COVID-19 Business Community Resources

Guides and Resources from the Salem Chamber

The Salem Chamber continues to create, update, and evolve its various guides and resources to continue bringing you and your members the information you need during this difficult time. We encourage you to continue utilizing and sharing the following items:

OHA Mask Rule 8-12-2021

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August 2021 Mask Mandate Info

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Updated OSHA Guidelines

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Small Business Update

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New Travel Advisories Released for OR/WA/CA

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Marion County Covid Grant Program – Applications Due Dec 11th

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Governor Brown Announces Statewide Two-Week Freeze to Combat COVID-19 Spread

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Effective November 11th – 25th, Reopening Guidance— Specific Counties on Pause

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Effective Immediately, Masks Required Statewide Inside of Businesses

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Additional Small Business Funds Available through Business Oregon

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Oregon to Receive 60k-80k Rapid Tests per week from Federal Government

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Oregon will lift indoor mask requirements no later than March 31

State health officials will maintain masks for now due to high numbers of COVID-19 hospitalizations PORTLAND, Ore. – Oregon will remove general mask requirements for indoor public places no later than March 31, state health officials announced today. By late March,...

Supreme Court Blocks President Biden’s vaccine and Test Mandate on Large Employers

The Supreme Court ruled today that Biden’s emergency temporary standard mandating vaccines for large employers was outside of OSHA’s authority and power. "Although Congress has indisputably given OSHA the power to regulate occupational dangers, it has not given that...

Governor Kate Brown Announces Special Session to Prevent Winter Evictions

NEWS RELEASENovember 30, 2021Media Contact:Charles Boyle, 503-931-7773 (Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown today announced that she will be calling the Legislature into special session on December 13 to address eviction protections for renters.“As we enter our coldest...

Federal Court Freezes OSHA Large Employer Vaccine Mandate

On Friday, November 12th, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued an order blocking enforcement of OSHA’s COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS). This ruling means that OSHA is not allowed to take any steps to implement or enforce the ETS mandate...

Governor Kate Brown Provides COVID-19, Pfizer Booster Shot Update

Governor, OHA committed to ensuring anyone eligible, especially vulnerable Oregonians, able to get a booster shot   (Salem, OR) — In a press conference today, Governor Kate Brown provided an update on the current state of COVID-19 and the state's plan for delivering...

September Forum Speaker Series – Full Video On September 13th we welcomed Colt Gill, Director of the Oregon Department of Education and Deputy Superintendent of Public Education, who was the keynote speaker at our Forum Speaker Series event. Colt spoke about the direction and...

OHA Mask Rule 8-12-2021

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Oregon Returns to Mask Mandates   Following her press release yesterday, Governor Brown hosted a press conference this morning outlining the return to statewide indoor mask mandates. The new mask requirement is for all indoor public settings, including businesses, and...

Vaccination to Prevent COVID-19 Outbreaks with Current and Emergent Variants — United States, 2021

Summary The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is issuing this Health Alert Network Health Advisory to notify public health practitioners and clinicians about the urgent need to increase COVID-19 vaccination coverage (i.e., the percentage of the...

Governor Kate Brown Thanks Oregonians for Dedication, Service at Reopening Celebration

All remaining COVID-19 health and safety restrictions lifted in Oregon as of today  (Portland, OR) — Governor Kate Brown today thanked Oregonians for their dedication and service throughout the COVID-19 pandemic at a reopening celebration at Providence Park in...

City of Salem Offers New Funding Opportunity for Local Businesses – dated 9-28-20

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Updated Salem Keizer School District 2020-2021 District Calendar

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NEW Health & Safety Guidelines for Childcare and Early Education

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The ADA and Face Mask Policies

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Governor Institutes New Social Gathering Limits/Face Covering Guidelines, Effective July 15

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Governor Brown’s Presentation on COVID-19 Statewide Growth, dated 06-30-20

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City of Salem COVID-19 Small Business Grant Program

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Phase 2 Reopening Guidance for Select Industries, 06/03/20

Phase 2 Reopening Guidance – Restaurants, Bars, Breweries, Tasting Rooms, Distilleries

Phase 2 Reopening Guidance – Recreational Sports, Limited Return to Play

Phase 2 Reopening Guidance – Zoos, Museums, Outdoor Gardens

Phase 2 Reopening Guidance – Swimming Pools, Spa Pools, Sports Courts

Limited Reopening of Marion & Polk Counties to begin Friday, May 22

2020 Marion County Approved Roadmap

Official Polk County Press Release – Approval Phase One

Marion County Commissioners Chart Course for Reopening County

PRESS RELEASE May 6 2020 Marion County Community Roadmap

Final Marion County Community Roadmap to Reopening


Pandemic Unemployment Information

State of Oregon Employment Department Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Press Release

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance in Oregon FAQ

How to file PUA Application- EN


Oregon Set to Lift Non-Urget Medical Procedures Ban

Oregon Governor Kate Brown’s address to media on April 23 on lifting the ban of non-urgent medical procedures May 1. Read Full Press Release Here

Governor Brown’s Framework for Reopening Oregon Businesses

To review Governor Brown’s full Phased Reopening Framework, click here:


CARES Small Business Loan Guide

CARES Small Business Loan Guide

CARES Act Flow Chart from Committe on Small Business

Willamette Workforce Partnership

COVID-19 Resources:

Employment, Legal and Tax Concerns for Businesses Conference Call

Saalfeld Griggs PC & Aldrich Advisors + CPAs  Presentation

Link to the webinar

SAIF Coronavirus Workers Safety Fund

Press release:

Business Oregon Impact Survey

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Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

COVID-19-Related Tax Credits for Required Paid Leave Provided by Small and Midsize Businesses FAQs

SBA Disaster Loan Assistance

Paycheck Protection Program Information

Financial Institutions Participating the Paycheck Protection Program

With $349 Billion in Emergency Small Business Capital Cleared, SBA and Treasury Begin Unprecedented Public-Private Mobilization Effort to Distribute Funds

SBA Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus


Workshare Oregon

Work Share provides Oregon businesses an alternative to layoffs. This program allows employers to leverage unemployment insurance (UI) to subsidize a portion of lost wages for employers whose work time is reduced due to market downturns or other business stressors.


Restaurant Employee Relief Fund


Cascade Employers Assocation Layoff Preparation & Administration Guides

Coronavirus Resource for Employers

Layoff Preparation and Administration Quick Guide


Emergency Child Care Programs

Emergency Child Care Facility Application

Early Learning Division Supports Emergency Child Care Programs

Society of Human Resources Management


Center for Disease Control’s Business Guidance and Recommendations:



Oregon State Parks By Status

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Oregon Small Business Navigator

Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association

ORLA’s Education Foundation is evolving in order to provide charitable support and educational opportunities for the Oregon hospitality industry. Watch the video here.

Oregon OSHA to formally begin spot-checks in ramped up effort against COVID-19

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Oregon’s Dislocated Worker Rapid Response Team

Rapid Response Flyer – General Session on Fridays – Marion and Yamhill County

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US Chamber Initiates Small Business Grant Fund

The grant applications are now closed. To learn more about the Save Small Business Fund and to apply for a grant, visit:


USDA Resources

USDA Federal Rural Resource Guide

USDA Implements Immediate Measures to Help Rural Residents, Businesses and Communities Affected by COVID-19

FEMA Regional Representatives

List of FEMA Representative Map For information on COVID-19 Resource


Oregon Office of Economic Analysis

COVID-19: Latest blog post


Governor Brown’s Press Releases

Executive Order 20-13


State of Oregon – BOLI

Emergency Exemption to Maximum Working Hours in Certain Manufacturing Establishments – BOLI



State of Oregon Employment Department


COVID-19 OED Resources for Employers and Workers


Business Oregon COVID-19 Resources


Oregon State Police Emergency Declaration Enforcement FAQ

OSP Enforcement FAQ


Oregon Economic Downturn Hits Service Industries Hardest

Read the Oregon Employment Department’s analysis of claims filed in the Portland-metro area. The report shows Oregon’s service industries have been among the hardest hit in coronavirus economic fallout. Read this article from the Oregonian regarding the challenges facing restaurants, even those who have received federal loans under the federal Paycheck Protection Program.


State of Oregon COVID-19 Related Business Layoffs, Closures, and Unemployment Insurance Benefits


Oregon Employment Department:

Unemployment Insurance


Oregon Health Plan & COVID-19

Interface Network COVID-19_OHP AssistanceFlyer


The Oregon Health Authority:


World Health Organization

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