COVID-19 Business Guidelines and Resources

Guidance for Employers and Employees 

This page contains resources for the City of Napa’s business community in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. As this situation rapidly evolves, we are coordinating with the Napa County Public Health, business assistance partners, and stakeholders. The Economic Development Division is committed to keeping our local business community informed of all the resources that are and will become readily available.  

For the most up-to-date information: 

Statewide at State of California COVID-19 Pagelocally at the County of Napa’s Public Health Divisionand federally at Center for Disease Control and Prevention website (CDC) and CDC Guidance for Businesses and Employees

Check out these resource flyers:

*5 Actions for Community Members to Help Local Businesses*

*5 Actions Local Businesses Can Take*


Orientación para empleadores y empleados

Esta página contiene recursos para la comunidad empresarial de la Ciudad de Napa en respuesta al brote de COVID-19. A medida que esta situación evoluciona rápidamente, nos estamos coordinando con la División de Salud Pública del Condado de Napa, los agencias asistencia comercial y líderes comunitarios. La División de Desarrollo Económico se compromete a mantener informada a nuestra comunidad empresarial local sobre todos los recursos que están y estarán disponibles.

Para obtener la información más actualizada, visite el sitio web del Centro para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC), la Guía de CDC para empresas y empleados (página actualmente en ingles), y la División de Salud Pública del Condado de Napa (página en ingles pero contiene recursos en español).  

  1. COVID-19 Resources
  2. Additional Partner Resources
  3. New Website: Support Local Businesses
  4. Remote Training and Workshops
  5. Relief Grants and Loans
  6. Workforce Assistance
  7. Pick Up Priority Sign Program
  8. Napa Al Fresco

Key Resources:

  • The Bay Area's Regional Stay at Home Order will be in effect on Dec. 17 at 11:59pm. For business guidance in English and Spanish, please visit the county website:
  • Napa County now in Purple Tier: For industry guidance, please visit Napa County's website: available in English and Spanish. 
  • Napa Al Fresco - Safe Spaces Created for Businesses Outdoors: Napa Al Fresco is helping businesses expand outdoors in response to COVID-19 social distancing guidelines.  All programs are free of charge to businesses and open to restaurants, wine tasting room, retail, and others. Napa Al Fresco consists of the following three major programs - Outdoor Business Expansion Permit Program, Shared Spaces Permit Program, and Parklet Permit Program. You can find more information to each program by following this link:
  • Downtown and Oxbow Parklet Grant Program: The Napa Downtown Property and Business Improvement District (PBID) has allocated $140,000 to the Downtown and Oxbow Parklet Grants Program to support businesses with the design, development, and installation of a parklet or shared space in the downtown area. Downtown and Oxbow District businesses will be able to apply for reimbursable grants of up to $5,000 to help finance the cost of implementing their Shared Spaces/Parklet design. To apply and learn more about the program, please contact Craig Smith at [email protected]. UPDATE: Program currently closed. 
  • Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) - As of June 15, SBA accepting application for the EIDL Loans. See website for more information. 
  • County of Napa Industry and Workplace Guidance: The County has compiled a great list of guidelines for various industries such as agriculture, childcare, restaurants, and retail sectors. 
  • Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants: California is providing state-funded disaster relief assistance to undocumented adults who are ineligible for other forms of assistance, including assistance under the Coronavirus Aid,Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and pandemic unemployment benefits, because of their immigration status. Applications open on May 18th. The California Human Development Cooperation will be processing applications for Napa County. You can click on the link or call 707-228-1338 for more information. 
  • New Website: Support Local Business: The City launched a new open-sourced website to easily list and navigate businesses that are open. Restaurants doing takeout, grocery stores with senior hours, and retail selling gift cards can all be found here
  • Updated 4/16/2020: SBA is unable to accept new applications at this time for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)-COVID-19 related assistance program (including EIDL Advances) based on available appropriations funding. Applicants who have already submitted their applications will continue to be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Updated 4/16/2020 SBA Payment Protection Program: The SBA is currently unable to accept new applications for the Paycheck Protection Program based on available appropriations funding.
  • *NEW* CA Disaster Relief Fund for Undocumented Families: On April 15, Governor Newsom announced an initiative to support undocumented families. Details of the program are still forthcoming. Amount: $500 One-time Cash Payment for Undocumented Individuals and $1,000 per households. Process: Funding will be dispersed through a community-based model of regional nonprofits working with undocumented communities. Click here to learn more. 
  • *NEW* Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program: See here for a direct link. As part of the federal CARES Act, the new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program helps unemployed Californians who are business owners, self-employed, independent contractors, have limited work history, and others not usually eligible for regular state UI benefits who are out of business or services are significantly reduced as a direct result of the pandemic.
  • SBDC Webinars and Recordings: See here for a great list of webinars providing instruction and tips for filing for small business grants
  • Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARE Act: See this document for resources, tips, and explanations of the CARE Act. Very useful! 
  • Napa Valley Register List of Open Businesses: Please fill out this form if your business is open for business during the shelter-in-place order. The Register will be publishing the list shortly and we will provide and update. 
  • Notice for Alcoholic Beverage Control Licensees: Licensees with bona fide eating places (i.e. restaurants) selling beer, wine and pre-mixed cocktails for consumption off the licensed premises with meals prepared for pick-up or delivery are required to post the following notice in a manner that puts consumers on notice of limitations regarding open container laws. For your convenience we’ve included an easy to print PDF for the purposes of posting on the licensed premises. Please click here to access the PDF.
  • Pick-Up Priority Signs: The City of Napa is providing temporary loading zones and curbside parking instructions to businesses for delivery, take-out, and online orders through the suspension of dine-in services under the State and County orders aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19. Please note that the City will not install temporary Food Pick-Up Priority signs in a private lot. You can apply for this service by completing this form.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Tony Valadez, Parking Manager, at [email protected].
  • Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Regulatory Relief: Pursuant to the Constitution of the State of California, Article XX, Section 22, and in furtherance of Governor Newsom’s emergency declarations and orders regarding the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control is temporarily suspending enforcement of specific legal prohibitions identified in this link:
  • State of California Tax Extensions Due to COVID-19: During this time of need, the State of California is supporting individuals and businesses affected by COVID-19 so they can focus on their health and wellbeing. If you’re a taxpayer affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, review these resources for more information. Check back for updates on COVID-19 and California income and consult with a tax professional.
  • IRS Extends Deadline for Filings to July 15, 2020: This relief only applies to federal income tax (including tax on self-employment income) payments otherwise due April 15, 2020, not state tax payments or deposits or payments of any other type of federal tax. Taxpayers also will need to file income tax returns in 42 states plus the District of Columbia. State filing and payment deadlines vary and are not always the same as the federal filing deadline. The IRS urges taxpayers to check with their state tax agencies for those details. For more information follow this link and consult with a tax professional:

Sites to Follow for Latest Updates:

Napa County/ Condado de Napa:

State of California/ Estado de California: