Resources for Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

City staff has put together a list of resources for our business community. In addition to the resources below, we advise residents and businesses to follow all recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as local advisories from the California Department of Public Health and the Orange County Health Care Agency

The County of Orange has established a COVID-19 Hotline for inquiries related to the pandemic: 1-833-426-6411

What businesses are allowed to re-open?

List of businesses able to re-open as California begins to move into Stage 2 of the Governor’s four-stage plan to modify the Stay-at-Home.

Governor Newsom announced that California will begin to move into Stage 2 of his four-stage plan to modify the Stay-at-Home order. Starting May 8, some lower-risk workplaces can gradually open with adaptations. Retail and their associated supply chains can reopen with modifications that follow new State guidance. Eligible retail businesses include, bookstores, jewelry stores, toy stores, clothing stores, shoe stores, home and furnishing stores, sporting goods stores, antique stores, music stores, and florists. Please note, re-opening will be phased-in, starting first with curbside pickup and delivery only, until further notice.

Schools, childcare, dine-in restaurants, offices, shopping malls and outdoor museums are part of Stage 2, but are NOT part of this initial re-opening plan. They will open at a later time. A list of businesses that are and are not able to open at this time is available here. The new State guidance serves as a good example of what all businesses should be thinking about as we continue on with our recovery. It outlines best practices that will be key in preventing the spread of COVID-19 as restrictions start to ease. The community’s efforts to abide by the Stay-at-Home order issued on March 19 has allowed the State to move forward on its roadmap for modifying the order. California’s progress in achieving key public health metrics will allow a gradual re-opening of the State’s economy. You can read more about the governor’s announcement at Covid19.ca.gov/roadmap.

The State has published the following guidance documents to help businesses support a safe, clean environment for workers, customers, and the public.

Guidance for Shopping Centers

Guidance for Dine-In Restaurants

Local Resources

Brea Chamber of Commerce

While the Chamber has suspended all face-to-face interactions, their office remains operational during this time working to provide short- and long-term business solutions and plans in response to COVID-19.

State Resources

California Capital Access Program (CalCAP)

A loan loss reserve program provided by the California State Treasurer’s Office which may provide up to 100% coverage on losses as a result of certain loan defaults. 

Employment Development Department (EDD) 

California is responding to the spread of a respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus (COVID-19). While investigations to learn more about the virus are ongoing, workers and employers should review their health and safety procedures to help prevent exposure to the virus. The EDD provides a variety of support services to individuals affected by COVID-19 in California. 

California Labor & Workforce Development Agency (LWDA)

In the face of the COVID-19, the Labor & Workforce Development Agency (LWDA) wants to keep workers, employers, co-workers, and families safe. What employees are entitled to may be confusing. We are trying to make it easier and spread awareness through this centralized source of info. Use the guidance below to determine what is best for you, your family, and your workplace.

OnwardCA Coalition

The State of California launched OnwardCA as 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. Through its dynamic matching platform, individuals can find training opportunities to apply for their next job.

Great Plates Delivered Program

On April 24, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom announced the launch of a first-in-the-nation “Great Plates Delivered” program, a meal delivery service for California’s older adults. Great Plates Delivered has two purposes: help seniors and other adults at high risk from COVID-19 to stay home and stay healthy by delivering three nutritious meals a day, and provide essential economic stimulus to local businesses struggling to stay afloat during the COVID-19 crisis.

Federal Resources

Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers from the Center for Disease Control (CDC)

The CDC is working across the Department of Health and Human Services and across the U.S. government in the public health response to COVID-19. Much is unknown about how the virus that causes COVID-19 spreads. Current knowledge is largely based on what is known about similar coronaviruses. The interim guidance may help prevent workplace exposures to acute respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, in non-healthcare settings. The guidance also provides planning considerations if there are more widespread, community outbreaks of COVID-19.

Franchise Tax Board (FTB)

The FTB is offering special tax relief for California taxpayers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Affected taxpayers are granted an extension to file 2019 California tax returns and make certain payments until June 15, 2020, in line with Governor Newsom’s March 12 Executive Order.

This relief includes moving the various tax filing and payment deadlines that occur on March 15, 2020, through June 15, 2020, to June 15, 2020.  

California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (IBank)

IBank offers low-interest and state-guaranteed business loans and microloans for small business borrowers who have been impacted by regional disasters and who need term loans or lines of credit for working capital.

California Labor Commissioner’s Office

FAQs on laws enforced by the California Labor Commissioner’s Office regarding the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).

Other Resources

Small Business Association (SBA) Disaster Loan

Because the state of California has been declared a SBA disaster area. small businesses in Orange County are able to apply for financial assistance through the SBA Disaster Loan Program to help alleviate economic injury caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). 

Save Small Business Fund

Funded by corporate and philanthropic partners, the Save Small Business Fund is a collective effort to provide $5,000 grants to as many small employers as we can. We hope these supplemental funds will help you get through the next days and weeks.    

Local Initiatives Support Coalition (LISC) Grant Program 

Financial assistance at this critical time can make the difference between staying in business or closing permanently, leading to lost income and jobs and economic instability. LISC OC is providing 15 $5,000 grants to small businesses, to help them keep functioning and remain vital facets of their local economies through this challenging period.

US Chamber of Commerce Coronavirus Small Business Guides

The coronavirus pandemic is affecting small businesses in a variety of ways. From loss of business to remote work, things are changing fast during the COVID-19 outbreak and businesses are being forced to adapt. The US Chamber provides the best resources and information to help you navigate this challenging time.