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.

SIGN UP HERE TO RECEIVE FREE PPE

The City of Sacramento is partnering with PBIDs like Downtown Sacramento Partnership to distribute a one-time allocation of masks/face coverings from the CA Dept. of Public Health. While there is no charge for these masks, there are some reporting requirements.

Fill out a simple survey as soon as possible to ensure you receive your allotment of personal protective equipment (PPE)! Take the survey here.

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Effective immediately, our field services teams will deploy on a modified schedule,               8 a.m. – 6 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.

PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER NOW EFFECTIVE

Sacramento County has issued a public health order to continue social distancing and reduce person-to-person contact to further slow transmission of COVID-19. We urge everyone to be safe and adhere to the Sacramento County public health order. Learn more about the County’s public health order and accompanying directives at saccounty.net/covid-19.

Sacramento County Accelerates Further Into Stage 2

Sacramento County was given the approval by California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to enter the State’s “Stage 2” Roadmap to Modify the COVID-19 Stay-at-Home Order​. Find more details about these changes below. For questions about the Public Health Order, call the County’s COVID-19 Hotline at 916-875-2400.

May 22, 2020 Public Health Stay at Home Order

NOTE: Sacramento County recommends following CDPH guidance on the use of cloth face coverings​ to protect others from being infected by those without symptoms. 

Businesses that are allowed to resume operations upon implementing the state’s reopening protocol include:

  • Dine-in restaurants
  • Microenterprise retail and storefronts (10 employees or less)
  • Small offices, when telework is not possible
  • Outdoor gyms
  • Outdoor museums, art galleries, and theaters
  • Child care, daycare and family daycare

Lower risk retailers such as florists, clothing stores, toy shops, other small businesses, and department stores already have the approval to reopen. Each category/sector should implement strict social distancing, personal protective equipment, and face coverings as appropriate AND comply with the CDPH prepared statewide industry-specific guidance to reduce risk.

See the list of sectors, businesses, establishments, or activities that are not permitted to operate here. 

Prior to reopening and/or expanding operations, take time to read the Sacramento County Guidance by Venue/Category.  All businesses are required to review the County’s social distancing protocol for businesses here. Visit saccounty.net/covid-19 for additional details.

Under state guidelines, before reopening, all facilities must:

  1. Perform a detailed risk assessment and implement a site-specific protection plan.
  2. Train employees on how to limit the spread of COVID-19, including how to screen themselves for symptoms and stay home if they have them.
  3. Implement individual control measures and screenings.
  4. Implement disinfecting protocols.
  5. Implement physical distancing guidelines.

It is critical that employees not feeling well stay home to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in your workplace. See information on government programs supporting sick leave and worker’s compensation for COVID-19 here.

 

New Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) Regulatory Relief

Guidelines for the expansion of licensed footprint

ABC’s COVID-19 Temporary Catering Authorization authorizes on-sale privileges to a property that is adjacent to the licensed premises so long as the property is under the control of the licensee, and where bona fide meals are being served and in accordance with state and local health and safety directives. Learn more.

Restaurants that wish to expand their permitted alcohol sales may do so by filing both of the following forms:

These forms need to be turned in to the Department of Alcohol and Beverage Control at 2400 Del Paso Rd Ste 155, Sacramento, CA 95834. A check or money order of $100 will be accepted, no credit card payments. This must be done in person.

See ABC’s FAQ here and additional guidance by license type here.

 

Executive order for food sector employers

The California Department of Industrial Relations has published the poster that employers in the food sector industry who are subject to Executive Order N-51-20 must post or distribute to their employees.

The poster is available here and must be posted immediately.

 

Expanded Workers’ Compensation Benefits

Governor Gavin Newsom announced that workers who contract COVID-19 while on the job may be eligible to receive workers’ compensation.

Those eligible must have tested positive for COVID-19 or were diagnosed with COVID-19 and confirmed by a positive test within 14 days of performing labor or service at a place of work after March 19, 2020. More details here.

 

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:

Learn about business relief programs here and marketing tips here.

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. See a list of locations as well as open business listings at GoDowntownSac.com. 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

New statewide announcements will continue to be posted at www.gov.ca.gov/newsroom, including information about:

  • Extended tax returns and tax payments for all businesses filing a return for less than                  $1 million in taxes (90 days)
  • Business interest-free deferral of sales/use tax up to $50,000 for those with less than                 $5 million in taxable sales  (12 months)
  • $50 million in state funding from the iBank, providing potential capital for individuals who do not qualify for federal funds

Local Eviction Moratorium

Sacramento City Council 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 commercial tenant eviction moratorium ends May 31, 2020, after which tenants will be required to pay their landlord all unpaid rent within 120 days.

 

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.

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

 

For additional questions, contact [email protected].

 

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