|We are still in Phase 0
We were all so hopeful, but those hopes were dashed a bit when we learned last evening that technically, we are still in Phase 0 of returning back to “normal.” To move on to Phase One, the Governor is bringing in local governments to best advise how to get to that phase. He has formed LEAP (Local Empowerment Advisory Panel) to develop criteria for non-essential businesses to operate under strict guidelines yet to be determined. We don’t yet know who will be assigned to give direction on behalf of Carson City or the Quad County Region. The Governor did admit that Nevada’s 17 counties are not equal when it comes to the COVID-19 outbreak. Some counties have had 0 cases with most cases in Clark and Washoe Counties.
The chart is self-explanatory and provides a visual guideline. Some non-essential businesses can now operate using curb-side pick-up. Basically, it will be business as Coronavirus Usual until May 15thAnother two weeks………
If you watched the Governor’s Press Conference last night, you learned we are being advised to stay home for at least another two weeks, though we can venture out to do some outdoor activities IF we practice the rules of social distancing.
To read the Governor’s Statement, click here.
To learn the rules of social distancing while enjoying our parks, click here.
COVID-19 stats in the Quad County Region
As recognized by the Governor, our four county region with a total of 92 cases out of a population of about 162,000 within the four-county region, is relatively safe as long as the safety standards set forth remain in place. As of yesterday, Carson City is reporting 22 active cases; Douglas County 7; Lyon County is at 16; and Storey County remains at 0 cases.
As reality sets in:
In the scramble to make things more palatable for businesses and employees, there are some hitches now being recognized. We expect there will be more “clarifications.”
A new wrinkle in the PPP loan program – You could lose valuable tax breaks
NV Unemployment Insurance claims extended another 13 weeks
Under the criteria defined in NRS 612.377, Nevada has now met the thresholds required to trigger extended benefits. The state’s 13-week average of continued claims to covered employment rose to 5.8 percent in the week, above the threshold of 5 percent set in section 2A of state statute. In addition, this 5.8 percent is greater than 120 percent of the average rate in the corresponding 13-week periods in the prior two years. By meeting these criteria, Nevada’s extended benefits indicator is “on.” Extended benefits provide an additional 13 weeks of benefits to claimants who have exhausted their regular state unemployment benefits and their Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation benefits. Read the full press release here.
What is Curbside Commerce?
The Governor referred to this last evening and has issued safety protocols to those small businesses wishing to conduct business in this manner that has been used for years by the big box stores. All OSHA and CDC guidelines must be met. Curbside Commerce does not mean you may set up outdoor displays or tables where customers may peruse your offerings. Items must be ordered and paid in advance and a time scheduled for pickup. See guidelines. If you have online offerings and a credit card machine, then you are almost ready to go. You, too, can offer BOPIS (buy on line – pick up in store) Here’s how the big boxes got started Link. Expect to see the national chains begin to open soon using BOPIS.