COVID-19 Resource Library
During this unprecedented time, we realize the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has presented challenges for many of our tenants, shoppers, associates and friends. That is why we have created this library of valuable resources, including up-to-date information on the virus, government relief, and industry insight.
WHAT WE’RE DOING
From the corporate and property levels we have increased our cleaning protocols, including hand sanitizing stations and nightly sanitization where permissible. Many of our tenants are still open, utilizing social distancing best practices, providing sanitization gels and wipes, and offering special hours to the elderly and other more vulnerable members of their communities. Those who have chosen or been ordered to close have implemented campaigns to promote the sales of gift cards, and are offering to-go, curbside or delivery for continued orders.
In addition, we have transitioned to a remote working environment for all Vestar employees. As of Monday, March 16th, all employees were set up with appropriate workstations and technology to ensure business continues without interruption. We have also suspended all business travel and are instead relying on MicrosoftTeams and other online meeting platforms to conduct live communication.
Please visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization websites for the most up to date information on COVID-19, its spread in the U.S., news and prevention tips:
The senate and the house have approved a $2-trillion Stimulus bill to boost the economy amid the Coronavirus struggle.
SMALL BUSINESS LINKS
Several programs are available to small business on the federal, state and local levels to assist with relief as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). Below are some resources to earn capital, receive relief, and to aid your business in its response to the crisis.
- ICSC – The International Council of Shopping Centers is providing important industry related updates via their website. They are also working on the industry’s behalf to help provide relief through the CARES Act.
- The Small Business Association (SBA) has developed a resource library to help with loan resources, directories and local assistance.
- CDC Guidance for Businesses and Employers offers unique insight to business owners on how to limit exposures in the workplace.
- US Chamber of Commerce CARES Act Guide and Checklist answers questions and provides resources regarding the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act.
- U.S. Department of Labor webpage insight on workplace safety, and questions regarding unemployment and other related concerns
- Click this link to see if your local government has implemented any immediate relief programs specific to your state or area.
- National Governor’s Association provides state-by-state updates on what actions have been taken.
- Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program A low-interest loan is available to all small business owners in the U.S. due to Coronavirus (COVID-19). Click here to apply.
- Facebook for Business is offering a Small Business Grant Program with $100M in cash grants going to up to 30,000 eligible small businesses.
Our restaurants, bars and other food service tenants have arguably been hit the hardest during this pandemic. There are several programs available to them to assist during these trying times.
- National Restaurant Association is working tirelessly to encourage Congress to offer immediate support.
- National Restaurant Association Coronavirus Resources
- National Bartender’s Association Emergency Assistance Program
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Giftfly, and Square are all platforms that restaurant tenants can utilize to offer gift cards. Gift cards can be sold now and used at a later date, giving tenants much needed cash flow immediately.
- Postmates, DoorDash, GrubHub, and Uber Eats all offer delivery to many locations. In addition, many tenants can still offer in store pick-up for to-go orders, as well as curbside pick-up and delivery.