The City recognizes the COVID-19 Public Health Stay Home Order presents serious financial challenges for our local businesses. We’re currently exploring options under the expanded powers of the Governor’s executive orders. In the short term we’ve made street parking in Walnut Creek free of charge starting March 18 through May 31 to help people visit essential businesses. We are also promoting local essential businesses.
Governor Newsom has also laid out a phased plan for reopening businesses throughout the state. We will be adhering to this direction in a modified format, adhering to the Contra Costa County guidelines (which supersede State guidelines) noted here:
Click here for the latest updates from the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development.
The City of Walnut Creek also partners with our downtown association and chamber of commerce. Please visit their sites for additional resources, including webinars and additional community contacts.
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)- A loan SBA will forgive if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.
Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) - A loan advance to provide up to $10,000 ($1k per employee) of economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing temporary difficulties with less than 500 employees.
SBA Express Bridge Loans - Enables small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly.
SBA Debt Relief- SBA will pay 6 months of principal, interest, and any associated fees that borrowers owe for all current 7(a), 504, and Microloans in regular servicing status as well as new 7(a), 504, and Microloans disbursed prior to September 27, 2020.
SBA Approved Lenders for Paycheck Protect - Find Eligible Paycheck Protection Program Lenders
For application assistance, call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may dial (800) 877-8339.
For more information about available SBA resources and services, visit the SBA’s COVID-19 website.
A Tenants Guide to Rent Relief - Explains to a tenant how to communicate with their landlord when asking for rent relief.
Coronavirus Reopening Guide - A step by step guide explaining to retailers how to re-open their stores safely.
COVID-19 Resources for California - Sources of funds available for small businesses:
- America Job Centers of CaliforniaSM (AJCC) – by appointment only. Contact your local AJCC for more information.
- State Disability Insurance offices – closed until further notice. For the fastest service, access your claim information or file a claim online with SDI Online. You can also contact EDD representatives at 1-800-480-3287 for Disability Insurance or 1-877-238-4373 for Paid Family Leave, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
- Tax offices – by appointment only. Visit Payroll Taxes or contact Tax representatives at 1-888-745-3886, available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Work Share Program - Employers can apply for the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Work Sharing Program if reduced production, services, or other conditions cause them to seek an alternative to layoffs.
Employment Development Department (EDD) - COVID-19 FAQS
EastBay EDA - East Bay Business Resources in Response to COVID-19
The Contra Costa SBDC has created this Online Webinars for Coping with COVID-19 page to provide tools for navigating the economic difficulties posed by COVID-19, including step-by-step directions on filing an application for the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan. For personalized assistance, businesses can call (925) 222-5228 or email email@example.com.
Resources for Workers and Employers Impacted by COVID-19
California Employment Development Department (EDD)
The EDD has created a centralized COVID-19 resource page for both workers and employers impacted by COVID-19. Workers experiencing reduced hours, as well as those who must miss work to receive treatment or care for sick family members or children during school closures, will find helpful resources. The resource page also includes information for self-employed/independent contractors.
Employers who are experiencing a hardship due to COVID-19 will find helpful resources related to tax relief, such as a 60-day extension to file state payroll reports and deposit payroll taxes, and potential closure or layoffs. For example, the Work Sharing Program, a form of unemployment insurance, helps employers reduce hours as an alternative to layoffs. Also, employers facing potential closure or layoffs can receive help through the local workforce development board’s Rapid Response Program.
Note: Businesses interested in the Rapid Response Program should contact the Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County: Patience Ofodu, Business Services Manager, (510) 453-6950, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC has published interim guidance on what is currently known about COVID-19 and how businesses and employers can plan, prepare, and respond to the disease. The guidance is of particular importance to essential businesses still operating during the shelter-in-place order. Visit the CDC website to view the interim guidance for businesses and employers.
Resources for Employers and Workers
California Labor & Workforce Development Agency (LWDA)
LWDA is an executive branch agency that provides leadership to protect and improve the well-being of California’s current and future workforce. The agency has created this centralized COVID-19 resource page to help workers, employers, and families access information and assistance.
Requirements to Protect Workers from COVID-19
California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA)
Per Cal/OSHA’s Aerosol Transmissible Diseases (ATD) standard (section 5199), employers must protect workers exposed to airborne infectious diseases such as COVID-19. CAL/OSHA’s COVID-19 resource page offers guidance to help employers comply with safety requirements and to provide workers with information on how to protect themselves.
FAQs on Laws Enforced by the California Labor Commissioner’s Office
California Labor Commissioner’s Office
The mission of the California Labor Commissioner’s Office is to ensure a just day’s pay in every workplace in the State and to promote economic justice through robust enforcement of labor law. To help employers and employees understand their obligations and rights, the California Labor Commissioner’s Office has created this COVID-19 FAQs for Labor Laws page.