Business Bulletin – May 27, 2020

In order to keep you informed on the evolving impact of COVID-19 on our local community, the Plano Chamber will be publishing updates on Mondays and Thursdays as the Business Bulletin. We will share the top news items that you need to read to stay up-to-date on important health, community, and business issues as they develop.

May 27, 2020

FEDERAL

  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has signaled he thinks another relief package is likely to pass within the next month.  What that bill looks like remains to be seen as Republicans indicate that the Democrats’ version, known as the HEROES Act, is unlikely to pass in its current form.

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  • Plano ISD is creating multiple contingency plans for schools this fall, including a full return, if possible, or virtual learning.  The district is awaiting further guidance from the Texas Education Agency before determining a final plan.
  • Recent estimates show an average property value increase of 4.53% throughout Collin County, which is nearly half of last year’s 8% growth.

 

Business Bulletin – May 14, 2020

In order to keep you informed on the evolving impact of COVID-19 on our local community, the Plano Chamber will be publishing updates on Mondays and Thursdays as the Business Bulletin. We will share the top news items that you need to read to stay up-to-date on important health, community, and business issues as they develop.

May 14, 2020

LOCAL UPDATE

  • The City of Plano shared the below permit guidelines for food establishment and businesses selling alcohol. The City’s complete list of current orders, protocols, and guidelines can be found HERE.
    • Food establishments with an active annual permit that made the choice to close during this time rather than offer take-out or delivery, etc. can reopen without any issue as long as it is the same owner/operation. If they choose to sell the business, the new owner would need to obtain a permit at that point. This would likely require an inspection and/or plan review.  Environmental Health Services fees will be waived.
    • Businesses selling alcohol with an active permit can reopen with the same owner.  If there is a new owner, the City typically provides 3 day or less turn around for a permit.  Permit fees will be waived.

Daily Business Bulletin – May 12, 2020

In order to keep you informed on the evolving impact of COVID-19 on our local community, the Plano Chamber will be publishing updates every weekday as the Daily Business Bulletin. We will share the top news items that you need to read to stay up-to-date on important health, community, and business issues as they develop.

May 12, 2020

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Daily Business Bulletin – May 11, 2020

In order to keep you informed on the evolving impact of COVID-19 on our local community, the Plano Chamber will be publishing updates every weekday as the Daily Business Bulletin. We will share the top news items that you need to read to stay up-to-date on important health, community, and business issues as they develop.

May 11, 2020

FEDERAL

  • House Democrats expect to unveil their draft of a fifth relief bill early this week, dubbed the CARES Act 2.  With an expected price tag of more than $2.2 trillion, and Republicans signaling they would prefer to wait a few more weeks before passing what could be the final major relief bill, Congress is set for a showdown over this legislation.

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Daily Business Bulletin – May 8, 2020

In order to keep you informed on the evolving impact of COVID-19 on our local community, the Plano Chamber will be publishing updates every weekday as the Daily Business Bulletin. We will share the top news items that you need to read to stay up-to-date on important health, community, and business issues as they develop.

May 8, 2020

FEDERAL UPDATE

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STATE UPDATE

  • Texas began the Phase I reopening of its economy on Friday, May 1st with the addition of hair and nail salons, Friday, May 8th.  Governor Abbott has indicated Phase II, which would include new industries and expanded capacities for those businesses currently open, may occur as early as May 18, if the data supports this increase.

Daily Business Bulletin – May 7, 2020

In order to keep you informed on the evolving impact of COVID-19 on our local community, the Plano Chamber will be publishing updates every weekday as the Daily Business Bulletin. We will share the top news items that you need to read to stay up-to-date on important health, community, and business issues as they develop.

May 7, 2020

STATE UPDATE

Daily Business Bulletin – May 6, 2020

In order to keep you informed on the evolving impact of COVID-19 on our local community, the Plano Chamber will be publishing updates every weekday as the Daily Business Bulletin. We will share the top news items that you need to read to stay up-to-date on important health, community, and business issues as they develop.

May 6, 2020

 

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Daily Business Bulletin – May 5, 2020

In order to keep you informed on the evolving impact of COVID-19 on our local community, the Plano Chamber will be publishing updates every weekday as the Daily Business Bulletin. We will share the top news items that you need to read to stay up-to-date on important health, community, and business issues as they develop.

May 5, 2020

STATE

Governor Abbott provided the below updates on today’s press conference.

General Updates

  • Testing has doubled throughout the state in the last two weeks and will continue to increase
  • The rate at which people are testing positive is down to 4.6% (was at 10% in the beginning of April)

Re-openings

  • Effective Friday, 5/8, barber shops, beauty salons, tanning salons can open with social distancing and some precautions such as limiting people in the shop, etc
  • Effective Monday, 5/18, gyms can re-open with up to 25% capacity, maintaining social distancing standards, showers and locker rooms must remain closed, all equipment must be disinfected after each use, and clients should use gloves that cover their hands
  • They are still working on developing safe plan for bars to reopen
  • Effective Monday, 5/18, non-essential manufacturers may reopen with 25% occupancy limitation and staggered workforce hours
  • Effective Monday, 5/18, office building businesses can reopen to greater of 5 employees OR 25% of workforce as long as social distancing can be maintained

Flare-Ups

  • There will be flare-ups as Texas reopens – industries such as meatpacking plants are seeing higher rates of infection, etc.  Our capabilities allow Texas to monitor these on a daily basis and respond to them.  PPE supply chain is getting stronger and distributions of materials are increasing and mobile testing sites are ready to head to hot spots.

Graduations

  • TEA is publishing guidance on graduations and end-of-year promotion ceremonies to occur in schools subject to certain constraints.  Options will include a hybrid of virtual and physical ceremonies, vehicle ceremonies, and outdoor graduation ceremonies with appropriate distancing between families.

Daily Business Bulletin – May 4, 2020

In order to keep you informed on the evolving impact of COVID-19 on our local community, the Plano Chamber will be publishing updates every weekday as the Daily Business Bulletin. We will share the top news items that you need to read to stay up-to-date on important health, community, and business issues as they develop.

May 4, 2020

FEDERAL

  • The US Senate returns to the Capitol on Monday evening and will continue the next round of negotiations with the House over a fourth relief package.  President Trump has signaled he plans to wait and see if another package is necessary, while the two chambers discuss what it may entail.

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STATE

  • Texas began the Phase I reopening of its economy on Friday, May 1st.  Gov. Abbott has indicated Phase II, which would include new industries and expanded capacities for those businesses currently open, may occur as early as May 18, if the data supports this increase.
  • Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced Texas saw a 9.3% decrease in sales tax during the month of April.  He plans to unveil his updated set of state budget projections in July, previewing those numbers by saying he expects those numbers to be “billions” of dollars less than previously anticipated.

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Daily Business Bulletin – May 1, 2020

In order to keep you informed on the evolving impact of COVID-19 on our local community, the Plano Chamber will be publishing updates every weekday as the Daily Business Bulletin. We will share the top news items that you need to read to stay up-to-date on important health, community, and business issues as they develop.

May 1, 2020

STATE UPDATE

  • Yesterday, Governor Abbott announced that the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has issued new guidance to unemployment claimants concerning their eligibility for unemployment benefits should they choose not to return to work at this time due to COVID-19. Under this guidance, Texans can continue to receive unemployment benefits throughout the COVID-19 response if they choose not to return to work for certain reasons as specified by TWC.