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As California moves towards allowing businesses to safely reopen, we are here to help! On this page, you will find the latest government guidelines, recommendations, resources, and other tools to ensure employers and employees are able to return to work safely and informed.

This page will be regularly updates as new information becomes available.

 

Before reopening your business for normal operations, the CDC has outlined a list of considerations and best practices to protect your business from liability and to ensure a safe reopening for both your customers and employees.
  • Comply with any of the Governor’s Executive Orders that are in effect.
  • Know the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and what to do if employees develop symptoms at the workplace.
  • Understand how COVID-19 is transmitted from one person to another—namely, through coughing, sneezing, talking, touching, or via objects touched by someone with the virus.
  • Make health and safety a priority by implementing safeguards to protect employees and the public.
  • Determine which safeguards are recommended or are required based on the Federal and state guidelines, including sector-specific guidance.
  • Reduce unnecessary close physical contact (a physical distance of less than (6) six feet between people).
  • Identify positions appropriate for telework or partial telework, including consideration of telework for employees who are at higher risk for severe COVID-19 complications due to underlying medical conditions identified by the CDC.
  • Stagger or rotate work schedules or shifts at worksites to ensure employees are able to sufficiently maintain physical distancing.
  • Consider modifying employee schedules and travel.
  • Limit non-essential work travel.
  • Be aware of protected leave requirements and plan ahead for any anticipated workforce adjustments.
  • Implement workplace safeguards as feasible or when required.
  • Implement physical distancing measures consistent with the Governor’s Executive Orders and state guidance.
  • Increase physical space between workers. This may include modifications such as markings on the floor demonstrating appropriate spacing or installing plexiglass shields, tables, or other barriers to block airborne particles and maintain distances.
  • Review and follow any sector-specific guidance issued by the state that recommends or requires specific physical distancing measures.
  • Restrict the use of any shared items or equipment and require disinfection of equipment between uses.
  • Reinforce that meticulous hand hygiene (frequent and proper handwashing) is of utmost importance for all employees. Ensure that soap and water or alcohol-based (60-95%) hand sanitizer is provided in the workplace. Consider staging additional handwashing facilities and hand sanitizer for employees (and customer use, if applicable) in and around the workplace.
  • Regularly disinfect commonly touched surfaces (workstations, keyboards, telephones, handrails, doorknobs, etc.), as well as high traffic areas and perform other environmental cleanings.
  • Consider upgrades to facilities that may reduce exposure to the coronavirus, such as notouch faucets and hand dryers, increasing fresh-air ventilation and filtration or disinfection of recirculated air, etc.
  • Consider touchless payment methods when possible and if needed.
PREPARING EMPLOYEES
  • Employers may encourage or require employee use of cloth or disposable face coverings as indicated by sector-specific guidance. If employers require the use of cloth face coverings, employers must provide cloth or disposable face coverings for employees.
  • Restrict non-essential meetings and conduct meetings virtually as much as possible.
  • Limit the number of employees gathering in shared spaces.
  • Consider regular health checks (e.g., temperature and respiratory symptom screening) if job-related and consistent with business necessity.
  • Train all employees in safety requirements and expectations at physical worksites.
  • Be aware of federal and state protected leave and paid leave laws (if applicable) and requirements for health insurance coverage.
  • Advise employees to stay home and notify the employer when sick.
  • Healthcare provider documentation is generally not required to qualify under federal and state leave laws due to COVID-19 related circumstances or to return to work.
SICK LEAVE
  • Ensure that sick leave policies are flexible and consistent with public health guidance and that employees are aware of and understand these policies.
  • Maintain flexible policies that permit employees to stay home to care for a sick family member or take care of children due to school and childcare closures.
  • Additional flexibilities might include giving advances on future sick leave and allowing employees to donate sick leave to each other.
  • Employers that do not currently offer sick leave to some or all of their employees may want to draft non-punitive "emergency sick leave" policies.
  • Employees who have symptoms (i.e., fever, cough, or shortness of breath) should notify their supervisor and stay home.
  • Sick employees should follow CDC-recommended steps. Employees should not return to work until the criteria to discontinue home isolation are met, in consultation with healthcare providers and state and local health departments.
  • Employers should not require a positive COVID-19 test result or a healthcare provider’s note for employees who are sick to validate their illness, qualify for sick leave, or to return to work. Healthcare provider offices and medical facilities may be extremely busy and not able to provide such documentation in a timely manner.
  • Employees who are well but who have a sick family member at home with COVID-19 should notify their supervisor and follow CDC recommended precautions.
WHAT POLICIES MAY BE IMPACTED OR NEED TO BE CHANGED DUE TO THE PANDEMIC? You will need to implement measures to ensure the health and safety of your employees but may also need to change other policies and practices to accommodate the new normal. A thorough analysis of existing policies should be undertaken to include adjustments made for recent legislation. Some of the policies may include:
  • Attendance;
  • Vacation/Paid Time Off;
  • Remote work;
  • Work hours, including start/stop time, breaks, lunch times, flexible hours, and staggered work hours;
  • Timekeeping including clock in/out procedures;
  • Leave policies including sick leave;
  • Travel policies including business and personal travel; and
  • Information technology and usage.

For a comprehensive FAQ outlining the labor law complexities, check out Fisher Phillips "Post-Pandemic Back-To-Business FAQs For Employers"
Davis, Wright, Tremaine LLP have created a guide for employers, "Reopening California: A Guide for Employers", that provides an overview of new and key HR issues, considerations employers must make, options employers may have, and a brief summary of new substantive laws or standards.

DISTANCING AND OCCUPANCY
  • Determine maximum occupancy to maintain physical distancing requirements and limit number of customers on premises accordingly.
  • Ensure tables are spaced at least six (6) feet apart so that at least six (6) feet between parties is maintained, including when customers approach or leave tables.
  • Businesses will need to determine seating configuration to comply with these physical distancing requirements.
  • Remove or restrict seating to facilitate the requirement of at least six (6) feet of physical distance between people not in the same party.
  • If booth seating is back-to-back, only use every other booth.
  •  Limit parties to 10 people or fewer. Do not combine parties/guests at shared seating situations who have not chosen to congregate together. People in the same party seated at the same table do not have to be six (6) feet apart.
  • If a business is unable to maintain at least six (6) feet of distance, except for brief interactions (for example, to deliver food to a table), it may operate only as pick up/to go service. This applies to both indoor and outdoor seating.
EMPLOYEES
  • Minimize employee bare-hand contact with food through use of utensils.
  • Reinforce that meticulous hand hygiene (frequent and proper handwashing) is of utmost importance for all employees, including chefs, line cooks and waitstaff.
  • Have employees wear gloves when performing cleaning, sanitizing, or disinfecting activities.
  • If businesses choose to have employees use gloves, they must provide non-latex gloves and employees must prevent cross-contamination by replacing gloves after touching faces or changing tasks (e.g., food preparation versus taking out garbage).
  • Require all employees to wear cloth, paper or disposable face coverings. Businesses must provide cloth, paper or disposable face covering for employees.

For a complete List of Protocols for Restaurants Opening of On-Sure Dining from the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health, click here.
The City of Los Angeles has a released a toolkit for the Los Angeles Restaurants and Bars industry to plan for the safety of employees and customers.
BEST PRACTICES
  • Store management should determine maximum occupancy to maintain at least six (6) feet of physical distancing.
  • Limit the number of customers in the retail store and focus on maintaining at least six (6) feet of distance between people and employees in the store, considering areas of the store prone to crowding (like aisles) and limit admittance accordingly.
  • Post clear signs (available at healthoregon.org/coronavirus) listing COVID-19 symptoms, asking employees and customers with symptoms to stay home, and listing who to contact if they need assistance.
  • Use signs to encourage physical distancing.
  • Frequently clean and sanitize work areas, high-traffic areas, and commonly touched surfaces in both customer/public and employee areas of store. Wipe down changing room doorknobs, walls, and seating between each customer use.
  • Require all employees to wear cloth, paper, or disposable face coverings. Businesses must provide cloth, paper, or disposable face coverings for employees.

The City of Los Angeles has created a document to provide guidance for Los Angeles retail businesses to prepare for and effectively manage the safety of employees and customers as they resume or expand operations in the context of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to see full plan.
Check out the State's General Checklist for Retail Employers
The State of California has released a toolkit for Retail Industry Guidance, please make sure to compare with the County and City's guidelines to ensure full compliance.
CLIENT SCREENING 
  • Contact client prior to appointment and ask:
    • Have you had a cough?
    • Have you had a fever?
    • Have you had shortness of breath?
    • Have you been in close contact with anyone with these symptoms or anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
  • Reschedule an appointment if client answers “yes” to any of the questions above until client’s symptoms have been resolved, and fever has been resolved without medication for at least 72 hours, or at least 14 days after contact with a person sick with cough, fever, or diagnosed COVID-19.
  • Review information about how COVID-19 is spread from one person to another: namely, through coughing, sneezing, touching, or via objects touched by someone with the virus.
  • Record client contact information, date and time of appointment and provider for each client. If there is a positive COVID-19 case associated with the business, public health may need the business to provide this information for a contact tracing investigation. Unless otherwise required, this information may be destroyed after 60 days from the appointment.
BEST OPERATION PRACTICES
  • Immediately send home any employee with COVID-19 like symptoms (cough, fever, shortness of breath, etc.) and not allow the employee to return to work until at least 72 hours after fever and other symptoms have resolved without medication.
  • Determine the maximum occupancy of the business to maintain at least six (6) feet of physical distancing between clients and limit admittance accordingly.
  • Limit the overall number of providers and clients in the business (including waiting areas) at any one time and focus on maintaining at least six (6) feet of physical distance between people in the facility except when required to provide services such as massage, haircuts, etc.
  • Have clients wait in their car or outside to be contacted when the provider is ready for the appointment.
  • Limit visits to scheduled appointments. Provide curbside pick-up arranged ahead of time for product purchases outside of scheduled service appointments.
  • Assign one provider per client throughout the encounter.
  • Ensure at least six (6) feet of physical distance between pairs of providers/clients. If necessary, use a limited number of stations and stagger shifts to adhere to physical distance requirements. Maintain at least six (6) feet of distance between provider and client unless providing service that requires provider to be within six (6) feet of client.
  • Post clear signs listing COVID-19 symptoms, asking employees and clients with symptoms to stay home, and who to contact if they need assistance.
  • Remove all unnecessary items such as magazines, newspapers, service menus, and any other unnecessary items such as paper products, snacks, and beverages.
  • Provide training, educational materials (available at healthoregon.org/coronavirus), and reinforcement on proper sanitation, handwashing, cough and sneeze etiquette, and using other protective equipment and measures to all employees.
  • Ensure break rooms are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected and that employees do not congregate in them.
  • Thoroughly clean restroom facilities at least once daily and ensure adequate sanitary supplies (soap, toilet paper, hand sanitizer) throughout the day.

Check out the City of LA's complete toolkit for Barbershops and Hair Salons.  
EMPLOYEE AND GUEST HEALTH
  • Washing Hands & Hand Sanitizer: CDC guidelines shall govern the duty of all hotel employees to engage in frequent hand washing and use of hand sanitizer. As available, dispensers shall be placed at key guest and employee entrances and contact areas. At a minimum, this will include lobby reception areas and employee entrances.
  • Signage: During all times in which the usage of masks is recommended by the CDC and/or other local health authorities, health and hygiene reminders shall be placed at high-traffic areas on property, including the front lobby area at a minimum, indicating the proper way to wear, handle and dispose of masks. Signage shall be posted at a minimum in the employee break room and cafeteria, and other areas employees frequently enter or exit. Signage will remind employees of the proper way to wear, handle and dispose masks, use gloves, wash hands, sneeze and to avoid touching their faces.
  • Employee & Guest Health Concerns: Responding swiftly and reporting to local health officials any presumed cases of COVID-19 at the hotel property shall be a staff-wide requirement. Employees exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 shall remain or return home. While at work, employees who notice a coworker or guest exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 shall immediately contact a manager. At a minimum, hotels shall follow CDC guidelines for employers and businesses, including instructing employees to self-isolate for the required amount of time, as defined by the CDC, from the onset of symptoms and be symptom-free for at least three days without medication.

The City of Los Angeles has released a comprehensive toolkit for Hotels
County Protocol for Reopening Hotels


The CDC has issued a decision-tree guideline for when general offices and restaurants/bars are allowed to fully reopen. Workplace Decision Tree Restaurants and Bars Decision Tree
  • Governor Newsom has issued a 4 stage Resilience Roadmap for Reopening California. Having a clear understanding of each stage and knowing what stage LA County is in can help your business prepare for reopening.
  • Before reopening, all California 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 needing to self-isolate because of COVID-19 are encouraged to stay at home, with sick leave policies to support that, to prevent further infection in your workplace. See additional information on government programs supporting sick leave and worker’s compensation for COVID-19. CHECK OUT THE STATE'S INDUSTRY SPECIFIC GUIDELINES
  • The County of Los Angeles Public Health Department has issued it's own Roadmap to Recovery  to deal with the County's unique risks and control of the pandemic.
  • The County is regularly updating a list of businesses that are allowed to re-open, listed by date Click Here to Learn More.
  • After the State of California set minimum standards for local jurisdictions, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued safety protocols that are required for all businesses operating within the City of Los Angeles. The County’s required protocols are available for download HERE. Businesses should follow these protocols and directives. Additionally, the City of Los Angeles developed Safer L.A. Toolkits to support businesses operating safely.

CDC GUIDELINES FOR BEST CLEANING AND DISINFECTING PRACTICES Clean
  • Wear disposable gloves to clean and disinfect.
  • Clean surfaces using soap and water, then use disinfectant.
  • Cleaning with soap and water reduces number of germs, dirt and impurities on the surface. Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces.
  • Practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces.
  • More frequent cleaning and disinfection may be required based on level of use.
  • Surfaces and objects in public places, such as shopping carts and point of sale keypads should be cleaned and disinfected before each use.
  • High touch surfaces include: Tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks, etc.

Disinfect
  • Recommend use of EPA-registered household disinfectant.
  • Follow the instructions on the label to ensure safe and effective use of the product.
  • Many products recommend:Keeping surface wet for a period of time (see product label).
  • Precautions such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product.
  • Always read and follow the directions on the label to ensure safe and effective use.
  • Wear skin protection and consider eye protection for potential splash hazards
  • Ensure adequate ventilation
  • Use no more than the amount recommended on the label
  • Use water at room temperature for dilution (unless stated otherwise on the label)
  • Avoid mixing chemical products
  • Label diluted cleaning solutions
  • Store and use chemicals out of the reach of children and pets
  • You should never eat, drink, breathe or inject these products into your body or apply directly to your skin as they can cause serious harm. Do not wipe or bathe pets with these products or any other products that are not approved for animal use.
See EPA’s 6 steps for Safe and Effective Disinfectant
Additional considerations for employers
  • Educate workers performing cleaning, laundry, and trash pick-up to recognize the symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Provide instructions on what to do if they develop symptoms within 14 days after their last possible exposure to the virus.
  • Develop policies for worker protection and provide training to all cleaning staff on site prior to providing cleaning tasks.
  • Training should include when to use PPE, what PPE is necessary, how to properly don (put on), use, and doff (take off) PPE, and how to properly dispose of PPE.
  • Ensure workers are trained on the hazards of the cleaning chemicals used in the workplace in accordance with OSHA’s Hazard Communication standard (29 CFR 1910.1200).
  • Comply with OSHA’s standards on Bloodborne Pathogens (29 CFR 1910.1030), including proper disposal of regulated waste, and PPE (29 CFR 1910.132).
Below is a list of Hollywood Chamber members that are supplying businesses with much needed marketing and printing resources at this time. Crush Crush Promos               (424) 634-2779                http://crushcrushpromos.com Inkenctric                                  (818) 885-0831                http://www.inkcentric.com Great Impact                            1-855-777-2226              http://www.greatimpactinc.com World's Greatest Promotional Stuff  (818) 705-8121   http://www.worldsgreateststuff.com The Sign Depot                         (956) 802-9541               http://www.thesigndepot.com Hollywood Signs and Branding (800) 413-7446            http://www.HollywoodBranding.com
The U.S. Chamber has launched a new Business Reopening Digital Resources Center, which provides state-specific guidances, industry-specific information, small business reopening advice, a standard employee screening questionnaire, and more.

As a result of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief & Economic Security (CARES) Act, the Federal Reserve has created the Main Street Lending Program to provide a total of $600 billion in financing for small and medium-sized businesses that were in sound financial condition before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. While the program’s start date has yet to be announced, here’s what you need to know to check eligibility and get ready to apply. Learn More. Check out the U.S. Chamber's quick eligibility and borrower criteria.
Under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) created by the CARES Act, loans may be forgiven if borrowers use the proceeds to maintain their payrolls and pay other specified expenses. The Treasury Department and Small Business Administration recently released the application form and instructions for loan forgiveness. The forgiveness forms, instructions, and worksheets can be downloaded here.

Resources for Keeping Your Business Safe

Hollywood business owners across the county have been hit hard in recent months.This week, we’ve witnessed some organized peaceful protests  throughout Hollywood. However, as it grew later and many of the protesters dispersed to abide by the citywide curfew, there were groups of people that began to cause a considerable amount of damage to our businesses throughout Hollywood.
We hope that all businesses stay safe! We’ve assembled a few resources businesses can use to protect their assets during periods of unrest.
  1. Assess your property for vulnerabilities
  2. Remove valuables and money from premises
  3. Do not attempt to handle looters on your own

Storefront Board-Up Resources

Below are a list storefront board-up companies in case you need to protect your business.

Board-Ups Unlimited
https://www.boardupsunlimited.com/
818.368.9008

AAA Board-Up, Inc.
https://www.aaaboardupinc.com/
626.222.9001

Los Angeles 24/7 Board-Up Service
https://los-angeles-247-board-up-service.business.site/
301.857.5001

ASAP Board-Up
https://asap-board-up.business.site/
424.781.8985

Pro Board-Up
https://proboardup.com/
323.831.0241

The Board-Up Company
http://www.theboardupcompany.com/
818.859.5423

Emergency Board-Up Services
https://lacpp.com/emergency-board-up-services-los-angeles/
213.804.7437

Hollywood Board-Up Company
http://hollywoodboardupservices.com/
213. 537.8713

Graffiti Removal 

The Hollywood Partnership and the Los Angeles Beautification team have generously provided help in removing graffiti from public and private property in Hollywood.

For those property owners and business owners that would like to get to work on their own buildings, they’ve provided a comprehensive guide of removal best practices.

Graffiti Removal Tip Sheet

Financial Assistance 

JFLA -JFLA is offering interest-free loans up to $18,000 to all residents of Los Angeles or Ventura County. Two guarantors are required.Funds can be used for debris cleanup, graffiti removal, construction needs, inventory replacement and more.

MICAH TEST COLUMNS

This is an unprecedented time for our local businesses, that is why we have compiled a list of businesses that are open and need our support. 

If you are a member business that is open and has been affected by COVID-19, click below to email us so we can highlighting you in an upcoming e-blast or on social media.

EMAIL US



RESTAURANTS OPEN FOR TAKE OUT OR DELIVERY

Miss dining out? Home cooking getting boring? Try out one of these delicious Hollywood restaurants for takeout or delivery. 


800 Degrees Pizza

Neapolitan-style pizza made-for-you!


Alwazir Chicken

Family-owned eatery known for rotisserie chicken with garlic sauce, plus other Middle Eastern fare. Why eat frozen food when you can get all this flavor delivered to your door? Call in your order or order directly online for Take-Out or Delivery!


APL Restaurant

Ready to serve you our heart-warming and delicious dishes. Please continue to support us as we want to stay open for you! #toosmalltofail #spreadtheword.


Black Canvas Coffee

We make each cup and prepare each bite with simplicity and courtesy.


Black Cat BBQ

Specializes in bringing the finest smoked meats and Southern comfort food to the people of Southern California


Bubba Gump Shrimp

Boasting creative seafood dishes inspired straight from the movie Forrest Gump.


Buffalo Wild Wings

Bring home traditional or boneless wings and fries!


Crispy Crust

Their menu includes a variety of delivery specials, buffalo wings, fresh garden salads and, of course, oven fresh pizzas!


Delicious Pizza Cafe

We serve breakfast all day everyday at #DeliciousPizzaHollywood! Try our delicious Breakfast Pizzas!


D’s Dubai Sauce Modern Grill

The restaurant is a Mediterranean Grill that is jam-packed with the Middle Eastern flavors that you will love!


Dunkin’ Donuts

Fresh-brewed beverages & tasty snacks plus everything in between.


Fabiolus Cucina

Enjoy our authentic homemade Italian food!


Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop

Gourmet fast-casual restaurant serving up healthy and tasteful dishes from salads and juices to starters and entrees. Serving breakfast & brunch, lunch, dinner, snacks, juices & shakes!


Gwen

A Specialty Butcher Shop and Restaurant by brothers Curtis and Luke Stone.


Hollywood Burger

Offers a fresh take on the classic American burger, but we’re kickin’ it up a notch and taking it Hollywood-style! Using only the freshest ingredients that are sourced locally whenever possible, we have a talent for gourmet-style burgers at honest prices.


Hollywood Chick-fil-A

We are #openfordelivery and ready to serve you. From our door to yours, it’s always our pleasure!


Hoy’s Wok

Providing made to order fresh Chinese food is our specialty in our community. Order take out today through our website and you’ll receive our limited edition tote bag!


Jersey Mike’s Subs

We are open for take-out and delivery orders! Place an order for FREE delivery or pickup through our app. Orders can also be placed through third party delivery services and over the phone.


Kitchen24

From breakfast staples to creative cocktails, this buzzy upscale diner serves comfort classics 24/7.


L’ Antica Pizzeria Da Michele

Yes… this is a thing! Make your own #DaMicheleHollywood pasta kits now available for pickup and delivery. Call us at 323.366.2408 or email orders@damicheleusa.com to arrange logistics.


LONO Hollywood

Old school Tiki bar with tropical-themed food and shareable punch bowls.


Maggiano’s Little Italy

The recipes were simple, authentic classics, many of them coaxed out of Italian grandmothers, mothers, and aunts whose ideas of a recipe were a pinch of this and a sprinkle of that.


McDonald’s

McDonald’s has been dedicated to serving quality food and quick service at an affordable price for our customers.


Mel’s Drive

Haven for locals and tourists alike to enjoy a little slice of Hollywood history and a hearty helping of Mels finest burgers, shakes and hospitality.


Miceli’s Restaurants, Inc

Home of the singing waiters and waitresses. We will serenade you with Italian arias, musical show tunes, classical standards. For the meantime we are open for pickup & delivery only.


PALEY

We are excited to announce our Paley. Limited Menu available for pick up, or delivery through Uber Eats, Grub Hub, or Postmates! Monday – Friday 12pm – 7pm.


Shakey’s Pizza Parlor

Order pizza, chicken wings, and mojos online: delivery & pickup. Find Shakey’s Pizza restaurant location near you, view menu. Get pizza coupons and specials!


Spitz Restaurant

Order from our Spitz App or www.spitzrestaurant.com. Please help support us and our staff as we get through these difficult times. All food is handled according to CDC guidelines and can be delivered via contactless delivery. Thank you and stay safe!


Tocaya Organica

Versatile menu is rooted in traditional Mexican recipes and naturally accommodates a variety of preferences including vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free.


Yamashiro Hollywood

We have created an accessible take-away menu for pick up or delivery available daily between 12-9pm. Check out our link in bio for more information. Stay well Los Angeles!


City Fare

We offer full-service catering with an extensive menu and impeccable staff to handle your special occasion.
PDF  Corporate Menu

PDF  Individual Box Menu

PDF  Individual Hot Box Menu


Crateful Caterers

Delivering your ready-to-eat meals, vacuum-sealed to keep for the whole week!
Every meal is made with immune-boosting ingredients, full of nutrients, healthy for the whole family!


May Catering

Delivering healthy meals!


Other Businesses


Arena Cinelounge

Premier boutique art house cinema located in the heart of Hollywood!


CrushCrush Promos

Your one-stop shop for promotional products and business gifts. Our extensive range of promo products will ensure you find something to suit your requirements.


Hollywood Sign & Branding

Your one-stop shop for Signs, Embroidered & Custom Apparel, Swag, Trade Show Support, and business gifts.


Inkcentric

Let us make your next printing project easy and hassle-free. We have the capabilities and experience to create an exceptional finished product.


LA Internet Marketing Agency

Los Angeles Internet Marketing Agency is built ground floor up to deliver a comprehensive suite of Website Design and Internet Marketing services that empower your business to thrive in this modern internet era.


Mickey Hargitay Plants

Our professional technicians monitor your plants’ watering, feeding, trimming, pruning and cleaning needs.


NewFilmmakers LA

Showcase innovative works by emerging filmmakers from around the world, providing the Los Angeles community of entertainment professionals and film goers with a constant surge of monthly screening events.


See LA Farmers Market

The Market hosts farmers, producers and food artisans who specialize in every crop that’s grown seasonally around the state and a large variety of culinary perspectives and practices from around the globe.


Step and Repeat

Creates highest quality backdrops and media walls for VIP events and specialized in red carpet displays.


Story Blaster

Storyblaster was founded by three acclaimed creative entrepreneurs who have a unique mix of critical and commercial success in software creation and delivery, social media marketing, and all aspects of storytelling and story selling.


The Sign Depot

Experts in full color graphics, utilizing state-of- art printers, routers and cutters.


Temporarily Closed Restaurants


Beauty & Essex


BIBIBOP Asian Grill


Blu Jam Cafe


BurgerIM Hollywood


Cabo Cantina


Dave & Buster's


Duidough Cafe


Food & Bounty Inc


Found Oyster LLC


Good Greek Grill


Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood


Hollywood Karnevil LLC


Hunter & Charlie's


Jameson's Irish Pub


Kota Ramen


Lucky Strike


Off Vine Restaurant


Pig 'N Whistle


Pink's Hot Dogs


Public Kitchen & Bar


Rao's Hollywood


Rockwell Table & Stage


Superba Food + Bread


The Academy of Magical Arts


The Breakfast Club


The Musso & Frank Grill


Wood & Vine


President’s Message: COVID-19

Dear Hollywood Chamber Members and Community Leaders, 

It is with a heavy heart that I write this message as we are all facing health and safety concerns as well as economic uncertainty. First and foremost, I hope that you and your family stay safe and well during this unprecedented time.

With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have quickly worked to move our operations online for the safety of our employees, members and the Hollywood community at large. We have made this decision so that our team members can continue supporting you and your business as best as possible. 

At the Hollywood Chamber, we strive to be a leader for the Hollywood Business Community and will continue to fight for your business interests. We have quickly shifted our legislative priorities to allow us to influence COVID-19 legislation as this health and economic crisis evolves. Our primary goal will be to seek relief and recovery measures for the Hollywood Business Community, including:

    • Immediate cash assistance from all levels of government to businesses impacted and/or interrupted by the residual effects of the COVID-19 pandemic,
    • No additional financial obligations on our impacted businesses, and
    • An adequate level of funding for public health, healthcare officials, and first responders to contain the COVID-19 pandemic and ensure appropriate treatment and testing.

In addition to advocating for you at all levels of governments, we are working hard to provide you with a daily updated COVID-19 Resource Guide on our website. As a worldwide tourist destination, we know that many of you have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. To that end, we have increased our membership outreach efforts to listen to your concerns and identify ways to best support you. I would like to ask you to please take a few minutes of your time to complete the following survey for us to learn how to best assist you in these difficult times.

Business Survey               Non-profit Survey

As employers, many of you may be facing difficult human resources decisions. To help you address some of these common business concerns, we requested that our Chamber’s legal counsel, The Law Offices of Derek S. Yee, draft a memo. This memo, “Recommended Strategies For Employers”, is only intended to provide you with accurate, general information regarding legal rights relating to employment in California and with answers to frequently asked questions.

We truly appreciate your faith in the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and want to assure you that we always have your best interests in mind. We will continue to do the best we can to serve you and connect you with much-needed business resources. If you have any pressing concerns, please email them to  COVID-19@hollywoodchamber.net and our team will respond as quickly as possible. 

Warmest Regards,

Rana Ghadban

Rana Ghadban
President & CEO
Hollywood Chamber of Commerce

 

Essential Businesses

We understand that there is a lot of confusion about what is considered an essential service” and wish to provide a full list of businesses and organizations who will still be allowed to operate as normal:

  • City/County government services:
  • Police stations, fire stations, jails, courts, garbage/sanitation, public transportation, water, power, and gas utilities, public works construction, including construction of housing, airport and port operations;
  • Gas service stations, auto supply, auto repair, bicycle repair shops and related facilities;
  • Health care providers, including:
  • Hospitals, clinics, dentist, pharmacies, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, laboratories, healthcare suppliers, home healthcare service providers, veterinary care providers, mental health providers, physical therapist and chiropractors, cannabis dispensaries, manufacturers and suppliers;
  • Food Providers, including:
  • Grocery stores, water retailers, certified farmers’ markets, farm and produce stands, supermarkets, convenience stores, warehouse stores, food banks, convenience stores, take-out from restaurants, drive-thru restaurants, and delivery from restaurants, food cultivation;
  • Hardware stores and nurseries;
  • Plumbers, electricians, exterminators, custodial/janitorial workers, handyman services, funeral home workers and morticians, moving services, HVAC installers, carpenters, landscapers, gardeners, property managers, private security personnel and other service providers who provide services to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation to properties and other essential activities;
  • Banks, credit unions, financial institutions and insurance companies;
  • Organizations and businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals, (including gang prevention and intervention and domestic violence agencies);
  • Laundromats/laundry service;
  • Newspapers, magazines, television, radio, podcasts and other media services;
  • Educational institutions, including public and private K-12 schools, colleges, and universities — for purposes of facilitating distance learning or performing essential functions provided that social distancing of six-feet per person is maintained to the greatest extent possible;
  • Businesses that supply products needed for people to work from home;
  • Utility companies and other businesses that supply other essential businesses with the support, services, or supplies necessary to operate, provided that strict social distancing is maintained;
  • Individuals or businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food, beverages or goods directly to residences or businesses, including rail and trucking;
  • Airlines, taxis, ride sharing services, and other private transportation services providing transportation services necessary for essential activities and other purposes expressly authorized in this Order;
  • Home-based care for disabled persons, seniors, adults, or children;
  • Residential facilities and shelters for disabled persons, seniors, adults, and children;
  • Professional services, such as legal, payroll or accounting services, when necessary to assist in compliance with legally mandated activities;
  •  Hotels, motels, shared rental units and similar facilities;
  • Military/Defense Contractors/FFRDC (Federally Funded Research and Development Centers);
  • Childcare facilities providing services that enable employees exempted in this Order to work as permitted, under restrictions contained in the Order.

COVID-19 Resource Guide

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Resource Guide is a comprehensive list of important resources for our members that are being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The list is being updated regularly, so please continue to check back.

Staying informed and adhering to health and government regulations and advice are still the most important thing we can do right now to keep ourselves and our community safe. For additional updates look out for our weekly e-news and follow us on social media. Please feel free to contact us at  COVID-19@hollywoodchamber.net with any additional questions and concerns you may have during this time.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is providing a list of weekly webinars with important updates and resources for businesses and the community. Past webinars and power point presentations are also available. 



  1. Business Resources
  2. City Updates
  3. Other Government Updates
  4. Health Updates

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR SMALL BUSINESSES & NONPROFITS

FUNDING AND BUSINESS ASSISTANCE SERVICES

Researching and applying for COVID-19 related loans and other funding opportunities for your small business or nonprofit can be overwhelming and confusing, but you don’t have to do it alone. Below we have provided you with information to free or low-cost funding and other business assistance. 

EMPLOYMENT DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT BENEFITS & RESOURCES


BUSINESS INSURANCE CLAIMS

LEGAL SERVICES & STRATEGIES

PAID FAMILY LEAVE

Employees who need leave to take care of children or family issues can also apply for Paid Family Leave (PFL) through State of California EDD. Use this link to register online. Do not call — the phone lines are swamped. Use the online application: Click Here


UTILITY ASSISTANCE

SoCal Gas to waive late payment fee for small businesses

LADWP is offering generous extended payment plans for all customers experiencing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19


TAXES

  • The deadlines to FILE and PAY federal income taxes are extended to July 15, 2020.
  • Employee Retention Credit Available for Many Businesses Financially Impacted by COVID-19. The Employee Retention Credit is a refundable tax credit against certain employment taxes equal to 50% of the qualified wages an eligible employer pays to employees after March 12, 2020, and before January 1, 2021. You can get immediate access to the credit by reducing the employment tax deposits you are otherwise required to make. Also, if your employment tax deposits are not sufficient to cover the credit, you may get an advance payment from the IRS.
  • Coronavirus-Related Paid Leave for Workers and Tax Credits for Small- and Mid-Size Businesses. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (PDF) gives all American businesses with fewer than 500 employees funds to provide employees with paid leave, either for the employee’s own health needs or to care for family members. Get details on paid leave for employees.
  • Payroll Support for Air Carriers and Contractors. Get answers about tax treatment of the air carrier payroll support payments.
  • Online resources for tax exempt and other entities:
    • Delay of Payment of Employer Payroll Taxes this provision would allow taxpayers to defer paying the employer portion of certain payroll taxes through the end of 2020, with all 2020 deferred amounts due in two equal installments, one at the end of 2021, the other at the end of 2022 Learn More.
    • Relief for Taxpayers Affected by Ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic Click here.

EVICTION MORATORIUM AND RENT FREEZE


RESTAURANT SUPPORT

NONPROFIT SPECIFIC RESOURCES

Southern California Funders’ Discussion on COVID-19: Providing weekly webinars on the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak is far-reaching and includes major implications for nonprofits and the communities that they serve.

New online nonprofit directory connects Angelenos to service opportunities. Nonprofits working to provide services during this pandemic that are in need of volunteers can join the directory. And Angelenos who are looking for a way to put their particular skill sets to work can search the website for an appropriate organization. To get involved, visit volunteer.lamayor.org and click on the button that says “Nonprofit Directory.”

Learn more about pivoting to remote work with this COVID-19 Response Course Track for Nonprofits from Techsoup

 

  • Mayor Garcetti’s Emergency Orders
  • MAY
  • APRIL
    • 4/29 COVID-19 Response Update from Mayor Garcetti.
    • 4/29 Mayor Garcetti announces free COVID-19 testing now open to all residents, with or without symptoms
    • 4/29 Mayor Garcetti announces partnership to acquire 24 million N95 masks for first responders, medical community
    • 4/29 New City-County partnership connects Angelenos with resources to open a safe and affordable bank account
    • 4/27 Mayor Garcetti announces expansion of senior meals program employing laid-off hospitality and restaurant workers.
    • 4/20 COVID-19 Response Update from Mayor Garcetti. Watch now.
    • 4/20 Starting April 20, the City is surging a deployment of street medical teams to help fight COVID-19 among Angelenos experiencing homelessness.
    • 4/20 Medical Relief Center is up and running at the L.A. Convention Center
    • 4/20 Mayor Garcetti is calling for the creation of CARES Corps, a federally-funded initiative that would strengthen America’s response to COVID-19 and help accelerate economic recovery from the crisis.
    • 4/20 Mayor Garcetti announces launch of Emergency Senior Meals Response initiative, apply here.
    • 4/20 City’s coronavirus website highlights data and and dispels common myths
    • 4/16 COVID-19 Response Update from Mayor Garcetti. Watch now.
    • 4/10 The City’s Safer at Home order extended through May 15th.
    • 4/10 COVID-19 Response Update from Mayor Garcetti. Watch now.
    • 4/10 Mayor Garcetti issues order requiring essential workers and customers to wear face coverings.
    • 4/10 Mayor Garcetti launches initiative to support hospital workers and their families. Read more.
    • 4/7 Mayor Garcetti issues an Emergency Order for Sick Paid Leave for Employees that have been affected by the COVID-19 virus. CLICK HERE to read the Order.
    • 4/7 COVID-19 Response Update from Mayor Garcetti, click here to watch.
    • 4/7 Mayor Garcetti announces expansion of City’s free COVID-19 testing program. Learn more.
    • 4/6 Listen to regular briefings from LA City Mayor Garcetti on Podcast here.
    • 4/2 COVID-19 Response Update from Mayor Garcetti, click here to watch
    • 4/1 COVID-19 Response Update from Mayor Garcetti, click here to watch.
  • MARCH
    • 3/31 Mayor Garcetti orders halt to rent increases on rent stabilized units. Learn more.
    • 3/31 Mayor Garcetti launches partnership to produce 5 million masks. Learn more.
    • 3/31 COVID-19 Response Update from Mayor Garcetti, click here to watch.
    • 3/30 COVID-19 Response Update from Mayor Garcetti, click here to watch.
    • 3/24“Safer at Home” emergency order will be strictly enforced. Learn more.
    • 3/24 Mayor Garcetti orders new restrictions, announces moratorium on Water & Power shutoffs. Learn more.
    • 3/24 Mayor Garcetti announces new online COVID-19 testing portal. Check to see if you qualify.
    • 3/20 Mayor Eric Garcetti issues Safer at Home emergency order stopping non-essential activities outside of residences in response to COVID-19 Click here to learn more.
    • 3/20 Mayor Garcetti launches online jobs portal for those who have lost their job or had their hours cut due to the COVID-19 crisis. Enter here.
    • 3/20 Click here for an update on COVID-19 Testing.
    • 3/19 To further combat the spread of COVID-19, Mayor Eric Garcetti has issued a “Safer at Home” emergency order — ordering all residents of the City of Los Angeles to stay inside their residences, and immediately limit all movement outside of their homes beyond what is absolutely necessary to take care of essential needs. Click here for more details.
    • 3/19 Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced an $11 million economic relief package for small businesses impacted by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). “As part of the program, which was approved by the Los Angeles City Council, the Economic and Workforce Development Department will provide $11 million in no-fee microloans of $5,000 to $20,000 — which may be used to cover working capital. Since cash flow is critical at this unprecedented time, the program will offer relaxed underwriting with no credit score minimum, a generous allowance to meet debt service, and a 100% Loan to Value ratio. The interest rate can either be 0% for a term of six months to one year, or 3% to 5% for a term of up to five years. ” Click here to learn more & apply.
    • 3/19: Mayor Garcetti released the L.A. City Small Business Resilience Toolkit, download a PDF copy here.
    • Mayor Garcetti ordered a moratorium on commercial evictions of tenants unable to pay rent — a move that follows a similar ban on evictions of residential tenants. Click here to learn more.
    • Mayor Eric Garcetti on Sunday night announced an Emergency Order to close bars, nightclubs, restaurants — with the exception of takeout and delivery — entertainment venues and gyms in an attempt to slow the spread of coronavirus. Click here for more. (via LA Times)
    • Mayor Eric Garcetti relaxes parking enforcement as part of emergency response to novel Coronavirus. Click here for more information. (via LAMayor Press)

  • COUNTY UPDATES
  • MAY 
  • APRIL
  • MARCH
    • 3/31 Attention Hotels & Motels: County of Los Angeles COVID-19: Request for quotes for Medical Shelter Rooms. Click here.
    • 3/31 Read L.A. County’s “Safer at Home” Public Health Order
    • 3/24 “Safer at Home” emergency order will be strictly enforced. Learn more.
    • 3/23 L.A. County increases coronavirus testing capacity, securing 20,000 new tests. Click here to read more.
    • Supervisor Kathryn Barger and medical officials announce countywide closures, resident & small business assistance, updates, and precautions. Click here to watch.
    • A federal judge has scheduled an emergency status conference to address a lawsuit seeking to have the city and county of Los Angeles ordered to provide shelter space for the thousands of homeless at risk of contracting coronavirus. Defendants include the city and county of Los Angeles.
    • The Homeland Security Advisory Council at Pepperdine University’s School of Public Policy has published real-time SALUS maps, in Spanish and English, for the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Los Angeles County. The interactive maps contain:
  • STATE UPDATES
  • MAY
    • 5/8 Governor Newsom issued an executive order extending some critical deadlines that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • Governor Newsom issued an executive order to ensure that Californians can exercise their right to vote in a safe and accessible manner during the General Election this November.
    • 5/7 The state released updated industry guidance – including for retail, manufacturing and logistics – to begin reopening with modifications that reduce risk and establish a safer environment for workers and customers.
    • 5/6 The state launched an interactive website to help Californians find COVID-19 community testing sites near them.
    • 5/6 Governor Newsom issued an executive order waiving penalties on property taxes for residents and small businesses experiencing economic hardship based on COVID-19 and extending deadline for filing property tax statements.
    • 5/6 Governor Newsom issued an executive order that creates a time-limited rebuttable presumption for accessing workers’ compensation benefits applicable to Californians who must work outside of their homes during the stay at home order.
    • 5/1 Governor Newsom issued an executive order that temporarily broadens the capability of counties to enroll persons into the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) program using various eligibility verification methods due to social distancing requirements.
  • APRIL
    • 4/30 Governor Newsom issued an executive order allowing adults to obtain marriage licenses via videoconferencing rather than in person amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • 4/30 California launched covid19.ca.gov/childcare to provide convenient access to safe and reliable child care options for working parents, including essential workers and vulnerable populations.
    • 4/29 The Governor announced that that CalFresh recipients will receive the maximum benefits for the month of May and families with children eligible for free or reduced price meals are eligible to receive additional support thanks to the Pandemic Emergency Benefits Transfer Program (P-EBT).
    • 4/29 Philanthropy committed to a  $15 million campaign to fund Farm to Family program through the end of the year.
    • 4/29 The state expanded its Farm to Family program to help meet the growing demand at California food banks.
    • 4/24 California is mobilizing more than 1,000 callers through the Social Bridging Project to proactively reach out to older Californians who are isolating at home.
    • 4/24 The state is expanding Friendship Line California to provide statewide support to lonely and isolated older Californians.
    • 4/24 California is launching a first-in-the-nation program that will enlist community restaurants to prepare and deliver meals to older Californians who are isolating at home during California’s stay at home order.
    • 4/23 Governor Newsom issued an executive order addressing a variety of issues in response to the COVID-19 pandemic including extensions for customers on several Department of Motor Vehicles deadlines and suspension of late fees for expired vehicle registrations.
    • 4/23 Governor Newsom issued an executive order giving flexibility to the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and Medi-Cal providers on a variety of deadlines and requirements to ensure continuity of service to patients and customers.
    • 4/23 Governor Newsom issued an executive order to empower schools to focus on responding to COVID-19 and to provide transparency to their communities.
    • 4/23 Governor Newsom issued an executive order to stop debt collectors from garnishing COVID-19-related financial assistance.
    • 4/23 Governor Newsom announced that most private student loan servicers have agreed to provide payment and other relief to borrowers, including more than 1.1 million Californians with privately held student loans.
    • 4/21 California Volunteers’ launched the #CaliforniansForAll service initiative to connect Californians with safe volunteer opportunities and encourage those unable to physically volunteer to think creatively about ways to make a difference in their communities.
    • 4/20 The state secured commitments from companies, business leaders, and philanthropists to provide Internet access for hundreds of thousands of households and laptops, Chromebooks, and tablets for over 70,000 students.
    • 4/20 The California Public Utilities Commission is making $30 million available to help school districts ensure that families have Internet access and computing devices for distance learning.
    • 4/20 The California State Transportation Agency is partnering with the City of Sacramento to convert and deploy seven transit buses to be used as super hotspots.
    • 4/18 California negotiated master agreement template with Motel 6 which counties can now use to access these facilities for Project Roomkey.
    • 4/17 Governor Newsom issued an executive order allowing temporary waivers to certain foster youth programs to ensure continuity of care in response to COVID-19.
    • 4/17 Governor Newsom established a state Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery to chart a path forward on recovery in the wake of COVID-19.
    • 4/17 Governor Newsom issued an executive order addressing upcoming admissions criteria for the CSU system, background checks for essential workers, and deadline extensions to real estate licenses and more. 
    • 4/16 Governor Newsom issued an executive order increasing health and safety standards by permitting workers at food facilities to wash their hands every 30 minutes, or as needed. (4/16/2020)
    • 4/16 Governor Newsom issued an executive order to give two weeks of supplemental paid sick leave to certain food sector workers if they are subject to a quarantine or isolation order or medical directive.
    • 4/15 Philanthropic partners committed to raising a $50 million to support undocumented Californians.
    • 4/15 California invested $75 million in statewide Disaster Relief Assistance funding to provide financial support for immigrant workers affected by COVID-19.
    • 4/15 The Employment Development Department is implementing a one-stop shop for those applying for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, including the self-employed and independent contractors.
    • 4/15 The state launched a new initiative to expand call center hours at the Employment Development Department to better assist Californians with unemployment insurance applications.
    • 4/14 Governor Newsom signed an executive order to address the release and reentry process at the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) so that eligible youth serving time at DJJ can be discharged safely and expeditiously.
    • 4/14 Governor Newsom outlined six critical indicators California will consider before modifying the stay-at-home-order and other COVID-19 interventions.
    • 4/13 California invested $42 million to protect younger Californians who are at heightened risk for abuse and mistreatment due to COVID-19.
    • 4/10 Governor Newsom announced the release of $100 million to support child care services, and to support child care providers who are stepping up to serve essential infrastructure workers and vulnerable populations and their children.
    • 4/10 The USNS Mercy is taking non-COVID-19 patients to help decompress skilled nursing facilities in the Los Angeles area.
    • 4/10 California is providing stipends to certified nurse assistants, licensed vocational nurses and other critical staff at nursing homes to make sure their needs are met.
    • 4/9 The state created a program to provide doctors, nurses and other critical front-line health care workers access to no-cost or low-cost hotel rooms
    • 4/9 California is partnering with United Airlines, which will provide free, round-trip flights for volunteer medical professionals from across California and the country who join the state’s health care workforce.
    • 4/9 The state will begin implementing new federal benefit payments of $600 on top of the weekly benefit received by California workers as part of the new Pandemic Additional Compensation (PAC) initiated by the CARES Act.
    • 4/7 Governor Newsom issued an executive order that provides additional support for older adults and vulnerable young children. 
    • 4/7 Governor Newsom issued an executive order to help the state procure necessary medical supplies to fight COVID-19.
    • 4/7 California’s Surgeon General released new stress management playbooks for individuals, caregivers and kids.
    • 4/7 California published a consolidated page of helplines and resources for those experiencing stress, anxiety or depression, facing substance abuse disorders, violence at home, or seeking to protect child welfare and address child abuse or neglect. 
    • 4/4 California secured 4,613 additional beds to fight COVID-19 and is aggressively planning for a surge in hospitalizations in the coming weeks, aiming to add 50,000 beds to our existing hospital capacity of nearly 75,000 beds.
    • 4/4 The Governor created a COVID-19 Testing Task Force, a public-private collaboration that will work with stakeholders to rapidly boost testing capacity. (4/4/2020)
    • 4/4 California launched a new website, covid19supplies.ca.gov, to allow individuals and companies to donate, sell or offer to manufacture 13 of the most critical medical supplies including ventilators, N95 respirators and testing materials.
    • 4/3 Governor Newsom issued an executive order allowing health care providers to use video chats and applications to provide health services without risk of penalty.
    • 4/3 Governor Newsom signed an executive order expanding consumer protection against price gouging on critical items, such as food and medical supplies, during the COVID-19 crisis.
    • 4/3 The state is securing thousands of isolation rooms in hotels and motels through Project Roomkey, for extremely vulnerable individuals experiencing homelessness, to help flatten the curve & preserve hospital capacity.
    • 4/3 California is the first state in the nation to secure FEMA approval for 75 percent federal cost-share for housing vulnerable individuals experiencing homelessness.
    • 4/2 Governor Newsom signed an executive order that will restrict water shutoffs to homes and small businesses while the state responds to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • 4/2 The state is providing $50 million in loan guarantees for small businesses that may not be eligible for federal relief.
    • 4/2 California is also allowing small businesses to defer payment of sales and use taxes of up to $50,000, for up to 12 months.
    • 4/2 Governor Newsom announced $17.8 million in new state initiatives to support California workers impacted by COVID-19. The allocation will come from Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act funds with $7.8 million going to the Los Angeles region and $10 million made available statewide.
    • 4/2 California is partnering with Google, which will be donating Chromebooks and will fund the use of 100,000 donated mobile hotspots to provide free and unlimited high-speed Internet connectivity for the remainder of the school year.
    • 4/1 Governor Newsom Issues Executive Order Providing for Expedited Resources for COVID-19 Response. Learn more.
    • 4/1 Governor Newsom Announces Agreement Between Teachers, Classified Employees and School System Management to Support Student Instruction During COVID-19 Outbreak. Learn more.
  • MARCH
    • 3/31 California launched a statewide hotline(833-544-2374) and call center in partnership with 2-1-1 to connect older Californians with essential services like food and medication.
    • 3/31 Governor Newsom called for community members to check in on senior neighbors, friends, and family as part of the ‘Stay Home. Save Lives. Check In.’ 
    • 3/31 The state is urging local non-profits and faith-based organizations to call to check inon all of the older Californians in their networks. 
    • 3/31 In partnership with AARP, the state is sending a mailer to every older Californian with information and resources to adapt to the stay at  order.
    • Governor Newsom issued an executive order to expand the health care workforceand staff at least an additional 50,000 hospital beds needed for the COVID-19 surge. (3/30/2020)
    • The state launched the California Health Corps– health care professionals with an active license, public health professionals, medical retirees, medical and nursing students, or members of medical disaster response teams in California are all encouraged to join and staff the surge in COVID-19 patients. (3/30/2020)
    • Governor Newsom signed an executive order providing relief to small businesses–  it includes a 90-day extension in state and local taxes and extends licensing deadlines and requirements for a number of industries. (3/30/2020)
    • The state secured partnerships with leading digital and media platforms, businesses and celebrities from across the state on the COVID-19 public awareness campaign. (3/29/2020)
    • 3/27 The Governor issued an executive order enabling the Chief Justice to take emergency actions for the state’s courts to be able to conduct business during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • 3/27  Governor Gavin Newsom Announces Major Financial Relief Package: 90-Day Mortgage Payment Relief During COVID-19 Crisis. Governor Newsom secured support from Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, U.S. Bank, and Wells Fargo and nearly 200 state-chartered banks, credit unions, and servicers to protect homeowners and consumers. Read more and apply.
    • 3/27 Field offices are temporarily closed to the public statewide beginning March 27. All appointments at this time have been canceled and no appointments are currently available. Please continue to check the DMV website for updates.
    • 3/24: Governor Newsom Issues Executive Order on State Prisons and Juvenile Facilities in Response to the COVID-19 Outbreak
    • 3/22: California Secures Presidential Major Disaster Declaration to Support State’s COVID-19 Emergency Response
    • 3/22: COVID-19 Resources for Employers and Workers from the Labor & Workforce Development Agency
    • 3/22: The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development has compiled helpful information for employers, employees and all Californians as it relates to the cornonavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Click here.
    • 3/19: Governor Newsom called for a Stay at Home Directive to preserve the public health and safety of all Californians; and ensure that our healthcare delivery systems are not overwhelmed. All residents have been ordered to stay inside their residences, and immediately limit all movement outside of their homes beyond what is absolutely necessary to take care of essential needs. Click here for details.
    • Governor Newsom signs executive Order ensuring State Funding for Schools Even in Event of Physical Closure. Click here to learn more
    • California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV): Beginning March 16, 2020, DMV allows customers to avoid coming to a DMV office for 60 days. If your driver license is expiring soon, you may request an extension. Visit their website for additional DMV updates.
    • STATE GOVERNMENT RESOURCES:
  • NATIONAL UPDATES

We are in constant communication with our largest member hospitals serving the Hollywood community, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles (CHLA), Kaiser Permanente, Hollywood, and CHA Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center. They are working together and assure us they are well-prepared and all services are intact. Here you will find updates from our health care partners:

OTHER IMPORTANT HEALTH RESOURCES

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-LATEST COVID-19 UPDATES

California Department of Public Health LATEST COVID-19 UPDATES

Los Angeles Department of Public Health LATEST COVID-19 UPDATES

World Health Organization LATEST COVID-19 UPDATES

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES AND ASSISTANCE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES & NONPROFITS

Small Business Administration (SBA)  UPDATE  on SBA loans providing COVID-19 relief, on April 23 the House passed a $480 billion relief package that will be allocated to small businesses and healthcare providers. Here is what it entails:

  • $320 billion would go the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).The Paycheck Protection Program provides small businesses with forgivable loans to keep their workers employed during the crisis. $60 billion of this funding is specifically being set aside for small lenders and community financial institutions. $30 billion will go to community lenders, small banks, and credit unions, and the other $30 billion will be allocated for medium sized banks and credit unions.
  • $60 billion will be used to replenish the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan,which provides up to $10,000 of economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing temporary difficulties. (pending approval from President).

SBA Express Bridge Loan Pilot Program allows small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 with less paperwork. 

LISC grants to small business – Deadline April 4! Thanks to a $2.5 million investment from Verizon, LISC is offering grants up to $10,000 to help small businesses fill urgent financial gaps until they can resume normal operations or until other more permanent financing becomes available. The first round of grants is closed, but a second round is expected to become available in April.  Stay posted here for details.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Save Small Business Fund opens April 20 and will be providing $5,000 supplemental grants to small employers in economically vulnerable communities.

The Facebook Small Business Grants Program is providing $4,000 grants to Small Businesses who have within 2 to 50 employers and are experiencing disruptions resulting from the global outbreak of COVID-19.

USC Small Business Relief Grant Application is providing grants to businesses that are promoting the best interests of the community and that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Priority will be given to minority-, women-, and veteran-owned businesses.

Salesforce Small Business Grants (West) is providing grants to organizations who have within 2 to 50 employers and that have been in business for at least two years.

Los Angeles County Employer Assistance Grant Fund: Apps closed but waitlist open.

City of Los Angeles No-Fee Microloans of $5,000 to $20,000 — which may be used to cover working capital. Click here to see if you qualify and apply today.

JFLA Free Loan provides no fee and interest-free small business loans up to $10,000 to cover.

IBank Los Angeles partner Pacific Coast Regional Small Business Development Corporation offers Disaster Loans in response to COVID-19.

Arts Emergency Relief Fund from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

Loans available for nonprofit organizations in the CARES Act.

American Farmland Trust’s Farmer Relief Fund.

SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE SERVICES

Researching and applying for COVID-19 related loans and other funding opportunities for your small business or nonprofit can be overwhelming and confusing, but you don’t have to do it alone. Below we have provided you with information to free or low-cost funding and other business assistance. 

The California Capital Access Program (CalCAP) for Small Business encourages banks and other financial institutions to make loans to small businesses that have difficulty obtaining financing.

L.A. County Business Concierge Services. The County’s Department of Consumer and Business Affairs’ Office of Small Business can help connect you to local, state and federal resources, including layoff aversion and emergency loans. Visit https://dcba.lacounty.gov/small-business-services/ for more business resources.

RESTAURANT SUPPORT

 

REDUCED WORK HOURS (ALTERNATIVE TO LAY OFFS)

Employers experiencing a slowdown in their businesses or services as a result of the coronavirus impact on the economy may apply for the UI Work Sharing Program. This program allows employers to seek an alternative to layoffs — retaining their trained employees by reducing their hours and wages that can be partially offset with UI benefits. Workers of employers who are approved to participate in the Work Sharing Program receive the percentage of their weekly UI benefit amount based on the percentage of hours and wages reduced, not to exceed 60 percent. Visit Work Sharing Program to learn more about its benefits for employers and employees, and how to apply.

POTENTIAL CLOSURES OR LAY OFFS

3/21: Employers planning a closure or major layoffs as a result of the coronavirus can get help through the Rapid Response program. Rapid Response teams will meet with you to discuss your needs, help avert potential layoffs, and provide immediate on-site services to assist workers facing job losses. For more information, refer to the Rapid Response Services for Businesses Fact Sheet (DE 87144RRB) (PDF) or contact your local America’s Job Center of CaliforniaSM.

3/21: For Employees, if your hours have been reduced or your workplace has shut down operations due to COVID-19, you can file an Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim. UI provides partial wage replacement benefit payments to workers who lose their job or have their hours reduced, through no fault of their own. Workers who are temporarily unemployed due to COVID-19 and expected to return to work with their employer within a few weeks are not required to actively seek work each week. However, they must remain able and available and ready to work during their unemployment for each week of benefits claimed and meet all other eligibility criteria. Eligible individuals can receive benefits that range from $40-$450 per week. The Governor’s Executive Order waives the one-week unpaid waiting period, so you can collect UI benefits for the first week you are out of work. If you are eligible, the EDD processes and issues payments within a few weeks of receiving a claim.

More information can be found at https://edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019.htm

BUSINESS INSURANCE CLAIMS

4/17 California Department of Insurance FAQ on business interruption insurance and other issues affecting California small businesses.

4/17 California Department of Insurance Premium Refunds, Credits, and Reductions in Response to COVID-19
Pandemic

4/13 Commissioner Lara Orders Insurance Companies to Refund Premiums to Drivers and Businesses Affected by the COVID-19 Emergency.

3/23: COVID-19 Business Insurance Coverage Overview from NFP Property & Casual Services.

3/20: If you are having difficulty with your insurance company, the California Department of Insurance recommends filing a Request for Assistance (RFA) with them. Click here to complete an RFA.

LEGAL SERVICES & STRATEGIES

LA Represents providing free COVID-19 related legal services for individuals and small businesses.

COVID-19 — Recommended Strategies for Employers from the Law Offices of Derek S. Yee.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: memo referenced in the above Memo: Recommended Strategies for Employers from the Law Offices of Derek S. Yee.

Can Companies Lay Off Workers Without Further Liability? Click here to learn more from Pierce Law Group, LLP 

PAID FAMILY LEAVE

Employees who need leave to take care of children or family issues can also apply for Paid Family Leave (PFL) through State of California EDD. Use this link to register online. Do not call — the phone lines are swamped. Use the online application: Click Here

PAYROLL ASSISTANCE

Employers experiencing a hardship as a result of COVID-19 may request up to a 60-day extension of time from the EDD to file their state payroll reports and/or deposit state payroll taxes without penalty or interest.

UTILITY ASSISTANCE

SoCal Gas to waive late payment fee for small businesses

LADWP is offering generous extended payment plans for all customers experiencing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19

TAXES

Guide to Employee Retention Tax Credit

IRS Operations During COVID-19: Mission-critical functions continue.

Employee Retention Credit for Employers Subject to Closure or Experiencing Economic Hardship This provision would provide a refundable payroll tax credit for 50 percent of wages paid by eligible employers to certain employees during the COVID-19 crisis. The credit is available to employers, including non-profits, whose operations have been fully or partially suspended as a result of a government order limiting commerce, travel or group meetings. The credit is also provided to employers who have experienced a greater than 50 percent reduction in quarterly receipts, measured on a year-over-year basis. Learn more.

Delay of Payment of Employer Payroll Taxes this provision would allow taxpayers to defer paying the employer portion of certain payroll taxes through the end of 2020, with all 2020 deferred amounts due in two equal installments, one at the end of 2021, the other at the end of 2022 Learn More.

Relief for Taxpayers Affected by Ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic Click here.

NONPROFIT SPECIFIC RESOURCES

Southern California Funders’ Discussion on COVID-19: Providing weekly webinars on the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak is far-reaching and includes major implications for nonprofits and the communities that they serve.

New online nonprofit directory connects Angelenos to service opportunities. Nonprofits working to provide services during this pandemic that are in need of volunteers can join the directory. And Angelenos who are looking for a way to put their particular skill sets to work can search the website for an appropriate organization. To get involved, visit volunteer.lamayor.org and click on the button that says “Nonprofit Directory.”

Learn more about pivoting to remote work with this COVID-19 Response Course Track for Nonprofits from Techsoup

 

 

This information provided on this site is intended to provide accurate, general information regarding the coronavirus. Yet because laws and legal procedures are subject to frequent change and differing interpretations, and specific facts regarding a situation may differ,  the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce cannot ensure the information in this memo is current nor be responsible for any use to which it is put.  Do not rely on this information without consulting an attorney or the appropriate agency about your rights in your particular situation.

Hollywood Chamber COVID-19 Update

Dear Business Community Leaders,

At the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, the health and well-being of our members and the community is a top priority. Like many of you, we have been closely monitoring the most recent developments of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Currently, the immediate risk to residents of Los Angeles is low. We understand the concern and uncertainty you may be experiencing, but we encourage you to be prepared and not to panic. The best way to be prepared is to be informed and heed the recommendations of the CDC and related government agencies.

Yesterday, Governor Gavin Newsom and State public health experts announced the following via a press release:“Gatherings with 250 people or more should be rescheduled or canceled. Smaller gatherings can proceed if organizers implement 6 feet of social distancing.”

CLICK HERE to read full announcement.

Since this is a situation that is evolving daily and very fluid, as a precaution the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has elected to reschedule our events in March & April which includes: the Installation Gala & Walk of Fame Celebration on March 26, the Business After Hours Mixer on March 24 and April 22, and the Heroes of Hollywood on April 23. We will update you with new dates once they are confirmed.

The following is a compilation of COVID-19 information that Assemblymember Richard Bloom’s Office shared – with a focus on the business community. I am hoping you find this helpful in highlighting a few of the resources and guidance statements available for you and your employees.

Please look out for our e-blasts, check our website for more updates, and contact COVID-19@hollywoodchamber.net with any questions.


Employers

Workplace Health and Safety

For information on protecting workers from COVID-19, refer to the Cal/OSHA Guidance on Coronavirus.

Businesses and employers can visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for help with planning and responding to COVID-19.


Reduced Work Hours

Employers experiencing a slowdown in their businesses or services as a result of the coronavirus impact on the economy may apply for the UI Work Sharing Program. This program allows employers to seek an alternative to layoffs — retaining their trained employees by reducing their hours and wages that can be partially offset with UI benefits. Workers of employers who are approved to participate in the Work Sharing Program receive the percentage of their weekly UI benefit amount based on the percentage of hours and wages reduced, not to exceed 60 percent.

Visit Work Sharing Program to learn more about its benefits for employers and employees, and how to apply.


Potential Closure or Layoffs

Employers planning a closure or major layoffs as a result of the coronavirus can get help through the Rapid Response program. Rapid Response teams will meet with you to discuss your needs, help avert potential layoffs, and provide immediate on-site services to assist workers facing job losses. For more information, refer to the Rapid Response Services for Businesses Fact Sheet (DE 87144RRB) (PDF) or contact your local America’s Job Center of CaliforniaSM.


Tax Assistance

Employers experiencing a hardship as a result of COVID-19 may request up to a 60-day extension of time from the EDD to file their state payroll reports and/or deposit state payroll taxes without penalty or interest. A written request for extension must be received within 60 days from the original delinquent date of the payment or return.

For questions, employers may call the EDD Taxpayer Assistance Center.

  • Toll-free from the U.S. or Canada: 1-888-745-3886
  • Hearing impaired (TTY): 1-800-547-9565
  • Outside the U.S. or Canada: 1-916-464-3502

Resources

For more information related to disability, paid family leave, and unemployment benefits, visit our Coronavirus 2019 FAQs.

To learn about employee leave options, compensation, and salary, visit the Labor Commissioner’s Office FAQs on Coronavirus Disease.

For information about job protection and employment discrimination, visit the Department of Fair Employment and Housing website.

Consult these additional resources for up-to-date information.