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Covid-19

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.gov/economicdevelopment/covid-19-business-support/


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.


 

Business Resources and Economic Assistance

Federal Resources

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) 

SBA will forgive loans if all employee retention criteria are met, and the funds are used for eligible expenses.

    • PPP loans have an interest rate of 1%.
    • Loans issued prior to June 5 have a maturity of 2 years. Loans issued after June 5 have a maturity of 5 years.
    • Loan payments will be deferred for borrowers who apply for loan forgiveness until SBA remits the borrower's loan forgiveness amount to the lender. If a borrower does not apply for loan forgiveness, payments are deferred 10 months after the end of the covered period for the borrower’s loan forgiveness (either 8 weeks or 24 weeks).
    • No collateral or personal guarantees are required.
    • Neither the government nor lenders will charge small businesses any fees.

How to Apply:

You can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, and federally insured credit union 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.

Expanded Employee Retention Tax Credit

The new law significantly expands the employee retention tax credit beginning on January 1, 2021. The credit expires on June 30, 2021. The prior credit was 50% on $10,000 in qualified wages for the whole year (or a maximum of $5,000 per employee). The new credit is 70% on $10,000 in wages per quarter (or a maximum $14,000 per employee through June 30th).

    • The new law also expands which employers are eligible. Prior to the new law, the employee retention tax credit applied only to an employer who experienced a decline in gross receipts of more than 50% in a quarter compared to the same quarter in 2019. Eligibility is now expanded to include employers who experienced a decline of more than 20%.
    • In addition, the employee cap under which it is easier to claim the tax credit has been raised to 500 employees from 100 employees. Now, employers with 500 or fewer employees can claim the credit for wages to paid to employees irrespective of whether the employee is providing services.
    • Employers can now also receive both the Employee Retention Tax Credit and a PPP loan, just not to cover the same payroll expenses.
    • Remember: This is a refundable tax credit. See the Chamber’s original Guide to the ERTC for more information.

American Rescue Plan COVID Leave Tax Credit 

Under the American Rescue Plan, employers are entitled to tax credits for providing paid leave to employees who take time off related to COVID-19 vaccinations.

    • The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) allows small and midsize employers, and certain governmental employers, to claim refundable tax credits that reimburse them for the cost of providing paid sick and family leave to their employees due to COVID-19, including leave taken by employees to receive or recover from COVID-19 vaccinations.
    • The ARP tax credits are available to eligible employers that pay sick and family leave for leave from April 1, 2021, through September 30, 2021.
    • For information on eligible employers, paid sick and family leave for which tax credits can be claimed, the amount of the tax credits and how they are calculated, and how to claim the tax credit click here

Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL)

The new law reopens the $10,000 EIDL Grant program. Priority for the full amount of the EIDL grant will be given to small businesses with less than 300 employees, located in low-income neighborhoods, who have experienced a 30% reduction in gross receipts during any 8-week period between March 2, and December 31, 2020 compared to a comparable 8-week period before March 2. If you meet this description and received a grant that is less than $10,000 you can reapply to receive the difference.

SBA Restaurant Revitalization Fund

Applications are now open!

This program provides emergency assistance for eligible restaurants, bars, and other qualifying businesses impacted by COVID-19.

    • The American Rescue Plan Act established the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) to provide funding to help restaurants and other eligible businesses keep their doors open.
    • This program will provide restaurants with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss up to $10 million per business and no more than $5 million per physical location.
    • Recipients are not required to repay the funding as long as funds are used for eligible uses no later than March 11, 2023.
    • You can apply through SBA-recognized Point of Sale (POS) vendors or directly via SBA in a forthcoming online application portal: https://restaurants.sba.gov. Participating POS providers include Square, Toast, Clover, NCR Corporation (Aloha), and Oracle. If you are working with Square or Toast, you do not need to register beforehand on the https://restaurants.sba.gov application portal
    • Eligible entities who have experienced pandemic-related revenue loss include:
      • Restaurants
      • Food stands, food trucks, food carts
      • Caterers
      • Bars, saloons, lounges, taverns
      • Snack and nonalcoholic beverage bars
      • Bakeries (onsite sales to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
      • Brewpubs, tasting rooms, taprooms (onsite sales to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
      • Breweries and/or microbreweries (onsite sales to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
      • Wineries and distilleries (onsite sales to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
      • Inns (onsite sales of food and beverage to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
      • Licensed facilities or premises of a beverage alcohol producer where the public may taste, sample, or purchase products

To apply click here

SBA Shuttered Venue Operator Grants Application Portal

The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program was established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, and amended by the American Rescue Plan Act. The program includes over $16 billion in grants to shuttered venues, to be administered by SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance.

    • The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program will open on Thursday, April 8, 2021. 
    • Eligible applicants may qualify for grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. $2 billion is reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees. For more information click here.

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.  

CA Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (IBank)

IBank has Finance Programs for Small Businesses (1-750 employees). Click here for more info.

U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Assistance 


State Resources 

California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program

Round 6: Wednesday, April 28th at 9:00 AM through Tuesday, May 4th at 5:00 PM. Applicants not selected to receive a grant in Rounds 1, 2, 3 & 5 do not need to re-apply and will be automatically moved into 

    • Eligible applicants: current waitlisted small businesses and/or nonprofits not selected in Rounds 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 and new applicants that meet eligibility criteria.
    • Eligible grant award: $5,000 to $25,000

California Rebuilding Fund

The California Rebuilding Fund is a loan program to support California’s small businesses—especially those located in economically disadvantaged and historically under-banked areas of the state. Businesses who employed 50 or less full-time equivalent employees (FTEs) and had gross revenues of less than $2.5 million or below in 2019 are eligible to apply. Full eligibility requirements are included in the Business Requirements tab.

The loans are flexible, transparent and are designed to help businesses access the capital and advisory services they need to get through these challenging economic times.

To fill out a pre-application and match with a participating community lenderplease 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 link EDD PUA.

California Capital Access Program (CalCAP)

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.

Unemployment Insurance

Paid Family Leave Information


County Resources 

LA County Regional COVID Fund:

LA county has partnered with LISC LA to distribute $4.7 million in grants to personal care and retail sector small businesses in need of financial support due to COVID-19. There are $10,000 grants to personal care and retail businesses. Grant Winners will be chosen through a randomized application system.

Eligible business must:

    • Have an annual revenue under $1M in the personal care and retail sectors
    • Have documented financial hardship as a result of COVID-19
    • Have NOT received COVID-19 relief funds from the County in 2021

Applicants who meet the following criteria will be weighted more heavily in the system:

    • Veteran-owned
    • Located in a CALEnviroScreen Map community with a 90% health hazard range
    • Located in County Districts with higher poverty rates, lower educational attainment, and lower median income.

Apply to Round 2 beginning April 26! 

Small Business Stabilization Loan Program

The Los Angeles County Development Authority has launched an affordable and flexible business loan program to support and help stabilize businesses in the region. Small Business Stabilization Loans range from $50,000 to $3 million, and can be used for working capital, equipment purchases, inventory, or refinancing of existing loans at higher interest rates.

Business Eligibility: 

    • Businesses must have a physical location within Los Angeles County.
    • Businesses must have been in operation for a minimum of two years at time of application.
    • Click here for a list of ineligible businesses.

Interest rate:
Fixed Wall Street Journal Prime rate. (Currently at 3.25%)

Loan Term:
Working Capital - 5-7 years.
Equipment - Up to 10 years.
Real Estate Acquisition and Construction - Up to 20 years.

For more information click here. 

LA County Early Childhood Education COVID-19 Response Team's "Childcare Heroes"

The LA County Early Childhood Education COVID-19 Response Team has released the new website to help early childhood educators safely provide critical services to children and families during the pandemic. It also gives families information on safely sending their children back to child care. The new website helps early childhood educators understand guidance and provides best practices for how to adapt their programs and activities to serve children and families safely. It includes information and resources to implement the specific guidance, ensure maximum health and safety of children and staff, and continue to offer high-quality care and education.

The website is also available in Spanish.

Free PPE for Small Businesses in Los Angeles County 

PPE made available through the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) in collaboration with the Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA). The PPE Unite™ program is a joint effort to give small business owners and their employees access to much-needed personal protective gear. This public and private partnership program creates access to PPE, promotes PPE use, and provides additional resources for businesses.

Get your 30 day supply of free Personal Protective Equipment to keep your business compliant and employees safe. Sign up now to get PPE while supplies last. Please note businesses must have 100 or fewer employees, and be located in LA County.

Los Angeles County Financial Navigators Program for Residents: 

Given the significant financial impact COVID-19 has had on many households, the Department of Consumer and Business Affairs (DCBA) has launched the new Financial Navigators Program to assist LA County residents with their financial concerns.

This no-cost program connects residents with Financial Navigators from DCBA who can help with: managing financial issues, identifying immediate action steps, and accessing additional resources.

How to Get Help From A Financial Navigator: 

    • Visit dcba.lacounty.gov/financial-navigators to complete a short interest form.
    • The interest form will ask you for your name, zip code, language preference, phone and/or email address.
    • Call 800-593-8222 if you need help completing the form.
    • A Financial Navigator will follow-up with you within 48 hours.

What Happens During a Financial Navigation Session: The free session will last between 30 minutes to an hour. A Financial Navigator will ask you a series of questions about your concerns.

Some topics that may be discussed during your session include: Prioritizing payments for expenses like housing, food, and insurance; Maximizing income, through accessing unemployment benefits, emergency loans and other public benefits; Managing debt by providing guidance on contacting and negotiating with creditors; Avoiding scams.

LA County residents may visit https://dcba.lacounty.gov/financial-navigators/ to get more information on the program and sign up for a financial navigation session by completing an Interest Form. Please note that while Financial Navigators will provide personalized guidance, they do not provide direct financial assistance such as cash or loans. They are also not long-term counselors who provide ongoing financial assistance.


City Resources 

City of Long Beach Announces New Commercial Rental Assistance Grant Program: (Funding available for businesses that lost revenue as a result of COVID-19 health restrictions)

The Commercial Rental Assistance Grant application period begins June 11, 2021, at noon and closes Thursday, July 22, 2021, at 5 p.m. To apply, businesses may visit the City’s Commercial Rental Assistance Grant webpage, review eligibility requirements and submit an application and all required documentation.

Applicants must meet all the following requirements:

  • Be a for-profit business with Long Beach as its location of business.
  • Have a Long Beach business license.
  • Have 50 or fewer full-time employees.
  • Have experienced financial hardship resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and State and local Health Orders.
  • Have a physical location with a current, active commercial lease.
  • Be in a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) area.
  • Be in compliance with local Health Orders.
  • Not be permanently closed.

The following documentation is required:

  • Current commercial lease/rental agreement.
  • Landlord contact information.
  • W-9; Request for Taxpayer ID number and certification.
  • Copy of photo ID.

Read Full Press Release here

COVID-19 Relief Payment Plan Program
The Long Beach COVID-19 Relief Payment Plan Program is part of the City’s ongoing commitment to providing support and resources to businesses and residents critically impacted by the pandemic. The program allows eligible participants the opportunity to pay interest-free and penalty-free payments for up to 18 months for the following:

  • Business-Related & General Fees – Long Beach residents and businesses can apply for payment plan assistance for business taxes and other general fees (including but not limited to business license fees, false alarm fees, health fees and police board-up fees) billed between March 16, 2020, and June 30, 2021. The enrollment period will run July 1 through August 13, 2021. For more information, business owners and residents may email FM-CityCollections@longbeach.gov or call 562.570.7600.
  • Parking Citations – This program is for people who have incurred parking citations and lack the resources to pay the fines. Qualifying residents can apply for payment plan assistance for all parking citations issued between March 16, 2020, and March 31, 2021, and the City will create individualized payment plans that do not include late fees or interest charges for up to 18 months. The enrollment period runs April 1 through May 17, 2021. For more information, people may email FM-ParkingCitation@longbeach.gov or call 562.570.6822.
  • Extension of Existing Relief Programs
    In addition to the new COVID-19 Relief Payment Plan Program, the City has also extended existing deferral and relief programs for Long Beach businesses and residents.
    • The Long Beach COVID-19 Business Tax and Fee Payment Deferral Program, which already provides payment deferrals for various business license taxes and health and fire fees for Long Beach businesses critically impacted by COVID-19, was set to expire March 31 but has been extended again through June 30, 2021.
      • Businesses with outstanding taxes and fee balances are encouraged to participate in the new COVID-19 Relief Payment Plan Program come July so they can pay the outstanding balance over time, penalty-and-interest-free. Special mail notices with information to participate in the COVID-19 Relief Payment Plan Program will be sent to businesses with outstanding balances in May. For more information, business owners may email FM-CityCollections@longbeach.gov or call 562.570.7600.
    • Also extended from March 31 to June 30, 2021, is the City’s Street Sweeping Relief Program, which provides free temporary parking permits for people in parking impacted areas. The program also provides some relief to qualifying individuals impacted by street sweeping parking citations issued between March 16, 2020, and June 30, 2021, who are facing financial hardships due to the pandemic. Temporary parking permits provide relief for those experiencing hardships and impacted by street sweeping parking citations, and deter vehicles from parking along roadways to allow for more effective street sweeping, a vital health service for the City. 
      • Residents in parking-impacted areas are reminded to take advantage of the City's free parking opportunities or find alternate solutions to park their vehicles during street sweeping days. For more information about citation relief, residents may email FM-ParkingCitation@longbeach.gov or call 562.570.6822.

More information about the various other services and resources the City offers to those affected by the pandemic is available by calling the City’s Resource Line at 562.570.INFO(4636), option 5.

SafeBiz Physical Distancing Self-Certification for Businesses

The City of Long Beach launched SafeBiz, a web-interface which allows businesses, which may open according to the “Safer at Home” order to self-certify that they are committed to re-opening their business safely. Read more.

City of Long Beach Small Loan Programs

Kiva Long Beach Loan Program: Kiva Long 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. 

City of Long Beach Emergency Microloan Program: The Emergency Microloan Program is designed to support Long Beach businesses and non-profits with 5 or less employees that have been financially burdened by the COVID-19 public health emergency. Between $2,500 to $10,000 is available for small businesses operating in Long Beach Interest rate: 2.44 percent
No fees Repayment period ranges from 5 to 7 years Borrowers may access a grace period of up to 9 months.
Loan proceeds may go toward business expenses, such as personnel, rent, supplies/materials, utilities, professional services, and more. Funding is subject to availability and submittal of a loan application does not guarantee funding. To get started, potential borrowers must sign-up for an appointment with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at longbeachsbdc.org or by phone at (562) 938-5100.

Microenterprise Loan Program: The Microenterprise Loan Program is designed to support Long Beach small businesses. Between $25,000 to $100,000 is available for small businesses operating in Long Beach. Interest rate: Wall Street Journal prime rate + 1.5 percent. Fees: 2 percent loan fee, if loan closes. Term: 5 to 10 years Loan proceeds may go toward business expenses, such as personnel, rent, supplies/materials, utilities, professional services, and more (proceeds cannot be spent on construction). Must create 1 full-time job for every $35,000 borrowed. Businesses must be a for-profit entity. 

Grow Long Beach Fund: Partnership between the City of Long Beach and National Development Council Grow America Fund. Between $100,000 to $2 million is available for businesses that have been operating in Long Beach for at least two years. Interest rate: based on current Wall Street Journal prime rate. Term: 3 to 25 years. Loans underwritten by National Development Council and guaranteed by the Small Business Administration. Business must be a for-profit entity. Funds can be used for any legitimate business expense (construction, tenant improvements, equipment, working capital, etc.). 


Click here to see previous City of Long Beach COVID-19 Media Updates for BUSINESSES

Local, State, and Federal Updates and Guidance

Official Statement by City of Long Beach Health and Human Services Department Regarding the Updated Guidance for Congregate Facilities and Health Settings

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has announced new guidance for healthcare settings and other high-risk congregate settings, including new mask and testing requirements, for the prevention of spreading COVID-19.

As it has continued to do throughout the pandemic, the City will be aligning with the new State guidance. The updated Health Order will be posted soon.

Under the new CDPH guidance, effective August 9, 2021, and subsequently in the City of Long Beach, people who work in congregate facilities and health settings will adhere to the following rules:

Acute care hospitals, skilled nursing facilities and intermediate care facilities will be required to:

  • Implement vaccine verification system; requiring proof of vaccination either via vaccine card or digital record 
  • Test those who are unvaccinated twice a week
  • Require unvaccinated staff members to wear medical grade masks

Congregate care facilities will be required to:

  • Implement vaccine verification system; requiring proof of vaccination either via vaccine card or digital record 
  • Test those who are unvaccinated once per week
  • Require unvaccinated staff members to wear medical grade masks

Other health care settings will be required to:

  • Implement vaccine verification system; requiring proof of vaccination either via vaccine card or digital record 
  • Test those who are unvaccinated once per week
  • Require unvaccinated staff members to wear medical grade masks

Additionally, the City of Long Beach is reviewing the new guidance to consider how it may affect requirements for City employees.

These new requirements are in addition to the Citywide indoor masking mandate that went into effect July 17. People who work in the settings listed above will still need to wear a face covering when indoors. 

The City of Long Beach has seen a steep rise in cases over the past six weeks. As of today, July 26, the case rate in Long Beach is 21.6 per 100,000, and the positivity rate is 8.2%. Vaccines, which are available at no cost, remain widely available through the City’s Health Department as well as pharmacies and individual providers. People can visit longbeach.gov/vaxlb for information regarding vaccinations.


City of Long Beach HEALTH ORDER FOR CONTROL OF COVID-19
Beyond the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy ORDER ISSUED: July 17, 2021. Effective as of 11:59 p.m. on Saturday July 17, 2021


Los Angeles County Reimplementing Mask Mandate!
 
Regardless of vaccination status - Los Angeles County is reimplementing its mask mandate indoors amid an increase in coronavirus case numbers and concerns over the delta variant, officials announced Thursday. 

The county recorded 1,537 new coronavirus cases Thursday, a 83% increase over the last week.

Per the LA County Health Department: We expect to keep this order in place until we begin to see improvements. The new masking order goes into effect 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, July 17, 2021!


City of Long Beach Coronavirus Disease - Most Recent Updates


Los Angeles County Business & Worker Disaster Help Center


CDC Guidance for Business and Employers

  • 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 Daily Updates

Click here to access the City's digital COVID-19 dashboard. 

  • Information includes: Confirmed cases, hospitalizations, total deaths, and total recovered. 
Resources & Updates for Restaurants and Bars

 

SBA Restaurant Revitalization Fund

Applications are now open!

This program provides emergency assistance for eligible restaurants, bars, and other qualifying businesses impacted by COVID-19.

    • The American Rescue Plan Act established the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) to provide funding to help restaurants and other eligible businesses keep their doors open.
    • This program will provide restaurants with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss up to $10 million per business and no more than $5 million per physical location.
    • Recipients are not required to repay the funding as long as funds are used for eligible uses no later than March 11, 2023.
    • You can apply through SBA-recognized Point of Sale (POS) vendors or directly via SBA in a forthcoming online application portal: https://restaurants.sba.gov. Participating POS providers include Square, Toast, Clover, NCR Corporation (Aloha), and Oracle. If you are working with Square or Toast, you do not need to register beforehand on the https://restaurants.sba.gov application portal
    • Eligible entities who have experienced pandemic-related revenue loss include:
      • Restaurants
      • Food stands, food trucks, food carts
      • Caterers
      • Bars, saloons, lounges, taverns
      • Snack and nonalcoholic beverage bars
      • Bakeries (onsite sales to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
      • Brewpubs, tasting rooms, taprooms (onsite sales to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
      • Breweries and/or microbreweries (onsite sales to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
      • Wineries and distilleries (onsite sales to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
      • Inns (onsite sales of food and beverage to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
      • Licensed facilities or premises of a beverage alcohol producer where the public may taste, sample, or purchase products

To apply click here


California Fee Waivers for Certain Bars and Restaurants 

The California Legislature passed and Governor signed SB 83 and SB 94, which authorizes the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to waive two years of fees ranging from $455 to $1,235 for certain restaurants and bars.

The fee waivers will apply primarily to restaurants, bars, and other specified license types whose business operations have been most directly impacted during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The following specific license types (including duplicates) will be eligible for a waiver pursuant to this proposal: 40, 41, 42, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 64, 68, 69, 71, 72, 75, 76, 77, 78, 83, 86, 87, 99.

For further questions, please click here


City of Long Beach Business License Relief

The City has extended the waiver of penalties related to the payment of any license taxes as well as health, fire and business licensing fees issued from March 16, 2020, to March 31, 2021. Any bills issued during this period should still be paid in a timely manner if at all possible, but no penalty will accrue until after June 30, 2021. Additionally, the City will offer a Business License Fee Grant to offset the cash flow drain of business license fees for qualified full-service independent restaurants that have been closed or materially restricted in operation and demonstrate major financial hardship as a result of the City’s Health Order. For more information, business owners can email lbbiz@longbeach.gov or call 562-570-6211.


Rapid Recovery Webinars For Business 

  • Access expert videos to increase e-commerce, access capital, improve operational efficiency and adapt strategy
  • Tap into LAEDC’s Rapid Response Business Assistance program, a free consulting service to help businesses overcome challenges

Restaurants in Long Beach may choose to access the following resources made available through the Economic Development Department:

  • Emergency Microloan Program is designed to support Long Beach businesses and nonprofits with five or less employees that have been financially burdened by the COVID-19 public health emergency. Between $2,500 to $10,000 is available for small businesses operating in Long Beach. Loan proceeds may go toward business expenses, such as personnel, rent, supplies/materials, utilities, professional services and more.
  • Kiva Long Beach Loan Program is an online community-lending program that is designed to support Long Beach small businesses. Between $500 to $15,000 is available for small businesses operating in Long Beach. Loan proceeds may go toward business expenses, such as personnel, rent, supplies/materials, utilities, professional services and more.

ShopSafeShopLocal: The State of California has partnered with industry-leading companies to launch a website, ShopSafeShopLocal, that connects small business owners to tools and resources related to shipping, operations, online marketing, and more.

Health Resources, Testing, and Vaccine Information

VACCINES FOR CORONAVIRUS DISEASE (COVID-19)

As of May 13, 2021 ALL LONG BEACH RESIDENTS OVER AGE 12+ ARE ELIGIBLE FOR THE VACCINE. 

⇒Schedule Your Vaccine Through the California Department of Public Health's My Turn System

Youth, ages 12 to 17 years old, will need parental consent in order to receive a COVID-19 vaccination, which is available at longbeach.gov/vaxlb.

The COVID-19 vaccine is one of the most important tools we have available to end the COVID-19 pandemic. The City of Long Beach began receiving COVID-19 vaccines in late December 2020 and has started distributing and dispensing the vaccine based on priority.

It is important to continue to take steps to reduce your risk of getting COVID-19 or giving it to others while we wait for a vaccine, and even after a vaccine is available. Long Beach will continue to receive vaccines until everyone in Long Beach who wants to be vaccinated is vaccinated.

Long Beach residents should expect that they will be able to receive the vaccine at no charge because it will be paid for by the federal government or through one’s insurance company.

Remember, whether you have an appointment or not, proper documentation of Long Beach residency or employment is required. This information can be found on www.longbeach.gov/vaxlb.

If you have friends and family who did not previously register with VaxLB and are 50 years and older living or working in Long Beach, they can call the help-line at 562-570-4636 or email COVID19Vaccine@longbeach.gov to schedule an appointment.

Residents who are home-bound and interested in requesting an at-home appointment may complete a request form or call the help-line for assistance.

Information on Second Doses
Current COVID-19 vaccine is two doses and Health Department officials will contact people to schedule an appointment to receive their second dose as vaccine becomes available. People are encouraged to get their second vaccine as soon as they are notified of availability. The recommended amount of time between first and second doses depends on the kind of vaccine you received. Those who got the Pfizer vaccine should get their second dose in 21 days; Moderna recommends that people get the second dose of their vaccine after 28 days. The CDC recommends that second doses be received within 6 weeks of the first vaccine but says people can receive their second dose later than 6 weeks without having to start the series over.

Please visit longbeach.gov/covid19 for more information on COVID-19 safety and up-to-date vaccine information.


California Department of Fair Employment and Housing COVID-19 Vaccine Guidance 

On March 4, 2021, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) updated its COVID-19 guidance, addressing several vaccination-related questions. 

The DFEH answers one of employers’ biggest questions — can they require employees to get vaccinated?

Yes, says the DFEH, an employer may require employees to receive an FDA-approved vaccination so long as the employer complies with the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), meaning it “does not discriminate against or harass employees or job applicants on the basis of a protected characteristic, provides reasonable accommodations related to disability or sincerely-held religious beliefs or practices, and does not retaliate against anyone for engaging in protected activity (such as requesting a reasonable accommodation).”

The DFEH clarifies that it’s not providing guidance on whether or to what extent an employer should mandate vaccination within its workforce. Rather, it only addresses how an employer should comply with the FEHA if it decides to require employees to be vaccinated.

If an employee objects to vaccination on the basis of disability, employers must engage in the interactive process with, and reasonably accommodate, the employee. The DFEH encourages employers to consider a variety of accommodations, including whether employees can work from home or whether other procedures or safeguards could be put in place at the worksite that would enable the employee to work without endangering others.

If an employee objects to vaccination based on sincerely held religious beliefs or practices, employers must also accommodate those employees. Similar to responding to a disability, employers should engage in the interactive process with the employee to identify a reasonable accommodation that eliminates the conflict between the religious belief or practice and the vaccination requirement. The DFEH says this could include job restructuring, reassignment or modification of work practices.

Employers don’t have to provide accommodations that result in “undue hardship.” In those circumstances, the DFEH says employers may “exclude the employee from the workplace.” Undue hardship is a difficult legal standard to meet. To the extent possible, employers should be flexible when it comes to accommodations. If an employer believes a particular request may cause an undue hardship, they should consult with legal counsel about their circumstances before denying an accommodation.

If an employee objects to the vaccine solely because they don’t “trust that the vaccine is safe,” the DFEH says that employers likely don’t have to accommodate them. If the employee doesn’t have a disability or sincerely held religious reason for not being vaccinated, the employer is not legally required under the FEHA to accommodate the employee. The new FAQs explain that employers can discipline a resistant employee but cautions that employers cannot retaliate against employees for engaging in protected activities. For example, an employer may not retaliate against someone who alleges that the employer’s vaccination policy discriminates or has a disparate impact on a protected group.

The new guidance also clarifies that employers administering a COVID-19 vaccination program themselves may ask employees for medical information, such as a pre-vaccination screening questionnaire, so long as the questions are “job related and consistent with business necessity,” another legal standard defined in the DFEH regulations. Employers should consult with legal counsel about requesting medical information from employees or applicants.

If the vaccination is administered by a third-party, employers can require an employee or job applicant to provide proof of vaccination. The DFEH explains that simply asking for proof of vaccination is not related to disability, religious creed or a medical examination; however, the documentation could potentially include disability-related medical information, so employers should instruct employees or applicants to omit any medical information from such documentation.

Employers should review the DFEH’s updated guidance and consult with legal counsel before implementing a mandatory vaccination policy


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