Important COVID-19 Updates
- Hot Off the Presses:
- Disneyland to reopen on July 17, and Downtown Disney on July 9. But reservations will be required due to limited capacity and physical distancing requirements. See Disneyland Mousemail for more info.
- Now that we're reopening, let's stay open! Face mask open could prevent a second wave of coronavirus, study finds. OC's hospitalizations and ICU use continue to rise. Let's be smart out there!https://occovid19.ochealthinfo.com/coronavirus-in-oc. #MASKUP
- CA Senate suspends bill breaking leases without relief for property owners. SB 939 was put on "suspense" after substantial opposition from business. The bill would have permitted indefinite withholding of rent, allowing businesses to walk away from leases, but offering no way for property owners to pay mortgages, property taxes and other expenses. Every responsible landlord has been working with their tenants to keep them in business to survive COVID-19. For more info: Commercial Eviction Ban on Suspense.
- Governor: No new "VMT" Regulations now! Proposed "Vehicle Miles Traveled" rules due July 1 ignore public health orders during the pandemic, add to housing costs, and many other flaws. Add your voice and email your representative at STOP VMT. Southern California Association of Governments' (SCAG) letter to Gov. Newsom and OC Council of Governments supports delay as well.
- Paycheck protection program flexibility act signed by President Trump.
- Reopen updates:
- Businesses allowed to reopen:
- UC Awards $2 Million for research aimed at mitigating the impact of COVID-19, particularly among those at greater risk for infection and adverse outcomes. Way to go!
- School reopening guidebook released by California Department of Education, including wearing masks and daily temperature checks for students and staff.
- New laboratory guidance provided by Health & Human Services.
- Protesters should get tested, health officials urge.
- American Airlines will bring 141 planes back into use.
- How small businesses adapted during the pandemic.
- How to eat yourself out of lockdown.
- Data Specialist Program: Golden West College is looking for employers to help refine data specialists' credentialing programs. If you require data specialists at your organizations, they are interested in hearing from you so graduates of this program can be of better value when they enter the workforce. If interested, please contact Jesse Ben-Ron, OCBC VP of Workforce and Economic Development.
- Testing, Vaccines & Public Health:
- Blood Type may protect against COVID-19, study suggests.
- U.S. Government to fund and conduct studies on three COVID-19 vaccines, Fauci says.
- Johnson & Johnson to begin human trials of coronavirus vaccine in late July, earlier than expected.
- Protein Biomarkers in patients' blood could detect severity and save lives, study says.
- Hand Sanitizer, medical devices to have increased availability with Gov. Newsom executive order.
- BYD North America to begin shipping 150 million N95 masks to the state for frontline workers.
- Asymptomatic VS. Pre-symptomatic: Here's the difference.
- Good News in OC:
- Bank of America to give $1 billion over 4 years to help communities hurt by coronavirus.
- Ending Homelessness with Anaheim Econo lodge conversion: Motel conversion receives kudos for relative speed of project; OC Housing Trust funding, supported by OCBC, pushed project to finalization.
- Rep. Gil Cisneros honored with U.S. Chamber of Commerce Inaugural Abraham Lincoln Leadership for America Award. Congratulations!
- UCI offers Summer Academies LITE program for students to gain college readiness and professional development (and it's free!).
- Buena Park businesses get $10,000 grants.
- Tired of being cooped up? The City of Ontario, Ontario International Airport and Street Food Cinema have a deal for you - a series of free drive-in movies, displayed on two 50-foot screens with digital sound fed directly into your vehicle via FM radio signal. "Drive-In Movie Nights at Your Airport" will take place over four different nights through July at Lot 5 on the northeast corner of the airport property.
- Business Resources:
- OCBC'S Custom Research Reports offer expert, comprehensive insights critical to your business, helping inform smarter strategies with much less effort on your part. Learn more.
Small Business Resources:
- Legislative updates:
- Community Development Block Grant Program receives $18.7 million in federal funding. Learn more and how to apply for this funding.
- Virtual Economic Development Forum: Join OCBC for the Virtual Economic Development Forum Series: Part 1 - ReOpen Orange County Safely on Thursday, June 18 at 9 a.m. Hear from multiple industry leaders on guidelines and best practices for reopening your business. Learn more and register today!
- At Home:
- Hot Off the Presses:
Assistance Center: Orange County Community Service Department
Call center for businesses impacted by the current COVID-19 crisis. The Economic & Business Recovery Call Center will offer information and resources to help Orange County businesses with information about available loans, utility reduction programs, and community resources mapping. Businesses can call (714) 480-6500, Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bilingual operators will be also available. For more information, visit .
- California Labor information
- For Small Business Administration Disaster Resources
- Orange County Workforce Development Board- Layoff Aversion Support Program
- City of Orange Small Business Assistance program - Apply now!
- United States government approved $350 billion in emergency loans for small businesses to help them keep workers employed. In fact, if small businesses maintain or later restore their payrolls, they may not have to repay some — or possibly any — of the loan
Congressman Lou Correa's office: Small Business Town Hall, March 31
Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Guidance states that: "If you work in a critical infrastructure industry, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, such as healthcare services and pharmaceutical and food supply, you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule."
Payment Deadline Extended to July 15, 2020
The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service are providing special payment relief to individuals and businesses in response to the COVID-19 Outbreak
This relief only applies to federal income tax. The IRS urges taxpayers to check with their state tax agencies for those details. More information is available at https://www.taxadmin.org/state-tax-agencies.
Families Response Act
The U.S. Senate approved the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act,” which will provide immediate relief to American workers and families during this challenging time. For more information about the package, please see the press release.
There are many questions about coverage for business owners and the damage being done to the loss of income, and if their insurance covers this type of loss. The broad general answer is that there is no coverage provided on most if not all policies. The wording may vary a little, but generally speaking, the exclusionary wording would be as follows:
"We will not pay for loss or damage caused by or resulting from virus, bacterium, or other micro-organism that induces or is capable of inducing physical distress, illness, or disease. This exclusion also applies to action of civil authority."
That said, each business owners should check with their agent or insurance carrier, and confirm this information. It is also suggested that you keep track of your loss of income for this period of time, should you need documentation in case the government opts to provide some type of relief package.
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