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Last updated June 18, 2020 at 8:07 a.m.

Coronavirus Employer and Employee Resources

NEW: On June 12, 2020, Sacramento County amended its Public Health Order to move further into Stage 3 of the state’s Resilience Roadmap. Businesses should consult industry guidance from Sacramento County prior to reopening.

For general coronavirus resources, please visit:
cityofsacramento.org/Emergency-Management/COVID19 

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City Programs, Resources and Services

Small Business Recovery Program
The Small Business Recovery Program will provide up to $25,000 in forgivable loans and technical assistance to businesses and non-profits located in the City of Sacramento. The forgivable loan program aims to ensure an equitable distribution throughout the City of Sacramento to assist local businesses that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Small Business Hotline
If you have a question about how or where to find business assistance, please contact the City's Office of Innovation and Economic Development staff through the Small Business Hotline at (916) 808-7196 or by emailing smallbusiness@cityofsacramento.org.

Coronavirus Job Protection Hotline
The job hotline is available to assist workers whose jobs have been affected by Coronavirus. Learn about unemployment, paid family leave and more. A live receptionist is available to guide you at (916) 905-1625.

Farm to Fork Al Fresco Grant Program
The Farm to Fork Al Fresco program allows restaurants to expand outdoor dining areas into public sidewalks/streets and adjacent parking areas. Grants may be used to cover the cost of any physical improvements that are needed for outside dining including barricades, lighting, and dining furnishings.

Temporary Ban on Residential & Commercial Tenants
The Sacramento City Council adopted an ordinance on March 17 to establish a temporary ban on evicting residential and commercial tenants unable to pay rent due to a loss of income caused by COVID-19. Learn more about the Tenant Protection Program and download delay of rent payment forms. 

Webinar Video Series for Businesses 
In an effort to support local businesses as they navigate the COVID-19 outbreak and its economic repercussions, the City of Sacramento’s Office of Innovation and Economic Development has launched a new webinar series. View past webinars and register for upcoming webinars.

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Public Health Guidance for Businesses 

County of Sacramento
Sacramento County was given the approval by the State of California to move further into “Stage 3” of California’s Roadmap to modify the COVID-19 Stay-at-Home Order. The County has published business guidance to protect employees and customers. 

Center for Disease Control (CDC)
The CDC's Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to COVID-19 may help prevent workplace exposures to COVID-19, in non-healthcare settings. (CDC has provided separate guidance for healthcare settings.) This guidance also provides planning considerations for community spread of COVID-19.

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Financial Relief and Assistance for Businesses

Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loans
SBA is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for California small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the COVID-19.

SBA Paycheck Protection Program
The Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) authorizes forgivable loans to small businesses to pay their employees during the COVID-19 crisis.

California Relief Loan Guarantee
The State of California has allocated $50M to the IBank Small Business Finance Center to assist small businesses that may not qualify for federal funds. The program provides guarantees for loans up to $50K for small business borrowers in declared disaster areas.

Employment Development Department (EDD)
California’s EDD provides a variety of support services to people who have lost their jobs or have had their hours reduced due to the impacts of COVID-19 in California:

  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) is offered to unemployed business owners, self-employed, independent contractors and others not eligible for regular state unemployment benefits. 
  • Disability Insurance is offered to those unable to work due to medical quarantine or illness related to COVID-19.
  • Paid Family Leave is offered to those unable to work because they are caring for an ill or quarantined family member.
  • Unemployment Insurance is offered to those who have lost their job or had hours reduced due to coronavirus.
  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance is offered for those who are business owners, self-employed or independent contractors.
  • Work Share Program is offered to companies as an alternative to layoffs. It allows employees to receive unemployment benefits while still keeping their current jobs.

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Business Resources

Sacramento Metro Chamber Rapid Response Hub
The Sacramento Metro Chamber's Rapid Response Hub has resources for employers and employees affected by COVID-19.

Sacramento Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce Business Triage Center
In response to COVID-19's impact on small businesses and Asian Pacific Island communities, the Sacramento Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce created the Business Triage Center to provide resources for access to capital, technical assistance, employer and employee information, and more.

California Black Chamber of Commerce
CBCC has created a resources center with instructional webinars and videos on applying for disaster resources  and has a COVID-19 Hotline: (916) 467-8878.

Sacramento Hispanic Chamber

Rainbow Chamber

Sacramento Black Chamber

Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development
The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development has compiled helpful information for employers, employees and all Californians as it relates to the coronavirus outbreak.

U.S. Department of the Treasury Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
The IRS has tax relief information to help taxpayers, businesses, and others affected by the COVID-19. The IRS has delayed federal tax filing until July 15, and offers advice for deducting COVID-19 costs from your taxes.

State of California Employment and Taxes
Find benefits for people affected by COVID-19. State tax deadlines have been extended.

Other Frequently Asked Questions

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Worker resources

Labor & Workforce Development Agency (LWDA)
LWDA has resources for workers regarding paid family leave, disability insurance, unemployment insurance, paid sick leave and workers compensation.

Sacramento Employment and Training Agency (SETA)
SETA has resources for employees, employers, and individuals seeking employment training. 

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Non-Profit Resources 

Sacramento Region Community Foundation (SRCF)
SRCF activated its Sacramento Region Disaster Fund to help address challenges facing local nonprofit organizations due to COVID-19.

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How You Can Help

Donate4Sacramento
City leaders have joined a broad coalition of public, private, non-profit, labor and philanthropic partners to launch a fundraising effort to help those hurt economically by the COVID-19 pandemic. Donations can be made through the Donate4Sacramento website. Funds will be administered by The Center at Sierra Health Foundation, Sacramento Region Community Foundation, United Way California Capital Region and the City of Sacramento. Visit Donate4Sacramento.org

Open Innovation Partnerships 
The City created an interest form specifically to collect innovative ideas from companies proposing to donate or sell products or services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Once ideas are in the portal, they will be vetted by City staff and innovation partners around the city, including the Mayor’s Innovation Council and the Carlsen Entrepreneurship Center. Those that hold promise will be presented to the Mayor’s Office, City Council and the City Manager’s office for consideration.

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