COVID-19

Nevada COVID-19 Updates

Updated Nevada COVID-19 Roadmap to Recovery As of May 1st, Nevada’s Roadmap to Recovery mitigation measures are transitioning to local authority. Visit nvhealthresponse.gov to review the county plans endorsed by the COVID-19 Mitigation and Management Task Force. Nevada OSHA Updated COVID-19 Guidance for Businesses On May 14th, Nevada OSHA revised their COVID-19 Guidance for Business Operations to to be consistent with the new CDC guidelines issued May 13th. The measures contained in the guidance are required of each business and should be applied to all employees of that business.

Restaurant Relief Fund Now Open – Applications Due May 24, 2021

Established as part of the American Rescue Plan Act, the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) is now accepting applications. RRF will provide restaurants with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss up to $10 million per business and no more than $5 million per physical location. Recipients are not required to repay the funding as long as funds are used for eligible uses no later than March 11, 2023. CLICK HERE to find out more details about applying for the program. Eligible entities who …

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US EPA Approves Copper Surfaces As The First Product with Residual Claims Against Coronavirus

Did you know the US EPA tests materials – such as copper alloy surfaces – to substantiate claims of effectiveness against viruses? Recently, the EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention announced the first amended registration to the Copper Development Association for an emerging viral pathogen claim to be added to the label of Antimicrobial Copper Alloys-Group 1 (EPA Reg No. 82012-1). What does this mean? It means the surface of the copper alloy, made up of at least 95.6 % copper, can …

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Federal Stimulus Programs for Small Businesses

The American Rescue Act was signed into law last week and includes some extensions to existing stimulus programs as well as the creation of new ones for small businesses. Here are some of the key program changes the US Small Business Administration (SBA) will implement for small businesses: $7.25 billion additional for the Paycheck Protection Program, including to expand eligibility to additional nonprofits and digital news services with money set aside specifically for businesses in low-income communities. Additional funds are allocated for the Shuttered …

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Nevada’s New COVID-19 Recovery Plan and Timeline

This month, the State of Nevada released Nevada’s Roadmap to Recovery which includes updated mitigation measures for businesses and a timeline with increasing capacity limits and other changes. New guidelines went into effect February 15th and the next sets of guidelines will go into effect March 15th and May 1st. Read more about current COVID-19 mitigation measures on nvhealthresponse.nv.gov.

Healthier, Greener Cleaning Products Now on the EPA’s List-N: Disinfectants for Coronavirus

It has been almost a year since we first started shutting down businesses and schools while we also started cleaning and wiping down everything from doorknobs to groceries to pens. In that time, US EPA, along with the cleaning products industry, has ramped up product testing to test directly against SARS-CoV-2 (the coronavirus that causes COVID-19). While there are hundreds of products of products now listed on US EPA’s List N as effective against SARS-CoV-2, some have shown safer than others for …

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BEP Reopening Tip Sheets

Your business may look very different as it begins to recover from COVID-19 impacts. To move forward, your business will need to adapt to new safety and health guidelines and respond to new and increased expectations from staff and customers. New practices and guidelines will become commonplace in order for customers to feel safe. To help you get started we have put together numerous tip sheets for the different industries that have opened in Phase I and Phase II of …

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How to save money during COVID-19 with the “3Rs”

As your business reopens, the health of your employees and customers, the economic impacts and the environmental impacts are all more important than ever. Following the new Phase 1 and Phase 2 guidelines and beyond does not mean you have to abandon your environmental sustainability initiatives. Minimizing waste and reducing other environmental impacts can also save you money at a time when watching your bottom line is critical. By continuing to follow the “3 Rs” of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle …

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Nevada Phase Two Reopening

As of May, 28 Nevada entered the second phase of reopening the State. Social distancing guidelines and protective measures are still encouraged. Certain businesses such as bars, fitness centers, movie theaters, and indoor malls are allowed to open but must follow strict rules and regulations. Some of these regulations are below. During Phase two, individuals are encouraged to stay home as much as possible, wear masks in public, and to continue following social distancing protocols. Employees who interact with the …

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ASK THE EXPERTS: Cleaning Nevada Schools during COVID-19 Online Webinar

Nevada Business Environmental Program is hosting an online panelist discussion and forum connecting all Nevada schools. Our purpose is to share best practices, provide information and resources, provide the opportunity to pose questions of experts, and share guidelines and experiences as we move through closure to reopening during COVID-19. Please join us this Thursday, May 14  as we learn from experts in our region on how we ensure our facilities are as safe and healthy as possible for our students, …

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