COVID-19 Response


Updated September 23, 2021

Reopening Support:

State of California:
  • Cal/OSHA updated policies on Mask Mandates here.
  • California’s consolidated Employer COVID-19 Compliance Portal here.
City of Carlsbad:
  • Outdoor space activation for businesses here.
  • Stay Safe Stay Open downloadable signs, graphics and resources here.
County of San Diego:
  • (6-15-21) Health Officer Order here.
  • Face Coverings to Be Required When Restaurants, Stores Open here.
  • Guidelines to Reopen here.
  • Business Plan to Reopen here.
  • Health and Human Services COVID-19 Dashboard is here.
  • Health and Human Services Department updates here.

Economic Stimulus Programs:

  • NEW (9-23-21) Comcast, $11M in grants to small businesses of diversity, details here.
  • NEW (9-23-21) Facebook, Sell your Invoice, get immediate cash, details here.
  • County of San Diego Small Business Stimulus Grant Program. Eligibility here.  Application here.
  • San Diego Biz Hub, offer up to 100 small, service-based businesses a full suite of digital tools at no cost, here.
  • Restaurant Revitalization Fund, established by The American Rescue Plan Act closed
  • Restaurant Mini Grants for San Diego Restaurants – $2,000 – here.
  • California Small Business Relief Grant, here. (OPEN).
  • California Rebuilding Fund – up to $100,000 loan, here. (OPEN)
  • County of San Diego – $30M – businesses with 20 employees or less closed
  • County of San Diego – $20M. Click for eligibility. Click to applyclosed
  • City of Carlsbad – $5M, click here to apply. (OPEN)
  • City of San Marcos – $3M, click for details closed
  • City of Poway – $2M, click for details closed
  • City of Oceanside – $1.18M, click for details closed
  • City of Vista – none.
  • City of Escondido – Up to $15k/business, click for detailsclosed
  • City of Encinitas – none.
  • City of San Diego – $6.2M click for details closed
  • County of San Diego – $5M click for details closed
  • County of San Diego – any business in county under 100 employees – click for details closed

Paycheck Protection Program

  • SBA and Treasury Announce PPP Re-Opening; Issue New Guidance – Press release here.
  • Complete overview of what’s in the new COVID-19 Relief Package here.
  • Details about the paycheck protection program, an SBA loan that helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus, are here.
  • PPP Forgiveness Guidelines here.

SBA Loans:

  • A breakdown of all SBA Coronavirus Loans are here.

Tax Relief Resources:

  • Sales tax deferral for businesses – The state will allow businesses to defer making sales tax payments for up to three months, info here.
  • IRS Taxpayer relief information here.
  • Executive order for the State of California which extends the tax deadline by 60 days for individuals and businesses (see provision 5, page 2) here.
  • San Diego County Property Tax waiving late fees ’til June 30, 2020, here.

Loan/Grant Programs/Funds/Resources Available:

  • California Rebuilding Fund  – Loan fund that will make flexible, affordable loans to businesses with 50 employees or fewer, details here.
  • Main Street program for businesses with less than 15,000 employees, details here.
  • High Road Kitchens – $5,000 grants for full-service restaurants in San Diego County, here.
  • Better Business Bureau Emergency Grants – closed.
  • Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund –  closed.
  • Cox Media Free advertising for local restaurants here.
  • Facebook Grants for Small Business – closed.
  • SDG&E Coronavirus relief information here.
  • CDC Small Business Finance emergency loan program here.
  • San Diego Worker Assistance Fund here.
  • SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan here.
  • San Diego COVID Community Response Fund information here.
  • US Chamber Save Small Business Fund – closed.
  • Women’s Empowerment Loan Fund (WELF) for women-owned businesses in San Diego here.

Unemployment/Disability Info:

  • If you have been laid off, find info here.
  • If you missed work due to being sick or caring for someone who is sick with COVID-19, find info here.
  • If you are self-employed, an independent contractor or part of the gig economy, find unemployment info here.

Who is Hiring:

  • NEW Carlsbad Chamber job board here.
  • Innovate 78’s job board here.
  • San Diego Life list of companies hiring here.

Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce Resources:

  • Carlsbad Restaurants that have Reopened their Dining Room here.
  • Local Business Resources During COVID-19 here.
  • #CarlsbadStrong Survey Results here.

Business/Employer Resources:

  • Flowchart, What to do if an employee gets Covid (July 29) here.
  • Families First Coronavirus Response Act pass March 18, 2020, info here.
  • Small Business Resource guide from California State Treasurer Ma’s office here.
  • A comprehensive listing of resources offered by private, public and non-profit entities to help California businesses here.
  • Small Business Development Center open for business during the Covid-19 crisis, details are here.
  • CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers here.
  • San Diego Brewers Guild information and resources here.
  • San Diego Workforce Partnership resources here.
  • San Diego Tourism Authority resource here.
  • Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development: helpful information for employers, employees and all Californians here.
  • SDG&E will waive late payment fees for businesses facing hardship, details here.
  • Adapting to the online world – need help? Free resources here.
  • CDC Tips for Keeping Workplace Safe here.
  • California Department of Public Health guidance for retail food, beverage, and other related services here.
  • DMV assistance for expiring driver’s licenses here.
  • CalChamber Podcast on the “Most Common Questions Employers are Asking on Covid-19” here.

Carlsbad Chamber, City & CVA Joint Communications

Health/Testing Resources

  • Scripps Health COVID Screening Nurse Hotline: 888-261-8431.
  • Drive Up Free COVID-19 Testing site – 649 W Mission Ave, Escondido – appointment required from your doctor.
  • COVID-19 Antibody test & standard COVID-19 test – Urgent Care 3D – Call 760-544-8233 for your appointment.
  • COVID-19 Antibody test – Vitalia Natural Medicine – Call 760-720-6288 for your appointment.
  • CDC Guidelines on disinfecting surfaces here.
  • Other COVID-19 health resources – call 211.

School Closure/Reopen Info:

  • Carlsbad Unified School District info here.
  • Encinitas Union School District info here.
  • San Dieguito Union High School District info here.