Business Resources (COVID-19)

Coronavirus Links & Resources 

Reopening Guidance & Resources:

Stockton Healthy Pledge:

  • Have your business take the Stockton Healthy Pledge!  Let your customers and employees know you value their safety! 
    Visit StocktonHealthyPledge.com to learn more and to take the pledge.

State of California Guidance:

AS OF DECEMBER 5, 2020

Governor Gavin Newsom announced that all sectors other than retail and essential operations will close in regions of the State where less than 15 percent of Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds are available under a new Regional Stay Home Order.

As of today, Regional ICU capacity has fallen below 15% available capacity, applying the Regional Stay Home Order to all counties in the San Joaquin Valley Region, effective Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 11:59 pm. The new Regional Order is a protective measure to limit the spread of COVID-19 and support the most vulnerable community members and hospital frontline workers.

See more at https://tinyurl.com/y3hsb72k or www.covid19.ca.gov

Blueprint for a Safer Economy

California has a new blueprint for reducing COVID-19 in the state with revised criteria for loosening and tightening restrictions on activities. 

Find the status of activities near you

Learn more about the tiers.

Understand your county’s status

Every county in California is assigned to a tier based on its test positivity and adjusted case rate.

In light of the recent, unprecedented surge in rate of increase of cases, the following changes are effective until further notice:

  • Tier assignments may occur any day of the week and may occur more than once a week when the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) determines that the most recent reliable data indicate that immediate action is needed to address COVID-19 transmission in a county.
  • Counties may be moved back more than one tier if CDPH determines that the data supports more intensive intervention. Key considerations will include the rate of increase in new cases and/or test positivity, more recent data as noted below, public health capacity, and other epidemiological factors.
  • The most recent reliable data will be used to complete the assessment.
  • In light of the extreme circumstances requiring immediate action, counties will be required to implement any sector changes the day following the tier announcement.
  • Full details on the Blueprint are available in CDPH’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy framework.

San Joaquin County is currently in the Purple “Widespread” tier. To view what industries can open and get guidance click the link below and enter “San Joaquin” in the County box at the top.

https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/

Reopen your business or facility safely

Follow the Employer Playbook for a Safe Reopening to help plan and prepare for reopening your business.

The playbook includes detailed information on:

  • When and how an employer must report a COVID-19 positive employee.
  • What is defined as an outbreak.
  • Guidance for employers who may be considering whether to suspend operations due to COVID-19 spread in the workplace.

Wearing a mask or face covering is required statewide in public or common spaces. Employers must provide face coverings to workers, or must reimburse workers for the reasonable cost of obtaining them. Find all requirements and exceptions to these rules in the guidance on this page below.

All businesses and facilities must follow the items listed here before reopening:

  1. Scroll down this page to find the guidance for your industry, business, event, or activity.
  2. Review it completely.
  3. Perform a detailed risk assessment and create a worksite-specific protection plan.
  4. Train employees on how to limit the spread of COVID-19. This includes how to screen themselves for symptoms and when to stay home.
  5. Set up individual control measures and screenings.
  6. Put disinfection protocols in place.
  7. Establish physical distancing guidelines.
  8. Establish universal face covering requirements (with allowed exceptions). See CDPH guidelines (PDF).
  9. Post your completed checklist so everyone can know the steps you’ve taken. Feel free to add more safety measures to the ones included in your industry’s guidance.

Employer policies and resources

It’s important that employees with COVID-19 know they should stay home. Your sick leave policies need to support that. Workers also need safe and reliable childcare options during the COVID-19 response. See information on:

To view all the different Industry guidance click the link below:

https://covid19.ca.gov/industry-guidance/

San Joaquin County Guidance:

Reopening Information & Resources:

Cleaning:

General COVID-19 Information:

San Joaquin Officials Update County Stay at Home Order August 31, 2020

Orders:

Local Protocols:

Social Distancing Protocol

San Joaquin County Public Health Proclaims Local Health Emergency

Isolation Documents and Instructions

Text COVID19 to 211211 (and respond with your zip code) to receive information about COVID-19 in our community.

Coronavirus Rumor Control
Due to the large amount of speculation regarding COVID-19, this is a reminder to rely on OFFICIAL sources for accurate information. Help control the spread of rumors by sharing this page: fema.gov/coronavirus-rumor-control

Coronavirus Testing:

For the latest updates on Testing Locations in San Joaquin County please visit:

www.sjready.org/events/covid19/testing.html 

Financial Assistance:

Business Loan Assistant: Fill out a questionnaire that will help identify which disaster relief program your small business qualifies for during these difficult times.

  • San Joaquin County Small Business Assistance Grant Program Round 3
    The Small Business Assistance Grant Program is intended to assist businesses with up to 100 full-time employees. The maximum grant is limited to $25,000. Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis so long as funding is available or until January 31, 2021, whichever occurs earlier.
  • San Joaquin County Family COVID Assistance Grant Program
    The Family COVID Assistance Grant Program is intended to assist individuals and families who meet specified income thresholds and have been financially harmed by the pandemic. The maximum grant is limited to $5,000 per household.
  • California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program
    California’s $500M Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Round 1 is closed.  
        – Approval notifications begin to go out January 15
        – Funds begin to be disbursed January 22
        – Second application round begins February 2

  • Shuttered Venue Operators Grant

    The Shuttered Venue Operators (SVO) Grant program was established by The Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, signed into law on December 27, 2020. The program includes $15 billion in grants to shuttered venues, to be administered by the Small Business Administration’s Office of Disaster Assistance.

    Eligible applicants may qualify for SVO Grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. $2 billion is reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees.

    Grant is not open yet. For more info click here.

  • California Rebuilding Fund

    The California Rebuilding Fund is a loan program to support California’s small businesses—especially those located in economically disadvantaged and historically under-banked areas of the state. Businesses who employed 50 or less full-time equivalent employees (FTEs) and had gross revenues of less than $2.5 million or below in 2019 are eligible to apply. Full eligibility requirements are included in the Business Requirements tab.

    The loans are flexible, transparent and are designed to help businesses access the capital and advisory services they need to get through these challenging economic times.

  • SBA Financial Assistance
      – SBA Express Bridge Loans
      – SBA Debt Relief 
      – Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)
    The deadline for eligible small businesses, nonprofits, sole proprietorships, and independent contractors to apply for a COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan Has Been Extended to December 31, 2021.

        – Paycheck Protection Program
         Notice: Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Will Reopen the Week of January 11, 2021

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with The U.S. Department of the Treasury, announced today that the Paycheck Protection Program will re-open the week of January 11 for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers. 

To promote access to capital, initially only community financial institutions will be able to make First Draw PPP Loans on Monday, January 11, and Second Draw PPP Loans on Wednesday, January 13. The PPP will open to all participating lenders shortly thereafter. 

This round of the PPP continues to prioritize millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $284 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses through March 31, 2021, and by allowing certain existing PPP borrowers to apply for a Second Draw PPP Loan. 

        – SBA and Treasury Announce Simpler PPP Forgiveness for Loans of $50,000 or Less
                 – Click here to view the simpler loan forgiveness application.
                 – Click here to view the instructions for completing the simpler loan forgiveness application.
                 – Click here to view the Interim Final Rule on the simpler forgiveness process for loans of $50,000 or less.
        – PPP Loan Forgiveness FAQ’s
        – Guide to PPP Loan Forgiveness (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)  
        – Click here to view the EZ Forgiveness Application. (June 17, 2020)
        – Click here to view the Full Forgiveness Application.
        – SBA and Treasury Announce New and Revised Guidance Regarding the Paycheck Protection Program (June 12, 2020)
         – SBA and Treasury Announce New EZ and Revised Full Forgiveness Applications for the Paycheck Protection Program (June 17, 2020)

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If you have a link for a resource or information you think should be included please email to Timm Quinn, tquinn@stocktomnchamber.org.