Resources for Businesses Impacted by COVID-19
As of Thursday evening, March 19, all of California is under a "stay at home" order. Full information (and video of the Governor’s address) is available https://www.gov.ca.gov/2020/03/19/governor-gavin-newsom-issues-stay-at-home-order/ updates from Governor Newsom available at https://www.gov.ca.gov/newsroom/ Monterey County has instituted sweeping emergency measures including a SHELTER-IN PLACE order implemented to halt the spread of COVID-19. These disruptions have impacted Seaside businesses. Here are some links that may be of assistance:
Please check back often as this page will be updated as more info becomes available.
Useful Monterey County Information
- Questions about Monterey County’s Shelter in Place-call 211.
- Shelter in Place FAQs on the Monterey County Health Department webpage www.mtyhd.org/covid19.
- Receive text updates from Monterey County Alerts regarding COVID-19 by texting MCCOVID19 to 888777.
- COVID-19 free virtual care 831-622-800
- What IS an essential business? https://www.co.monterey.ca.us/home/showdocument?id=88161
- Monterey-Salinas Transit has seen a significant reduction in ridership. A substantial change takes effect Saturday, March 28. Updates will be posted on the website https://mst.org/ Passengers can always access the latest information onMST’s Twitter feed.
- Monterey County COVID-19 Economic Assistance Hotline (M-F 8am-4pm) 831-796-1909
- Impact of the Monterey County Health Officer Shelter in Place Order on commercial cannabis operations
- The Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) and Monterey Peninsula Foundation announced the creation of the COVID-19 Relief Fund. The fund will address the immediate and longer-term needs of our region’s most vulnerable residents who will be impacted by the Coronavirus. https://www.cfmco.org/covid-19-relief-fund-created/
- Resources to feed families around Monterey County--please scroll down to Seaside resources
Employer & Employee Resources:
- Federal OSHA Guidance on preparing for COVID-19 in the workplace
- Guidance for Businesses & Employers during the COVID-19 crisis from the SBA
- CA Employment Development Department website with resources for workers & employers (information below is from the CA EDD on 3-18-2020)
Reduced Work Hours
If your employer has reduced your hours or shut down operations due to COVID-19, you can file an Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim. UI provides partial wage replacement benefit payments to workers who lose their job or have their hours reduced, through no fault of their own. Workers who are temporarily unemployed due to COVID-19 and expected to return to work with their employer within a few weeks are not required to actively seek work each week. However, they must remain able and available and ready to work during their unemployment for each week of benefits claimed and meet all other eligibility criteria. Eligible individuals can receive benefits that range from $40-$450 per week.
The Governor’s Executive Order waives the one-week unpaid waiting period, so you can collect UI benefits for the first week you are out of work. If you are eligible, the EDD processes and issues payments within a few weeks of receiving a claim
CA Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control is temporarily suspending enforcement of specific legal prohibitions https://www.abc.ca.gov/notice-of-regulatory-relief/
- California Department of Public Health: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/ncov2019.aspx
- California Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 response page https://covid19.ca.gov
- Resources for Employers and Workers on COVID-19 from CA Dept of Labor: https://www.labor.ca.gov/coronavirus2019/
- CA Governor’s Office of Business & Economic Development (GO-BIZ)) FAQs for CA Small Businesses.
- CA Labor & Workforce Development Agency with Information for Workers & Employers regarding COVID-19
- The CA State Treasurer has compiled a list of federal, state & local resources available to small businesses bit.ly/stosmallbizlist
- CA Franchise Tax Board announces more time to file CA taxes.
- CA Franchise Tax Board FAQs
- CA Franchise Tax Board FAQs
- Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service announced on March 21 that the federal income tax filing due date is automatically extended from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020.https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/payment-deadline-extended-to-july-15-2020
- The IRS has set up a special webpage regarding coronavirus tax relief https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus IRS has temporarily closed all Taxpayer Assistance Centers and discontinued face-to-face service throughout the country until further notice. The IRS is continuing to process tax returns, issue refunds and help taxpayers to the greatest extent possible. Click here for more info on taxpayer assistance center closures.
Loans, Financial Assistance & Training:
- CA Infrastructure & Economic Development Bank (IBank) Small Business & Disaster Loans
- Access to Capital programs remain in place, including special disaster assistance at the state and federal levels:
- California’s IBank Small Business Finance Center: https://www.ibank.ca.gov/small-business-finance-center/ Note that the SBDC host, California Coastal Rural Development Corporation, does the Jump Start loans mentioned here. Their website is https://www.calcoastal.org/
- California Treasurer’s California Pollution Control Financing Authority (CalCAP): https://www.treasurer.ca.gov/cpcfa/calcap/arb/summary.asp
- Cal Coastal Small Business Development Center: https://CalCoastalSBDC.com offers training and one-on-one business advising. (most of this will be virtual during critical social distancing periods)
- Facebook has announced a cash grant program for small businesses impacted by COVID-19 closures and will be taking applications soon.
- CSU Monterey Bay’s Institute for Innovation and Economic Development is moving their Startup Challenge Workshops and Pitches online -- more info here.
- The “Planning for a Healthy Business” workshop scheduled for 3/25 at Seaside Creates is postponed.
- Monterey Bay Economic Partnership (MBEP) is working with education partners and members to engage with a free, online Monterey Bay Career Coach -- this is one way to help graduating seniors explore education and career options, and for employers to hire summer interns for projects that can be completed remotely.
PG& E : announced a moratorium on disconnects; payment plans available;
AT & T :No usage caps on data for home based internet (like small business from home)Public Wi-Fi hotspots- "We won’t terminate service of any wireless, home phone or broadband residential or small business customer due to an inability to pay their bill as a result of the coronavirus pandemic – and we’re waiving late payment fees for those customers." https://about.att.com/pages/COVID-19.htm
TMobile: Unlimied smartphone data for the next 60 days Additional 10gb of mobile hotspot https://www.t-mobile.com/brand/ongoing-updates-covid-19#customers
Verizon: Waiving late fees and suspending service termination for customers https://www.verizon.com/about/news/update-verizon-serve-customers-covid-19
CAL AM Water: Discontinuing service shut offs. If you service was turned off prior March 12, 2020, they are going to restart the service now. https://amwater.com/caaw/
Marina Coast Water: Office is closed to public access until April 8th 2020. Please visit their website at https://www.mcwd.org/
Seaside Municipal Water: no shutoffs scheduled as of 3-18-2020.
There may be some extensions allowed by the DMV https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv
COVID-19 Scams & Price Gouging
If you receive calls, emails, or other communications claiming to be from the Treasury Department and offering COVID-19 related grants or stimulus payments in exchange for personal financial information, or an advance fee, tax, or charge of any kind, including the purchase of gift cards, please do not respond. These are scams. Please contact the FBI at www.ic3.gov so that the scammers can be tracked and stopped.
CA penal code 396 prohibits price gouging-raiding the price of many consumer goods and services by more than 10% after an emergency has been declared. Find out more from the CA Attorney General’s FAQs on price gouging.