Business Impact Survey

During this time, we are working diligently to try and capture data reflecting the economic impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19). We urge all businesses in our community to keep track of any impact they have personally and respond through this survey. Our hopes are that the information collected could help provide any government relief that could potentially be offered.  

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Bridge Together: A Local Business Support Platform

We encourage ALL to join our Bainbridge community Facebook page and pledge to support ALL local businesses during these tough times!!! This page is organized by the staff of the Bainbridge-Decatur County Chamber of Commerce for members as well as non-members. We want to create and support a community movement of Bainbridge residents supporting local businesses in a challenging economy and provide fact-based resources for businesses to navigate during this pandemic.

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GA Department of Public Health Letter

DPH has provided guidelines in this letter for essential businesses to maintain a healthy working enviroment.

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Mayor Reynolds Declares Local State of Emergency


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Health Department Information for Bulk Food Sales by Restaurants

Please see the letter below information on bulk food sales as outlined by the Georgia Department of Public Health. 

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HR6201: Families First Coronavirus Response Act

HR6201 proposes many changes to increase public health measures as well as provisions that require most U.S. private employers to provide paid leave to employees under certain circumstances. While employers are responsible for funding the paid leave should it become law, employers would be able to take tax credits for the paid leave provided to employees under the FFCRA.

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Georgia Receives SBA Statewide Disaster Declaration, Applications for Small Business Emergency Loans Now Open

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 – Governor Brian P. Kemp announced that Georgia has received an official statewide disaster declaration from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). This declaration will provide assistance in the form of SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans to impacted small businesses in all 159 counties in Georgia.

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The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) has adopted an emergency Rule 300-2-4-0.5 Partial Claims, effective March 16, 2020

The rule mandates all Georgia employers to file partial claims online on behalf of their employees for any week during which an employee (full-time/part-time) works less than full-time due to a partial or total company shutdown caused by the -19 public health emergency. Any employer found to be in violation of this rule will be required to reimburse GDOL for the full amount of unemployment insurance benefits paid to the employee. Download the How Employers File Partial Claims Desk-Aid found on the GDOL Alert Page and follow the step-by-step instructions. 
Filing partial claims results in your employees receiving unemployment insurance (UI) benefit payments faster, usually within 48 hours for claims filed electronically. Employees for whom you file a partial claim are NOT required to report to a Georgia Department of Labor career center, register for employment services, or look for other work. 
Please continue to monitor our website at for any updates to these guidelines.


3.26.20 - Summary of the CARES Act (Stimulus Package) 

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act or the “CARES Act” passed the U.S. Senate last night, March 25, and is headed to the U.S. House of Representatives for consideration as soon as today March 26. This is a $2 trillion stimulus bill which will provide economic relief to individuals, families, small businesses and other sectors of the United States economy that took a hard hit due to the pandemic. Once this is passed in the House and signed by President Trump, most provisions are available to individuals and businesses almost immediately.

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Identifying Critical Infrastructure During COVID-19

Functioning critical infrastructure is imperative during the response to the COVID-19 emergency for both public health and safety as well as community well-being. Certain critical infrastructure industries have a special responsibility in these times to continue operations. 

This guidance and accompanying list are intended to support State, Local, and industry partners in identifying the critical infrastructure sectors and the essential workers needed to maintain the services and functions Americans depend on daily and need to be able to operate resiliently during the COVID-19 pandemic response.

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Filing and Payment Deadline Extended to July 15, 2020

The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service are providing special tax filing and payment relief to individuals and businesses in response to the COVID-19 Outbreak. The filing deadline for tax returns has been extended from April 15 to July 15, 2020. The IRS urges taxpayers who are owed a refund to file as quickly as possible. For those who can't file by the July 15, 2020 deadline, the IRS reminds individual taxpayers that everyone is eligible to request an extension to file their return.

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