guidelines and other resources for Small Businesses

Unemployment 

Bridging the Gap for Small Businesses 

Small business owners can apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance of up to $10,000. Agricultural businesses with less than 500 employees can also apply. This advance will provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. This loan does not need to be repaid. You can apply here

Small businesses that currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender can quickly access up to $25,000 through the Express Bridge Loan Pilot Program. These loans will help bridge the gap if a business urgently needs funds while waiting for their Economic Injury Disaster Loan to process. Click here to learn more about the SBA Express Bridge Loans. 

Main Street Lending Program 

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted many businesses’ ability to access credit or obtain financing. The Main Street Lending Program will support businesses that were in sound financial condition before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic by providing them with credit. Please note these loans must be paid back. 

  • To learn more about the Main Street Lending Program, click here
  • You can access Frequently Accessed Questions about the program here

Mental Health

There are several options for those experiencing anxiety, depression, or stress.

The CDC website has important information for maintaining mental health and managing anxiety HERE.

Crisis Text LineTEXT "WILLIAMSON" to 741741 to reach a crisis counselor.

Crisis Hot Line800-273-8255 

Mental Health America Screenings for anxiety, depression, trauma, and emotional wellness.

Refuge Center: if you or someone you love is looking for remote counseling or counseling support during this time, you can call 615-591-5262. They also take tele-health intake appointments.

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