All of our thoughts are with those affected by COVID-19 and the uncertainty surrounding it. During this unprecedented time, the Alachua County Visitor’s Bureau wants to do everything we can to support businesses in our community and our tourism partners.
Below you’ll find a number of relief and recovery resources currently available to businesses and organizations. We encourage you to check back frequently, as our team will continue to update and maintain this page as information evolves.
Alachua County CARES Act Plan
As part of the Federal CARES Act, Alachua County received $46.9 million in federal funding, through the State of Florida for relief assistance. Of the total relief funding award, $36.1 million will be distributed to individuals and businesses. These funds may be used for necessary expenditures incurred for the COVID-19 emergency response. This program is for Alachua County residents only. Visit the Alachua County CARES Act portal to find more information and apply for funds online.
SBDC Florida Business Disaster Recovery Assistance
The Florida Small Business Development Center provides information on the CARES Act, Economic Injury Disaster Loan and additional Federal and State programs.
Florida DEO Resources for Individuals and Employers
Florida’s Department of Economic Opportunity provides information for reemployment assistance and job postings for individuals, loan programs and debt relief resources for employers.
SBA Loan Guidance and Resources
Find small business guidance and loan resources from U.S. Small Business Administration.
PLANNING AND RECOVERY BUSINESS TOOLS
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (“DHHS”). This web site contains many useful subpages that discuss the epidemiology of COVID-19 and means of mitigating its risks, as well as an extensive glossary of terms related to infection control.
World Health Organization (“WHO”), like the CDC web site, provides a great deal of information about the science of COVID-19, its global impact, the effects of containment programs, and strategies and plans one might adopt to curtail its spread. ·
Coronavirus Resource Center, Johns Hopkins University & Medicine, features a COVID-19 global case tracker which is updated daily, news and information from experts, and many other infection control resources.
Guidance for Workplaces
The United States Department of Labor (“DOL”), Occupational Safety and Health Administration, has extensive resources on its COVID-19 web page, including “Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19,” OSHA 3990-03 2020.
“Operational Toolkit for Businesses Considering Reopening or Expanding Operations in COVID-19,” Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, May 6, 2020.
“Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act,” U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, issued October 9, 2009, updated March 19, 2020.
“Considerations for Events and Gatherings,” CDC, July 7, 2020.
“Considerations for sports federations/sports event organizers when planning mass gatherings in the context of COVID-19,” WHO, Interim guidance, April 14, 2020, and “Guidance for the use of the WHO Mass Gatherings Sports: addendum risk assessment tools sin the context of COVID-19,” April 30, 2020.
“Key planning recommendations for Mass Gatherings in the contextof the current COVID-19 outbreak,” WHO, Interim guidance, March 19, 2020.
Download the The Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide (pdf) from the Event Safety Alliance
Cleaning and Disinfecting
“CDC/EPA Cleaning & Disinfecting Guidance,” CDC, May 7, 2020.
“Cleaning and Disinfection for Community Facilities,” CDC, May 7, 2020.
Restaurants and Food Safety
“Best Practices for Retail Food Stores, Restaurants, and Food Pick-Up/DeliveryServices During the COVID-19 Pandemic,” DHHS, Food and Drug Administration(“FDA”), April 21, 2020.
“Food Safety and the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19),” FDA website.
Posters for Workplaces
Hand hygiene posters, WHO
“Prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick,” CDC
VISIT FLORIDA Small Business Toolkit
Get access to marketing tools, best practices and industry reports.
Google Ad Credits Information for Small and Medium Sized Businesses
Get answers to frequently asked questions about Google’s SMB ad credit program.
ARTS AND CULTURE RESOURCES
Americans for the Arts Webinars
Learn how the CARES act supports the art sector, how to set up an emergency relief fund and more.
Freelance Artist Resources
Find a list designed to serve freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community.
American Alliance of Museums Resources
The American Alliance of Museums has compiled a guide to help museums prepare internally and externally for outbreaks in their communities and navigate the broader impact of COVID-19. AAM will continue to monitor this evolving situation and update this guidance as needed.
American Association of Community Theatre Resources
AACT is committed to helping theatres find needed answers. Find discussion groups, news, inspiration and links for more information.
Artist Relief Grant Information
The Artist Relief initiative distributes grants to practicing artists in need of financial assistance.
Backstage Artist and Performers Relief Information
Find finance, health and industry resources for actors, creators and performing artists.
Chamber Music of America Resources
Locate links and information for musicians, teachers and organizations.
Writers’ Resources from Poets & Writers
Find grants and relief funds for writers, teachers, publishers, booksellers and librarians.
Americans for the Arts Economic Impact Survey and Data Dashboard
Americans for the Arts is collecting data and impact stories from organizations and individuals.
RESEARCH AND REPORTING
Florida Business Damage Assessment Survey
Share impacts of your business to the State of Florida.
VISIT FLORIDA Tourism Impacts Data Dashboard
Find impacts across the state including hotel and lodging impacts, airline capacity and traveler research studies.
STR Global Hotel Impacts
See the impacts to the hotel sector from countries and regions around the world.
VISIT FLORIDA Learning Library and Visitor Research
Browse an archive of past industry webinars and dive into key statistics from visitors coming to Florida.
VISIT GAINESVILLE, ALACHUA COUNTY MARKETING OPPORTUNITIES
• Send us video content showing off your business. We would love for potential visitors to experience Alachua County from home by watching videos of all the things they can experience in the future here in our area.
• Keep us updated of any business news, updates or promotions/incentives.
• Submit virtual events to our events calendar or to firstname.lastname@example.org. We publish a What’s Good weekly event guide every Wednesday by 7 p.m. and send it to our email list on Thursday mornings. In order to be included, please submit virtual event information no later than Tuesdays on or before 12 p.m. EDT.