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COVID-19: Updates & Resources

The Lomita Chamber continues to monitor local city, county and federal orders, as well as gather resources to help our businesses and community. We hope these are helpful.

NOTE: INFORMATION CHANGES FREQUENTLY. WE’RE DOING OUR BEST TO STAY ON TOP OF THESE CHANGES. SOME RESOURCES OR UPDATES MAY HAVE CHANGED SINCE PUBLISHING.

Please visit the LA County Public Health Department Website for latest info on Health Orders

Updated July 16, 2021 – Updated Health Officer Order

The revised Health Officer Order on Reinstating Mask Requirement Indoors

When do I need to wear a mask?

Read more about LA County mask requirements for fully vaccinated people

Updated May 7, 2021 – Yellow Tier Updated Health Officer Order

The revised Health Officer Order Blueprint for a Safer Economy – Yellow Tier is effective as of 12:01 am on Thursday, May 06, 2021.  The recent changes are highlighted in yellow:  Aligns with the Yellow Tier safety modifications of the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy.   

Read more at the Chamber’s blog post here.

March 21, 2021 – Reopenings in the “Red Tier”

Update to the Los Angeles County Health Officer Order http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/docs/HOO/HOO_SaferatHomeCommunity.pdf (HOO)(dated March 19, 2021), effective as of 12:01 AM Saturday, March 20, 2021.

The HOO was modified to reflect updates that allow breweries, distilleries, and wineries to reopen for outdoors only if not serving a bona fide meal; add a specific protocol for Limited Services (i.e., laundromats, contractors auto repair shops, etc.) http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/docs/protocols/Reopening_LimitedServices.pdf
 
and increase the number of participants obtaining in-person behavioral health or substance use disorder support in therapeutic small group meetings and obtaining in-person faith based small group counseling services, where the services cannot reasonably be practiced remotely.
 
Please continue to stay safe and keep our businesses open.
 
Public Health’s HOO and sector protocols are available at: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/.

March 16, 2021 – Reopenings in the “Red Tier”
LA County has entered the “Red Tier” of the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy and is lifting some local activity-specific restrictions, which went into effect Monday, March 15, 2021. However, Los Angeles County continues to experience substantial rates of COVID-19 transmission, and the danger COVID-19 poses to our community has not subsided.

The LA County Department of Public Health urges businesses, entities, and residents to continue exercising caution even as certain restrictions are lifted. Just because certain activities are allowed or certain reopening protocols are revised, that does not mean that those activities are “safe”. Businesses and customers should continue to regularly check the County Public Health website for updates to their sector-specific protocol(s) to ensure they are in compliance with the most current safety modifications.

Please read more about the Updated Health Office Orders including reopening protocols here.

If you need resources or support, please contact the Chamber at hi@lomitachamber.org. We are working with our Local, County, State and other leaders and Partners to provide information and help.

California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program

The State of California has announced new rounds for the grant program to help small businesses located in California who have been affected by COVID-19. Tune into this informational webinar to learn about the grant program, eligibility, what the funds can be used for, how to apply, and necessary documents. https://careliefgrant.com/

Second Draw PPP Loans – PPP ends March 31, 2021

The Paycheck Protection Program ends on March 31, 2021. All eligible entities can apply through a participating lender until then.

Second Draw PPP Loans can be used to help fund payroll costs, including benefits. Funds can also be used to pay for mortgage interest, rent, utilities, worker protection costs related to COVID-19, uninsured property damage costs caused by looting or vandalism during 2020, and certain supplier costs and expenses for operations.

Get more information here.

PPE Unite: Free PPE for LA County Small Businesses

A joint effort to give small business owners and their employees access to much-needed personal protective gear. Get your 30 day supply of free Personal Protective Equipment to keep your business compliant and employees safe. Sign up now to get PPE while supplies last. Get Info Here at PPEUnite.org

Reopening Protocols & Guidelines

California Department of Public Health

The following guidelines are provided by the California Department of Public Health for different business sectors and industries to help with reopening. Statewide industry guidance can be accessed here.

LA County

LA County Industry protocols are available at the County’s website

The Reopening Protocols, COVID-19 Surveillance Interactive Dashboard, Roadmap to Recovery, Recovery Dashboard, and additional things you can do to protect yourself, your family and your community are on the Public Health website www.publichealth.lacounty.gov.

COVID-19 Safety Compliance Certificate Program

Business owners can take this training to receive a COVID-19 Safety Compliance Certificate to be placed at all public entrances to their facility. This certificate acknowledges that their facility is following all the required Public Health COVID-19 Protocols. Employees can also watch this training to learn more about the Protocols and the steps their employers must take to offer required workplace protections.

Business Risk Planning – Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
Advisors are available at the Small Business Development Center at El Camino College to help businesses adapt to the current situation. We encourage businesses to schedule a virtual consultation with the SBDC by calling 1-866-588-SBDC.

Their advisors can help you walk through important decisions you may need to make now related to cash flow, deferred payments and assistance for employees due to business interruption.

SBDC Webinars: PPP Forgiveness, Reopening Resources & Protocols

The LA SBDC is pleased to partner with LA County to detail reopening protocols and resources for small businesses. Each week in the 4-part series they focus on a different business type.

Check out the SBDC full list of webinars & recordings here.

Coronavirus Small Business Loan Info

3 easy-to-understand guides to all federal programs and aid for small business coronavirus assistance:

See more coronavirus resources provided by US Chamber of Commerce

Starting April 3, small businesses and sole proprietorships can apply for loans. Starting April 10, independent contractors and self-employed individuals can apply for loans. There is a funding cap, so the Treasury Department recommends applying as soon as possible.

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

U.S. Department of Treasury issued additional guidance regarding the Paycheck Protection Program. Links to the resources provided by Treasury can be found, or on their webpage.

EIDL/PPP Status

As the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) programs continue to process applications, some businesses have received funding while others are waiting. It is advisable to continue to speak with your bank or find a bank that is accepting new clients to assist you with the PPP process and continue to follow up with the SBA (or work with our partners at SBDC) for the status of your EIDL loan application.

SBA Coronavirus Relief Options

What can you do today…

  • Overcommunicate with your customers and clients. Ask them what they need.
  • Know this is temporary. It’s constantly shifting. You won’t have all the answers and it’s okay to say I don’t know.
  • Prepare your business financially by walking through worst-case scenarios projecting out over the next 6 to 8 weeks or longer in order to know what you can do today from a cash flow perspective. Even if this does blow over sooner than later, it’s better to plan and take precautions.
  • Partner together with vendors to find ways to help defer expenses or offer support or trade services if cash flow is going to be a concern.
  • Think about how you can offer services virtually or via delivery (i.e., Zoom Zumba classes, virutal open box parties to showcase new merchandise for online sales, or curbside and food delivery services).
  • Rather than cancelling service, think about the small businesses that won’t be here after the pandemic is over if we don’t invest in them. If you’re in a financial position to continue to pay for services, please do.

We will get through this together. Your Chamber is here to help.

Please contact us via email hi@lomitachamber.org or call 424-378-7111.

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This content is for information purposes only and information provided should not be considered legal, accounting or tax advice or a substitute for obtaining such advice specific to your business.

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