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Alameda County in Red Tier, Alameda County Vaccine Plan, New Funding Rounds for State Grants, March 31 Deadline for PPP Loans, Resources for Re-Opening, Ongoing Business Support, Upcoming Online Workshops & Webinars
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March 19, 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.

While caseload counts are improving, Alameda County reminds Oaklanders to follow the 5Ws to stay safer:
  • Wear a mask,
  • Wash your hands,
  • Watch your distance,
  • Wait to see loved ones,
  • When it’s your turn, get vaccinated.
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 and Mobile Testing Sites.

In this email: Alameda County Advances to Red Tier, Prompting More Allowed Activities | Alameda County Vaccine Plan | New Funding Rounds Announced for State Small Business Grant Program | March 31 Deadline for PPP Loans | Resources for Re-Opening | Ongoing Business Support | Upcoming Online Workshops & Webinars
Alameda County in Red Tier, Prompting More Allowed Activities
On Wednesday, March 10, Alameda County advanced to the Red Tier in the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy reopening framework. In the Red Tier:
  • Indoor dining is allowed at 25% capacity
  • Most retail store capacity increases to 50%
  • Grocery stores may operate at full capacity
  • Gyms, fitness centers and yoga studios may operate indoors at 10% capacity
  • Movie Theaters may open indoors with 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer
  • Hair Salons, Barbershops and Personal Care Services may continue to operate indoors with modifications
  • Dance studios can open indoors with 10% capacity
  • Music, film and TV production continues with modifications
  • Museums and cultural ceremonies may open indoors at 25% capacity
  • Under updated State guidance, wineries, breweries and distilleries (where meals are not served) may operate outdoors with modifications

For the full roster of activities, visit https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/ and enter Alameda in the search field.

All businesses permitted to operate indoors must follow the CDPH interim guidance for ventilation, filtration, and air quality. This guidance includes practical steps your business can take to promote better ventilation, filtration and air quality indoors to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

On March 16, the State released an updated Youth and Adult Recreational Sports Questions & Answers document. With case rates and hospitalizations declining across the state, the California Department of Public Health is allowing outdoor high- and moderate-risk sports competition to begin while counties are in the Purple or Red tier, with modifications and steps to reduce risk in counties with a case rate at or below 14 per 100,000 population. To see which sports are allowed, view the table in the guidance.

Starting April 1, the following modified outdoor activities will be allowed in the Red Tier:
  • Outdoor sports and live performances with fans/attendees: capacity will be limited to 20% and advanced reservations only. Concession sales will be primarily in-seat (no concourse sales). Attendance will be limited to in-state visitors.
  • Amusement parks: capacity will be limited to 15% and online ticket purchases only. Small groups with a maximum of 10 people or 3 household groups may attend together, but with no intergroup mixing. Indoor dining will not be permitted. Attendance will be limited to in-state visitors.

The following activities remain restricted in the Red Tier and are not allowed by the State to operate:
  • Festivals
  • Indoor playgrounds (bounce centers/ball pits/laser tag)
  • Nightclubs
  • Bars where no meals are provided. Where meals are provided, follow guidance for Restaurants.

Businesses and activities permitted to open under the State’s Red Tier must continue to comply with the State’s Industry Guidance at: https://covid19.ca.gov/industry-guidance/. Additional workplace resources can be found at: https://covid-19.acgov.org/recovery and resources for Alameda County workers are available at: https://covid-19.acgov.org/worker-resources
    Alameda County is following the State’s vaccine prioritization guidance. Those currently eligible for vaccination include:
    • Persons ages 65+
    • Essential workers in healthcare, food/agriculture, education/childcare and emergency services
    • Public transportation personnel, including airport and commercial airline workers (excludes private planes)
    • Persons who work, reside or recently resided in high-risk congregate living facilities, including all persons who are experiencing homelessness (sheltered or unsheltered)

    To receive a notification of when vaccine might be available for you, please fill out one of these forms:


    Please note, this is NOT a registration to receive vaccine. The information you provide is kept confidential and will help Alameda County in its planning. The County will contact you with further details about where vaccines will be available when it is your turn. In the meantime, please protect yourself from COVID-19 by wearing a mask, keeping your distance from others, avoiding crowds, and washing your hands frequently.  

    You are also encouraged to contact your healthcare provider to learn about their vaccination plan and to register with the State at:
    https://myturn.ca.gov/

    Bay Area Health Officers have shared that all three currently available vaccines are safe and have been shown to be highly effective at preventing symptomatic illness and hospitalization. And that “the best vaccine is the one you can get the soonest.”

    To learn more about vaccine planning in Alameda County, please visit their website.
    On Wednesday, March 3, the California Office of the Small Business Advocate announced new funding rounds for the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program. Live webinars on how to apply and Q&A sessions continue through March 31.

    Round 4: Non-profit Cultural Institutions Only: Through Tuesday, March 23, 2021. Eligible applicants: Only non-profit cultural institutions that meet eligibility criteria found at CAReliefGrant.com. Eligible grant award: $5,000 – $25,000. Details: Grants will only be available to non-profits cultural institutions that did not receive funding in Rounds 1, 2 or 3. Eligible non-profit cultural institutions must complete a new application even if they already applied in a previous round.

    Round 5: Waitlisted and New Applicants: Thursday, March 25 through Wednesday, March 31. Eligible applicants: current waitlisted small businesses and non-profits not selected in Rounds 1, 2 or 3 and new applicants that meet eligibility criteria found at CAReliefGrant.com. Eligible grant award: $5,000 – $25,000. Details: Applicants not selected to receive a grant in Rounds 1, 2 and 3 do not need to reapply as they will be automatically moved into Round 5. New applicants will need to apply at CAReliefGrant.com.

    Round 6: Waitlisted and New Applicants: Date to be announced soon. Eligible applicants: current waitlisted small businesses and non-profits not selected in Rounds 1, 2, 3 4 or 5 and new applicants that meet eligibility criteria found at CAReliefGrant.com. Eligible grant award: $5,000 – $25,000. Details: Applicants not selected to receive a grant in Rounds 1, 2, 3 and 5 do not need to re-apply and will be automatically moved into Round 6. New applicants will need to apply at CAReliefGrant.com.
    March 31 Deadline for PPP Loans
    The deadline to apply for this round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans is March 31, 2021. PPP loans provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. For most borrowers, the maximum loan amount is 2.5 times their average monthly 2019 or 2020 payroll costs up to $2 million. For borrowers in the Accommodation and Food Services sector the maximum loan amount is 3.5 times their average monthly 2019 or 2020 payroll costs up to $2 million. SBA will forgive loans if all employee retention criteria are met, and the funds are used for eligible expenses.

    President Biden announced additional program changes to make access to PPP loans more equitable. SBA will:

    • Allow sole proprietors, independent contractors, and self-employed individuals to receive more financial support by revising the PPP’s funding formula for these categories of applicants;
    • Eliminate an exclusionary restriction on PPP access for small business owners with prior non-fraud felony convictions, consistent with a bipartisan congressional proposal;
    • Eliminate PPP access restrictions on small business owners who have struggled to make student loan payments by eliminating student loan debt delinquency as a disqualifier to participating in the PPP; and
    • Ensure access for non-citizen small business owners who are lawful U.S. residents by clarifying that they may use Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) to apply for the PPP.

    Ask your banking partner if they are participating in the PPP program. If they are not participating, then connect with a lender using SBA’s Lender Match tool or one on this roster of participating local lenders.
    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

    Cada lunes y miércoles, 6 – 9 p.m.
    California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
    Sin Costo Alguno

    Cada martes hasta el 20 de Abril, 6 – 9 p.m.
    Oakland Latino Chamber of Commerce
    Sin Costo Alguno

    Monday, March 22, 11 a.m. – Noon
    NorCal SBDC
    Free

    Tuesday, March 23, 10 – 11 a.m.
    NorCal SBDC
    Free

    Tuesday, March 23, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
    City of Oakland
    Free

    Tuesday, March 23, 1 – 3 p.m.
    NorCal SBDC
    Free

    Tuesday, March 23, 6 p.m.
    Small Business Majority
    Free

    Wednesday, March 24, 9 – 10 a.m.
    NorCal SBDC
    Free

    Keeping Customers & Winning New Ones During COVID 19
    Wednesday, March 24, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
    AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
    Free

    Wednesday, March 24, 10:30 a.m. – Noon
    NorCal SBDC
    Free

    Wednesday, March 24, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    Association of Manufacturers Bay Area
    Free

    Wednesday, March 24, 3 – 5 p.m.
    Alameda County SBDC
    Free             

    Cultivando clientes y consiguendo otros nuevos durante COVID-19
    El Jueves, 25 de Marco, 3 – 4 p.m.
    AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
    Gratis

    Programa de subvención y otros recursos COVID-19 para las pequeñas empresas
    Thursday, March 25, 6 p.m.
    Small Business Majority
    Free

    Cafe con Tu Prestador - propietario de una pequeña empresa que busca financiación
    March 26, 11 a.m. – Noon
    TMC Community Capital
    Gratis

    COVID-19 Business Reopening - Understanding and Managing the Process-East Bay
    Friday, March 26, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
    AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
    Free

    Programa de subvención y otros recursos COVID-19 para las pequeñas empresas
    Tuesday, March 30, 6 p.m.
    Small Business Majority
    Free

    Wednesday, March 31, 3 – 5 p.m.
    Alameda County SBDC
    Free

    Thursday, April 8, 3 – 5 p.m.
    Alameda County SBDC
    Free

    Thursday, April 15, 9 – 11 a.m.
    Oakland Metro Chamber
    $50-$75

    Thursday, April 22, 3 – 5 p.m.
    NorCal SBDC
    Free
     
     

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