SCV Coronavirus Information

SCVEDC is committed to providing you with information and resources to help your company navigate the Coronvirus (COVID-19) crisis. We need to take steps to keep jobs and businesses going, as well as protect the community. Information is changing often, and updates will be made to this page daily. We ask readers to rely on official sources first and foremost, and we will repost some of that information here, in addition to other recommended steps.

 

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On Friday, August 28, Governor Newsom announced a new blueprint for reducing COVID-19 in the state with revised criteria for loosening and tightening restrictions on activities. This guidance outlines an updated framework for a safe progression of opening more businesses and activities in light of the pandemic. The framework for this guidance is informed by increased knowledge of disease transmission vulnerabilities and risk factors and is driven by the following goals:

 

1. To progress in phases based on risk levels with appropriate time between each phase in each county so impacts of any given change can be fully evaluated.

2. To aggressively reduce case transmission to as low a rate as possible across the state so the potential burden of flu and COVID-19 in the late fall and winter does not challenge our healthcare delivery system's ability to surge with space, supplies and staff. Also, with winter weather pushing more activities indoors, low levels of transmission in the community will make large outbreaks in these riskier settings less likely.

3. To simplify the framework and lay out clear disease transmission goals for counties to work towards. Read a detailed report on how the tiers are determined HERE.

 

The latest County Health Order (linked above) provides important information for the safer reopening of K-12 schools, professional sports, hotels and lodging, and music, film and television production.

 

The State began lifting some restrictions on indoor operations statewide on August 28. However the LA County Health Department of Public Health is taking a more measured approach. On September 2, 2020, the county announced that is allowing salons to operate at 25% capacity for services that cannot be performed outdoors provided they are in compliance with county health orders. They are asking salons to continue to offer services outdoors if they have already been doing so.

 

In addition, beginning on Monday, September 14, 2020, K-12 schools may offer in-school services for a small cohort of students with Individualized Education Plans, students requiring instruction for English as a Second Language or students needing assessments or specialized in-school services, as long as the school is able to fully implement the Health Officer’s reopening protocols. This will get children who are in the most need of in-person learning back into their classrooms.

 

All INDOOR operations of the following sectors are closed until further notice: 

 

  • Gyms and Fitness Centers
  • Places of Worship
  • Indoor Protests
  • Offices for Non-Critical Infrastructure Sectors as identified at covid19.ca.gov
  • Personal Care Services(including nail salons, massage parlors, and tattoo parlors
  • Malls

 

Further, all non-essential offices must cease indoor, on site operations immediately. Other businesses deemed essential including infrastructure, healthcare, or other essential businesses must telework when possible, and any office operations must comply with  the LA County Reopening Protocol.

 


The "Right of Recall" requires employers who have laid off employees to give them the first opportunity to receive their jobs back. If two employees are qualified for the same position, the opportunity must go to the person with seniority first. The "Worker Retention" requires new owners of businesses to retain the current staff for at least 90 days.  


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SBA will resume accepting PPP loan applications on Monday, April 27 at 10:30 AM EDT from approved lenders on behalf of any eligible borrower.

 

As 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 UI benefits who are out of business or services are significantly reduced as a direct result of the pandemic.

 

  • LA County Begins Focus on Reopening and Recovery

Authored by Chair of the LA County Board, Supervisor Kathryn Barger, the Board will discuss two motions on Tuesday, April 28 geared towards assessing how the County can relax and reopen as well as plan to develop a road map to economic recovery.

 

    • Safely Reopening Los Angeles County

      The first motion directs the Department of Public Health and other appropriate departments to provide a report within 7 days with details on measures needed for containment of COVID-19 and needed Prerequisites for Relaxing the Safer at Home Order.

       

      It further requests the County to develop a plan to engage the business community and our labor partners in any plans to relax restrictions of the Safer at Home directive to allow for adequate input and preparations to re-open under the physical distancing and face covering public health guidelines to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

    • Los Angeles County Roadmap to Economic Recovery

      The Second motion directs the Director of the CEOC to work with all relevant departments, take the following economic recovery and resiliency actions, in consultation with the Departments of Public Health and Health Services, to ensure the ongoing health and well-being of Los Angeles County communities.

 

Using funds appropriated under the CARES Act, Treasury will make a $75 billion equity investment in a special purpose vehicle established to implement the Main Street Business Lending Program. This investment will enable up to $600 billion in new financing for businesses with up to 10,000 employees or $2.5 billion in 2019 annual revenues.

 

 

Los Angeles County Department of Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services (WDACS), with support of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, announced that the LA County Employer Assistance Grant Fund will be launched on Wed., April 8. The LA County Employer Assistance Grant Fund will provide a total of $500,000 to local businesses. Individual businesses may be awarded up to $10,000 based on demonstrated need. Approximately 25% of awards will be reserved for social enterprises that demonstrate a need and ability to serve vulnerable populations. Applications will be processed on a first-come-first-served basis, and will close once 150 applications are received.

California announced it is providing broad assistance to small businesses and employers impacted by COVID-19 including interest-free deferral of sales/use tax, 90 day extension on business filing tax return (under $1M),  and the Small Business Loan Guarantee Program.


The Senate unanimously passed a $2 trillion stimulus package March 25 aimed at helping the people, states and businesses nationwide devastated by the coronavirus pandemic.


 

 

On March 25, SCVEDC hosted a FREE webinar with Dr. Mark Schniepp on the economic impact of the Coronavirus. Dr. Schniepp discusses the rapidly changing global economy in light of the COVID-19 Pandemic and how it might affect SCV companies and the economy. CLICK HERE to download his presentation slides.

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Small and midsize employers can begin taking advantage of two new refundable payroll tax credits, designed to immediately and fully reimburse them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave to their employees.

Business Resources

This 98 page guide includes information about reconfiguring office space, having a process in place if an employee is diagnosed with COVID-19, evaluating leave-of-absence policies, and reinforcing a psychologically healthy workplace where employees feel safe, respected and empowered.

 

The online business resource will be updated as guidance evolves to best protect the workforce against the pandemic. It can be downloaded as a PDF from the website https://business.kaiserpermanente.org.


Under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) created by the CARES Act, loans may be forgiven if borrowers use the proceeds
to maintain their payrolls and pay other specified expenses. The US Chamber of Commerce has released an informational guide for businesses to help them understand the application form and instructions for Loan forgiveness.


A team of digital experts from Los Angeles County's Joint Information Center has created this guide to help cities, partners, and key stakeholders navigate digital communications in response to COVID-19 and the County's Safer at Home order.

 

You will find included:


    • Recommended messaging on how to talk about COVID-19 in the County of Los Angeles.

    • Easy to share social media content and graphics about COVID-19 and available County resources.

    • Steps on how to share our daily briefings on their social media channels to keep your community informed.

Bringing people back to work will take special legal and operational considerations. Watch the recap of the webinar with Brian Koegle, from Poole, Shaffery, & Koegle, LLP to learn:

    • What are the rules?
    • How do you need to update your policies and procedures to comply?
    • How do you maintain communication with workers who are furloughed/laid off?

Reopening your business will take time and planning. Start the process now with a new webinar series offered by the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation and the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce. You'll gain valuable insights from essential businesses that have already made changes to their work environments like social distancing, increased health and safety protocols, and how business fundamentals have changed in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. 


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To ensure continuity of operations of essential functions, CDC advises that critical infrastructure workers may be permitted to continue work following potential exposure to COVID-19, provided they remain asymptomatic and additional precautions are implemented to protect them and the community. 

Los Angeles County Department of Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services (WDACS), with support of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, announced that the LA County Employer Assistance Grant Fund will be launched on Wed., April 8. The LA County Employer Assistance Grant Fund will provide a total of $500,000 to local businesses. Individual businesses may be awarded up to $10,000 based on demonstrated need. Approximately 25% of awards will be reserved for social enterprises that demonstrate a need and ability to serve vulnerable populations. Applications will be processed on a first-come-first-served basis, and will close once 150 applications are received.

    • A webinar to guide businesses on the application process will be held Tuesday, April 7 at 1:30pm

    • The application site will open on Wednesday, April 8, at 8:00am: www.workforce.lacounty.gov

 

In order to provide full support for public health and safety efforts, South Coast AQMD will prioritize and expedite the permitting process for those businesses. Normal permit fees will apply, however South Coast AQMD will not require expediting fees for companies assisting with the COVID-19 response.


LA County has just launched a centralized call center and website providing free, one-on-one counseling and support for business owners and workers who have been adversely affected by the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis. Open M-F 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for calls: (833) 238-4450


Governor Gavin Newsom has issued a "Stay at Home" order for CA residents to protect the health and well-being of all Californians and to establish consistency across the state in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. This order is in place until further notice. The order exempts 16 Critical Infrastructure Sectors as defined by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). SCV businesses are encouraged to use this reference as their guideline in assessing if their business falls in an exempt category to continue their operations. 

 

LA County has issued a "Safer at Home" order closing all but essential services and businesses and prohibiting all indoor or outdoor public or private gatherings of any size. The order continues until April 19. The order defines essential services and businesses and provides a list of essential business types. Notably this order does not apply to defense contractors, healthcare operations, and essential infrastructure including manufacturing and distribution companies that are part of that supply chain.

 

SBA is unable to accept new applications at this time for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)-COVID-19 related assistance program (including EIDL Advances) based on available appropriations funding. Applicants who have already submitted their applications will continue to be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

    • SCV Small Business Development Center

      Our SCV Small Business Development Center is an SBA partner and can provide immediate support to businesses in navigating the online application process with required information and documents.

 

Here is the LA County-supported Rapid Response resource closest to SCV to service businesses at risk of closure and job loss. You can also contact scvedc@scvedc.org for assistance.

 

Ibank's Small Business Finance Center’s loan guarantee program is designed for Disaster Relief specifically and is currently available to small businesses needing assistance to overcome economic injury caused by COVID-19. 

 

Employers can apply for the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Work Sharing Program if reduced production, services, or other conditions cause them to seek an alternative to layoffs.  This program helps employers minimize or eliminate the need for layoffs, and helps employers retain trained employees and avoid costs of recruiting and hiring new employees as business conditions improve.

 

The California Economic Forecast is a full service economic consulting firm, and provides timely updates on the economic outlook surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

Employee Resources

As 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 UI benefits who are out of business or services are significantly reduced as a direct result of the pandemic.


The School of Personal and Professional Learning at College of the Canyons provides lifelong learning classes to residents of all ages with opportunities for professional development, skills development, and language acquisition. These courses are offered tuition-free and are supported by the State of California.

 

AJCC offers vital services to help adults looking to enter or re-enter the workforce or strengthen their skills. While walk-in service is unavailable, please call the SCV AJCC office for assistance.

 

Pays benefits to workers who have lost their job and meet the program’s eligibility requirements. If you have become unemployed or partially unemployed, you may file a UI claim.

 

Apply for benefits if you're unable to work because you are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional).

 

Apply for benefits if you or a family member are sick or for preventative care when civil authorities recommend quarantine.

 

Apply for benefits if you're unable to work due to medical quarantine or illness related to COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional.

 

If you are unable to do your usual job because you were exposed to and contracted COVID-19 during the regular course of your work, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.

 

OnwardCA is an initiative of companies, foundations, and humans to get California workers displaced by COVID-19 essential life services and back to work as quickly as possible.

 

Free job board exclusively connecting SCV career opportunities to SCV residents.

 

New web pages to help businesses that are able to remain open and job seekers who are out of work due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Health Resources
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