Covid-19 Local Resource Guide

City of Venice

Sarasota County

Florida Department of Health Updates

Messages to Local Businesses

Kara Morgan, CEO of Venice MainStreet, is sending weekly email updates to its business partners with helpful information about local, state and federal resources. To view the emails, click on the link below.

Distance Socially, Shop Locally

Support our local economy by doing some online shopping with our local, small businesses or by taking an online class. Here’s a list of Venice MainStreet Partners offering online shopping, phone orders and shipping, virtual services, or other methods of continuing their operations while maintaining social distancing.

Distance Socially, Eat Locally

A list of local restaurants and cafes offering delivery, curbside pick-up, pick-up at the door, takeout or gift certificates.

Health and Wellness at Home

Venice MainStreet Partners offer alternatives to their studio or beach classes, so that you can stay fit safely at home.

Federal and National Resources

CDC Resources
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides extensive information and updates on how to prevent community spread. Below is specific guidance for community organizations, businesses, and event planners.

U.S. Department of Labor
The U.S. Department of Labor provides information on common issues employers and employees face when responding to influenza, pandemics, or other public health emergencies. The Wage and Hour Division provides information on common issues employers and employees face when responding to COVID-19, and its effects on wages and hours worked under the Fair Labor Standards Act and job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Small Business Administration (SBA) Resources

The Small Business Administration (SBA) released a toolkit offering guidance for businesses and employers to plan and respond to Coronavirus. They also offer the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program that provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.

State of Florida Resources for Businesses

The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program is currently available to small business owners located in all Florida counties statewide that experienced economic damage as a result of COVID-19.

Have you been impacted by efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the state of Florida? File your Reemployment Assistance Claim through CONNECT, Florida’s online Reemployment Assistance System.

The FSBDCN (Florida Small Business Development Center Network) serves as the statewide single point of contact for the advancement of an entrepreneurial environment; thus, creating a positive foundation for the development and growth of existing and emerging businesses in Florida. The Network’s focus on the critical needs of businesses drives its direction and performance expectations.

Message from Governor Ron DeSantis

On March 23rd Governor Ron DeSantis held a live stream briefing to provide updates and discuss the State of Florida’s ongoing response to COVID-19. During the briefing, Governor DeSantis announced Executive Order 20-80, which requires those who travel to Florida from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut to self-isolate for 14 days upon entering the state. 

Florida Travel Safety Information

Important information for tourists and residents traveling throughout the state of Florida during March/April 2020 provided by

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