COVID-19 resources for businesses and employees
As our community responds to the spread of COVID-19, the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber wants businesses to be able to implement strategies to protect their workforce while ensuring continuity of operations.
While many organizations have pandemic procedures already in place, the resources below can help organizational leaders better understand the implications of COVID-19.
DISCLAIMER: Resources are provided as information only and should not be construed as medical or legal advice. If you have been exposed to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), or are experiencing symptoms of the disease, call your doctor/medical professional. We suggest that you consult an attorney if you have legal questions related to COVID-19, as the links below should be treated as a resource only.
COVID-19 Resources for Businesses/Employers/Employees
Chamber Virtual Town Hall Recordings:
Resources for consumers:
- Under Oklahoma Statute Title 15, Chapter 20, Section 777.4, no person for the duration of a declaration of emergency by the Governor of this state or by the President of the United States and for thirty (30) days thereafter shall sell, rent, or lease, or offer to sell, rent, or lease, for delivery in the emergency area, any goods, services, dwelling units, or storage space in the emergency area at a rate or price which is more than 10% above the rate or price charged by the person for the same or similar goods, services, dwelling units, or storage spaces immediately prior to the declaration of emergency. If you recognize any price gouging, please report it to ConsumerProtection@oag.ok.gov.
Guidelines for managing employees who have been sick with the virus:
- According to CDC guidelines, employers should not require a positive COVID-19 test result or a healthcare provider’s note for employees who are sick to validate their illness, qualify for sick leave, or to return to work. Healthcare provider offices and medical facilities may be extremely busy and not able to provide such documentation in a timely manner. Read more CDC recommendtations for managing your sick leave policies.
Small Business/Nonprofits Financially Impacted:
Get Access to Discounted Products and Services from Chamber Members
- Members of the Chamber offering their products or services at a discounted rate during this time can be found on the Chamber's member news section.
- To upload information about your discounted product or service, Chamber members can follow the instructions at OKCChamber.com/howto.
Updates from utility providers:
- Oklahoma Gas & Electric (OG&E) is suspending all disconnections for nonpayment for the next 30 days (effective 3/16/2020). Read the update from OG&E
- In order to lessen any financial hardship the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic may have on customers, Oklahoma Natural Gas is temporarily suspending disconnects due to nonpayment through April 15. Read the COVID-19 update from ONG
- Cox Communications is taking multiple steps to maintain services provided to customers and the community while ensuring the safety of our employees and customers. Learn more.
- Learn what AT&T is doing for its customers across wireless, internet and video, as well as helpful tools and resources for technical care. Read their updates.
Changes to the deadline for filing federal tax returns:
- The federal income tax filing due date is automatically extended from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020. Taxpayers can also defer federal income tax payments due on April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020, without penalties and interest, regardless of the amount owed. This deferment applies to all taxpayers, including individuals, trusts and estates, corporations and other non-corporate tax filers as well as those who pay self-employment tax.
- For details, see the IRS news release IR-2020-58 and Filing and Payment Deadlines Questions and Answers.
Changes to the deadline for ad valorem tax payments in Oklahoma County:
- Due to the hardships and other issues surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic in our state and nation, County Treasurer Butch Freeman will waive all penalties and interest on the 2nd half payment of the 2019 ad valorem tax payments if remitted to the County Treasurer by April 30, 2020. Read the announcement.
Employees looking for work:
Parents looking for education resources:
- OETA is collaborating with the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) to provide in-home learning opportunities for students. The goal is to bring parents, students and teachers together with content and curriculum to meet educational needs while schools are closed due to coronavirus. Learn more.
Resources and Guidelines:
Resources for Specific Fields and Professionals:
Event and Meeting Planners:
For Faith-Based Leaders:
Food Industry Professionals:
Human Resources Professionals: