MaskUpStillwater

#MaskUpStillwater

In conjunction with the City of Stillwater and Visit Stillwater, the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce has launched a campaign to encourage Stillwater businesses and patrons to utilize face coverings in public. 

As of July 11, Stillwater residents and visitors are to wear face coverings due to COVID-19 concerns. The active ordinance will remain in effect through November 30.

“We have to do the right thing,” Mayor Will Joyce said. “If the city doesn’t take action now, health experts tell us the number of COVID-19 cases will continue to rise.” 

In the first 80 days of the shelter at home, Stillwater had 22 confirmed cases. In the next five weeks, Stillwater did not have any new cases; however, since June 1, Stillwater has had more than 400 confirmed cases.

“We don’t want to step back to Phase 2 and close the city down again,” Joyce said.

In Oklahoma, sales tax is the largest source of recurring revenue for municipalities. With large segments of the economy, including businesses that generate sales tax, shutting down in mid-March 2020 to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, the City of Stillwater’s sales tax revenue declined by 20.27% in April. 

“Our team is doing what we can to keep our community safe and in business,” said Justin Minges, Chamber President and CEO. “Wearing a mask is a simple way to make sure our restaurants and retailers are able to welcome customers into their establishments.”

Signage to display in establishments is available for download to print, or a business representative may stop by the Stillwater Municipal Building at 723 S. Lewis St. or the Chamber office. 

“We think it’s important that we all work together to fight this pandemic,” Joyce said.

Resources

Center for Disease Control: Information about face coverings can be found on the CDC's website

Signs for Establishments Requiring Masks: If your business is requiring masks for customers/clients and needs signage, click here to download a PDF to print.

SBA Loan Guide: Our team has put together a guide to applying for the Small Business Administration's Disaster Loan Program.
 
Oklahoma Department of Commerce: The Department of Commerce has compiled resources for those applying for unemployment as well as businesses interested in learning how the CARES Act applies to them. 
 
Oklahoma Department of Workforce Development: The Oklahoma Office of Workforce Development is working closely with the Oklahoma Grocers Association, Oklahoma Retail Association, and Oklahoma Hospitality and Restaurant Associations to try and match out-of-work Oklahomans with industries who need employees to fill current job openings. This effort will quickly connect job-seekers to employers who need new workers right now.
 
Oklahoma Employment Security Commission: Resources regarding filing for unemployment, finding work and fraudulent claims can be found on the OESC website. The one-week waiting period for claiming unemployment benefits has been suspended.
 
Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits: Resources regarding nonprofit management and crisis communications are located on the Center for Nonprofits' website. If your organization has a board that needs to meet virtually, visit this page to learn the benefits of a virtual meeting and how to make it more successful. To receive assistance or learn how to assist in Payne County, visit United Way of Payne County's website.
 
For more resources from the state, visit https://govstatus.egov.com/oklahoma-coronavirus-information.
 

Spears School of Business: OSU's Spears School of Business continues to post weekly webinars on key aspects of the working-from-home world that several businesses might be experiencing for the first time.