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Monday, March 30, 2020 - Media Update for BUSINESSES

City of Long Beach: COVID-19

Media Update for BUSINESSES

 

March 30, 2020 Daily Updates

 

Today’s daily update is focused entirely on the amended Safer at Home Order for Control of COVID-19 that was issued on Saturday, March 28th

A summary of what has changed in the Order is outlined below:

  • Essential Businesses must make every effort to ensure social distancing among employees, which includes:
    • Allowing telecommuting, video or phone meetings, stagger schedules so less people are at work at one time, separate employees by six feet.
    • Limiting meetings or gatherings of any sort, especially in locations where employees could interact or come in contact with any member of the public.
      • This includes limiting or eliminating (1) employees from traveling in vehicles together and/or (2) the need for employees to physically work in teams of two or more.
      • If meetings or gatherings are absolutely necessary, Essential Businesses must maintain social distancing to the extent practicable.
  • Facilities that must close and are now closed:
    • All public beaches, trails, trailheads, basketball courts, tennis courts, volleyball courts, golf courses, dog parks, playgrounds, skate parks, public park and public beach parking lots, and picnic areas.
    • Private gyms in multifamily housing complexes, such as in condominium and apartment complexes.
  • Businesses no longer considered “essential”:
    • Businesses that sell exclusively personal care products (e.g. beauty supply)
  • Limitations on essential businesses:
    • Death care services are limited to the removal, care, and preparation, and burial of deceased persons or animals. Funerals are not permitted.
    • Painting services are only permitted if (1) the purpose of painting is to sell or lease new residences, (2) the painting is necessary to maintain the safety or habitability of residences or businesses, or (3) the painting is due to new construction.
  • Additional Restrictions:
    • Licensed Medical Cannabis Dispensaries can temporarily do curbside pickup under the following conditions:
      • Payment for cannabis and/or cannabis products must be made in advance of the curbside pickup.
      • Patients must submit proof of a valid government-issued identification and the patient’s medical identification card prior to the curbside pickup.
      • Upon pickup, the medical dispensary must verify that the identification of the patient is the same person who ordered curbside pickup via the presentation of a valid government-issued identification.
      • Products must be delivered to patients in opaque packaging.
      • Uniformed and licensed security personnel must be present during all curbside pickup transactions.
      • All other local and State laws, regulations, and lawful orders are adhered to.
  • Enforcement:
    • The City now can issue administrative citations against businesses operating in violation of the Safer at Home Order.
    • The Water Department, in consultation with the City Attorney, may shut off water service to non-essential businesses operating in violation of the order, as appropriate
Friday, March 27, 2020 - Media Update for BUSINESSES

City of Long Beach: COVID-19

Media Update for BUSINESSES

March 27, 2020 Daily Updates

 

  • The City of Long Beach Economic Development Department is working a variety of one-pagers that will provide information on loan programs, employer and worker programs, essential vs. non-essential businesses, temporary bans on evictions policy, and more. One-pagers will be shared with this group as they become available. The goal is to reduce confusion by providing consistent and digestible information. 
  •  The WorkPlace Job Center (4811 Airport Plaza Dr., Ste. 120) remains open to assist Long Beach families, workers and small businesses affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. The WorkPlace Job Center is managed by the Pacific Gateway Workforce Innovation Network. If you hear of any businesses that are considering laying off employees, please encourage them to speak with Pacific Gateway by calling (562) 570-3702 or the Business Hotline at (562) 570-4BIZ (4249). In some cases, they may be able to direct employers to resources that will reduce layoffs or at the minimum connect workers to important unemployment insurance information. 

 

  • You may have heard that Congress is working on passing a $2 trillion economic relief package that will provide support for small businesses, such as forgivable loans and grants. The Economic Development Department is tracking the federal conversation around the economic relief package and working to identify exactly how these resources may materialize for Long Beach small businesses. More information will be shared with this group as it becomes available.
Thursday, March 26, 2020 - Media Update for BUSINESSES

City of Long Beach: COVID-19

Media Update for BUSINESSES

March 26, 2020 Daily Update

  • The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program, which offers up to $2 million at 3.75% interest rate for businesses, website is currently overwhelmed and the SBA is only accepting paper applications at this time. Forms can be found at the following website: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/apply-for-disaster-loan/index.html. The local Small Business Development Center is available to help people with SBA loan applications. They can be reached at 562-938-5100. Appointments can also be scheduled online: https://longbeachsbdc.org/.
  • The California Small Business Development Center Network has created a helpful resource guide for businesses. The resource guide covers the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program, State Employment Development Department resources, and information on business interruption insurance. The resource guide can be found at the following website: https://www.sandiego.gov/sites/default/files/covid_19_resources_ca-sbdc.pdf
  • Price gouging is a concern right now, especially as there are currently limited supplies at some larger grocery stores. California’s anti-price gouging statute, Penal Code Section 396, prohibits raising the price of many consumer goods and services by more than 10% after an emergency has been declared. More information can be found here: https://oag.ca.gov/consumers/pricegougingduringdisasters#2C.
Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - Media Update for BUSINESSES

City of Long Beach: COVID-19

Media Update for BUSINESSES

March 25, 2020 Update

  • Yesterday, the City Council passed an Ordinance that put in place a temporary prohibition of evictions due to COVID-19.
    • The Ordinance applies to both commercial and residential tenants.
    • The temporary prohibition of evictions is currently through May 31, 2020.
    • Tenants must notify landlords of their inability to pay rent and provide supporting documentation that shows financial hardship due to COVID-19.
    • Some examples of financial hardship include a substantial decrease in household income caused by layoffs or a reduction in business income caused by a reduction in opening hours or consumer demand.
    • More information can be found here.
  • Pacific Gateway, the City’s Workforce Development Agency, is coordinating daily livestreams on Instagram. The livestream starts at 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Topics of discussion range from Unemployment InsuranceState Work Sharing Programs, information on job openings, and other resources for workers and employers. Pacific Gateway’s Instagram handle is @pacgateway.
  • The City’s Health Officer has amended the “Safer at Home Order for Control of COVID-19.” Definitions for “essential businesses” start on page 5, Section 14. Page 2, Section 3 of the Order describes the businesses that shall close through April 19, 2020.
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - Media Update for BUSINESSES

City of Long Beach: COVID-19

Media Update for BUSINESSES

March 24, 2020 Daily Updates

 

  • The City of Long Beach has just launched an Emergency Business Assistance Loan Program. Below is a summary of the program:
    • Existing microenterprises (5 employees or less) may apply for an emergency loan from $2,500 to $10,000 on a first-come, first-served basis.
    • Lowest available interest rate will be around 3 percent
    • Loan payments may be deferred up to 9-months
    • No personal guarantee required
    • 5-7 year repayment period
    • Loan proceeds must be spent on legitimate business expenses
    • Business advisors from the Small Business Development Center can help people apply for the loan for free. They can be reached at (562) 938-5100.
    • Please direct any loan inquiries to either Seyed Jalali at (562) 570-6172, Eric Romero at (562) 570-6705, or the following email address: BusinessDevelopment@longbeach.gov.
  • The City will track all complaints of businesses that are not complying with the Health Order. To report a violation, call the City’s Communications Center non-emergency dispatch at (562) 435-6711. All complaints will be reviewed. Violation of, or failure to comply with the Order is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine, imprisonment, or both
  • While the Permit Center is closed, Development Services will be continuing limited operations via phone, email, and online. Please visit the following pages for more information:

 

Monday, March 23, 2020 - Media Update for BUSINESSES

City of Long Beach: COVID-19

Media Update for BUSINESSES

March 23, 2020 Daily Updates

 

  • The City’s Business Hotline Call Center is now operating seven (7) days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This past weekend 21 staff members from other departments joined our team to support the Call Center. All staff members were trained to respond to a variety of business inquiries. The Business Hotline number is (562) 570-4BIZ (4249).
  • The Long Beach Disaster Relief Fund Grant requirements are now available online at https://longbeachcf.org/lb-disaster-relief-grant/. Grant requests up to $20,000 will be accepted. Eligible projects include:
    • Grants to nonprofits serving low-income individuals affected by COVID-19 to pay for critical expenses; 
    • Grants to nonprofits providing microloans and/or funds to small businesses affected by COVID-19 to pay for critical expenses and adapt business models during this crisis;
    • Grants to nonprofits providing emergency funds for workers laid off as a result of COVID-19;
    • Grants to nonprofits providing assistance to individuals experiencing homelessness for sheltering, food, sanitation supplies to mitigate the spread COVID-19, and to quarantine as a result of COVID-19 exposure, and
    • Grants to nonprofits to provide food and critical supply delivery to those who are home-bound.
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