COVID-19 Information and Resources

The New Braunfels Chamber is working with local health officials and partners to best prepare our community to handle COVID-19. Read More

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The Chamber's office lobby is now opened to all visitors during the hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.. All staff are available via email for any questions or concerns as well as by phone at 830-625-2385 from the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

City Issues Order Adopting Governor’s Open Texas Plan

Following this week’s release of the Report to Open Texas by Governor Greg Abbott, the City of New Braunfels is adopting that plan and revoking all previous City orders issued since the initial disaster declaration.

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City Issues Stay at Home, Work Safe Order

On March 24, in a continued effort to help combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the City of New Braunfels issued a “Stay at Home, Work Safe” order for the City of New Braunfels. The order, announced this afternoon, goes into effect at 11:59 PM on Wednesday, March 25th and requires residents of the City to remain home. Those engaged in exempted activities are mandated to abide by and maintain social distancing requirements of at least six feet. The order is in effect until lifted by the Mayor of New Braunfels. 

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A hotline has been set up for residents and businesses to call for more information at (830) 221-4222. The information line will be open from 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday,

Comal County Extends Disaster Declaration

On March 24, 2020, Commissioners Court extended indefinitely a disaster declaration initially issued originally issued on March 18, 2020. In a special meeting, Commissioners Court unanimously voted to extend the disaster declaration in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Extending the declaration lengthens the window during which the county can seek state and federal resources, as well as leaving open the possibility of issuing emergency orders.

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Local School Districts Closed Until April 24

Both Comal ISD and New Braunfels ISD have made the decision to stay closed until April 24, 2020 to protect the health and safety of our community. 

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Business Impact Survey for New Braunfels Regional Businesses

The City of New Braunfels and The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce are gathering data from local businesses to inform potential policies in addressing the anticipated local economic impacts of the coronavirus. Reporting this information is NOT mandatory but provides important data for decision-making around any potential programs or policy adjustments. You can access the survey below. View the full press release HERE.

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COVID-19 Information and Resources

Recent and ongoing events taking place regarding the COVID-19 or Coronavirus reminds us of our 175th anniversary year as a community that there are times of celebration and times of crisis. We can once again show that in times of crisis that we can unite, actively support each other, and collaborate. Your Chamber of Commerce is a ready and willing partner in this effort.

With prevention efforts increasing, we are all impacted. Everyone. Events being rescheduled or canceled, sales declining, anxiety increasing. We can manage those things we have control over and prepare for the rebound as we recover from this. We’ll provide best practices and recommendations regularly. Our staff is attending regular meetings with local health officials and our volunteer leadership at the Chamber is meeting regularly to guide future actions on our part.

Chamber events through April 30, 2020 have been cancelled, rescheduled or will function as a virtual meeting. Events in May will be reevaluated as the situation progresses. 

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National Information

U.S. Centers for Disease Control

The best source of information regarding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is the U.S. Centers for Disease Control via their website. The website provides up-to-date information, resources for communities, businesses and healthcare providers.

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U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship 

The programs and initiatives in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was just passed by Congress are intended to assist business owners with whatever needs they have right now. View The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act below.

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Small Business Administration (SBA)

The Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, intends to provide timely additional guidance to address borrower and lender questions concerning the implementation of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), established by section 1102 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).

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State Information

Texas Attorney General

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton warns Texans to be aware of scams and price gouging related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Governor's Office

The Governor of Texas released a checklist to help prepare for re-opening, revised May 5, 2020.

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On March 19, 2020 the Governor of Texas issued Executive Orders in accordance with Federal guidelines to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Texas.

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Texas Department of Health and Human Services

The Texas Department of State Health Services is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in monitoring the new coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID‑19) that is causing an outbreak of respiratory illness worldwide. You can find the current Texas case count on their News Updates page.

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Texas Workforce Commission

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) will distribute $40,000,000 of supplemental child care. These funds will allow local Workforce Development Boards to provide child care to the new COVID-19 Essential Workers, and, pending approval of a federal waiver from the Office of Child Care, make supplemental payments to child care programs to cover lost Parent Share of Cost (PSOC) payments. 

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Local Information

The New Braunfels community is working together to protect our residents and businesses. Access resources from our local community partners to stay informed. 

Comal County

The Comal County Public Health department has a dedicated page for COVID-19 information and will keep the public up-to-date on information specific to our community using this webpage. 

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COMAL COUNTY EXTENDS DISASTER DECLARATION

On March 24, 2020, Commissioners Court extended indefinitely a disaster declaration initially issued originally issued on March 18, 2020. In a special meeting, Commissioners Court unanimously voted to extend the disaster declaration in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Extending the declaration lengthens the window during which the county can seek state and federal resources, as well as leaving open the possibility of issuing emergency orders.

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City of New Braunfels

The City of New Braunfels is providing regular updates and information regarding COVID-19 and have an Alerts Page available for all announcements. 

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CITY ISSUES STAY AT HOME, WORK SAFE ORDER

In a continued effort to help combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Mayor Barron Casteel has issued a “Stay at Home, Work Safe” order for the City of New Braunfels. The order, announced this afternoon, goes into effect at 11:59 PM on Wednesday, March 25th and requires residents of the City to remain home. Those engaged in exempted activities are mandated to abide by and maintain social distancing requirements of at least six feet. The order is in effect until lifted by the Mayor of New Braunfels. 

The order further requires all non-essential businesses to close. Restaurants may still offer to go, delivery and curbside orders. Residents are allowed to enjoy the outdoors, so long as they maintain the six feet social distancing requirements.

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School Districts

Both Comal and New Braunfels ISDs will be closed through April 24. Both school districts have developed webpages to provide information on how COVID-19 is affecting their schools and give updates on any school closures. 

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Resources for Your Business

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Economic Injury Loans Available

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Small business owners in all U.S. states and territories are currently eligible to apply for a low-interest loan due COVID-19.

Here are a few things to have ready when filling out an application:
 
  • Business tax returns for the two most recent years filed
  • 2019 year-end financial statements
  • Personal financial statements for any owner with over 20% interest in the entity
  • Current Note Schedule (Lender, Balance, Payment, Terms, Collateral)

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Families First Coronavirus Response Act

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act expands access to emergency paid sick leave and provides families with critical protections to ensure that workers can care for their children without sacrificing their paycheck.

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The U.S. Department of Labor published guidance to provide information to employees and employers about how each will be able to take advantage of the protections and relief offered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) when it takes effect on April 1, 2020.

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IRS Temporarily Adjusts, Suspends Key Compliance Program

To help people facing the challenges of COVID-19 issues, the Internal Revenue Service announced a sweeping series of steps to assist taxpayers by providing relief on a variety of issues ranging from easing payment guidelines to postponing compliance actions.\

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce

The U.S. Chamber is working closely with the White House, U.S. government agencies, and foreign government officials to inform and equip businesses with the most important and up-to-date information to prevent the spread of the virus and prepare businesses for the near and long-term impact.

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U.S. Centers for Disease Control Resources for Businesses & Employers 

The U.S. CDC has developed interim guidance that may help prevent workplace exposures to acute respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, in non-healthcare settings. The guidance also provides planning considerations if there are more widespread, community outbreaks of COVID-19.

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Texas Association of Business Resources

The Texas Association of Business has also compiled resources for Texas businesses with the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control, Texas Department for of State Health Services and the White House.

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Texas Workforce Commission Resources for Employers

The Texas Workforce Commission has put together a resource page for employers dealing with effects of COVID-19 including information on unemployment benefits, precautions for employers, layoffs and shared work programs, and reducing employee hours. 

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Effective immediately, TWC asks that Texans use their area code to find their proposed call and access times listed below. See below chart for recommended call and access times.

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Workforce Solutions Alamo Resource for Businesses

Workforce Solutions Alamo provides no-cost services are for companies of all sizes. If your business is facing a layoff or closure, they can offer you and your employees’ transition and re-employment services at no cost. Workforce Solutions Alamo has resources for layoff aversion and layoff assistance, 

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Coronavirus: 8 Things Your Small Business Needs to Do

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Employee Resources

$40,000,000 in Supplemental Child Care Distribution in Texas to Support Communities and Families During COVID-19

The Texas Workforce Commission will distribute $40,000,000 of supplemental child care. These funds will allow local Workforce Development Boards to provide child care to the new COVID-19 Essential Workers, and, pending approval of a federal waiver from the Office of Child Care, make supplemental payments to child care programs to cover lost Parent Share of Cost (PSOC) payments. Essential Workers with children under the age of 13 may receive child care financial assistance to cover a portion or, in some cases, all of the costs for child care. In addition to resources for new COVID-19 Essential Workers, boards will also have funds to cover lost PSOC payments. 

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FFCRA Employee Rights

Texas Workforce Commission Resources for Employees

The Texas Workforce Commission has put together a resource page for employers dealing with effects of COVID-19 including information on unemployment benefits claims, steps after you apply for benefits, precautions for employers. and news and information.

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Unemployed?

If your employment has been affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19), apply for benefits either online at any time using Unemployment Benefits Services or by calling TWC’s Tele-Center at 800-939-6631 from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Central Time Monday through Friday.

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Workforce Solutions Alamo

Workforce Solutions Alamo provides job seeker services and if you recently lost your job due to economic disruptions of COVID-19 or changes in the economy they can help. Workforce Solutions Alamo can assist you in finding a new job or training for a higher-skilled role in a new occupation.

They have information on how to apply for unemployment, unemployment insurance, layoff assistance, and new job opportunities. 

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General workplace health and safety information for Employees

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