Small Business Assistance - Emergency Grant Program
The City of Rome, through the Community Development Department, will provide operating assistance to business owners for the purpose of assisting small businesses that are in jeopardy as a result of the on-going COVID-19 pandemic and public safety measures. Retail, commercial, service and entertainment businesses that rely on customers making purchases at their establishments are especially affected by the pandemic. This program is designed to provide relief to those types of businesses that have been negatively affected by the pandemic resulting in a decline and/or loss of revenue.
2020 Facial Covering Emergency Order
Small Business Assistance - Emergency Grant Program
Applications are being accepted from June 8, 2020 through June 19, 2020 at 5:00 PM
The City of Rome, through the Community Development Department, will provide operating assistance to business owners for the purpose of assisting small businesses that are in jeopardy as a result of the COVID-19 public safety measures. Retail, commercial, service and entertainment businesses that rely on customers making purchases at their establishments are especially affected by the recent Covid-19 pandemic. This program is designed to provide relief to those types of businesses that have been negatively affected by the Covid-19 self-isolating period. Grant funds have been approved and released by HUD, so applications are now being accepted. The application and application instructions are provided below.
STATEWIDE EXECUTIVE ORDER - May 12, 2020
Live performance venues, bars, nightclubs, and operators of amusement park rides must remain closed through May 31, 2020.
Existing social-distancing and sanitizing requirements at close-contact businesses will stay in place through the rest of this month. Restaurants are allowed to serve a maximum of 10 patrons per table instead of six and are to limit 10 patrons per 300 square feet. Summer day camps will be allowed to open starting May 14 if they can meet the identified sanitizing and social distancing rules. Overnight camps will remain prohibited. The public should still continue to maintain distance from one another and continue wearing masks in public to reduce the chances for future outbreaks. All medically-fragile and elderly Georgians should continue to shelter in place until June 12. Elderly Georgians are considered ages 65 and older. Read May 15 Executive Order
Floyd County has established a mobile COVID-19 testing site at the West Rome Baptist Church at 914 Shorter Ave NW Rome GA 30165 open Monday thru Friday 9:00AM - 5:00PM and Saturday from 9:00AM - 1:00PM. No appointment necessary. Testing is free! Receive your results in about 48 hours.
Mobile COVID-19 Testing Information - Video for Deaf Community
GDPH COVID - 19 Updates - GA Dept of Public Health Floyd Updates
STATEWIDE EXECUTIVE ORDER - April 30, 2020
Gov. Kemp Signs April 30 Executive Order
Certain businesses across Georgia may resume limited operations, subject to specific, mandatory criteria. Bars, night clubs, amusement parks, live performances venues, and public pools remain closed at this time.
Gov. Brian Kemp signed an order to require medically-fragile and elderly Georgians to continue shelter in place until June 12. Elderly Georgians are considered ages 65 and older. All businesses must continue to operate with strict social distancing and sanitation rules to keep customers and employees safe. Until 11:59 PM on May 13, all retail businesses - including food establishments and retail/wholesale grocers - must meet certain minimum criteria to open. Guidelines for businesses
UPDATED STATEWIDE EXECUTIVE ORDER - April 23, 2020
Gov. Kemp Signs April 23 Executive Order
Today, April 23, Governor Kemp released his latest Executive Order providing guidance for reviving a healthy Georgia in response to COVID-19. Read the full order.
The governor’s office has also created an in-depth guide on his executive order that answers the following questions:
• Which new entities can engage in Minimum Basic Operations?
• What are Minimum Basic Operations?
• Can healthcare facilities conduct elective surgeries?
• How does this Executive Order apply to places of worship?
• Is the Governor’s Shelter in Place Order still in effect?
Download the complete guide.
Cities can also access the safety guidelines for reopening barber and cosmetology salons here.
Small Business Assistance - Emergency Grant Program (applications coming soon)
The City of Rome, through the Community Development Department, will provide operating assistance to business owners for the purpose of assisting small businesses that are in jeopardy as a result of the COVID-19 public safety measures. Retail, commercial, service and entertainment businesses that rely on customers making purchases at their establishments are especially affected by the recent Covid-19 pandemic. This program is designed to provide relief to those types of businesses that have been negatively affected by the Covid-19 self-isolating period. Linked below is general information about the program. Applications are not being accepted at this time as we are working through the process of having the funds approved and released by HUD. Once we have received this approval- the actual application and process to apply will be listed and sent out to the public through various sources. SBA Flyer pdf
COVID-19 Business Triage Resources: Rome Floyd Chamber Updated frequently
CONTACT COVID-19 HOTLINE
The State of Georgia has a new COVID-19 hotline. If you believe that you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, please contact your primary care doctor, an urgent care clinic, or your local federally qualified healthcare center. Please do not show up unannounced at an emergency room or health care facility.
Hotline: (844) 442-2681
OFFICIAL LOCAL GOVERNMENT FACEBOOK PAGES
Below are the official Facebook pages for Floyd County and City of Rome governments. Please be aware that there is inaccurate and misinformation on Facebook and not all sources should be trusted. Floyd County and City of Rome governments are posting COVID-19 updates to these official government Facebook pages:
UTILITY BILLING & OTHER PAYMENTS
Rome/Floyd County encourages residents to pay bills using virtual methods.
For a complete list of available online payments, please go to: Online Payments
FLOYD COUNTY COMMISSION - EMERGENCY ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER - MARCH 24, 2020
The Floyd County Commission orders residents to self isolate in their places of residence to the maximum extent feasible while enabling essential services to continue. View order & FAQ Leer en Español
ROME CITY COMMISSION - 2ND DECLARATION OF STATE OF EMERGENCY - MARCH 23, 2020
La Comisión del Condado de Floyd ordena a los residentes que se autoaislen en sus lugares de residencia en la mayor medida posible mientras permiten que los servicios esenciales continúen.Ver pedido
JOINT GOVERNMENT RESOLUTION DECLARING PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY - Updated to Include Responses to Public Q&A
The Rome City Commission, Cave Spring City Council, and Floyd County Board of Commissioners adopted an emergency resolution declaring a Public Health Emergency in the Cities of Rome and Cave Spring and Floyd County. Get complete details.
UPDATED FLOYD COUNTY OPERATIONS DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC
The Floyd County Board of Commissioners are working hard to ensure the health and safety of our employees that deliver critical services as well as the safety and welfare of our residents. From March 14, 2020 until March 29, 2020, certain departments within Floyd County will be limiting operations. Specific information for the departments is provided. Get complete details.
UPDATED CITY OF ROME OPERATIONS DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC
The City of Rome is increasing measures for the health and safety of our staff and the public during the COVID-19 pandemic. The City of Rome is closing public access to all non-emergency City of Rome government facilities effective March 16, 2020. The closures will remain in effect through March 29, 2020 at which time the situation will be re-evaluated. Get complete details.
UPDATED ROME TENNIS CENTER AT BERRY OPERATIONS
The Rome Tennis Center at Berry College (RTCBC) and Rome Tennis Center-Downtown will be closed for three days to allow for extensive cleaning for precautionary measures. Facilities will be closed Monday, March 16 through Wednesday, March 18. Operations will reopen on Thursday, March 19; courts will be open for singles and doubles play. All tournaments and large group events have been cancelled until April 6. Get complete details.
ASSISTANCE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES IMPACTED BY COVID-19
Be advised that new federal legislation and appropriations have opened up the possibility for small businesses to receive assistance for economic loss due to COVID-19.
Detailed SBA guidance for COVID-19 is still being developed by SBA and should be available in the next several days. As soon as further information is available, we’ll provide it to you. In the meantime, if you'd like more information about the EIDL Program, please review these resources:
Economic Injury Disaster Loans
Congressional Action on SBA EIDL
SBA Economic Disaster Loan Information
CURRENT HEALTH INFORMATION
Information is being updated daily, to stay informed on current health related information, we encourage you to visit one of the websites listed below:
CDC Message (3/12/2020) (pdf)