COVID-19 Resources

As we monitor the evolving situation surrounding the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to be sure to keep our business owners and employees up to date on current information and available resources.

  • How to reach the Economic Development Division 

Resources for business and employees affected by COVID-19

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)Payroll Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. Due to likely high subscription, at least 75% of the forgiven amount must have been used for payroll. These loan payments can also be deferred for six months. No collateral or personal guarantees are required. Neither the government nor lenders will charge small businesses any fees. For more information, please visit: Payroll Protection Program

Economic Injury Disaster Loans provide small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. The loan advance will provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. Funds will be made available within three days of a successful application, and this loan advance of up to $10,000 will not have to be repaid: Economic Injury Disaster Loan

NOTICE: 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.
California Employment Development Department (EDD)Unemployment Insurance due to layoffs or loss in wages due to reduced hours: Unemployment Insurance

Disability Insurance if you are unable to work due to having or being exposed to  COVID-19: Disability Insurance

Paid Family Leave you’re unable to work because you are caring for an ill or  quarantined family member with COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional): Paid Family Leave
CARES ActFor answers to frequently asked questions regarding federal stimulus package: CARES Act
OnwardCAOnwardCA.org is a web-based resource that connects people who have lost their jobs to life essential services, training opportunities, and other potential jobs.
California Franchise Tax Board For special tax relief available to California taxpayers affected by COVID-19: FTB
California Department of Tax and Fee Assistance (CDTFA)For special assistance including tax filing and payment extensions, and/or relief from interest and penalties: CDTFA
U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)For interim guidance on preparing workplaces for COVID-19, you can view the OSHA/HHS guidance document here: Workplace Guidance
Small Business Finance CenterDisaster Relief Loan Guarantee Program that provides loan guarantees up to $1 million.

JumpStart Loan Program for loans up to $10,000 with accommodations for disasters.

The programs are through local mission based lenders, the Financial Development Corporations: Small Business Finance Center
Small Business Development Centers (SBDC)California funds a network of Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) that can help small businesses community navigate about loan programs and other private options, as well as help with strategy for resiliency: SBDC
California Treasures OfficeSmall business loan program with special disaster assistance that is used extensively by the CDFI community: CalCAP
LA County Consumer and Business AffairsCentralized call center and website providing free, one-on-one counseling and support for business owners: LACountyHelpCenter.org
LAEDC (Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation)For immediate no-cost business assistance and crisis relief program consultation, please contact Joseph Torres at (213) 448-1804 or joseph.torres@laedc.org. To view the LAEDC Resource Guide, visit: www.laedc.org/coronavirus
Southern California EdisonOffering flexible payment plans to customers impacted by COVID-19: Southern California Edison
SoCal Gas CompanyOffered to waive late fees for small businesses who are experiencing financing hardship to customers impacted by COVID-19. Please call 1-800-427-2200. Visit: SoCal Gas

We understand that it may be confusing to identify what resources are available to employees. For an easier guide to this information, consider visiting Labor & Workforce Agency’s website https://www.labor.ca.gov/coronavirus2019/


Effective immediately, hair salons and barbershops can reopen and in-person dining in restaurants can resume with safeguards as Los Angeles County moves forward on the Roadmap to Recovery. Los Angeles County is now the advanced stages of Phase 2 of the State’s Resilience Roadmap.

Below is the list of Lower-Risk Businesses may reopen under the revised "Reopening Safer at Work and in the Community for the Control of COVID-19" Order:

  1. Retailers ("Lower-Risk Retail Businesses");
  2. Manufacturing and logistics sector businesses that supply Lower-Risk Retail Businesses;
  3. Non-essential office-based businesses (although telework is strongly encouraged);
  4. Indoor Malls and Shopping Centers;
  5. Hair salons and barbershops.


Physical distancing requirements, cloth face coverings, and other public health guidelines must be observed as the recovery progresses.


The Health Officer orders the continued closure for the following types of higher-risk businesses:

  • Bars and nightclubs;
  • Gyms and fitness centers;
  • Movie theaters, live performance theaters, concert halls and venues, stadiums, arenas, gaming facilities, theme parks, and festivals;
  • Bowling alleys and arcades;
  • Public Piers;
  • Personal care establishments, currently required by the State to remain closed, including nail salons, massage and body art establishments;
  • Indoor and outdoor playgrounds for children, except those located within a childcare center;
  • Community centers, including public pools, but specifically excluding pools, tubs, and saunas that are in a multi-unit residence or part of a Homeowners’ Association;
  • Indoor museums, indoor children museums, gallery spaces, and zoos;
  • All events and gatherings, unless specifically allowed by this Order.


Please prepare, implement, and post the required protocols prior to reopening your business:

 To view the complete "Reopening Safer at Work and in the Community for the Control of COVID-19" revised Health Officer Order issued on May 29 for more information, please click here.

Last updated: 5/29/30 at 10:00 p.m.