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COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) information and resources

Businesses

These are stressful times.  Together we can get through this.

Reopening from COVID-19

Marin County’s COVID-19 response is divided into three broad phases. Each phase has criteria that must be met before moving to the next phase to continue our successful mitigation of COVID-19 while building the infrastructure needed to move forward. Marin County has launched a variety of working groups, comprised of industry professionals, to advise and support the reopening of local businesses. This process is driven by monitoring public health and behavior, business input and expertise, and adherence to the latest public health requirements.

Marin began sequentially reopening the county on May 4. Businesses must create, adopt, and implement a written COVID-19 Site-Specific Protection Plan that incorporates and addresses all applicable Public Health Order requirements. Templates and “Best Practices” are also available to help local businesses reopen and be compliant with the Marin County Shelter in Place Public Health Order.

Protecting Worker Health

Our essential, frontline, and service industry workforce is particularly vulnerable right now, but there are things that can be done to help keep everyone as safe as possible.

Do

  • Train your employees to conduct health-checks before every shift
  • Encourage your employees to get tested for COVID-19 and provide them with information about how and where to get tested
  • Let your employees know that if they test positive, there are resources and services available through government and community organizations to support them.
  • Provide supplies for frequent hand washing (sink with soap and disposable towels or hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol).
  • Ensure that employees and customers are wearing face coverings over their nose and mouth.
  • Remind employees to maintain 6 feet from others, especially during break time.
  • Report all positive COVID-19 cases to the County health department at 415-472-2957 or covid19results@marincounty.org

Don't

  • Require employees to show up for work if they exhibit COVID-19 symptoms, have been exposed to someone with symptoms, or test positive for COVID-19.
  • Release any sick person’s name at work unless they give you permission.
  • Let someone return to work after testing positive COVID-19 unless it has been 10 days since positive test AND had no fever/use of medications for 3 days.
  • Let someone return to work if they have been in direct contact with someone with COVID unless it has been 14 days since exposure.

Marin Economic Forum Resource Guide

Marin Economic Forum (MEF) has compiled a useful private assistance resource guide for businesses, and includes non-federal grant and loan programs from a variety of different foundations, organizations, and large businesses.  If your business has been unable to apply for or qualify for governmental assistance programs, these private assistance programs may be an option for your business.

Small Business Disaster Relief

A San Rafael Small Business COVID-19 Disaster Relief Fund has been created to help small businesses struggling to maintain cash flow and financial solvency during these unprecedented times. The Relief Fund will allow qualified small businesses to apply for one-time grants in amounts up to $5,000 to help pay for immediate operational costs, including but not limited to rent, payroll, utilities and loan payments.

The San Rafael Small Business COVID-19 Disaster Relief Fund is now closed.  A selection committee will review the submitted applications and a decision regarding funding will be made in the next few weeks.


If you would like to donate to the San Rafael Small Business COVID-19 Disaster Relief Fund, please visit the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce's website to submit a donation online.

Please note that there is a 3% fee for each transaction, so if you would like to submit a check instead, please mail the check here:

San Rafael Chamber Educational Foundation, Inc.
817 Mission Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901

Lease and Eviction Protection

As the dynamic COVID-19 emergency continues to evolve, measures are being taken to bring housing and commercial security to residents and businesses who have been economically impacted by the crisis. On Tuesday, March 24, 2020 the Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to adopt an emergency resolution issuing a temporary moratorium on residential and commercial evictions for non-payment of rent due to direct impacts of the COVID-19 crisis.

The eviction resolution prevents residents and business owners from being evicted because of a sudden loss of income tied to the COVID-19 pandemic. The moratorium will be in effect until May 31, 2020 and applies to all of Marin, including residential and commercial tenants within the City of San Rafael, as well as unincorporated areas of the City.

You are protected if you are suffering from a substantial loss of income due to:

  • Business closure
  • Loss of work or wages
  • Layoffs
  • Missed work or childcare expenditures due to school closure
  • Medical Expenses related to being ill with COVID-19 or caring for a member of the household ill with COVID-19
  • Other similarly caused reasons resulting in a loss of income due to COVID-19

The resolution requires renters and lease holders to notify their landlord within 30 days after the rent is due that they are unable to pay because of financial impacts related to COVID-19. It does not relieve the residential or commercial tenant of the liability for the unpaid rent, and the landlord may seek payment after the expiration of the local emergency.

Learn more:

Job Loss

If you have lost your job as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the State of California has launched Onward CA, a one-stop resource guide for Californians impacted by job loss during this crisis to help you get back to work as quickly as possible.  Onward CA consists of a coalition of companies, foundations, and humans who want to help; help you get money or groceries or child care; help you upskill, reskill, or refresh; and help you land a great new job.

Construction

All construction work must immediately cease and desist unless authorized by the City of San Rafael's Chief Building Official. Only essential construction projects are allowed to continue under the Order of the Health Officer.

Learn more about permits and construction during the shelter in place order.

Manufacturing

The Bay Area Urban Manufacturing (BAUM) Initiative has collected a wealth of information for manufacturers during the COVID-19 pandemic.  They include impact resources for manufacturers, funding resourcesrent relief negotiating tacticsworkforce concerns, and if you are able to supply, contribute, or donate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and medical equipment in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, please complete this survey form to share information with emergency procurement specialists.  This effort is spearheaded by the California Office of Emergency Services (OES).

Gig Economy

Workers and businesses who participate in the gig economy are especially vulnerable in a precarious time such as the COVID-19 public health crisis.  Here is a short list of the major gig economy companies and what they’re doing to protect and support their workers and business partners during the spread of COVID-19:

Uber

Uber will provide financial assistance for up to 14 days if you actively drive or deliver with Uber and get diagnosed with COVID-19 or are personally placed in quarantine by a public health authority.

Lyft

Lyft will provide funds to drivers should they be diagnosed with COVID-19 or put under individual quarantine by a public health agency. This helps support drivers financially when they can't drive, while also protecting our riders’ health.

Postmates

Earlier this week, Postmates launched the Postmates Fleet Relief Fund, which aids Postmates in covering the costs of co-pays or medical expenses related to COVID-19, regardless of diagnosis. Additionally, in the event a fleet member tests positive for Covid-19, the fund can be used to cover 2-weeks paid sick leave.

Postmates has also unveiled a pilot program for small businesses to more easily use their platform. In a time where brick and mortar business owners are seeing a decline in foot traffic, this program will temporarily waive commission fees for businesses in the SF Bay Area. Any interested SF-Bay Area merchant can visit https://postmates.com/partner to establish an account, and start delivering without any additional cost during this pilot.

DoorDash

In response to the public health emergency posed by COVID-19, DoorDash announced a new COVID-19 Financial Assistance Program for eligible Dashers in United States (including Puerto Rico), Australia, and Canada.

Instacart

In addition to sick pay for all in-store shoppers nationally, Instacart is also offering support for all part-time employees and full-service shoppers affected by COVID-19. Instacart will offer up to 14 days of pay for any part-time employee or full-service shopper who is diagnosed with COVID-19 or placed in mandatory isolation or quarantine, as directed by a local, state, or public health authority.

GrubHub

Grubhub announced it is temporarily suspending collection of up to $100 million in commission payments from impacted independent restaurants nationwide.

Grubhub's initiative will provide immediate and substantial cash flow relief to qualified independent restaurants -- restaurants that make up the majority of Grubhub's 350,000+ restaurant community and drive more than 80 percent of the company's orders

Furthermore, Senator Mark R. Warner of Virginia urged leading gig worker platform companies to commit that independent contractors who deliver their services will not be penalized for following recommended health procedures to protect the public from further spread of the coronavirus.  Letters sent to the above companies from the office of Senator Mark R. Warner can be found here.

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