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Alameda County Moves to Orange Tier, Application Deadline for PPP Loans Extended, SBA Increases Maximum Amount of Disaster Loans, Commercial Eviction Moratorium Extended, Federal Grant for Venue Operators Opens April 8, Resources for Re-Opening, Upcoming Online Workshops & Webinars
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April 2, 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.

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 Moves to Orange Tier | Application Deadline for PPP Loans Extended | SBA Increases Maximum Amount of Disaster Loans | Commercial Eviction Moratorium Extended | Federal Grant for Venue Operators Opens April 8 | Resources for Re-Opening | Ongoing Business Support | Upcoming Online Workshops & Webinars
Alameda County Moves to Orange Tier
On Wednesday, March 31, Alameda County moved to the Orange Tier in the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy reopening framework. This move allows for the following:
  • Bars, where no meals are provided, are able to open outdoors only
  • Office workspaces for nonessential businesses may reopen with modifications, however, telework is still encouraged
  • Indoor dining increases to 50% capacity
  • Retail store capacity increases to 100%
  • Gyms, fitness centers, dance and yoga studios may increase indoor capacity to 25%
  • Wineries, breweries and distilleries, where no meals are served, are allowed to open indoors with a 25% capacity or up to 100 people
  • Family entertainment centers and indoor playgrounds may open bowling alleys, climbing walls and other indoor distanced activities at 25% capacity.

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

Bars that need to use the adjacent sidewalk, parking lane or traffic lane for outdoor seating are encouraged to look to the City’s Flex Street Initiative. All fees have been waived and permitting has been streamlined for business’ use of the public rights-of-way, including sidewalks, parking lanes and partial or full street closures. Businesses expanding operations to private parking lots and other private outdoor areas will also benefit from streamlined permitting processes at oaklandca.gov/flexstreets.

Starting April 1, outdoor sports and live performances with fans/attendees are allowed with 33% capacity with advanced reservations only. Attendance is limited to in-state spectators and guests must attest their reserved seats are only for one household. See guidance for more details. Amusement parks are also allowed to begin operating at 25% capacity.

The following activities remain restricted in the Orange Tier and are not allowed by the State to operate:
  • Indoor concert venues
  • Festivals
  • Nightclubs
  • Live theater

Businesses and activities permitted to open under the State’s Orange Tier must continue to comply with the State’s Industry Guidance: 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 must remain in the Orange Tier for at least three weeks before moving into the next, less restrictive tier.
    The deadline to apply for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans has been extended to May 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 and available to sole proprietors, independent contractors, and self-employed individuals; small business owners with prior non-fraud felony convictions or student loan debt delinquency; and 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 this roster of participating local lenders. If you need help with the application, find local nonprofits offering navigation support on our web page.
    Starting the week of April 6, 2021, the SBA is raising the loan limit for the COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program from six-months of economic injury with a maximum loan amount of $150,000 to up to 24-months of economic injury with a maximum loan amount of $500,000. Already have an EIDL? SBA will reach out directly via email and provide more details about how you can request a loan amount increase closer to the April 6 implementation date. Any new loan applications and any loans in process when the new loan limits are implemented will automatically be considered for loans covering 24-months of economic injury up to $500,000.

    This new relief builds on SBA’s previous announcement of extended deferment periods for all disaster loans, including COVID-19 EIDLs, until 2022 to offer more time for businesses to build back. In order to shift all EIDL payments to 2022, SBA will extend the first payment due date for disaster loans made in 2020 to 24-months from the date of the note and to 18-months from the date of the note for all loans made in the calendar year 2021.
    Commercial Eviction Moratorium Extended
    The City of Oakland’s commercial eviction moratorium conforms to Governor Newsom’s Executive Orders. His new Order halts evictions for commercial renters impacted by COVID-19 through June 30, 2021. Visit the Eviction Moratorium section of the City’s COVID-19 Business Resources page for additional information and resources, including links to webinars on lease negotiations in four languages presented by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the SF Bay Area.
    Federal Grant for Venue Operators Opens April 8
    The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program includes $15 billion in grants to for-profit and nonprofit shuttered venues, to be administered by the SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance. The SBA announced they will begin accepting applications on Thursday, April 8.

    Eligible entities must have been in operation as of February 29, 2020, and include:
    • Live venue operators or promoters
    • Theatrical producers
    • Live performing arts organization operators
    • Relevant museum operators, zoos and aquariums who meet specific criteria
    • Motion picture theater operators
    • Talent representatives

    Eligible applicants may qualify for grants up to $10 million with $2 billion reserved for applicants with up to 50 full-time employees. Entities that apply for a PPP loan after December 27, 2020 can also apply for an SVOG, with the SVOG reduced by the PPP loan amount.

    Grant funds may be used for specific expenses, such as payroll, rent and mortgage payments, utilities, protective equipment purchases for workers, debt payments, necessary business expenses and more. Have questions? Watch a recorded information session or email SVOGrant@sba.gov.
    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 martes hasta el 20 de Abril, 6 – 9 p.m.
    Oakland Latino Chamber of Commerce
    Sin Costo Alguno

    Tech Talk: Building Diversity in Tech
    Tuesday, April 6, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
    Oakland Workforce Development, Oakland Chambers of Commerce, Tech SF and Bitwise Industries
    Free


    Employee Retention Credit
    Tuesday, April 6, 1:303 p.m.
    NorCal SBDC
    Free

    Pivot to Product
    Tuesday, April 6, 3:30 – 5 p.m.
    Port Product Lab
    Free

    Shuttered Venue Operators Grant
    Wednesday, April 7, 10:30 a.m. – Noon
    NorCal SBDC
    Free

    COVID-19: Alternative Forms of Payments
    Wednesday, April 7, 1 – 3 p.m.
    Alameda County SBDC
    Free


    Thursday, April 8, 1 – 2 p.m.
    NorCal SBDC
    Free

    Thursday, April 8, 3 – 4 p.m.
    Citibank
    Free

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

    Monday, April 12, 5 – 6:30 p.m.
    NorCal SBDC
    Free

    Tuesday, April 13, 9 – 10 a.m.
    NorCal SBDC
    Free
    Wednesday, April 14, 10:30 a.m. – Noon
    NorCal SBDC
    Free

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

    Thursday, April 15, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    Cal State East Bay University
    Free

    Thursday, April 15, 1 – 3 p.m.
    NorCal SBDC
    Free

    Thursday, April 15, 3 – 4 p.m.
    Citibank
    Free
    Wednesday, April 21, Noon – 1:30 p.m.
    NorCal SBDC
    Free            

    jueves, 22 abril, 2021, 15:00 – 16:00 Hora
    Citibank
    Gratis

    Thursday, April 22, 3 – 5 p.m.
    NorCal SBDC
    Free
    Wednesday, April 28, 10:30 a.m. – Noon
    NorCal SBDC
    Free

    Wednesday, April 28, 1 – 3 p.m.
    NorCal SBDC
    Free

    Thursday, April 29, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    NorCal SBDC
    Free

    Thursday, April 29, 3 - 5 p.m.
    Alameda County SBDC
    Free

    Tuesday, May 18, 3 - 5 p.m.
    Alameda County SBDC
    Free
     
     

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