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OUTDOOR GATHERINGS OF MORE THAN 10 PERSONS APPLICATION

Gov. Abbott's Executive Order GA-28 and proclamation included a series of protocols related to public and private gatherings, including limits on occupancy. Until otherwise modified, amended, rescinded, or superseded by the governor, outdoor gatherings in excess of 10 people (excluding those listed in paragraphs 1, 2, and 4 of GA-28), occurring within the corporate limits of the City of College Station, must be pre-approved by the Mayor.

If you want to have an outdoor gathering with more than 10 people, you will need to file an application at least 5 business days prior to the planned gathering. 

>> Click here to learn more and to download the application.


MAYORAL ORDER MANDATING FACE COVERINGS

On June 25, Mayor Karl Mooney signed an emergency order requiring face coverings to be worn inside College Station businesses. The order went into effect at 6 a.m. on June 29 and will remain in effect until terminated by the College Station City Council or the Mayor's Declaration of Disaster is terminated, whichever occurs first.

Please review the following for further direction:
>> Click here to read the full order
>> Click here to read the FAQs.  |  Spanish Version

Here are signs that you can print and post for your business: English Version  |  Spanish Version 

If you have any questions or need to report violations of the order, please contact our Code Enforcement Division by calling at 979.764.6363, emailing CodeEnforcement@cstx.gov, or reporting online through SeeClickFix.


OCCUPANCY LIMITS

To view all establishments and services allowed to open, their limited occupancy limits and the recommended minimum health protocols per Gov. Abbott's executive orders, visit the Open Texas webpage. Additional protocols can be made to help protect the health and safety of all employees and customers. 

Click here to view a list of most assembly-type businesses in College Station. If your establishment is not listed, you are then permitted to allow only one person per 60 square feet of indoor space. For any other questions or to request additional square footage or occupancy information, please call 979.764.3570.


BCS OPERATION RESTART TASK FORCE

As the community transitions from responding to recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, the cities of Bryan and College Station, Brazos County and the Brazos County Health District have formed the BCS Operation Restart Task Force. A key initiative of the task force is to quickly develop and execute a recovery program tailored to each specific business sector that is aligned with federal and state public health guidelines. This program will use communication kits, checklists and signage outlining key public health safeguards and actions each business can take to fight the spread of COVID-19. Click here to learn more. 

BRAZOS VALLEY COVID-19 COMMUNITY RELIEF FUND

To support the escalating need, community nonprofits are partnering with local governments and businesses to launch a relief fund for Brazos Valley residents and businesses that face economic uncertainty. Funds will be distributed to help nonprofit organizations and small. To donate or to apply for a grant, visit uwbv.org/covid19.

BRAZOS VALLEY SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER (BVSBDC)

Offers free, confidential, one-on-one business advising. BVSBDC can also assist with applying for the SBA Disaster Loan, as well as helping business owners understand the new acts being put into law. Advisors are conducting appointments via phone, email, and Zoom Conferencing. BVSBDC can be reached at 979.260.5222 or bvsbdc@uh.edu. Click here to learn more.  

BRIDGE LOAN PROGRAM

The City of College Station and the Bryan Business Council partnered with the Brazos Valley Council of Governments to create a Bridge Loan Program to assist small businesses that have seen a substantial reduction in revenue due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Small businesses need short-term working capital to cover essential expenses such as payroll, rent, and utilities. Here's a video about the program. Learn more at bvcog.org/corona-virus 

*NEW* PUBLIC HEALTH REIMBURSEMENT GRANT PROGRAM

 As the effects of COVID-19 continue to impact our community, the cities of Bryan and College Station once again are joining forces to make funding available to qualifying local businesses. The source of these new funds is the Public Health Reimbursement Grant Program, which is overseen by the Texas Division of Emergency Management. Eligible for-profit and non-profit businesses will be able to submit an application to the city in which they are located for reimbursement of certain expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications open at noon on July 15 and the deadline is Aug. 3 at 2 p.m. This program is from the Texas Department of Emergency Management through the Coronavirus Relief Fund.

>> View program guidelines
>> Click here to apply.


SHARED WORK PROGRAM

The Texas Workforce Commission encourages employers to enroll in the Shared Work program as an alternative to layoffs. The voluntary Shared Work program was developed to help Texas employers and employees withstand a slowdown in business such as the impact of COVID-19. Visit twc.texas.gov for more information.

U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION RELIEF OPTIONS

On March 27, the President signed into law the CARES Act, which contains $376 billion in relief for American workers and small businesses. In addition to traditional SBA funding programs, the CARES Act established several new temporary programs to address the COVID-19 outbreak.

>> Paycheck Protection Program
>> EIDL Loan Advance
>> SBA Express Bridge Loans
>> SBA Debt Relief

Visit sba.gov for complete details on each option.


OTHER RESOURCES

   •  CDC's Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers

   •  BCS Chamber of Commerce

   •  U.S. Chamber of Commerce

   •  U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Guide

   •  Resources to Help Your Small Business Survive

   •  Texas Comptroller Emergency Business Assistance


If you know of another resource, please email llively@cstx.gov for it to be considered for inclusion. 

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