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 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:
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 To view the LAEDC Resource Guide, visit:
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

As our community continues to slow the curve of infection of COVID-19, the County of Los Angeles has announced its plans for a phased reopening. This five-stage plan focuses on reviewing our prevention efforts surrounding COVID-19, engaging with sector leaders for a plan to reopen, developing protocols for reopening and the eventual reopening of sectors by stage. 

Effective May 13, 2020, the "Safer At Home" Health Officer Order requires specific higher-risk businesses to remain closed. This order allows select non-essential Lower-Risk Retail Businesses (not including retailers in an indoor mall or shopping center) to reopen for curbside, doorside, or other outdoor or outside pickup, or via delivery only. As a precondition to reopening, these Lower-Risk Retail Businesses must implement the County’s Reopening Protocol for Retail Establishments prior to reopening.

To view the "Safer at Home" revised order issued on May 13 for more information, please click here.

  • All Essential Businesses may remain open to the public and conduct normal business operations, provided that they implement and maintain the Social (Physical) Distancing Protocol defined in Paragraph 20 of the Order and attached to the Order as Appendix A.
  • For any Lower-Risk Retail Business that sells goods and services, the owner, manger or operator must, prior to reopening, prepare, implement and post the required Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Reopening Protocol for Retail Establishments, attached to the Order as Appendix B.
  • For any non-retail Lower-Risk Retail Business that is a manufacturing and logistics sector business that supplies Lower-Risk Retail Businesses, the owner, manger or operator must, prior to reopening, prepare, implement and post the required Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Reopening Protocol, applicable to the business type or location, attached to the Order as Appendix C.

This Order allows persons to engage in Essential Activities, as defined by the Order, but requires persons to at all times, practice Social (Physical) Distancing while out in public, to lower the risks of person-to-person contact for themselves and others. 

For the purposes of this Order, "Social (Physical) Distancing" means:

  1. Maintaining at least six (6)- feet of physical distance from individuals who are not members of the same household;
  2. Frequently washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or using hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol;
  3. Wearing a cloth face-covering when in contact with others who do not live in the same household or living unit; and
  4. Avoiding all physical interaction outside the household when sick with a fever or cough, except for necessary medical care.

Last updated: 5/14/30 at 6:15 p.m.