Covid-19: Business

Business

Section 10 of the most recently passed City ordinance (Ordinance No. 3527) was enacted to help decrease crowding and increase the effectiveness of social distancing in retail operations, gyms, exercise facilities, restaurants, and bars who are operating in accordance with the “Open Up and Recover Safely” Plan:

1. Reduce number of customers allowed to enter retail, gym, or exercise buildings or facilities described above

  • Maximum customers allowed in a building or facility defined above shall be determined as follows:
    • Calculate the square footage of the building including any existing enclosed outdoor area that customers are allowed to access for the purposes of the business
    • Divide the square footage by the square footage factor listed in this section and round up to the nearest whole number.
    • The appropriate square footage factor corresponds to the Phase of the “Open Up and Recover Safely” Plan:
      • “OURS” Plan Phase 1 = 650
      • “OURS” Plan Phase 2 = 500
      • “OURS” Plan Phase 3 = 350
  • The maximum customers allowed shall be based on the above calculation or ten (10) customers, whichever is greater
  • Clearly post the maximum number of customers allowed within the building or facility at all entrances and exits
  • All operations are required to monitor the number of customers inside their building or facility at all times and to not exceed their occupancy limit calculated above
  • Customers waiting to enter a building or facility are required to maintain 6 feet between themselves and all other persons at all times. Operations shall provide for markings or other means to ensure compliance with the 6’ rule.
  • Nothing in this section would prevent an operation from voluntarily restricting their customer occupancy further.

2. Bars and restaurants shall provide increased spacing between tables.

  • Tables will be spaced to enhance social distancing. The distance between tables shall be based on the current Phase of the “Open Up and Recover Safely” Plan. Tables shall be placed as listed below.
    • “OURS” Plan Phase 1 = 9 feet between seating areas of tables
    • “OURS” Plan Phase 2 = 8 feet between seating areas of tables
    • “OURS” Plan Phase 3 = 7 feet between seating areas of tables
  • Fixed booths shall be seated every other booth for all phases of the “OURS” Plan
  • Customers who are not seated shall maintain 6 feet between themselves and all other persons at all times. Operations shall provide for markings or other means to ensure compliance with the 6’ rule in common waiting areas, near cashiers, etc.
  • Nothing in this section would prevent an operation from voluntarily restricting their table spacing further.
  • Mandatory provisions for social distancing inside all operations listed in this section shall include:
    • Signage, warnings, and instructions for proper social distancing to be posted throughout the operation
    • Whenever possible, all customers and employees shall maintain a minimum of 6 feet between themselves and all other persons at all times

Section 11 of City Ordinance No. 3527 enacts the following measures:

Cloth or procedure masks should be worn in the following circumstances:

  • All employees of the following business types should wear masks at all times while inside the facility:
    • Restaurants and bars
    • Retail stores
    • Personal care stores (salons, spas, massage therapists, etc.)
    • Gyms, exercise facilities, and indoor sports facilities
    • Entertainment venues (movie theaters, arcades, live theaters, etc.)
    • Daycare or childcare facilities
  • All customers of the following business types should wear masks while waiting to enter or while inside at all times:
    • Retail stores
    • Entertainment venues (movie, theaters, arcades, live theaters, etc.)

Section 12 of City Ordinance No. 3527 allows the following:

Any of the businesses restricted by the temporary regulations included in Sections 10 and 11, which have current commercial utility accounts, may, upon application with the City of Bartlesville, receive a temporary 25 percent (twenty-five percent) discount on City utility bills (defined as including water, sewer, and sanitation charges only) during the time these temporary regulations remain in effect. Any discounts currently granted shall be allowed to continue so long as this section is in effect. However, any business subject to these limitations, found to be in violation of these regulations or the restrictions included in the OURS plan, shall then be ineligible and immediately disqualified for the temporary 25 percent (twenty-five percent) discount. This section shall remain in effect until Phase 3 of the “Open Up and Recover Safely” Plan is implemented.

CARES Act aimed at bolstering economy during shutdown

On March 27, the U.S. Senate passed the CARES Act, a $2 trillion relief package intended to help individuals, the public health sector, schools and businesses impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

While the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act provides the allocation of $300 billion for individuals and $500 billion in loans and other funding for large corporations, small businesses owners can expect some relief as well, including:

  • Emergency grants and forgivable loans for companies with 500 or fewer employees
  • Relaxes some rules for expenses and deductions that will keep small business employees on the payroll and keep businesses open
  • Help in maintaining payroll, pay employees, pay rent and/or mortgage debt
  • Grants of up to $10,000 to provide emergency funds for small businesses to cover immediate operating costs
  • Forgivable loans allocated for the Small Business Administration to provide loans of up to $10 million
  • Up to six months of payments for small businesses already using Small Business Administration loans

For more information, visit the U.S. Chamber of Commerce website.

Resources

Small Business Administration Business Loan Program

Paycheck Protection Program

Teleconferences and loan assistance

CDC Guide for Businesses

Industry webinars

Other information

The following actions have been taken by the State of Oklahoma in response to the Covid-19 pandemic:

  • State income tax payments have been deferred until July 15 without late fees or interest.
  • The one-week waiting period before unemployment benefits can be paid has been suspended and the work-search requirement for unemployment benefits has been waived.
  • The State’s request for disaster loans for small businesses across all 77 counties that are affected by the Covid-19 pandemic has been approved. Businesses and nonprofit groups can apply for up to $2 million in loans through the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. For more information, see the SBA’s website.
  • Expiration dates for all occupational licenses issued by any Oklahoma agency, board or commission have been extended during the Declared State of Emergency period.
  • Expiration on driver’s licenses issued by the State of Oklahoma are delayed until further notified.

Helpful links

Office of Gov. Kevin Stitt

Bartlesville Regional Chamber of Commerce

Visit Bartlesville