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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.
Essential Businesses: Social Distancing Protocol
On Tuesday, March 31, 2020, the County of Marin along with five other Bay Area counties have extended the shelter-at-home order. The extension adds some clarifying language around essential businesses and includes a requirement that essential businesses create plans for how they will operate before Friday, April 3, 2020. Essential businesses are required to complete, post, and enact the Social Distancing Protocol by that date.
The City of San Rafael is working closely with the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce to develop resources for businesses impacted by Coronavirus prevention measures.
COVID-19 Marin County Hotline: (415) 473-7191
Manufacturers - Bay Area COVID-19 Personal Protective Equipment Production Efforts
If you are a manufacturer interested in pivoting your production to create 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 a collaboration between the California Office of Emergency Services (OES) and California's Economic Development Office (Go-Biz).
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Helpful Tips for Businesses
We want to recognize how stressful these times are. Together we can get through this. We have been scouring the internet and reviewing how local businesses are rapidly adapting to these changing times.
Below are some tips we have observed from other local businesses throughout the country. Please review and see if any of these ideas might work for you and your business:
Stay Healthy San Rafael
The best defense against a respiratory virus is prevention and good hygiene.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Stay informed by checking reliable sources of information and practice good hygiene to protect yourself and others. The City of San Rafael and our partners in Marin County will continue to remain vigilant and keep the public informed as the situation evolves.