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.
Below are additional financial and informational resources, in addition to the resources provided under "Business Resources" on the main page.
Information is changing frequently, so please stay informed by checking on a regular basis.
- The SBA is offering the Paycheck Protection Program. This program is designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on payroll by providing each small business a loan up to $10 million for payroll and certain other expenses. If all employees are kept on payroll for eight weeks, SBA will forgive the portion of the loans used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. Up to 100 percent of the loan is forgivable.
- The California Small Business Disaster Relief Loan Guarantee program is targeted at small businesses with 1-750 employees who do not qualify for federal funds. The loans would be eligible for businesses and non-profits, and the funds could be used for operating costs, such as rent and payroll. Businesses can apply directly with a private lender or through a participating Financial Development Corporation.
- Small Business Relief Payment Plans (Sales Tax Bridge Loan): The State has announced the free deferral of sales/use tax, up to $50,000, for businesses with less than $5 million in taxable assets. The State is allowing qualified businesses to defer their payment of sales/use tax for up to one-year with no fines or penalties. Additionally, there will be no interest payments required for any deferred payments. The intent is for this funding, which businesses collect and remit to the State, to act as a bridge loan.
- Opportunity Fund, California's largest nonprofit microlender, is offering loans or grants to small businesses throughout this crisis.
- Have you lost your job? The State has joined Bitwise Industries and the Kapor Center to launch OnwardCA.org, a new platform connecting displaced California workers with more than 70,000 job opportunities in critical industries.
- PG&E will suspend disconnections for nonpayment for all residential and small business customers and will remain in effect until further notice, as well as offer flexible payment plans to support customers.
- The Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund provides grants of up to $10,000 to businesses facing immediate financial pressure because of COVID-19—especially entrepreneurs of color, women-owned businesses and other enterprises in historically underserved communities who don’t have access to flexible, affordable capital. The next application round will open mid-April. Sign up to receive updates.
- Google is providing Google Ads credits to all small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) with active accounts over the past year to help alleviate some of the cost of staying in touch with customers. SMBs who have been active advertisers since the beginning of 2019 will see a credit notification appear in their Google Ads account in the coming months - credits can be used at any point until the end of 2020 across Google's advertising platforms.
- Facebook will be offering $100 million in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in over 30 countries. Sign up to receive more details as they become available. Facebook has also launched a digital gift card discovery platform to help small businesses launch and promote digital gift cards, so customers can continue to patronize them during this Shelter-in-Place period.
Here are some ways employers can lower the risk of disease transmission:
- Ensure sick employees stay home.
- Separate employees who become sick at work until they can return home.
- Allow employees to telecommute if possible.
- Give people physical space, such as allowing six feet between employees.
- Do not shake hands; cover coughs and sneezes; and wash hands frequently for at least 20 seconds with soap and water.
- Wipe down surfaces touched by employees and customers with disinfecting products.
- Ask employees not to share phones, desks, or other work equipment, if possible.
- Change employee start and end times to avoid large numbers of employees coming in together.
- Cancel unnecessary meetings or events if attendees cannot maintain sufficient distance between one another.
- If holding events, take precautions by asking those who are ill not to attend, and remind attendees to take actions to protect themselves and other attendees.
- Suspend nonessential employee travel.
- Provide additional accommodations to at-risk employees – such as those with existing medical conditions or who are more than 50 years old.
- Post informational posters around the workplace.