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President's Update: UNC Returns + New Governor's Order + New County Orders + Reopening Guide + PPP

Yesterday, our community received the tremendous news that UNC Chapel Hill will be reopening in August (more details below).  And so we conclude an extraordinary week with some schoolwork/homework of our own to do – and it involves reading.
 
The last few days have brought many new announcements, new rules, new guidance and new opportunities.  I know that it’s hard to carve out a few hours to sit and read, but investing the time today and tomorrow to read and review the content behind the links below will help you prepare for success in the weeks and months ahead. 
 
Rally Cap
You might be tired. Long week. Long 10 weeks. But here we are. Together. In a generational crisis. Committed. Resilient. Ready to help lead the organization that depends on you.  You are not alone. Your Chamber, your peers, your advisors, your government, your friends, your family, your customers and clients - we are all here, in this together, working together, to support you.  
 
NC Governor’s Phase 2
Today, at 5:00pm, North Carolina will move to ‘Safer At Home Phase 2’ (Executive Order 141) that eases restrictions on travel, restaurant operations, business activity and mass gatherings.  Phase 2 will run through at least June 26.  The reading:
- Executive Order 141 (the details are important and only a 20-min read, faster if you skip the whereases)
- Frequently Asked Questions about Executive Order 141 (15 minutes read. I’m not a fan of FAQs… but I highly recommend these)
- Visual Summary of Phase 2 Restrictions/Changes (Very helpful infographic - click it, share it)
- NC DHHS Guidance for various Settings and Business Sectors (helpful reference site to bookmark)


Orange and Durham County Add Additional Restrictions in Phase 2
Orange and Durham County extended their Emergency Orders and added additional requirements for safe business operations and gathering. (Orange County Order and Durham County Order)

  Orange Highlights:
  - Aligns with Governor’s Order allowing restaurant dining rooms, personal care businesses, and swimming pools to open with restricted capacity.
  - Restaurant, personal care, grooming, tattoo, and retail employees and staff shall wear a face covering while on duty.
  - All businesses are recommended to require customers to wear a face covering while inside the business.
 
Durham Highlights:
  - Restaurant dining rooms, barbers, personal care businesses, and swimming pools remain closed through June 1.
  - Face coverings required in public.
 
Chatham Highlights:
  - Chatham has no separate county order and will fall exclusively under the Governor's Orders.

UNC Chapel Hill Chancellor Announces Classes will Resume on August 10 Chancellor Guskiewicz announced the University’s plans for a return to campus in the fall.  Please take the time to read the full message and the important details included in the Chancellor's Return to Campus Message.
 
Local Guide to Safely Reopening and Operating Your Business
More than a dozen Orange and Chatham economic response organizations partnered to created A Guide to Reopening and Operating Your Business that provides businesses with the best known guidance to ensure consumer confidence and promote community health in the age of COVID-19. Focus on sections “General Recommendations,” “How to Disinfect,” “Personal Protective Equipment,” and on your specific industry section.
 
Additional Guidance for Restaurants and Restaurant Guests
The Restaurant and Lodging Association has partnered with the State of North Carolina DHHS to issue clear guidance to restaurant owners, staff, and guests with instructions and recommendations for safe food service operations in the time of Covid. Visit www.countonmenc.com
 
PPP – Don’t Have the Money
The Paycheck Protection Program still has funds available.  If you were discouraged by your first effort, please rally and try again.  More than $100 billion remains to support you (business, non-profit, LLC, sole proprietor, contractor, etc.) More PPP Info
 
PPP – Have the Money
Congratulations on getting your PPP.  Now, let's make sure the loan is forgiven.  A few days ago the SBA issued a loan forgiveness application with clear guidance on forgiveness.  For help preparing your application, UNC’s Small Business Technology Development Center can help.
 
You’ve Got This.  And We’ve Got You
Memorial Weekend was never really the time for sales, celebrations, and picnics – though that’s what many of us did.  Memorial Day is a somber holiday to think about sacrifice, loss, remembrance and, renewal.  Please take this weekend to Read. Reflect. Plan. Prepare. Innovate. Persist. Recharge. And READ. You got this, and your Chamber is always here to help.
 
A Little Reward to Making it to the End of this Email
Why is an order from the Governor a Gubernatorial Order and not a Governatorial one?  You always wondered.  Click here to Listen (no need to read this one) and find out. 
 
Thank you
At the Chamber, our mission is to Connect you, Advocate for you, Drive Progress, and Build Community. Your membership funds our work to serve and support you and our community. We are grateful.
 
For a Greater Chapel Hill-Carrboro,
 
Aaron