The Carlsbad Chamber is working with the City of Carlsbad, the County of San Diego as well as the State of California to keep you up-to-date on everything related to the Coronavirus. This page is being updated multiple times each day. See a joint statement from the Chamber, City, and Carlsbad Village Association issued March 17, 2020 and updated March 23, 2020.
On March 18, the Senate passed H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. This bill provides, among other things, provisions to address Paid Sick Leave, Paid Family and Medical Leave, and Unemployment Insurance for workers displaced by the ongoing outbreak. Furthermore, it includes provisions to provide diagnostic testing for coronavirus, and bolsters Medicaid and nutrition programs for at risk populations. Click here to see a chart from the House Ways and Means Committee which describes the employer paid leave requirements and the tax credit provisions. Click here to see the U.S. Chamber’s summary.
Update 3/27 – Here is a summary of the small business provisions of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (H.R. 748) that the Senate passed. It has not yet passed the House (it is expected to pass the House and be signed into law today).
Tips for keeping workplaces safe
Guidance for Businesses and Employers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Federal – On Tuesday March 17, the Secretary of the Treasury announced a 90 day extension for any federal taxes due – from April 15 to July 15. As official information is made available it will be posted here. IRS White Paper Here.
State of California – Employers experiencing a hardship as a result of COVID-19 may request up to a 60-day extension of time from the EDD to file their state payroll reports and/or deposit state payroll taxes without penalty or interest. A written request for extension must be received within 60 days from the original delinquent date of the payment or return. For questions, employers may call the EDD Taxpayer Assistance Center: Toll-free from the U.S. or Canada: 1-888-745-3886.
SBA “Disaster” Loan for Small Businesses:
The Small Business Administration (SBA) has deemed the Coronavirus an official “disaster” for the entire state of California (as well as other states). This allows businesses to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan. This is a low-interest loan to help businesses recover from declared disasters. You can apply for this program online. Here is a link to get more info and apply. Here is an SBA Disaster Assistance One-Pager
- During registration select “COVID-19” as area of assistance
- SBDC will contact the client and set up an initial telephone appointment with an advisor
- SBDC advisor will call the client at the appointment time and go over the SBA EIDL criteria, application documents
- If client then interested in pursuing an EIDL the advisor will send them the needed forms to complete and email back to the advisor
- The advisor will provide feedback to the client
- The client will then complete the online application
SBA Paycheck Protection Program: (Loan applications will begin on this Friday, April 3)
An SBA loan that helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce:
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce hosted a webinar on 3/27, covering the recently approved CARES Act and eligibility. This helps explain what it is and how you can use it.
Need step-by-step guidance on filing for a small business or self-employed emergency loan? Click here to access the U.S. Chamber’s new Small Business Loan Guide & Checklist. It will help you determine: “Am I eligible? What will lenders ask? How much can I borrow? And will this loan be forgiven?”
State & County Business Resources:
Governor Newsom Signs Executive Order to Help Small Business During Crisis (3/31)
The Governor’s executive order allows the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) to offer a 90-day extension for tax returns and tax payments for all businesses filing a return for less than $1 million in taxes. That means small businesses will have until the end of July to file their first quarter returns.
Facebook Grants ($100M) for Small Businesses:
Facebook is making grant funds available to over 30,000 small businesses. You can research your eligibility and other details HERE
SDG&E will waive late payment fees for businesses facing hardship, details here.
San Diego Brewers Guild information and resources for local Breweries, details here.
San Diego Workforce Partnership – If you are a business owner or HR representative for an employer considering work stoppages, layoffs or furloughs, SDWP encourages you to submit layoff notices online or call (619) 228-2982. They will get back to you within one business day to discuss information and services that may assist impacted employees, including Unemployment Insurance information, tax assistance, Work Sharing program to avoid layoffs, financial planning, remote career services and more.
Go Biz – The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development has compiled helpful information for employers, employees and all Californians as it relates to the cornonavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Details here.
California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is providing guidance for “retail food, beverage, and other related service venue owners and management”
California Small Business Finance Center’s California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (IBANK)
- California Small Business Loan Guarantee Program
- Disaster Relief Loan Guarantee Program
- Jump Start Loan Program
California Small Business Development Center (SBDC): Read the COVID-19 Small Business Survival Guide
San Diego Tourism Authority
San Diego Tourism Authority – Here are several ways the SDTA is offering resources and opportunities to collaborate.
- Opt-in to our email list. We’re sending weekly updates to our Members and would like to invite you, and any of your member businesses to receive this communication.
- Research page – This page has our latest visitor industry stats. We’ve removed the paywall during the crisis. The most timely items are in the Lodging Performance section > Latest Hotel Performance (STR) reports. These highlight what the hotel occupancy numbers look like and compare our comp set.
- Business listings – If your organization is posting lists of open businesses still offering services, we want to know and share. Please send me your link.
- The SDTA has asked Members to self-report businesses that are open or closed:a. Business Status Submission Form b. Business Status Results
County of San Diego Health & Human Services:
Click here for the latest information for the county of San Diego.
Info for employers from the State Department of Public Health
Coronavirus Updates from the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GoBiz)
Coronavirus Updates from the California Employment Development Department
Other EDD COVID-19 Q&A:
If you have other questions about State resource, click here.
Employee and Worker Resources:
Department of Labor – Families First Coronavirus Response Act Employee Rights
Companies That Are Hiring:
During this time of unprecedented disruption, several businesses in North County are hiring to meet the demand of people sheltering at home and complying with state orders. This page is regularly updated with job openings.
The State of California Employment Development Department (EDD) has declared the Coronavirus as a qualified reason filing a Disability Insurance (DI) claim. This ability extends to workers who miss work due to caring for a family member with Coronavirus or caring for children who can’t attend school due to school closures. More info.
If your employer has reduced your hours or shut down operations due to the Coronavirus, you can file an Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim. UI provides partial wage replacement benefit payments to workers who lose their job or have their hours reduced. More info.
School Closure Info:
Health Screening Options:
COVID-19 Nurse Hot Line: 888-261-8431 – Scripps Health has a dedicated phone line where you can talk to a nurse about your symptoms.
COVID Cabanas – Scripps Health has set up several COVID Cabana tents outside of various facilities in the county. Call the Nurse Hot Line first, if they feel you need further evaluation, they will send you to one of the COVID Cabanas.
Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce Resources: