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FAQ Topic: COVID-19 Business Resources

Essential Businesses

Healthcare Operations and Essential Infrastructure  Grocery stores, certified farmers’ markets, farm and produce stands, supermarkets, food banks, and convenience and corner stores that sell a significant amount of food, and other establishments engaged in the retail sale of canned food, dry goods, fresh fruits and vegetables, pet supply, fresh meats, fish, and poultry, and any … Continued

Use of Outdoor Private Property (Dining, Retail and Salons)

Description: Any sidewalks, plazas or parking lots located on private property, including any that are part of a mall. Prior to Filing Application: Prior to filing an application, please contact your landlord (the property owner) and confirm their agreement for your plan to use parts of the parking lot and exterior of the building for … Continued

Use of Public Parking Spaces (Dining, Retail, and Salons)

Description: Public parking spaces are all parking on public streets, such as 4th Street. At this time we are not allowing the use of parking spaces within public City parking lots. Specific Standards: In addition to the common standards listed above, the following standards apply to a Use of Public Parking Spaces Restaurants must maintain at least … Continued

Use of Public Sidewalks and Plazas (Dining and Retail only)

Description: Public sidewalks are adjacent to public streets. Public plazas include the Court Street Plaza and Lauren’s Place. Specific Standards: In addition to the common standards listed above, the following standards apply to a Use of Public Sidewalks and Plazas: Dining and retail activity and merchandise display area must be limited to the street frontage … Continued

Taxes & IRS

The California State Tax deadline has been extended by the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) to June 15, 2020.  This includes partnerships and LLCs who are taxed as partnerships whose tax returns are due on March 15, 2020 now have a 90-day extension to file and pay by June 15, 2020.  Note that the FTB’s June … Continued


The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has called on the federal government to take legislative and administrative steps to equip manufacturers to respond to COVID-19 and future public health emergencies.  NAM is requesting the federal government create the “Manufacturing Resiliency Fund,” which would include $1.4 trillion in loans to provide desperately needed liquidity to manufacturers … Continued

Employers and Workers Impacted by COVID-19

California Labor and Workforce Development Agency: Unemployment Insurance and other tools for affected workers. The Employment Development Department (EDD) provides a variety of resources for employers who anticipate a reduction of work hours or potential closure or layoffs as a result of Coronavirus.  Employers experiencing a hardship as a result of Coronavirus may also request … Continued


If you’re unable to work because you are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Paid Family Leave (PFL) claim. PFL provides up to six weeks of benefit payments. The California Labor Commissioner’s Office has listed an FAQ with information related to employee leave options, … Continued

Sick or Quarantined Workers

If you’re unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim. DI provides short-term benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages due to a non-work-related illness, injury, or pregnancy.

Reduced Work Hours

If your employer has reduced your hours or shut down operations due to COVID-19, you can file an Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim. UI provides partial wage replacement benefit payments to workers who lose their job or have their hours reduced, through no fault of their own.

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