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: Tue, January 26, 2021 – Mayor Gloria Signs Executive Order Capping Third-Party Food Delivery Fees

From the Office of Mayor Todd Gloria:

Attached please find Mayor Gloria’s executive order released yesterday on delivery fee caps and curbside parking. Please distribute to your networks. This order places a 15% cap on fees charged to restaurants for delivery service through third party platforms, with an additional 3% limit on any other commissions or charges. While we anticipate it will take a few days for platforms to update to reflect this new order, they will be required to apply the pricing retroactively to the effective date. Noncompliance may be reported to the City Attorney’s office.

Additionally, this order formalizes the Curbside pilot program initiated by UCPD, and enables businesses to place temporary signage to reserve adjacent parking spaces for short term, 30 minute or less parking to facilitate to curbside to-go programs.  Parking enforcement on these spaces will be limited to complaint-based.

These orders went into effect today. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Update: Mon, January 25, 2021 – Regional Stay Home Order Lifted – San Diego County Returns to Purple Tier

The State has lifted the Regional Stay Home Order. San Diego County has now returned to Tier 1, or Purple Tier, of the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Purple Tier allows the following:

  • Restaurants – open outdoors.
  • Bars, breweries serving food – open outdoors.
  • Hair salons, barbershops, nail salons – open indoors.
  • Museums, zoos, aquariums – open outdoors.

The San Diego County website has further information related to reopening steps which businesses must follow.

Update: Mon, January 11, 2021 – The Consolidated Appropriations Act

The following information was shared with the Mission Hills BID by Dunn, DeSantis, Walt, & Kendrick LLP:

In a follow up to the 2020 CARES Act, President Trump recently signed into law a new COVID-19 relief bill intended to assist businesses, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021. The new law provides $900 billion in aid. Critically, this legislation allots more than $284 billion to the Small Business Association for the continuation of the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”). Although exceptions and limitations apply, first-time borrowers, along with previous borrowers who meet the following criteria, may now qualify for a loan up to $2 million in this second round of PPP assistance: 

  • The business must have 300 or fewer employees;
  • The business must demonstrate at least a 25% reduction in gross revenue receipts in any 2020 quarter relative to the same quarter in 2019; and
  • The business must show that it has used or will use the full amount of its first PPP loan.

Additional information may be found at

Update: Wed, December 30, 2020 – Mayor Gloria Executive Order

The Mayor of San Diego has issued an Executive Order effective 11:59PM, Wednesday, December 30, 2020 in response to the California extension of the regional stay-at-home-order for the Southern California region. The Executive Order includes the suspension of certain parking enforcement regulations.

Update: Tue, December 15, 2020 – Vaccine Allocation Information

Information provided by San Diego County:

Distribution of COVID-19 vaccine will be done in phases. The vaccine allocation was determined by the federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), which advises the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the distribution of all vaccines.

Phase 1A, 1B and 1C:

The County is received about 28,000 doses of a vaccine yesterday, after it receives emergency use authorization. Critical care health workers will be the first people to get it, followed by long-term care facility residents and employees. As other pharmaceutical companies receive emergency use authorization, more vaccines will arrive in the region.

The initial distribution will not be sufficient to vaccinate all people in these populations. However, the state anticipates the second round of vaccines to follow about three weeks after the first round.

If the ACIP approves the remaining recommendations, and once people in the first two groups in Phase 1A are vaccinated and more COVID-19 vaccine doses are available, they will go to essential workers (Phase 1B). These are people who work in education, food and agriculture, police officers, firefighters, correctional officers and transportation workers, among others.

After that, the priority will be to vaccinate adults with underlying medical conditions and people over the age of 65 because they are at higher risk of developing serious complications from COVID-19 (Phase 1C).

Phase 2:

Immunizations will then be available for children and young adults under the age of 30 and then for critical workers not included in Phase 1 or Phase 2.

Phase 3:

The final phase will be people of all ages who live in the United States.

The phases could be revised as the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices determines if some groups are at higher risk from COVID-19 and therefore would need to be vaccinated sooner.

The CDC anticipates that by June of 2021, everyone wanting to get vaccinated against COVID-19 should be able to do so.

Is the COVID-19 Vaccine Safe?

The Pfizer vaccine coming to San Diego County is administered via two shots in the arm and research has shown that it’s about 95% effective.

The vaccine is safe, but about 10% to 15% of people may have some side effects such as fever, fatigue, headache and muscle pain. These symptoms should go away on their own after a couple of days.

Once people in the United States start to get vaccinated, the CDC will expand its safety surveillance to make sure the vaccine is working as it should.

“This initial COVID-19 vaccine distribution will give us one more tool to try to slow the spread of the pandemic,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “However, it’s important that people continue practicing the recommendations we’ve given to prevent getting and spreading the virus until we have achieved herd immunity.”

Update: Mon, December 7, 2020 – Regional Stay at Home Order in effect:

The state has issued a Regional Stay Home Order that affects San Diego County, starting Monday, Dec. 7. It prohibits private gatherings of any size, closes sector operations except for critical infrastructure and retail.

To see the full list of sectors that are Open with safety precautions, Open with additional modifications, or Closed as well as information on Schools and Outdoor recreation, please visit the San Diego County – Safe Reopening Page.

Update: Friday, December 4, 2020 – CAL/OSHA Issues New Emergency COVID-19 Regulations

Thank you to Dunn DeSantis Walt & Kendrick Attorneys for sharing an update with us regarding new CAL/OSHA regulations. To read the full update, click here. The summary states: “The bottom line for most employers is this: employers need to implement their written plans immediately and comply with the new regulations. Penalties for non-compliance can be substantial, ranging from $13,000 to over $100,000 depending on the nature of the violation and the resulting harm. Although there appears to be some possible discretion to enforcement, at least in the short term, best practice is to come into compliance as soon as possible.”

Update: Thursday, December 3, 2020 – Regional Stay at Home Order:

Per a new Regional Stay at Home Order issued by the Governor, San Diego County will be included in a new “Southern California” region. The new Regional Stay at Home Order will mandate closure of certain businesses when the ICU available capacity drops under 15%.

Affected businesses include, indoor and outdoor dining, bars, personal care service (salon, barber, etc.), indoor retail, and more. Read the full order here.

Update: Friday, October 9, 2020:

San Diego County currently in Tier #2 (Red)

Status update as of 10/8/20. To learn more about state monitoring metrics, visit

Update: Monday, July 27, 2020:

County Updates – Enforcement Flexibility for Social Distancing

Enforcement Flexibility for Social Distancing – The County of San Diego Department of Planning & Development Services (PDS) recognizes certain commercial businesses must quickly change their operations to comply with the current Center for Disease Control (CDC), state, and/ or local guidelines or health orders.  To allow these changes to occur quickly and to reduce impacts to existing businesses, PDS will be flexible in enforcing zoning ordinance requirements during this time as long as the changes are temporary and meet the requirements listed here.

Update: Monday, July 13, 2020:

Governor orders indoor uses in gyms, salons, malls, churches, more to close in San Diego County effective Wednesday

Governor Gavin Newsom, citing rising COVID-19 cases is ordering closures in 30 counties, including San Diego, which will affect indoor activities and use of gyms, salons, churches, malls, and more. Indoor dining at San Diego County restaurants were already closed prior to this order from the Governor. This new order is effective Wednesday, July 15, 2020.

Update: Monday, June 29, 2020:

San Diego County order affecting Bars, wineries, & breweries without a license to serve food

At today’s County of San Diego press briefing and announcement of Public Health Order, changes effective at midnight, June 30, 2020, require that all bars, wineries, and breweries in San Diego County that do not have a license to serve food must close.

Update: Friday, June 19, 2020:

Compliance Alert – Face Coverings are Required in California

Thank you to Dunn DeSantis Walt & Kendrick LLP for sharing the following information with the Mission Hills BID:

On June 18, 2020, Governor Newsom issued a new Executive Order broadly requiring persons in California to wear face coverings while outside the home, including in the workplace. Although many counties in California already require face coverings in public and/or when social distancing is not possible, California employers should adopt compliant policies as part of a comprehensive COVID-19 safety protocol and to comply with this statewide mandate.
Workers in California are required to wear face coverings whenever:

  • Interacting in-person with the public;
  • Working in any space visited by the public, regardless of whether anyone is present;
  • Working in any space where food is prepared or packaged for sale or distribution;
  • Working in or walking through common areas, such as hallways, stairwells, elevators, and parking facilities;
  • In any room or enclosed area where other people are present when unable to physically distance (i.e. whenever it is not possible to maintain a distance of six feet from others); and
  • Driving or operating any public transportation, taxi, or private car service when passengers are present.

Face coverings are also required outside whenever social distancing is not possible, as well as inside of, or in line to enter, any indoor public space.
Best Practices: To maintain compliance with the California Labor Code, employers must provide all employees with required face coverings or reimburse them for the cost of acquiring their own. As a practical matter, workplace face covering policies should require employees to wear a face covering whenever the employee is not seated at their desk (assuming the workplace is configured for social distancing) and/or whenever an employee could potentially be around others.
Make sure your worksite-specific safety plan is updated to include these face covering requirements, in addition to other requirements, like employee COVID-19 trainings and employee health screenings (which may include employee temperature checks, if required by local law or as desired).

Update: Wednesday, June 17, 2020:

SBA and Treasury Announce New EZ and Revised Full Forgiveness Applications for the Paycheck Protection Program

WASHINGTON—Today, the U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, posted a revised, borrower-friendly Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness application implementing the PPP Flexibility Act of 2020, signed into law by President Trump on June 5, 2020.  In addition to revising the full forgiveness application, SBA also published a new EZ version of the forgiveness application that applies to borrowers that:

  • Are self-employed and have no employees; OR
  • Did not reduce the salaries or wages of their employees by more than 25%, and did not reduce the number or hours of their employees; OR
  • Experienced reductions in business activity as a result of health directives related to COVID-19, and did not reduce the salaries or wages of their employees by more than 25%.

The EZ application requires fewer calculations and less documentation for eligible borrowers.  Details regarding the applicability of these provisions are available in the instructions to the new EZ application form. 

Both applications give borrowers the option of using the original 8-week covered period (if their loan was made before June 5, 2020) or an extended 24-week covered period.  These changes will result in a more efficient process and make it easier for businesses to realize full forgiveness of their PPP loan. 

Click here to view the EZ Forgiveness Application.

Click here to view the Full Forgiveness Application.

Update: Monday, June 8, 2020:

Statement Regarding Enactment of the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act

Joint Statement by SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin Regarding Enactment of the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act

WASHINGTON – SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin issued a statement today following the enactment of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Flexibility Act. Of note:

Upcoming Procedures

SBA, in consultation with Treasury, will promptly issue rules and guidance, a modified borrower application form, and a modified loan forgiveness application implementing these legislative amendments to the PPP.  These modifications will implement the following important changes:

Extend the covered period for loan forgiveness from eight weeks after the date of loan disbursement to 24 weeks after the date of loan disbursement, providing substantially greater flexibility for borrowers to qualify for loan forgiveness.  Borrowers who have already received PPP loans retain the option to use an eight-week covered period.

  • Lower the requirements that 75 percent of a borrower’s loan proceeds must be used for payroll costs and that 75 percent of the loan forgiveness amount must have been spent on payroll costs during the 24-week loan forgiveness covered period to 60 percent for each of these requirements. If a borrower uses less than 60 percent of the loan amount for payroll costs during the forgiveness covered period, the borrower will continue to be eligible for partial loan forgiveness, subject to at least 60 percent of the loan forgiveness amount having been used for payroll costs.
  • Provide a safe harbor from reductions in loan forgiveness based on reductions in full-time equivalent employees for borrowers that are unable to return to the same level of business activity the business was operating at before February 15, 2020, due to compliance with requirements or guidance issued between March 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020 by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, related to worker or customer safety requirements related to COVID–19.
  • Provide a safe harbor from reductions in loan forgiveness based on reductions in full-time equivalent employees, to provide protections for borrowers that are both unable to rehire individuals who were employees of the borrower on February 15, 2020, and unable to hire similarly qualified employees for unfilled positions by December 31, 2020.
  • Increase to five years the maturity of PPP loans that are approved by SBA (based on the date SBA assigns a loan number) on or after June 5, 2020.
  • Extend the deferral period for borrower payments of principal, interest, and fees on PPP loans to the date that SBA remits the borrower’s loan forgiveness amount to the lender (or, if the borrower does not apply for loan forgiveness, 10 months after the end of the borrower’s loan forgiveness covered period).
  • In addition, the new rules will confirm that June 30, 2020, remains the last date on which a PPP loan application can be approved.

Update: Friday, June 5, 2020:

County Updates for the Business Community 6/5

San Diego County has created this recap of their weekly Business Sector Telebrief, which provides updates on current County guidances, statuses, and regulations. Other local updates include:

Update: Friday, May 22, 2020:

San Diego County Reopening Guidelines for Restaurants & Retail

What’s Allowed, Not Allowed in Restaurants, Stores – Restaurants and stores can now open to serve customers in person. However, they must follow specific guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Click here to see a detailed listing of changes now in effect.

If you have questions regarding the local protocols or how your business will operate in a modified manner, please contact

Information & Self-Certification Forms:

Retail: Safe Reopening Plan
San Diego Restaurant Operating Protocol

Update: Wednesday, May 20, 2020:

Thank you to Dunn DeSantis, Walt & Kendrick LLP Attorneys for sharing the following tips & strategies with the Mission Hills BID related to employee temperature checks and health screenings:

Employee Temperature Checks and Health Screenings: Tips & Strategies

As California employers plan and prepare for re-opening, questions about conducting employee temperature checks and health screenings remain daunting. Employers find themselves asking the following: 

  • Is my business required to implement employee temperature checks?
  • What kind of thermometer should be used?
  • What is the threshold for a fever?
  • Where should we conduct the checks?
  • Who should take employees’ temperatures?
  • What should I do if an employee has an elevated temperature? 
  • What if we don’t have a thermometer available?
  • What other symptoms can we ask about?
  • Should records be kept?
  • How do I maintain employee confidentiality?

The following is meant to be a practical guide to implementing employee temperature checks in the California workplace and a summary of best practices.


Update: Monday, May 18, 2020:

ABC Regulatory Relief – Expansion of Licensed Footprints

The following update was shared with the Mission Hills BID from the office of Assemblymember Todd Gloria:

After our office’s advocacy, ABC drafted a temporary relief policy to allow beverage sale and consumption in an expanded footprint, which was enacted by the Governor on Friday. The details are available here: (under “14. Expansion of Licensed Footprint”)

Licensees will apply for a “Temporary Catering Authorization” and provide details of the proposed expansion. The Department anticipates that the forms will be available early this week for licensees to apply for a COVID-19 Temporary Catering Authorization. Implementing the new rule will require continued work with the City and SDPD, but this is a great start. Let us know if you have any questions about the new policy we can follow up on.

Update: Thursday, April 30, 2020:

Mandatory Face Coverings in Public Effective May 1

From the County of San Diego:

Effective Friday, May 1 everyone must wear face coverings whenever they are in public and expect to come within 6 feet of a non-household member. Face coverings provide a layer of protection that allows us all to stay safe from the spread of COVID-19. 

All persons two years of age or older who are present in the County shall be in possession of a face covering when they leave their home or place of residence and shall wear it when they are in a business or within six feet of another person who is not a member of their family or household.  Persons with medical or mental health conditions, or a developmental disability that prevents them from wearing a face covering, shall be exempt from this requirement.

Remember that face coverings are different from medical-grade face masks; we highly recommend that the general public use fabric face coverings, and to donate any medical-grade face masks to local healthcare facilities.

Read more

Update: Tuesday, April 28, 2020:

SBA – Joint Statement – Review Procedure for Paycheck Protection Program Loans

Joint Statement by Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin and Administrator Jovita Carranza on the Review Procedure for Paycheck Protection Program Loans

WASHINGTON – U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin and U.S. Small Business Administrator Jovita Carranza issued the following statement today on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP):

“The Paycheck Protection Program is providing critical support to millions of small businesses and tens of millions of hardworking Americans. 

“We have noted the large number of companies that have appropriately reevaluated their need for PPP loans and promptly repaid loan funds in response to SBA guidance reminding all borrowers of an important certification required to obtain a PPP loan.  To further ensure PPP loans are limited to eligible borrowers, the SBA has decided, in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, that it will review all loans in excess of $2 million, in addition to other loans as appropriate, following the lender’s submission of the borrower’s loan forgiveness application.  Regulatory guidance implementing this procedure will be forthcoming.

“We remain fully committed to ensuring that America’s workers and small businesses get the resources they need to get through this challenging time.”

Update: Monday, April 27, 2020:

April 27 – Beach & Park Access

The following information, regarding the status of parks and beaches was shared with the Mission Hills BID by San Diego Police Department Community Relations Officer David Surwilo:

Starting today, Monday, April 27, 2020, the City of San Diego will allow beach access for walking and running, as well as entering or exiting the water for surfing, swimming, paddling and kayaking.

Parking lots will remain closed, boardwalks will remain closed and gatherings will remain prohibited. The rules must be followed for these locations to remain open. The county has not yet seen a downward trend as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has passed the 3,000 mark, so it is important to follow social distancing rules and recommendations. Starting Friday May 1st, all citizens in public spaces will be mandated to wear facial masks / coverings.

Below is information detailing some of the information and a link to a news story.

•Parking Lots
•Fiesta Island

•Non-physical distancing activities

Beaches/shorelines: ONLY walking and running. NO stopping, sitting, or lying down.
Oceans: ONLY swimming, surfing, and single-person paddle boarding, and kayaking
Bays: ONLY single-person paddle boarding and kayaking. NO Swimming story

Officer David Surwilo
San Diego Police Department
Community Relations Officer
Western Division

Update: Friday, April 24, 2020:

SBA – Joint Statement – Resumption of Paycheck Protection Program

Joint Statement by SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza and Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin on the Resumption of the Paycheck Protection Program

WASHINGTON – Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration Jovita Carranza and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin issued the following statement today on the resumption of the Payroll Protection Program (PPP):

“We are pleased that President Trump has signed into law the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, which provides critical additional funding for American workers and small businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic.  We want to thank Leader McConnell, Leader Schumer, Speaker Pelosi, and Leader McCarthy for working with us on a bipartisan basis to ensure that the Paycheck Protection Program is funded so that small businesses can keep hardworking Americans on the payroll.

“The Small Business Administration will resume accepting PPP loan applications on Monday, April 27 at 10:30AM EDT from approved lenders on behalf of any eligible borrower.  This will ensure that SBA has properly coded the system to account for changes made by the legislation.

“The PPP has supported more than 1.66 million small businesses and protected over 30 million jobs for hardworking Americans.  With the additional funds appropriated by Congress, tens of millions of additional workers will benefit from this critical relief.

“We encourage all approved lenders to process loan applications previously submitted by eligible borrowers and disburse funds expeditiously.  All eligible borrowers who need these funds should work with an approved lender to apply.  Borrowers should carefully review PPP regulations and guidance and the certifications required to obtain a loan.

For more information on the Paycheck Protection Program, visit:

Update: Tuesday, April 21, 2020:

Limited Number of Parks Opening in City of San Diego

The following information was shared with the Mission Hills BID by San Diego Police Department Community Relations Officer David Surwilo:

Welcome news from Mayor Faulconer, as he has announced that he will be reopening a number of the City’s neighborhood, community and open space parks for passive use only. This means that parks will be available for the public to walk or jog through for exercise, but community members are not invited to visit to the park and stay for an extended period of time. This means everyone needs to share the parks and stay only for short periods and allow others to have time at the parks without crowding. The reopening process will begin today and we all must continue to practice social distancing and I strongly encourage the wearing of face masks.

While this news will be welcomed by many residents who have been anxious to get some exercise and spend some time in their favorite local parks, there is some important information to know about this change in park accessibility:

  • Parks will be open to the public for the purposes of walking, jogging or hiking. Gathering or congregating in any City park remains prohibited until further notice.
  • Sports fields (basketball courts, baseball fields, tennis courts, etc.) will remain closed. Gathering in parks to play organized team sports remains prohibited.
  • Playground equipment and amenities will remain closed.
  • Open trails within open space parks will be available for public use except for Cowles Mountain and Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve Trail, both of which will remain closed.
  • Comfort stations at local parks will be open and available for public use.
  • Most park amenities, including parking lots, recreation centers, swimming pools, school district joint-use areas, dog off-leash areas, bicycle pump tracks, skate parks, visitor centers, nature centers, City campgrounds, etc. will remain closed until further notice.
  • Patrons visiting City parks must continue to maintain federal, state, and local social distancing guidelines (which require a distance of at least six feet from people outside your household).
  • Patrons are strongly encouraged to wear facial coverings while visiting City parks to help reduce potential spread of the COVID-19 virus.
  • The public should only visit parks within walking distance of their neighborhoods and should not be driving to parks. Parking lots will continue to remain closed at City parks until further notice.
  • Balboa Park Central Mesa and all museums will remain closed, while portions of Morley Field and passive sections of the East and West Mesa will be open.
  • Mission Bay Park and Fiesta Island will remain closed.
  • Beaches and boardwalks will remain closed.
  • City-operated golf courses (Balboa Park, Mission Bay and Torrey Pines) will remain closed.

While this is encouraging news, we must remain vigilant and continue to do all we can to help contain the spread of the coronavirus. Please maintain social distancing and wear a facial covering when out in public. Thank you in advance for continuing to keep yourself and your neighbors safe during these uncertain times.

Officer David Surwilo
San Diego Police Department
Community Relations Officer
Western Division

Update: Tuesday, April 14, 2020:

SBRF Application Closes at 11:59PM Tuesday, April 14, 2020

The following information was shared with the Mission Hills BID by the City of San Diego’s Economic Development Department. Businesses who have not yet applied to the Small Business Relief Fund (SBRF) may do so prior to 11:59PM this evening, Tuesday, April 14, 2020. Interested and able parties may also donate to the fund through the shared link in order to expand the SBRF.

You may have heard yesterday, Mayor Faulconer announced that Cal Coast Credit Union, GoFundMe and Qualcomm have each contributed $100,000 to launch a new initiative between the City, Cal Coast Cares Foundation and San Diego Grantmakers to encourage corporate partners and individual San Diegans to donate to the Small Business Relief Fund. The fund was created at Mayor Faulconer’s urging to provide financial assistance to small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The need is great and we remain committed to finding more support for San Diego businesses.

On behalf of our Director Christina Bibler, I’d like to encourage you to bring this information to the attention of your membership. Not only can businesses who have not yet applied, still apply for these funds, but individuals can donate any amount and should consider giving to assist one another. Eligible, unfunded applications from the City’s initial $6.1 million effort will be sent to SD Grantmakers for grant funding consideration. Any businesses who have not applied can apply on the City’s website at before the application closes this evening at midnight.

Please note that some of the criteria has been modified to allow for businesses with zero employees to apply. Awards between $1000 – $10,000 will be considered.

If you or your members have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at

Thank you,

Sean Karafin
Neighborhood Investment Manager
Economic Development Department
The City of San Diego

Update: Thursday, April 9, 2020:

Wearing of masks in public and outside – A Reminder from Officer Surwilo

Thank you to San Diego Police Department Community Relations Officer David Surwilo for sending this helpful reminder:

I have received numerous emails and Nextdoor messages asking if I could remind people to please wear masks when out in the public. Some articles are being written stating there is evidence you can spread droplets into the surrounding area while walking, jogging and being in the local area of other people. I know it seems like a burden at times but we do have elderly and people with underlining health concerns who are living around us and they are extremely worried about their personal health. So perhaps those you who are not doing this could at least consider those concerns from other people regarding underlining conditions and wear a mask.

I have seen some colorful and creative masks out there and online and I always know who the veterans are when I see the middle east shemagh wraps.    

Please, also remember the parks and beaches are still closed to help combat the C19 rate of exposures, infections and deaths. We at the city know living in San Diego means being outside in these very places, but for the health of all citizens we have to closes these locations until we are through the pandemic.

The more we all adhere to these requirements the sooner I hope we can go back to our normal lives.

Officer David Surwilo
San Diego Police Department
Community Relations Officer
Western Division

Update: Tuesday, April 7, 2020:

Extended Employee Furloughs – Strategies & Tips

Thank you to Dunn DeSantis, Walt & Kendrick LLP Attorneys for sharing the following information with the Mission Hills BID regarding the extended employee furlough:

If you’ve been following DDWK’s recent Updates, you may recall discussion in Update No. 4 about situations that may trigger an employer’s final pay obligations. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues and the accompanying restrictions continue to affect business operations, employers may be considering extending initial employee furloughs. However, related wage and hour issues abound, and employers must proceed carefully.

DLSE Opinion Letters

The Department of Labor Standards Enforcement (“DLSE”) previously issued Opinion Letters indicating that any furlough that exceeds 10 days or the end of the pay period may be considered a termination, thereby triggering final pay obligations (requiring payment of all wages for work performed, plus all accrued, unused vacation/PTO) at the time of the furlough. See DLSE Opinion Letters 1993.05.04 & 1996.05.30.

Strategies and Policies During Employee Furloughs

In the context of the unprecedented and evolving COVID-19 pandemic, it is unclear whether courts will agree with this DLSE interpretation. To minimize the likelihood of an extended furlough triggering final pay requirements, employers should consider implementing the following furlough policies… [READ MORE]

Update: Monday, April 6, 2020:

SBA Payroll Protection Program Guidance & Regulations Issued

Thank you to Dunn DeSantis, Walt & Kendrick LLP Attorneys for sharing the following updates with the Mission Hills BID regarding the SBA’s “Interim Final Rule” and guidance for the Payroll Protection Program:

The SBA has issued much awaited guidance on how employers can apply for and use PPP loan funding made available under the CARES Act. Our prior updates on the PPP are available here and here.

The SBA’s “Interim Final Rule” and guidance is available here. One of the biggest takeaways is that there is a cap on the amount of money available for PPP loans; The program is “first come, first served.” Time is of the essence, so contact your lender immediately.

A revised, final PPP loan application has been issued here.

Read the remainder of this update and other key takeaways.

Shop Small® Materials to Support Social Distancing

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Thank you for your continued support of the Shop Small Movement.

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Update: Friday, April 3, 2020:

Small Business Administration (SBA) – Paycheck Protection Program

Yesterday, the Small Business Administration (SBA) announced additional details through the Treasury regarding the Paycheck Protection Program. While there are still remaining details that the SBA has not released, they have published a sample application form, along with other information. Click here to access the latest information from the SBA.

As part of the information released yesterday, the SBA indicated that small businesses and sole proprietorships could begin applying as soon as Friday, April 3. Online application is also scheduled to be available on the websites of your local banks on April 3, in line with when the SBA will begin accepting applications. 

You may complete the application on the SBA’s website  or wait until your bank’s online application is available. The SBA has indicated there may be additional changes to the form before it is finalized.

In the meantime, there are certain things applicants will be required to demonstrate, so it would be helpful for you to begin compiling this information, including:

  • Detailed payroll documentation for last year, or for newer companies for the last 90 days, including IRS Form 941, or 944 for most businesses, Form 1096 for businesses or independent contractors with 1099 payroll, and 1040 Schedule C for Sole Proprietors.
  • Entity documents including Articles of Incorporation or Organization, Bylaws and Partnership Agreements, as applicable, will likely be needed as well.

We all know how much relief our small businesses need right now, and will continue to update you as information becomes available.

Update: Monday, March 30, 2020:

Message from Officer Surwilo

The Mission Hills BID extends a big “Thank you!” to all who are observing Federal, State, and Local mandates regarding the COVID-19 pandemic! Officer David Surwilo, San Diego Police Department Community Relations Officer for the Western Division, of which Mission Hills is a part, has shared with us the following message. With his message, Officer Surwilo has included some helpful links and reminders:

Citizens of Western Division,

Thank you for working with the city and following the directions related to the C19 situation in San Diego. I know it has been a major adjustment for all of us and our families. I have been getting emails asking how our officers are doing and thanking us for working during this difficult time. As you may have seen from the news, Western Division has officers effected by C19. They are being treated and so far doing well and I will pass on the well wishes from so many of you.

Our entire department is still working and have made some adjustments to how we do our job and taken on some new tasking, such as educating people regarding social distancing and closing parks and beaches. Thank you to those who have avoided the closed city parks and beaches, I know it’s tough to do but for the time being necessary. I too live in the city and have two parks on either side of my house and also can’t use them with my son so I fully understand what we are all going through.

Below is information pasted from San Diego County Coronavirus Disease website. It provides information directly related to C19 and has some statistical information. The chart pasted below, with website links, sheds light on the age groups we are seeing here in San Diego who are most effected, 20 to 50 years old. It dispels the notion or word on the street C19 only effects the older population. So please take away from this we all must practice the recommended safety steps.

Links & Reminders from Officer Surwilo
  • Stay home except for essential needs – San Diego County link with information regarding:
    • What the orders mean.
    • What is open?
    • What’s been closed?
    • Businesses that are exempt.
    • Schools & Childcare.
    • Health care and helping sick relatives.
    • Going outdoors.
    • Why are we doing this?
  • Positive Cases in San Diego County – [TABLE UPDATED DAILY by]
    • Table displays positive cases by age group, gender, hospitalizations, intensive care, and deaths.

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.

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

How to Apply:
Businesses can access the application at
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.   

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:


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:]

Documents for the program will be made available on

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 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).


  • 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:, (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 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
  • 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.
  • 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. 


  • 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 & Web/Telephone Meetings:

We have created a page listing upcoming webinars, and web/telephone meetings to assist businesses during COVID-19. View the ongoing list here.

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:

Update: Tuesday, March 17, 2020:

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


  • 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.


  • 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:
  • 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.


  • 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. 


  • 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. 


  • 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.

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Parking in Mission Hills & Curbside Pickup Options

Click here to read the most recent updates regarding Parking in Mission Hills during COVID-19

Curbside Pickup LocationsRead more about businesses in Mission Hills utilizing temporarily installed signs for Curbside Pickup Only.

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

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

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