DLI is assembling a host of resources for drycleaners to use during the coronavirus pandemic on this page. We will update it as new information becomes available.
Comment on the PPP Program
The PPP program includes some very difficult hurdles for attuning full forgiveness of the load. The Small Business Association is accepting comments for a limited time. Here are some sample comments you can consider using. To file your comments go to www.regulations.gov and in the search bar enter SBA-2020-0015 and place your comments in the appropriate section. We also recommend sending this to your local elected officials. Find contact information for your elected officials here.
Essential Business Determinations by State
Check this map to see if your state has determined that drycleaning and laundry businesses are essential and allowed to stay open.
CARES Act Passed and Signed
The United States enacted the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) touted to provide financial relief in response to the economic fallout from the pandemic. This includes $349 billion in low-interest, long term loans for small businesses. Please note the bullet point under "Forgiveness" that qualifies the number of employees at the time of filing.
DLI and Regional Associations Hosting Weekly Zoom Meetings
We need to band together as an industry and depend on one another. DLI and its partner associations will be hosting a series of conference calls so members can share ideas and exchange information as it relates to dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. We would like to limit the calls to 25 members each to facilitate the exchange of information. We will add more calls if interest levels are high. See the schedule for information on joining a call.
Your Business Is Essential in the Fight Against COVID-19
The CDC and WHO state the drycleaning and laundry processes kill most viruses. Use this article to locate and contact your state governor’s office about how you can help in the fight against COVID-19. Use or modify the sample text and join the campaign to stay open and stay in the fight.
DLI's Coronavirus-COVID-19 Guidance
Read DLI's Coronavirus-COVID-19 Guidance bulletin with information taken directly from the Centers for Disease Control. It includes information on the virus and safe handling of items in cleaning, risks to drycleaning and laundry personnel, frequently asked questions, and more. This item will be updated as more information becomes available.
Department of Labor Issues Regulations on Coronavirus
On Wednesday, March 25, 2020, the Department of Labor issued the first round of regulations and guidance implementing the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).
Department of Labor Releases Mandatory Poster as PDF
The Department of Labor has released a PDF poster outlining employee rights under the new Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Employers are required to post this notice in a conspicuous place where it can be viewed by all employees and applicants.
Members Only Resources
In addition to the information available here there are more resources for members only. Login and click the top link in the Members Only menu. These additional resources include:
- Links to exclusive members-only webinars on the CARES Act and Marketing During the Crisis
- Making Sense of the Cares Act with easy links to expert summaries and forms
- Member Tips - Members share their ideas for surviving the crisis
- Exclusive Members Only Facebook Group
- How to reassure your customers you are open
- Phone script for calling customers
- Ready-made Facebook posts to help you communicate with customers now and beyond COVID-19
- Free poster to attract business