COVID-19 News & Resources
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- All of the jurisdictions in the region have placed, by either proclamation or by administrative decision, a suspension on the enforcement, regulation or fee collection for temporary signs. Jurisdictions have different definitions of what constitutes a temporary sign but most refer to A-Frames, Banners, Stakes and Upright Signs
- The Governor's order is titled "Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected," and unique to Arizona, includes a strong focus on mental health. The order encourages Arizonans to participate in outdoor activities, as long as they are accompanied by social distancing measures. Additionally, it stresses the need for "social connectedness" -- a concern of public health officials, especially among our senior population and those struggling with depression and suicide. The order exempts essential business, outlined in a previous Executive Order last Monday from the Governor, as well as essential activities, which includes outdoor activities. The order takes effect Tuesday at 5 pm and is in effect until April 30.All of Governor Ducey's Executive Orders to date can be found HERE.
Click HERE for list of "essential services."
- ADEQ has prepared a webpage regarding continuing work on our mission during the COVID-19 issues, "Continuing Operations While Slowing the Spread". You can read more about operations including vehicle emissions, permits & compliance, ADEQ services, and events and meetings, at https://azdeq.gov/COVID-19. Some have had questions about how COVID-19 may have an impact to drinking water and wastewater. Please see the Drinking Water section at the link above for links to EPA and CDC guidance.
- Governor Ducey, Superintendent Hoffman announce the extension of Arizona school closures through the end of the school year
- Tucson Metro Chamber President & CEO, Amber Smith, was interviewed by Bud Foster of KOLD13 about Arizona businesses getting a share of the coronavirus stimulus bill
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- U.S. Department Of Labor Publishes Guidance Explaining Paid Sick Leave And Expanded Family and Medical Leave Under
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act READ MORE
- Governor Ducey Issues Order Delaying Evictions For Renters Impacted By COVID-19
READ EXECUTIVE ORDER
- Governor Doug Ducey today issued an executive order clarifying businesses and operations deemed “essential” by the state and providing certainty to business owners, employees and families. The order is a proactive and administrative measure to ensure consistent guidance across the state.
Full release below. View Executive Order here.
In addition, Governor Doug Ducey also issued today an executive order implementing an Enhanced Surveillance Advisory that will accelerate tracking of COVID-19 cases and strengthen the ability of the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) to respond to the outbreak. The advisory requires hospitals and testing laboratories to report key metrics that will inform the state’s response to COVID-19.
- Governor Ducey announces launch of 2-1-1 COVID-19 Hotline. READ MORE
- In an effort to determine what's best for Arizona students and schools in the face of COVID-19, Governor Ducey released a statement to extend school closures through April 10, 2020. READ MORE
- PIMA COUNTY’S CORONAVIRUS www.pima.gov/covid19
Stay up to date on how COVID-19 is affecting Pima County, find information on current cases, links to healthcare resources and commercial testing.
- CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION https://www.cdc.gov/
CDC works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same.
- ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SERVICES https://www.azdhs.gov/preparedness/epidemiology-disease-control/infectious-disease-epidemiology/index.php#novel-coronavirus-home
- The Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center is available to answer questions about COVID-19 from Arizona providers (for testing, patient guidance) and the general public (for testing, isolation, quarantine): 1-844-542-8201
- The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America -- 15 Days to Slow the Spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) More at Whitehouse.gov
- Learn about international travel restrictions, how you can prepare for coronavirus, and what the U.S. government is doing in response to the virus. https://www.usa.gov/coronavirus#item-214586
- Import/ExportThe U.S. Commercial Service’s Tucson office southern Arizona exporters a wide range of expertise and services in international trade. This includes exporter basics, foreign market research, buyer and partner identification services, and much more. To learn more, please contact Sr. International Trade Specialist Christina Parisi (tel 520-235-9114 or firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit www.trade.gov.
- Learn more about the employee-focused Acts that extend paid sick leave and paid family leave: The Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and The Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act.
MANDATORY SICK LEAVE
- Downtown Tucson Partnership: https://www.downtowntucson.org/covid-19/
- Fourth Avenue Merchants Association: https://fourthavenue.org/news/
- Greater Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce: https://orovalleychamber.com/blog-page/
- Green Valley/Sahuarita Chamber of Commerce: https://www.greenvalleysahuarita.com/
- Main Gate Square: https://www.maingatesquare.com/covid-19-updates/
- Marana Chamber of Commerce: https://www.maranachamber.com/
- Rio Nuevo: https://rionuevo.org/
- Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance: https://www.saaca.org/covid-19.html
- Southern Arizona Attractions Alliance: https://tucsonattractions.com/
- Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce: https://www.tucsonhispanicchamber.org/
- U-Haul offers 30 days of free self-storage for college students. https://bit.ly/3bfugA5
- Oro Valley and Marana have declared emergencies on Mar. 19 at 8:00 p.m., which orders all bars, gyms, theaters, cinemas, gyms and similar places of public gathering to close, and will prohibit all restaurants from being open for on-site consumption. press release
- TEP stands ready to help customers affected by this pandemic with payment extensions or enrollment in short-term assistance and bill discount programs. They know some customers could face financial challenges because of this public health threat, so we are suspending service disconnections and late fees until further notice. Learn more at https://www.tep.com/covid-19/
- Tucson Water will not disconnect potable water service for non-payment. Those currently disconnected will be re-connected. Customers will be responsible to pay for all water service received during this time and should continue to make payments of their Utility Services Bill to avoid higher bill at a later date. This policy will be in effect through the end of March, at which point we will reexamine their policies. Learn more at https://www.tucsonaz.gov/water/tucson-water-covid-19-preparedness
- Over the next 60 days, Cox commits to:
- Not terminate service to any residential or small business customer because of an inability to pay their bills due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
- Waive any late fees that residential or small business customers incur because of their economic circumstances related to the coronavirus pandemic.
- Open Cox WiFi hotspots to non-Cox customers to help keep the general public connected during this time of need.Keeping businesses operating and their employees with the ability to work remotely is a priority. Cox Business is providing the following additional resources:
- Your VoiceManager service has features that enable companies to conduct business wherever they are with a data connection to help make sure they don’t miss important calls. Call Forwarding ensures they can receive calls while out of the office and Simultaneous Ring allows incoming calls to ring up to 10 other phone numbers at the same time.
- For main business lines, Cox Business Unified Communication Apps give in-office connectivity while working remotely. Businesses can receive calls and make click-to-dial calls and more from the UC App for Mobile, Tablet, and Desktop. Enable the UC App FREE for 90 days.
- Not terminate service to any residential or small business customer because of an inability to pay their bills due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
- Work together wherever businesses and their employees have an Internet connection and maintain business productivity with Cisco WebEx, which helps employees work remotely with file and screen sharing, video meetings, collaboration rooms and more.
- Southwest Gas is offering Utility Assistance to customers facing financial difficulties. The Energy Share program, is designed for Southwest customers experiencing unexpected financial difficulties, such as the loss of a job or medical emergency. The program allows customers facing financial hardship who qualify, to receive assistance towards paying their Southwest Gas bill. Customers do not need to meet Federal Poverty Income Guidelines to qualify.
Additionally, Southwest Gas has suspended service disconnections indefinitely, until the COVID-19 crisis improves. Customers having difficulty paying their bill can contact Southwest Gas at 1-877-860-6020 to discuss flexible payment options.For additional information on Southwest Gas Special Programs & Assistance please visit their website at: https://www.swgas.com/en/az-special-programs
- Trico Electric Cooperative is committed to assisting its Members during this difficult time. We want to assure you that we are prepared to deal with circumstances as they arise and to continue providing safe and reliable service.
We recognize that some Members may have difficulty making payments at this time and we are prepared to work with them to keep their power connected. To help Members who find themselves in difficult circumstances, we will not be disconnecting service to Members or charging late fees during this time. Please contact Trico at (520) 744-2944 if you cannot pay your bill and we will work with you to provide options to help.
GENERAL FINANCIAL ADVICE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES
First, and foremost, be proactive with your finances. Reach out to your current business banking point of contact. Depending on your business’ financial situation, if you have existing loans you may be able to go to your current banker/lender and apply for a deferment of payments. This means that you would at least get some payment relief for a period while you navigate the adjustments and changes, you’re having to make in the present time. These terms would be negotiable between you and your lender, but usually included a reduced interest rate and no payments for an agreed-upon period. Usually interest will accrue while payments are not required, although some banks have further flexibility on this type of program.
Below is specific information and options from local financial institutions. Please reach out to them directly for further information:
- Southern Arizona Commercial Banking
WaFd Bank is fast-tracking small business lines “Life Lines” for up to $30k. The first 90 days are at 0% interest. We are also offering the same program for up to $200k, but approval will take a little longer than the emergency $30k “life lines.” Businesses can apply online.
- Southern AZ Commercial Banking
An open letter to customers can be found HERE. For those customers having an impact with the virus, commercial customers should reach out to their relationship managers noted on their bank statements.
Thomas Thaller 520.603.3372
Patty Thompson 520.584.4122
National Bank of Arizona can offer BUSINESS ACCESS LINE OF CREDIT. This is an unsecured revolving line of credit from National Bank of Arizona®, which provides flexible options for working capital to meet short-term cash flow needs caused by seasonality of business, timing differences between payments and receivables or large business expenses.
Offering commercial/business loans up to $50,000 with a short application, competitive rates/terms, and a quick turnaround time.
- The Community Foundation of Southern Arizona has a resource page filled with useful information including how you can help nonprofits, resources for nonprofits, small businesses, individuals and families. http://cfsaz.org/covid19/
Small Business Administration Resources.
- The SBA is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19). The interest rates for this disaster are 3.75% for small businesses and 2.75% for non profit organizations with terms up to 30 years. While lenders and federal government agencies work together to understand the parameters of the application process, business owners can prepare by gathering their payroll registers, financial statements and transcripts from payroll taxes paid. You can find a list of Active SBA Lenders HERE
Locally, the Small Business Development Center is assisting small businesses through the process. Please contact:
l) Cheli Martinez: email@example.com
3) Register for no cost services at: www.azsbdc.net (To “Register for Counseling,” please go to “How We Can Help” (to the far right).
Next, click on “Counseling Sign Up.” This will take you to a map of all the SBDC’s in Arizona. Scroll down to find “Pima County” and click on Pima Community College. Scroll down and click on “Online Request for Counseling.”)
SBA Disaster Assistance will review electronic loan applications from their portal at Learn more here.
- Richard Rosen, an associate professor of personal and family financial planning and interim director of the Take Charge America Institute for Consumer Financial Education and Research in the University of Arizona's Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences, talked about personal financial strategy and provided advice for those looking to put their best foot forward. LEARN MORE
- Citibank and Bank of America have programs in place to help individuals or small businesses. READ MORE
The CARES Act assists eligible businesses looking for payroll support to keep Americans working. Small businesses and eligible nonprofit organizations, Veterans organizations, and Tribal businesses described in the Small Business Act, as well as individuals who are self-employed or are independent contractors, are eligible if they also meet program size standards.
- Rio Nuevo is providing help to alleviate pressures of the SBA loan completion process with free assistance in navigating the Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Paycheck Protection Program. These loans help cover payroll costs, paid sick leave, employee salaries, health insurance premiums, rent, utilities, and mortgage interest payments.
- Here's a simple guide on what the Paycheck Protection Program is all about. CLICK TO VIEW
- A MESSAGE FROM OUR BOARD CHAIR, TIM MEDCOFF, PARTNER AT FARHANG & MEDCOFF
The video and PDF are packed with information about COVID-19 and useful tips for employees and employers, including PTO, teleworking options and staggering work shifts.
- CORONAVIRUS: PROTECTING YOUR EMPLOYEES & BUSINESS
ADP (Always Designing for People) compiled this useful resource of common employer questions and answers including understanding leave requirements and federal ADA standards.
COVID 19 HR Best Practices Protecting
- EMPLOYEE WORK FROM HOME GUIDE Tips including communication, telecommuting, taking breaks, etc. are included in this helpful guide.
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- SAMPLE HR MEMO
Use this template for help in crafting guidelines for your employees, whether they are working remotely or in the office. It includes information about paid sick leave, signs and symptoms of COVID-19, and ways to maintain a safe workplace and encourage and/or adopt practices protecting the health of employees, members, visitors or others.
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- AMAZING EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES http://www.amazingeducationalresources.com/ This vast list shows education companies that are offering free subscription due to school closings.
I AM BIOTECH has a thorough resource page filled with ways to stay up to date, an interactive map from Johns Hopkins University, the CDC, and employee relations. https://www.bio.org/coronavirus-business-resource-center
- BairdHolm Attorneys at Law have a resource related to employer obligations under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Visit https://www.bairdholm.com/publications/entry/employer-obligations-under-the-families-first-coronavirus-response-act.html
- TMC Healthcare has recommendations on steps to take if you or your employee aren’t feeling well. “AZ Chamber Sick Employee”
- Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits to help small businesses. https://www.facebook.com/business/grants
- StartUp Tucson has a list of great resources for time and project management tools, communication platforms, money management and self-care. Please visit www.startuptucson.com/post/resource-roundup to learn more.
- How to effectively lead your business when the future is so uncertain. READ MORE
- Tucson Metro Chamber Board Member and Caliber Group CEO, Linda Welter, shared crisis management tips to navigate your business during uncertain times READ MORE
- Learn how to temporarily close your Google My Business listing. READ MORE
- Yelp CEO announced more than 25M in relief for independent nightlife and restaurant businesses, as well as adding new features to support the community. READ MORE
- The Arizona Commerce Authority’s COVID-19 Arizona Business Resources page provides information, tools and guidance on business finance support, workforce assistance, essential infrastructure information, supply chain and logistics, housing and community volunteer opportunities. This site will be updated regularly as new information becomes available.
- MAYOR ROMERO’S MARCH 17TH PRESS RELEASE
Mayor Romero announced a new set of actions the City of Tucson will be taking to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and preserve public health.
- Park Tucson has set up free takeout-parking zones for visitors ordering takeout! The following link also shows a list of food and drink establishments offering pickup and/or delivery. READ MORE drives to: https://www.downtowntucson.org/restaurant-business-guide-covid-19/
- This document shows how Coronavirus is affecting the retail industry including brick and mortar and online retailers.
Corona virus and Retail
Coronavirus Outbreak Means for Retail Real Estate
- Chamber member restaurant list CLICK HERE
- The Tucson Sugar Skulls are offering a buy-one-get-one-free ticket special to customers who order from the team’s restaurant partners through April. https://www.tucsonsugarskulls.com/
- The Downtown Tucson Partnership FOOD & BUSINESS GUIDE DURING COVID-19
- DISCOUNTS FROM LOCAL RESTAURANTS.
Business Discount for essential services Delivery/Takeout Gift Cards Address HARBOR FREIGHT FREE PPE FOR ALL HEALTHCARE WORKERS ALL LOCATIONS Sullivan's Steakhouse 20% off with code 204U Five for Five - Dinner for five for $100, can purchase raw steaks Takeout Yes 1785 E. River Rd Barrio Brewing Co free carry-out meals to Tucson-area first responders, medical professionals, and law enforcement officials on Saturday, March 21, from 11:00 am – 8:00 pm. Takeout Yes 800 E. 16th St. Culvers on River Free small value baskets to those who show ID at drive-thru, runs Satuday and Sunday for the next two weeks. Takeout 4801 N. 1st Ave Peter Piper Pizza 15% off takeout Yes All locations Viro's Italian Bakery 10% off takeout yes All locations Silver Saddle Steakhouse 10% off takeout yes 10 N. 6th Ave Sentinel Peak Brewing Co 10% off takeout & beer yes All locations Famous Sam's 10% off takeout yes 7219 E. Golf Links Rd Chef Chic 30% off all purchases, 50% off for essential services and service industry takeout/delivery yes 1104 S. Wilmot Micha's Mexican Restaurant 15% off with valid ID (healthcare, essential services) takeout yes 2908 S. 4th Ave Wings Over Broadway 10% off with valid ID (healthcare, essential services) takeout yes 5004 E. Broadway Fire N Smoke 10% off takeout Yes 6502 E. Tanque Verde Rd Sullivan's Eatery 50% off healthcare workers, public safety, phamracists, grocery employees takeout/delivery yes 6444 N. Oracle Rd The Hungry Fox 15% off takeout/delivery yes 4637 E. Broadway Blvd Zona 78 30% off bottles of wine takeout/delivery yes all locations Leo's Mexican Restaurant 10% off takeout yes 5114 E. Speedway Blvd Bear Canyon Pizza 20% takeout yes 8987 E. Tanque Verde Bottega Michelangelo 15% off takeout/delivery yes 420 W. Magee Rd Tamarind 10% off takeout yes 7265 N. La Cholla Magpie's Pizza 35% off until end of month takeout/delivery yes all locations Chuy's 22nd 25% off all food and alcohol takeout yes 7101 E. 22nd St. Beyond Bread 10% off online orders takeout yes 3026 N. Campbell Ave Si Charro 10% off all takeout orders takeout yes All locations Lindy's on 4th 20% off all food orders takeout yes 500 N. 4th Ave The Dutch Eatery 1/2 off all kids meals takeout yes 943 E. University Ave Calle Tepa 20% off all takeout orders takeout yes 6151 E. Broadway Blvd Zinburger 35% off all takeout orders and 50% off bottles of wine takeout yes All locations Zemam's 20% off for all healthcare and essential services takeout yes All locations Saffron Indian Bistro 10% off all takeout orders takeout yes 7607 N. Oracle Rd
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
We will share our coronavirus-related communications below in case you missed seeing them in your inbox. If you would like your email address to be added to our communications, please CLICK HERE and we will add you to the list.
Champion: Mar. 13 (Legislative session slows awaiting budget | COVID-19 causing significant impacts to business community | Small businesses find ways to adjust to COVID-19 effects | Support DMAFB & our future)
One to One with Amber Smith: Our decision to postpone our State of the City Luncheon & Expo READ MORE
COVID-19 update, events on hiatus, working remotely READ MORE
Chamber advocates for takeout and delivery services from local restaurants READ MORE
What’s for dinner? READ MORE
Financial help & COVID-19 resources web page CLICK HERE
Arizona approved for SBA loan help READ MORE
Do you need help or do you have an offer to share? CLICK HERE
Chamber COVID-19 Action Items CLICK HERE
Disaster relief loans and other financial resources READ MORE
Introducing Virtual Happy Hour & Requesting Experts for Knowledge at Noon
- Daily update The Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers
Memorandum on identification of essential critical Infrastructure workers during covid-19 response READ MORE
Before you lay off anyone... READ MORE
- 4/1 @ 4PM: Hosted by Phenix Technology Inc., join this live webinar with experts on how to identify what is needed by local, state and federal resources, how to repurpose your business, source material and join in the fight against COVID-19. READ MORE
- Consulting Webinar from Borrell Associates - Courtesy of Cox Media
- The current advertising landscape and past situations of economic uncertainty
- The shift in consumer spending
- The increase in media consumption throughout the country.
If you think this information can be helpful for you, please join us by registering HERE
- 4/8: Arizona College of Social & Behavioral Sciences will hold a virtual conversation with Dr. Jason R. Jurjevich, UA School of Geography, on community engagement in the census.
FOR FAMILIES AND YOU
AVOID CORONAVIRUS SCAMS
- https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/coronavirus-scams-what-ftc-doing The Federal Trade Commission compiled a resource of how scammers are taking advantage of fears surrounding the Coronavirus. The link includes tips on how to avoid these scams and what the FTC is doing to help.
- Please file reports of price gouging here. BBB.org/AdTruth
- Find general information about COVID-19 scams, some general information and links to other pertinent information. https://www.bbb.org/coronavirus/
- Report scams of all kinds, but the focus will be related to COVID-19 for now. https://www.bbb.org/scamtracker/us
- Report false or untruthful advertising here. https://www.bbb.org/ad-truth/report-a-bad-ad/
- The Federal Trade Commission has set up an online bingo game to alert the public about scams centered around COVID-19. READ MORE
the U.S. Department of Labor released its first set of guidance regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) in the form of Questions and Answers: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-questionsThe Q of As address some significant questions regarding the FFCRA, including clarifying that:
- The FFCRA’s paid leave provisions take effect on April 1, 2020.
- The employee count (for whether an employer has less than 500 employees) is based on the number of employees as of the date of the leave. This includes full-time employees, part-time employees, employees who are on leave, temporary employees, and day laborers. Independent contractors are not included in the calculation.
- Employers who have less than 50 employees and want to take advantage of the small business exemption (that providing leave would jeopardize the viability of the business as a going concern) should document the reasons based on criteria still to be provided.
- The total number of hours for which any employee receives paid sick leave under the FFCRA is capped at a total of 80 hours (for a full-time employee; the number of hours equal to the average number of hours that the employee works over a typical two-week period for a part-time employee). In other words, an employee may not take paid sick leave for two weeks for one eligible reason and then another two weeks of leave for another reason.
- The Act’s benefits are not retroactive; the paid leave provisions are for leave taken between April 1 and December 31, 2020
- If you are feeling like you need to blow off some steam, but your gym is closed, use a workout app. Many of them, including Down Dog, Yoga for Beginners, HIIT, Barre and the 7-Minute Workout announced they will be free to use until April 1st.
- Are you feeling anxious? Calm.com or the Calm app include resources that may help.
- Coping Calendar, Keep Calm. Stay Wise. Be Kind. https://www.actionforhappiness.org/media/863287/coping_calendar_small.jpg
- National Association of Mental Illness Resource Guide https://www.nami.org/getattachment/Press-Media/Press-Releases/2020/COVID-19-and-Mental-Illness-NAMI-Releases-Importan/COVID-19-Updated-Guide-1.pdf?lang=en-US
- Here's a resource for individuals that are looking for (medical) insurance. READ MORE
- Starting March 23, 2020, TUSD is offering free Grab-and-Go Mobilized Meals for youth 18 and under via 12 bus routes making stops at 113 locations between 10 am and 1 pm, Monday through Friday. Each bus route will include stops at school bus bays and existing bus stops where free Grab-and-Go meals will be provided. For details visit www.tusd1.org/GrabAndGo.
- Interfaith Community Services (ICS) offers emergency financial assistance to all community members in need. It also has two permanent food banks and a mobile food pantry and provides essential services for senior and disabled adults (pre-registration is required) including transportation to the doctor or grocery store, shopping for seniors, mobile meals, and friendly phoning.
- UArizona Expert Offers Tips for First-Time Home-School Teachers LEARN MORE
- Is COVID-19 Making You Stay at Home? Turn Your Home Into a Healing Space READ MORE
CMS Issues Frequently Asked Questions on Catastrophic Health Coverage and the Coronavirus (HERE)
- Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued Frequently Asked Questions to clarify coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of the Coronavirus by catastrophic health plans. The FAQs can be found here.
- Those with concerns about COVID-19 symptoms or exposure can call Banner Health at 1-844-549-1851 to speak with a clinical team member to determine if testing is appropriate. The line will be staffed from 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Friday. If an individual meets CDC criteria for testing, they will be scheduled for an appointment at one of Banner’s new drive-through sites. READ MORE