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COVID-19 Resources for Businesses

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, the Frisco EDC shares the following links for business and community related resources.

Governor Abbott Announces Additional Services and Activities That Can Open Under Phase II

On Tuesday, May 26, Governor Greg Abbott, issued a proclamation expanding additional services and activities that can open under Phase II of the state's plan to safely and strategically open. With this proclamation, water parks, recreational sport programs for adults, driver education programs, and food-court dining areas within shopping malls can begin operations with limited occupancy or regulations to protect the health and safety of Texans.

Beginning Friday, May 29th, water parks can open but must limit their occupancy to 25% of normal operating limits. Food-court dining areas within shopping malls can also immediately resume operations, but malls are encouraged to designate one or more individuals who are responsible for ensuring health and safety practices are followed. View the Open Texas Checklist for Waterpark Operators. View the Open Texas Checklist for Waterpark Visitors. View the Open Texas Checklist for Adult Recreational Sports Operators. View the Open Texas Checklist for Adult Recreational Sports Participants. View the Open Texas Checklist for Texas Driving Schools.

Minimum standard health protocols outlined by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) are recommended and located on the Open Texas webpage.

Governor Abbott Issues Revised Checklist for Professional Sports Leagues to Re-Open

On Friday, May 22, Governor Abbott issued a revised checklist for Professional Sports Leagues in Texas to re-open. View the revised Professional Sports Leagues Checklist.

Governor Abbott Issues Executive Order Terminating Air Travel Restrictions Related To COVID-19 Pandemic

On Thursday, May 21, Governor Greg Abbott issued an Executive Order (GA-24) terminating air travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Governor's new order immediately terminates all restrictions contained in the Governor's previous Executive Order (GA-20) that mandated temporary quarantines for air travelers arriving from the following areas of the United States: California; Connecticut; New York; New Jersey; Washington; Atlanta, Georgia; Chicago, Illinois; Detroit, Michigan; or Miami, Florida. 

View the Governor's Executive Order (GA-24) relating to the termination of air travel restrictions as part of the safe, strategic plan to Open Texas in response to the COVID-19 disaster.

Governor Greg Abbott Announces Phase Two to Reopen Texas

On Monday, May 18, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced Phase Two of his plan to safely and strategically open Texas while minimizing the spread of COVID-19. Under Phase II, restaurants may increase their occupancy to 50% and additional services and activities that remained closed under Phase I may open with restricted occupancy levels and minimum standard health protocols laid out by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). For checklists and additional information, visit the Strike Force to Open Texas website or read the press release from the May 18 announcement.

Via Executive Order, the following services and activities may open under Phase II.

  • Child Care Centers (May 18)
  • Massage and Personal-Care Centers (May 18)
  • Youth Clubs (May 18)
  • Rodeo and Equestrian Events (May 22)
  • Bowling Alleys, Bingo Halls, Simulcast Racing, and Skating Rinks (May 22)
  • Bars (May 22)
  • Aquariums and Natural Caverns (May 22)
  • Zoos (May 29)
  • Day Youth Camps (May 31)
  • Overnight Youth Camps (May 31)
  • Youth Sports (May 31)
  • Certain professional sports without in-person spectators (May 31)

Office, Manufacturing Reopenings

Published May 15, The City of Frisco's Office, Manufacturers Reopenings at a glance includes links to additional reopening guidelines and resources. Additional resources can also be found on the Open Frisco, Open Texas webpage.

Collin County Commissioners Court Launches Collin CARES Recovery Program

On Monday, May 11, the Collin County Commissioners Court took the first steps to distribute direct financial assistance for housing, utilities, and groceries; increased COVID-19 testing; personal protective equipment; and, cities' COVID-19 costs and recovery efforts.

Collin County’s city partners are gearing up to create and manage applications for this unprecedented assistance program in the coming weeks. Collin County will share information on eligibility requirements and much more on their website. Read the media release here. Thank you for your patience.

Denton County Commissioners Approve Denton County OPEN Program for Small Business

On Friday, May 8, Denton County Commissioners approved the Denton County OPEN program to fund grants to small business.  Applications will be accepted starting at noon on Wednesday, May 13 through noon on Wednesday, May 20.  Detailed program information can be found on the Denton County website or or read the press release

Governor Abbott Announces Plan to Reopen Texas Economy

On Monday, May 5, Texas Governor Greg Abbott filed Executive Order GA-21. View Governor Abbott’s Open Texas Checklists, including Checklists for Office-Based Employers and Office-Based Employees, effective May 18.

Some highlights to note about GA-21:

  • Texans, except where necessary to provide or obtain an essential service or a reopened service, should continue to minimize social gatherings and in person contact with those who are not in the same household.
  • People over the age of 65 are encouraged to stay at home as much as possible.  Individuals are encouraged to avoid contact with those 65 and older.
  • Those who do leave the home, whether young or old, should implement social distancing and good hygiene
  • Essential Services include those listed under CISA guidance as well as churches, congregations, and places of worship
  • Reopened Services consist of the following:
    • In-store retail at 25% occupancy (25% does not include employees)
    • Dine-in at restaurants at 25% occupancy (no occupancy limit on outside seating; 25% does not include employees)
    • Movie theaters at 25% occupancy (25% does not include employees)
    • Shopping malls at 25% occupancy (food court, play areas, and interactive displays must remain closed) (25% does not include employees)
    • Museums and libraries at occupancy of 25% (25% does not include employees)
    • Golf course operations
    • Local government operations
    • Services provided by one individual in an office setting (note this will be expanded on Monday, May 18th)
    • Wedding venues and services required to conduct weddings, subject to either the guidelines on churches (if held in a church) or at 25% of indoor occupancy (if held indoors at a non-church).  Note, it is strongly encouraged to hold weddings outside
    • Wedding receptions, subject to the guidelines on restaurants (if held at a restaurant) or subject to 25% of indoor capacity (if held indoors).  Again, strongly encouraged to hold outside.

Starting on Friday, May 8, 2020 the following will be opened:

  • Cosmetology salons, hair salons, barber shops, and nail salons may open but should follow guidelines set forth in Open Texas
  • Tanning Salons may open but should follow guidelines set forth in Open Texas
  • Swimming pools may operate if outdoor or indoor but must follow occupancy levels set forth

Starting on Monday, May  18, 2020 the following will be opened:

  • Services provided in an office may operate with the greater of five individuals or 25% of the total office workforce
  • Non-essential manufacturing [services] at 25% occupancy
  • Gyms and exercise facilities and classes, whether indoor, outdoor, individual, or group, at a 25% occupancy

On Monday, April 27, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced detailed plans to reopen the state of Texas’ economy. The Stay At Home order issued by Governor Abbott in March expires on Thursday, April 30. A new order will go into effect on Friday, May 1 and allow some businesses to reopen. Read Governor Abbott’s Plan to Reopen Texas. Read the press release regarding Governor Abbott's April 27 announcement.

For information regarding reopening Frisco, visit the Open Frisco, Open Texas page on the City of Frisco’s website. View the City of Frisco’s Open Frisco at a Glance guide for frequently asked questions.

Additional Business and Community-Related Resources

The City of Frisco maintains pertinent up-to-date information relevant to the progression of prevention efforts in the community. The City of Frisco is in two counties, Collin and Denton, and both counties have issued emergency declarations. The City of Frisco is applying Denton County’s definition of “essential businesses” to its STAY AT HOME notice. Read the Denton County STAY AT HOME order in its entirety. In addition, the City of Frisco has produced this guide for convenient reference of essential services. This is not an exhaustive list.

The Frisco Chamber of Commerce provides relevant business information for local employers affected by interruptions caused by preventative measures.

Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas (WSNCT) is dedicated to working with employers and job seekers during this time of uncertainty. Visit the WSNCT Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Updates site for information and updates regarding localized services available to businesses and workforce affected by operation interruptions.

The Texas Workforce Commission offers resources to employers and job seekers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Resources for employers can be found by clicking here. Resources for job seekers can be found by clicking here.

Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) are available to assist local businesses. For Collin County businesses, visit Collin SBDC or call 972-985-3770. For Denton County businesses, visit North Central Texas SBDC or call 940-498-6470.

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has designated COVID-19 as a qualifying event for the provision of Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) for businesses and private non-profits in affected communities. The SBA Economic Injury Disaster Declaration for Texas has been approved. This should allow access to the EIDL program for the entire state of Texas. Applications are required for consideration. Click here for more information and the application.

Paycheck Protection Program is an SBA loan designed to provide direct incentive for small businesses to keep workers on the payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest or utilities. PPP is available April 3, 2020 through June 30, 2020. Click here for more information and to apply.