As our community continues to focus on the effects of COVID-19 on our businesses and the phased-in re-opening plan now one week old, it is our singular role at the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce to keep you informed, connected and positioned for economic recovery.
With input from the County, City, the Business Recovery Task Force and our own internal working group, we have published various re-opening plans by industry sector (retail, restaurants, personal services, commercial offices, etc.) to help guide you and your business. These have been driven by best practices, industry leader input, practicality and science.
Our programming remains pivoted to the virtual space in order to keep you up to date on topics most critical to your business, its reimagination and recovery, even in its re-opening state. Please check our Chamber’s calendar of events for programs to close May this week and open the month of June.
The latest update and links include the plus-up of the funding of Round 2 of the Paycheck Protection Program, which still contains dollars for lending after it was infused with an additional $310B to help save small businesses and keep your employees on the payroll. Please – call your lender today to make sure you are in the pipeline! Congress remains at work on the CARES Act 4.0/HEROES Act that will focus on recovery and infrastructure investments.
As we all know, Miamians and Gable-ites are resilient by nature and we could not be more proud of the way most of you have dealt with great uncertainty in a global crisis, stayed safer and home and taking care of your families and friends. Now, however, it is time to re-open. Last week, our retailers, commercial offices and cultural institutions re-opened and our restaurants took that giant step forward to begin Phase I with 50% in-house dining. We are working with the City each day to further expand outdoor seating for those that would be more comfortable dining outside.
Next week, we anticipate the re-opening of our hotels and are already working with each of them to do this in a safe manner.
We still need your support to re-open in a healthy way. We remain impressed by the work all of you have done to face these unique challenges.
As you know, this is a moment for courage and humanity and being neighborly. We are heart-warmed by the kindness being shown and thank you for your care for your employees, neighbors and the community. We believe this shall be our finest hour!
To that end, we will continue to update you as resources become available and opportunities evolve…which can happen daily! We will also continue posting real-time updates on our social media platforms (@gableschamber on FB and IG), especially related to member announcements, re-openings and specials offered by local businesses.
We also continue to honor the heroism of our first responders, city employees, front-line workers, supermarket and pharmacy employees and more.
Thank you for staying engaged and connected! Now, let’s #gearupthegables for the greater good!
Mark A. Trowbridge
President & CEO | Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce