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State Guidance for Businesses Effective June 15; Reader Survey; California Rebuilding Fund; Resources for Reopening; Upcoming Webinars
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May 28, 2021

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Periodically, the City of Oakland’s Economic & Workforce Development Department (EWDD) will send important updates to businesses, nonprofits, independent contractors and our partner organizations who support them. These are just highlights of available resources. For information on all of the support programs available, please visit our Business & Worker Resource web page.

Share your thoughts on these update emails. Take a brief reader survey.

Testing remains important even as vaccines roll out. If you’re experiencing symptoms or have been in close contact with someone confirmed to have COVID-19, please visit Alameda County’s web page to find Community Testing Sites.

Alameda County reminds residents that the longer they wait to get vaccinated, the greater the risk of contracting COVID-19 and becoming seriously ill or spreading it to a friend, loved one or co-worker. And that highly-effective and safe COVID-19 vaccines are making it safer for us to reopen. Still not sure about the vaccine or worried about things you may have heard? Visit Greater Than COVID to view videos and toolkits. If  you  have questions  about  which vaccine is right for you, speak with your health care provider.
State Health Department Issues Guidance for Businesses Effective June 15
While the tier-based restrictions outlined in the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy remain in effect through June 14, the state recently released guidance effective June 15. Most business activities will have no capacity limitations or physical distancing restrictions starting June 15, however, there are some continued restrictions for Mega Events (indoor events with crowds greater than 5,000 and outdoor events with crowds greater than 10,000).

Vaccine verification or negative testing is required for indoor Mega Events and recommended for outdoor Mega Events. Information on the requirement/recommendation should be prominently placed on all communications, including the reservation and ticketing systems. For additional recommendations for producers of Mega Events, please review the State’s press release. The guidance for Mega Events remains in place from June 15 through October 1, 2021. The state will assess conditions by September 1, 2021, to determine whether updated requirements or recommendations are needed beyond October 1, 2021. Counties may impose more restrictive measures, but our present understanding is that Alameda County intends to align with State guidelines.

All workplaces must continue to follow current Cal/OSHA’s standards, including current masking requirements, if applicable to your business. Californians must wear face coverings in common and public indoor spaces and outdoors when distancing is not possible.

On June 15, the State plans to implement the CDC’s guidelines around face coverings to allow fully vaccinated Californians to go without a mask in most outdoor settings.

Get ready for June 15 by getting vaccinated and wearing masks until more Alameda County residents are protected from COVID-19.
    The California Rebuilding Fund is a loan program to support California’s small businesses – especially those located in economically disadvantaged and historically under-banked areas of the state. Businesses who employed 50 or fewer full-time equivalent employees and had gross revenues of less than $2.5 million in 2019 are eligible to apply. The loans are flexible, transparent and designed to help businesses access the capital and advisory services they need to get through these challenging economic times.

    Fill out a pre-application to be matched with a participating local community lender who will work with you on your full loan application. If approved, the loan will be made through that community lender and you will continue to work with them throughout the life of your loan.
    Resources for Re-Opening
    Visit the City’s Planning Resources for Business Re-Opening website for the latest information on resources to support re-opening, including:
    Ongoing Business Support
    A list of up-to-date resources, including information about worker benefits, grants, loans and support services for small businesses, nonprofits and independent contractors, can be found on the City of Oakland’s Business & Worker Resource web page. The site is updated regularly as more information becomes available, so please check it often.
    Upcoming Online Workshops & Webinars
    Below is a sampling of upcoming workshops and webinars. See additional listings and check for last-minute additions at: https://www.oaklandca.gov/resources/webinars-for-businesses-nonprofits-and-independent-contractors

    COVID-19 Weekly Updates Live Q&A
    Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.
    NorCal SBDC
    Free

    Tuesday, June 1, 11:30 a.m.
    Port Product Lab
    Free

    Wednesday, June 2, 10 – 11 a.m.
    Working Solutions
    Free

    Thursday, June 3, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    NorCal SBDC
    Free

    Disaster Relief Loan Updates
    Wednesday, June 9, 10:30 a.m. – Noon
    NorCal SBDC
    Free

    Thursday, June 10, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
    NorCal SBDC
    Free

    Thursday, June 10, 1 – 3 p.m.
    NorCal SBDC
    Free

    Thursday, June 10, 4 – 6 p.m.
    LCCRSF
    Free

    Disaster Relief Loan Updates
    Wednesday, June 23, 10:30 a.m. – Noon
    NorCal SBDC
    Free

    Wednesday, June 23,  1 – 3 p.m.
    NorCal SBDC
    Free
     
     

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