COVID-19 Updates & Resources

The Broken Arrow Chamber and Economic Development Corporation are committed to the health and safety of the community and firmly believe in being prepared and proactive. The Chamber and BAEDC strongly advise our city to continue to be cautious and heed the advice of medical professionals at the Oklahoma State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control as well as follow directives given by local and state officials.

We understand it’s a time of uncertainty, but we are confident in the leadership of our city, county, state, and federal governments to ensure the safety of our families. In the face of this challenge, our nation and community will be resilient and overcome.

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State and Local Updates and Requirements:

City of Broken Arrow:

The City of Broken Arrow is currently not under a mask mandate. For the latest updates on COVID-19/Coronavirus news from the City of Broken Arrow, please visit BrokenArrowOK.gov/Coronavirus

If you have additional questions for the City of Broken Arrow on COVID-precautions, please contact the City of Broken Arrow at (918) 259-6512 or email info@brokenarrowok.gov and they will assist you. We are working jointly with them to help businesses navigate these directives.

State of Oklahoma:

The State of Oklahoma is not currently under a statewide mask mandate. Please visit the Oklahoma Department of Commerce COVID-19 Resources for more information on the statewide response to COVID-19. 

2020 Measures: The Governor of Oklahoma issued Oklahoma Executive Order 2020-07 which required all non-essential businesses in the state of Oklahoma to close effective 11:59 PM, March 25, 2020. On April 24, 2020, Oklahoma’s economy started opening back up. To learn more about the opening guidelines, please see the opening guidelines.


Opening Guidelines

State of Oklahoma:


Oklahoma began implementing a three-phased approach to open Oklahoma’s economy back up starting April 24, 2020. The statewide plan is:

  1. Based on scientific modeling from public health experts
  2. Intended to mitigate risk of resurgence
  3. Intended to protect Oklahoma’s most vulnerable citizens from the threat of COVID-19
  4. Intended for businesses and individuals to utilize in conjunction with guidance from the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, the Oklahoma State Health Department, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Oklahoma’s Open Up Recover Safely Plan can be found here:  Open Up Recover Safely Plan

Federal Guidelines:


President Trump has unveiled Guidelines for Opening Up America Again, a three-phased approach based on advice from public health experts. These steps will help state and local officials when reopening their economies, getting people back to work, and continuing to protect American lives. The Opening Up America Guidelines can be found here: Guidelines for Opening Up America Again


Business Resources to Reduce the Impact of COVID-19:

*New COVID-19 Relief Package*

The new COVID-19 Relief package passed in December 2020 provides additional funding for businesses that did not receive PPP money in the first round. It also allows businesses a second chance at PPP money if they can show losses of 25% or higher in 2020 over their 2019 revenue. The new law allows for the deductibility of expenses paid for under PPP funds. SBA, in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, will open the Paycheck Protection Program loan portal on Monday, January 11, 2021 at 9 am ET.  When the PPP loan portal system opens, it will initially accept First Draw PPP loan applications from participating CFIs, which include Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), Minority Depository Institutions (MDIs), Certified Development Companies (CDCs), and Microloan Intermediaries.

Borrowers can apply for a First Draw PPP Loan until March 31, 2021, through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, eligible non-bank lender, or Farm Credit System institution that is participating in PPP. Borrowers that do not have a lender can go to Lender Match (sba.gov) to find one.  All new First Draw PPP Loans will have the same terms regardless of lender or borrower.

See the Top-Line Overview of First Draw PPP for more details. Application here: (Link)
See the Top-Line Overview of Second Draw PPP for more details. Application here: (Link)

Check the Small Business Administration’s PPP page and Treasury Department’s CARES Act page for additional information as it becomes available.

CARES Act/ Families First Coronavirus Response Act (EIDL & PPP) (Link)


The US Chamber provides this resource on “What Small Businesses Need to Know.” This resource covers information on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Changes to the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs), business tax changes, and changes to paid sick leave and paid FMLA leave from the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. To better understand how you can take advantage of the CARES Act and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act please see the below guides:

  • Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Application (Link)
    • PPP Forgiveness Application (Link)
  • Broken Arrow Chamber Member Banks – Lenders (Link)
  • US Chamber Guide and Checklist for Businesses (Link) (PDF)
  • US Chamber Guide to the Employee Retention Tax Credit (Link) (PDF)
  • Broken Arrow Chamber – Overview of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) & SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) (Link)
  • Families First Coronavirus Response Act – What Small Businesses Need To Know (Link)
  • CARES Act Overview from the Office of Representative Kevin Hern (Link)

SBA Disaster Assistance Loans for Small Business (EIDLS)


Businesses and nonprofits can now apply for up to $2 million in loans through the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.

  • SBA Disaster Loan Application (Link)
  • Small Business Administration Loan Resources  (Link)
  • US Chamber Guide to Economic Injury Disaster Loans (Link) (PDF)

Economic Impact Payments 

The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service announced that the distribution of economic impact payments will begin soon and will be distributed automatically, with no action required for most people.

  • To learn more about Economic Impact Payments, check IRS.gov for the latest information (Link)

Export Resources


The Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM Bank) is offering several relief measures for small businesses (Link)

Other Useful Links: 


Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance – Resources for Manufacturers (Link)
OSHA 10 Steps Employers Can Take To Reduce Risk of Exposure to Coronavirus (Link)
U.S. Chamber’s Guidance for Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus (Link)
Oklahoma State Department of Health – Recommended strategies for employers (Link)
CDC’s Guidance for Businesses and Employers (Link)
TEDC Relief Assistance Loan Application (Link)
OK Department of Labor Occupation Licenses Extension (Link)



Workforce Resources for Businesses and Workers:


For Businesses:


Oklahoma Employment Security Commission (OESC) Unemployment Benefit Claim Filing During Covid-19 Pandemic (Link)

  • Filings/Reporting
  • Insurance

Requirements for Employer Paid Leave – Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Link) (PDF)
US Chamber Employer Guide to Coronavirus Paid Leave Programs (Link)
U.S. Department of Labor resources for employers and workers (Link)

  • Workplace Saftey
  • OSHA Guidelines

OSHA Guidelines for COVID-19 in the workplace (Link)

For Workers:


Oklahoma Employment Security Commission (OESC) Unemployment Benefit Claim Filing During Covid-19 Pandemic (Link)

  • Filings/Reporting
  • Insurance

Employee Paid Leave Rights– Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Link) (PDF)

U.S. Department of Labor resources for employers and workers (Link)

  • Wages, hours and leave
  • Unemployment Insurance
  • Dislocated Workers

Other Useful Links: 


Oklahoma State Chamber Unemployment Q&A (Link)
Oklahoma Works – See which businesses are hiring now (Link)
Find A Job/Post A Job on OK Job Match (Link)
WorkInBA – Broken Arrow Facebook Job Board (Link)
WorkInBA.com – Broken Arrow Workforce Initiative (Link)



Medical Supply Support:

Oklahoma companies wanting to help address the medical supply shortage can participate by manufacturing equipment and donating PPE. The Oklahoma Department of Commerce has joined the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance in directing and connecting manufacturers and suppliers interested in donating/manufacturing critical healthcare equipment. To participate, please submit the below form:
Critical Supply Chain Form



Support Broken Arrow Restaurants:


For a list of Broken Arrow restaurants, you can support through curbside pickup and delivery, click the link below.
Support Broken Arrow Restaurants





Status Updates:

The Oklahoma State Department of Health has established a call center to answer COVID-19 related questions. The number is 877-215-8336. The call center has the capability to connect callers to Spanish-speaking interpreters.

Reopening Guidelines (Link)
Tulsa County Health Department Latest Information (Link)
Oklahoma State Department of Health – COVID-19 Latest News and Current Situation (Link)
CDC Latest News (Link)
FEMA Information on COVID-19 Emergency Declaration (Link)

 

 

DISCLAIMER: Resources are provided as information only and should not be construed as medical or legal advice.

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