The Lenexa Chamber is committed to adapting how we serve our members during this challenging but crucial period. Chamber staff will primarily be working remotely but we will continue to communicate with our members regularly via email and social media, email and phone messages are being monitored, and we are scheduling virtual events to keep you connected and informed. Watch your inbox and our social media for updates (follow us on Twitter and Facebook at @LenexaChamber).

Because the Chamber provides support services to essential businesses, our offices will be open with limited staff Monday-Friday from 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm following recommended social distancing and safety guidelines. Business-related notary service is available by appointment by emailing jsteiner@lenexa.org.

STATE AND LOCAL ORDERS

To help stem the spread of COVID-19, the Johnson County Health Department, in conjunction with KCMO, Wyandotte County, and Jackson County, issued a Stay-At-Home Order effective at 12:01 a.m., Tuesday, March 24, and running for 30 days until 12:01 a.m., Thursday, April 23, unless sooner amended or rescinded. Read the Johnson County Order and an FAQ provided by Johnson County.

Effective March 30, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly issued a superseding Executive Order instituting a statewide stay-at-home order through April 19. Read Governor Kelly’s statewide Executive Order. This Order was later extended by Governor Kelly through May 3. On April 30 the Johnson County Public Health Officer further extended the Order for Johnson County residents and businesses through May 10.

In preparation for stay-at-home restrictions being eased starting May 11 or after, Johnson County Commissioners voted to have the county follow the phases of Gov. Laura Kelly’s “Reopening Kansas” plan. Commissioners believe this direction will help minimize confusion about which businesses will open in which phase. Read more about Johnson County’s decision and what it means.

Read about Gov. Kelly’s statewide reopening guidelines, which will apply to Johnson County residents and businesses starting May 11 or after, at https://covid.ks.gov/ad-astra-a-plan-to-reopen-kansas/. Johnson County has provided an easy reference grid that shows which businesses, venues and activities can open during which phases of Gov. Kelly’s “Reopening Kansas” plan – download the Reopening Johnson County Guide.

   

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WHAT THIS MEANS FOR INDIVIDUALS

The provisions and requirements of the statewide Order are very similar to the Johnson County Order. The Order directs Kansans to stay at home as much as possible, but travel for essential purposes is permitted at any time. Essential purposes and activities are broadly defined in the Order, including but not limited to:

  • Obtaining essential goods and services for your household and pets
  • Obtaining supplies needed to work from home
  • Seeking medical care
  • Assisting in the transportation or care of persons that don’t live with you
  • Complying with valid court or administrative orders
  • Traveling to work at an Essential Business or perform an Essential Function

Read the Order for a comprehensive description of essential purposes and activities.

During exempt activities, you must strive to maintain the CDC recommended 6 feet of physical distance from others. You may continue to travel freely among states and jurisdictions. You are not required to seek permission or have special documentation to travel for exempt purposes.

You may also be outside for purposes of, for example, exercising, walking pets, and home maintenance, but you must maintain 6 feet of physical distance from others and should avoid congregating. Use of parks is permitted but use of playground and exercise equipment is discouraged.

WHAT THIS MEANS FOR BUSINESSES

Business and non-profit infrastructure and services deemed essential under the Order may continue to operate. Essential businesses and non-profits are broadly defined in the Order.

Read Section 9 of the statewide Order for a comprehensive description of essential businesses and business activities.

Entities who are uncertain whether they are “essential” may email KEFF@ks.gov for additional guidance.

Businesses and non-profits deemed essential are not required to seek specific approval or paperwork from a government agency. Essential businesses are not subject to the 10-person limitation on gatherings, but should follow CDC-recommended guidelines including enabling and encouraging workers to work from home as much as possible and maintaining at least 6 feet of physical distance among employees, as well as other requirements provided for in the Order.

Under the Order, businesses and non-profits that must close normal operations are still permitted to maintain Minimum Basic Operations such as payroll, financials, mail, etc. The limitation on gatherings of no more than 10 people does apply and CDC-recommended guidelines of maintaining 6-feet of physical distance among employees performing Minimum Basic Operations should be observed.

 

EVENTS UPDATE

The Lenexa Chamber has postponed all in-person events and meetings through April and into May. These events may be rescheduled at a later date.

To help our businesses remain connected and informed, the Chamber is working on virtual networking and webinar opportunities for our members. Watch your inbox and www.lenexa.org for updates.

For the most up-to-date information regarding Lenexa Chamber events and meetings, please visit our Calendar of Events.

 

IMPORTANT RESOURCES

We understand the economic and emotional impact COVID-19 measures have had on many of our members and community businesses. The Lenexa Chamber of Commerce will continue to provide resources, information, and support services as they become available.

EMPLOYERS

Gov. Laura Kelly’s Statewide 4-Phase Reopening Plan with Modified Phase 2 NEW
Updated Statewide Reopening Guidelines with Phase 1.5 NEW
Reopening Johnson County Easy Reference Grid
Kansas Chamber Recovery Recommendations
White House Guidelines for Opening Back Up 
CDC – Detailed Guidance for Opening America Back Up NEW
CDC – Workplace Reopening Decision Tree 
CDC – Guidance/Decision Trees for Where You Live, Work, Learn, Pray, and Play
U.S. Chamber’s Small Business Reopening Playbook

Financial Assistance

Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, & Economic Security (CARES)

             Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

Don’t Qualify for the PPP?
IRS Expanded FAQ on Employee Retention Credits
Learn about the Employee Retention Credit
U.S. Chamber Guide to the Employee Retention Tax Credit

Federal SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program 

Main Street Lending Program
U.S. Chamber Guide to the Main Street Lending Program

IRS FAQs On NOLs and Transition Tax
IRS Temp Procedures to Fax Forms For Refunds for Prior Year Minimum Tax Liability of Corps and NOL Deductions
Inc.com on How Fed Reserve’s New Mainstreet Lending Program Differs From Tapped-Out EIDL/PPP 
Kansas Dept. of Commerce – Hospitality Industry Relief Emergency (HIRE) Fund
Kansas City Metro Area Business Assistance Relief Fund

Workplace Regulations

Employer Obligations Under the Federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

OSHA Revised Requirement to Track Workplace COVID Cases NEW
New OSHA Safety Alert for Restaurants Offering Curbside/Take-Out Service
CDC Guidance on Reopening — Cleaning/Disinfecting
U.S. Chamber Briefing on OSHA’s Response on Workplace Safety and COVID Exposure
OSHA Guidance on Employer Good Faith Efforts During COVID-19
OSHA Grants Employers Temporary Enforcement Discretion
Updated EEOC Guidance
Updated CDC Guidelines for Bringing Essential Workers Back
CDC – Updated Manufacturing Facility Protocol
OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
State Executive Order Allowing Notaries/Witnesses to Act Remotely 
Temporary Signs in Lenexa Under COVID-19 Measures

Hiring

KS Department of Commerce Hiring/Jobs Portal for Employers and Employees 
Lenexa Chamber Job Opportunities Board 

General Resources

Article – Insights on How to Work with Employees Hesitant to Return to Work
Kansas Small Business Development Center Office at JCCC – Business Support and Counseling
Kansas Small Business Development Center Resources – General
U.S. Small Business Administration – Kansas City District Office Guidance for Employers to Plan & Respond to COVID-19
Interactive Workplace Flyer
Things You Can Do For Your Business Now 
Inc.com’s 90-Day 6-Step Action Plan to Help Save Your Business

EMPLOYEES

Kansas DOL Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program FAQ
U.S Chamber on Health Coverage Options If Employer Coverage Is Lost Due to COVID
U.S. Chamber on Unemployment Insurance Under the CARES Act
KS Dept. of Labor – Filing for Unemployment Benefits
Workplace Tips for Employees – COVID-19
KS Department of Commerce Hiring/Jobs Portal for Employers and Employees 
State Executive Order Extending Deadlines for Occupational Licenses and Continuing Ed

WORLDWIDE & NATIONAL COVID-19 INFORMATION

World Health Organization (WHO)
U.S. Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
Specific Guidelines for Travelers
Symptoms of COVID-19
CDC’s Expanded List of COVID-19 Symptoms
CDC Guidance on Reopening — Cleaning/Disinfecting
CDC – Workplace Reopening Decision Tree NEW
CDC – Guidance/Decision Trees for Where You Live, Work, Learn, Pray, and Play

KANSAS & JOHNSON COUNTY COVID-19 INFORMATION

Gov. Laura Kelly’s Statewide 4-Phase Reopening Plan with Modified Phase 2 NEW
Updated Statewide Reopening Guidelines with Phase 1.5 NEW
Reopening Johnson County Easy Reference Grid
Johnson County COVID-19 Dashboard — Cases, Trends, Hospital Utilization/Capacity, and More
Johnson County Authorizes COVID-19 Recovery Planning Task Force
City of Lenexa COVID-19 Info and Resources
Kansas Department of Health & Environment (KDHE)
Johnson County Department of Health & Environment (JCDHE)
AdventHealth Coronavirus Resource Hub

MENTAL & PHYSICAL HEALTH DURING COVID-19

CDC Guidelines to Manage Stress & Anxiety

TRAVEL UPDATES

U.S. Dept. of State – Travel Advisories
Kansas City International Airport (MCI)

RESTAURANTS & OTHER LOCAL BUSINESS LISTINGS

Lenexa Chamber Members Offering Food/Bev Delivery, Take-Out and/or Curbside Service
Lenexa Chamber Membership Directory
Curbside KC

Last Updated May 15, 2020