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Covid-19 Resources
We understand that the current situation with Covid-19 continues to be changing every hour. That's why we have created this page to give members access to materials, webinars, files and resources to help you in your businesses. Please check back on this page and the RSA News Page for updated press releases and information as it becomes available to you from organizations around the country. 


Materials for Rinks


If you are looking to download the posters to edit for your skating center, please click on the "posters to edit" link. You can also purchase the poster kit, download the new RSA's Covid-19 Guidelines, as well as download the letter to your governors to send out.


Join the Conversation

If you are not a member of our RSA Facebook group where you can get ideas and support from 680+ other members, please do so today. Note: You must be an RSA member listed on your account to join. 

Families First Coronavirus Response Act


CARES Act Resources & Tax Credits



SBA Loan and Economic Injury Loan Program Resources


Paycheck Protection Program

Updated April 26, 2020: The Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, provided updates to their Paycheck Protection Program (PPP or P3) Loan Program Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Sunday, April 26th. This article provides a summary of the additional clarifications provided.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses. Find the complete guide on this here: Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Importantly, these PPP loans may be forgiven if borrowers maintain their payrolls during the crisis or restore their payrolls afterward.

The administration has released initial guidelines; they are available at www.treasury.gov. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has issued this guide to help small businesses and self-employed individuals check eligibility and prepare to file for a loan.
Small businesses and sole proprietors began applying on April 3. Independent contractors and self-employed individuals can apply beginning on April 10. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has a search tool to help you find a bank that offers PPP loans at: www.sba.gov/paycheckprotection/find.

You can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. Other regulated lenders will be available to make these loans once they are approved and enrolled in the program. You should consult with your local lender as to whether it is participating. While the program is open until June 30, 2020, the government is advising borrowers to apply as soon as possible given the loan cap on the program. 

Please note that we have found that the following sheets provided by the Department of the Treasury have been changing daily. We will make every attempt to update as new information becomes available. We encourage you to visit the Treasury.gov page with the following links here >>


US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

During a pandemic, ADA-covered employers may ask such employees if they are experiencing symptoms of the pandemic virus. For COVID-19, these include symptoms such as fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat. Employers must maintain all information about employee illness as a confidential medical record in compliance with the ADA. The technical assistance link below provides information about Titles I and V of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act and pandemic planning in the workplace.(1) This document was originally issued in 2009, during the spread of H1N1 virus, and has been re-issued on March 19, 2020, to incorporate updates regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.  It identifies established ADA principles that are relevant to questions frequently asked about workplace pandemic planning such as:
  • How much information may an employer request from an employee who calls in sick, in order to protect the rest of its workforce when an influenza pandemic appears imminent?
  • When may an ADA-covered employer take the body temperature of employees during a pandemic?
  • Does the ADA allow employers to require employees to stay home if they have symptoms of the pandemic influenza virus?
  • When employees return to work, does the ADA allow employers to require doctors’ notes certifying their fitness for duty? 

Guidelines from EEOC and Legal Professionals



Federal Legislative & National Resources



OSHA Guidelines


Press Releases


Contact Your Representatives

Sample Letters to Use

 

Federal Elected Officials

State Elected Officials

Local Elected Officials

  • Locate your mayor by name, city, or population size.
  • Find your county executive (the head of the executive branch of government in your county) by map search or your ZIP Code. The county executive may be an elected or an appointed position.
  • Get contact information for your city, county, and town officials.

Scams and Fraud Schemes


The SBA has begun to notice several scams and fraud issues popping up. Feel free to download this flyer from the SBA or read the following.

Grants
SBA does not initiate contact on either 7a or Disaster loans or grants.  If you are proactively contacted by someone claiming to be from the SBA, suspect fraud.

Loans
If you are contacted by someone promising to get approval of an SBA loan, but requires any payment up front or offers a high interest bridge loan in the interim, suspect fraud.
SBA limits the fees a broker can charge a borrower to 3% for loans $50,000 or less and 2% for loans $50,000 to $1,000,000 with an additional ¼% on amounts over $1,000,000.  Any attempt to charge more than these fees is inappropriate.
If you have a question about getting a SBA disaster loan, call 800-659-2955 or send an email to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.
If you have questions about other SBA lending products, call SBA’s Answer Desk at 800-827-5722 or send an email to answerdesk@sba.gov.

Phishing
If you are in the process of applying for an SBA loan and receive email correspondence asking for PII, ensure that the referenced application number is consistent with the actual application number.
  • Look out for phishing attacks/scams utilizing the SBA logo.  These may be attempts to obtain your personally identifiable information (PII),to obtain personal banking access, or to install ransomware/malware on your computer.
  • Any email communication from SBA will come from accounts ending with sba.gov.
  • The presence of an SBA logo on a webpage does not guaranty the information is accurate or endorsed by SBA.  Please cross-reference any information you receive with information available at www.sba.gov.
Report Fraud
Report any suspected fraud to OIG’s Hotline at 800-767-0385 or online at, https://www.sba.gov/about-sba/oversight-advocacy/office-inspector-general/office-inspector-general-hotline.


Unemployment Information


RSA Resources and Materials

The RSA will be hosting Town Hall Meetings where all members can join in on a virtual webinar to listen in on experts discuss information they need to know about what's going on legally to help protect themselves and their businesses during this crisis. We highly encourage all members to take the time to participate in these events or to download the webinars and materials that may be provided during these events. 

RSA News Page

This page will remain updated consistently with news and information that we can find you on websites and with organizations around the globe. 

File Downloads Provided by Members and Presenters


Town Hall Meetings

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August 5, 2020 Town Hall Meeting

July 29, 2020 Town Hall Meeting

July 23, 2020 Town Hall Meeting

July 15, 2020 Town Hall Meeting

July 8, 2020 Town Hall Meeting

July 1, 2020 Town Hall Meeting

June 24, 2020 Town Hall Meeting

June 17, 2020 Town Hall Meeting

June 10, 2020 Town Hall Meeting

June 3, 2020 Town Hall Meeting

May 27, 2020 Town Hall Meeting

May 20, 2020 Town Hall Meeting

May 13, 2020 Town Hall Meeting

May 6, 2020 Town Hall Meeting

April 29, 2020  Town Hall Meeting

April 22, 2020 Town Hall Meeting - Jeremy Veatch

April 15, 2020 Town Hall Meeting - Anthony Profaci

April 8, 2020 Town Hall Meeting

April 1, 2020 Town Hall Meeting

March 18, 2020 Town Hall Meeting


Committee Webinars


Flyers and Visual Aids



Concessions, Cleaning, Materials and Social Distancing Suggestions


We encourage our members to sit in our weekly townhall meetings to get information and advice on cleaning methods, how to shift your facility to take account for social distancing measures, etc. Here are a few links that may be helpful. 
ThermometersIhealthlabs.com - $44 No-Touch thermometers
http://www.extech.com/products/IR200 - $149.99 Non-Contact Forehead InfraRed Thermometer

Ozone Machines
Here is a link concerning using ozone generators to disinfect. The article deals directly with the Covid 19 virus and Ozone generators.
This is the link to the generator that Jim Park of Neville Roller Drome purchased in March. There are many out there but this one seems to work well in the various areas in their rink. You will need several of them to cover large areas.
Information on choosing ozone generators
A google serach using the words "how to choose an ozone generator" will generate the following:

State Orders and Opening Guidelines


Information below will be provided as we are notified. Please check your local state websites for complete details. List below updated 5/8/2020.
To find your state, visit the US Chamber of Commerce where they continue to update each state's guidelines.