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.
Check out these resource flyers:
For the most up-to-date information please visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website (CDC), CDC Guidance for Businesses and Employees, and the County of Napa’s Public Health Division
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).
- COVID-19 Updates
- Additional Partner Resources
- New Website: Support Local Businesses
- Remote Training and Workshops
- Relief Grants and Loans
- Workforce Assistance
- Pick Up Priority Sign Program
- 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: https://www.abc.ca.gov/notice-of-regulatory-relief/
- 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. https://www.ftb.ca.gov/about-ftb/newsroom/covid-19/index.html
- 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: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/payment-deadline-extended-to-july-15-2020
Sites to Follow for Latest Updates:
Napa County/ Condado de Napa: https://www.countyofnapa.org/2739/Coronavirus
State of California/ Estado de California: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/ncov2019.aspx
Additional Partner Resources
Napa-Sonoma Small Business Development Center (SBDC): Offers free one-on-one consulting to small businesses on a variety of topics from business plans to marketing plans. Consulting can be done remotely and they also have a range of additional resources such as webinar workshops, loan information, etc.
Napa Downtown Association (DoNapa): DoNapa has a list of restaurants and shopping options that are open to takeaway, curbside, and online ordering in the downtown corridor.
Visit Napa Valley Coronavirus Toolkit:Visit Napa Valley has a toolkit containing talking points, messaging, business impact metrics, and other resources.
North Bay Workforce Alliance: The Workforce Alliance has additional resources and updates related to businesses and workers and the COVID-19 outbreak.
Napa Chamber of Commerce: The Chamber has resources related to the Napa business community and additional tips during the COVID-19 crisis.
The US Chamber of Commerce Small Business Guide: The website has updated resources and guidance to help small businesses cope with uncertainty.
The City of Napa launched a new open-sourced website listing local businesses providing goods or services during the shelter-at-home period. You’ll find a listing of your favorite restaurants doing takeout or delivery, grocery stores with senior hours, local retail selling online goods or gift cards, and much more!
Please note that this website is an open-sourced listing of businesses and is meant to help connect businesses with the community. It is not a list of essential businesses.
Remote Training and Workshops
Napa-Sonoma SBDC COVID-19 Webinars:
SBDC is offering free online webinars to support businesses. Please visit their website for the most up-to-date list of events: https://www.napasonomasbdc.org/covid19-webinars
Some of the past webinars and recordings related to COVID-19 include:
- SBDC Webinar: Coping with COVID — 10 minute overview of Forms Needed to Apply for Disaster Assistance: Northern California SBDC Finance Center advisor Sunita Maharaj shares step-by-step guidance on filing an application for the SBA Disaster Relief loan.
- SBDC Webinar: Emergency Cash Flow Resources & Opportunities: Northern California SBDC hosts a panel of expert advisors who will offer suggestions and answer your questions on how small businesses can cope with tight cash flow during the COVID-19 emergency. Panelists include expert financial advisors from across the Norcal SBDC network.
- SBDC Webinar: Prepping to Apply for SBA Economic Injury Loans: Northern California SBDC Hosts a panel of advisors to answer your questions on how small businesses can prepare and apply for an SBA Economic Injury Loan Panelists include expert financial advisors from across the Norcal SBDC network as well as a representative from the Small Business Administration.
- SBDC Webinar: Restaurants Responding to COVID-19: Louise Dawson, NorCal Regional SBDC Restaurant Specialist, will be hosting a webinar for the restaurant and hospitality community and industry specific information in response to COVID 19. Representatives from EDD to help restaurants manage workforce, ABC to talk about licenses that are not active for 30 days and other potential lifting of restrictions during this time, the Health Department to give best practices for those restaurants who are remaining open for to-go and delivery services and the SBA on disaster loans.
Grants and Loans Relief for Businesses
Our partners at the Napa-Sonoma Small Business Development Center are ready to support businesses and help them engage in COVID-19 financial resources. Find more information on the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans at: SBA.gov/Disaster.
For more help in English, please contact: Mary Cervantes, Director of SBDC, Email: [email protected] Phone: 707-256-7253
Para ayuda en Español, contacte a: Mariana Almaraz | Email: [email protected] Phone: 707-293-6088.
Federal Resources: For a list of all SBA COVID-19 Relief Resources click here
*New* Update 4/16/2020: The 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.
SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL): Up to $2M loan program (3.75% interest rate, 2.75% interest rate for nonprofits) provides small businesses with working capital loans that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing | Who can Apply: Businesses and certain nonprofits with fewer than 500 employees, certain self-employed, sole proprietors, and independent contractors.
SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance: Up to $10,000 forgivable loan advance can be received in 3 days of the application | Who can apply: same eligibility requirements as EIDL.
SBA Bridge Loan: Up to $25,000 loan with less paperwork. If a small business has an urgent need for cash while waiting for decision and disbursement on an Economic Injury Disaster Loan, they may qualify for this resource. This loan will be repaid in full or in part by the proceeds of the EIDL Loan. | Who can apply: same eligibility requirements as EIDL.
SBA Paycheck Protection Program (PPP): As of 4/16/2020, funding is currently unavailable for this program. Loans up to $10M at 1% Interest. This loan is fully forgiven if used to cover payroll costs for over an 8 week period after the loan is made. Businesses must go through a participating SBA lender. It is advised that you begin by inquiring with your own financial institution in the event they are a participating PPP lender. Some financial institutions are accepting non-client applications. | Who can apply: Businesses and certain nonprofits with fewer than 500 employees, Businesses with more than 500 employees are eligible in certain industries, certain self-employed, sole proprietors, and independent contractors. 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."
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security(CARES) Act
The programs and initiatives in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security(CARES) Act that was just passed by Congress are intended to assist business owners with whatever needs they have right now. When implemented, there will be many new resources available for small businesses, as well as certain nonprofits and other employers. This guide above provides information about the major programs and initiatives that will soon be available from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to address these needs, as well as some additional tax provisions that are outside the scope of SBA.
California’s Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development has compiled helpful information for employers, employees and all Californians as it relates to the COVID-19 outbreak. Some key resources include
CA Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (IBANK): IBank offers loan programs for businesses affected by disasters in California. IBank, a unit within California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), offers the following loan programs for businesses from one to 750 employees (small businesses)
California Capital Access Program (CalCAP): Encourages banks and other financial institutions to make loans to small businesses that have difficulty obtaining financing. CalCAP is a loan loss reserve program which may provide up to 100% coverage on losses as a result of certain loan defaults. Loans are available up to $5 million.
Other Access to Capital
SBA provides a number of loan resources for small businesses to utilize when operating their business. For more information on loans or how to connect with a lender, visit: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans.
IRS Tax Relief: The IRS has established a special section focused on steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the coronavirus.
The Federal Government is expected to be providing further resources for employers and employees impacted by COVID-19 outbreak. Will will update this page as we know more.
Workforce Assistance for Employers, Employees, and Unemployed
*NEW* Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program: See here for a direct link. Applications will be launched April 28, 2020. 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. The provisions of the program once operational include:
- Up to 39 weeks of benefits starting with weeks of unemployment beginning February 2, 2020, through the week ending December 31, 2020, depending on when you became directly impacted by the pandemic.
- An additional $600 to each PUA weekly benefit amount you may be eligible to receive, as part of the separate CARES Act Pandemic Additional Compensation program. Only the weeks of a claim between March 29 and July 31 are eligible for the extra $600 payments.
The PUA benefits are payable if you don’t qualify for regular UI benefits in California or another state and also do not qualify for State Disability Insurance or Paid Family Leave benefits. This includes:
- Business owners
- Self-employed individuals
- Independent contractors
- Individuals who may have qualified for regular UI benefits but have collected all benefits for which they are eligible.
*NEW* Napa Valley Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD)
Emergency Financial Assistance Program (On The Move - Napa County Recovery Center): How it works? One-time grant based on households that do not qualify for unemployment insurance. Please click here for more information.
Government Benefits Enrollment: Enrollment Support (CalFresh, Unemployment Insurance, Reduced Employment, Family Leave, etc.)
Contact Information for Program Participants for COAD services in Napa: Phone: 707-363-8390 (Spanish and English), Email: [email protected] (Spanish and English)
In an effort to minimize coronavirus (COVID-19) exposure, CareerPoint NAPA has cancelled all workshops & hiring events until further notice. We encourage our consumers to complete job search activities by phone or email. We are unable to offer one-to-one assistance.
REQUEST RESUME OR JOB SEARCH ASSISTANCE
Resume and job search assistance will continue to be offered remotely by phone and email.
Times: Monday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. & Thursday 1 to 4 p.m.
Request Job Leads by email
Sign Up for CalJOBs
APPLY FOR UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE (UI), FAMILY LEAVE, OR DISABILITY BENEFITS (SDI)
If you require assistance or information applying for UI or SDI, call EDD directly or apply online.
Apply Online for Unemployment Insurance (UI)
Apply Online for Disability Benefits (SDI)
Additional EDD resources
Helpful Phone Numbers:
- Apply by Phone 24 hours per day, 7 days per week: 1-866-333-4606
- Live representatives are available Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
- Disability Insurance: 1-800-480-3287 - Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Paid Family Leave: 1-877-238-4373 - Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Other Local Resources
CareerPoint North Bay: CareerPoint is a network of workforce development experts and resources for job seekers.
Workforce Alliance of the North Bay [Insert Hyperlink to website]: Workforce Alliance has a network of career centers, employment and training initiatives, and programs to support the workforce.
Workforce Alliance resources include:
California’s Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development has compiled helpful information for employers, employees and all Californians as it relates to the COVID-19 outbreak. Some key resources include:
Reduced Work Hours, Potential Closure or Layoffs, and Tax Assistance: Resource link with a variety of support services to individuals affected by COVID-19 in California
Work Sharing Program: Employers can apply for the Work Sharing Program if they are looking for alternatives to layoffs due to reduced production, services, or other conditions. This program helps you keep your trained employees so that when business conditions improve, you can avoid the expense of recruiting, hiring, and training new employees, and save your employees the hardship of becoming fully unemployed.
Partial Claims: Partial claims are for employees whose employers want to keep them but have temporarily laid them off or reduced their hours. A partial Unemployment Insurance claim can be used for any claimant who works less than their normal full-time hours, and whose employers want to keep them.
Request resume or job search assistanceResume and job search assistance will continue to be offered remotely by phone and email.
Times: Monday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. & Thursday 1 to 4 p.m.
Request Job Leads by email
Sign Up for CalJOBs
Apply for unemployment insurance (UI), family leave, or disability benefits (SDI) If you require assistance or information applying for UI or SDI, call EDD directly or apply online.
Apply Online for Unemployment Insurance (UI)
Apply Online for Disability Benefits (SDI)
Additional EDD resources
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 Pick-Up Priority signs in a private lot.
You can also see participating businesses on this google map.