COVID-19 Resources and Guidance for Small Businesses
Last Updated: April 20, 2020, 2:40PM
COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus
This page will be updated regularly as information becomes available.
The City of San Leandro is closely following the developments around COVID-19 (‘Coronavirus’). We care deeply about all of the members of our community and take the evolving nature of the coronavirus very seriously. The City is focused on providing public services, while also closely following the recommendations of the world’s leading health organizations and implementing continuity plans. We are taking the appropriate steps and continue to actively monitor the impact the virus may have on the community.
The City continues to assess the impacts of COVID-19 on City operations. Mayor Cutter announced that her annual State of the City address has been postponed to a future date yet to be determined. All large public gatherings at City facilities are also being postponed or cancelled, and other smaller events may be impacted as well. Check our website at www.sanleandro.org for the latest updates.
The health and safety of the community is our highest priority. In light of recent events related to coronavirus (COVID-19) and the Shelter In Place ordered by the Alameda County Health Official, effective March 17, 2020, City Hall is closed. Non-essential services have been suspended through April 7, 2020, unless otherwise extended.
NEWS: On Thursday, March 16, 2020, Mayor Pauline Cutter and the San Leandro City Council announced the new COVID-19 Small Business Continuity Grant Program, offering relief to small businesses that demonstrate negative impacts as a result of the COVID-19 shutdown with a one-time capital infusion of up to $5,000. Click HERE for more information on this program, and how to apply. Applications are due by 5:00 PM on Monday, April 27, 2020.
On Monday, March 23, 2020, the San Leandro City Council unanimously passed an urgency ordinance with the goal of temporarily halting evictions for non-payment of rent due to a substantial loss of income because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The new rules are effective immediately and remain in place through May 31, 2020 or the expiration of the local emergency or the Governor’s proclamation of a state of emergency, whichever is later. The ordinance provides all commercial and residential tenants, including mobile home tenants and recreational vehicle owners, a defense in an eviction proceeding for failure to pay rent. Follow this link to learn more about the moratorium.
As this is an evolving situation, City staff will practice diligence in keeping the public informed on future developments.
If you are a business owner worried about serious disruption to your business you may request to be added to the Alameda County Small Business Development Center mailing list at: email@example.com
Alameda County has been included in the Small Business Administration Economic Loss Declaration for businesses impacted by COVID-19. We will share specific instructions on how impacted businesses can apply to receive low interest loans from the SBA. The SBA will work directly with businesses on applications and SBA will determine qualifications.
Small Business Administration to Provide Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19) Up to $2 Million in Disaster Assistance Loans
The Flatten the Curve blog is a general resource being constantly updated by a public health professional. [Note: neither the City of San Leandro, the North Coast SBDC nor any of its partners/funders endorses or influences this content. It’s posted here for informational purposes only.]
Links to multiple state resources on GO-Biz (Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development) COVID 19 web page: business.ca.gov/coronavirus-2019.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has very helpful COVID-19 planning tips on their “Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers” web page.
CA Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) COVID FAQ page explains what employers need to know and do.
Employment Development Department (EDD) then lays out how to access the sick leave, family leave, disability, and unemployment insurance supports for your employees at their COVID FAQ page.
The CA Department of Public Health (CADPH) issues daily updates at cdph.ca.gov/covid19.
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The San Leandro Chamber of Commerce has created a resources page: https://www.sanleandrochamber.com/covid-19-resources-updates/
The City of San Leandro has created a COVID-19 information page: https://www.sanleandro.org/c19/
Here is a link to helpful discussions for manufacturers, in particular as it relates to questions revolving what constitutes Critical Infrastructure Sectors: https://bayareamanufacturingcareers.com/manufacturing-discussion-forum.html
CISA – Identifying Critical Infrastructure Sectors: https://www.cisa.gov/identifying-critical-infrastructure-during-covid-19
The $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package earmarks $350 billion in forgivable loans for small businesses (with 500 employees or less). The bill also provides $10 billion for grants of up to $10,000 to provide emergency funds for small businesses to cover immediate operating costs. Follow this link to learn more about what that could mean for your business! Click here to read the bill in its entirety.
Access to capital programs remain in place, including special disaster assistance at the state and federal levels.
California IBank’s Small Business Finance Center
California Treasurer’s CalCAP
U.S. SBA’s Disaster Loan Program Online Application
3/12/2020 press release: Small Business Administration to Provide Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19) Up to $2 Million in Disaster Assistance Loans
SBA Disaster Loan Assistance
Thanks to a $2.5 million investment by Verizon, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) has announced the Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund, which can be accessed HERE.
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