COVID-19 Business Info
|IMPORTANT UPDATESBLUEPRINT FOR SAFER ECONOMY - Check Monterey County's status and the revised criteria for loosening and tightening restrictions on activities. Check your county website for local restrictions.
HEALTH ADVISORY 8/21/2020: Updated COVID-19 Guidance for Businesses
On May 20, 2020, the State issued INDUSTRY GUIDANCE AND CHECKLISTS for businesses to follow, if permitted to open per county health rules. UPDATE: On June 11, 2020, Monterey County issued an Order Requiring Businesses to Adhere to State and Local Industry Guidance. View Order Here.
LATEST STATE ORDERSSTATE ORDER 7/13/2020: Statewide order relative to bars, pubs, brewpubs and breweries, and Closure of additional indoor sectors.
STATE ORDER ISSUED (7/8/2020): Selected Businesses Must Move Activities Outdoors or Close
- Appendix A - Social Distancing Protocol
- The April 28, 2020 Order (facial coverings) and the May 3, 2020 Order (short term lodging facilities) remain in effect. UPDATE: As of 4/22/2021, the Monterey County Health Officer terminated the Local Health Officer Order regarding the use of face coverings. All members of the public residing in, working in or visiting the County of Monterey are required to follow guidance issued by CDPH regarding the use of face coverings.
Information and additional resources will be updated as they become available.
PACIFIC GROVE ALERTS AND UPDATESThe City of Pacific Grove is working and coordinating closely with the State of California, Monterey County, neighboring municipalities and local agencies to monitor and address Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Please visit the COVID-19 webpage for updates, resources and alerts.
- Industry Guidance
- Monterey County List of Essential Business Types
- California State List of Essential Services and Businesses
- California State Resiliance Roadmap
For more information regarding Restaurant Reopening Guidelines or for a consultative review of restaurant dine-in reopening plans, please visit the Monterey County Health Department website.
On May 26th, the Monterey County Board of Supervisors voted to support the Monterey County Health Officer’s submission of an Attestation to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to permit the County to advance at a faster pace through stage 2 of the Governor’s Roadmap to Modify the Stay-at Home Order. The County Health Officer will attest that the County has met the readiness criteria designed by CDPH to slow the spread of COVID-19.
The Attestation form has been submitted and Monterey County has received confirmation it was received by the California Department of Public Health. When CDPH publicly posts the attestation here, then Monterey County businesses can resume services if they adhere to the state and local required modifications.
Businesses under Stage 2 must review and understand the State requirements for reopening with limitations.
- Businesses must train employees on modified business practices to protect employees and customers from exposure to COVID-19 prior to reopening.
- Some businesses regulated by Monterey County Environmental Health must also comply with local requirements to open.
- Businesses must also complete, implement and post the Social Distancing Protocol, as required by the Monterey County Health Officer Shelter-in-Place Order, in plain view for employees and customers to see.
Roadmap to Recovery (May 26, 2020, by Monterey County Health Department)
UPCOMING WEBINARS & EVENTS
VIEW PREVIOUS WEBINARS BY MONTEREY COUNTY BUSINESS COUNCIL
Cindy Merzon - Small Business Development Center
Schedule an appointment HERE
- CSU Bakersfield SBDC Webinars
- SBDC Webinars - YouTube Channel
- Cal Coastal Webinars
- Register HERE to Participate in Upcoming SBDC Webinars.
BUSINESS RESOURCESIndustry Guidance
A growing list of partners and government agencies are posting information to assist businesses during the pandemic:
NEW! On May 21, 2020, Monterey County Environmental Health Bureau announced they will be offering permit fee payment plans for businesses that have experienced a hardship due to COVID-19. The payment plan option allows for businesses to continue operating while an extension is offered for payment of annual health permit fees.
Permits are renewable annually and all payments are due by July 1st of each year; payments received after July 1st are assessed a penalty fee and facilities operating without a valid permit are subject to closure. Payments can be made online, by phone or in person in the Salinas, Monterey or King City office. For more information regarding permitting, fees or general questions about the Environmental Health Bureau, Click Here.
- Small businesses and private, non-profit organizations can apply for "Economic Injury Disaster" Loans from the Small Business Administration (SBA). The SBA is offering loans of up to $2 million for working capital to help small businesses, and most private, non-profit organizations of all sizes meet their ordinary and necessary financial obligations.
- The Cal Coastal SBDC has local counselors available to help you through the application process by calling (831) 424-1099 or visiting the SBDC website to begin. Please download and review the necessary paper forms (scroll down to Disaster Business Loan forms) to get started. When applying you must indicate you are applying under "Economic Injury." The deadline to apply is December 16, 2020. More resources from SBA can be found in the Additional Financial Resources section.
- The Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce is maintaining a list of local businesses that continue to operate during this shelter-in-place period.
- The State of California’s Employment Development Department (EDD) has programs to help both employers and employees deal with potential closures or layoffs, reduced work hours, and caring for ill or quarantined family members. Services include expedited processing of eligible Unemployment Insurance and Disability Insurance claims.
- Employers planning a closure or major layoffs as a result of COVID-19 can get help through the Rapid Response program. Employers can also request a Payroll Tax Extension without penalty or interest charges.
- The California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GoBiz) offers additional resources and FAQs for businesses.
- Not all businesses are the same, and some workers may face different levels of risk within the same business. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) maintains detailed guidance in its publication, Guidelines on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19.