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As our community contends with the developing COVID-19 crisis, the Downtown Long Beach Alliance (DLBA) is here to help. We are taking steps to ensure Downtown’s businesses and residents have all the resources necessary to weather this ever-changing situation. While the world is in flux, one thing is absolutely certain: we will continue to provide you the necessary resources to navigate these unchartered waters, and you can count on us as your go-to source of information and promotion. This page will be refreshed regularly with updated information crucial to local business owners, residents and Downtown stakeholders.

As our community contends with the developing COVID-19 crisis, the Downtown Long Beach Alliance (DLBA) is here to help. We are taking steps to ensure Downtown’s businesses and residents have all the resources necessary to weather this ever-changing situation. While the world is in flux, one thing is absolutely certain: we will continue to provide you the necessary resources to navigate these unchartered waters, and you can count on us as your go-to source of information and promotion. This page will be refreshed regularly with updated information crucial to local business owners, residents and Downtown stakeholders.

Resources

Last updated 3:38 P.M. PST on 10/23/2020

For Businesses (Guidelines, Access to Capital, Workforce and Labor Assistance, & Technical Assistance)

 

Businesses are an integral part of our Downtown community, and they are facing unprecedented challenges as this pandemic unfolds. The DLBA has compiled the resources below to serve as a guidepost regarding updated government regulations, economic assistance and health guidelines for businesses. Check back regularly for new information or subscribe to our weekly Business Resource Newsletter here:

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Guidelines

  • Effective 10/23, personal care services businesses may reopen indoors with 6 feet of distancing between individuals. When a worker must come closer than 6 feet to customers or co-workers, a second face covering in addition to a mask is required.
  • Effective 10/5:
  • 9/2: Updates to the City Health order include:
    • Salons and barbershops in Long Beach may begin indoor operations so long as they do not exceed 25% of total capacity.
    • Retail stores must limit indoor operations to 25% of facility capacity.
  • As of 7/24, the following business types in Long Beach may not operate indoors per order of the State of California. Bars must remain closed.
    • Family Entertainment Centers
    • Fitness Centers
    • Malls
    • Movie Theaters
    • Museums, zoos and aquariums
    • Offices for Non-Critical Sectors
    • Personal Care Services
    • Restaurants, wineries, tasting rooms
  • Downtown businesses wishing to expand their operations outdoors should review this City Fact Sheet, which includes step-by-step instructions.
  • Businesses must adhere to City of Long Beach Physical Distancing Protocols.
  • The State of California requires the use of masks in indoor public places and in outdoor public spaces when social distancing is not possible. Click here to read the complete guidelines. In Long Beach, one-way valve masks are banned.
  • The City of Long Beach has waived any penalties related to business license and health fees issued between March 16, 2020 to October 31, 2020. Until further notice, penalties will begin to accrue after October 31, 2020.  For more information, business owners can email lbbiz@longbeach.gov or call 562-570-6211. Learn more here.
  • 3/28: The City of Long Beach has put additional rules in place related to business operations in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Businesses not in compliance with the rules are now subject to administrative citations. (http://longbeach.gov/press-releases/amendments-to-city-of-long-beach-safer-at-home-health-order/)
  • The City of Long Beach is encouraging businesses to voluntarily comply with the Safe At Home order and has issued an explanation of potential enforcement methods for non-compliant businesses.
  • The City of Long Beach has launched a COVID-19 hotline for businesses: 562-570-4BIZ.
  • The California Department of Alcohol and Beverage Control has eased restrictions on alcohol sales to help associated businesses impacted by COVID-19 regulations.

Access to Capital

  • The Funding Finder online database provides information to small businesses about COVID-19 relief programs in their area.
  • The Long Beach Small Business Transition and Technology Grant Program provides business grants funded by the CARES Act. Two grant types are available (see below). Click here to apply.
    • Working Capital Grants of up to $5,000 for rent, inventory, payroll, PPE, furnitures, fixtures, and equipment.
    • Technology Grants of up to $2,000 for tech solutions that help business safely operate and transition to digital services.

    The Small Business Restart Grant Program (SBR Grant) provides grant funding to Long Beach businesses affected by damage or theft due to the unrest on May 31. Applicants are eligible for up to $10,000 in SBR Grant funding. Grants are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants must complete the Business Damage Assessment Form, and they will then be contacted by City staff with instructions on how to apply. The grant amount will be based on supporting documentation that illustrates the extent of damages.

  • The City of Long Beach Emergency Microloan Program offers low-interest loans to businesses and 501c3 nonprofits with five employees or fewer. Loan amounts range from $2,500 to $10,000. Loan proceeds can be used on business expenses, such as payroll costs, rent, supplies, utilities and more. Funding is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here to learn more.
  • 7/13: Long Beach City Council approved a spending plan for the City’s Coronavirus Relief Fund allocation from the State of California, including $6,750,000 to support grants for small businesses and non-profits, materials needed for economic recovery, economic inclusion and equity programs, and the City’s Open Streets Initiative. The City is in the process of preparing application materials for each funding opportunity. Those interested in applying are asked to complete the CARES Act Interest Form.
  • The Long Beach Economic Partnership has launched its second wave of grants for small businesses impacted by COVID-19. To qualify, applicants must not have received other government assistance. Selected small businesses will receive microgrants of $500 as well as access to cash flow, budget and loan application training, and one-on-one business counseling. Click here to learn more.
  • The deadline to apply to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program, has been extended to August 8.
  • The U.S. Small Business Administration is accepting applications for its Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance Program.
  • City of Long Beach’s Small Business Restart Grant Program provides emergency relief to small businesses impacted by theft or vandalism on May 31, 2020. Grants of $1,000-$2,000 each are available, and funds are limited. Click here for details and to apply.
  • The L.A. Regional COVID-19 Recovery Fund provides grants to small businesses, entrepreneurs, and nonprofits experiencing impacts due to the pandemic. Small businesses and nonprofits may apply for grants of up to $15,000, while entrepreneurs may apply for grants of up to $5,000.
  • The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) is allowing small business taxpayers to enter into 12-month interest-free payment plans for up to $50,000 of sales-and-use tax liability. This is effectively an immediate interest-free loan to small businesses.
  • Kiva Long Beach offers 0% interest loans through its fundraising platform.

Workforce and Labor Assistance

Technical Assistance

  • The State of California has partnered with industry-leading companies to launch a website, ShopSafeShopLocal, that connects small business owners to tools and resources related to shipping, operations, online marketing, and more.
  • Quantgene, a Santa Monica-based firm, is offering customized COVID-19 plans to businesses. Components include risk assessments, guidance training, COVID-19 testing solutions, ongoing health and safety monitoring, and more. Please note, this is a paid service. Click here to download details. For more information, contact Rachel Strohmeyer at rachel@quantgene.com or 951-775-0607.
  • The City of Long Beach is providing free downloadable posters for businesses to print and post to inform their customers and employees about best health and safety practices.
  • Local business Minuteman Press created Bounce Back Long Beach, an initiative offering a free local advertising forum for businesses, as well as a free printed COVID-19 awareness and prevention poster.
  • The Small Business Development Center is holding daily 3 p.m. webinars regarding the Economic Injury Disaster Loan and the Paycheck Protection Program.
  • The Small Business Development Center is ready to advise business owners on COVID-19 related matters, and offers a full slate of webinars on topics related to business strategy.
  • The Long Beach Economic Development Department has created a COVID-19 resource page for businesses and employees outlining regulations, economic resources and more.
  • The California International Trade Center has compiled a list of resources useful to small businesses whose operations rely upon global trade.
For Workers

Pacific Gateway has launched an online portal to connect hourly job seekers with local employers.

Pacific Gateway offers job search assistance and career development resources. Its WorkPlace job center at 4801 Airport Plaza Dr. remains open.

The State of California’s Employment Development Department has provided guidance on what workers impacted by COVID-19 can do if they are:

  • Sick or quarantined
  • Unable to work while caring for an ill or quarantined family member
  • Missing work due to school closures
  • Experiencing reduced work hours
  • Self-employed
For Residents & Parents

Guidelines & General Updates

  • Beginning August 14, Pine Avenue is being closed to vehicular traffic between 1st to 3rd Street to accommodate outdoor dining and other activities allowed under the current City’s health order. Learn more about the closure here and through the City of Long Beach’s website here.  
  • Beginning July 31, the City of Long Beach is requiring all healthcare facilities to provide COVID-19 testing to symptomatic individuals. Click here for details.
  • 7/2: The Long Beach CARES Emergency Rental Assistance program is now accepting applications. Click here to learn more and apply.
  • 7/1: A revised City Health Order bans the use of one-way valve masks.
  • The State of California now requires the use of masks in indoor public places and in outdoor public spaces when social distancing is not possible. Click here to read the complete guidelines.
  • 6/19: Revised City Health Order
  • The City of Long Beach is allowing residents to appeal parking citations due to COVID-19-related impacts through July 5.
  • 5/27: The City of Long Beach announced that places of worship, retail and offices may open with certain restrictions. Learn more here, and read the full health order here. 
  • 5/11: Under new guidance from the City of Long Beach, the following public spaces are now open to use with proper physical distancing protocols: public trails, golf courses, the beach bike/pedestrian path, tennis courts, disc golf, archery, park parking lots.
  • L.A. County has created a web page explaining guidelines for COVID-19 testing and locations where eligible persons may be tested.
  • Effective March 19, all California residents must stay home except to obtain or conduct necessary services/activities.
  • The County of Los Angeles issued its own guidelines, which largely align with those of the state government.

Financial Protections 

Service Announcements

Educational & Family Resources

Other

  • The State of California’s COVID-19 resource website includes a page dedicated to mental and emotional health resources, including hotlines and free services.
  • The website LB Mini Markets lists restaurants, by neighborhood, that are now offering market items for sale.

 

For Senior Citizens & Homebound Individuals

Long Beach Senior Centers will remain open with limited services to ensure we support our most vulnerable community only with appropriate social distancing. 

  • The Great Plates Delivered program offers free meal delivery to adults 65 years or older, and to those aged 60-64 with medical conditions. The program is ongoing through July 10. Click here to learn more and apply.
  • Meals on Wheels Long Beach provides home-delivered meals to residents who are unable to cook or shop for themselves and who live alone.
  • Seniors (60+), individuals with disabilities, and dependent adults can now receive FREE 24/7 delivery of groceries & other necessities through LA County’s Critical Delivery Service.
  • Long Beach Senior Center (1150 E. 4th St.) will remain open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. for cafe and lunch service only.
  • Senior lunches also will be served at the following sites from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with appropriate social distancing:
    • Cesar Chavez Park (401 Golden Ave.)
    • El Dorado Park West (2800 N. Studebaker Rd.)
    • Expo Center (4321 Atlantic Ave.)
    • McBride Park (1500 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.)
    • Ramona Park (3301 E. 65th St.)
    • Silverado Park (1545 W. 31st St.)
  • The California Department of Aging offers tips to help seniors stay healthy and safe, and to connect them with the services they need.
  • Learn the basics from this City of Long Beach factsheet for seniors.
For Individuals Experiencing Homelessness
Additional Resources & FAQ

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Curious about where Long Beach City Council Candidates Cindy Allen and Robert Fox stand on the issues? Read the 2nd installment of DLBA’s 2-part Q&A with the 2nd District candidates here – and be sure to vote on (or before) Nov 3!
Learn more: https://bit.ly/3e2cNO4

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Register here: http://bit.ly/november1mc

The DLBA is creating an email notification system to keep residents, businesses, and property owners informed about situations affecting the DTLB area, including planned demonstrations, road closures, civil unrest, and emergencies.

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