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COVID-19 Guidance & Resources

Local, State, and National Resources for You and Your Business

Information regarding the coronavirus is hitting everyone hard and heavy. Our intention here at the Chamber is to share what we think can be helpful to our members and the broader community without contributing to information overload and inbox fatigue. Neither do we want to duplicate efforts that are happening elsewhere.  


Lander Small Business Relief & Recovery Fund – Co-managed by the Lander Chamber of Commerce (Chamber) and the Lander Economic Development Association (LEDA), the Small Business Relief & Recovery Fund provides immediate financial relief in the form of grants to help business owners retain their businesses and their employees as a bridge of support before additional state and federal resources become available.

City of Lander: Phase 1 Reopening Guidelines (May 15, 2020) – Includes specific guidelines for :

  • churches
  • construction, general contractors, and manufacturing
  • events and entertainment
  • gyms and fitness centers
  • retail, including grocery stores and pharmacies
  • personal services (salons, barber shops, massage therapists, et al.)
  • restaurants, bars, and food service providers
  • hotels and other accommodations
  • childcare and daycare
  • home repair
  • *business or organizations not listed specifically are directed to follow the guidelines for “general business” in the Fremont County Recovery Plan linked below

City of Lander News and Updates – The latest from the City’s website.

Lander United – A developing project that ties together multiple local relief efforts for organizations and businesses. Partners include the Lander Chamber of Commerce, the Lander Economic Development Authority (LEDA), and the Lander Community Foundation (LCF).

Lander Strong – An initiative began by local small business owner Ron Hansen.  Business owners and individuals with services to offer are encouraged to submit services or offers to provide small businesses stability in this very unstable environment.

Fremont County

Fremont County Recovery Plan (May 11, 2020) – Presents the county’s plan for economic recovery during the COVID-19 pandemic, using Governor Gordon’s
statewide orders of April 28 as a starting point. The plan follows national and state recommendations and envisions a three-phase loosening of economic restrictions to allow businesses and organizations to return to normal operations over time.

Fremont County Public Health – Website of the County’s Department of Public Health

Fremont County Public Health Coronavirus Response – Information, maps, and resources about the coronavirus reponse in our local area. Updates from Fremont County Public Health Officer Dr. Brian Gee and the Fremont County Incident Management Team are posted here.

Fremont County COVID-19 Public Information – Collects questions asked by the public regarding COVID-19. The Fremont County Public Health Department or the Fremont County Incident Management Team reviews questions daily and posts the questions and answers as soon as possible.

SageWest Health Care Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparedness Information – COVID-19 Online Risk Assessment (CDC) and information on specific steps and precautions SageWest is taking to ensure the safety of patients, employees, providers, and visitors. 

Wyoming Hunger Initiative (Fremont County) – Information on school closure meals and food pantries.


Wyoming Business & Industry Federation “Safe to Work” – Phase 1 reopening best practices produced in consultation with Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon, private business, commercial cleaning experts, and public health officials.

Wyoming Small Business Development Center Network – Contact the SBDC Network to strategize and develop individualized plans to keep your business running as smoothly as possible during this difficult time. This page also provides a robust collection links to information on loans and capital, payroll and taxes, industry-specific resources, as well as advice on how to protect you, your employees, your cusotmers, and your business from COVID-19. (Information updated regularly.)

Wyoming Business Council (WBC) – COVID-19 response tips for employers, employees, and communities. Resources include links to technical, financial, and human resources assistance, supply chain security, health coverage and child care, unemployment benefits, Internet connectivity, food access and insecurity, and rural-specific and general assistance available to local governments and nonprofits.

Wide Open Wyo – A a one-stop site from the Wyoming Business Council for customers to see whether businesses are providing special hours, new services like takeout, delivery, or online shopping or even accommodations to serve at-risk populations. 

Wyoming Department of Health Infectious Disease Epidemiology Unit – Information and recommendations on how to help avoid becoming ill and spreading COVID-19 to the most vulnerable.

Governor’s Orders/Directives – List of executive orders and declarations issued by Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon or Wyoming State Health Officer Alexia Harrist.

State of Wyoming COVID-19 Information – Governor Mark Gordon has created five COVID-19 task forces: Health, Education, Services and Operations, Business, Financial and Employees, and Transportation and Infrastructure.

Manufacturing Works (MW) – A center of theUniverisytof Wyoming, MW is Wyoming’s premier non-profit consultancy with staff engineers and business consultants who can guide you through prototyping, supply chains, manufacturing efficiencies, and more.

Health Coverage and Child Care – Workers who have lost their jobs are eligible to enroll in health insurance through the federal markeplace. ALso provides information for those who have lost health insurance for their childre.

Department of Family Services – An regularly updated map of licensed child care providers in the state who remain open.

Department of Workforce Services Unemployment Insurance – DWS is working with technical experts to develop programming within the Wyoming UI system to accommodate the new federal relief programs. DWS intends to begin issuing payments at the end of the week of April 27, if not sooner.


U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Path Forward: Navigating the Return to Work – America is beginning to consider what it will take to restart the economy after a lengthy shutdown. Path Forward, a new program from the U.S. Chamber Foundation, is designed to help business and community leaders find the answers they need to develop a responsible reopening strategy.

State-by-State Business Reopening Guidance – The latest guidelines, timelines, and other critical information for businesses aiming to restart safely and sustainably amid the pandemic, as well as (at the bottom of each state profile) a link to the latest information for employers in that state.

Independent Contractor’s Guide to CARES Act Relief  – If you are an independent contractor or self-employed, you may be eligible for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans/grants, SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL), and/or Unemployment Compensation for losses of income related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Small Business Resources & Guidance – Information regarding the Coronavirus Small Business Hub, Guide to Small Business Energency Loans (PPP), Guide to Small Business Economic Injury Disaster Laons (EIDLs), CARES Act Relief for Independent Contractors, and National Small Business Town Hall Series.

Implementing a National Return to Work Plan Memorandum – The U.S. Chamber’s initial thoughts on potential strategies for implementing a National Return to Work Plan detailed across three different sections: 1) Essential Services and Resources, 2) Resolution of Regulatory and Legal Liability Issues, and 3) Support for Businesses and Individuals.

The White House

Guidelines for Opening Up America Again – President Trump’s three-phased approach based on the advice of public health experts. These steps will help state and local officials when reopening their economies, getting people back to work, and continuing to protect American lives.