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:

New Travel Advisories Released for OR/WA/CA

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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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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

Download the updated 2020-21 calendar

NEW Health & Safety Guidelines for Childcare and Early Education

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Governor Kate Brown Releases Recommended Budget and Policy Agenda

Budget focuses on addressing key challenges facing Oregonians to build a stronger, fairer, and more resilient state   12-01-20 (Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown today released her recommended budget and policy agenda for the 2021-23 biennium, which focuses on the key...

Economic Shutdown Continues for 25 Oregon Counties

Risk levels and associated safety measures take effect Dec. 3, 25 counties in Extreme Risk  (Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown today announced updates to county risk levels under the state's new public health framework to reduce transmission and protect Oregonians from...

New Travel Advisories Released for OR/WA/CA

TRAVEL ADVISORY FOR OR, WA, CA The states of Oregon, Washington, and California have issued travel advisories for visitors entering these states and for those returning home from travel outside these states due to increased cases of COVID-19. These travel advisories...

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

11/13/20 In a press conference at noon today, Governor Kate Brown announced a statewide two-week freeze to help curb the rise in COVID-19 cases. The freeze will be in effect November 18th - December 2nd. Businesses Work-from-home to the greatest extent possible and...

Critical CEO Update-November 6, 2020

Salem Police Ready for Potential Threats to Downtown Properties & Safety Early this afternoon, Salem Police Chief Jerry Moore phoned Chamber CEO Tom Hoffert with information on a concerning development. A credible source to the Salem Police Department has...

OR-OSHA Updating Timeline for Temporary COVID-19 Rules

This week, Oregon OSHA was scheduled to adopt temporary COVID-19 rules with many provisions taking effect November 1. However, due to new OHA face mask guidelines and feedback from other stakeholders, OSHA is reevaluating its timeline in addition to other potential...

Effective Immediately, Masks Required Statewide Inside of Businesses

Masks, face coverings or face shields are currently required statewide for all workplaces and indoor public spaces (for example offices, grocery stores, pharmacies, public transit, personal services providers, restaurants, bars, retail stores and more). Masks, face...

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

(10/06/20) Governor Kate Brown today announced a plan to deploy a huge influx of rapid COVID-19 tests from the federal government. Oregon will be receiving 60,000 to 80,000 COVID-19 rapid tests per week until the end of the year. The Abbott BinaxNOW antigen tests can...

Remote Learning Leads to Surge in Childcare Needs for Families

By: Zachary S. Sielicky The COVID-19 pandemic has turned a lot of people on their heads in several ways. The two biggest challenges employers and employees have faced are the economy and education. It has brought the viability of what has long been accepted as the...


Additional help is now available for Salem small businesses, sole proprietorships, and non-profits with 25 or fewer employees, experiencing negative economic impacts due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding is made possible through a grant from Business Oregon’s...

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

View the interactive map

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

Register for the Webinar here


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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