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Alameda County Advances to Yellow Tier, ABC Extends Some Relief Measures, State Health Guidance, Reopening Resources, Upcoming Webinars
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June 11, 2021

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This is an update from the City of Oakland’s Economic & Workforce Development Department (EWDD) for 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.

Alameda County Advances to Yellow Tier
As of June 9, Alameda County moved into the Yellow Tier in the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, allowing additional business operations and activities to resume. In the Yellow Tier, indoor dining is allowed at 50% capacity; most retail store capacity increases to 100%; and gyms, fitness centers and yoga studios may operate indoors 50% capacity with modifications; and movie theaters capacity increases to 50%. Bars, where no meals are served, may open indoors at 25% capacity. For the full roster of activities, visit https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/ and enter Alameda in the search field.

The following activities remain restricted in the Yellow Tier and are not allowed by the State to operate:
  • Festivals
  • Nightclubs

Businesses may want to use this week to plan for the broad reopening that the State will allow starting June 15. Through June 14, businesses and activities permitted to open or expand under the State’s Yellow Tier must continue to comply with the State’s Industry Guidance for that tier: covid19.ca.gov/industry-guidance/. Additional workplace resources can be found here covid-19.acgov.org/recovery and oaklandca.gov/resources/coronavirus-2019-covid-19-business-and-worker-resources

To help employers understand changing COVID-19 guidance and what moving Beyond the Blueprint means for them and their employees, clients and customers, Alameda County is hosting a Community Updates for Employers on June 21 from 6-7:30 p.m. This event will include an overview of Cal/OSHA’s updated standards so the appropriate steps can be taken to ensure a safe work environment after June 15. To learn more, visit https://covid-19.acgov.org/beyond-the-blueprint. The livestream will be available on YouTube and a recording will be available after the event.
ABC Extends Some Relief Measures until December 31
The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) posted a notice indicating that to-go cocktails, licensed footprint expansions for outdoor dining and certain other activities will be able to continue until December 31, 2021. The following provisions will temporarily remain in place:
  • On-sale retailers exercising off-sale privileges
  • Sales of alcoholic beverages to-go
  • Deliveries to consumers
  • Free delivery
  • Expansion of licensed footprint
  • On-sale licensees without kitchen facilities
  • “Virtual” meet the winemaker or brewer dinners
  • Renewal of relief for charitable promotions and sales
  • Relief from type-75 requirement to produce 100 barrels of beer annually

However, ABC shared that certain previous regulatory relief efforts will end by June 30. Among other items, this includes:
  • Returns of alcoholic beverages
  • Distilled spirits manufacturers providing high-proof spirits for disinfection products/hand sanitizers
  • Virtual wine tastings
  • Drive-thru windows for off-sale transactions
  • Delivery hours extended to midnight
    State Health Department Issues Guidance for Businesses Effective June 15
    While the tier-based restrictions outlined in the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy remain in effect through June 14, the state recently released guidance effective June 15.

    All workplaces must continue to follow current Cal/OSHA’s standards, including current masking requirements, if applicable to your business.
    Share your Feedback on the City’s Business Update Emails
    After more than a year of sharing business updates via email, we want to hear from you about what is working and what we could do better. Please take a moment today to share your thoughts by taking a brief reader survey.
    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

    Tuesday, June 15, 10:30 a.m. – Noon
    NorCal SBDC
    Free

    COVID-19 Restrictions in California Lift June 15th -- Is Your Business READY?
    Tuesday, June 15, 2 – 3 p.m.
    AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
    Free

    Can You Afford to Pay Ransom for Your Data? Learn About Cybersecurity NOW!
    Wednesday, June 16, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
    AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
    Free

    Wednesday, June 16, 1 - 2 p.m.
    Alameda County
    Free

    Thursday, June 17, 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    California Employment Development Department
    Free         

    COVID-19 Restrictions in California Lift June 15th -- Is Your Business READY?
    Thursday, June 17, 11 a.m. – Noon
    AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
    Free

    Cese de restricciones COVID-19 en California – ¿Está su negocio preparado?
    Jueves, 17 de junio, 2 – 3 p.m. 
    AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
    Gratis

    Can You Afford to Pay Ransom for Your Data? Learn About Cybersecurity NOW!
    Monday, June 21, Noon – 1 p.m.
    AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
    Free

    Monday, June 21, 6 - 7:30 p.m. 
    Alameda County
    Free

    Disaster Relief Loan Updates
    Wednesday, June 23, 10:30 a.m. – Noon
    NorCal SBDC
    Free

    Cese de restricciones COVID-19 en California – ¿Está su negocio preparado?
    Miércoles, 23 de junio, 11 a.m.- Noon
    AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
    Gratis

    Wednesday, June 23, Noon – 1 p.m.
    NorCal SBDC
    Free

    Wednesday, June 23,  1 – 3 p.m.
    NorCal SBDC
    Free

    Thursday, June 24, 9 – 10 a.m.
    NorCal SBDC
    Free

    Thursday, June 24, Noon – 1:30 p.m.
    NorCal SBDC
    Free

    COVID-19 Restrictions in California Lift June 15th -- Is Your Business READY?
    Thursday, June 24, 1 – 2 p.m.
    AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
    Free

    Is NOT having a Website Costing You Money? Learn to Create One Yourself!
    Monday, June 28, Noon – 1 p.m.
    AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
    Free

    Monday, June 28, 12:30 p.m.
    Pacific Community Ventures
    Free

    Is NOT having a Website Costing You Money? Learn to Create One Yourself!
    Tuesday, June 29, 10 – 11 a.m.
    AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center
    Free
     
     

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