Coronavirus Emergency Relief

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This page is designed to give you current information and links to Federal, State, County, Local and Corporate Assistance Programs as well as community information as it becomes available.

contra costa county Mandate

UPDATE: Monday, May 18:

Thanks to progress made in containing the spread of COVID-19, Contra Costa County will relax restrictions in its shelter-in-place order to allow retail stores to offer curbside sales or other outdoor pickups of orders, beginning on May 19th at 6am, as long as the retail businesses abide by certain safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.


Stores may not display merchandise for sale on tables or otherwise outside the stores.

Customers may not enter the store or interior of any indoor shopping mall.


Stores must employ reasonable measures to require customers to comply with social distancing requirements at the pickup areas, including marking locations at six-foot intervals for customers to stand while waiting in line.


Businesses that manufacture retail goods and provide warehousing or logistical support to retail stores will also be allowed to operate, but must limit the number of staff in enclosed areas so that personnel can comply with social distancing requirements.


Full May 18, 2020 Press Release:

https://cchealth.org/press-releases/2020/0518-ccc-allowing-curbside-retail.php 

Full May 18, 2020 Updated Health Order:

https://www.coronavirus.cchealth.org/health-orders


UPDATE: Effective Wednesday, April 22:  also requires public transit and government workers to wear masks when they come close to others, or where the public is likely to be present.

Members of the public must mask when they:

  • work at an essential business
  • are inside an essential business, such as a grocery store
  • visit a healthcare provider or facility
  • wait in line for or ride public transportation


UPDATE: April 29, 2020, Regional Shelter-in-Place Orders Extended as Some Rules Ease

Health Officers caution that reducing restrictions too quickly could lead to a substantial resurgence of COVID-19

The seven Bay Area Public Health Officers who ordered a shelter in place in mid-March will extend the orders through May 31 while some restrictions are eased and tools to strengthen containment of COVID-19 are put into place.


All construction activities, certain businesses that operate primarily outdoors, and some outdoor activities will be allowed to resume with specific conditions.


These new Health Officer orders, which takes effect May 4, cover everyone living or working in the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara as well as the City of Berkeley, an independent public health jurisdiction.


Contra Costa Health Department: https://www.contracosta.ca.gov

California State Mandate

Effective May 8: the stay home order was modified. We are now in the first phase of Stage 2. This means in addition to essential activity, curbside retail is allowed, along with the infrastructure to support it.

Six key health and scientific indicators will be considered before modifying the state’s stay home order to allow additional Stage 2 activity. County orders supersede State.


Road Map to Reopening Stages

The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act

The programs and initiatives in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was just passed by Congress are intended to assist business owners with whatever needs they have right now. When implemented, there will be many new resources available for small businesses, as well as certain non- profits and other employers. This guide provides information about the major programs and initiatives that will soon be available from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to address these needs, as well as some additional tax provisions that are outside the scope of SBA.

Paycheck Protection Program

The Paycheck Protection Program prioritizes millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $349 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses. You can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union,  and Farm Credit System institution 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. Lenders may begin processing loan applications as soon as April 3, 2020. 


Application and Information NOW AVAILABLE HERE

Bank of America Application HERE

Chase Application HERE

Wells Fargo Application HERE
US Bank Application HERE

Check with your local bank for details as well.


In addition to the major banks, here are other ways businesses can apply for the PPP:
Intuit: https://intuit.me/2xxAJYW
Kabbage: https://bit.ly/2yp4Emv
Lendio: https://bit.ly/3fch69G
Paypal: https://bit.ly/2SssJPW
Square: https://squ.re/2KW48Pm
Banks accepting PPP applications if you are not already a customer: https://bit.ly/3fnIMZs

PPP Questions? 

- Contact the SBA hotline at (800) 659-2955 or the Bay Area SBA District Office at (415) 744-6820 or sfomail@sba.gov

- SBA virtual meetings to help Small Business Owners with their applications and to answer questions:

Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10:30am: https://bit.ly/2YCeA6Z

Every Tuesday at 3pm and Thursday at 11am: https://bit.ly/2Sz0VJY


Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Loan Advance

In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, small business owners in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories are eligible to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance of up to $10,000.

Information and Apply HERE


SBA Debt Relief

The SBA Debt Relief program will provide a reprieve to small businesses as they overcome the challenges created by this health crisis.

Information HERE


SBA Express Bridge Loans

Express Bridge Loan Pilot Program allows small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 with less paperwork. These loans can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing and can be a term loans or used to bridge the gap while applying for a direct SBA Economic Injury Disaster loan

Information Here


Get Individual Help & Guidance (virtual appointments available) with you loan application process at: https://www.contracostasbdc.org/covid-19

Or email: Blair Abee, Contra Costa SBDC Business Advisors at
blair.abeesbdc@gmail.com or by phone at: 619-964-1411


Great Plates Delivered: Restaurant Meals for Seniors
Martinez Restaurants looking for an economic stimulus may want to participate in the “Great Plates Delivered” program. Restaurants interested in helping seniors to stay home and stay nourished can send an email to feeding.care-shelter@cccoes.us to get on the provider list.
Click here for additional details: https://bit.ly/2SqgZO2

Restaurant Signup Form: https://state-of-california-agency.forms.fm/great-plates-delivered-food-provider-interest-form/forms/7917


Small Business Grant Program for Female Entrepreneurs
The Red Backpack Fund is providing grants up to $5,000 to female entrepreneurs to help alleviate the immediate needs of business owners impacted by COVID-19. Applications open today, May 4, and continue through May 11. To be eligible, businesses must be at least 51% women-owned, have 2-49 employees, and generate annual revenues not exceeding $5M.
Apply here: https://bit.ly/2VV6Z1n

Other resources

Eviction Protection and Rent Freeze for Residential and Commercial Properties
On April 21, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors passed an Eviction Protection and Rent Freeze ordinance that applies to all Cities and the unincorporated areas in the county.
Click here for details: https://bit.ly/2VZehkN


Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

Congress passed a $2 trillion stimulus package to help provide additional public health resources, support working people, and protect the economy. Some of the ways this legislation will help our communities during this pandemic include:

  • $1,200 direct rebates to individuals making $75,000 a year or less, with smaller amounts to those with higher incomes;
  • $2,400 direct rebates to couples filing taxes jointly making $150,000 or less, with smaller amounts to those with higher incomes;
  • $500 direct rebates for each child in a household;
  • $100 billion for hospitals;
  • Suspends federal student loan payments and interest accrual until September 30, 2020;
  • $10 billion for Small Business Administration (SBA) emergency grants to provide relief for small business operating costs;
  • Makes rent, mortgage, and utility costs eligible for SBA loan forgiveness;
  • $30 billion for the Disaster Relief Fund to provide financial assistance to state and local governments and nonprofits providing critical and essential services;
  • Extends unemployment insurance to 4 months instead of 3 months;
  • $600 per week increase in unemployment benefits;
  • $400 million to help states make their elections more secure; and
  • $150 billion coronavirus relief fund for state and local governments.


ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE CONTROL RESTRICTION RELIEF

This regulatory relief is designed to support the alcoholic beverage industry in its efforts to assist California in slowing the spread of the virus while assisting the industry in dealing with the economic challenges it is facing as a result. The Department has carefully considered the public’s health, safety, and welfare in providing this relief, and the Department has concluded that none of these measures, exercised on a temporary basis, will jeopardize the public’s health, safety, or welfare. In lieu of individual requests for relief submitted to the Department, the temporary relief from the regulatory requirements set forth in this notice are applicable to all affected Department licensees and will continue until further notice, as provided below. The Department’s regulatory relief addresses the following issues found in link below.

https://www.abc.ca.gov/notice-of-regulatory-relief/?fbclid=IwAR3MimT0HwSbLZG1WNG9Wvu8CQJ3M7Hc2VVzM_HxRd0Pa9skn7WV9UMswMs


IRS Tax Extension - 90 Days to July 15, 2020

https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/payment-deadline-extended-to-july-15-2020


COVID FAIR LABOR ACT

https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/flsa/pandemic


COVID Family and Medical Leave Act

https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/fmla/pandemic


Sick leave, family medical leave for virus sufferers

Workers relief for businesses

https://appropriations.house.gov/sites/democrats.appropriations.house.gov/files/Families%20First%20summary.pdf


Employment Development Department of California.  Layed off employees eligible to apply NOW.

https://www.edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019.htm


America’s Small and Independent Businesses (NFIB)

As small businesses grapple with Coronavirus, NFIB is dedicated to being their voice. We are continuing to track the latest from healthcare officials and Congress.

https://www.nfib.com


Contra Costa SBDC

We are here to help your business navigate the unexpected. Rest assured, the SBDC is committed to doing everything in our power to continue serving the small businesses within our local community. We can help with applying for relief, guiding you through available resources, cash flow concerns, supply chain interruptions, workforce capacity, insurance coverage and more - at no cost. Please reach out to us if you have any questions regarding your business or our services.

https://www.contracostasbdc.org/covid-19

other

Contact your Lenders, Insurance Companies, Credit Card Companies, Workers Compensation Providers and Utilities to see what assistance and deferrals they are putting in place.  

City of martinez updates

Martinez Senior Center Resource Page:

https://www.cityofmartinez.org/news/displaynews.asp?NewsID=1487&TargetID=1&fbclid=IwAR3MI62Wyf5-lRjKBxRhdtXMSfqwJkagsr4dGmAShj9PT_YSmT-N09Mw9dQ


A Message from Mayor Schroder:


"I, along with the City Council, prioritize the health and safety of our community above all else.  For this reason, we are taking special precautions in response to the Coronavirus pandemic which I know disrupts your daily life.  These measures are taken solely in the interest of public health and safety.  I sincerely hope that in the coming weeks, the situation will improve and we can return to a more normal course of business.  Until then, I urge everyone to follow the guidelines of our health and safety experts at Contra Costa Health Services and routinely visit their special website, which is updated daily and dedicated to addressing the pandemic. You can learn more about steps taken by the City on this page.

On Monday, March 16, 2020, City Manager Eric Figueroa proclaimed a local emergency.  The proclamation is not in response to a direct incident within Martinez, rather it relaxes the City's purchasing requirements to allow the City to acquire goods and services at a moment's notice, enhancing its ability to protect public safety.  The proclamation is also required for City of Martinez taxpayers to be reimbursed from national and state agencies for expenses incurred during the emergency."


For City updates including: Public Safety,  City Drinking Water, City Council Meetings, City Special Events, City Facilities Closure, Department Contacts and more please visit:

Downloads

Download Resource Guides & Information to COVID-19

Small-Business-Owners-Guide-to-the-CARES-Act-final (pdf)

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Governor Newsom Signs EO Providing Relief to CA Small Businesses (pdf)

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East Bay COVID-19 Resources (pdf)

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USChamber Small Business ELA Loan Guide 2020 (pdf)

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