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County Health Pauses Further Re-openings and Shares Holiday Guidance, Free Legal Advice for Commercial Leaseholders, Free COVID Testing

November 13, 2020

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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.
Alameda County Pauses Further Openings, Shares Guidance on Holidays
On Thursday, November 12, Alameda County indicated they have temporarily paused plans to open additional activities, given the recent increases in the COVID-19 case rate in Alameda County and rise in cases across the Bay Area and the state. The County’s statement also indicates they anticipate moving into a more restrictive tier soon. Earlier action will help flatten the curve.

The Alameda County Health Officer joined with officials from nine other Bay Area counties to issue recommendations for safer holidays and travel. The joint recommendations advise the public that if you gather in person, keep it small, short, stable and outdoors. Also, nonessential travel, including holiday travel, is not recommended. Travel outside the Bay Area will increase your chance of getting infected and spreading the virus to others after your return. For those who are traveling, there are tips to help avoid catching COVID-19 or spreading it to fellow travelers. If you travel outside the Bay Area, it is strongly recommended that you self-quarantine for 14 days after your return if your activities while travelling put you at higher risk of getting COVID-19. Find the detailed recommendations at: https://covid-19.acgov.org/covid19-assets/docs/press/holiday-recommendations-2020.11.09.pdf

As we see case counts grow regionally and nationally, we all must continue to take actions to limit the spread of COVID-19: wear face coverings when you leave home, limit mixing with people outside of your household and stay six feet away from each other when you do, wash hands frequently and stay home when sick.
Through a City of Oakland CARES Act-funded grant, the nonprofit Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area (LCCRSF) is providing legal advice and assistance on lease negotiations to small businesses that have suffered revenue losses due to COVID-19. LCCRSF will provide legal assistance through commercial leasing webinars, one-hour consultations and longer-term legal assistance. Oakland small business owners may request hour-long, one-on-one consultations with an attorney by completing an online application at: http://bit.ly/OaklandLeaseAdvice
Free COVID-19 Testing
On Tuesday, October 27, the County of Alameda and Alameda Health System launched a new COVID-19 testing site at the Henry J. Kaiser Center, 10 Tenth Street in Oakland. You do not need a doctor’s note or insurance and you will not be asked about immigration status. Any adult can receive a test on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Essential workers will be prioritized for appointments from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday and Thursdays. Children, two and older, can be tested on Saturdays. Appointments can be made at: https://ac.fulgentgenetics.com/ To learn about other free testing sites in Oakland, visit: https://covid-19.acgov.org/testing.page?#Community
Free Digital Workshops to Strengthen Oakland’s Cultural Community
To help Oakland-based arts organizations and artists develop a robust online digital presence, 14 free, virtual workshops are being held from November 9 to December 10. Through the City’s CARES Act funding, Youth Speaks, in partnership with YR Media and Zoo Labs, will offer classes on:
   · Available tools for programming and production
   · Producing content utilizing low-cost tools and technology
   · The aesthetic associated with virtual presentations
   · Social media and marketing strategies
   · Strategies on how to monetize one’s presence

For details on the workshop offerings and registration, please visit: lifeisliving.org/
Upcoming Online Workshops & Webinars
Serie de 12 Tallaeres para Emprendedores Hispanos
Jueves hasta el 17 de diciembre
California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Gratis

Entrepreneurs Workshop Series
Thursdays through December 17
Mandela Partners
Sliding Scale: $25 - $100

Tuesday, November 17, 10 – 11 a.m.
Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
Free

Finding Customers/Marketing Your Idea
Wednesday, November 18, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
East Bay SCORE
$15

Thursday, November 19, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
City of Oakland Workforce Development Board
Free

Thursday, November 19, 3 p.m.
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights
Free

COVID-19 Business Reopening-Understanding and Managing the Process
Thursday, November 19, 3 – 4 p.m.
AnewAmerica Women's Business Center
Free

Post COVID-19 Business Imperatives
Thursday, November 19, 3 – 5 p.m.
Alameda County SBDC
Free

Monday, November 23, 3 – 5 p.m.
Alameda County SBDC
Free

Earn up to $5,000 OJT Funds for your Workforce: COVID-19 Support
Tuesday, November 24, 11 am. – 1 p.m.
Alameda County SBDC
Free

Commercial Lease Negotiation Webinar (Cantonese and English)
Wednesday, December 2, 5 p.m.
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights
Free

COVID-19 Business Reopening-Understanding and Managing the Process
Thursday, December 3, 10 – 11 a.m.
AnewAmerica Women's Business Center
Free

COVID-19 Business Reopening-Understanding and Managing the Process
Thursday, December 10, 2 – 3 p.m.
AnewAmerica Women's Business Center
Free

Wednesday, December 16, 8:30 a.m. – Noon
East Bay SCORE
$15

Wednesday, December 16, Noon
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights
Free

Thursday, November 17, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
City of Oakland Workforce Development Board
Free

Thursday, December 17, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Alameda County SBDC
Free
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:
   · Alameda County Public Health Department’s Mask Required for Entry Posters
   · County screening guidance for employers in multiple languages
   · Self-assessment guidance for workers in multiple languages
   · Information on cleaning/disinfecting businesses
   · Workplace Safety
   · ReOpening Guide signs by the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Oaklandish and the Economic Recovery Advisory Council, in four languages.

If one of your employees tests positive, please contact Alameda County’s COVID Workplace team at COVIDWorkplace@acgov.org or call (510) 268-2101 to submit a case report and for guidance and next steps. Businesses are required to notify the Alameda County Public Health Department of all positive COVID-19 cases. To learn about COVID-19 testing sites in Oakland, visit https://www.oaklandca.gov/resources/how-to-get-tested.
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.
   · Take the COVID-19 Business Impact Data Survey, which serves as the City’s intake pathway to request one-on-one business assistance
   · Take our brief Business Re-opening and Recovery Survey to help the City gauge COVID-19 impacts to your business and what resources would help
 
 

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