The rising concerns around COVID-19 (coronavirus) is creating a challenging business climate nationally and locally in Pacific Grove. This webpage can serve as a centralized resource for employers, employees, and local small businesses affected by the pandemic.
Information and additional resources will be updated as they become available.
PACIFIC GROVE ALERTS AND UPDATES
The 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.
As of March 25th, 2020, Monterey County Health Department released a list of essential business types. It will be updated as needed.
In addition, California State provides a list of essential services and businesses allowed to operate during the State's "Stay At Home" order.
A growing list of partners and government agencies are posting information to assist businesses during the pandemic:
- 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. When applying you must indicate you are applying under "Economic Injury." The deadline to apply is December 16, 2020.
- 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.
- 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.
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.