COVID-19 Resources


State, County & Local Latest Actions

4/27/2020: Governor Abbott Issues Executive Order to Reopen Texas that allows restaurants, retailers, malls and theaters to reopen on May 1 at 25% capacity. Museums and libraries can also reopen at 25% capacity, but hands-on/interactive exhibits must remain closed. Barbers, salons, bars and gyms must remain closed. Read the plan.

4/17/2020: Governor Abbott Issues Executive Order Establishing Strike Force To Open Texas. He also issued orders that:

  • Establish a temporary "Retail-To-Go" model that will allow retail outlets in Texas to reopen beginning Friday, April 24. Read guidelines for retail-to-go.
  • Mandate schools — including public, private, and higher education institutions — will remain closed for the 2019-2020 school year. Teachers may go into the classroom for video instruction, to perform administrative duties, and to clean out their classrooms.
  • Loosens restrictions on surgeries put in place by Governor Abbott in March. Beginning at 11:59pm on April 21 through 11:59pm on May 8, all licensed health care professionals and all licensed health care facilities must continue to postpone all surgeries and procedures that are not medically necessary to diagnose or correct a serious medical condition of, or to preserve the life of, a patient who without timely performance of the surgery or procedure would be at risk for serious adverse medical consequences or death as determined by a patient's physician. Read full order and exceptions.
  • Directed state parks to reopen on Monday, April 20 with strict guidelines to reduce transmission of COVID-19 – including requiring visitors to wear face coverings, maintain a six-foot distance from individuals outside of their party, and prohibiting the gathering of groups larger than five.

3/31/2020: Texas Governor, Greg Abbott, extends social distancing measures through April 30; closes schools until May 4.

Kaufman County Issues Shelter In Place Order, effective 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, 3/25/2020 through 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, 4/8/2020.

Funding and Loan Assistance

On Monday, 4/14/2020 Governor Abbott announced forgivable loans for small businesses in Texas

CARES Act & Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

On March 27, the federal CARES Act was signed into law, providing over $2.2 trillion in federal stimulus spending to aid the U.S. economy. One of the most important aspects is the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

Read the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's guide on CARES Act and PPP for Small Businesses.

Read the U.S. Chamber's guide to the Coronavirus Emergency Loans for Small Businesses.

Read Texas Hotel & Lodging Association's breakdown of the PPP.

How to Apply: these loans will be available through SBA-approved private lenders beginning 4/3/2020. See the following for details on what is needed, application and loan calculator.

Locally, American National Bank and Texas Bank & Trust are approved lenders. Below are links to three items provided by ANB for the loan process.

PPP Application Package

PPP Application Form

PPP Calculator

There is also an employee retention tax credit available as part of the CARES Act. Read the U.S. Chamber's Guide for Impacted Businesses.

SBA Texas' Economic Injury Disaster (EIDL) Loan Application

On 3/20/2020, 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.

Read the U.S. Chamber's Guide to SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loans.

Main Street Lending Program

On April 9, 2020, the Federal Reserve announced the creation of a Main Street Business Lending Program. The program will support small and mid-sized businesses that were in good financial standing before the public health crisis. This facility will ensure credit flows to small and mid-sized businesses that may not have been supported through the Paycheck Protection Program or the Fed’s other lending facilities.

Grant Opportunities

Other Resources


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Social Media Groups

  • COVID-19 Business Resource Page (Facebook): This members-only group is established to allow our Chamber businesses to easily access and share resources as we support one another through the COVID-19 outbreak.

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