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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) 

What's New with the Re-Launched Program?

    • The new law overturns the IRS ruling and provides that regular business expenses paid for with PPP loan proceeds shall be deductible for tax purposes (applies to past and future loans). 
    • The list of expenses that PPP funds can be used for that qualify for loan forgiveness has been expanded to include: 
      • “operations expenses” defined as payments for business software and cloud computing services and other human resources and accounting needs that facilitate business operations; 
      • “supplier costs” defined as payments to a supplier for goods that are essential to the operations of the borrower pursuant to a contract or purchase order in effect before the PPP loan is disbursed or with respect to perishable goods, in effect at any time; 
      • “worker protection expenses” defined as operating or capital expenditures to comply with public health guidance related to COVID-19, including things like drive-through windows and sneeze guards and the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE); and 
      • “covered property damage costs” defined as costs related to property damage or looting due to public disturbances in 2020 that are not covered by insurance or other compensation. 
      • Remember: It is still the case that not more than 40% of the forgiven amount can be for non-payroll costs, which may limit how much of your loan can be forgiven. 
    • If you also received an EIDL grant, your PPP loan forgiveness will no longer be reduced by the amount of the grant. 
    • The period for which expenses count toward loan forgiveness will begin on the date of loan origination and end on a date of your choosing that is between 8 and 24 weeks after origination. 
    • If your loan was for less than $150,000, there will be a simplified one-page application process for loan forgiveness.

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.

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 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 Round 6. New applicants will need to apply on this website.

    • 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.

Applications opens at 12:00 AM April 5, 2021 and close on April 11, 2021 at 11:59 PM.

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 

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

Regional Stay Home Order:

The state released a map of the five regions being measured. They are:

  • Northern California: Del Norte, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Mendocino, Modoc, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, Trinity
  • Bay Area: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma
  • Greater Sacramento: Alpine, Amador, Butte, Colusa, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Sierra, Sutter, Yolo, Yuba
  • San Joaquin Valley: Calaveras, Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, San Benito, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tulare, Tuolumne
  • Southern California: Imperial, Inyo, Los Angeles, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura
Map showing the 5 regions being measured by CDPH for ICU actual capacity: Northern California, Bay Area, Greater Sacramento, San Joaquin Valley, and Southern California.

City of Long Beach Updated Health Order (Updated March 31, 2021)

On August 28, 2021, California Department of Public Health (CDPH) the Blueprint for a Safer Economy (Blueprint) and color-coded tiers that indicate which activities, sectors and businesses are permitted to reopen based on local case rates and test positivity. As of March 31, 2021, Los Angeles County, including Long Beach, will be assigned the “Substantial – Orange Tier” (Orange Tier) under the Blueprint. This Order allows certain sectors, businesses and activities in the Orange Tier to operate with modifications. This Order takes effect on March 31, 2021 at 12:01 am.

GENERAL REQUIRMENTS FOR BUSINESSES

Allowed Businesses and Sectors.

The sectors in this Section may operate where a remote option (telework) is not possible provided that: a Face Covering is worn in accordance with this Order; physical distancing of 6 feet or greater is maintained; all Physical Distancing Measures are adhered to; and operations are conducted in accordance with this Order and State and local guidance, which includes any City-issued Industry-Specific Protocol required by the Long Beach Health Officer in this Order.

  • Amusement Parks and Theme Parks. Effective on April 1, 2021, amusement parks and theme parks may operate pursuant to the requirements in this subsection and any guidance required by the State, which may be found at https://files.covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-amusementtheme-parks--en.pdf. Occupancy at amusement parks and theme parks is limited to 25% of total park occupancy for both indoor and outdoor operations of the park. Indoor dining at amusement parks and theme parks is limited to 25% of the maximum indoor occupancy load of the facility and must comply with requirements for restaurants in this Order. Indoor capacity must include time restrictions in accordance with State guidance. Groups visiting the park must be limited to a maximum of 10 people from different households OR a maximum of 15 people from 3 different households with no intermixing of groups (e.g. persons may not substitute in or out of the group). The park must implement a weekly worker testing program in accordance with State guidance. Attendance at the park must be limited to in-state visitors only. Walk up ticket sales are permitted. Park operators must collect complete name and contact information (including a phone number) of the ticket purchaser for necessary contact tracing.
  • Bars. Bars, including pubs and similar facilities, that do not hold a City-issued restaurant permit to provide sit-down, dine-in bona fide meals may serve alcohol to customers seated at tables outdoors only in accordance with the Protocols for Bars, as amended from time to time, attached as Appendix U. Bars operating pursuant to this subsection are not required to sell bona fide meals with the sale or service of alcohol to operate outdoors. Indoor operations of bars that do not serve bona fide meals in accordance with this Order are prohibited.
    • The sale or service of food and beverages, including alcohol, is prohibited for consumption by customers who are not seated at a table for service. The sale or service
      of alcohol only is prohibited for consumption onsite indoors at bars. All customers must wear a Face Covering at all times while at an establishment operating pursuant to this subsection, which may be removed only during the time the customer is physically eating or drinking
  • Critical Infrastructure. Critical Infrastructure, including non-urgent medical services and dental care, may operate in-person where telework is not possible in accordance with any applicable City-issued Industry-Specific Protocol and State Industry Guidance. Telework is strongly encouraged wherever feasible. Office worksites for Critical Infrastructure are strongly encouraged, where possible, to limit the number of employees in the office to allow employees to easily maintain at least a six-foot distance from one another at all practicable times. Office worksites for Critical Infrastructure must operate in accordance with the Office Worksite Protocols. For purposes of this Order, “office worksite” includes the building, room or other area where an organization's employees perform administrative work to support and realize objects and goals of an organization and does not apply to manufacturing or distribution operations.
  • Childcare Facilities. Childcare facilities must operate under the following conditions, the extent
    • Children should remain in groups as small as possible. It is important to keep the same
      children and teacher or staff with each group and include children from the same family
      in the same group, to the greatest extent possible;
    • Childcare must be carried out in stable groups of no more than 14 and shall not exceed capacity requirements in guidance issued by the California Department of Social Services (“stable" means the same 14 or fewer children are in the same group each day);
    • Children shall not change from one group to another;
    • If more than one (1) group of children is cared for at one (1) facility, each group shall be in a separate room. Groups shall not mix with each other; and Childcare providers shall remain solely with one group of children.
    • Adhere to theLong Beach Department of Health and Human Services Guidance for Early Care and Education Providers” and Protocols for Programs Providing Day Care for School-Aged Children.
    • Any other conditions required by the California Department of Social Services found at https://www.cdss.ca.gov/Portals/9/CCLD/PINs/2020/CCP/PIN_20-06-CCP.pdf
  • Day Camps. Day camps may operate in accordance with the Day Camp Protocols.
  • Drive-In-Operations. Drive-in operations, including movie theaters and restaurants, may operate provided any City-issued permit required for the activity is obtained and in compliance with State-issued guidance found at https://files.covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-movie-theaters- -en.pdf. Drive-in operations are subject to the following restrictions:
    • Vehicles must be spaced at least 6 feet apart;
    • Gatherings outside vehicles are prohibited;
    • All people must remain in their vehicle if not utilizing restroom facilities or picking up concessions or food;
    • Each vehicle may only be occupied by members of a single household;
    • Drive-in operations for restaurants are limited to parking assigned to the restaurant and may not utilize the public right-of-way; and 
    • Restaurants are prohibited from serving alcoholic beverages to customers dining in their vehicles at a drive-in operation.
  • Family Entertainment Centers. Family Entertainment Centers. Family entertainment centers may open outdoors and indoors in adherence to guidance issued by the State Health Officer titled “COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Family Entertainment Center” which may be found at https://files.covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-family-entertainment--en.pdf.
    • Capacity of indoor operations of family entertainment centers must be limited to 25% of maximum occupancy.
    • Indoor operations must be limited to naturally distanced activities, such as, indoor bumper
      cars, indoor batting cages, bowling alleys, escape rooms, kiddie rides, virtual reality.
    • Groups visiting an indoor family entertainment center must be limited to household only.
    • Outdoor activities permitted at an outdoor family entertainment center include, but are not limited to, roller and ice skating at 25% of outdoor capacity, laser tag, paintball, batting cages, miniature golf, and go-cart racing.
    • Standalone amusement attractions that operate independent of, and are located on distinct and separate grounds from, other amusement attractions may operate outdoors only (e.g. a carousel, Ferris wheel, or train ride).
    • Any family entertainment center operation not expressly permitted to operate in this subsection shall remain closed pursuant to Section 13 of this Order, including, but not limited to, indoor playgrounds. This subsection is not intended to allow the operation of fairs, amusement parks, theme parks, or similar venues offering multiple amusement attractions.
  • Gym and Fitness Facilities. Gyms and fitness facilities may operate indoors and outdoors in accordance with the Gym and Fitness Center Protocols, as amended. Indoor occupancy at gym and fitness facilities must be limited to 25% of maximum occupancy. Outdoor operations of gyms and fitness facilities are strongly encouraged.
    • Indoor and outdoor pools, and outdoor spas and hot tubs, are permitted to operate in accordance with the Protocols for Public Swimming Pools.
    • Indoor hot tubs, saunas, and steam rooms must close.
  • Hair Salons and Barbershops. Hair salons and barbershops may operate in accordance with Hair Salon and Barbershop Protocols.
  • Hotels, Motels, Lodging, and Shared Rental Units. Hotels, motels, lodging, shared rental units, and other similar facilities may operate for all types of travel, including tourism and individual travel, in accordance with the Hotels, Lodging, and Short-Term Rental Protocols.
    • Short-term rentals (“STRs”),or shared rental units, are permitted subject to this Order, and also pursuant to any Ordinance or regulation adopted
      by the City that governs the operation of short-term or other shared rental units.
    • Shared rental units, such as, but not limited to, STRs or time-shares may only be rented provided that the owner/host of the unit, or anyone affiliated with the owner/host does not also occupy or live in the unit at any time during the duration of the stay/rental period; unless the owner/host has a separate exterior point of entrance and exit and no facilities such as a kitchen area, bathroom, or other living space is shared with the guest/tenant during the stay/rental period.
  • In-Person Religious Services and Cultural Ceremonies.  In-person religious services and cultural ceremonies, such as weddings and funerals, are permitted outdoors and indoors. Indoor capacity at a place of worship for religious services and cultural ceremonies must be limited to 50% of maximum occupancy. Outdoor services and cultural ceremonies are strongly encouraged. Performances that take place at a place of worship or cultural ceremony must adhere to guidance issued by the State Health Officer titledCOVID19 Industry Guidance: Outdoor Seated Live Events and Performances”.
    • Weddings or funerals that occur at an establishment other than a place of worship must adhere to the protocol for said establishment required by this Order.
    • Back office staff and management may operate indoors and in-person in accordance with the Office Worksite Protocols, as amended from time to time. Telework is strongly encouraged.
    • This subsection does not allow for any gathering or the operation of any business or activity prohibited by this Order. Alternative methods of providing services (such as via the internet, streaming, or telephone) in place of or in addition to in-person services are strongly encouraged, wherever possible.
  • Institutes of Higher Education. Colleges and universities in Long Beach may resume in-person academic instruction and student gatherings in accordance with the Protocols for Institutes of Higher Education and the Protocol for COVID-19 Exposure Management Plan for Institutes of Higher Education.
    • Graduation and/or commencement ceremonies may occur pursuant to guidance issued by the State Health Officer dated March 26, 2021, as it may be amended, titled Guidance for the Prevention of COVID-19 Transmission for Commencement/Graduation Ceremonies.
    • Capacity of indoor lectures and student gatherings is limited to 50% of maximum occupancy or 200 people, whichever is less.
    • Academic instruction via distance-learning is strongly encouraged wherever possible.
  • Limited Services. Limited services may operate indoors and outdoors in accordance with guidance issued by the State Health Officer titledCOVID-19 Industry Guidance: Limited Services”.
    • Limited services includes those businesses that can provide services while maintaining appropriate physical distancing from customers or the public, which includes, but is not limited to, laundromats, dry cleaners, auto repair shops, landscapers, residential and janitorial cleaning services, HVAC services, appliance repair, electricians, plumbers, mechanical tradespersons, handypersons, general contractors, door to door services and sales, one-on-one personal training (no more than a total of one trainer and one client permitted at a time per business premises), services for animals/pets (such as, grooming, walking, training), and car washes.
  • Mobile Food Vendors. Mobile food vendors, such as food trucks and food carts, may operate in accordance with the Mobile Food Vendor Protocols.
  • Movie Theatres. Movie theatres may operate indoors in accordance with guidance issued by the State Health Officer titledCOVID-19 Industry Guidance: Indoor and Drive-In Movie Theaters”.
    • Indoor occupancy at movie theatres must be limited to 50% of maximum occupancy or 200 people, whichever is less. 
  • Museums, Galleries, and Aquariums. Museums, galleries, botanical gardens, aquariums, and other similar facilities (collectively “Museums”) may operate indoors and outdoors , in accordance with the Museum, Gallery, and Aquarium Protocols.
    • Indoor occupancy at Museums must be limited to 50% of maximum occupancy.
    • Outdoor operations are strongly encouraged. This subsection is not intended to allow the operation of any facility or activity required to remain closed including, but not limited to, indoor playgrounds.
  • Music, Film, and Television Production. Entertainment production, industries, studios, and other related establishments such as establishments that provide content for professional broadcast, including music, film, and television production may resume in accordance with the Music, Film, and Television Protocols, as amended from time to time.
    • Back office staff and management may operate via telework and for Minimum Basic Operations only.
  • Non-Critical Office Worksites. Businesses whose operations require employees work from an office worksite who are not identified as Critical Infrastructure in this Order may operate in person in accordance with the Office Worksite Protocols. For purposes of this Order, “office worksite” includes the building, room or other area where an organization's employees perform administrative work to support and realize objects and goals of an organization and does not apply to manufacturing or distribution operations.
  • Outdoor Live Events. Effective on April 1, 2021, outdoor live events (e.g. sports and live performances) may occur pursuant to the requirements in this subsection and modifications for the Orange Tier and for all outdoor live events by the State Health Officer titledCOVID-19 Industry Guidance: Outdoor Seated Live Events and Performances”.
    • Capacity at outdoor live events must be limited 33% of maximum occupancy calculated by the design/operating capacity or maximum occupancy load. Venues may increase attendance capacity to 67% of maximum occupancy if all guests show a negative test result within the 72 hours prior to attendance or show proof of full vaccination.
    • Capacity within suites is limited to 25% of maximum occupancy per suite with no more than 3 different households physically distanced between households within each suite, or six people from the same household.
    • The venue must implement a weekly worker testing program in accordance with State guidance. Ticket reservations must be made in advance. Attendance at outdoor live events must be limited to in-state visitors only.
    • Food and drink concessions at outdoor venues must be delivered to guests in their seats or delivered to designated guest pick-up areas. Indoor concessions and concourse sales must be closed, except for designated seated dining areas that operate at no greater than 25% of capacity.
    • Indoor live events remain prohibited except where expressly permitted by this Order.
  • Recreational Facilities. To promote and protect the physical and mental well-being of people in California, Outdoor Recreational Facilities may operate subject to the modifications in this subsection and any applicable City-issued Industry-Specific Protocol. For purposes of this Order, “outdoor recreational facilities” include: public parks and beaches, including parking lots; public piers; beach bike and pedestrian paths that traverse the sanded portion of the beach; public trails; trailheads, dog parks; dog beaches; community gardens; campgrounds and RV parks; skate parks; basketball courts; volleyball courts; pickleball courts; picnic areas; swimming pools; ; outdoor equipment rentals; small charter services; tennis and pickleball courts; golf courses; youth and adult recreational sports programs; and playgrounds.
    • Indoor recreational facilities must remain closed.
    • For purposes of this Order, “outdoor recreational facilities” include: public parks and beaches, including parking lots; public piers; beach bike and pedestrian paths that traverse the sanded portion of the beach; public trails; trailheads, dog parks; dog beaches; community gardens; campgrounds and RV parks; skate parks; basketball courts; volleyball courts; pickleball courts; picnic areas; outdoor swimming pools; outdoor gyms and fitness centers; outdoor equipment rentals; small charter services; tennis and pickleball courts; golf courses; youth and adult recreational sports programs; and playgrounds.
    • Campgrounds and RV Parks are permitted in accordance with the Campground and RV Park Protocols
    • Equipment rental services are permitted for outdoor operations only in accordance with the Outdoor Equipment Rental Services Protocol.
    • Pools may operate indoors and outdoors, and spas and hot tubs may operate outdoors, in accordance with the in accordance with the Protocols for Public Swimming Pools.
      • Indoor hot tubs, saunas, and steam rooms must remain closed.
    • Playgrounds may operate outdoors only in accordance with State guidance issued on November 20, 2020 titledOutdoor Playgrounds and other Outdoor Recreational Facilities”.
    • Public and private golf courses are permitted, including any associated parking lots, in accordance with the Golf Course Protocols.
    • Public parks and beaches. Active recreation is permitted by individuals or members of no more than 3 households and a maximum of 15 people at public parks and beaches, including public trails, trailheads, dog parks, dog beaches, community gardens, and any playground, court or field located therein. Stationary activities, such as sitting, are permitted for individuals and members of no more than 3 households and a maximum of 15 people total pursuant to the requirements in Section 2 of this Order. Except as otherwise authorized by this Order, gatherings of members from more than 3 different households at public parks and beaches, including public trails, trailheads, dog parks, dog beaches, community gardens, and any playground, court or field located therein, are prohibited.'
    • Restaurants, food services, and food concessions at Outdoor Recreational Facilities may operate in accordance with the requirements in this Order for restaurants and Restaurant Protocols.
    • Retail operations at Outdoor Recreational Facilities must adhere to the Retail In-Person Shopping Protocols.
    • Small charter services, which includes fishing, chartered boat, or small group guided trips, are permitted in accordance with the Small Charter Services Protocols.
    • Tennis centers and pickleball courts are permitted in accordance with the Tennis Protocols
    • Visitors centers at Outdoor Recreational Facilities may operate indoors to guidance issued by the State Health Officer titled “COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Campgrounds, RV Parks, Ski Operators, and Other Outdoor Recreation”.
    • Youth and adult recreational sports programs are permitted outdoors in accordance with the Youth and Adult Recreational Sports Protocol.
  • Personal Care Services. Personal services, including, tanning salons, esthetician, skin care and cosmetology services; electrology; body art professionals, tattoo parlors, microblading and permanent make-up; piercing shops; nail salons; and massage therapy may operate in accordance with Personal Care Establishment Protocols.
  • Professional Sports Without Live Audiences. Training and competition of professional sports may occur in accordance with Protocol for Professional Sports Leagues and Facilities - Spectator-Free Events.
    • Indoor training and competition for professional sports may occur without live audiences. Effective April 1, 2021, outdoor training and competition for professional sports may occur with live audiences pursuant to the requirements in this subsection and modifications issued for the Orange Tier and for all outdoor live events by the State Health Officer titledCOVID-19 Industry Guidance: Outdoor Seated Live Events and Performances."
    • Back office staff and management may operate indoors and in-person in accordance with the Office Worksite Protocols
    • Retail operations must adhere to the Retail In-Person Shopping.
  • Public and Private K-12 Schools. All public and private K-12 schools in the City of Long Beach shall provide instruction in accordance with guidance issued by the State Health Officer titledCOVID-19 and Reopening In-Person Instruction Framework & Public Health Guidance for K12 Schools in California, 2020-2021 School Year”. Until authorized by the State Health Officer, all public and private shall remain closed to in-person instruction and may continue to conduct distance learning until permitted to reopen. Public and private K-12 schools previously approved to operate under an elementary school waiver by the Long Beach Health Officer may continue provide in-person instruction to students only for those grades approved to operate under the waiver. All public and private K-12 schools may continue to provide small-group, inperson services in controlled, supervised and indoor environments for specialized services, targeted services and support for students with disabilities, English learners, at-risk students, and high-need students for no more than 25% of maximum occupancy. Graduation and/or commencement ceremonies may occur pursuant to guidance issued by the State Health Officer dated March 26, 2021, as it may be amended, titled “Guidance for the Prevention of COVID-19 Transmission for Commencement/Graduation Ceremonies”.
  • Retail Establishments. Retail establishments that provide goods to the public may operate indoors and outdoors in accordance with the Retail In-Person Shopping Protocols.
    • Except as otherwise authorized herein, occupancy of indoor and outdoor retail establishments must be limited to 50% of maximum occupancy. Retail establishments include:
      • All stores and vendors located in indoor or outdoor shopping malls, strip malls, outlet malls, and swap meets (collectively “Shopping Center Operations”). Any business within a Shopping Center Operation required to remain closed pursuant to Section 13 must continue remain closed until each of those types of establishments are permitted by this Order to resume modified or full operations.
      • Shopping Center Operations with restaurants and similar food facilities, including food courts, brewpubs, craft distilleries, breweries, bars, pubs and wineries including any associated tasting rooms, may operate in accordance with the requirements in this Order for restaurants and Restaurant Protocols.
      • Customers may be permitted to eat or drink on-site at a Shopping Center Operation within an area designated for outdoor dining.
      • Tables located within an on-site outdoor dining area must be separated by at least 8 feet to ensure that a physical distance of at least 6 feet between customers and workers is achieved while customers are seated and to allow for passing room between tables and to account for chairs being occupied by customers and pushed out while at the table.
      • All customers must wear a Face Covering at all times while at a Shopping Center Operation, which may be removed only during the time the
        customer is physically eating or drinking. Except for designated outdoor dining areas, common areas of a Shopping Center Operation must remain closed.
  • Libraries may operate in accordance with Retail In-Person Shopping Protocols attached as Appendix B, as amended from time to time, and guidance issued by the California State Library titled “Restoring In-Person Services in California’s Libraries”.
    • Curbside, doorside, or other outdoor pickup strongly encouraged.
  • Retail businesses deemed Critical Infrastructure pursuant to Section 14 of this Order. iv. Standalone grocery stores and retail food establishments (collectively “grocery facilities”) operating in accordance with accordance with the Grocery Facility Protocols,. This subsection shall not apply to retail establishments that sell groceries (food and beverage products) in addition to goods to the public; such establishments must operate in accordance with the Retail In Person Shopping Protocols attached as Appendix B, as amended from time to time.
  • Restaurants, which include, brewpubs, breweries, bars, pubs, craft distilleries, and wineries that hold a City-issued restaurant permit to provide sit-down, dine-in bona fide meals, may provide sit-down, dine-in bona fide meals indoors and outdoors in accordance with the Restaurant Protocols.
    • Indoor operations of a restaurant must be limited to 50% of maximum occupancy or 200 people, whichever is fewer.
    • Brewpubs, breweries, bars, pubs, craft distilleries, and wineries that do not hold a City issued restaurant permit to may operate indoors and outdoors if the establishment provides sit-down, dine-in bona fide meals and the establishment sells alcohol in the same transaction as a bona fide meal provided by a City-approved meal provider in accordance with the Restaurant Protocols. Indoor operations of establishments operating pursuant to this subsection must be limited to 50% of maximum occupancy or 200 people, whichever is fewer.
    • The sale or service of food or beverages, including alcohol, is prohibited for consumption by customers who are not seated at a table for service. The sale or service of alcohol only indoors is prohibited for consumption onsite unless such sale or service occurs in the same transaction as a bona fide meal.
    • All customers must wear a Face Covering at all times while at an establishment operating pursuant to this subsection, which may be removed only during the time the customer is physically eating or drinking.
  • Shared Electric Scooters and Bicycle Sharing Services. Shared electric scooters (e-scooters) and bicycle sharing services that require a City Micro-Mobility Permit, in accordance with sanitation and operating protocols required in their City-issued Micro-Mobility Permit.
  • Wineries, Breweries, Brewpubs and Craft Distilleries. Wineries, breweries, brewpubs, and craft distilleries with premises set aside for beer and/or wine tasting, that are exempt from the definition of a food facility by California Health and Safety Code Section 113789(c)(5) may provide sit-down service outdoors where bona fide meals are not served in accordance with the Wineries, Breweries, and Distilleries Tasting Rooms Protocols.
    • Indoor operations for wineries, breweries, and craft distilleries that do not serve bona fide meals in accordance with this Order are prohibited.
    • Wineries, breweries, brewpubs, and craft distilleries with premises set aside for beer and/or wine tasting, that are exempt from the definition of a food facility by California Health and Safety Code Section 113789(c)(5) may provide service for customers seated at tables outdoors and indoors  in accordance with the Wineries, Breweries, and Distilleries Tasting Rooms Protocols.
      • Indoor operations for wineries, breweries, and craft distilleries that do not serve bona fide meals must be limited to 25% of maximum capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer.
      • Wineries, breweries, brewpubs, and craft distilleries operating pursuant to this subsection are not required to sell bona fide meals with the sale or service of alcohol to operate outdoors or indoors.
      • The sale or service of food or beverages, including alcohol, is prohibited for consumption by customers who are not seated at a table for service. All customers must wear a Face Covering at all times while at an establishment operating pursuant to this subsection, which may be removed only during the time the customer is physically eating or drinking.

Compliance with State and Local Orders. All businesses, sectors, activities, and establishments permitted to operate under this Order shall comply with local and State orders, guidance, protocols, and laws.

To the extent that provisions in the directives of the Health Officer and the guidance of the State Health Officer or CDPH conflict, the more restrictive provisions (i.e., those provisions more protective of public health) apply. In the event of a conflict between provisions of any previously issued Health Officer directive and this Order (including the revised provisions of the Appendixes), this Order controls over the conflicting provisions of any previously-issued Health Officer directive.


Physical Distancing Protocol (Reopening Checklist) (Spanish) (Tagalog)


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 for their customers and employees. Click here to download posters.


Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) First Notice of Regulatory Relief

Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) Second Notice of Regulatory Relief

ABC announces 30 day extension on Annual License Renewal Fees & Late Renewal Penalty Fees

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.

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

Click Here for Long Beach Restaurants and Eateries Open for Business

See an Interactive Map - 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)

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.

The Health Department is managing the vaccine distribution process and will be following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the State. The City has the infrastructure to receive, store, distribute and dispense the vaccine.

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.

  • The City continues to vaccinate the following groups right now:
    • Starting April 8, 2021 - All Long Beach residents ages 16 and over
    • Starting April 15, 2021 - All Long Beach residents and workers ages 16 and over 

The State’s My Turn system will also soon expand eligibility and make appointments available for those 50 and older starting April 1.

In the meantime, there are also walk-up opportunities (no appointment needed) at the Long Beach Convention Center Vaccine Site from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM Mondays through Saturdays. Approximately 500 appointments will be available each day –if all walk-up appointments for that day are taken, people will be offered a future appointment.

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 updated guidance replaces the version last updated on July 24, 2020.

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


FREE TESTING. NO INSURANCE REQUIRED

Diagnostic testing in Long Beach is available for anyone with symptoms of COVID-19. Certain locations are also testing Long Beach residents and essential workers who may have been exposed but are not showing symptoms. See below for more information. Same or next day appointments can be made online and are prioritized for those 65 years or older; individuals with underlying chronic health conditions; and first responders, critical government workers, grocery workers, and health care professionals. If employees do not have symptoms and have not had any recent close contact with someone who has COVID-19, they do not need to get tested before returning to work. Click here for COVID-19 Testing Centers 


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 

  • The 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.
Member News: Chamber Members are Open and Ready to Serve

Wells Fargo Open for Business Fund

  • Wells Fargo announced a $2.6 million small business recovery grant to Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) Pacific Coast Regional Small Business Development Corporation (PCR) and Genesis LA Economic Growth Corporation (Genesis LA) to help small businesses manage the economic effects of COVID-19 during the holiday season and beyond. Wells Fargo’s funding will help increase access to capital with low rate loans for diverse Los Angeles County small businesses that have been negatively impacted by the pandemic.
  • With $2.1M in funding from the Open For Business Fund, Pacific Coast Regional has established the People of Color Business Elevation Fund focused on helping Black and Brown small businesses across southern California recover. The People of Color Business Elevation Fund will provide low rate micro-disaster loans up to $50,000 to eligible and impacted diverse small businesses. Those interested in applying can apply now at https://pcr.lendwithspark.com/widget/leadframe/?version=16#step2. 
  • Genesis LA will deploy its $550,000 award to provide financial support to small businesses who are struggling to pay bills due to lower profit margins and higher expenses as a result of the pandemic. With support from Wells Fargo, Genesis LA will provide flexible and forgivable loans to minority led businesses across Los Angeles County. Small business owners interested can begin applying early 2021.

Environmental Construction Group; Precautionary and Emergency Sterilization Services

  • During this pandemic ECG has sterilized over 1 million square feet of business, warehouse, office and residential space in the greater Los Angeles, OC & SD Counties! 

    Since 2002 ECG has been providing professional decontamination services, and consulting on procedures to minimize the risk of spreading infections in work environments. The purpose is to neutralize infectious diseases usually caused by bacteria or viruses like Covid-19 spread by human to human contact with an infected surface, or airborne agents suspended in the air. Utilizing state-of-the-art SteraMist technologies, our team of qualified personnel has the expertise to provide turn-key services ranging from initial site assessments to complete micro-biologic decontamination. We use Binary Ionization Technology (BIT) which is EPA registered, hospital grade and non-toxic to decontaminate air and surfaces including high-tech electronic and delicate medical equipment.

    Chamber members receive a 10% discount!

    A+ BBB Rating.


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

  • 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

The BizFed Institute

  • 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!

Long Beach Post Shop: COVID-19 Masks and Face Coverings

  • 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

Verizon Offers Relief to Customers

Queen Beach Printers - working and fulfilling commitments

Wells Fargo supports small business customers during COVID-19 crisis

YMCA of Greater Long Beach offers Day Camp for children of essential workers

Special Message from Athens Services

Ooma Office - can help businesses that stay open answer and make calls using their business number in a work from home or remote environment


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