COVID-19: Updates for your business
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.
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 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:
- Perform a detailed risk assessment and implement a site-specific protection plan.
- 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.
- Implement individual control measures and screenings.
- Implement disinfecting protocols.
- 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:
- ABC Form 218 CV19 (Temporary Catering Authorization)
- ABC Form 253 Supplemental Diagram and the COVID Social Distancing Protocol Appendix
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.
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.
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:
- California Labor & Workforce Development Agency (LWDA) issued these state-specific guidelines.
- California Dept. of Public Health recently provided these food and beverage establishment guidelines.
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.
CURBSIDE PICK-UP ZONES
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.
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.
For additional questions, contact [email protected].