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Share Your Thoughts on Oakland’s Economic Recovery, State Guidelines for Indoor Live Events and Performances, Federal Venue Operators Grant Application Period Paused, Re-Opening Resources, Upcoming Webinars
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April 16, 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.

Alameda County remains in the Orange Tier in the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. The County will likely remain in the Orange Tier for a few more weeks as the adjusted cases per day exceeds the threshold to advance to the next, less restrictive Yellow Tier.

To help us advance, please continue to follow the 5 Ws to stay safer:
  • Wear a mask,
  • Wash your hands,
  • Watch your distance,
  • Wait to see loved ones,
  • When it’s your turn, get vaccinated.
In this email: Share Your Thoughts on Oakland’s Economic Recovery | State Guidelines for Indoor Live Events and Performances | Federal Venue Operators Grant Application Period Paused | | Resources for Re-Opening | Ongoing Business Support | Upcoming Online Workshops & Webinars
Share Your Thoughts on Oakland’s Economic Recovery
We’re proactively developing an economic recovery plan to assist small businesses in reopening and thriving as Oakland emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic.

To be successful, economic development strategies and plans must be built through public contributions, feedback and buy-in from people like you. To ensure that key community stakeholders have a voice and are a part of the effort, we ask that you provide candid feedback by completing a brief survey.

After gathering community feedback, we will report on the information captured and deliver a final economic recovery plan in Summer 2021.
    Beginning Thursday, April 15, additional activities – including gatherings, private events or meetings (such as receptions or conferences), and indoor seated live events and performances – were allowed. In the Orange Tier, the following are allowed:
    • Outdoor gatherings of up to 50 people
    • Indoor gatherings continue to be strongly discouraged, but are allowed with modifications at 25% capacity or up to 25 people
    • Outdoor private events or meetings such as receptions or conferences, of up to 100 people (capacity increases to 300 if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination)
    • Indoor private events or meetings such as receptions or conferences, of up to 150 people only if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination
    • Indoor seated live events or performances with capacity limits based on venue size and modifications including physical distancing, advance ticket purchases, weekly employee testing, designated areas for eating and drinking, and attendance limited to in-state visitors.
      • Venues with a capacity of up to 1,500 people: Capacity is limited to 15% or 200 people, capacity increases to 35% if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination
      • Venues with a capacity of 1,501 and above: Capacity is limited to 10% or 2,000 people, capacity increases to 35% if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination.

    An addendum to the Blueprint for a Safer Economy provides further guidance for business with regards to tested and fully vaccinated individuals.
    • Fully vaccinated out-of-state visitors may attend activities or events that are restricted to in-state visitors
    • Fully vaccinated workers do not count toward any occupancy capacity limits
    • There are capacity bonuses for certain venues that have fully vaccinated or tested negative attendees. The capacity bonus does not apply if the venue includes any attendees that do not show proof of a negative test or full vaccination.

    See pages 8 and 9 of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy for details on the capacity bonus, seating section guidelines and acceptable forms of verification.

    The State provided updated guidance for indoor live events, entertainment and performances with seated audiences.
    The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program, which will distribute $15 billion in grants to for-profit and nonprofit shuttered venues, was set to begin accepting applications on April 8. Unfortunately, as of Wednesday, April 14 when this copy went to translation, the grant program’s portal remains closed due to a technological issue. However, applicants may continue to register for a new account.

    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

    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, review the FAQs 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

    COVID-19 Business Reopening - Understanding and Managing the Process-East Bay
    Monday, April 19, 2 – 3 p.m. 
    AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
    Free

    Cultivando clientes y consiguendo otros nuevos durante COVID-19
    Martes, 20 de Abril, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
    AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
    Gratis

    El nuevo programa de protección de cheques de pago (PPP) - Descripción gene
    Martes, 20 de Abril, Noon – 1 p.m.
    AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
    Gratis

    Social Commerce: How to Sell Via FB, Instagram & Other Tips
    Wednesday, April 21, Noon – 1:30 p.m.
    NorCal SBDC
    Free

    Wednesday, April 21, 4:30 - 6 p.m.
    East Bay Venue Coalition
    Free            

    Thursday, April 22, 10 a.m.
    Bay Area News Group
    Free
    Thursday, April 22, Noon – 1 p.m.
    AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
    Free

    Re-Opening? Create Results-Oriented Marketing the Easy Way
    Thursday, April 22, Noon – 1 p.m.
    NorCal SBDC
    Free

    New Legal Landscape in the Pandemic Economy
    Thursday, April 22, Noon – 1 p.m.
    Alliance for Community Development
    Free

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

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

    Keeping Customers & Winning New Ones During COVID-19
    Monday, April 26, 11 a.m. – Noon
    AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
    Free

    The New Payroll Protection Program (PPP)
    Tuesday, April 27, 11 a.m. – Noon
    AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
    Free

    Finding Customers / Marketing Your Idea
    Wednesday, April 28, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    East Bay Score
    $15

    Wednesday, April 28, 10:30 a.m. – Noon
    NorCal SBDC
    Free

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

    El nuevo programa de protección de cheques de pago (PPP) - Descripción gene
    Jueves, 29 de Abril, 10 – 11:00 a.m.
    AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
    Gratis

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

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

    Wednesday, May 5, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
    NorCal SBDC
    Free

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

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