Businesses and Employers
This page contains information for businesses and commercial entities. For additional information related to the food industry, please visit Restaurants, Food and Beverage Providers. For information specific to casinos, please visit Cities, Government, Reservations.
If you have questions, comments, or would like to see something on this website, please e-mail us at COVID-Business@sdcounty.ca.gov. For questions specifically about reopening and recovery, please e-mail COVID19BusinessQuestions@sdcounty.ca.gov.
UPDATE: Tuesday, 5/26 - San Diego County can now reopen places of worship, barbershops and hair salons with precautions in place. Facilities must implement a variety of safety measures related to physical distancing, facial coverings, limiting facility capacity, disinfection/cleaning, and training procedures. Specific guidance for barbershops and hair salons is available here. To view the Public Health Order as of May 27th, please click here. Please note that as of May 26th we are still on the accelerated phase two from the state’s Resilience Roadmap.
UPDATE: Tuesday, 5/12 – Governor Newsom announced that the state modified its stay-home order to allow more businesses to reopen including malls, car washes, pet grooming businesses, landscaping businesses, and outdoor museums. Similar to retail businesses that reopened on May 8, only delivery and curbside services are allowed. For more information, click here.
UPDATE: Friday, 5/8 – Governor Newsom announced
that the state can begin to move into Stage 2 of modifying the stay at
home order. This includes reopening some lower-risk retail services
(curbside only), manufacturing, and logistics businesses. Click the
links for guidance about reopening and more information.
UPDATE: Friday, 5/8 - the County revised its Health Officer Order to further relax restrictions on recreational activities, including camping and the rentals of certain recreational equipment. Businesses that rent recreational equipment can reopen if they prepare a Safe Reopening Plan | Spanish. To view the full order, click here.
UPDATE: Friday, 5/8 - the City has committed $5 million in CARES Act funding to match the County’s $5 million commitment for emergency childcare vouchers. To support businesses gradually reopening throughout the county, officials are working to ensure childcare options are available for San Diegans to get back to work. For the full announcement, click here.
County of San Diego
COVID-19 Planning and Response Sector Letter—Chamber of Commerce
Organizations and Business Owners and
Grants and Loans
- The San Diego County Board of Supervisors, The San Diego Foundation, and other partners formed a public-private partnership to create the San Diego County COVID-19 Small Business and Nonprofit Loan Program (SBNLP), an initiative to provide low-interest and no-interest loans to small businesses and nonprofit organizations and aid in the region’s economic recovery from the coronavirus. Mission Driven Finance will be the loan deployment partner for the nonprofit loan pool while Accion and LISC will deploy small business loans. For more information, click here.
- Federal Disaster Loans: The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to California small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of COVID-19. For more Information about SBA disaster assistance programs, and to apply directly online, go to: www.sba.gov/disaster. Or, contact SBA’s Customer Service Center at: 1-800-659-2955 / 1-800-877-8339 (TTY) Or by email at: email@example.com.
- Small Business Relief Fund (SBRF): To ensure the resiliency of local businesses and assist in job retention, the City of San Diego established the Small Business Relief Fund to provide grants and forgivable or low- to zero-interest-rate loans to eligible small businesses for working capital. Financial assistance, in the form of grants and loans, will range from $10,000 to $20,000 and will be allocated to eligible, qualified small businesses based on the availability of funds, program guidelines and the submission of all required information and supporting documentation. For more information about eligibility and how to apply, click here.
- Paycheck Protection Program (PPP): As part of the federal CARES Act, the Payment Protection Program was designed to incentivize employers to maintain payroll during the crisis. Implemented by the Small Business Association, the PPP is providing 100 percent federally-backed loans for certain payroll expenses through June 30, with up to eight weeks of forgiveness for small businesses, certain nonprofits and self-employed individuals. The loans are forgivable if employers retain employees at comparable salary levels prior to the crisis. Click here for more information.
- San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund: Will rapidly deploy resources to nonprofit organizations that are supporting low-income workers, families and vulnerable communities most affected by the coronavirus crisis. Click here for more information. If you are a 501c3 organization and would like to apply for funding, please click here.
- United Way of San Diego County: San Diego Worker Assistance Initiative: An initiative as part of the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response fund to provide resources for individuals or families impacted by reduced working hours or layoffs. This money goes towards utilities and rent/mortgage payments to low-wage workers in need of support. To apply, visit uwsd.org/covid19/.
- Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA): As part of the federal CARES Act, the new ***Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program helps unemployed Californians who are business owners, self-employed, independent contractors, have limited work history, and others not usually eligible for regular state UI benefits who are out of business or services are significantly reduced as a direct result of the pandemic.
San Diego Back to Work
San Diego Back to Work - San Diego Supervisor Jim Desmond is asking for feedback from business owners regarding what they're willing to do in order to reopen. These ideas included requiring customers to wear masks, taking people's temperatures, and limiting hours if needed. This information will be ultimately sent to Governor Newsom as a recommendation.
Are You Hiring?
The Economic Development Council’s San Diego: Life. Changing. program partners with Start Up San Diego and Connect to help businesses amplify job opportunities throughout the community. This growing list includes a “live” reference sheet updated almost daily to highlight exciting new positions with company representatives and hiring information.
If you are a local company currently hiring in the life sciences and technology fields, please visit this page to fill out the form and see a listing of current health initiatives.
Layoff Transition Support Webinars
Register for San Diego Workforce Partnership’s webinars for workers experiencing work stoppages, layoffs or furloughs every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10 a.m. covering topics like:
- How to file for unemployment insurance
- How to get re-employed as soon as possible
- Options regarding retirement assets and health insurance
San Diego Worker Assistance Initiative (SDWAI) Support
Part of the greater San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund, SDWAI provides flexible resources to low-wage workers impacted by layoffs and reduced working hours implemented by employers. Employees can apply for assistance with utilities and/or rent or mortgage payments. For more information.
- General COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions
- Business and Employers-Specific Frequently Asked Questions
Archive of Business Resource Emails
- UPDATE: Wednesday, 5/6 - Governor Newsom signed an executive order waiving penalties on property taxes for residents and small businesses experiencing economic hardship based on COVID-19. The order also extends deadline for filing property tax statements. Click here for the full announcement.
4/16 - Governor Newsom signed an Executive Order that will give
two weeks of supplemental paid sick leave to certain food sector
workers if they are subject to a quarantine or isolation order or
medical directive. For
- Friday, 4/9 - the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses.
Thursday, April 2, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom announced
that California would be issuing a 12-month sales tax reprieve for
small businesses and upwards of $50,000 as a bridge loan from their
sales taxes with no interest and no fees. Link Here
- On Friday, March 20, 2020, the U.S. Treasury Department, Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and the U.S. Department of Labor announced that small and midsize employers can begin taking advantage of two new refundable payroll tax credits, designed to immediately and fully reimburse them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave to their employees. Link Here
- On Thursday, March 19, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom issued a stay at home order instructing all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence, except as needed to maintain continuity of operations of essential critical infrastructure sectors. Link Here
- On Thursday, March 19, 2020, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced a $4 million economic relief package for struggling local businesses affected financially by the coronavirus pandemic. Link Here
- On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara issued a Notice requesting that all insurance companies provide their policyholders with at least a 60-day grace period to pay insurance premiums. Link Here
- On Tuesday, March 17, 2020, the San Diego City Council voted to support a temporary moratorium on evictions for residents and businesses in the city until at least May. Link Here
For additional questions and resources, please email: COVID-Business@sdcounty.ca.gov