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Remain Mindful About Emergency Declarations 

As cities implement their own methods to slow the spread of COVID-19, GMA encourages municipal leaders to remain mindful of unintended consequences of emergency declarations.  For example, mandatory closing times, curfews or noise ordinances should not impair the delivery of goods to stores.  This could prevent the after-hour restocking of stores (grocery stores, gas stations, convenience stores, etc.). 
 
Please also consider those employees in a critical infrastructure industry, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security and includes healthcare services and pharmaceutical and food supply, who have a special responsibility to maintain their normal work schedule.
 
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) developed an initial list of “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers” to help state and local officials as they work to protect their communities, while ensuring continuity of functions critical to public health and safety, as well as economic and national security. Click here to access the document, which lists workers who conduct a range of operations and services that are essential to continued critical infrastructure viability.
 
This list can also inform critical infrastructure community decision-making to determine the sectors, sub-sectors, segments, or critical functions that should continue normal operations, appropriately modified to account for CDC workforce and customer protection guidance.

COVID-19 Presentation by Infectious Disease Expert

At the suggestion of Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, GMA hosted a call with the metro Atlanta and Hub City mayors and city managers with special guest, Dr. Carlos del Rio. Dr. del Rio is an Emory infectious disease expert, a professor of medicine at Emory University School of Medicine and executive associate dean for Emory at Grady Memorial Hospital. Dr. del Rio has been identified by Emory as one of the key health care professionals who can speak about many facets of the COVID-19 outbreak. Click here to find the full presentation audio and PowerPoint on GMA’s COVID-19 resource page.

SBA Encourages Loan Applications

All of Georgia is now eligible to apply for Small Business Administration (SBA) direct disaster loans up to $2.0 million at rates of 3.75% for terms up to 30 years. Economic injury loans under their disaster program typically cover lost revenues as a result of the disaster.

The SBA is aggressively pushing these loans and strongly encouraging all eligible business to apply online. SBA anticipates a two-three-week approval period by loan officers. Loans under $25,000 will not require collateral. Please note, these types of businesses are specifically restricted from applying: agricultural enterprises, religious organizations, and gambling, every other small business type should be eligible. Click here to visit the application website.

GMA Team Actively Teleworking

GMA is committed to protecting the health and wellbeing of our staff, their families and our members, and have minimized interaction to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus while staying open to serve cities. As of this week, most GMA employees are working remotely to ensure our programs continue to operate as smoothly as possible. We are also discouraging visitors from coming to our office. If you need our assistance or would like to share any information with us, please contact us via phone or email.

GMA's Coronavirus Reference Page

As GMA receives pertinent resources surrounding COVID-19, we will update the "Coronavirus Resources for Municipal Leaders" page on our website at www.gacities.com.  As we receive breaking updates, we will communicate those to you with great urgency.

Additional Resource:

Visit GMA's COVID-19 Resource Page

Coronavirus Hotline
1-844-442-2681 

Contact GMA

GMA is here to help you! Please send all of your emails to gacities@gacities.com. We are regularly checking this email box. 
 

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