Covid-19 Resources for Businesses and Residents

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to impact lives and businesses throughout our country and Fairfield County we want to provide a resource for employers and residents. This will include information on local, state, and national support available for businesses. We will try to update any business closings as they become available, including what restaurants are offering carry out. We will also let residents know of relief that will be available.

If you are in need of assistance please email Rick Szabrak at Rick.Szabrak@FairfieldCountyOhio.gov.

LOCAL LOCATIONS OPEN FOR CARRY-OUT, PICK-UP OR DELIVERY:
CHECK OUT THE LIST OF RESTAURANTS
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CHECK OUT THE LIST OF PHARMACIES
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CHECK OUT THE LIST OF STORES
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RESOURCES FOR BUSINESSES DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Along with the health risks, the COVID-19 pandemic is causing disruption to businesses and residents across the country and in Fairfield County. In an effort to help local businesses, the Fairfield 33 Development Alliance is providing updates on resources available to businesses as well as residents. There are various programs at the local, state, and national level that are here to assist you. Please contact Rick Szabrak at Rick.Szabrak@FairfieldCountyOhio.gov with any questions about these programs or any other assistance for your business.

SBA ECONOMIC INJURY DISASTER LOAN PROGRAM

Ohio’s application for the declaration of an Economic Injury Disaster Loan program has been approved by The Small Business Association. Now small businesses and private, non-profit organizations in the state can apply for low-interest loans to alleviate the economic burdens caused by the Coronavirus. For additional information, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center at 1-800-659-2955 or disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Apply online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/.

These loans are only intended as working capital loans utilized to assist with impact caused by the coronavirus emergency efforts. The EIDL’s are not for other purposes such as expansion, new equipment, property purchases, etc. that do not have anything to do with the national emergency we are facing. Rates to business are expected to be 3.75% and can have extended terms.

FAIRFIELD COUNTY REVOLVING LOAN FUND

The Fairfield County Revolving Loan Fund provides low-interest loans to businesses to help with expansion and employee retainment. Learn more about eligibility or by contacting Rick Szabrak at rick.szabrak@fairfieldcountyohio.gov.

SHAREDWORK OHIO

SharedWork Ohio is a voluntary layoff aversion program. It allows workers to remain employed and employers to retain trained staff during times of reduced business activity. Under a SharedWork Ohio plan, the participating employer reduces affected employees’ hours in a uniform manner. The participating employee works the reduced hours each week, and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) provides eligible individuals an unemployment insurance benefit proportionate to their reduced hours. Find more information at SharedWork Ohio.

LIQUOR BUYBACK PROGRAM

The Ohio Department of Commerce will immediately begin offering a one-time liquor buyback option to support bars and restaurants. This will especially aid those establishments that have stocked up on high-proof liquor ahead of the St. Patrick's Day holiday for which they now have no use, due to their closure to in-house patrons.

Bars and restaurants wishing to take advantage of this opportunity should return their unopened, high-proof liquor products (obtained within the past 30 days) to the agency where they purchased the product. This opportunity is also extended to those with temporary (F2) permits for events scheduled between March 12 and April 6, 2020. If a business has questions about this program, they should reach out directly to the Liquor Enterprise Service Center (LESC) at  877-812-0013 or by emailing OhioLiquorInfo@Com.Ohio.gov.

TECHCRED PROGRAM

Ohio’s TechCred program reimburses employers for training to upskill their employees. Many of these programs can be completed online so this can fit in with employees that are working remotely. Learn More.

MASS LAYOFFS

If your company is currently faced with mass layoffs due to the pandemic we want to help your company and your employee. You can learn more at Mass layoff procedures.