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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

Long Beach BizCare Program

BizCare mobile pop-ups are available to all Long Beach small businesses and are focused on businesses in communities that have been most impacted by the pandemic. The pop-ups provide business owners or their representatives with free one-on-one, in-person support to complete grant applications and learn about other business and community resources, such as loans and free technical assistance. Multilingual translation services are available on-site at each of the pop-ups. 

The BizCare pop-ups are currently taking place through Dec. 30, as follows:

  • Mondays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Admiral Kidd Park (2125 Santa Fe Ave.)
  • Tuesdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Admiral Kidd Park; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library (5870 Atlantic Ave.)
  • Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library; Mark Twain Neighborhood Library (1401 E. Anaheim St.)
  • Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mark Twain Neighborhood Library - Pop-ups at this location will begin on Dec. 2 

BizCare pop-ups are equipped with PPE, laptops, wireless internet devices, printers and scanners to assist business owners with applying for COVID-19 grants. The pop-ups are held outdoors and safety protocols are in place.


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.


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 March 31, 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.


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
  • 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.



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 CARES Act Funding now Available to Long Beach Nonprofits and Businesses

  • The City of Long Beach announced a comprehensive, equity-based spending plan that supports important community activities and programs, while minimizing the City’s budget shortfall caused by COVID-19.

New Programs
The following programs have been developed and are approved to begin the outreach and application phase. Information will be available via the CARES Act website and the Economic Development Department will send email notices to its extensive business contact list. The City also will host the Long Beach BizCare Program a pop-up outreach to assist businesses with information and assistance with applications.

Small Business Transition And Technology Grant
The Small Business Transition and Technology (SBTT) Program will provide grants to support small businesses operating in Long Beach with an emphasis on those most impacted by COVID-19. Approximately $3,300,000 is available for the SBTT Grants. The SBTT Program will provide Working Capital Grants up to $5,000 and Technology Grants up to $2,000.

Eligible uses of grant funding include, but are not limited to:

Working Capital Grant

  • Commercial rent
  • Inventory
  • Payroll
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Furniture, fixtures, and equipment that help businesses safely operate

Technology Grant

  • Technology solutions that help business safely operate and transition to digital services and build their online presence, such as contactless payment systems, queuing systems, website development, digital marketing, and more. Applicants may be eligible to receive up to $7,000 in grant funding.

Application and Selection Process
To qualify for the SBTT Grant, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Must have active City of Long Beach business license
  • Must have been impacted financially by the COVID-19 pandemic and be able to provide supporting documentation to verify financial loss
  • Must not operate one of the following businesses:
    • Bail bonds
    • Cannabis related business
    • Check cashing businesses, payday loan and other short-term loan businesses or similar types of businesses
    • Insurance companies
    • National franchises (except for franchises individually owned)
    • Non-profit organizations (eligible for Non-Profit Relief Grant - coming soon)
    • Pyramid sale distribution plans
    • Real Estate Companies including short-term rental operators
    • Start-up Businesses/Ventures
    • A business not located in Long Beach, California

The application intake and selection process will include the following steps:

  1. Applicant visits SBTT webpage.
  2. Applicant clicks on SBTT Grant application and creates new ZoomGrants account.
  3. Applicant completes SBTT Grant application online (paper copies will be made available for applicants who cannot access online application).
  4. City Staff screens application and required documentation for eligibility to receive SBTT Grant funding.
  5. City Staff informs applicant of SBTT Grant eligibility.
  6. City staff contacts approved applicant to review and sign Grant Agreement and other pertinent documents.

The applicant should be aware of the following:

  • Grant fund disbursement may take up to three weeks from receipt of the completed application, including all required documentation Funding is subject to availability.
  • Submitting an application does not guarantee funding.
  • Applicants may call or email the Economic Development Department Business Hotline with application questions at 562-570-4BIZ (4249) or 4Biz@longbeach.gov

APPLY HERE: SMALL BUSINESS TRANSITION AND TECHNOLOGY GRANT APPLICATION


Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL): SBA announced that the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) is open to all eligible small businesses experiencing economic impacts due to COVID-19. These loans may be used to pay debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact, and that aren’t already covered by a Paycheck Protection Program loan. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses and 2.75% for non-profits. To keep payments affordable for small businesses, SBA offers loans with long repayment terms, up to a maximum of 30 years. Plus, the first payment is deferred for one year. 


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.  


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 City’s new Emergency Microloan Program offers low-interest loans to businesses and 501c3 nonprofits with five employees or less. Loan amounts range from $2,500 to $10,000. Loan payments may be deferred up to 9-months. The repayment period is 5-7 years. The interest rate is 2.44 %. Loan proceeds can be used on business expenses, such as payroll costs, rent, supplies, utilities and more. Funding is available on a first-come, first-served basis. 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. For more information, please contact Seyed Jalali, Economic Development Officer, at Seyed.Jalali@longbeach.gov or 562-570-6172.

  • 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.). For more information, please contact Seyed Jalali, Economic Development Officer, at Seyed.Jalali@longbeach.gov or 562-570-6172.


Pandemic Unemployment Assistance : As a part of the Federal CARES Act, the new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program helps unemployed Californians who are business owners, self-employed, independent contractors, have limited work history, and others not usually eligible for regular State Unemployment Insurance benefits. The provisions of the program include: Up to 30 weeks of benefits starting with weeks of unemployment beginning February 2, 2020, through the week ending December 26, 2020, depending on when a person became directly impacted by the pandemic. An additional $600 to each PUA weekly benefit amount a person may be eligible to receive. Only the weeks of a claim between March 20 and July 25 are eligible for the $600 payments. For more information, click on the following url: EDD PUA.


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.


CA Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (IBank): IBank has Finance Programs for Small Businesses (1-750 employees). Click here for more info.



City of Long Beach: COVID-19

Media Update for BUSINESSES    

November 23, 2020 

City of Long Beach Issues Modified Safer at Home Health Order 
New Protocols for Restaurants Closes all On-Site Dining, Allows for Takeout and Delivery

To further protect against the spread of COVID-19, in the midst of an alarming rise in cases and hospitalizations, the Department of Health and Human Services has issued an updated Health Order that prohibits on-site dining. The changes are effective at 10 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25. 

The new Health Order prohibits on-site dining, including outdoor dining, at restaurants, brewpubs, breweries, bars, pubs, craft distilleries and wineries. Any service of food or beverages, including alcoholic beverages, where a customer remains on site to consume the food or beverages, is prohibited. 

Restaurants, which include brewpubs, breweries, bars, pubs, craft distilleries and wineries may operate for drive-thru, curbside, doorside or other outdoor pickup and delivery under certain conditions, which are specified in the Restaurant Protocol of the Health Order.

On Friday, Nov. 20, the City issued an updated health order to further protect against the surge in COVID-19 cases, in alignment with the State’s health order requiring a statewide curfew. These further restrictions, which are in alignment with the County of Los Angeles, are informed by data and a concern for the health of all who live in Long Beach. 

COVID-19 cases, which now number 15,226, are rising rapidly in Long Beach. Over the past two weeks, the number of new cases has increased by more than 120% --  a much steeper curve than the City saw during the summer surge. The positivity rate is now at 5.8%, compared to 2.9% at its lowest, and the most recent five-day average case rate is 34 per 100,000, up from a low of 6.9 per 100,000. While hospital capacity in Long Beach remains available, hospitalizations are climbing throughout the region, including at Long Beach-area hospitals. COVID-19 hospitalizations for hospitals that serve Long Beach-area residents have increased 248% from 25 on Nov. 1 to 85 on Nov. 22.

With this surge, demand for testing also is high. The City broke all testing records on Friday, Nov. 20, when 2,534 tests were conducted. The City continues to expand testing and surpass State requirements. People may schedule an appointment online or by calling 562.570.INFO (4636). Appointments can be made up to three days in advance.

Businesses with questions regarding the new protocols may call the City of Long Beach’s business information line between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays at 562.570.4BIZ. Residents with questions may call the City’s information line at 562.570.INFO between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., weekdays.

This action was put in place by the City Health Officer, Dr. Anissa Davis, and in accordance with the Emergency Powers granted to the City Manager through the Proclamation of Local Emergency. It is effective from 10 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25, until it is extended, rescinded or amended in writing by the Health Officer.

For more information, please read the City’s Press Release.

If a business needs immediate assistance, please have them contact the City’s Business Hotline at (562) 570-4BIZ (4249)


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

Local, State, and Federal Updates and Guidance

State Issues Limited Stay at Home Order to Slow Spread of COVID-19

Limited Stay at Home order, effective in counties under Tier One (Purple) of California's Blueprint for a Safer Economy, requiring that all gatherings with members of other households and all activities conducted outside the residence, lodging, or temporary accommodation with members of other households cease between 10:00pm PST and 5:00am PST, except for those activities associated with the operation, maintenance, or usage of critical infrastructure[1] or required by law. 


City of Long Beach Safer at Home Order for Control of COVID-19 (Updated November 23, 2020)

Essential Businesses, Essential Infrastructure, and Healthcare Operations

May remain open to the public and conduct normal business operations, provided they operate 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.

Lower-Risk Businesses 

Businesses, organizations, gatherings, or activities not specified as an Essential Business, Essential Infrastructure, or a Healthcare Operation where there is a lower risk of transmission of COVID-19 due to little to no incidents of intense and/or prolonged person-to person contact because they can routinely maintain a 6 foot physical separation between individuals or can implement physical barriers, except for very brief, incidental periods necessary to accept payment, deliver goods or services, or as otherwise necessary. All Lower-Risk Businesses must close operations between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5.a.m.  And except as otherwise authorized in a City-issued Industry-Specific Protocols, all Lower-Risk Businesses permitted to operate indoors shall be limited to no more than 25% of maximum occupancy. Lower-Risk Businesses permitted to operate under this Order and provided that any City-issued permit required for the activity is obtained include:

  1. Any retail establishments that provide goods to the public in accordance with the Retail In-Person Shopping Protocols. Retail establishments include:
    • All stores and vendors located in indoor shopping malls that are normally accessible by the public from the exterior of the shopping mall.
      • All stores and vendors that are located on the interior of an indoor shopping mall may operate at 25% of maximum capacity and for curbside, doorside, or other outdoor pickup or delivery only.
    • Outdoor strip malls, outlet malls, and swap meets may continue to operate. Higher-Risk Businesses located within a Shopping Center Operation required to remain closed pursuant to Section 15 this Order 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 for indoor food courts, indoor dining areas, or indoor restaurant operations may operate for curbside, doorside, or other outdoor pickup and delivery only.
    • Outdoor food courts, outdoor dining areas, and restaurants with outdoor seating must comply with requirements for restaurants in this Order.
    • Libraries, for curbside, doorside, or other outdoor pickup only. Patrons must reserve or place items on-hold in advance via a reservation-based system, including a telephone option for individuals without internet access at home. Pickups may occur by appointment only.
    • Any manufacturing and logistics sector businesses which supplies retail establishments permitted to operate by this subsection.
  2. Limited services or activities, which include, but is not limited to:
    • Businesses that provide services for animals/pets (such as, grooming, walking, and training), car washes, or residential cleanings. Any services for animals or pets that operate in groups, such as training, may operate outdoors only provided that physical distancing of 6 feet or greater is maintained between participants;
    • Staff of organizations or associations for the sole purpose of preparing and  facilitating live-stream services with their members, including worship services, provided that the staff gathering is limited to 10 people or fewer. 
    • In-person counseling services where the service cannot reasonably be practiced remotely and the counselling is limited to members of a single household.
    • In-person behavioral health or substance use disorder support in therapeutic small group meetings, such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous, provided physical distancing of 6 feet is maintained at all times between persons or groups of persons from different households. 
    • Outdoor equipment rental services, in accordance with the Outdoor Equipment Rental Services Protocol.
    • Tennis centers, in accordance with the Tennis Protocols.
    • Public and private golf courses, including any associated parking lots, in accordance with the Golf Course Protocols.
  3. Businesses whose operations require employees work from an office worksite who are not identified as an Essential Business, Healthcare Operation, or Essential Infrastructure in this Order may operate via telework and for Minimum Basic Operations only. Essential Business, Healthcare Operation, or Essential Infrastructure whose operates necessitate that  employees operate from an office worksite, must require employees telework to the extent feasible and any in-person operations must be in accordance with the Office Worksite Protocols, as amended from time to time. Office-based Essential Businesses that operate indoors must limit  capacity to 25% of maximum occupancy. Healthcare Operations and Essential 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. Must be in accordance with the Office Worksite Protocols.
  4. Drive-in operations, including movie theaters and restaurants, provided any City-issued permit required for the activity is obtained and in compliance with State-issued guidance found here. Drive-in operations are subject to the following restrictions: (1) vehicles must be spaced at least 6 feet apart; (2) gatherings outside vehicles are prohibited; (3) all people must remain in their vehicle if not utilizing restroom facilities or picking up concessions or food; (4) each vehicle may only be occupied by members of the same household; (5) drive-in operations for restaurants are limited to parking assigned to the restaurant and may not utilize the public right-of-way; and (6) restaurants are prohibited from serving alcoholic beverages to customers dining in their vehicles at a drive-in operation.

Higher-Risk Businesses

Businesses, organizations, gatherings, or activities not specified as an Essential Business, Essential Infrastructure, or a Healthcare Operation that by their nature may not readily adhere to physical distancing requirements of maintaining 6 feet or more between individuals or that have long, frequent duration of close contact between individuals, especially large groups of individuals.

  1. Dine-in restaurants, which includes, 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 operate outdoors only and in accordance with the Restaurant Protocols, as amended from time to time. Brewpubs, breweries, bars, pubs, craft distilleries, and wineries that do not hold a City-issued restaurant permit may operate outdoors in accordance with Restaurant Protocols, as amended from time to time, and regulations implemented by the California Alcohol and Beverage Control. Establishments are prohibited from allowing customers to order and/or pickup food or beverages indoors for on-site dining. Any service of food, beverages, and/or alcohol indoors that involves a customer sitting indoors or remaining indoors to consume food or beverages is prohibited. Restaurants, which includes, brewpubs, breweries, bars, pubs, craft distilleries, and wineries, that provide sit-down dine-in meals outdoors must close between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m daily for in-person dining (including outdoor seating), but may remain open for drivethru, curbside, doorside, or other outdoor pickup and delivery only.
  2. Hair salons and barbershops, in accordance with Hair Salon and Barbershop Protocols
  3. Small charter services, which includes fishing, chartered boat, or small group guided trips, in accordance with the Small Charter Services Protocols.
  4. Gyms and fitness facilities for outdoor operations only, in accordance with the Gym and Fitness Center Protocols.
    Outdoor playgrounds at gyms or fitness facilities may open at the discretion of the operator and in accordance with State guidance found here. This subsection is not intended to allow for, or apply to, team or contact sports.
  5. Day camps, in accordance with the Day Camp Protocols
  6. Campgrounds and RV Parks, in accordance with the Campground and RV Park Protocols.
  7. Outdoor portions of museums, galleries, botanical gardens, aquariums, and other similar facilities (collectively “Museums”) for outdoor operations only, in accordance with
    the Museum, Gallery, and Aquarium Protocols. Indoor portions of Museums must be closed to the public. This subsection is not intended to allow the operation of any facility or activity required to remain closed pursuant to Section 15 of this Order, including, but not limited to, indoor playgrounds. Outdoor playgrounds may open at the discretion of the operator and in accordance with State guidance found here.
  8. Training and competition of professional sports without live audiences, in accordance with Protocol for Professional Sports Leagues and Facilities - Spectator-Free Events. Back office staff and management may operate via telework and for Minimum Basic Operations only. Retail operations must adhere to the Retail In-Person Shopping Protocols.
  9. All public and private swimming pools, in accordance with the Protocols for Public Swimming Pools.
  10. Nail salons, in accordance with Nail Salon Protocols.
  11. Personal services, including, tanning salons, esthetician, skin care and cosmetology services; electrology; body art professionals, tattoo parlors, microblading and
    permanent make-up; and piercing shops; and massage therapy (in non-healthcare setting) in accordance with Personal Care Establishment Protocols.
  12. 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.
  13. Youth sports programs, in accordance with Protocols for Youth Sports Leagues.
  14. Public and private K-12 schools. The State Public Health Officer requires all public and private schools (K-12) in counties in Tier 1 of the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, including the County of Long Angeles and the City of Long Beach, to remain closed to in-person learning except as permitted by this subsection. Public and private K-12 schools may conduct distance learning. Public and private K-12 schools are authorized to provide small-group, in-person 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. Public and private schools may also seek a waiver to operate in-person K-2 classes only, as permitted by the Long Beach Health Officer. Schools (K-12) that are permitted to reopen for in-person learning must follow the Reopening Protocols for K-12 Schools and the Protocol for COVID-19 Exposure Management Plan in K-12 Schools;
  15. Institutes of Higher Education. Colleges and universities in Long Beach will not be able to resume all in-person academic instruction, at this time. Institutions may continue to offer in-person training and instruction for essential workforce for only those activities that cannot be accomplished through virtual learning. All other academic instruction must continue to be done via distance-learning as specified in the Protocols for Institutes of Higher Education and the Protocol for COVID-19 Exposure Management Plan for Institutes of Higher Education.
  16. Family entertainment centers located within public parks, batting cages, miniature golf and go cart racing may operate outdoors only and in adherence to State guidance for family entertainment centers, found here. Any family entertainment center not expressly identified in this subsection shall remain closed pursuant to Section 15 of this Order. Capacity at a family entertainment centers authorized to operate pursuant to this subsection shall be limited by the amount of people able to physically distance at least 6 feet between persons or groups of persons from different households at all times, which shall not exceed 50% of maximum outdoor occupancy.
  17. Hotels, Motels, and Short Term Lodging
    • Specific to hotels, lodging, and short-term industries now approved to reopen

Modified State Guidelines for Re-Opening of the Economy - as of August 28, 2020.

  • The state of California has revealed a new framework for re-opening the state's economy with four tiers and colors attached to them to indicate severity. Under the new plan, each county will be given a designation of "purple," "red," "orange" or "yellow" that will determine what types of businesses and activities are allowed in each county. Case rates and test positivity rates will be the metrics that will determine movement within the tiers which, in terms of severity run from purple to red to orange to yellow. See the new framework by clicking here. For more specifics on the status of your County, the State has created the following page where you can search your County and see more information regarding what activities are allowed. To see county specific information click here

State of California COVID-19 Employer Playbook for a Safe Reopening

  •  A safe re-opening requires compliance with both state and local public health guidance, and local guidance can come from your county and your city. Read More

City of Long Beach Health Orders and Protocols (Appendix A -V)


Local Construction Site Guidance for COVID-19

  • Provides assistance to construction industry employers in preparing for and responding to COVID-19. This guidance is intended to assist employers and project work sites in conducting their operations in safe and healthy ways that will help prevent the spread of coronavirus.   The guidance requires that all local construction sites be good neighbors and prepare and enforce a Physical Distancing Protocol to ensure that the proper safety precautions are in place. City staff will verify compliance with these guidelines during inspections for projects under construction as well as during investigations associated with complaints or concerns. For more information about the guidance, call the Long Beach Development Services Building & Safety Bureau at 562.570.PMIT (7648) or email COVID2020@longbeach.gov.

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 2019 - 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

City of Long Beach: COVID-19

Media Update

Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020

 3 p.m.

 

By the Numbers (Long Beach only): 

  • 13,888 total positive results
    • 118 new cases since yesterday  
    • Seven-day positivity rate: 3.5%
    • 8.9 daily new cases per 100K population
  • 263 fatalities
  • 37 people hospitalized 
  • Approximately 12,945 recovered (Please note that, for low-risk patients recovering at home, recovery data is self-reported) 
  • 284,149 total tests conducted 
  • Information as of November 9

 

State Indicators (Updated on Tuesdays):

  • Current LA County Tier: Purple Tier (Widespread)
  • Seven-day positivity rate: 3.8%
  • 7.6 daily new cases per 100K population
  • Testing positivity in lowest-resourced areas (health equity metric): 6.5%

 

Details Regarding Fatalities:

  • 156 are associated with long-term care facilities (LTCF)
  • Ages:
    • 2 were in their 20s
    • 6 were in their 40s
    • 24 were in their 50s
    • 61 were in their 60s
    • 62 were in their 70s
    • 74 were in their 80s
    • 34 were over 90 
  • 109 female, 154 male
  • 262 individuals had underlying health conditions

 

Daily Highlights

  • The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services has been awarded a $160,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety to launch the City’s first Distracted Driving Prevention Program, which will offer education and awareness activities focused on reducing collisions related to distracted driving.

 

Long-Term Care Facility Case Information:

  • A total of 1,486 positive cases have been confirmed at LTCFs in the city since the start of the pandemic (see attachment).

 

Tracking the Curve: 


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Resources & Updates for Restaurants and Bars

NEW Restrictions for Restaurants, Bars, Brewpubs, Breweries, Pubs, Craft Distilleries, and Wineries. 

Starting Wednesday November 25, 2020 at 10:00PM

  • Restaurants, which include brewpubs, breweries, bars, pubs, craft distilleries, and wineries that DO hold a City-issued restaurant permit to provide sit-down, dine-in bona fide meals, may operate between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m for drive-thru, curbside, doorside, or other outdoor pickup and delivery only and in accordance with the Restaurant Protocols, as amended from time to time.
  • Brewpubs, breweries, craft distilleries, and wineries that DO NOT hold a City-issued restaurant permit may continue retail operations only for curbside, doorside, or other outdoor pickup and delivery only in accordance with Restaurant Protocols, as amended from time to time, and regulations implemented by the California Alcohol and Beverage Control.
  • Retail operations of brewpubs, breweries, craft distilleries, and wineries that do not hold a City-issued restaurant permit must remain closed between 10 p.m. to 5 a.m except where the establishment sells alcohol in conjunction City-approved meal provider in accordance with Restaurant Protocols.

These restrictions will be in place for at least three weeks.


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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 March 31, 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.


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

  • Small Business Transition And Technology Grant (SBTT) Program will provide grants to support small businesses operating in Long Beach with an emphasis on those located in the geographically disadvantaged areas of the City most impacted by COVID-19. Approximately $3,300,000 is available for the SBTT Grants. The SBTT Program will provide Working Capital Grants up to $5,000 and Technology Grants up to $2,000.
  • 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

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

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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