COVID-19: Updates for your business

An important message about the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The top priority for the Downtown Sacramento Partnership right now is the health and well-being of downtown employees, residents, and visitors. Below are important links to information as well as resources for employers experiencing economic hardship as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) impact.

Effective immediately, our field services teams will deploy on a modified schedule,               8 a.m. – 5 p.m. 7 days per week to focus on litter removal and sanitization of high-traffic areas. Learn more about our public safety changes here.

“STAY HOME ” PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER NOW EFFECTIVE

Sacramento County has issued a public health order directing all individuals living in the county to stay home, except for essential activities. The mandatory order was issued to slow the transmission of the COVID-19, provide more detail and add enforcement ability. We urge everyone to be safe and adhere to the Sacramento County public health order. Under this direction, there should not be gatherings in any formal setting and people should self-isolate in their places of residence to the maximum extent feasible, with the exception of “essential activities.” The County’s direction states “essential businesses may stay open and their employees may leave home to go to work.” This means that in compliance with social distancing requirements to the extent possible:

 

  • All bars, nightclubs, gyms, fitness studios and gathering venues should be closed. (see list)
  • Restaurants, cafes, and similar establishments may remain open to supply meals* to the public via delivery and carryout. Dine-in is not permitted.
  • Those who provide services that are necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation can remain open.
  • Healthcare operations and essential infrastructure, including construction workers who support the construction, operation, inspection, and maintenance of construction sites and construction projects may continue.
  • Non-essential businesses are allowed to perform “Minimum Basic Operations” on-site, so long as employees maintain a distance of 6 feet from one another to the greatest extent feasible.
*The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has temporarily suspended enforcement of specific legal prohibitions, including off-site consumption sales and delivery restrictions. Learn more.

 

For further guidance on whether your business is essential, look at page 5 of the Public Health Order and FAQ. For general information or questions about COVID-19, visit Sacramento County’s Department of Health Services.

BUSINESS GUIDELINES

To protect your business, employees, and customers, businesses and employers should visit the CDC for information and guidelines about COVID-19. For information on protecting workers from COVID-19, refer to Cal/OSHA. Additionally:

If you close and/or vacate your property for an extended period of time, email us to share an email and phone contact that should be utilized in case of emergencies.

>>See tips to keep your property safe here.<<

CURBSIDE PICK-UP ZONES

New (free) temporary curbside pick-up parking is available downtown! Locations are identified with colorful temporary signage at:
  • Front & K streets
  • 2nd & K streets
  • 5th & J streets
  • 7th & K streets
  • 8th & K streets
  • 8th & L streets
  • 10th & L streets
  • 12th & J streets
  • 13th & J streets
  • 15th & K streets

Metered parking in all 6,200 metered parking spaces is free after 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and all day on Saturdays and Sundays. Temporary $6 Early Bird flat rates in all City garages are also available for customers who park before 10 a.m. and leave after 4 p.m. All other enforcement still applies, including posted time limits. Visit www.sacpark.org for more.

POLICY UPDATES

Statewide Announcements

Governor Gavin Newsom is holding daily briefings at 12 p.m. New statewide announcements will continue to be posted at www.gov.ca.gov/newsroom, including information about:

  • Expanded public order to stay home
  • Temporary halt of inmate transfers to state prison facilities (30 days)
  • Temporary residential mortgage payment relief (90 days)
  • Temporary tenant eviction moratorium (while “stay at home” order active)
  • Extended tax returns and tax payments for all businesses filing a return for less than $1 million in taxes (90 days)

Eviction Moratorium

Sacramento City Council also amended its temporary eviction moratorium for failure to pay rent to include both residential and commercial tenants that can demonstrate COVID-19 has impacted their ability to pay rent. This is a deferral of rent due, it does not remove the obligation to pay rent. See the City’s FAQ here for more detail.

The moratorium ends when the Governor’s Executive Order issued on March 16, 2020 terminates, after which tenants will be required to pay their landlord all unpaid rent.

HOMELESSNESS EFFORTS & RESOURCES

Downtown Sacramento Partnership continues to work closely with local public agencies and service providers to assess the unique needs, resources and challenges facing those experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 crisis.

Sacramento Homelessness COVID-19 Response Team

The newly formed Sacramento Homelessness COVID-19 Response Team task force, collaboration among the City of Sacramento, County of Sacramento, Sacramento Steps Forward and Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency (SHRA), has released a coordinated framework and action plan to help meet the needs of people experiencing homelessness during this crisis. The purpose of the Homelessness COVID-19 Response Team is to proactively plan, slow the spread of COVID-19 in persons experiencing homelessness and create and operationalize new shelter capacity through a variety of traditional and non-traditional means. Read more in this recent post from the City of Sacramento and this new fact sheet from SSF.

The Downtown Partnership Navigator Team

The Downtown Navigator works to connect homeless individuals with local community service programs, facilitates access to care, and identifies social services and housing. For more information on Downtown Sacramento Partnership’s homeless outreach efforts, read here.

Additional Resources

Sacramento County Mitigation Strategy

Sacramento Steps Forward COVID-19 Resources

Sacramento County Guidance for Homeless Services 

Sacramento County Public Health: COVID-19 Guidance For Homeless Services 

City of Sacramento Homeless Coordination

National Federation of Independent Business

 

For additional questions, contact [email protected].