Joint Communication to Carlsbad Businesses Regarding COVID-19 #32

Moving “Beyond the Blueprint”

Today, June 15, the majority of business restrictions have been lifted. For more information on what is changing, click here. CDPH has also released a memo detailing what is expected to change, called the Beyond the Blueprint Framework. While a few restrictions still apply for conventions and high-risk “mega events”, starting today, things are mostly back to business as usual.

Mask Mandate

There has been conflicting guidance on mask mandates and regulations. The CDC and CDPH have updated their guidance to say that mask wearing isn’t necessary for those who have been fully vaccinated. Cal/OSHA, in a decision last week, stated that California workplaces would still be subject to a mask mandate. The board posted new revisions on June 11 that incorporate the latest public health guidance. The revisions will be considered at the board’s regular meeting on June 17. In the meantime, the protections adopted in November of 2020 will remain in effect.

Carlsbad Cybersecurity-Awareness Program – Cohort 1 Deadline

The City of Carlsbad believes that now, more than ever, business resiliency is imperative. Coming out of the pandemic, businesses – especially small businesses – are in vulnerable positions and cannot afford another major impact on their operations. Over the last year, many companies have pivoted more of their operations online, from remote work and telecommuting to eCommerce and online marketing. Read more.

The City of Carlsbad is proud to announce a partnership with the Cyber Center of Excellence (CCOE) to assist Carlsbad small businesses in becoming more cybersecurity-aware. At no cost to them, eligible Carlsbad businesses will receive
• A risk assessment that includes areas of vulnerability – provided by Mastercard’s RiskRecon
• Basic cybersecurity-awareness training for up to 100 employees from ESET North America

Apply here today!

Carlsbad Small Business Loan Program

As most operations normalize today, the City of Carlsbad understands that many are still feeling the economic impact of the pandemic, and that financial assistance may still be necessary for recovery or to restart operations.

The Carlsbad Small Business Loan Program provides low-interest loans for small businesses recovering from the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The program includes:

  • Micro-loans ($5,000 – $10,000) with a repayment term of up to 30 months
  • Small business recovery loans ($10,000 – $50,000) with a repayment term of up to 60 months
  • All loans are low-interest and have scaled rates depending on loan repayment schedule
Apply here!

The past 15 months have been an unprecedented challenge for businesses and individuals alike. In Carlsbad, we’ve largely prevailed because of the shared support and commitment to stay safe so that our businesses could stay open. From the entire Innovation & Economic Development Team, thank you for your support and willingness to work together to make it through these trying times. As we move ahead, we remain committed to supporting all of our Carlsbad business through economic recovery.

Contact us at [email protected] if you would like to be involved.
Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce