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Coronavirus Information and Resources for Businesses

The situation surrounding the Coronavirus is rapidly evolving and we at the Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce want to make sure you are taking proper steps to protect your business and family.  At this time, per the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control, we are postponing all Chamber events indefinitely. We will evaluate future events in the coming weeks.

We want to ask for your patience during this challenging time and again ask for you to stay informed by following official government sources for the latest announcements and implore you to follow the guidance provided by government officials. You can go to our dedicated Coronavirus Resources pages below for links to official information resources. We will continue to update this page with resources for businesses and families as this situation progresses.  We will be sending a business survey later this week to determine the needs of our local business community.

For the time being, we will operate as a Virtual Chamber of Commerce.  Our office will be closed to visitors, but Chamber staff is still working and will continue to provide information for businesses and the public through our social media sites and via email.


Escambia County COVID-19 Metrics

May 11th COVID-19 Update

By Todd Thomson | May 10, 2020

Reopen Escarosa Document to Provide Resources for Businesses and Public In an effort to provide the public in Northwest Florida concise and accurate information related to COVID-19 business resources, a consortium of Escambia and Santa Rosa County business, economic development, and tourism agencies have joined together to create the Reopen Escarosa resource document. This document…

May 6th COVID19 Update

By Todd Thomson | May 8, 2020

U.S. Chamber and MetLife Poll Shows Small Businesses Ramping up Actions to Survive Pandemic Yesterday, the U.S. Chamber and MetLife released the monthly Small Business Coronavirus Impact Poll—which surveys how small businesses nationwide are adapting their operations in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Among other key insights, the most recent poll—taken on April 21,…

May 7th COVID-19 Update

By Todd Thomson | May 7, 2020

Take the Escambia County Phase One Reopening Florida Business Survey As business in Florida reopens, it’s important that we have updated data to share with local officials and policymakers to help develop plans and programs to assist business recovery. Please take this brief survey to let us know what needs to be done to get…

May 5th COVID-19 Update

By Todd Thomson | May 5, 2020

Pensacola Fire Department Available to Assist Businesses with 25% Occupancy Adjustment To promote Pensacola’s COVID-19 recovery and community risk reduction, the Pensacola Fire Department Fire Marshal’s Office is available to assist business owners with calculating their new 25 percent maximum occupant capacity. This service is provided as a courtesy to business owners within the City…

May 4th COVID19 Update

By Todd Thomson | May 4, 2020

Pensacola Restaurants are Opening Their Dining Rooms Starting today, restaurants in Florida can operate with up 25% indoor capacity and outdoor dining with proper social distancing.  For an up-to-date list of local restaurants that will be opening and their hours go to this PNJ article.   State Opens 10th Drive-Through Testing Site in Pensacola A…

April 30th COVID-19 Update

By Todd Thomson | April 30, 2020

Governor Ron DeSantis Releases Phase One of Reopen Florida Plan Governor Ron DeSantis announced Phase One of his Reopen Florida Plan with an executive order.   Phase One goes into effect Monday, May 4th with the following restrictions: Schools will remain closed for the remainder of the school year Restaurants can provide outdoor dining with six…

April 29th COVID-19 Update

By Todd Thomson | April 29, 2020

Escambia County Commission Votes to Open Pensacola Beach on May 1st Escambia County commissioners voted unanimously to reopen the county’s public beaches on Santa Rosa Island and Perdido Key on Friday, with the exception of the area under the Pensacola Beach Pier, pavilions and public restrooms. Beaches will be open from 30 minutes before sunrise…

April 28th COVID-19 Update

By Todd Thomson | April 28, 2020

Pensacola taking phased approach to reopening, beginning with city parks on Friday Pensacola Mayor Grover Robinson announced on Monday the city would take a phased approach to reopen the city safely. During a virtual press conference on Monday, Robinson said he believes phase one of the plan to reopen dubbed “Recover Pensacola” would begin on…

April 27th COVID-19 Update

By Todd Thomson | April 27, 2020

Small Business Administration to Resume Accepting Paycheck Protection Loan Applications Today Friday, President Donald Trump signed into law a $484 billion measure that provides additional money for a coronavirus aid program for small businesses. The law contains about $320 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program, $75 billion to help hospitals, $25 billion for coronavirus testing…

April 23rd COVID-19 Update

By Todd Thomson | April 23, 2020

Collier Merrill Named to Governor’s Reopening Florida Task Force Pensacola’s Collier Merrill was appointed by Governor Ron DeSantis to his Reopen Florida Executive Task Force and the Industry Working Group on Tourism, Construction, Real Estate, Recreation, Retail, and Transportation. Collier Merrill, President of Merrill Land Company and President of Great Southern Restaurants “I applaud Governor…