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The City of West Covina continues to monitor the public health situation associated with COVID-19 and is taking necessary precautions due to the heighten concerns over the spread of COVID-19.  

As the health and safety of our residents is of paramount importance, the City of West Covina has closed City Hall to the public and suspended all City-sponsored events until further notice.  In addition, several City facilities have been temporary closed.  Please note the City Hall has been reopened to the public.  For more information please visit the City’s webpage: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Businesses 411 on COVID -19

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The COVID-19 is impacting our businesses and as City's businesses may begin to experience economic hardship as a result of the virus, the following are some resources and references.  For further information please see below:

For further information about the COVID-19 virus in California please visit the California Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response page (State of California).


Business Closures & Reopening of Businesses:

For information on The Governor of California, Gavin Newsom on March 15, 2020 called for the closure of all bars, nightclubs, wineries and breweries with restaurants lowering their dine-in patrons and focusing on takeout/drive-thru/delivery.

The County of Los Angeles County Public Health Department (LA County) has issued several orders regarding the closure of businesses.  At this time essential businesses continue to be permitted to be open with protocols for social distancing and infection control protocols.

Essential Businesses that can remain open include the following:

  • Grocery Stores (including certified farmers market)
  • Food Banks
  • Gas Stations
  • Hardware Stores 
  • Banks
  • Home Services (for example: Plumbers, electricians, exterminators, handyman, janitorial workers, landscapers)
  • Funeral Home workers
  • Mail/Shipping services
  • Laundromats / Dry Cleaners
  • Restaurants
    •  Limited to allow only pick-up, delivery, and drive-thru.
    • In restaurant dining is prohibited
  • Hotels / Motels
  • Construction Workers

For those Essential Businesses that remain open, the Los Angeles County Health Department is requiring owners/managers:

  • Enforce social distancing measures (6 ft apart)
  • Provide access to hand washing facilities with soap and water/ hand sanitizer (that 60% alcohol)
  • Post sign in a conspicuous place at all public entries instructing the public not to enter if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
  • Adhere to Los Angeles County recommendations including cleaning and disinfecting the site

As part of Los Angeles County Roadmap to Recovery – Stage 2, there are two categories of Low-Risk businesses that can reopen subject to conditions set by the May 13, 2020 Health Order and State Executive Order N-33-20.

Non-Essential Businesses that can reopen:

  • All Retailers that can provide/offer curbside pickup:

All businesses reopening must adhere to physical distancing & cloth face covering and infection control. To reopen your business you must post prior to opening, prepare, implement and post the reopening Protocols for your specific industry.  The LA County protocols are provided as links.

  • Outdoor Recreation:
  • Golf Courses
  • Trailheads and Parks
    • Individuals must wear face coverings and practice social distancing.

For more information about the phases of reopening LA County, visit County of LA and Los Angeles County of Public Health.


Supporting your Local Businesses:

The closure will impact many of our local businesses, the following are whys you can continue to support them during the countywide closure:

  • Order Pick-up, Curbside or Delivery - Check out some of West Covina Eateries that are open during this time. 
  • Buy Gift cards directly from your favorite business
  • Shop local online
  • Tip more then usual

Funding/Programs for Business:

With the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) throughout the United States, and the current closures the City understands it impacts our businesses. Below please find programs and services to assist during this preventative COVID-19 closure:

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the federal stimulus package, was signed into law on Friday, March 27, 2020Specifically, the Payment Protection Program that has been allocated $350 billion to help businesses during this time.

  • For a summary of the program, please click here.
  • For PPP loans for minority & women owned businesses through MBE Capital Partners please click here

(This is regarding Magic Johnson announcement to provide $100 million to fund the federal loans for minority  and women business owners. For the article please click here.)

Small Business Administration (SBA)

Employment Development Department Resources

  • Working Sharing Program
  • Rapid Response Program
    • Purpose: To assist companies facing potential layoffs or closure.
    • Who can apply
    • Assistance ($): Varies depending on current wage
    • Link: https://workforce.lacounty.gov/rapid-response/
    • Customer Service Contact:
      • Employers: (626) 814-8234
  • Tax Assistance
    • Employers can request up to a 60-day extension of time from EDD to file their state payroll reports.

Small Business Development Center (SBDC), University of La Verne

  • SBDC Services
    • Purpose: Help businesses prepare and recover 
      • Steps you can take
      1. Sign up for SBDC Virtual Business Consulting (no cost)
      2. Register for Recorded COVID-19 Webinars (free)
        •  Business Interruption: Actionable Steps for Small Business Owners
        • Preparing for COVID-19: What Small Business Owners Should Do
          • Link to register 
      3. Daily COVID-19 Relief Daily Webinar and Q&A
      4. Stay Updated on Available Business Resources & Get Additional Information from SBDC

      5. Contact: Joshua Botello, jbotello@laverne.edu or at (909) 448-1567

  • LA SBDC COVID-19 Response Guide
    • Purpose: Interim guidance, based on what is currently known about the COVID-19 disease, that provides updated information on avaialble resources for Businesses and Employers
    • Resources are from:
      • Small Business Administration (SBA)
      • Employee Development Department (EDD)
      • Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    • Linkhttps://smallbizla.org/covid19-response-guide/

Recommended Workplace Practices:

  • Encourage sick employees to stay home
  • Separate sick employees
  • Emphasize Staying home when sick, respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene by all employees
  • Perform routine environmental cleaning
  • Advise employees before traveling to take certain steps

SBDC - LA Small Business Development Center's COVID-19 Response Guide 

SBA - Guidance for Businesses and Employers

CDC - Interim Guidance of Businesses and Employers

OSHA - Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19