Business and Employers FAQs

Safe Reopening

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  • Safe Reopening

    As of the June 15th, 2021 Public Health Order all businesses and activities can return to normal, except for “Mega Events.” Capacity limits and social distancing requirements end in most cases. For more information please visit the County’s Safe Reopening page and the Employees and Workplaces page from CDPH. [Posted 6/25/21]

  • Non-compliance reporting process

    If you have noticed that a business is not complying with the Public Health Order and are concerned for the public's health and safety, you can contact the Healthy Compliance Call Center by calling (858) 694-2900 or email SafeReopeningComplianceTeam@sdcounty.ca.gov . Includes reporting businesses that are open and have been ordered to close [Posted 6/25/2021]

  • Safe Reopening Signage

    According to the California Department of Public Health, as of June 15th, California retired the Blueprint for a Safer Economy, and our economy is now fully open. Restaurants, shopping malls, and most everyday places can operate as normal – with no capacity limits or physical distancing required. Face coverings will still be required in some settings, and Californians will be required to follow restrictions for large events. There is no recommendation for signage; however, signage usage is an excellent reminder for employees and patrons on masking and sanitation guidelines. [Posted 6/25/2021]

Coronavirus Prevention Measures

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  • Organizational Preventive Measures
    • Educate and emphasize the importance of the everyday personal prevention actions see below).
    • Encourage and support staff and volunteers, to stay home when they are sick. Remind them to stay home and not come to work until they have had no fever for at least 24 hours (that is one full days of no fever without the use of medicine that reduces fevers)
    • Provide adequate supplies for good hygiene, including easy access to clean and functional handwashing stations, soap, paper towels, and alcohol‐based hand sanitizer.
    • Encourage regular hand washing including before meals, after using the restroom and after coughing and sneezing.
    • Routinely clean and disinfect all frequently touched surfaces and objects, such as doorknobs, bannisters, countertops, faucet handles, and phones. Use the usual cleaning agents and follow the label directions. 
    • Provide employees with accurate information about COVID-19 and steps they can take to protect themselves and their families. To learn more Click Here
    • Additional guidance for employers can be found in the COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards  [Posted 8/27/2021]

Workplaces COVID-19 Outbreak

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Revisions to the COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards

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  • Vaccinated employee quarantine requirement

    Fully vaccinated employees without symptoms do not need to be tested or quarantined after close contacts with COVID-19 cases unless they have symptoms. [Posted 6/25/21]

  • Employee outdoor face covering requirement

    No face covering requirements outdoors (except during outbreaks), regardless of vaccination status, though workers must be trained on CDPH recommendations for outdoor use of face coverings. [Posted 6/25/21]

  • Employee indoor face covering requirement

    Employers may allow fully vaccinated employees not to wear face coverings indoors but must document their vaccination status. There are some settings where CDPH requires face coverings regardless of vaccination status. In outbreaks, all employees must wear face coverings indoors and outdoors when six-feet physical distancing cannot be maintained, regardless of vaccination status.
    Employers must provide unvaccinated employees with approved respirators for voluntary use when working indoors or in a vehicle with others, upon request. [Posted 6/25/21]

  • Physical distancing or barrier requirements

    No physical distancing or barrier requirements regardless of employee vaccination status with the following exceptions:

    • Employers must evaluate whether it is necessary to implement physical distancing and barriers during an outbreak (3 or more cases in an exposed group of employees)
    • Employers must implement physical distancing and barriers during a major outbreak (20 or more cases in an exposed group of employees) [Posted 6/25/21]
  • Ventilation systems

    Employers must evaluate ventilation systems to maximize outdoor air and increase filtrations efficiency and evaluate the use of additional air cleaning systems. [Posted 6/25/21]

  • Covid-19 Prevention Program

    The COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards only specify that an effective written COVID-19 Prevention Program is required(i.e., Safe Reopening Plan). A best practice would be to post the COVID-19 Prevention Program so that employees and patrons are aware of safety and sanitation protocol. More information

  • June 17 revised COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards

    The Revisions to the COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards can be reviewed by visiting Cal/OSHA Emergency Temporary Standards.  [Posted 6/25/21]

Support for Businesses

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  • Business has slowed

    If COVID-19 has impacted your business or services, you can avoid potential layoffs by participating in the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Work Sharing Program. This program allows you to retain your workers by reducing their hours and wages no more than 60 percent and partially offsetting the wage loss with UI benefits. This helps you avoid the cost of recruiting, hiring, and training new workers and helps your workers keep their jobs and receive some financial support with UI benefits.

    [Posted 6/25/21] (All text and links were reviewed) 

  • Furlough of employees

    Your workers can file for unemployment benefits as long as they are unemployed and otherwise eligible. Workers who expect to return to work for you within a few weeks are not required to actively seek work each week as long as they are able and available to return to work during their unemployment and meet all other eligibility criteria. 

    [Posted 6/25/21] (All text and links were reviewed) 

  • Permanently shut down businesses

    If you are facing potential layoffs or closures, you can get help through the Rapid Response program. Rapid Response teams will meet with you to discuss your needs, help avoid layoffs where possible, and support your workers through the process. Services can include upgrades to current worker skills, customized training, career counseling, job search assistance, help with filing unemployment insurance claims, and information about education and training opportunities. For more information, refer to Rapid Response Services for Businesses Fact Sheet (DE 87144RRB) (PDF). You can also contact your local America’s Job Center of California for more information about available Rapid Response services.

    [Posted 6/25/21] (All text and links were reviewed) 

  • Payroll taxes

    With the Governor’s emergency declaration, if your business is directly affected by COVID-19, you can request up to a 60-day extension to file your state payroll reports and deposit state payroll taxes without penalty or interest. The written request for extension, noting the impact of COVID-19, must be received within 60 days from the original delinquent date of the payment or return. For the address to send the request, along with other information, please see the State of Emergency or Disaster Fact Sheet (DE 231SED) (PDF).

    You can also call the EDD Taxpayer Assistance Center with any questions you may have about your payroll tax responsibilities.

    • Toll-free from the U.S. or Canada: 1-888-745-3886
    • Hearing impaired (TTY): 1-800-547-9565
    • Outside the U.S. or Canada: 1-916-464-3502

    [Posted 6/25/21] (All text and links were reviewed) 

  • Self-employed

    Any self-employed individual, independent contractor, or general partner who meets the requirements may apply for Disability Insurance Elective Coverage (DIEC). It is not required that all active general partners be included in the application.

    A general partnership also includes a husband and wife as co-owners with both spouses active in the operation and management of the business. Limited partners and corporate officers are not eligible since they are considered to be employees subject to the mandatory provisions of the California Unemployment Insurance CodeClick here  to learn more.

    In addition 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. Click here  to learn more.

    [Posted 6/25/21] (All text and links were reviewed) 

  • City of San Diego Launches Small Business Support Service to Boost Economic Recovery

     Eligible small businesses can receive support in navigating the City’s permitting and planning processes, having construction processes expedited, and expanding/upgrading their operations. For more information visit here. [Posted 7/07/21]

Apply for Small Business Grants and Loans

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  • Small business loans

    According to the SBA, businesses can apply for the loans through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. Other regulated lenders will be available to make these loans once they are approved and enrolled in the program

    Applicants may also apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela or call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance

    [Posted 6/25/21] (All text and links were reviewed) 

  • Unincorporated area loans

    As of June 4,2020 A new low-interest loan program for small businesses in San Diego County’s unincorporated area is now accepting applications.

    Businesses hit by COVID-related losses, and with 50 employees or less, can seek loans between $5,500 and $50,000 under the county-approved program initiated by Supervisors Jim Desmond and Dianne Jacob.

    To apply, go to https://us.accion.org/covidrelief

    [Posted 6/25/21] (All text and links were reviewed) 

  • What is small business?

    The business must have between 1-750 employees and be established as an entity, including: Sole Proprietor – Individual using legal name as business name that files a Schedule C, Schedule F, or has a fictitious business name or DBA statement

    If the loan appears to be in the name of an individual, evidence of Sole Proprietorship will be required and may include a Schedule C, Schedule F, Seller’s Permit, and/or fictitious business name or DBA statement

    • Limited Liability Company 
    • Cooperative
    • Corporation
    • Partnership
    • S-Corporation
    • Non-for-profit 

    [Posted 6/25/21] (All text and links were reviewed) 

  • 501c3/non-profit organizations

    Not all 501c3 are eligible to apply.  Visit www.sba.gov for more information.  

    [Posted 6/25/21] (All text and links were reviewed) 

  • Rental and Utility Assistance
    • NEW: Housing Stability Assistance Program- The City of San Diego and San Diego Housing Commission are working to create a program to support housing stability, including federal funds to help pay past-due and upcoming rent, and to provide utility assistance. Applications are now available!
    • San Diego Black Homebuyers Program- Visit the website for more information or contact an Urban League Housing Counselor: 619-266-6256 | sdul.org | housing@sdul.org.
    • UPDATED:  Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) Term 2- This program reimburses 100% of overdue rent and utilities from April 2020- present! Term 2 applications will open by the end of August; the program is open to both current and/or pervious landlords and can now provide assistance even if the tenant has moved out of the unit. 
    • NEW: Security Deposit Assistance Program (SDAP)- ·This program will provide security deposit assistance for households that are moving within San Diego County. Applications will be accepted in early September. 
    • NEW: Rental Assistance for Small Landlords (RASL)- This program is open to landlords with less than 5 rental units, and one unit that is at least 3 months behind on rent. Applications will be accepted in early September.  [Posted 8/27/21]
  • Collateral requirements

    All business assets.

    [Posted 6/25/21] (All text and links were reviewed) 

  • Ways to use loan funds

    You can use loan funds for:

    • Fixed debts (rent, etc.)
    • Payroll
    • Accounts payable
    • Some bills that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred

    For details concerning specific loans please visit https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options to learn more .  

    [Posted 6/25/21] (All text and links were reviewed) 

  • Start-ups or businesses in place for less than a year

    They are encouraged to apply to see if they qualify based on income and costs.

    [Posted 6/25/21] (All text and links were reviewed) 

  • Requirement for income and balance statements

    Yes

    [Posted 6/25/21] (All text and links were reviewed) 

  • San Diego Workforce Partnership

    If you are a business owner or HR representative for an employer considering work stoppages, layoffs or furloughs, we encourage you to submit layoff notices online or call the hotline at (619) 228-2982 for direct support.   

    [Posted 6/25/21] (All text and links were reviewed) 

  • Small Business Economic Injury Disaster Loan

    The SBA is offering the Targeted EIDL Advance (limited eligibility) for businesses located in low-income communities with additional funds to ensure small business continuity, adaptation, and resiliency. For more information on SBA resources and eligibility please click here[Posted 8/27/21]

  • Small Business Targeted Economic Injury Disaster Loan and Shuttered Venue Operator Grants

    The SBA is offering the Targeted EIDL Advance (limited eligibility) for businesses located in low-income communities with additional funds to ensure small business continuity, adaptation, and resiliency. For more information on SBA resources and eligibility please click here[Posted 9/03/21]

  • SBA Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF)

    Under the American Rescue Plan Act, the SBA is offering emergency assistance to eligible restaurants, bars, and other qualifying businesses through the Restaurant Revitalization fund. It will provide restaurants with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss up to $10 million per business and no more than $5 million per physical location. Recipients are not required to repay the funding if funds are used for eligible uses no later than March 11, 2023. For more information, please visit SBA Restaurant Revitalization Fund Program Details

    [Posted 6/25/21] (All text and links were reviewed) 

  • Emergency Renters Assistance Program ERAP

    ERAP provides payment assistance for renters who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and need help with rent and utilities. For more information on program eligibility and the application process, please visit San Diego County COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program or refer to the ERAP Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

    [Posted 6/25/21] (All text and links were reviewed) 

Reopening Questions

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  • Employee Travel Guidelines

    California no longer has a travel advisory in effect. There is no state recommendation to test and quarantine before and after travel. The California Department of Public Health continues to recommend the following for travelers:

    • Delay travel until you’re fully vaccinated
    • If you’re  not fully vaccinated, but choose to travel, get tested before and after
    • No matter your vaccination status,  wear a mask while on public transportation or in a transportation hub

    CDC travel requirements are still in effect:

    • All air passengers to the U.S. are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery before they can board a flight to the United States.

    Masks are required on all forms of public transportation to and within the U.S. This includes planes, buses, trains, boats, and where you board them. [Posted 6/25/2021

  • Face covering compliance

    Masks are required for all individuals in the following indoor settings, regardless of vaccination status:

    • On public transit
    • Indoors in K-12 schools, childcare
    • Emergency shelters and cooling centers

    Masks are required for all individuals, in the following indoor settings, regardless of vaccination status (and surgical masks are recommended):

    • Healthcare settings
    • State and local correctional facilities and detention centers
    • Homeless shelters
    • Long Term Care Settings & Adult and Senior Care Facilities

    Additionally, masks are required *  for unvaccinated individuals in indoor public settings and businesses (examples: retail, restaurants, theaters, family entertainment centers, meetings, state and local government offices serving the public). For additional guidance, please review the CDPH Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings. [Posted 7/28/21]

  • Mega Events

    Mega Events have large crowds: more than 1,000 people indoors or 10,000 outdoors. Events must follow guidance below from the California Department of Public Health. See full CDPH guidance[Posted 8/27/2021] 

  • For Indoor Mega Events

    (example: conventions/conferences/expos/sporting events and concerts): 

    • Verification of fully vaccinated status or pre-entry negative test result is required of all attendees. 
    • Information will be prominently placed on all communications, including the reservation and ticketing systems, to ensure guests are aware of testing and vaccination requirements (including acceptable modes of verification). 
    • Attendees must follow CDPH Guidance for Face Coverings[Posted 8/27/2021]
      • Indoor venue and event operators may not use self-attestation as a mode of verification.        
  • For Outdoor Mega Events

    (example: music or food festivals/car shows/large endurance events and marathons/parades/sporting events and concerts): 

    • Verification of fully vaccinated status or pre-entry negative test result is strongly recommended for all attendees. 
    • Attendees who do not verify vaccination status should be asked to wear face coverings.  Attendees must follow CDPH Guidance for Face Coverings.  
    • Information will be prominently placed on all communications, including the reservation and ticketing systems, to ensure guests are aware that the State strongly recommends that they be fully vaccinated, obtain a negative COVID-19 test prior to attending the event, or wear a face covering.  
    • Venues are required to make available masks for all attendees.  [Posted 6/25/21]

Vaccination Questions

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  • Workplace SARS-CoV-2 Testing: Consent Elements and Disclosures

    The Center for Disease Control and Prevention created  this document  that describes the elements of consent and recommended disclosures necessary to support employee decision-making for participating in workplace-based testing. [Posted 6/25/21]

  • Workplace Vaccination Program

    Making COVID-19 vaccination part of your workplace wellness program offers many benefits to you and your employees. To keep your workplace healthy, consider offering free, on-site COVID-19 vaccination at your business locations. To learn more, please visit:  Workplace Vaccination Clinics[Posted 6/25/21]

  • Proof for COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility

    Please visit the County’s website for more information about proof of vaccination eligibility. [Posted 6/25/21]

  • Guidance for Individuals Fully Vaccinated

    Per the CDC, people are considered fully vaccinated:

    • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, like the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
    • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, like Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

    If it has been less than 2 weeks since your shot, or if you still need to get your second dose, you are NOT fully protected. Keep taking all prevention steps until you are fully vaccinated. Per the CDC, fully vaccinated people can:

    • Visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing
    • Visit with unvaccinated people from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing
    • Refrain from quarantine and testing following a known exposure if asymptomatic

    View the visual here for CDC recommendations for individuals fully vaccinated. For more recommendations, visit the CDC website[Posted 6/25/21]

  • Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record

    CDPH has created a digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record portal to conveniently retrieve your COVID-19 records. Just enter a few details are required to get a link to a QR code and digital copy of your COVID-19 vaccination record. To get started please visit myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov. [Posted 6/25/2021]

  • Venue Operator Self-Attestation Vaccination Verification

    In addition to the general public health recommendations:

    Verification of fully vaccinated status* or pre-entry negative test** result is required of all attendees for Indoor Mega Events.

    • Indoor venue and event operators may not use self-attestation as a mode of verification.

    Verification of fully vaccinated status or pre-entry negative test result is strongly recommended for all attendees for Outdoor Mega Events.

    • If implemented, venue and event operators are recommended to not use self-attestation as a mode of verification but rather use verification options for providing proof of vaccination in the CDPH Vaccine Record Guidelines & Standards[Posted 8/27/2021]
  • Consequences for falsification of vaccine status or testing results

    Vaccination record cards are intended to provide recipients of the COVID-19 vaccine with information about the type of vaccine they received, and when they may be able to receive a second dose of the vaccine. By misrepresenting yourself as vaccinated, you put yourself and others around you at risk of contracting COVID-19. Additionally, the unauthorized use of an official government agency's seal (such as HHS or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)) is a crime and may be punishable under Title 18 United States Code, Section 1017, and other applicable laws. Read more [Posted 7/02/2021]

  • Contact tracing requirement for Mega Event

    Contact tracing is not required, but event operators should cooperate and work closely with their local health departments to assist in any contact tracing efforts. Additionally, employers are subject to the Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS), if applicable to them, which requires that employees be notified of an exposure. [Posted 7/02/2021]

  • Retaining records COVID-19 vaccination status or negative test result for event owners

    An event owner is not required to retain records of attendees’ COVID-19 Vaccine information. [Posted 7/02/2021]

Gatherings

For new guidance on mega-events, please visit the Safe Reopening page  [Posted 4/15/21]

 

For additional questions and resources, please email: COVID-Business@sdcounty.ca.gov