Business Guidelines

SIGN UP HERE TO RECEIVE FREE MASKS FOR YOUR EMPLOYEES

The City of Sacramento is partnering with PBIDs like the Downtown Sacramento Partnership to distribute a one-time allocation of masks for your business.  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 masks here.

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.

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.

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CALIFORNIA PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER

Stay-at-Home Order Lifted for Greater Sacramento Region

Governor Newsom announced on January 12, 2020, that effective immediately, the Greater Sacramento Region is no longer under the state’s “stay-at-home” order. This returns Sacramento County to align with the state’s “purple” tier (also known as “widespread”). The County is expected to formally update its public health order this week to reflect the changes.

Under these guidelines:

  • Restaurants can operate outdoors, take-out and delivery.
  • Hair salons, barbershops, nail salons and personal services can operate indoors, with modifications.
  • Retailers and shopping centers can be open with modifications at 25% occupancy.
  • Gym, fitness centers and museums can operate outdoors.
  • Hotels can be open with modifications.
  • Bars must remain closed.

Downtown Sacramento is part of the “Greater Sacramento Region” that includes Alpine, Amador, Butte, Colusa, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Sierra, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba Counties.

For detailed guidance, review the Blueprint for Business Activity here and visit Covid19.ca.gov.

Learn more about Sacramento County’s current information and resources available on COVID-19 HERE.

SACRAMENTO COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER

Read the most up-to-date Sacramento County public health order HERE.

COVID-19 business-related questions for businesses and employees in Sacramento County can be found HERE.

Under the Public Health Order, all businesses must complete and post the Sacramento County physical distancing form, accessible here.

Upon Statewide Order by Governor Gavin Newsom, in coordination with the California Department of Public Health, the Sacramento Public Health Order limits indoor operations of certain sectors. The Order also acknowledges the state’s new guidance on face coverings and will be in effect until it is rescinded or amended by the Health Officer.

Businesses in the Downtown Sacramento Partnership boundaries can also take the Keep COVID In Check pledge to receive branded window clings to hold the signs and provide additional visual cues for employees and customers.

Sacramento County has issued industry-specific workplace guidance and general requirements for businesses. Learn more.

  • See industry-specific guidance from the State here.
  • See guidance for restaurants offering outside dining, take-out and delivery here.

For questions about the Public Health Order, call the County’s COVID-19 Hotline at 916-875-2400 or visit saccounty.net/covid-19.

Face Coverings Now Required Statewide

The County’s Public Health Order acknowledges the state’s new guidance on face coverings. Businesses must include a policy for face coverings in their protocol and provide face coverings to staff when six feet of physical distance is not possible. Sign up for free masks for your employees here!

Although face coverings are now required by the State, there are still some residents and state visitors who are reluctant
to wear a mask when out in public. The City of Sacramento’s “Show the Love, Sacramento” Campaign addresses both of those ideas by connecting mask-wearing with other widely accepted and appreciated ways of showing others love. Learn more here.

New Emergency Requirements for Employers Issued by the City of Sacramento 

The Sacramento City Council adopted new emergency ordinance for Sacramento employers through Dec. 31, 2020. The ordinance requires employers in the City to comply with specific health and safety protocols. Violations of these protocols can result in penalties, including fines up to $25,000.
Businesses are required to implement specified physical distancing, mitigation, and cleaning protocols and practices in their workplaces within the city, specifically:
  • The maintenance and implementation of specified cleaning and disinfection protocols;
  • The establishment of a protocol to be implemented if a location is exposed to a person with a probable or confirmed case of COVID-19;
  • The provision of hand-washing, sanitizing, and disinfectant supplies;
  • The provision of face coverings and mandated wearing of face coverings, except to the extent employees can maintain the recommended physical distance from others or while using break times to eat or drink; and,
  • Notifying employees of the required protocols in writing in English and any language spoken by at least 10% of the employees who work at the job site of the protocols and practices set forth above.
The new measure also requires employers with 500 or more employees nationally to provide up to 80 hours of additional paid sick leave for FTE employees that can be used for COVID-19 related reasons (part-time employees have a different formula). See the ordinance language here.
To report violations of this ordinance, please contact the City by calling 311 or emailing [email protected]. For more information, or if you have specific questions, you can also email [email protected].

BUSINESS GUIDELINES

All businesses must comply with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) prepared industry guidance at covid19.ca.gov/industry-guidance and covid19.ca.gov/roadmap-counties. Download the CDPH Employer Playbook for Safe Reopening here.

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.

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 and their recently published interim safety and health guidance in the Cal/OSHA General Guidelines on Protecting Workers, available here.

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.

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.

Guidelines for employees’ safe return to your restaurant

The National Restaurant Association has put together guidance on what you can do to protect your employees from coronavirus. Read more here.

Sacramento County Testing Sites

Anyone 18 years old or older living in Sacramento County can now get tested for COVID-19 for free by completing the Online Screening for COVID-19 Testing created by Project Baseline. Following the completion of the online screening, an appointment will be scheduled for a drive-through appointment at CalExpo. To view other locations, see these Community Testing Sites.

Guidelines for the expansion of Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) 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 in accordance with state and local health and safety directives. Learn more.

Licensees allowed to sell alcoholic beverages to be consumed on the licensed premises may now fully exercise those privileges in the same manner as they could prior to the COVID-19 crisis, subject to the various guidance from State and local health officials, such as social distancing, occupancy limits, personal protective equipment, outside, etc. Note, license types 40, 42, and 48 may now only serve alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises with meals. Learn more in the fifth notice issued by ABC here.

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.

Temporary Fee Relief Extension For August ABC Renewals

ABC announced that certain ABC licensees paying annual renewal fees have been given a 30-day grace period. The announcement comes after Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order that will provide tax, regulatory, and licensing extensions for businesses. ABC’s announcement encompasses ABC licensees whose annual renewal payment is due by August 31stLearn more here.

Alcoholic Beverages To-Go

As explained in the First Notice of Regulatory Relief (and related FAQs), under existing law licensees with on-sale privileges are prohibited from selling pre-poured or pre-mixed drinks prepared on the licensed premises for consumption off the licensed premises. As part of its regulatory relief, however, the Department has provided that such pre-poured or pre-mixed drinks may be prepared on the licensed premises for consumption off the licensed premises (“to-go” drinks) only in conjunction with bona fide meals prepared on the licensed premises or under an agreement with a meal provider.

 

Expanding Your Footprint 

Contact us for assistance to expand your outside dining, shopping and/or business footprint to accommodate COVID-19 related health standards.

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 curbside parking zone 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.

Downtown Sacramento Partnership has negotiated discounted parking in City garages for downtown employees, email us for vouchers.

POLICY UPDATES

Local Temporary Eviction Moratorium

Sacramento City Council recently amended its temporary eviction moratorium for failure to pay rent to include both residential and first-floor commercial retail tenants that can demonstrate COVID-19 has impacted their ability to pay rent. When the moratorium ends, tenants will be required to pay their landlord all unpaid rent within 120 days.

The eviction moratorium is a deferral of rent due, it does not remove the obligation to pay rent. Furthermore, tenants are encouraged to make partial payments when able. Tenants are required to notify landlords in writing prior to deferring rent with this form

Visit cityofsacramento.org/tpp for an FAQ, delayed payment form, and instructions. View practical tips for navigating coronavirus-related rent issues here.

New Tenant and Landlord Protections and Resources

Another bill signed by the Governor provides protections for tenants and landlords financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.AB 3088 (Chapter 37, Statutes of 2020) outlines a process for a tenant to file a COVID-19-related financial distress declaration, which would prohibit landlords from evicting the tenant for nonpayment of rent before Feb. 1, 2021. The bill extends protections under the Homeowner Bill of Rights (HBOR) to small landlords (non-owner occupied, one to four units) until Jan. 1, 2023.If a mortgage servicer denies a forbearance request from a borrower between the bill’s signing date and April 1, 2021, the law requires the servicer to specify reasons for the denial. If the reasons are curable, like an incomplete application, the law requires the servicer to give the borrower 21 days to cure the issue. Borrowers can seek redress in court for material violations of these new provisions.

Tenants and landlords can learn more about the new Tenant, Homeowner and Small Landlord Relief and Stabilization Act of 2020 at the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency (BCSH) website.

HOMELESS 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. Learn more at saccounty.net/Homelessness.

For additional questions, contact [email protected].

 

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