Information for Businesses
8/5/20 Important announcement for New Mexico employers:
Today, the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) filed an emergency rule that requires employers to report positive COVID-19 cases to NMED within four hours of being notified of the case.
The emergency amendment goes into effect today and will remain in effect for no more than 120 days, unless NMED proposes and the Environmental Improvement Board adopts a permanent rule prior to the end of the 120-day period.
NMED’s Occupational Health and Safety Bureau is frequently notified of positive cases after employers are notified, resulting in delayed rapid responses. To date, there have been more than 600 cases where the employer knew of a positive worker before NMED, including more than 280 instances where the employer knew of the case at least three days before NMED.
By requiring employers to report positive cases in a timely manner, the state will be able to more rapidly respond to workplaces, providing immediate guidance and support to employers and preventing the spread of COVID-19 beyond the infected employees.
Violations of the emergency rule may result in NMED enforcement action.
The emergency rule is available HERE.
Small business owners...
Do you need financial assistance due to the COVID-19 crisis? Contact the Small Business Development Center and learn about the options available. Visit their website at https://www.sanjuancollege.edu/sbdc/
COVID-Safe Practices for all Employers
A copy of the COVID-Safe Practices for Employers document is available HERE.
For instructions on calculating occupancy, click HERE.
Buy for Tomorrow Today Campaign
The Economic Development Department is working on a centralized “Buy for Tomorrow Today” marketing campaign to support local businesses with online sales and encouraging the purchase of gift cards. The department has created a website, https://www.
New Mexico Main Street is supporting this effort and wants to work with Local Executive Directors to identify and help local businesses get their info onto the website. NMMS is also offering support with basic website development and social media set-up for MainStreet businesses that want to participate but currently have little or no online presence. This would include about three to four hours of technical assistance in reviewing existing websites and providing feedback, setting up a new basic web page for those that need it, helping businesses set up a PayPal account, and adding the PayPal account to their website.
Farmington Convention & Visitors Bureau Guide to Retailers, Hotels & Restaurants
We are assisting people daily, connecting them with where they can shop, order food, and stay. We are asking that all retailers, hotels, and restaurants take a minute to share revised services and hours with us. If you are a local retailer that is now offering online shopping or you are offering special hours for seniors, let us know. We are building a Shopping Guide and need your information.
We have also created a To Go Dining Guide, please share your menu and hours of service with us so we can connect you with those looking for take-out and delivery services.
Make Sure Your Voice is Heard
Small Businesses & Entrepreneurs
Small Business Call on Congress to Bail Out Main Street
Main Street America is partnering with Small Business Majority to share our voice as advocates for small businesses, micro-businesses, and entrepreneurs across the country. They are encouraging local businesses to sign-on to amplify the need for immediate, direct support for Main Street-scale businesses through the $2 trillion Federal stimulus package. Share your story with your Congressional Delegates today and help save small business! More info HERE.
Restaurant Dining Bonds
Due to the impact that the coronavirus COVID-19 has had on the restaurant community, a collective of restaurant industry professionals have set a global initiative in motion to get funds into the hands of restaurants NOW, even if they are temporarily closed. More info HERE.
Independent Restaurant Coalition
The Independent Restaurant Coalition (IRC) was formed to save the local restaurants affected by COVID-19. IRC is founded on the simple belief that there is power to affect legislative change if we unite our voice. More info HERE.
Tell the Government, Restaurants Need Help
Send the message HERE.
Additional Resources for Restaurants
New Mexico Restaurant Association (NMRA)
Since 1946, the New Mexico Restaurant Association (NMRA) has actively represented and promoted the food service industry in New Mexico. They represent all foodservice outlets in New Mexico with a membership of over 1000 locations statewide. The restaurant industry statistics in New Mexico show that restaurants employ over 82,000 persons and represents over 2 billion dollars in sales annually. View their coronavirus resource page HERE.
Contribute to Economic Impact Data for San Juan County
The New Mexico Tourism Department (NMTD) is looking to collect vital information on the economic impact on the tourism and hospitality industry from COVID-19. This information will help them better understand the economic injury and will direct their efforts to build recovery strategies that work best for New Mexico.
The NMTD is looking for San Juan County businesses within 9 sectors to join their Task Force:
- Destination Marketing Organizations
- Hotels, Resorts & Lodging
- Restaurants (Breweries & Bars)
- Retail & Galleries
- Events & Event Planners
- Attractions & Cultural Institutions (Museums, Casinos, Guides & Recreation)
- Meetings & Conventions
- Airports & Transportation
- Tour Operators
In order to understand the trends that shaped this impact, NMTD is hoping to capture this vital information on a weekly basis. Please help us spread the word to businesses and organizations in our community, to help the NMTD understand the economic impact COVID-19 has had on businesses in the Farmington area.
For more information and to participate, click HERE.