The Oceanside Chamber of Commerce has served our community for nearly 125 years; and we have a great sense of responsibility for the well-being of all who call Oceanside home. We are continuing to monitor the Coronavirus/COVID-19 situation in order to provide our businesses, their employees and Oceanside residents with the latest information and resources.
While this is proving to be an incredibly challenging situation, we have seen signs of hope as our community comes together. Our City leaders have proactively reached out to us to see how they can help our business owners and their employees through these times. Our small business owners are finding ways to come together and help each other survive. Our businesses and residents are actively serving the elderly, homeless and other vulnerable citizens.
For those that have the resources, we encourage you to continue to support our small businesses, as they are the backbone of our community.
We welcome the opportunity to serve our community and encourage you to stay in touch with us as to how we can best be of service to you.
Scott Ashton, CEO
Oceanside Chamber of Commerce
Oceanside Businesses Open and Offering Services
Shopping local is especially important during this time and will help to our keep our small businesses alive! We have compiled a list of Chamber members open and offering their services, whether that be virtual or in-person. More Info.
SHOP LOCAL RESOURCES
Restaurants Offering Outdoor Patio Seating
As we all know, in an effort to hinder the spread of the COVID-19 virus, San Diego County restaurants are now required to move their dining services outdoors. The Chamber has put together a list of restaurant members offering outside dining services. If outdoor seating is not available, community members can still support their favorite local businesses by taking advantage of takeout and delivery options including Grubhub, Postmates, Door Dash and Uber Eats! See full list!
FOOD TO GO: Oceanside Restaurants, Wineries & Breweries Offering Take-out
Community members can support their favorite local businesses by taking advantage of takeout and delivery options including Grubhub, Postmates, Door Dash and Uber Eats! Below shows an updated list of Oceanside restaurants open and offering these services. More Info.
RESOURCES FOR BUSINESSES
City of Oceanside Works Diligently to Mitigate Impacts of Governor’s Business Closures
In response to San Diego County Department of Health restrictions on indoor operations for certain business types, the City’s streamlined application process is now applicable to affected businesses such as fitness centers, hair salons, barber shops and nail salons. Please select the “commercial operations” field on the application form to apply to operate in a public right of way such as a sidewalk or public parking lot, or in an adjacent private parking lot. Businesses with adjacent private outdoor space such as a patio may remain open provided operations are restricted to outdoor only and comply with industry guidance. More details.
Small Business Stimulus Fund
San Diego County has set up a stimulus grant fund to help businesses and nonprofit entities impacted by COVID-19. Eligible businesses include private for-profit and non-profit businesses with fewer than 100 employees including sole proprietorships and independent contractors.
New Face Covering Webpage
The County of San Diego’s coronavirus-sd.com website has created a Face Coverings page to help San Diegans better understand the public health order to ensure compliance. The State of California and the County of San Diego currently requires everyone to wear face coverings anywhere you come within six feet of others, with exceptions. More details. San Diego County Face Coverings Infographic.
Message from Mayor Weiss on COVID-19 Recovery
"We are all feeling buoyed by the decreasing signs of COVID-19 in our region – the rolling average of positive cases among those tested continues to drop.
Beginning tomorrow, Oceanside beaches will be available for both active and passive uses. City Park parking lots and restrooms have reopened. More downtown parking lots have reopened.
Simultaneously, we're shifting gears to support economic resiliency in Oceanside." Read entire message.
SAFE REOPENING UPDATES
San Diego County Business Closures - 7/13/2020
The state has announced additional restrictions on indoor activities in counties on its Monitoring List, including San Diego County. The following places need to close indoor activities today:
San Diego County Health Orders Updated July 1, 2020:
Business Permitted to Reopen Starting June 19
State and County Health Officials announced that more businesses may reopen starting June 19, with safety modifications.
Businesses Open as of June 12th
State and County Health Officials announced that more business sectors may reopen starting June 12, with safety modifications.
Businesses and organizations should prepare now. More information may be found on the County website.
Reopening is based on a variety of COVID-19 trends and the capacity of the healthcare system to cope with the virus's impact on the public. If necessary, the SD County Public Health Officer could bring back restrictions to protect people's health. The County is tracking 13 specific "triggers" that could prompt modification of the Health Order. See a dashboard with current status of the measures and an explanation of the triggers. It's imperative that we all continue to practice health safety measures.
Beach Parking Lots and Pier Reopen
Beach parking lots are permitted to reopen across the County. Current beach parking permit holders are offered a rebate on their next parking permit purchase. Betty's Lot (30) remains closed due to Beachfront Improvements Project construction. The Oceanside Pier reopened Tuesday available 4:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Please practice physical distancing from others not in your household, and refrain from gathering. Face coverings are recommended. Help us keep the Pier open by following these guidelines.
Relaxed Business Regulations During COVID-19
The following options are available to Oceanside businesses to enhance business operations while State and County Health Orders related to COVID-19 are in place. Please see San Diego County's webpages for information on the safe reopening of businesses/commercial entities and specific information for restaurants/food and beverage providers. More details.
An Update on Hotels
Starting June 2, all guests at hotels open to provide COVID-19-related services need to sign a certification at check-in verifying they are staying at the hotel in compliance with the stay-at-home order. Hotels are not allowed to open for any other purposes. Learn more.
COVID-19 Industry Guidelines for Dine-In Restaurants
This document provides guidance for dine-in restaurants, brewpubs, craft distilleries, breweries, bars, pubs, and wineries to support a safe, clean environment for workers and customers. Stay current on changes to public health guidance and state/local orders as the COVID-19 situation continues. Cal/OSHA has more comprehensive guidance on their Cal/OSHA Interim General Guidelines on Protecting Workers from COVID-19 webpage. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has guidance for restaurants and the CDC has additional requirements in their guidance for businesses and employers. View document.
City of Oceanside
May 12, 2020 - Specific Guidelines for Reopening Businesses
The State estimates that 70% of the California economy has reopened. Today, the State released more specific guidelines today for readying to reopen other sectors, such as Offices (that cannot telework), malls and strip malls (for curbside/outdoor pickup), and outdoor museums. More details.
Each County in the State will be moving through the "Roadmap Stages" as they meet certain markers. San Diego County is currently in the first part of Stage 2 Reopening.
SAFE REOPENING GUIDELINES
The state has approved San Diego County to move farther into Stage 2, allowing in-person customers at restaurants and retail businesses, with modifications. Businesses need to follow guidance, complete and post safe reopening plans. More details.
Industry Specific Safe Reopening Updates from San Diego County
While Governor Newsom has announced that businesses can reopen on Friday June 12th, the Public Health Officer has begun to release some sectors. For example, Day Camps, Campgrounds, and Outdoor Recreation have been released to open now. The County website has some great resources for up-to-date industry sector guidelines. Follow the link below, click on the industry sector (will be hyperlinked in blue) and you will be taken to the guidelines. More details.
SD COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS PASS REOPENING FRAMEWORK
As the state continues implementation of the four-stage framework to allow Californians to gradually reopen some lower-risk businesses and public spaces while continuing to preserve public health, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that based on the state’s progress in meeting metrics tied to indicators, the state can begin to move into Stage 2 of modifying the stay at home order this today, with guidelines released earlier in the week. The Governor released a Report Card showing how the state has made progress in fighting COVID-19 in a number of categories such as stabilized hospitalization and ICU numbers and acquiring PPE. More details.
On Tuesday, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved a Business Safety Framework to protect employees and customers. They ask that businesses complete a plan template to be ready. More specific guidelines are expected to be released on Friday.
On Thursday, Governor Newsom cleared the way for some manufacturing, logistics, and retail businesses to reopen today. This marks California's entry into "Stage 2" of the Road Map to Recovery. "Lower risk" workplaces listed below may open as soon as today, as long as they fill out and post the San Diego County Safe Reopening Plan Template and provide it to their employees. Businesses with questions may email COVID19BusinessQuestions@sdcounty.ca.gov.
As more San Diego County businesses prepare to reopen, it is important to remember that only curbside pick-up will be allowed, and no customers should be inside the premises.
Stay Connected - Support for Businesses and Employers
The County of San Diego wants to ensure that the community is supported during the COVID-19 pandemic by providing resources and important up-to-date information. As the state is allowing certain businesses to reopen, we encourage you to stay connected with the County’s Business Sector. More details.
FEDERAL PROGRAMS & INFORMATION
Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act News Update
On June 5, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (PPPFA) in an attempt to address many concerns expressed by the small business community around the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) aimed at providing COVID-19 relief. More details.
SBA and Treasury Release Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application
The Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, released the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application and detailed instructions for the application. The form and instructions inform borrowers how to apply for forgiveness of their PPP loans, consistent with the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). SBA will also soon issue regulations and guidance to further assist borrowers as they complete their applications, and to provide lenders with guidance on their responsibilities. More details.
Business owners without employees who were rejected or never heard back are encouraged to take the COVID-19 PPP relief survey for qualification and assistance through the application process. More details.
Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan
The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. SBA San Diego District Office. More details.
For help with SBA's Disaster Loan Assistance website please contact the disaster assistance customer service center at 1-800-659-2955
Cares Act Resources from San Diego North EDC
On Tuesday the US Department of the Treasury release guidelines for the program. Click here if you are a BORROWER. Click here for the direction given to LENDERS.
For a list of SBA-approved lenders with contact information, click here. SDNEDC has several member banks who have offered to provide concierge-level service to North County small businesses. If your banker is overwhelmed, email Erik by clicking here. For a downloadable matrix of all the SBA loans and programs click here.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
What Does CARES Act Mean for Your Business?
National Small Business Town Hall Presented by Inc. and U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Find out what the federal government's coronavirus stimulus programs mean to your small business in this presentation from Inc. in partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Coronavirus Emergency Loans Guide and Checklist for Small Businesses and Nonprofits
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses and nonprofits keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program, the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to eligible organizations. Download Guide and Checklist.
SBDC Offers Assistance on SBA Disaster Loans
The North San Diego Small Business Development Center is available to assist our business community with the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans. Our goal is to help clients fill out the SBA EIDL application correctly before submitting it online. More Info.
H.R.6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act
Here's a link to the Federal legislation signed by President Trump on March 18, 2020.
U.S. Chamber Summary
The U.S. Chamber is working closely with the White House, U.S. government agencies, and foreign government officials to inform and equip businesses with the most important and up-to-date information to prevent the spread of the virus and prepare businesses for the near and long-term impact.
All employers should be implementing strategies to pr
otect their workforce from the coronavirus while ensuring continuity of operations. Download these guides created by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, which are based on information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to learn more about how employers and employees can prepare for and address the impacts of the coronavirus. More Details.
STATE OF CALIFORNIA PROGRAMS & INFORMATION
Governor Newsom Announces New Help for Small Businesses & Workers Displaced by COVID-19
The state is allowing small businesses to defer payment of sales and use taxes of up to $50,000, for up to 12 months.
CDC Small Business Finance (Loan Programs)
We know that the current situation with COVID-19 is creating challenges for small business owners. If you are a CDC Small Business Finance borrower, please know, we are all hands on deck working on ways we can provide you temporary relief as you navigate how to best support your business during this time. More Info.
Webinar: Statewide Updates for California Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19
From Friday, March 13th: Join Small Business Majority, Go-Biz, Employment Development Department (EDD) and Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) for a statewide webinar covering policy updates related to COVID-19. Learn about what the State of California and Governor Newsom are implementing to ensure public safety. More details.
California Chamber of Commerce
Podcast: COVID-19 -Top Resources for Employers
As the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, continues to spread throughout communities, state and local governments are providing wage replacement options to affected workers. There is a lot of information out there, so on today’s episode of The Workplace podcast, CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank breaks down exactly what employers need to know: what wage replacement resources are available for workers, what employers can do to minimize the spread of the virus at the office, and a comprehensive source for all relevant workplace-related coronavirus news. More Info.
Employment Development Department
Includes employee and employer resources, including Workplace Health and Safety, Reduced Work Hours, Unemployment Insurance claims and more. More details.
CITY OF OCEANSIDE PROGRAMS & INFORMATION
Oceanside City Council Approves Business Loan Program
At its April 22, 2020 meeting, the Oceanside City Council approved a $1.18 million allocation for a Business Loan Program that provides gap-funding to local small businesses whose operations have been negatively impacted by COVID-19-related health orders. Funding for the program comes from the City’s General Fund interest earnings. More Info.
City Council Votes to Temporarily Prohibit Evictions
March 26, 2020
The City of Oceanside held a Special Meeting today to consider and approve an urgency ordinance which provides for a temporary moratorium on residential and commercial evictions -- including mobile homes-- arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. Mayor Peter Weiss called for the Special Meeting following the Governor’s executive order that authorizes local governments to pause evictions for renters through May 31, 2020. More Info.
Scripps Health Message to Employers
We encourage employers to review and follow CDC Guidelines to determine planning, preparation, and response to COVID-19. Employers should encourage employees experiencing COVID-19 symptoms to call their health provider for medical advice. Hospitals will not test persons who do not exhibit COVID-19 symptoms. Guidelines for testing for COVID-19 can be found here.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers, Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations. More details.
San Diego Workforce Partnership
The San Diego Workforce Partnership issued the following as part of its COVID-19 Update for Business:If you are a business owner or HR representative for an employer considering work stoppages, layoffs or furloughs, we encourage you to submit layoff notices online or call (619) 228-2982. We will get back to you within one business day to discuss information and services that may assist impacted employees, including Unemployment Insurance information, tax assistance, Work Sharing program to avoid layoffs, financial planning, remote career services and more.
The San Diego Workforce Partnership offers resources for Employers and Workers.
California Association for Local Economic Development:
Economic Development Resources for the novel coronavirus and COVID-19 CALED recognizes that as economic developers, you are the leaders in your communities and play an important role in providing good information to help your residents and businesses feel safe. More details.
Department of Homeland Security - Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers
As the Nation comes together to slow the spread of COVID-19, on March 16th, the President issued updated Coronavirus Guidance for America. This guidance states that:
“If you work in a critical infrastructure industry, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, such as healthcare services and pharmaceutical and food supply, you
have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule.” Download PDF
Renegotiating Contracts in a Time of Crisis
Provided by Venture LLP
During this unprecedented time of the COVID-19 pandemic and the United States’ efforts to “flatten the curve,” many businesses find themselves unable to fulfill previously signed contracts that are no longer viable or for which performance of the contract has been disrupted or made excessively burdensome. Download Document.
Recovery Readiness: A How-To Guide for Reopening Your Workplace
by Cushman & Wakfield
Over the next several weeks and months, as areas stabilize from the COVID-19 pandemic and stay-at-home restrictions are lifted, organizations will begin to bring workers back into the physical workplace.
It’s already begun in some parts of the world. In fact, as of April 2020, we have helped move our own employees, and those of our clients, back into more than 800 million square feet of properties globally. Download Guide.
Hire Local Program
Tuition-free certifications for Oceanside residents to upskill and jumpstart careers. A monetary bonus awards graduates who are hired by Oceanside companies and complete at least six months of successful employment. FREE!
Coursera for Workforce Recovery
Oceanside Public Library invites unemployed, furloughed or employed part-time workers to register for free Coursera courses through December. FREE!
Commissioner Lara Issues Order Resulting in Workers’ Compensation Premium Savings for California Businesses Affected by COVID-19
Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara today issued an Order adopting emergency workers’ compensation regulations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These new regulations will mandate insurance companies to recompute premium charges for policyholders to reflect reduced risk of loss consistent with Commissioner Lara’s April 13 and May 15, 2020 Bulletins, and will result in savings for many policyholders as businesses continue to struggle financially during the COVID-19 pandemic. More details.
New Program to Assist Seniors During COVID-19
Qualified older adults can now sign up to get three free and healthy meals a day delivered to their home for a limited time through the “Great Plates Delivered” program. The initiative is a collaboration between the County of San Diego and local restaurants. The goal of the program is to help older adults who are at a higher risk of developing complications from COVID-19 avoid going out to get food. The meal delivery is scheduled to run through June 10. More details.
Temporary Employment Opportunities
Employment Opportunities in San Diego North County
Compiled by San Diego North EDC
During this time of unprecedented disruption, several businesses in North County are hiring to meet the demand of people sheltering at home and complying with state orders. More Info.
One-stop resource for the people of California impacted by job loss during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
The Recovery Fund
This infographic shares a background on the Recovery Fund and how it will make a difference for businesses across the nation.
City of Oceanside
Includes timely updates on protocols to stop the spread of the virus, including home isolation for seniors 65+, the closure of bars, nightclubs, and wineries, and limiting restaurant capacities to 50% to facilitate social distancing. More details.
Restriction Eased on Camping & More
The County revised its Health Officer Order, relaxing restrictions on recreational activities, including camping and the rentals of certain recreational equipment. Effective today, campgrounds can reopen. They will operate at 50% of their capacity and occupants of individual campsites must be members of the same household. In addition, businesses that rent recreational equipment, including bicycles, surfboards, boats, kayaks and other watercraft can reopen if, like other businesses allowed to reopen, they prepare a Safe Reopening Plan.
The City of Oceanside has reopened its beaches for limited actiivites as of April 27, 2020. More Info.
Oceanside Shopping for Seniors
The City has compiled a list of store hours dedicated for Senior shopping.
COVID Utility Service Relief Program
The City of Oceanside has created a utility service relief program for businesses that must remain closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal of the program is to support Oceanside's local business community and provide a temporary relief of water, sewer and solid waste utility services by temporarily stopping all utility services and charges. More Info.
County of San Diego
San Diego County Department of Public Health
The County is working to protect the public's health and prevent the disease from spreading locally. You can take steps to educate, protect, and prepare yourself in the event of a local outbreak. This is an emerging situation, the County will provide updated information as it becomes available. More details.
COUNTY HEALTH DEPT. ORDER UPDATED 5-1-2020
Tri-City Medical Center
Information on measures that Tri-City Medical Center is taking to protect our patients, employees and the broader community relating to COVID-19. More details.
Kaiser Permanente Covid-19 Return to Work Playbook
Kaiser Permanente has released a playbook, “Planning for the Next Normal at Work,” to guide workplaces during the COVID-19 pandemic and prepare to bring employees back to traditional work environments. As the nation’s largest nonprofit, integrated health system serving 12.4 million members, Kaiser Permanente provides health coverage to approximately 14,400 large and 74,000 small businesses. More details.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Symptoms: Call your doctor if you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice. More details.
Rapid COVID-19 Testing Kit
Are you looking for fast and effective COVID-19 testing for your employees? Our member MedRev is offering rapid COVID-19 testing to give businesses peace of mind during the pandemic. Their method is less invasive with results in just 10 minutes. Minimize the risk to employees and consumers by conducting your tests on-site in a controlled environment. Call MedRev at (888) 337-1999. More details.
Children’s Paradise Preschool & Infant Centers remain open to care for infants and preschool age children up to five years old and school age children six to twelve in its aftercare setting during the COVID-19 crisis. The schools are currently accepting new children so that families can continue to work. More Info.
As our company responds to COVID-19, the health and safety of our employees and customers remains our top priority. The work we do is critical to millions of people and companies around the world, and we’re committed to being there when our customers and colleagues need us most. Here’s how we’re responding.
San Diego Gas & Electric
SAN DIEGO, March 13, 2020 – With the coronavirus pandemic causing significant impact on the economy and people’s livelihoods, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) announced today that it will temporarily suspend service disconnections. The disconnection moratorium will remain in place until further notice. Read More.
Here are a few ways we’ve been able to provide support in this time of crisis.
Energy Upgrade California
Energy Upgrade California prides itself on reaching out to communities, non-profit organizations, and small businesses all across the state on ways they can reduce wasteful energy consumption to save money and the environment. They have put together a resourceful toolkit for small businesses. This is an excellent resource to aide virtual outreach to members on teleworking and COVID-related economic relief. View full toolkit.
Cox announced additional plans to support residential customers during the coronavirus pandemic. Cox is upgrading internet speeds for select residential packages and implementing a variety of other changes to provide support and relief for customers and communities in greatest need. More Info.
San Diego County Water Authority
The San Diego County Water Authority has issued a statement to assure the community that public water supplies in the San Diego region remain safe to drink due to numerous robust treatment processes used by local and regional water providers. More Info.
City of Oceanside City Council Meetings
The Elizabeth Hospice
The Elizabeth Hospice, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit healthcare leader, provides medical, emotional and spiritual support to children and adults facing the challenges associated with a life-threatening illness and restores hope to grieving children and adults who are feeling lost and alone.
To learn more, call 800.797.2050 or visit https://elizabethhospice.org/
American Addiction Centers
Due to social distancing, we will be hosting free online virtual 12-step AA/NA support meetings weekly: https://americanaddictioncenters.org/virtual-meetings. These sessions will be based on traditional 12-step meetings, hosted by a person in recovery, and topics or meeting types will vary based on the group’s preference.
How to Find a State-Funded Rehab Center - visit https://americanaddictioncenters.org/rehab-guide/state-funded
Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
Tax Day now July 15: Treasury, IRS extend filing deadline and federal tax payments regardless of amount owed. The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service announced on March 21st that the federal income tax filing due date is automatically extended from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020.
COVID-19 Small Business / Nonprofit Brief Legal Advice Clinic
SDVLP is offering eligible small businesses and nonprofit organizations in San Diego a free, 45-minute remote consultation with an attorney on legal issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Attorneys will provide brief legal advice on questions concerning the CARES Act, FFCRA, employment law, leases, insurance, contracts, bankruptcy, the Paycheck Protection Program, applications for financial assistance, and more. More details.
OCEANSIDE CHAMBER EMERGING ISSUES FORUM
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