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Residents who have questions about the COVID-19 pandemic and Tuscaloosa – now is the time to submit your questions to Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox. The mayor will be holding a virtual town hall live to discuss COVID-19 efforts in the city on Wednesday, Apr. 8 at 3 p.m.

In recent town halls, Maddox and other city officials have answered questions from the public about the city’s response and precautions taken during the coronavirus pandemic.

To submit a question, visit Tuscaloosa.com/COVID19. To view the virtual town hall, go to the City of Tuscaloosa’s official Facebook page.

Family bonding time is not limited to the people who live in your home. Extended family can be a great source of love and learning for children, and parents too. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins each have special roles, and different things to share. They can give your child love and encouragement and a bigger sense of belonging.

In its second round of funding disbursement, the Small Business Relief Fund is awarding over $40,000 in funds to 18 local businesses today. The fund, a partnership between the Chamber and the Community Foundation of West Alabama has awarded more than $100,000 and assisted a total of 36 small businesses this week. A third round of awards is scheduled for next week. Recipients are selected by a committee of business and community leaders.

In conjunction with the Alabama Community College System, Shelton State Community College is responding to the COVID-19/Coronavirus climate with updated schedule information and new course options for current and future students.

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox issued an executive order on Apr. 3 that temporarily opens the larger city parks: Sokol Park, Palmore Park, Snow Hinton Park, and Bowers Park. These parks' indoor facilities (including restrooms and playgrounds) will remain closed - only trails and green spaces will be open.

"We want everyone to stay healthy and get outside and enjoy the fresh air, while observing social distancing," Maddox said.

The Alabama Small Business Development Center Network, based at The University of Alabama’s Office for Research and Economic Development, is providing direct assistance to small businesses in Alabama in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In collaboration with outreach partners across Alabama, the SBDC’s capital access team is working to help small businesses prepare to apply for the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program, which enables impacted firms to apply for up to $2 million in working capital.

As cases of COVID-19 are identified and treated in Tuscaloosa, first responders, medical professionals, food service workers and city-wide essential personnel have gone above and beyond to provide crucial services to keep our city running as safely and as smoothly as possible.  To honor these workers during this unprecedented time, Mayor Walt Maddox is asking residents, local businesses, churches and local colleges and universities to join together in an effort to recognize these local heroes. 

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey is urging small business owners statewide to take steps to ensure their business will withstand the "troubling economy" in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you believe you may qualify for unemployment benefits under the $2 trillion CARES Act, file now. That's the word from the Alabama Department of Labor, which is encouraging employees to go ahead and file - even as it awaits clarification from the federal government on how those claims will be processed.

ADOL says employees will also need to certify weekly to continue to let the department know that they remain unemployed.

The Small Business Relief Fund has awarded over $60,000 in funds to 18 local businesses in the first round of funding on March 31. The fund, a partnership between the Chamber and the Community Foundation of West Alabama, also expects to make additional disbursements later this week.

Druid City Living (DCL) is Tuscaloosa, Alabama's premier community newspaper, covering the great people, places and activities of the area.

 

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