In coordination with the mandate by LA County Public Health and the LA County Board of Supervisors, all bars, nightclubs, wineries, brew pubs, fitness centers, and movie theaters were directed to close as of Monday, March 16. Restaurants are directed to move to take-out only options. This directive applies to all 88 cities in Los Angeles County, including Agoura Hills, and unincorporated regions of Los Angeles County.
A designated list of "essential" businesses as listed by the California State Health Officer can be found here.
LA COUNTY BUSINESS & WORKER DISASTER HELP CENTER
If you own a small business or are a worker that has been affected by COVID-19, you can get free, one-on-one counseling and support by either:
Calling (833) 238-4450, visiting http://LACountyHelpCenter.org or by email at: DisasterHelpCenter@lacounty.gov
SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION DISASTER LOANS
The US Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to California small business suffering economic injury as a result of COVID-19. Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at: disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email email@example.com for more information on SBA disaster assistance.
Frequently asked questions (FAQ) regarding small businesses answered by the California Governor's Office of Business can be found here.
RESOURCES FOR BUSINESSES & WORKERS – CA STATE & COUNTY
U.S Treasury Secretary Mnuchin has announced that individuals and businesses with an April 15th tax filing deadline will be given an additional 90 days to pay taxes. You will not be charged penalties or interest. This press release can be found here. California State Franchise Tax Board has issued a statement as of March 18th that 2019 filing deadline has also been moved 90 days to July 15th, 2020. You Can view the California Franchise Tax Board's press release here.
The State launched a new website with resources to help businesses impacted by COVID-19. www.covid19.ca.gov
LAEDC can work with businesses one-on-one to see if they qualify for other non-traditional loans, and to help access capital and tax incentives, and cost containment strategies so businesses can maintain operations and avoid layoffs. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
California’s Work Sharing Program provides an alternative to layoffs for businesses with reduced work or production. More info here.
The County provides Rapid Response services to businesses and workers impacted by layoffs and will work with businesses to avoid layoffs and closures, get workers connected to benefits, unemployment insurance and other services. Email Bizdev@wdacs.lacounty.gov
RESOURCES FOR WORKERS – CA STATE
The County enacted an emergency moratorium on residential and commercial evictions through March 31. Tenants will have until November 2020 to pay the property owner for any rent owed.
If you’ve been laid off or had your hours reduced, you can apply for Unemployment Insurance through the State Employment Development Department (EDD). https://www.edd.ca.gov/unemployment/
If you’re unable to work due because you have or were exposed to COVID-19, you can file a Disability Insurance Claim through the State EDD. More information available here.
Employees who need leave to take care of children or family members can apply for Paid Family Leave (PFL) through the State EDD. More Information available here.
Employees who have or are losing wages due to Coronavirus can apply for benefits through the state EDD. More information available here.