COVID-19 Resources

The Florida Ground Water Association is keenly aware of the business challenges and confusion that our members are facing relative to the COVID-19 pandemic. FGWA has a created a list of focused resource links to help members with questions on a variety of issues. FGWA is working as carefully as possible to post resource links from validated sources.

FGWA continues to post new information primarily on its FGWA Facebook page and this FGWA webpage. We also highly recommend that you join the Groundwater Professionals COVID-19 Discussion Group. This group serves as a place for business owners, contractors, and other groundwater professionals to discuss what they are doing during this time of the COVID-19 coronavirus impacting our daily life.

IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE

If your state or county is under a “shelter in place” or “lockdown” order, you have the right to keep drilling wells, installing pumps, maintaining water systems, and performing any duty that ensures water keeps flowing for your customers. If you do experience any issues with state or local government officials keeping you from running your business, please let NGWA and FGWA know as soon as possible. Click here to view memo or click here to view current Stay at Home Order Guidance.

Essential employee sample letter – in an effort to assist our industry and local law enforcement agencies, NGWA is providing a sample letter template that can help identify your employees as “essential workers” during any COVID-19 “shelter-in-place” orders; click here to download the letter template (Word document) to help law enforcement quickly identify your employee as an “essential service” employee in an effort to expedite any interaction regarding their status.

Florida’s Plan for Recovery

Contractor Tip Sheets During COVID-19

Business Links Related to Wage and Hour; Disaster Relief Programs

Disasterloan.sba.gov – The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Upon a request received from a state or territory’s Governor, SBA will issue under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration.

Some states may offer state business loan assistance outside of the SBA national program. To determine if your state has such resources, look for local programs at:

Department of Homeland Security

Department of Labor

Business Guidance on COVID 19 from OSHA and CDC

Information for Travelers