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Coronavirus Business Resources

As the economic development agency that serves the City of San Marcos and Hays and Caldwell counties, the Greater San Marcos Partnership (GSMP) is working diligently during this time of uncertainty to support the business community throughout the Greater San Marcos region.

HAYS COUNTY CALDWELL COUNTY

 

GSMP is tracking the spread of the virus throughout Texas. Click here for daily data updates.


 

Executive Order No. GA-29 relating to the use of face coverings during the COVID-19 disaster

July 2, 2020. Read the executive order on mandated mask usage here.

Free COVID-19 Testing in Hays County

Ten more days of testing in Hays County have been announced. No pre-registration needed, walk-ups welcome, and symptoms not necessary for tests.

  July 12 - July 17

       10 am- 4 pm daily San Marcos High School 2601 Rattler Rd, San Marcos

Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra Issues New COVID-19 order:

June 19, 2020. Read the executive order here.

CARES Act for Business in Greater San Marcos Discussion/Webinar

Thank you to those who attended the webinar on Thursday, April 16. You can download the PowerPoint Presentation shared by Lance Spruiell, Hill Country Market President of Texas Regional Bank and Jim Lloyd, Attorney & Shareholder of Winstead. To access a video recording of the discussion/webinar, please use this link. Then, enter the following password: b3^#VH?#

Where To Get Testing

Hays County residents can call the Hays County hotline number (512-393-5525) and press 3 to schedule a test appointment. If residents lack medical insurance, are underinsured, indigenous or otherwise require assistance with testing, a representative will make arrangements with a local testing facility. For a full list of testing sites, please see the Hays County COVID-19 page

Hays County and the Texas Division of Emergency Management is providing free testing for COVID-19 at the Hays CISD Performing Arts Center through July 1. Additional testing dates will take place July 12-16 at San Marcos High. These testing sites are made available through the Texas Division of Emergency Management and Texas Army National Guard in conjunction with Hays County Office of Emergency Management and the City of San Marcos Office of Emergency Management. Find more information about the free testing here.

Free testing will also take place from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. every day from July 12 to July 16 at San Marcos High School at 2601 Rattler Road in San Marcos.

Hays County Task Force

Hays County public and private leadership have formed a taskforce to address the growing concerns around COVID-19. This team will work to better understand the impact of the virus on employers, employees, and residents to ensure current and future needs are met. The team will continuallly update this website with useful information to help ensure the business continuity while offering any available resources from the federal and state governments.

Hays County Task Force Members

 

Ruben Becerra, Hays County Judge

Lon Shell, County Commissioner

Mark Kennedy, General Counsel 

Alex Villalobos, Hays County Emergency Management Coordinator

Julie Snyder, President – Kyle Chamber of Commerce

J.R. Gonzales, President – Buda Chamber of Commerce

Jason Mock, President – Greater San Marcos Chamber of Commerce

Susan Kimball, President – Dripping Springs Chamber of Commerce

Michaelanne Hurst, President – Wimberley Valley Chamber of Commerce

Paul Fletcher, CEO - Workforce Solutions Rural Capital

Rachael McGuire, Coordinator – Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area (Hays and Caldwell County)

Jason J. Giulietti, President – Greater San Marcos Partnership

Caldwell County, in partnership with the GSMP, is contributing helpful information to this website on an ongoing basis to assist and support the business community during this unprecedented time as we address the challenges associated with COVID-19. 


 

Office of the Governor

Resources and updates from the State of Texas. 

 

Executive Orders

Last update: 7.2.20

Governor Abbot issues Executive Order (GS-29) relating to the use of face coverings during the COVID-19 disaster

Governor Abbott issues Executive Order (GA-28) relating to the targeted response to the COVID-19 disaster as part of the reopening of Texas

Governor Abbott issues Executive Order (GA-26) relating to the expanded opening of Texas in response to the COVID-19 disaster

Governor Abbott issues Executive Order (GS-24) relating to the termination of air travel restrictions as part of the safe, strategic plan to open Texas in response to the COVID-19 disaster.

Last update: 5.8.2020

Governor Abbott, OneStar Foundation Announce Texas COVID Relief Fund

Governor Greg Abbott and the OneStar Foundation today announced the Texas COVID Relief Fund, which will provide critical funding and resources to organizations across the state working on the ground to support the economic recovery of local communities. Funds raised will be distributed through grants focused on the areas of community and economic development, healthcare, and education. Funds will also be used to support local priorities and organizations serving the unmet needs of vulnerable populations and underserved communities.

"There is nothing more powerful than Texans helping Texans, and the Texas COVID Relief Fund is another way we can come together to support those in need and help our communities respond to the COVID-19 pandemic," said Governor Abbott. "I thank the OneStar Foundation and their partners for their commitment to helping Texans through these trying times. By coming together and supporting one another, we will overcome this challenge." 

The Governor's Office of Economic Development & Tourism

Last update: 4.2.20

Dear Fellow Texans,

We hope you are continuing to remain healthy and safe during these uncertain times. Our office and community partners continue to closely monitor the current situation and are working hard to provide you with the latest information, updates and resources. Please review the below updates regarding the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and related assistance regarding COVID-19 for small businesses. 


Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

The CARES Act was passed by Congress on March 27, 2020. The programs and initiatives in the Act are intended to assist business owners and nonprofits with current needs due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Following President Trump’s signing of the CARES Act, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the U.S. Department of Treasury announced a robust mobilization effort of banks and other lending institutions to provide small businesses with the capital they need.

The Treasury and SBA expect to have this program up and running by April 3, 2020, so that businesses can contact a participating SBA 7(a) lender, bank, or credit union, apply for a loan, and be approved on the same day.

For a comprehensive guide on most of the small business provisions and programs included in the CARES Act, download the Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act.


Paycheck Protection Program

The CARES Act established a $349 billion SBA-backed Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to provide immediate access to capital for small businesses who have been impacted by COVID-19.

The PPP is specifically designed to help small businesses keep their workforce employed and assist with payroll and other business operating expenses. It will provide critical capital to businesses without collateral requirements, personal guarantees or SBA fees. All loan payments will be deferred for six months. Most importantly, if employers maintain their payroll, certain portions of the loans can be forgiven, including payroll, interest on mortgage obligations, rent and utility payments.

Loans will be available through more than 135 existing SBA-certified lenders in Texas, including banks, credit unions and other financial institutions.

• Find a certified lender in your area: SBA’s local assistance finder
• Find out when you can apply: Treasury factsheet
• Find more information regarding PPP and loan requirements: SBA.gov/Coronavirus


SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Update

Due to the CARES Act, small businesses and non-profits can get up to a $10,000 advance on an Economic Injury Disaster Loan even if a previous application was declined or still pending. For more information, visit the SBA’s website and apply for the loan advance here.


We urge you to contact our office if we can provide any additional information. Please continue to stay safe and healthy and we look forward to keeping you updated with the latest news and resources. You may continue to check in online at gov.texas.gov/business/coronavirus. For additional information on Texas’ response to COVID-19, visit gov.texas.gov/coronavirus.

-Governor's Economic Development & Tourism Office

#TexasBizStrong


Dear Fellow Texans and Economic Development Partners,

Please share this information with small businesses and non-profits in your area.

Today, Governor Abbott announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has now granted Texas’ Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) assistance declaration, making loans available statewide to small businesses and private, non-profit organizations to help alleviate economic injury caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Next Steps: Small businesses who believe they may be eligible for an SBA EIDL should visit the SBA’s website where they can directly apply for assistance. The online application is the fastest method to receive a decision about loan eligibility.

For additional information on Texas business-related COVID-19 resources, including a list of required documentation for the SBA Loan process, visit gov.texas.gov/business/page/coronavirus.

We know this is a difficult time for all Texans. Please don’t hesitate to contact our office if we can provide any additional information.

Stay safe, keep healthy and continue to check in with us as we provide the latest updates and resources.

#TexasBizStrong

-Office of the Governor, Economic Development Team

Waivers Issued by the Governor

Check out https://gov.texas.gov/news for the latest updates and resources.

Last updated: 3.24.20

Waivers Issued by the Governor (most recent on top)

 

Governor Issues Executive Order On COVID-19 Reporting

View Executive Order


Governor Issues Executive Order Increasing Hospital Capacity

View Executive Order


Governor Issues Executive Orders To Mitigate COVID-19 Spread

View Executive Orders


State Health Services Issues Public Health Disaster Declaration

View Declaration


Governor Abbott Declares State of Disaster In Texas Due To COVID-19

View Proclamation

 

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

Check out https://comptroller.texas.gov/about/emergency/ for the latest updates and resources. 

Last updated: 4.13.20

Help is Available

These are challenging times for businesses all over the nation. The Texas Comptroller’s office knows that during periods of economic hardship, paying or remitting taxes and fees on time can feel like an extra burden when there’s so much uncertainty. We’re thankful to those businesses that were able to remit state and local sales taxes they collected from customers in February on the March 20, 2020, due date.

We understand that virtually all of our taxpayers are doing their best to remain in compliance and be responsible in submitting the taxes they collected from their customers. With that in mind, our agency is here to offer assistance to those businesses that are struggling to pay the full amount of sales taxes they collected in February.

For businesses that find themselves in this situation, our agency is offering assistance in the form of short-term payment agreements and, in most instances, waivers of penalties and interest.

We ask that you contact our Enforcement Hotline at 800-252-8880 to learn about your options for remaining in compliance and avoiding interest and late fees on taxes due. 

We strongly encourage you to use our online tools, tutorials and other resources for tax services, and establish 24/7 account access on Webfile.

We’re standing by to help Texas businesses during these difficult times.

Business Assistance & Guidance

Information and resources for small businesses throughout the region.

U.S. Small Business Administration: Assistance and Guidance

Check out https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources for the latest updates and resources. 

Last updated: 5.21.2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

Health and government officials are working together to maintain the safety, security, and health of the American people. Small businesses are encouraged to do their part to keep their employees, customers, and themselves healthy.


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Paycheck Protection Program

Last update: 7.6.20

The Paycheck Protection Program is now taking Loan Forgiveness applications for borrowers and has now been extended through August 8.

Click here for PPP Loan Forgiveness Instructions

With the passing of the PPP Flexibility Act, here is what you need to know:

• Businesses may now spend their PPP funds over 24 weeks instead of 8 weeks.

• Payroll requirements have been relaxed. The 75/25 rule for payroll and other expenses have been amended to a 60/40 split.

• The employer deadline to rehire employees laid off between February 15 and April 26 has been extended to December 31.

• PPP loans will not have to be repaid until after the forgiveness application has been processed. Businesses will have up to 10 months after their covered period ends to either apply for forgiveness or begin payments. The act repeals a provision from the CARES Act that barred companies with forgiven PPP loans from deferring their payroll tax payments.

• PPP loans approved after June 5 will have a minimum loan maturity period of five years, up from the current two-year deadline set by the SBA.

Check out https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program-ppp for the latest updates and resources. 

The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll.

SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.

You can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. Other regulated lenders will be available to make these loans once they are approved and enrolled in the program. You should consult with your local lender as to whether it is participating in the program.

Lenders may begin processing loan applications as soon as April 3, 2020. The Paycheck Protection Program will be available through June 30, 2020.

Frequently Asked Questions for Lenders and Borrowers

For affiliation rules applicable for the Paycheck Protection Program, click here.

The Interim Final Rule for Applicable Affiliation Rules for the Paycheck Protection Program information is being posted in advance of publication in the Federal Register.  The official version will appear in the Federal Register.

Frequently Asked Questions for Faith-Based Organizations Participating in the Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program

CARES Act

Last update: 5.21.20

The CARES Act Works for All Americans

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress with overwhelming, bipartisan support and signed into law by President Trump on March 27th, 2020.  This over $2 trillion economic relief package delivers on the Trump Administration’s commitment to protecting the American people from the public health and economic impacts of COVID-19.

The CARES Act provides fast and direct economic assistance for American workers, families, and small businesses, and preserve jobs for our American industries.

Assistance for American Workers and Families

Assistance for Small Businesses

Preserving Jobs for American Industry

Assistance for State, Local, and Tribal Governments

 

 

Updated: 4.14.20

CARES Act Bill 

CARES Act Works for All Americans

 

Economic Injury Disaster Loan

Check out https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Account/Login for the latest updates and resources.

Last update: 6.29.20

The SBA has re-opened applications for Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Advance. Sole proprietors are eligible for up to $1,000 in grant funding for the loan advance. Business are eligible to receive $1,000 for each employee, up to a maximum grant amount of $10,000. Apply here.

Texas Small Businesses

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) granted Texas’ Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) assistance declaration, making loans available statewide to small businesses and private, non-profit organizations to help alleviate economic injury caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Small businesses who believe they may be eligible for an SBA EIDL, should visit the SBA’s website where they can directly apply for assistance. The online application is the fastest method to receive a decision about loan eligibility

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This is the first of several economic relief tools that are being developed and will not be the last.  We ask that you partner you’re your Chambers of Commerce and EDC’s or in some cases directly with your small businesses to complete the worksheet so that Texas may qualify for this assistance.  Business that don’t participate in the survey at this time will still be eligible for benefits.  This initial effort is to begin the economic loss documentation so that Texas can start qualifying for assistance.  

Once the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is activated for Texas, all small businesses within affected counties will become eligible to apply directly through the Small Business Administration.  Counties not included in the original disaster declaration can also be added at a later time, but from previous disasters the earlier you report the more advantageous it can be.

-- Dowload the Economic Injury Worksheet Here --

All completed worksheets need to be e-mailed to TDEMPARecovery@tdem.texas.gov

Texas State SBDC

COVID-19 Announcement 

Governor Abbott has requested declaration of Economic Injury Disaster for all counties in the State of Texas.  The request and subsequent declaration triggers Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance to small businesses for injuries caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  All action is being coordinated by the SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance.  This assistance in a low interest potentially long-term working capital loan and as such requires eligibility and repayment ability.  The application process for Economic Injury Disaster loan program Coronavirus (COVID-19) has not yet been made available, so pending those instructions, it is a reasonable assumption that the application will resemble that of previous Disaster Declarations. The following list of SBA Forms are part of the application packet in sequential order: SBA Form 5, 5C, ELA; SBA Form 413; IRS Form 4506-T; SBA Form 2202; SBA Form 1368; SBA Form p-003; SBA Form 912.

https://sbdc.mccoy.txstate.edu/Disaster-Recovery.html

Still have questions regarding SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loan Process, this webinar is for you. Join Texas State University SBDC's Executive Director Joe Harper as he discusses the latest information surrounding small businesses and COVID-19.

 

Friday, March 27, 2020

9:30am-10:00am

 

*Webinar to be hosted on ZOOM, with link to be sent out to all registrants on March 26, 2020.

REGISTER

America’s SBDCs are working to help small businesses address the business challenges of the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Small business owners in all U.S. states and territories are currently eligible to apply for a low-interest loan due to Coronavirus (COVID-19).

 

We suggest before you register for this webinar that you visit our website for up to date information regarding SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Process.

SBDC Resources

 
 

 


 

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Resources & Toolkit

Visit https://www.uschamber.com/coronavirus for the latest updates and resources.

Last updated: 4.13.20

 

Combating the Coronavirus

Our nation and our economy are facing an unprecedented crisis. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is marshalling its full resources to help companies continue to operate and keep paychecks flowing to American workers and families, while mobilizing the business community to combat the pandemic.

Because no family and no business should go bankrupt as a result of the coronavirus.

 

RESOURCES & GUIDANCE


Help for Small Businesses

CO—Coronavirus Small Business Guide

Delivering the latest resources, advice and information to help small businesses navigate this challenging time, including financial aid guides, remote working tips, best practices, links to webinars and townhalls, and much more. Follow @GrowWithCo for the latest.

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Guide to Small Business Emergency Loans (PPP)

The CARES Act allocated $350 billion to help small firms keep workers employed. Called the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans that can be forgiven if borrowers maintain or restore payrolls. Check eligibility, calculate borrowing limits, and apply using this guide.

Guide to Small Business Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL)

The CARES Act expanded the SBA’s long-standing Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL), which includes additional loan programs and $10,000 emergency grants. Check eligibility, calculate borrowing limits, and apply using this guide.

  • Spanish version: Coming soon

National Small Business Town Hall Series

In partnership with Inc. Magazine, CO— is hosting weekly virtual townhalls to help small business owners and sole proprietors navigate financial aid and support programs and answer common questions. Register to attend the next virtual town hall.

For Treasury Department guidance, visit the agency’s Direct Assistance for Small Businesses page. 

Revive SMTX

Visit https://revivesmtx.com/ for the latest updates and resources.

Last updated 6.29.20


Small businesses with 50 employees or less in San Marcos impacted by COVID-19 may be eligible for special funding up to $5,000 from the city of San Marcos. The funds can be used for operation safety, sanitation training, PPE and digital redesign for social distancing. 

The application process will begin in the coming weeks. Keep an eye on www.revivesmtx.com for additional updates and submit contact information to receive updates as they are released.

 

Regional Partners

Updates from the chambers, cities, and counties in the Greater San Marcos region. 

Hays County
 
Last updated: 6.24.2020
 

Resources:

Many Hays County office lobbies are closed, but staff are still working to help you take care of your business with the County. See how County staff are working to continue serving our residentsPlease visit the webpage of the office you need to contact for additional information. They are located at the dropdowns on https://hayscountytx.com. 

Some offices, including courts, precinct offices, tax offices and clerk offices are open again to the public. For a full list, please see the latest county announcement (June 10).

Resources for Persons Affected by COVID-19. If you need food, funds, mental health support, a job, etc., take a look at this list of area resources. It includes info for small businesses and nonprofits, as well. Additional information from Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area for Jobseekers and Employers is also available.

 

Testing

A list of testing sites in Hays County is here.

Please note, individuals must get a health screening by a physician who may recommend testing for COVID-19. There are no walk-in/drive thru COVID-19 testing sites in Hays County. You must contact your medical provider or local ER and be approved for the test, then given an appointment and a location for a test.

Beginning April 29, free COVID-19 testing will be available for uninsured, underinsured, and indigent residents of Hays County who are exhibiting symptoms of the virus. See more information here. Some sites, which follow CDC guidelines for testing, may require a physician referral to be tested. 

If you are not exhibiting symptoms but still would like to get tested (such as being exposed to someone with a positive result), contact the Hays County Local Health Department at 512-393-5525 to arrange a test.

 

HaysInformed

Our rolling list of notifications is at www.HaysInformed.com, where Hays County, cities, school districts, and law enforcement officials post emergency or critical information of interest to a countywide audience.

 

COVID-19 Hotline

Hays County residents can call a hotline for answers to their non-emergency COVID-19 questions. Operators are available in English and Spanish.  The number for the hotline is 512-393-5525. This hotline is for answers to health questions about COVID-19 — safety practices, symptoms, quarantining, testing, etc. Operators cannot answer questions about the Stay at Home Order and Curfew, or other general questions.

Fact Sheet in English y español. Y mas:

Renewal requirements for SNAP & Medicaid are temporarily waived.

Find out more about COVID-19 treatment and prevention in English. Información en español para la prevención y tratamiento de la Enfermedad del Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)

 

Beware Scams and Price-gouging

Hays County provided information about possible scams and price gouging during the pandemic.

The FDA is warning citizens about fraudulent COVID-19 Home Test Kits. More on test kits here.

 

Caldwell County

Check out http://www.co.caldwell.tx.us/page/caldwell.emergency.covid-19 for the latest updates and resources.

Last update: 6.24.2020

City Information

For more information about what your city is doing to help combat (COVID-19), Please visit your city's websites:

City of Luling

City of Lockhart

City of Martindale

City of Uhland

City of Niederwald

 

Caldwell County (COVID-19) Hotline: 512-359-4637

Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

After Hours Contact Form

If you have medical questions, please call the Ascension (COVID-19) hotline at 833-919-1680.

The best way to prevent infection is to take precautions to avoid exposure to this virus, which are similar to the precautions you take to avoid the flu. A full FAQ is available here.

Workforce Solutions (Hays & Caldwell Counties)

Check out www.workforcesolutionsrca.com/employers/covid-19-coronavirus-resources for the latest updates and resources.

Last update: 6.24.2020

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) EMPLOYER RESOURCES:

Governor Greg Abbott has declared a state of disaster in Texas due to novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area is eager to help you in person, and will begin a phased reopening of their career centers and offices across the nine-county region beginning on Monday, June 22, 2020. For information on how to set up an in-person appointment, see their announcement here.

Jobs Now!

As Rural Capital Area Employers are contacting Workforce Solutions with immediate job openings, these postings are being postied them by county to the Jobs Now! tool. 

If you are an employer who would like to have your openings added to this resource, please email the Business Services Team at businessservices@ruralcapital.net.

For Workers

Please visit the Job Seekers Resources Page: click here.

For Employers

Concerns about COVID-19 are impacting our local economy. 

For our business community, WSRCA can assist with customized proactive outplacement services or layoff aversion strategies at no cost. Rapid Response provides early business-focused intervention assistance designed to transition affected workers to their next employment. Our services are tailored to each company, based on the needs of the affected employees. 

Please email rapidresponse@ruralcapital.net, for more information on Rapid Response services for employers.

  • Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) COVID-19 Resources for Employers: click here.
  • TWC Unemployment Benefit Claims Help & Resources for Employers: click here.
  • TWC Claimants Guide to Filing for UI Benefits (In English/Spanish): click here.

 

Workforce Solutions of Hays County 

4794 Transportation Way Building 5 

San Marcos, TX 78644 

512-392-1291

 

Workforce Solutions of Caldwell County 

1711 S. Colorado St. Suite G 

Lockhart, TX 78644 

512-398-3491

 
San Marcos

Check out https://www.sanmarcostx.gov/279/Coronavirus-Information-and-Prevention for the latest updates and resources.

Last update: 6.24.20

For a list of testing centers in the San Marcos area, please see this list. Contact the clinic or care provider ahead of time to ensure supplies are available and ask what screening procedures they require.

Transit services are reopening and expanding in San Marcos effective July 6. The expansion will include additional service hours, the resumption of the InterUrban Express and the continuation of "fare-free" on the City's fixed routes. Safety measurements will be put into place as well, including masks and social distancing.

Lockhart

Check out http://lockhart-tx.org/page/Coronavirus_info for the latest updates and resources.

Last update: 6.24.20

City of Lockhart Emergency Management Coordinator Randy Jenkins is participating in daily calls with the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to receive official updates.

COVID-19 information and updates

The City of Lockhart is monitoring developments pertaining to the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) that is causing an outbreak of respiratory illness worldwide. All information in this section is sourced from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

** If you are concerned you are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, please contact your medical provider. **

Lockhart City Hall reopened its doors to the public on Tuesday, May 26, while taking precautions to ensure the safety of customers and staff. The following precautions are being taken at City Hall to ensure a smooth, safe transition:

• All visitors to the City Hall lobby, such as utilities billing customers, will enter via the south entrance on Market Street.

• To access Development Services, please enter via the basement door located at the bottom of the ramp on the west side of the building.

• Hand sanitizer stations in the lobby for customer use are in place.

• Floor markers are in place to remind the public to observe social distancing requirements. Wearing face coverings is encouraged, but not required.

• While the lobby is open to utilities customers, using phone and online methods of payment are still highly encouraged.

COVID-19 testing

Your doctor will help make the decision if you should get tested for COVID-19. If you do not have health insurance, you can still get tested for COVID-19 if your doctor or healthcare provider recommends it.

For information about testing, you just need to call your doctor and/or access care the way you usually do. If you need help finding a doctor or accessing medical care, call 2-1-1 and they can direct you to low- or no-cost providers in your area.

For questions about COVID-19 testing, dial 2-1-1, then choose Option 6.

General questions

Dial 2-1-1 and select option 6 to speak with a Texas Health and Human Services representative. Hours are 7 a.m.-8 p.m. The lines are open seven days a week.

Staying informed

City of Lockhart Emergency Management Coordinator Randy Jenkins is participating in daily calls with the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to receive official updates.

It is easy to run into inaccurate information on the web. Visit one of the links below to educate yourself with trustworthy information.

https://www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/default.aspx

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/summary.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

Kyle

Check out https://www.cityofkyle.com/covid for the latest updates and resources.

Last update: 6.24.20

You may also contact 512-262-1010 for information about COVID-19 in the City of Kyle.

In-Person Services

Beginning June 1, all members of the public requiring in-person services may receive them at City Hall via the one-stop location at the customer service windows on the first floor. Limited staffing will be available and following CDC guidelines. The citizens of Kyle are strongly encouraged to continue to transact business via phone and online. Payments, applications, permits, service requests and more are available online at www.cityofkyle.com and via mail.

Public Meetings

City Council will begin hybrid in-person and virtual meetings starting June 2. Meetings will be posted for both in-person and virtual attendance.

City-sponsored events and recreation programs will resume in July. 

Buda

Check out http://www.ci.buda.tx.us/663/Coronavirus-COVID-19-Helpful-Information for the latest updates and resources.

Last update: 6.24.20

Visit their webpage for the latest news:

 

Buda City Hall and Public Safety Building 
Open to Public With Limited Capacity 
Starting Monday, May 18  

BUDA, TX — May 11, 2020 - On Monday, May 18 Buda City Hall and the Public Safety Building will open to the public with limited capacity. It is strongly recommended that visitors wear masks. Social distancing practices will be in place. Phone and online methods of communication are still encouraged.

 

Buda City Hall and Public Safety Building  

  • Visitors are highly encouraged to wear masks.
  • Phone and online methods of communications are still encouraged.
  • City-sponsored meetings resume with strict social distancing practices in place. Room capacity limited to 25% for City Council and Boards and Commissions meetings.
  • No rental of public spaces.
  • Daily disinfection cleaning.
  • Stay home if you are sick.

 

Buda Public Library

 

Visitor Center (Stagecoach House)

  • Remains Closed to the Public.
  • Please call the Visitor’s Center with questions at 512-295-7170.

City of Buda Employees are following strict social distancing practices and will be wearing masks or face coverings to provide protection for co-workers and the public.  

As mentioned earlier, phone and online communications are still encouraged.

You can contact City Departments directly at the numbers below:

Public Works (512-312-2876)

Buda Police Department - Non-Emergency (512-393-7896)

Parks (512-523-1083)

Utility Billing (512-295-8845)

Municipal Court (512-295-2562)

Library (512-295-5899)

Planning, Permitting, and Engineering (512-312-5745)

Visitor’s Center (512-295-7170)

Utility billing and municipal court payments may be paid online here: https://www.municipalonlinepayments.com/budatx. Additional ways to make utility payments include online through your bank, over the phone at 512-295-8845, and by mail to 405 E. Loop St., Building 100, Buda, Texas. Customers can also utilize the utility payment drop boxes at the front entrance of the building and near the library book drop. The utility billing e-mail that residents should use to communicate with utilities is utilitybilling@ci.buda.tx.us

Additional online resources:

Permitting and Inspections: https://www.mygovernmentonline.org/

Licenses, Permits and Fees: http://ci.buda.tx.us/297/Applications-Licenses-Permits-Fees

You can view City Council meetings online here:
https://www.ci.buda.tx.us/390/Council-Board-Commission-Meetings---VIEW

For more information on Buda Library Services:

Buda Public Library Electronic Resources: https://buda.biblionix.com/catalog/

Buda Public Library: www.budalibrary.org

Wimberley

Check out www.cityofwimberley.com/covid19 for the latest updates and resources.

Last update: 6.24.20

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Information 

The City of Wimberley is dedicated to providing its residents, businesses, and visitors with the latest information concerning the Coronavirus Disease - 2019, often referred to as COVID-19. Due to the spread of the virus, a National Emergency was proclaimed by President Trump. Additionally, Governor Abbott has declared a State of Disaster for Texas, and Hays County Judge Becerra has declared a State of Disaster for Hays County. Mayor Susan Jaggers has also declared a Local Health Emergency for the City of Wimberley. These declarations provide to the Nation, State, County, and City an opportunity to utilize funding resources to combat the spread of the virus.

 

Dripping Springs

Check out www.cityofdrippingsprings.com/page/city.emergency or the latest updates and resources.

Last update: 6.24.20

If you have any questions, please reach out to the city at 512-858-4725 or email the Emergency Management Department at emergencymanagement@cityofdrippingsprings.com.

Business Relief

The Dripping Springs City Council adopted a Resolution to create a COVID-19 Disaster Relief Program for Businesses at last night’s City Council meeting. The Relief Program is designed to help local businesses affected by the coronavirus.

To that end, the COVID-19 Disaster Relief Program for Businesses includes the following help for local businesses:

• Wastewater Fee Waivers: The City will waive one month of wastewater fees for commercial properties. Businesses must apply by June 26, 2020.

• Inspection/Permits Discount: A one-time 25% discount will be given on permit or inspection renewals, including food establishment permits, child/adult care, church and school establishment Inspections, and alcohol beverage permits. This is for renewals for existing businesses only and must be requested at time of renewal.

• Additional Temporary Signs and Fee Waivers: Temporary Sign Permit Fees are waived until September 30, 2020. The City will also allow one additional temporary sign through September 30, 2020, on all properties in Dripping Springs. The COVID-19 Disaster Relief Program for Businesses Resolution is in effect for a period of sixty days, commencing June 10, 2020, unless a different date is stated above for a particular waiver. The COVID-19 Disaster Relief Program for Businesses is not retroactive.

Business owners may call the City at 512-858-4725 with any questions. 

Luling

Check ouhttps://tx-luling.civicplus.com/331/COVID-19 or the latest updates and resources.

Last update: 6.24.2020

Blanco County

Check out the links below for the latest updates and resources.

Last update: 6.24.20

City of Blanco  |  Blanco County  |  Johnson City

City of Blanco

Due to recent developments regarding the COVID-19 virus, Blanco City Hall employees will be working remotely starting 03/30/2020. If you need to contact the department please call and select the corresponding extension. All departments will be answering calls and emails Monday – Friday from 8am - 5pm. If the department is unavailable please leave a voicemail so they may call you that same day. You may also contact them via email.

 

All online options will still be available by visiting: www.cityofblanco.com

Please call 830-833-4525 and select the below option to reach the corresponding department/representative.
Option 1 - Utilities & Permits – Olga Gamez – utilities@cityofblanco.com
Option 2 – Municipal Court – Kristyn Schones – courtclerk@cityofblanco.com
Option 3 – Finance & Human Resources – Paula Farley – finance@cityofblanco.com
Option 4 – City Secretary – citysec@cityofblanco.com
Option 5 – Public Works – Ronnie Rodriguez – ron_rod11@yahoo.com
Option 6 – Mayor – Martha Herden – mayor@cityofblanco.com

To reach Code Compliance, please email Will Daves at codecompliance@cityofblanco.com

Utilities

Utility payments will be accepted by mail, drop box or online only. Please call 830-833-4525 or email utilities@cityofblanco.com to speak with a representative.

Municipal Court

Please see the COVID-19 Municipal Court Notice for online and mailing options. You may also call or email the court to review your options. Email: courtclerk@cityofblanco.com

Austin Chamber Resource Toolkit

COVID-19 Resources for Businesses

We urge Austin businesses to take precautions to protect their workforce while ensuring continuity of operations. We will continue to update this page with resources for businesses that need assistance in developing staffing, continuity, and other plans in light of this situation.

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