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COVID-19 Impacts, Guidelines, and Information

COVID-19 Impacts, Guidelines, and Information

Please review the following information related to coronavirus / COVID-19 with updates posted as they become available. The most recent information is posted at the top of this page.

Please also review the helpful links posted at the bottom of this page for additional information sources.

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Update: Friday, March 27, 2020:

City of San Diego $6.1M Small Business Relief Fund FAQ

As announced, the City of San Diego has established a Small Business Relief Fund (SBRF) to help businesses impacted by COVID-19 retain employees and sustain continuity of operations. Financial assistance between $10,000 and $20,000 in grants, forgivable or low-interest loans will be allocated to eligible small businesses on a first-come, first-served basis. Funds awarded will be based on availability, program guidelines, and the submission of all required information and supporting documentation proving financial hardship related to COVID-19. Approximately $6.1 million is available in the SBRF, which is being administered by the City of San Diego’s Economic Development Department.

FAQ:
Read the FAQ provided by the City of San Diego Economic Development Department here.

How to Apply:
Businesses can access the application at https://www.sandiego.gov/SBRF
The application will be available on Friday, March 27, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

Practice Forms to Help Draft Responses Prior to Inputting Directly into the City’s website: ENGLISH | SPANISH


Deadline for Employer Compliance with FFCRA (Families First Coronavirus Response Act)

On March 18, 2020, the President signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “FFCRA”) into law. The FFCRA requires employers to provide employees with paid sick or family leave if they are unable to report to work for specified reasons related to COVID-19. There are two parts to the FFCRA – an expansion of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and a new Federal Emergency Paid Sick Leave. Both are effective starting April 1, 2020.

This update is intended to be a summary of what businesses should start doing in order to begin compliance by the Act’s effective date.   

GET READY: TO DO LIST BEFORE THE FFCRA EFFECTIVE DATE
Prior to the FFCRA’s effective date of April 1, 2020, employers of ALL SIZES need to prepare their compliance “to do” list.

Businesses with 50 or more employees:

  • On or before April 1, 2020, large employers (with 50 or more employees) who still have workers on the books need to start notifying employees by sending out the DOL’s model notice. A link to the DOL’s FAQ is also helpful to provide to employees.
  • Non-enforcement period – Although there is a grace period (March 18, 2020 to April 17, 2020) before enforcement starts, start prepping your HR department to handle employee inquiries relating to the new laws.
    • During the grace period, employers must have acted reasonably and in good faith to comply with the Act. This means that violations are remedied and the employee is made whole as soon as practicable by the employer, the violations were not willful, and the employer provides the DOL with a written commitment to comply with the Act in the future.

REMINDER TO FOLLOW ANY APPLICABLE LOCAL PUBLIC HEALTH ORDERS – The employer must continue to track and remain compliant with any applicable local public health orders. 

  • For example, in San Diego, amended public health orders state that employers must not require a doctor’s note from employees requesting sick leave. This continues to apply to requests for leave under the FFCRA.
  • Penalties for non-compliance (for example: not paying employees who take the sick leave) will be considered a failure to pay minimum wage. Such failures will expose employers to penalties under the FLSA. 

Businesses with less than 50 employees:

  • Smaller employers (with less than 50 employees) are required to maintain compliance with the FFCRA unless they have an exemption.
  • Start thinking about whether your business will be seeking an exemption. More information regarding the exemption process should be released by the government in the next week.
  • Even employers seeking an exemption should start notifying employees on or before April 1, 2020 by sending out the DOL’s model notice. A link to the DOL’s FAQ is also helpful to provide to employees.
  • Non-enforcement period – Although there is a grace period (March 18, 2020 to April 17, 2020) before enforcement starts, start prepping your HR department to handle employee inquiries relating to the new laws, regardless of whether you are seeking an exemption. 
    • During the grace period, employers must have acted reasonably and in good faith to comply with the Act. This means that violations are remedied and the employee is made whole as soon as practicable by the employer, the violations were not willful, and the employer provides the DOL with a written commitment to comply with the Act in the future.
  • REMINDER TO FOLLOW ANY APPLICABLE LOCAL PUBLIC HEALTH ORDERS – The employer must continue to track and remain compliant with any applicable local public health orders. 
    • For example, in San Diego, amended public health orders state that employers must not require a doctor’s note from employees requesting sick leave. This continues to apply to requests for leave under the FFCRA. 
  • Penalties for non-compliance (for example: not paying employees who take the sick leave) will be considered a failure to pay minimum wage. Such failures will expose employers to penalties under the FLSA

Update: Wednesday, March 25, 2020:

Styrofoam

In the Mission Hills BID we always endeavor to follow federal, state and local laws. During the COVID-19 period, the restriction on the use of styrofoam has been lifted. We share this with you so that you will know why some essential providers may be shifting to less expensive and more readily available Styrofoam products.


City of San Diego $6.1M Relief Package

City of San Diego OKs $6.1 M relief package for businesses with 100 workers or less. Loans, grants from $10,000 to $20,000 will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. [Information source and more info: SanDiegoUnionTribune.com]

Documents for the program will be made available on SanDiego.gov.


Update: Monday, March 23, 2020:

UC San Diego – PPE Donations (Gloves & Masks)

UC San Diego is asking for help in the form of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) Donations. Natalie Laczek sent the following information to the Mission Hills BID:

Hello, this is Natalie Laczek, and I work with UC San Diego. I am looking to collect information from the area’s tattoo and body piercing parlors. We have a need for gloves and masks at UC San Diego Health units. If you can please fill out this questionnaire then I or my team may provide further information. Thank you for your attention to this request.


All the best,
Natalie Laczek
Assistant Director, Corporate Relations
UC San Diego

If you are able to donate PPE items to UCSD, please click here to fill out the questionnaire.


Automatic Deferment on Existing SBA Disaster Loans through End of 2020

[NEWS RELEASE – March 23, 2020]

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza announced changes to help borrowers still paying back SBA loans from previous disasters. By making this change, deferments through December 31, 2020, will be automatic. Now, borrowers of home and business disaster loans do not have to contact SBA to request deferment.

“The SBA is looking at every option and taking every action to cut red tape to make it easier for small businesses to stay in business. Automatically deferring existing SBA disaster loans through the end of the year will help borrowers during this unprecedented time,” said Administrator Carranza. “Today’s announcement adds a list of growing actions the SBA is taking to support small businesses. These actions include making it easier for states and territories to request a declaration so small businesses statewide can now apply for economic injury disaster loans, and changing the terms of new economic injury loans to allow for one-year deferments. We are working around the clock to find ways to assist small businesses and today’s action is one step in this process.”

Previous Announcement:

March 17, 2020: SBA Updates Criteria on States for Requesting Disaster Assistance Loans for Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Visit SBA.gov/Coronavirus for more information on SBA’s assistance to small businesses.


Update: Friday, March 20, 2020:

Business Impacts Survey by Regional Chamber of Commerce, SBDC, & EDC:

The Regional Chamber of Commerce, the SBDC and the EDC has created a survey regarding business impacts of the recent public health emergency.

Link to survey

Please take a moment to respond and please share it with your fellow business members. All responses remain anonymous and it only takes a few minutes to complete.

With this situation moving rapidly, getting accurate metrics on business impacts is obviously quite important. Your coordinated support is greatly appreciated.


Update: Thursday, March 19, 2020:

Governor Gavin Newsom Issues Stay at Home Order to all Californians

SACRAMENTO – Today, Governor Gavin Newsom issued a stay at home order to protect the health and well-being of all Californians and to establish consistency across the state in order to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Click here to read the Governor’s executive order.

Click here to learn more about the order.

Click here to see the Governor’s address to Californians this evening.


San Diego Workforce Partnership – Layoff & Furlough Resources

The San Diego Workforce Partnership issued the following as part of its COVID-19 Update for Business:

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 (619) 228-2982. We will get back to you within one business day to discuss information and services that may assist impacted employees, including Unemployment Insurance information, tax assistance, Work Sharing program to avoid layoffs, financial planning, remote career services and more.

We can offer your affected workers a webinar full of information and resources on how to file for unemployment insurance, how to get re-employed as soon as possible, and options regarding retirement assets and health insurance.

On March 4, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Executive Order N-31-20 to ease the regulatory burden on employers who had to close before being able to provide employees advanced notice related to the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN).

Labor Code sections pertaining mass layoff, relocation and termination, which normally requires a 60 day notice, have been temporarily suspended due to this emergency and now only require as much notice as is practicable is provided, and when the notice is given, a brief statement regarding the basis for reducing the notification period is included.

The above information regarding the San Diego Workforce Partnership was provided by the San Diego Business Journal.


Update: Wednesday, March 18, 2020:

Small Business Resource List

The following is a list of resources for small businesses that may apply to those in San Diego. This list was extrapolated from a larger list put out by the California State Treasurer. (The link to the larger list can be found below in the Helpful Links list).

Federal:

  • U.S. Small Business Administration:
  • Economic Injury Disaster Loans: The United States Small Business Administration (SBA) offers low interest loans up to $2 million for small businesses, nonprofits of any size, small agricultural cooperatives, and small aquaculture enterprises. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses. The interest rate for private non-profit organizations is 2.75%. Loan repayment terms can last as long as 30 years. The deadline to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan is Dec. 16, 2020.  The loan does not replace lost revenue, profits or fund expansions. Contact:  disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, (800) 659-2955
  • Cal/OSHA Guidance on Requirements to Protect Workers from Coronavirus
  • FEMA: Businesses can begin applying for FEMA Disaster Assistance while awaiting a disaster declaration to release the funds.

State:

  • State Treasurer’s Office:
    • California Capital Access Program (CalCAP): The California Capital Access Program for Small Business encourages banks and other financial institutions to make loans to small businesses that have difficulty obtaining financing. If you own a small business and need a loan for start-up, expansion or working capital, you may receive more favorable loan terms from a lender if your loan is enrolled in the CalCAP Loan Loss Reserve Program. This program helps communities by providing financing to businesses that create jobs and improve the economy. CalCAP is a loan loss reserve program which may provide up to 100% coverage on losses as a result of certain loan defaults. With CalCAP portfolio support, a lender may be more comfortable underwriting small business loans. 
  • IBank
    • Small Business Finance Center: The Small Business Finance Center (SBFC) partners with Financial Development Corporations to provide loan guarantees and direct loans for small businesses that experience capital access barriers.ContactSBFC@ibank.ca.gov
  • The Franchise Tax Board has extended the state tax deadline. This relief includes moving the various tax filing and payment deadlines that occur on March 15, 2020, through June 15, 2020, to June 15, 2020. Partnerships and LLCs who are taxed as partnerships whose tax returns are due on March 15 now have a 90-day extension to file and pay by June 15. Individual filers whose tax returns are due on April 15 now have a 60-day extension to file and pay by June 15. Quarterly estimated tax payments due on April 15 now have a 60-day extension to pay by June 15.
  • Labor and Workforce Development Agency: the LWDA has developed COVID-19 resources for employers and workers. Contactemail@labor.ca.gov
  • Employment Development Department: providing rapid response services for businesses, offering help to avert potential layoffs and provide immediate on-site services to assist workers facing job losses. 
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants: the AICPA has a document that summarizes the latest developments on state tax filings related to the coronavirus. 

Private

  • Facebook:
    • Small Business Grants Program: Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits to help during this challenging time. Applications will be accepted in the coming weeks. In the meantime, you can sign up to receive more information when it becomes available.
  • Citi BankCiti Bank is providing assistance for Retail Bank Customers, waiving monthly service fees and penalties for early CD withdrawal. For Retail Bank Small Business Customers, fee waivers are being provided for monthly service fees and remote deposit capture; waived penalties for early CD withdrawal; Bankers available after hours and on weekends for support.
  • Citi BankCiti Bank is providing assistance for Retail Bank Customers, waiving monthly service fees and penalties for early CD withdrawal. For Retail Bank Small Business Customers, fee waivers are being provided for monthly service fees and remote deposit capture; waived penalties for early CD withdrawal; Bankers available after hours and on weekends for support.
  • Forbes: has produced a list of banks offering relief to customers affected by COVID-19.

Thank you to Marshall Anderson, VP of Government Affairs, Downtown San Diego Partnership for providing the above list of compiled information.


Update: Tuesday, March 17, 2020:

Webinars and Web Meetings:

The following is a list of webinars intended to inform and assist businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic:

WEBINAR – Wednesday, March 18
The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, County of San Diego, and San Diego Tourism Authority invite you to an informational meeting on Wednesday, March 18, to discuss the business community’s role in preparing for and addressing the impacts of the coronavirus. County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher and County health officials will share an update on regional efforts and strategies to protect our workforce while ensuring continuity of operations. This meeting will be conducted via web conference. Click here to register.

Date: Wednesday, March 18
Time:  9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Web Conference Linkhttps://global.gotomeeting.com/join/586319717
Those calling in, please dial (571) 317-3122  Access Code: 586-319-717
Register herehttps://sdrc.secure.force.com/apex/caraveleventregister1?id=a0b1P000008HM0u


WEBINAR – Wednesday, March 18
The SBA is hosting a webinar today at 4:00PM regarding the disaster loan program they’ve announced. The call will cover:

  • What the program is
  • How it works and how to apply
  • Common missteps or misunderstandings that impact business owner applicants

Date: Wednesday, March 18
Time: 4:00PM
Web conference link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ws6-7uyQR3eekbeo54im3w
Call-in information: Dial US: +1 669 900 6833 Webinar ID: 956 176 760)


WEBINAR – Thursday, March 19
Answers to the Questions Employers Should be Asking Regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – Procopio is holding a free webinar on Thursday to answer several key questions as it pertains to employment law and Covid-19. You can sign up for this free webinar here.


WEBINAR – Tuesday, March 24
Doing Business in a Time of COVID-19. Join us for a free webinar covering top-of-mind questions for businesses in the region. Topics include:

  • Update from San Diego Mayor, Kevin Faulconer
  • Update from San Diego County Department of Public Health
  • Impacts to personnel
  • Resources available through the Small Business Administration

Date: Tuesday, March 24
Time: 11:00AM – 12:30PM
Registration: http://bit.ly/webinar032420
Presented by: Downtown San Diego Partnership



SBA Updates Criteria on States for Requesting Disaster Assistance Loans for Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19)

SBA’s Disaster Field Operations Center – West (FOCW) distributed a press release yesterday – CA 16332 -01 SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to California Small Businesses Economically Impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) which included San Diego and Imperial counties, as well as several others within California. This new release expands the declaration to include the entire state of California. Yesterday’s press release may be viewed at: https://www.sba.gov/offices/disaster/dfocw/resources/1658272


Update: Tuesday, March 17, 2020:

Here’s a recap of yesterday’s happenings (in order by time of updates):

Federal:

  • CDC is calling for no gatherings of 10 or more people in any one location.
  • SBA disaster assistance to CA’s small businesses economically impacted by COVID-19 is now available. More information on this is available here.
  • A rumor was circulating that there will be a nation-wide lockdown. This is false.

County:

  • Issued 11 new orders (See Order here):
    1. All public and private gatherings of 50 or more people are prohibited. Strongly discouraging any gatherings related to non-essential functions.
    2. All bars and adult entertainment establishments that serve alcohol but not food are ordered to close.
    3. All restaurants must close in-person dining and shift to delivery only.
    4. All businesses shall suspend doctor verification for sickness approval.
    5. Colleges and universities shall not allow the gathering of students.
    6. Strong recommendation that all persons 65 and older or people with chronic underlying conditions quarantine themselves.
    7. Non-essential personnel are prohibited from entering hospitals or long term care facilities.
    8. Hospitals and healthcare providers shall take measures to preserve resources, including delaying non-emergent or elective surgeries or procedures where reasonable.
    9. Hospitals and healthcare providers shall report all COVID test results to the Department of Public Health.
    10. All people arriving into the county from level 3 areas (i.e. South Korea, Japan, Iran, Italy, etc.) shall undergo 14-day quarantine.
    11. All people displaying symptoms shall self-isolate.
  • There are 180 handwashing stations across the region in addition to 58 new handwashing stations that were deployed yesterday. If you have a request for a new handwashing location, please contact the Department of Public Health.
  • Public health nurses have been deployed to all bridge shelters. Hygiene kits are being delivered today; however, to which outreach teams was not clarified.
  • 227 hotel rooms are available to anyone who does not have a home but is: displaying symptoms, awaiting test results, tested positive, or came into contact with someone who tested positive. The goal is to acquire 2,000 hotel/motel rooms. The State and RTFH are working to acquire more hotel rooms. The County has contacted the federal government about making the Mercy ship available.
  • All San Diegans are being asked to continue to donate blood. Many have stopped during this time.
  • The County launched an initiative to provide income relief and food replacement. Members of the public are being asked to donate: https://www.sdfoundation.org/programs/programs-and-funds/san-diego-covid-19-community-response-fund/
  • 180,000 individuals have been infected worldwide (7,000 deaths)
  • There are currently 55 cases in San Diego
  • When asked about a county-wide lockdown, like San Francisco, it seemed like this was a very real possibility. While not confirmed, the public health official referenced that it could be very soon.

City of San Diego:

  • New orders (See Executive Order here):
    1. All bars and nightclubs closed to the public.
    2. All restaurants must switch to delivery, pickup, or drive-thru. This does not apply to restaurants in nursing homes. Delivery trucks to grocery stores will now be allowed to operate 24 hours a day.
    3. Social gatherings of more than 50 people are prohibited.
    4. All City of San Diego public buildings will be closed to the public. The City is narrowing its focus to maintain essential services, which includes: police, fire-rescue, water and sewer service, and trash and recycling pick up. Other services will be scaled back and employees have been asked to work from home.
    5. A moratorium has been placed on water shutoffs. All interest is suspended on late water bills. Parking enforcement will be limited.
  • SDPD reports that they have not seen an increase in crime and that calls for service have stayed consistent.
  • Today at 2:30pm, the Council President is holding an emergency City Council meeting to discuss two items:
    1. Ratification of Mayor’s State of Emergency
    2. Legislation intended to lessen the economic and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic (NOTE: legal feasibility of the following is still unknown and will require analysis by the City Attorney. Additionally, City Council cannot direct staff so these requests would have to be agreed to by the Mayor. He could say no to any or all of the following):
      • Request that the Mayor and City Attorney, with assistance from the San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC), evaluate and present proposals to the City Council to implement a temporary moratorium on residential evictions due to non-payment of rent resulting from a loss of wages caused by the outbreak of COVID-19, which may include presentation of an emergency ordinance to City Council.
      • Request that the SDHC evaluate and present proposals to the City Council or Housing Authority of the City of San Diego (Housing Authority) to implement a temporary moratorium on evictions and mortgage foreclosures for property owned by the Housing Authority or by the SDHC due to nonpayment of rent or mortgages resulting from a loss of wages caused by the outbreak of COVID-19.
      • Adopt a resolution requesting Governor Gavin Newsom implement a temporary moratorium on residential evictions due to non-payment of rent resulting from a loss of wages caused by the outbreak of COVID-19.  
      • Adopt a resolution requesting the San Diego Superior Court to temporarily suspend all pending residential eviction cases and reject new filings of residential eviction cases during the pendency of state of emergency related to the outbreak of COVID-19.
      • Adopt a resolution requesting the San Diego County Sheriff suspend service of unlawful-detainer actions and enforcement of evictions within the City of San Diego due to non-payment of rent resulting from a loss of wages caused by the outbreak of COVID-19.
      • Adopt a resolution calling upon the Congressional delegation and federal Administration to direct the Department of Homeland Security to suspend immigration enforcement operations, including interior checkpoints in sensitive locations including hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare facilities.
      • Request that the Mayor and the City’s Public Utilities Department evaluate potential relief from late fees and utility shutoffs due to non-payment resulting from a loss of wages caused by the outbreak of COVID-19 and bring any necessary actions to City Council for approval or ratification.
      • Request that the Mayor work with San Diego Gas & Electric and any other utility provider to evaluate potential relief from late fees and utility shutoffs due to non-payment resulting from a loss of wages caused by the outbreak of COVID-19.
      • Request that the Mayor and San Diego Housing Commission evaluate temporary relief funding for workers within the City of San Diego who were laid off or furloughed as a result of the outbreak of COVID-10 to help those workers pay rent and/or utility bills.
      • Request that the Mayor and the City Attorney evaluate and present proposals to the City Council to implement a temporary moratorium on evictions for small businesses under commercial leases, who cannot pay rent due to loss of revenue as a result of COVID-19, which may include presentation of an emergency ordinance to City Council.
      • Request that the Mayor and the City’s Economic Development Department evaluate and report back to City Council on a strategy with potential options to work with banks and lenders to halt mortgage payments or foreclosures for individuals and landlords who have suffered severe loss of wages and income due to the outbreak of COVID-19.
      • Request that the City’s lntergovernmental Relations staff temporarily prioritize requests for emergency funding and support from the state and federal governments as the overriding No. 1 citywide priority.
      • Request that the Mayor enforce the Earned Sick Leave and Minimum Wage Ordinance.
      • Request that the Mayor evaluate and report back to City Council on delaying collection and enforcement of the City’s Business Tax Certificate fees.
      • Request that the Mayor and City Attorney evaluate and present proposals to the City Council to implement a temporary moratorium on vehicle habitation fees and impounds, who cannot pay due to loss of revenue as a result of COVID-19, which may include presentation of an emergency ordinance to City Council.
      • Request that the Mayor, working with the local hotel association, labor partners, and homelessness service providers, to open hotel rooms including provider services to unsheltered individuals and families.

State:

  • 392 people have tested positive in the state (increase of 15% from prior day)
  • 6 people have died
  • State is waiving its civic code, allowing localities to put moratoriums in place.
  • Waiving enforcement for expired drivers licenses and registration for 60 days (worried about grouping at the DMV)
  • Directing gyms, health clubs, and movie theaters to close.
  • Again, urging isolation for those over the age of 65.
  • Full closure of bars
  • Governor asked the legislature to allow for emergency legislation (budget bills) to be considered:
    1. SB 89 – will increase hospital capacity, bed capacity, childcare facilities, will purchase hotels and motels to deal with those affected, including individuals, non-profits, and small businesses – appropriating $500M and up to $1B in general funds to achieve those goals. 
    2. SB 115 – will focus on supporting public and charter schools, childcare services, and sanitizing school sites.  Both houses approved these measures, which were sent to the Governor’s desk last night.
    3. Resolution 86 – allows for Senate administrative procedure changes during emergencies, and allows for standing committees to convene remotely, if necessary. 
  • The Senate and Assembly have now adjourned for an extended recess and will reconvene April 13.
  • Executive Order related to evictions (see Executive Order here):
    1. Suspends any preemptive state law that would govern a locality’s ability to waive evictions for both residential and commercial properties. This would apply to evictions that are based on nonpayment of rent, or foreclosure, arising out of substantial decrease in household or business income due to COVID-19 impacts (this must be documented). These protections shall be in effect through May 31, 2020.
    2. All public housing authorities are requested to extend deadlines for housing assistance.
    3. Financial institutions holding home or commercial mortgages are requested to implement an immediate moratorium on foreclosure-related evictions.
    4. The California Public Utilities Commission is requested to monitor utility providers to ensure they are implementing customer service protections for critical utilities (electric, gas, water, internet, landline telephone, and cell phone service).


Thank you to Marshall Anderson, VP of Government Affairs, Downtown San Diego Partnership for providing the above list of compiled information.


Update: Monday, March 16, 2020:

County officials announced eight new health orders and three strong suggestions to help slow the spread of COVID-19 including a ban on all gatherings of 50 people or more, the immediate closure of all adult entertainment establishments that serve alcohol and restrictions on in-dining options.

The orders and suggestions are as follows:

  • All public or private gatherings of 50 people or more people are now prohibited, and all non-essential gatherings of any size are strongly discouraged.
  • All bars, adult entertainment establishments and other business establishments that serve alcohol and do not serve food shall close.
  • All restaurants and other establishments that serve food shall close all on-site dining. All food service shall be by delivery, pick-up or drive-through. Social distancing shall be required for people picking up food on site.
  • All business shall enact social distancing and increased sanitation standards and shall make every effort to use telecommuting for its workforce. All businesses shall suspend any policy or procedure requiring doctor verification for sick or other leave approval.
  • All public or private schools, colleges and universities shall not hold classes or other school activities where students gather on the school’s campus. Parents of school-aged children shall take steps to ensure said children are not participating in activities prohibited by the order.
  • A strong recommendation is made that all persons that are 65 years or older, have a chronic underlying condition or have a compromised immune system shall self-quarantine themselves at home.
  • Non-essential personnel are prohibited from entering into hospitals or long-term care facilitates. All essential personnel who show any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 shall be strictly prohibited from entry into hospitals or long-term care facilities.
  • Hospitals and health care providers shall take measures to preserve resources including delaying non-emergency or elective surgeries or procedures where feasible.
  • Hospitals, health care providers and commercial testing laboratories shall report all COVID-19 test results to the public health officer immediately after such results are received.
  • All persons arriving in the county shall be subject to a 14-day home quarantine and self monitoring if they had traveled to or through countries on the CDC’s Level 3 countries list. This includes originating or connecting flights from these countries.
  • Persons exhibiting mild to moderate symptoms of COVID-19 should self-isolate themselves in their place of residence until seeking medical care and treatment.

Update: Sunday, March 15, 2020:

Hello to all Mission Hills Businesses and Community Members,

Governor Newsom provided an update at 2:00PM today (Sunday, March 15, 2020). Here’s the gist…

Current situation:

  • 335 people in the state have tested positive. This is a 14% increase from prior day. 
  • 6 people have died
  • State has conducted over 8,000 tests (19 labs in addition to hospitals)
  • State is working with Verily Life Sciences to bring capacity to market for individuals who have developed mild symptoms, i.e. a web portal where people can get questions answered and scored on likelihood of needing to go in for official testing. This is meant to help ease the stress of medical care providers. The portal should go online tomorrow.
  • 51% of school districts have closed. This equates to 80-85% students who will not be at school, beginning tomorrow. 

Directives:

  • Calling for home isolation of all seniors (65 years or older)
  • All bars, night clubs, wineries, and brew pubs need to close
  • Restaurants do not need to close “yet” but need to socially distance patrons. All restaurant occupancy should be cut in half. 
  • When asked if these are requirements that can be enforced, the Gov. did not confirm. He did say that the martial law option exists but only out of necessity. 
  • Visitation to senior living and assisted care facilities will be limited to end of life situations. 

Homelessness:

  • State has 108,000 unsheltered individuals. Getting people out of encampments is a priority. The State is procuring hotel/motel rooms for homeless individuals and recommends distancing in current shelters. 
  • 450 new trailers are being disbursed to critical points.
  • Will not be stepping up or requiring more extreme enforcement measures. 

Next steps:

  • Direction on eviction protocols will be released tomorrow.
  • Still exploring option of potential mortgage freeze.
  • Looking at current state of unemployment/disability insurance. Gov supports and is watching Speaker Pelosi’s measures at the federal level.
  • Worried about the number of children who depend on school-provided breakfast and lunch. 
  • New hospitals will be brought online – locations will be announced in coming days
  • Plans to get food to seniors  and expand points of access to get food still being developed
  • On potential recession, Gov. believes we’ve never been in a better position to weather one (references reserves). 

Stay Strong. Stay Healthy.

Mission Hills Business Improvement District

Susan McNeil Schreyer, Executive Director
J. Daniel Geddis, Board President


Update: Friday, March 13, 2020:

Small Business Administration Guidance for Businesses & Employers Affected by COVID-19

The following information has been shared with the Mission Hills BID by the Small Business Administration:

Health and government officials are working together to maintain the safety, security, and health of the American people. Small businesses are encouraged to do their part to keep their employees, customers, and themselves healthy.



The following is a list of helpful links and third party sources for business owners, employees, and customers, as well as general health & information:


Above COVID-19 Banner Image source: SanDiegoCounty.gov


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Parking in Mission Hills

Per item number 7 of the recent Executive Order by the Mayor of San Diego, effective through March 31, 2020:
“The City of San Diego will limit parking enforcement and issuance of citations to holiday or Sunday enforcement regulations, including no longer enforcing parking meters, yellow commercial zones, short-term green zones and 1- to 2-hour time parking zones. Red, white, blue, and other all-time enforcement areas will continue to be enforced to maintain public safety.”


San Diego Public Libraries Digital Access

The following information was shared with the Mission Hills BID by the San Diego Public Library Foundation:

As you may have heard, all 36 City of San Diego Libraries are closed to the public through Monday, April 6, 2020 and all programs and events systemwide have been postponed or canceled.

The Library Foundation is committed to supporting a literate and healthy community. We hope you’re staying healthy and taking steps to protect your family. We are supporting the steps the City and Library have taken to keep our citizens, patrons, and neighborhoods safe. Here at the Library Foundation, we are primarily working from home but are available to answer questions. Please email or call 619-238-6695 if we can help. 

These closures magnify the Library’s impact in our communities. And while the Library system is physically closed, digital resources are available to the community. By visiting the eLibrary you can:

I will continue to update you as new information becomes available. In the coming days, we also will be providing other ways you can take advantage of online Library resources.

With gratitude,
Patrick Stewart
CEO, San Diego Public Library Foundation

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