For information and resources regarding COVID-19, please click here. COVID-19 Resources
COVID-19 Resources

This is a very challenging and uncertain time for our city as a whole and Downtown Cape in particular. We are all taking precautions to stop the spread and minimize the impacts of COVID-19. On this page, you will find information and resources that seek to inform the public and provide support for our local businesses.

During this time of unprecedented health, social, and economic uncertainty, we’d like to encourage you now more than ever to shop locally! As more people practice social distancing, small businesses will feel the impact. Many local businesses in the Cape Girardeau area are still open and need your support and are offering delivery, curb-side to go, and special online sales. Continue to check out our Instagram stories or follow us on Facebook as we help share that info with you!

In the best interest of our community, we are temporarily closing the Old Town Cape office. You may call the office at 573.334.8085 and leave a voicemail or reach out to us by email at We will keep you posted once the decision is made to re-open the office.

Community Information & Resources

Keep Cape Strong
Keep Cape Strong is brought to you by a community partnership that is working to help our town thrive amidst a time of great uncertainty.
Please click the link above and browse through the pages to find county resources, COVID-19 resources, and an open business list that will be continuously updated and monitored.
Thank you to Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of CommerceVisitCapeCity of Cape Girardeau Municipal Government, and Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center for getting this site up and running!!
Please check in often and if you own a business or a restaurant please go in and submit your information.

Downtown Cape Social Distancing BINGO
Find ways to support #DowntownCG while responsibly social distancing!

The CDC has suggested canceling gatherings of 50 people or more. To that end, we will be postponing the Cape Riverfront Market as well as Tunes at Twilight until further notice. As the events draw nearer, we’ll re-assess and share more details once decided. Find more information on how you can continue to support your favorite Cape Riverfront Market vendors here.

Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center COVID-19 Proclamation
Please be advised – Cape Girardeau officials have declared a public health emergency. Click here to read the proclamation.


Small Business Information & Resources

COVID-19 Stimulus Package Bill
This is a summary of the Bipartisan Agreement on “CARES” Act. The summary was written by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. In it, you will find information on the “Paycheck Protection Program,” changes to the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans, and other provisions for small businesses.
As many of you are aware, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the “Paycheck Protection Program,” the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses that maintain their payroll during this emergency. Importantly, these loans may be forgiven if borrowers maintain their payrolls during the crisis or restore their payrolls afterward. We encourage you to utilize the U.S. Chamber’s Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist to help answer common questions and navigate the process.

Mornings on Main Webinar
Experienced business owners in Missouri Main Street districts will share their best practices in having an online presence and how they use multiple platforms and outlets to accomplish their goals. Every Wednesday starting March 25 at 8:30 a.m.

SBA Disaster Declaration
Please visit the SBA’s website and begin filling out the loan application – the site will save your progress. If you have any questions about the application, the SBA can provide assistance. Call 800-659-2955 or email

Families First Coronavirus Response Act
On March 18, the Senate passed H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. This bill provides, among other things, provisions to address Paid Sick Leave, Paid Family and Medical Leave, and Unemployment Insurance for workers displaced by the ongoing outbreak. Furthermore, it includes provisions to provide diagnostic testing for coronavirus and bolsters Medicaid and nutrition programs for at-risk populations.
Click here to see the U.S. Chamber’s summary. Congress’s focus will now turn to the Phase Three stimulus package.
Click here to see the U.S. Chamber’s letter to Congress and the President with the business community’s recommendations.

CDC Site for Businesses
Guidance and recommendations for businesses and employers.

CDC Site for Community Organizations
Guidance and recommendations for community organizations and faith leaders.