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.
Attention members. Congress has approved $350 billion in emergency loans for small businesses to help them keep workers employed. In fact, if small businesses maintain or later restore their payrolls, they may not have to repay some — or possibly any — of the loan. Here’s a guide and checklist from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to help your small business through the process. As always, we are available if you have any questions. Please contact our Senior Vice President Jeremy Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org or 562-983-1241.
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City of Long Beach: COVID-19
Media Update for BUSINESSES
03.31.2020 Daily Updates
- U.S. Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)
- The EIDL application process has been simplified and a new application portal is live right now at www.sba.gov/disaster.
- EIDL Advances – also available now are advances of up to $10,000 on EIDL loans. The form is part of the new EIDL application process above. If approved, these funds can be used for payroll and other operating expenses and will be forgiven.
- The turnaround time for the advance is 3 days after a complete application has been submitted.
- This advance may be available even if your EIDCL application was declined or is still pending.
- If you wish to apply for the advance on your EIDL, please visit the website link above as soon as possible to fill out a new, streamlined application. In order to qualify for the advance, you need to submit this new application even if you previously submitted an EIDL application.
- Applying for an advance will not impact the status or slow your existing application.
- Governor Newsom Signs Executive Order Providing Relief to California Small Businesses
- Yesterday, Governor Newsom signed an executive order that will provide tax relief for small businesses.
- The executive order allows the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration to offer a 90-day extension for tax returns and tax payments for all businesses filing a return for less than $1 million in taxes. This means small businesses will have until the end of July 2020 to file their first-quarter returns.
Click here to see City of Long Beach COVID-19 Media Updates for BUSINESSES
City of Long Beach: COVID-19
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
By the Numbers (Long Beach only):
- 123 positive results (total includes individuals who have recovered)
- One death within the city reported March 23
Tracking the Curve
- The Joint Information Center is working on providing a new chart for future editions of the Daily Media Update that will align with current, internal tools used by the Health Department. Stay tuned.
- The Health Department is conducting one drive-through testing center for at-risk populations that are on the frontlines of this pandemic. This includes healthcare workers and first responders. This is done by appointment only at the referral of healthcare providers. Based on limited resources at this time, this is not an open testing location for the general public. Approximately 25-30 tests are conducted daily at this location.
Safer at Home Order
- Free off-street parking for residents, street sweeping tickets suspended (3/27)
- Evictions suspended for tenants affected by COVID-19 (3/25)
- Job Center remains open (3/21)
- City launches Long Beach Coronavirus Relief Fund (3/18)
- Long Beach Water Temporarily Suspends Water Shutoffs (3/12)
- Energy Resources provides restoration of gas service to customers, suspends shutoffs
Help for People Experiencing Homelessness
- Temporary shelter at Silverado Park (3/28)
- City efforts to protect those experiencing homelessness from COVID-19 (3/18)
City Operations/Public Safety
- The Joint Information Center remains open during normal business hours, seven days a week: 562.570.NEWS (6397), email@example.com.
- Long Beach Police Department Operational Changes in Response to COVID-19 (3/28)
- Long Beach Temporary Modifications to City Operations (updated: 3/27)
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. The City is working to supply every public safety professional going out on a call with personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure the safety of both the first responder and the public.
- This public health emergency has no impact on the quality or supply of Long Beach’s tap water and should not disrupt water or sewer service to Long Beach Water’s customers.
- The Long Beach Water Department is asking the public to refrain from flushing paper towels and wipes, including disinfectant wipes and wipes labeled "flushable." These do not break down the way toilet paper does and can quickly cause sewer clogs, backups and spills.
- The City encourages everyone to create a family action plan. Designate a room to separate sick household members from others; ensure access to medication, food and other essentials; and create an emergency contact list. Check on the needs of elderly family members and neighbors. Additional info can be found at ready.gov.
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
Dear Restaurant Member:
- 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