Rhode Island Economy Commerce/Business Information All business guidance materials and information about reopening are available at www.reopeningRI.com. Business economic support and guidance can be found at the RI Commerce website or by calling 521-HELP (521-4357). Business owner information about COVID-19: click here A $50 million allocation will support businesses that will be closed or severely limited during "the pause" (Nov 30th - Dec 13th) – restaurants, bars, gyms, indoor sports and recreational facilities, movie theaters, and event-related businesses. Businesses must fill out a form attesting that you have been impacted by the pause, and the Division of Taxation will send a check up to $50,000 to help get you through the pause, based on your past revenue. All business receiving these funds are asked to use them to continue paying your employees during these 2 weeks. The application and FAQs will be available on TAX.RI.GOV starting Nov. 27 and will have two weeks to apply. Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) For DMV related extension, reservations, and issues refer to www.dmv.ri.gov. The DMV is open by appointment only. Employment Related Issues Every Rhode Islander who receives unemployment benefits during "the pause" (Nov 30th - Dec 13th) will receive an additional $400: $200 for each of the two weeks (FAQs). DLT will begin processing these payments as early as December 6. The State will also be providing more support to low-income Rhode Islanders through cash assistance programs and income support for nursing home and home care workers. More than $250,000 is available for undocumented Rhode Islanders through the WeR1 campaign, in the form of $400 debit cards. Please contact Dorcas International for more info. Relief for Workers - If you need to stay home because of COVID-19, there are resources for you. Please do not go into work if you are sick.More Financial Support for Employees/Workers Rhode Island Commerce, Relief for Employees/Workers English | Spanish Unemployment Insurance Fact Sheet English and Spanish | American Sign Language Unemployment Insurance, COVID-19 Resources: Frequently Asked Questions English The Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training has set up a COVID-19 Assistance Line and email address (401-462-2020; [email protected]). They are intended to provide support to people regarding COVID-19 and employment issues. The phone line is staffed Monday to Friday during business hours. more EmployRI: The Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training, Skills for Rhode Island's Future and Commerce have re-launched a state job-seeking platform to help connect Rhode Islanders with nearly 2,000 open jobs. Many of the jobs posted are frontline positions in the fight against COVID-19. Jobseekers can visit www.EmployRI.org to find jobs as well as other important resources including information on unemployment insurance, resume tips and other COVID-19 updates. Employers looking to hire quickly can post jobs on EmployRI for free and dedicated specialists at SkillsRI will facilitate matches with qualified candidates. Parks and Recreation Visit the parks and recreation section of the ReopeningRI.com for guidance. Visit the RI State Parks COVID-19 webpages for detailed information on state park openings/closures and restrictions. Visit the DEM website for information on Marina, Yacht Club and Harbor Master COVID-19 guidance. Visit individual city/town websites for local parks and recreation information.