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:

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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Governor Kate Brown Announces County Risk Level Changes

With hospitalization rate leveling, 15 counties to return to High Risk effective Friday, May 7   (Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown today announced updates to county risk levels under the state's public health framework to reduce transmission and protect Oregonians...

Governor Kate Brown Extends State of Emergency Amid COVID-19 Surge in Cases, Hospitalizations

Charts path for lifting emergency orders as number of vaccinated Oregonians increases   (Medford, OR) — Governor Kate Brown today extended her declaration of a state of emergency for COVID-19 for 60 days, until June 28, 2021, unless earlier rescinded or extended.The...

Governor Kate Brown Announces Updates to County Risk Levels

Updated risk levels take effect Friday, April 23 (Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown today announced updates to county risk levels under the state's public health framework to reduce transmission and protect Oregonians from COVID-19. The framework uses four different...

Salem Health Community COVID Update – Thursday April 29, 12-12:45pm

Community leaders,   You’re invited to join Salem Health for a COVID update from our CEO, Cheryl Nester Wolfe. We’ll be discussing COVID planning and response, hospitalization trends, vaccines and vaccination clinics, and what you can do to help your local health...

Governor Kate Brown Provides Updates on COVID-19 in Oregon

Vaccine eligibility for all Oregonians, 16 and older, opens Monday, April 19  (Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown held a press conference today to provide an update on the status of COVID-19 in Oregon, and to urge Oregonians to make a plan to get vaccinated. The...

American Rescue Plan Update and Webinar

Later today, the House is set to pass the American Rescue Plan Act, a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill that includes new help for small businesses struggling during the pandemic. This package includes long-awaited aid dedicated specifically to the restaurant...

Governor Kate Brown Announces Updates to County Risk Levels

(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown today announced updates to county risk levels under the state's public health framework to reduce transmission and protect Oregonians from COVID-19. The framework uses four different risk levels for counties based on COVID-19...

Applications Now Open for Commercial Rent Relief Grants

Business Oregon is now accepting grant applications to assist small businesses that are behind on their lease payments due to impacts from COVID-19 between March 1, 2020 and February 28, 2021.   The program provides grants to building owners to cover outstanding lease...

COVID-19 Mortgage Relief Program – DEADLINE 3/14/2021

The COVID-19 Mortgage Relief program helps Oregon homeowners who are struggling to make their mortgage payments.For eligible applicants currently receiving unemployment benefits, it will bring their mortgage current and make up to six monthly payments directly to...

Creating an Equilibrium

In the study of microeconomics, the supply and demand model are the backbone principles which determine price fluctuation. When a market’s supply and demand reach equilibrium––that is, when competition reaches perfection and the cost of creating supply “perfectly”...

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

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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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