Coronavirus (COVID-19) has left many people uncertain and concerned about what precautions to take, and the implications in the workplace.
We are closely monitoring Coronavirus and following the current guidance from the leading government and health authorities to ensure we are taking the right actions to protect our members, employees, and community.
We want to be sure that you have every resource at your disposal as you navigate this uncertain time and we will continue to monitor this evolving situation and will keep you informed of future updates.
For the most current and updated information, please see the City of Long Beach's Economic Development business support page on COVID-19: http://longbeach.
The Chamber team is here to assist you during this crisis. If you have any questions, please click here to contact the appropriate staff member.
Kiva Long Beach Loan Program - is a creative online crowd-lending program that is designed to support Long Beach small businesses. Loans up to $15,000 are available at a zero percent interest rate; approved borrowers may access a grace period of up to 6-months, loan proceeds may go toward business expenses, such as personnel, rent, supplies/materials, utilities, professional services, and more; all loan applications are reviewed by Kiva, a nonprofit organization; approved loans on Kiva’s online crowd-lending platform have 30 days to successfully raise the entire loan; 25 Long Beach businesses have benefited from this program. To get started, potential borrowers should contact BusinessDevelopment@longbeach.gov or 562-570-4249
- The Women’s Business Council is proud to partner with Marathon to offer a $5,000 small business grant to one deserving Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce member! Its purpose is to help small business owners to grow their business. Criteria: Woman-owned business, Must be a member of the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, Business must have less than 20 full time employees, Must have been in business a minimum of 2 years, Must have had collaborative and/or community involvement. Click Here to Apply Application deadline June 1, 2020
Red Backpack Fund - Spanx and The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation is making $5,000 grants available to small businesses. This grant is available to women-owned businesses. The Red Backpack Fund application portal for Round 3 applications will next open from June 1-8. To learn more and apply, click here.
- CND x BCL Nail Professional Relief Grant - offers a $1,000 grant to nail professionals. Eligibility: be a licensed nail professional and have been employed for 12 months on or before March 16, 2020 and reside in the United States and must currently not be earning an income. The grant application is due by June 30, 2020 (applications accepted on a rolling basis). To learn more and apply, please click here.
- Pandemic Unemployment Assistance - As a part of the Federal CARES Act, the new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program helps unemployed Californians who are business owners, self-employed, independent contractors, have limited work history, and others not usually eligible for regular State Unemployment Insurance benefits. The provisions of the program include: Up to 30 weeks of benefits starting with weeks of unemployment beginning February 2, 2020, through the week ending December 26, 2020, depending on when a person became directly impacted by the pandemic. An additional $600 to each PUA weekly benefit amount a person may be eligible to receive. Only the weeks of a claim between March 20 and July 25 are eligible for the $600 payments. For more information, click on the following url: EDD PUA.
- Paycheck Protection Program ( $310 billion infusion) - An SBA loan that helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. The SBA will resume accepting Paycheck Protection Program applications from participating lenders on Monday, April 27, 2020 at 10:30am EDT. You can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. Other regulated lenders will be available to make these loans once they are approved and enrolled in the program. You should consult with your local lender as to whether it is participating in the program. Find Lender Here
- City of Long Beach Partner Processing Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Applications - The National Development Council (NDC) is now officially a PPP lender. The City of Long Beach has a longstanding partnership with NDC. This partnership enables Long Beach small businesses to submit PPP applications through NDC’s application portal. Funds are limited and we encourage Long Beach small businesses that may benefit from this program to apply as soon as possible. Following is a link to the NDC’s PPP application portal: https://ndconline.org/ppp/
- Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL) - This loan advance will provide up to $10,000 of economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing temporary difficulties. At this time, only agricultural business applications will be accepted due to limitations in funding availability and the unprecedented submission of applications already received. Applicants who have already submitted their applications will continue to be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. For agricultural businesses that submitted an EIDL application through the streamlined application portal prior to the legislative change, SBA will process these applications without the need for re-applying.
- SBA Disaster Loan info for solopreneurs, single member LLCs and Independent Contractors - Independent contractors, Solopreneurs, Single Member LLC owners are also eligible to apply for Unemployment Insurance, even while applying for PPP and/or EIDL.
- Local Funding Finder by Excelerate America - locates COVID-19 relief programs available to businesses in your area.
- California Capital Access Program (CalCAP) - is a loan loss reserve program for businesses with 1-500 employees, which may provide up to 100% coverage on losses as a result of certain loan defaults. Individual borrowers are limited to a maximum of $2.5 million enrolled over a 3-year period. Contact a Participating Lender to enroll.
- CA Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (IBank) - Finance Programs (1-750 employees) - Small Business COVID-19 Disaster Relief Loan Guarantee Program. Click here for more info.
- LISC Small Business Relief Grant -LISC is offering grants of up to $10,000 each to small business owners to help meet their most immediate needs. Eligible expenses include: paying rent & utilities, payroll, paying outstanding debt to vendors, upgrading technology infrastructure and other immediate operational costs. Round 3 application deadline is May 20, 2020. The Round 3 application period is now closed. Please sign up for updates here
- LA County $500,000 Employer Assistance Grant Fund - This fund has been exhausted and now there’s a wait list in case more funding becomes available. Here is the link to the waitlist: https://mywdacs.force.com/community/WDACSGrantManagementLogin.
- The City of Long Beach has developed a system to connect providers with personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as a way for people to donate goods and services and access to facial coverings through an online exchange platform. Request for Medical PPE: Various qualifying organizations in need of PPE, including healthcare facilities, medical providers, shelters, adult day care and long-term care facilities, may request supplies via the City’s longbeach.gov/COVID19
website, under “Resources for Healthcare Providers.” Equipment Donations to the City: To streamline and manage the donations and offers of assistance to the City of Long Beach, the City also has developed an online form that can be completed by local businesses and community volunteers who are interested in providing assistance.
- Local Community Engagement and Safety Mini-Grants - Mini-Grants aim to build street level community resiliency and increase the safety of vulnerable street users. SCAG will award up to $10,000 to selected projects and strategies, which shall all be implemented between May 2020 and July 31, 2020. Guidelines and Application can be found here. Community-based organizations, non-profits, artists, students, and creators may apply for a Mini-Grant. Funding is available to recipients across the SCAG region, and the deadline for applications is May 14, 2020 at 5:00 PM. The application period is now closed.
- Microenterprises Grant Program for 4th District (Los Angeles County) Businesses - Supervisor Janice Hahn has created a grant program for our microenterprises with less than 5 employees. They will accept applications from May 13 at noon through May 14 at noon. Restaurants in Long Beach are eligible to apply for this grant. Apply for Grant The application period is now closed.
- Facebook Small Business Grants Program - Los Angeles-area small businesses are now able to apply for Facebook's Small Business Grants Program. This initiative is part of Facebook’s pledge to offer $100M in small business grants worldwide. To be eligible to apply, you must: be a for-profit company, have between 2 and 50 employees, have been in business for over a year and have experienced challenges from COVID-19. Apply Here The application period is now closed.
City of Long Beach: COVID-19
Media Update for BUSINESSES
May 26, 2020 Daily Updates
Update: City of Long Beach Safer at Home Order Amended
- On Friday, May 22, the City updated the Safer at Home Order (Order).
- Per the latest Order, the following “lower-risk” businesses are allowed with limited operations:
- Antique stores
- Beauty supply
- Clothing and shoe stores
- Hobby Stores
- Home and furnishing stores
- Jewelry stores
- Music stores
- Retail ONLY for hair salons, barbers, art galleries, museums, spas, wellness centers
- Sporting goods stores
- Tobacco retailers
- Toy stores
- All retail that provide goods and services not considered “essential” must operate curbside pickup or delivery only
- Car dealerships
- Car washes, including full service
- Residential cleaning services
- Pet services (e.g., pet grooming, dog walking, training)
- Can operate storefronts
- No longer required to do curbside pickup/drop off
- Equipment rentals such as kayaks, standup paddleboards, kitesurfing, electric boats, bikes
- Must be staffed and able to sanitize equipment between uses
- Shared equipment limited to individuals or members of the same household only
- Small charters, including gondola rides
- Only 2 employees allowed - employee to operate the water vessel and one other employee
- Limited to charters to individuals or members of the same household only
- Gatherings and charters that allow more than one household at a time are prohibited
- Staff of organizations or associations, including faith-based organizations, may prepare and facilitate live-stream services with their members, including worship services, if staff gathering is limited to 10 people or fewer
- In-person counseling services, including faith-based counseling, where the service cannot reasonably be practiced remotely and the counselling is limited to members of a single household
- In-person behavioral health or substance use disorder support in therapeutic small group meetings, such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous
- Outdoor museums
- Outdoor spaces only for outdoor recreational activities (e.g. walking).
- Indoor portions of the museum must be closed to the public
- Stationary activities and exhibits that involve touching or contact are prohibited
- No gatherings
o Private and public golf courses
o Tennis centers and tennis courts
o All Lower-Risk Businesses are required to implement and post a Physical Distance Protocol prior to operating.
- To review the entire Order, please click on the following link: Safer at Home Order.
Click here to see previous City of Long Beach COVID-19 Media Updates for BUSINESSES
City of Long Beach Posters for Businesses - The City of Long Beach has created a variety of posters that business owners can print and post at their businesses.
- Maintain Physical Distancing poster
- Please Wear a Face Covering poster
- Do Not Enter This Facility if You Are Experiencing Symptoms poster
- Restroom Plumbing poster
- Farmers Market Safety Tips poster
- Health Guidance for Restaurants poster
- Food Safety Guidelines poster
- Health Guidance for Facilities poster
- Grocery and Convenience Store Guidelines poster
- Food Trucks and Food Carts Guidelines poster
- School Districts and Charitable Food Operations Guidelines poster
- Farmers Market Vendor Guidelines poster
- Essential Business Owner Guidelines poster
- Essential Business Office Guidelines poster
- Essential Business Employee Guidelines poster
- Retail Businesses Permitted to Reopen, With Safety Restrictions - Effective Friday, May 8, 2020, the City of Long Beach will allow retail businesses, with modified operations and proper sanitizing and physical distancing protocols in place, to reopen for curbside pickup and delivery services only. This comes one day after the City’s first reopening announcement and is being done in an effort to align with the reopening direction set forth by Governor Newsom. Non-essential retail businesses authorized to reopen include but are not limited to the following, per Governor Newsom’s direction:
- Jewelry stores
- Toy stores
- Clothing stores
- Shoe stores
- Home and furnishing stores
- Sporting goods stores
- Antique stores
- Music stores
- Automobile Dealerships: may open showrooms to the public. Required to implement a Physical Distancing Protocol prior to opening.
- Golf Courses: may open and required to implement Golf Distancing Protocols prior to opening. Read Full Press Release
ABC Industry Advisory - Delivery of Alcoholic Beverages - Many licensees deliver alcoholic beverages to consumers at residences, businesses, and other locations away from the licensed premises. Although delivery is a privilege most retailers have had for many years with respect to beer and wine, since the advent of the COVID-19 crisis, and the Department permitting the delivery of distilled spirits and retailer-packaged alcoholic beverages, there has been a marked increase in deliveries. This Industry Advisory is to call licensees’ attention to four issues: (1) to remind licensees of their legal obligations relating to deliveries; (2) to ensure licensees are aware that they are ultimately responsible for the delivery of the alcoholic beverage; (3) that the Department’s recent enforcement actions have revealed that third-party delivery services are routinely delivering alcoholic beverages to minors; and (4) that many licensees, and the delivery services they use, are failing to adhere to a variety of other legal obligations. Read More
- City of Long Beach COVID-19 Data Dashboard - City of Long Beach's website now features an interactive data dashboard that provides the public with information regarding positive cases, hospitalizations, demographic breakdowns and more. The dashboard allows the public to see more granular data than previously released and now provides city comparisons among other jurisdictions. The elements of the dashboard are updated as information comes in so that the public can get the most up-to-date information available.
- CDC Family First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) - FFCRA requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. Part of the FFCRA mandates employers to post the notice regarding Employee Rights Under the FFCRA – Sick Leave and Expanded FMLA. These provisions will apply from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020
City of Long Beach: COVID-19
Tuesday, May 26, 2020
By the Numbers (Long Beach only:
- 1,605 total positive results
- Daily reporting of case counts continues to fluctuate due to heavy demand for testing (due to the wider scope of testing criteria) and backlog at various laboratories, causing delays in reporting.
- 75 fatalities
- 65 people hospitalized
- Approximately 1,150 recovered (Please note that, for low-risk patients recovering at home, recovery data is self-reported)
- Data as of 12:01 a.m. May 26, 2020
Details Regarding Fatalities:
- 57 are associated with long-term care facilities
- One individual was in their 40s, four individuals were in their 50s, 17 were in their 60s, 19 were in their 70s, 20 were in their 80s, and 14 were over 90 years old
- 42 individuals were men and 33 were women
- All individuals had underlying health conditions
- At this time, to avoid risk to patient privacy, no further details will be provided
Long-Term Care Facility Case Information:
- 472 positive cases have been confirmed at a total of 25 long-term care facilities in the city since the start of the pandemic (25 is a cumulative number; the Health Department is currently monitoring long-term care facilities with active cases). These cases include both facility residents and staff members (who may not be residents). Long Beach had a total of 96 long-term care facilities (LTCF) at a point in time according to two state databases. Three of these facilities are pending state licensing. For the tracking LTCF in Long Beach, 93 facilities were used as our baseline. Currently, 22 of these facilities are closed and 71 of these facilities, both assisted living and skilled nursing, are currently open and operating. Moving forward, we will use 71 facilities as our baseline for LTCF reporting with respect to COVID-19. In the event a new facility opens, Health officials will provide support and serve as a resource to facility administrators and staff.
- In line with the California Department of Public Health’s standard for listing skilled nursing facilities with positive cases, the City is listing facilities currently experiencing outbreaks (more than two cases of COVID-19) including counts for health care workers and residents. (A delay in publishing the LTCF attachment is associated with the holiday weekend closures; the attachment will be forthcoming.)
Tracking the Curve:
- Information regarding positive cases, hospitalizations and demographic breakdown is available online at longbeach.gov/COVID19 and in the City’s data dashboard, providing the most up-to-date information available. (see attachments)
Orders of the Health Officer:
- Latest version of “Safer at Home” Order (5/22)
- Amendments to the Self-Isolation and Quarantine orders requiring individuals with COVID-19 to self-isolate, and those at risk to self-quarantine (5/08)
- An additional health order further protects those living in congregate health facilities (4/15)
Past News Releases:
- To view COVID-19-related news releases, visit the City Press Release Archive. Releases include information about economic relief, help for people experiencing homelessness and updates regarding City operations.
Joint Information Center:
- The Joint Information Center (JIC) remains open during normal business hours, seven days a week: 562.570.NEWS (6397) or email@example.com.
Important Public Safety Announcements:
- The City urges people to remain calm. Follow @LongBeachCity on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and visit longbeach.gov/COVID19 for guidance. Sign up for Alert Long Beach to receive emergency notifications.
- Long Beach Police and Fire Departments remain fully committed to the ongoing City efforts to ensure the safety and health of its community members.
Who To Call & Additional Resources:
- Up-To-Date Local Information on COVID-19: longbeach.gov/COVID19 and @LongBeachCity on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Highlights can be found using the hashtag #COVID19LongBeach.
- Media Inquiries: 562.570.NEWS (6397) or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Business Information Line (normal business hours): 562.570.4BIZ (4249)
- Public Information Line (normal business hours): 562.570.INFO (4636)
- Health Providers:
- Normal hours: 562.570.4302
- After hours emergency only: 562.500.5537
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: cdc.gov/COVID19
- Ready.gov: ready.gov/pandemic
- Port of Long Beach COVID-19 Information: polb.com/business/covid-19-
Great Plates Delivered - Food Provider Interest Form
Governor Newsom announced Friday, April 24 the launch of a first-in-the-nation “Great Plates Delivered: Home Meals for Seniors” partnership with counties, cities, and Tribes. This program has two purposes: Help older adults (65 years or older) and other adults (60-64 years) at high risk from COVID-19 to stay home and stay healthy by delivering three nutritious meals a day, and Provide essential economic stimulus to local businesses and workers struggling to stay afloat during the COVID crisis.
As you know, the mandate for Long Beach regarding bars, gyms, arcades, theaters, and restaurants is now in effect as of March 17, 2020 at 12am and continuing until March 31, 2020 or until further notice,
- Bars include but are not limited to nightclubs, breweries, wineries, taverns, pubs, cocktail lounges and alcoholic beverage manufacturing facilities
- Gyms include yoga, pilates, boxing, spin, and other small fitness centers
- Bowling alleys are also mandated to close
- Restaurants include but are not limited to establishments engaged in the preparation and sale of food for immediate consumption with seating for customers to consume on-site
- This includes coffee shops
- Restaurants offering take-out are encouraged to separate areas for pick-up by 6 feet to accommodate social distancing
- Dignity Health Offers Free COVID-19 Virtual Care
Dignity Health is focused on helping our providers and communities prepare for, and respond to, the spread of COVID-19 in every way we can. To support our community response to this virus, we are expanding access to virtual urgent care options. Dignity Health is offering free virtual urgent care visits with a coupon code for patients experiencing mild to moderate symptoms of COVID-19.
- City of Long Beach Rapid Assessment Clinic and Drive-Through Testing Site
City of Long Beach launched a Rapid Assessment Clinic to provide medical assistance to people who might otherwise feel compelled to visit an emergency room for their medical conditions. Starting Tuesday April 7 drive-through appointment-only COVID-19 testing will be available for those who need it, in an area adjacent to the Rapid Assessment Clinic. Interested individuals should visit the City's COVID-19 testing page and answer several pre-screening questions. Testing will continue to be prioritized for individuals who are symptomatic, those who have underlying health conditions, or are 65 years or older.
- Kaiser Permanete - temporarily limiting service at the Long Beach Medical Office
As Kaiser Permanente addresses the short and long-term needs generated by the COVID-19 virus, we are continually evaluating the most strategic deployment of our staff and facilities. In some areas, we are temporarily closing or minimizing services at our medical office buildings as we convert to telehealth appointments. At this time, we are temporarily limiting service at the Long Beach Medical Office to pharmacy, lab and diagnostic imaging/radiology only.
- California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)- works to help mitigate higher energy bills utility customers may receive due to Shelter at Home. Read More
- Laserfiche Supports Community Hospital Long Beach Reopening With PPE and Electronic Health Records Software: Laserfiche — the leading global provider of intelligent content management business process automation — is supporting Community Hospital Long Beach through a multifaceted initiative that includes donations of personal protective equipment (PPE) and a Laserfiche Cloud solution to accelerate hiring and new patient onboarding.
- F&L Racing Fuel has shifted gears and is now selling hand sanitizer in efforts to help stop the spread of COVID-19. For every bottle of hand sanitizer sold, F&L is donating the gross profits to local homeless shelters to help support one of the most vulnerable communities during this time. With their sales in the first two weeks, they were able to donate their first check for $15,000 to the Long Beach Rescue Mission April 29th. F&L is dedicated to helping utilize their resources to help the local community during this time. Please do your part & help support by purchasing on their website: https://www.mil-specproducts.com/Products/handsanitizer. F&L Racing Fuels Hand Sanitizer is available in three convenient sizes, 2oz for on the go, 8oz for home and business use and by the gallon for making those refills quick and easy!
- Su Casa Expanding Services During Safe At Home Quarantine - Su Casa – Ending Domestic Violence has announced that it has joined Project Safe Haven, a collaborative effort by the Los Angeles Mayor’s Fund to shelter survivors of domestic violence. At a time when NBC news is reporting a 20% increase in domestic violence reports and shelters are reducing numbers of residents to allow for social distancing, a new approach was needed. Singer Rihanna joined forces with Twitter Chief Executive Jack Dorsey, and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to help victims of domestic violence during the lock down period. Read Press Release
Starting May 4, Starbucks stores in the U.S. and Canada will gradually begin to welcome customers using the Starbucks App and a variety of appropriate store formats, determined on a store-by-store basis. Customers could see the following experiences: Drive-thru, Grab-and-go, and Starbucks Delivers: Note: Select grocery locations and cafes located near hospitals are examples of locations that have remained open to best serve our customers and community in a responsible way. Read Starbucks response to COVID-19 here.
- Starbucks partners have served more than 1 million cups of free coffee to first responders and front-line health care workers during the COVID-19 outbreak, the company announced today. Since March 25, Starbucks has been giving out FREE tall brewed (hot or iced) coffees to first responders and front-line healthcare workers and will continue to do so through the end of May. Read More
- Laserfiche: Get a Free Canon DR-230 Scanner When You Purchase a 5-User Laserfiche Cloud System. Combine the power and flexibility of Laserfiche Cloud with the high-performance and ease of use of the Canon DR-C230 Office Document Scanner*. Read More
- Stater Bros. Markets Extends Operating Hours - Effective Monday, April 27, 2020 all 169 Stater Bros. Markets locations will modify their temporary operating hours to 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. The stores will continue to offer an exclusive senior shopping hour from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. daily. Read More
- The BizFed Institute has formed an unprecedented partnership with the LA Delegation of 39 CA Senators and Assemblymembers, Los Angeles County, the Hospital Association of Southern California (HASC), Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Los Angeles Locals, along with BizFed’s 195 business associations representing over 400,000 employers to locate and collect donations of much needed vital safely supplies to help protect workers throughout LA County and mitigate the spread of the virus. Donate Today Here!
- Valero Commits $100,000 to Area COVID-19 Fight - Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE: VLO, “Valero”) and the Valero Energy Foundation are committing $100,000 to support local organizations on the front lines of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Long Beach Post Shop: COVID-19 Masks and Face Coverings - On April 3, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that everyone wear a simple, cloth face covering while out in public. The Long Beach Post, with the assistance of the City of Long Beach, has launched this marketplace for local makers and businesses to connect with people looking to purchase masks and face coverings. The Long Beach Post receives no commission from the sale of products sold through this marketplace. READ MORE
- SoCalGas and Frontier Communications Support Diverse Business Enterprises - Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) and Frontier Communications will collaborate to lead a series of webinars throughout April with tips for diverse business enterprises seeking to earn utility contracts. Online sessions intended to help diverse businesses succeed during COVID-19 pandemic
- Skills4Care is offering in-home childcare service to Essential Workers -In an effort to provide childcare solutions during this COVID-19 pandemic, Skills4Care, the Cambrian Homecare non-profit, is offering CalFLEXI by Pacific Gateway. The CalFLEXI program provides an online platform enabling you to book pre-vetted, qualified providers for your in-home childcare needs. Read More
- South Coast AQMD Expediting Permits to Aid COVID-19 Efforts