Business Resources in Response to COVID-19
The City of Placentia recognizes the impact COVID-19 will have on our local businesses and our regional economy. The City has compiled a list of resources to assist you during closures mandated by the Orange County Health Care Agency. The City will continue to monitor and share information provided by the Orange County Health Care Agency with our business community. Please check back often for updates as new resources become available.
Governor Newsom Issues State "Stay At Home" Order
On Thursday, March 19, 2020, Governor Newsom issued a State "Stay At Home Order” to stop the spread of COVID-19. The order is effective immediately. Public safety services will remain operational.
Orange County Health Officer Order
On Tuesday, March 17, 2020 the Orange County Health Officer Dr. Nichole Quick issued a Health Officer’s Order to protect the health and wellbeing of Orange County residents. The order prohibits public and private gatherings of any number of people, including at places of work, occurring outside a single household or living unit. This Order also eliminates dining in at restaurants but makes food available through delivery and pickup options. To read the entire Order please visit the following link:
- Orange County Health Officer Order issued on March 17, 2020
- Orange County Health Officer Amended Order issued on March 18, 2020
On March 30, 2020, the County of Orange issued a press release indicating that the Order issued by the County is superseded by Governor Newsom’s Executive "Stay At Home Order" until further notice.
Orange County Economic and Business Recovery Call Center
The Orange County Community Services has implemented a call center to meet the needs of businesses impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic. Business can call the Economic and Business Recovery Call Center at (714) 480-6500 during the hours of operations from Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Call Center will offer information and resources to help Orange County businesses navigate the current economic climate. These resources will support businesses with challenges such as lay-off aversions, loans, utility reduction programs and community resources mapping.
State of California
The State of California has created a new one-stop website for COVID-19 resources, including unemployment and paid sick leave, and much more.
Office of Business and Economic Development
The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development has compiled helpful information for employers, employees and all Californians as it relates to the COVID-19 outbreak. Along with that, GO-Biz has shared a new Frequently Asked Questions for small businesses.
The California Capital Access Program for Small Business (CalCAP SB or Program) encourages banks and other financial institutions to make loans to small businesses that have difficulty obtaining financing. If you own a small business and need a loan for start-up, expansion or working capital, you may receive more favorable loan terms from a lender if your loan is enrolled in the CalCAP Loan Loss Reserve Program. This program helps communities by providing financing to businesses that create jobs and improve the economy. CalCAP is a loan loss revenue program which may provide up to 100% coverage on losses as a result of certain loan defaults. With CalCAP portfolio support, a lender may be more comfortable underwriting small business loans.
The Small Business Finance Center (SBFC) partners with Financial Development Corporations to provide loan guarantees and direct loans for small businesses that experience capital access barriers. The Small Business Finance Center has a loan guarantee programs designed for Disaster Relief and is currently available to small businesses needing assistance to overcome economic injury caused by COVID-19.
The State of California’s Labor and Workforce Development Center provides information on programs available for employers and workers. The website details benefits for workers impacted by COVID-19.
Additional State Resources
California’s Employment Development Department (EDD) provides a variety of support services to individuals affected by COVID-19.
California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) Tax Filing Extension
Workplace safety and health regulations in California require employers to protect workers exposed to airborne infectious diseases such as the coronavirus. Cal/OSHA has issued Guidance on Requirements to Protect Workers from Coronavirus.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is now accepting applications for low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital (Economic Injury Disaster Loans) for small businesses and private, non-profit organizations in designated counties of California and other states to help alleviate economic injury caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19). For more information, call (800) 659-2955 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may call (800) 877-8339. The deadline to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan is December 16, 2020.
The Internal Revenue Service is providing special tax payment relief to businesses in response to the COVID-19 Outbreak.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers: Plan, Prepare and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019. This interim guidance is based on what is currently known about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will update this interim guidance as needed and as additional information becomes available.
The City recognizes the impact COVID-19 will have on our local businesses. The City encourages our community to support local restaurants and business during this time. The following link provides an interactive map of local restaurants and businesses that are offering one or more of the following: Grub Hub, Door Dash, Postmates, Uber Eats, store delivery, to-go orders, curbside pick-up, and/or drive-thru service.
To add your restaurant to this list, please email email@example.com. This interactive map will be updated regularly.
Sempra Energy COVID-19 Nonprofit Hardship Fund
The Sempra Energy has established a COVID-19 Nonprofit Hardship Fund. Sempra Energy will provide grants ranging from $500 to $50,000 to small to medium-sized non-profit organizations serving people and families significantly affected by COVID-19. Please visit their website for additional information.
Continual Updates to the Business Resource Page
The City will attempt to post vital resources being offered by the Federal and State agencies to assist our Business community during these unprecedented times. Please check back on this webpage for continual updates.