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COVID-19 Resources

In these challenging times triggered by the novel coronavirus, the Alabama Department of Commerce wants you to stay informed. In collaboration with our state and federal partners, we have assembled a comprehensive list of resources related to the COVID-19 response to assist Alabama employers and workers. This page will be updated periodically, and important developments will be shared on the Made in Alabama web site and its social media channels.

Governor Kay Ivey has launched altogether.org, an online resource that will serve as an up-to-date hub of information for the state’s response to the coronavirus crisis. The site is the state’s official guide to COVID-19 relief efforts, to help empower those impacted by the outbreak and those who want to offer support.

Alabama Public Health Information

For COVID-19 testing sites and hours of operation, call the Alabama Department of Public Health’s 24-hour hotline at 1-888-264-2256

Visit ADPH’s Coronavirus website.

On May 21, Governor Ivey issued a revised “Safer at Home”order that lifted restrictions on some businesses, effective Friday, May 22, 2020, as well as other activities. Read the order: Safer-at-Home-Order-FINAL-5.21.2020 2

On May 8, Governor Ivey issued a supplemental order providing protections for companies against frivolous lawsuits. Read it here: 2020-05-08 8th Supplemental SOE COVID-19.  She also issued a supplemental order on miscellaneous topics: 2020-05-08 9th Supplemental SOE COVID-19. A 10th Supplemental Order was issued on May 21: 2020-05-21-10th-Supplemental-SOE-COVID-19 3

Information and Resources for Businesses

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program prioritizes millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $349 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses. Eligible recipients may qualify for a loan up to $10 million determined by eight weeks of prior average payroll plus an additional 25 percent of that amount.

Small business impacted by COVID-19 may be eligible for a low-interest disaster loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Apply for assistance under the SBA’s Economic Industry Disaster Loan program for COVID-19.

The SBA is automatically deferring payments on previous disaster loans through the end of the year. Learn more details.

Visit the SBA’s Alabama District Office website.

Visit the Alabama Small Business Development Network’s website.

Governor Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Revenue have extended the state income tax filing due date from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020. Read the announcement.

For small businesses, restaurants and other food service businesses unable to pay their state sales taxes due to the impact of COVID-19, the Alabama Department of Revenue is waiving late payment penalties for returns filed in February, March and April 2020. Visit the Department of Revenue’s COVID-19 updates webpage.

The Alabama Department of Labor is waiving charges for employers whose employees must file unemployment compensation claims due to COVID-19. The department is encouraging all employers who can file on their employees’ behalf to do so. Read the announcement.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division has information for employees and employers about how each will be able to take advantage of the protections and relief offered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) when it takes effect on April 1, 2020. Read the guidance.

The federal government is providing small and midsize employers refundable payroll tax credits, designed to them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave to their employees. Get full details.

For exporters, the Export-Import Bank of the United States is offering unprecedented financing flexibility.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued interim guidance for business and employers to plan and respond to COVID-19. Visit the CDC guidance web page.

COVID-19 Information

The CDC offers comprehensive information for employers, health care workers and others on COVID-19 on its Coronavirus web page.

The World Health Organization has created a myth-busting web page to dispel some false impressions about COVID-19.

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