211 Eastern Oklahoma COVID-19 Update for Businesses

More Detailed Definitions of Essential Businesses

• Health care operations, including home health workers;
• Critical infrastructure;
• Businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise vulnerable individuals;
• Fresh and non-perishable food retailers, including convenience stores, grocery stores, farmers’ markets, and food banks;
• Businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food and goods directly to residences;
• Pharmacies, health care supply stores and health care facilities;
• Child care facilities, with some limitations;
• Gas stations and auto repair facilities;
• Banks;
• Laundry businesses, dry cleaners and services necessary for maintaining the safety, sanitation and essential operation of a residence, including garbage collection;
• Hardware stores, plumbers, and electricians;
• Educational institutions, for the purposes of facilitating distance learning;
• Roles required for any business to maintain minimum basic operations, which includes security, and payroll; and
• Law and safety, and essential government functions will continue under the recommended action.

Financial Resources for Businesses/Nonprofits

The information in this section is changing quickly in response to the current Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (stimulus bill). Please be sure to research your options thoroughly prior to making a financing decision. 

Tulsa Resilience & Recovery Fund for Small Businesses

A Resilience and Recovery Fund from the City of Tulsa and the Tulsa Economic Development Corporation (TEDC) has dedicated $1.1 million in funds for zero interest loans to provide financial assistance to local small business owners and entrepreneurs affected by COVID-19. Apply at tedcnet.com or call (918) 585-8332 with questions.

To qualify, a small business applicant must have fewer than 50 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees, have 2019 revenues that did not exceed $5,000,000 and have experienced a decrease in revenue of at least 25 percent between February and March 2020 due to COVID-19. The Resilience and Recovery Fund will lend up to $50,000 to qualifying businesses and entrepreneurs. Loans can be used for a wide variety of things, including but not limited to; payroll, insurance premiums, bridge loans, etc.

Tulsa Chamber Business Support Series

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact area companies, the Tulsa Regional Chamber has launched a new resource for our members. Our Business Support Series will feature regular, public conference calls on timely topics relevant to the community’s COVID-19 response. More here >

Oklahoma businesses:

Information is available to help you in understanding Governor Stitt’s amended Executive Order for the closing of non-essential businesses effective March 25 at 11:59PM through April 15…

Is my job considered essential? 

And as always – you can dial 2-1-1 for assistance 24/7 .

Other COVID-19 News for Businesses

If you are an essential business, you do NOT need documentation for your employees to be at work.

Law enforcement within the city limits of Tulsa are NOT stopping individuals asking for a special permit to be out in public and there is no local, state or national curfew in effect (despite rumors around town).

The $2 trillion Federal CARES Act includes substantial relief for small businesses: business owners are encouraged to begin preparing their loan applications now – lenders are expected to start processing them the week of March 30. Learn more about the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act: What Small Businesses Need to Know >