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State Revises Guidelines for Indoor Live Events and Performances, Federal Grant for Venue Operators Now Open, State Small Business Grant Program’s Round 6 Dates Announced, Flex Streets Eases Use of Sidewalks, Parklets for Business Use, Application Deadline for PPP Loans Extended, Ongoing Resources, Upcoming Webinars and Events

April 9, 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 moved to the Orange Tier in the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy on Wednesday, March 31. The County must remain in the Orange Tier for at least three weeks before moving into the next, less restrictive Yellow Tier. For a roster of allowed activities, visit covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/ and enter Alameda in the search field. Businesses and activities permitted to open under the State’s Orange Tier must continue to comply with the State’s Industry Guidance: covid19.ca.gov/industry-guidance/.

As long as hospitalization rates remain low and vaccine rollout remains on pace, the State will fully remove most COVID-19 restrictions on June 15. Wearing a mask will still be required. Learn more about planned steps beyond the Blueprint for a Safer Economy.
In this email: State Revises Guidelines for Indoor Live Events and Performances | Federal Grant for Venue Operators Now Open | State Small Business Grant Program’s Round 6 Dates Announced | Flex Streets Eases Use of Sidewalks, Parklets for Businesses | Application Deadline for PPP Loans Extended | Resources for Re-Opening | Ongoing Business Support | Upcoming Online Workshops & Webinars
State Revises Guidelines for Indoor Live Events and Performances
Beginning on Thursday, April 15, additional activities – including gatherings, private events or meetings (such as receptions or conferences), and indoor seated live events and performances – will be 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 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.

Specific guidance is forthcoming and will be posted at: https://covid19.ca.gov/industry-guidance/#live-performances
    After this email content was sent for translation, the SBA's application portal has experienced some technical issues. They are working to address them and bring the portal back up. You can still register in the portal and the SBA will share updates as they come available.

    The
    Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program includes $15 billion in grants to for-profit and nonprofit shuttered venues. The SBA began accepting applications on Thursday, April 8. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until funds are exhausted. Grant amounts are up to 45% of a venue’s gross earned revenue, with the maximum single grant award capped at $10 million.

    Applicants can apply at any time regardless of when their award priority period begins. SBA will place submitted applications in the appropriate priority group, and within each priority group, applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. Those venues that suffered the greatest economic loss will be the first applications processed. The SBA will reserve no less than $2 billion of program funding for grants to entities that have no more than 50 employees.

    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

    If an entity has received a PPP loan after December 27, 2020, their SVOG amount will be 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, review the FAQs or email SVOGrant@sba.gov
    Round 6 of the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program will open on Wednesday, April 28 and close on Tuesday, May 4. The program offers grant awards from $5,000 to $25,000.

    Round 6 is open to 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. Applicants not selected to receive a grant in previous rounds do not need to re-apply and will be automatically moved into Round 6. New applicants should apply through a partner found at CAReliefGrant.com. On-demand videos in multiple languages can guide you through the application process.
    Flex Streets Eases Use of Sidewalks, Parklets for Business Use
    With the move to the Orange Tier, bars are allowed to operate outdoor operations without serving food. Bars, restaurants and other businesses that want 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.
    Application Deadline for PPP Loans Extended
    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.
    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

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

    El nuevo programa de protección de cheques de pago (PPP) - Descripción gene
    Lunes, 12 de Abril, 1 – 2 p.m.
    AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
    Gratis


    The New Payroll Protection Program (PPP)
    Monday, April 12, 2 – 3 p.m.
    AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
    Free


    Monday, April 12, 5 – 6:30 p.m.
    NorCal SBDC
    Tuesday, April 13, 9 – 10 a.m.
    NorCal SBDC
    Free

    COVID-19 Business Reopening -Understanding and Managing the Process-East Bay
    Tuesday, April 13, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
    AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
    Free

    Cultivando clientes y consiguendo otros nuevos durante COVID-19
    Martes, 13 de Abril, 11 a.m. – Noon
    AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
    Gratis

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

    Thursday, April 15, 911 a.m.
    Oakland Metro Chamber
    $50-$75

    COVID-19: Reabriendo negocios - Entendiendo y Navaegando el Proceso de Reapertura
    Jueves, 15 de Abril, 11:00 a.m. – Noon
    AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
    Gratis

    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

    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            

    The New Payroll Protection Program (PPP)
    Thursday, April 22, Noon – 1 p.m.
    AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
    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

    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

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

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