Updated: April 1, 2020

CA Governor Newsom issued a statewide order for all to stay-at-home except to fulfill essential needs to help reduce the spread and impact of coronavirus (COVID-19).

U.S. Senate Passes Economic Stimulus and Relief Package: Senate unanimously passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Actto address the unprecedented public health and economic crisis related to COVID-19. 


Based on CA Dept of Public Health Statewide Guidance, your brewery tasting room or brewpub is still allowed to do the following:

  • manufacturing and packaging beer
  • working with your wholesaler or self-distributing
  • shipping beer within CA
  • delivering direct-to-consumers’ addresses
  • filling to-go orders




  • TTB Updates and Guidance - To assist during this period, TTB is postponing several filing and payment due dates for 90 days where the original due date falls on or after March 1, 2020, through July 1, 2020. Specifically, TTB is:
  • Postponing tax payment due dates for wine, beer, distilled spirits, tobacco products, cigarette papers and tubes, firearms, and ammunition excise taxes.
  • Postponing filing due dates for excise tax returns.
  • Postponing filing due dates for submission of operational reports.
  • Postponing filing due dates for claims for credit or refund by producers.
  • Postponing filing due dates for claims by manufacturers of nonbeverage products.
  • Postponing due dates for submission of export documentation.
  • Considering emergency variations from regulatory requirements for affected businesses on a case-by-case basis.
  • Reviewing requests for relief from penalties based on reasonable cause.
  • Returns of alcoholic beverages.
  • Retail-to-retail transactions.
  • Extension of credit.
  • On-sale retailers exercising off-sale privileges.
  • Sales of alcoholic beverages to go.
  • Drive-thru windows for off-sale transactions.
  • Deliveries to consumers.
  • Hours of operation for on-sale premises.
  • ABC FAQs on New Guidance
  • ABC Guidance by License Type
  • CCBA Guidance & FAQs for Breweries considering delivery and shipping options.
  • ABC Guidance to licensees on limitations of on-sale
  • ABC Open Container Notice


  • Local FHFA Suspends Foreclosures and Evictions for Enterprise-Backed Mortgages – FHFA info here.
  • Governor Newsom’s executive order suspends all state laws that would prevent local governments from enacting policies to protect you as a resident or business owner from eviction because of nonpayment of rent due to COVID-19.


  • SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program: CA Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at
  • SBA Assistance for Brewers During the COVID-19 Crisis: What’s Available: Among the many provisions in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the $2 trillion bill includes significant relief for small businesses impacted by this unprecedented crisis. Check out our recording from March 31 to learn about how the CARES Act can help your business.
  • California IBank has a Small Business Loan Guarantee Program for guarantees currently up to $1 million and a micro lending program for loans up to $10,000 with accommodations for disasters. The program is run through the Small Business Finance Center. 
  • California Treasurer’s Office has a small business loan program with special disaster assistance that is used extensively by the CDFI community: CalCAP


  • Mayor Faulconer Outlines Economic Relief Package for San Diego Businesses Affected by COVID-19. Relief Package to Include Small Business Loans, Fee Deferrals Extension of Building Permits. Info here.
  • Funds like the San Diego Foundation’s San Diego COVID-19 Response Fund have been set up to help those in need in our community.





  • IRS EXTENSION FOR 2019 TAX RETURNS: The Franchise Tax Board moving deadline for filing and payment to June 15Payment Deadline is extended to July 15, 2020.
  • Franchise Tax Board (State of California) EXTENSION FOR 2019 TAXES: Affected taxpayers are granted an extension to file 2019 California tax returns and make certain payments until July 15, 2020. This update supersedes the FTB’s previous announcement that extended the due dates for filing and payment of taxes until June 15, 2020.
  • CDTFA n (California Sales Tax): Pursuant to Executive Order, through May 11th, the CDTFA has the authority to assist individuals and businesses impacted by complying with a state or local public health official’s imposition or recommendation of social distancing measures related to COVID-19. This assistance includes granting extensions for filing returns and making payments, relief from interest and penalties, and filing a claim for refund. Request a delay in filing sales tax return (deadline March 24) info here
  • EXCISE TAXES: The State Board of Equalization may be providing similar relief to alcohol taxes but it is not yet posted.
  • PAYROLL TAX EXTENSION: Employment Development Department is allowing people to request a 60 day delay in payroll taxes. This extension is for filing state payroll reports and/or depositing payroll taxes without penalty or interest.



  • Employees who have contracted the virus, and deemed unable to work by a medical professional, can apply for disability insurance through the EDD DI (disability insurance) online portal. LINK HERE
  • DI offers coverage of approximately 60-70% of regular wages 
  • The Executive Order passed by Governor Newsom waives the one-week unpaid waiting period, so you can collect DI benefits for the first week you are out of work. 
  • If eligible, the EDD processes and issues payments within a few weeks of receiving a claim.
  • Employees providing care for ill family members, who are quarantined as a result of contracting the virus and having medical proof, can apply for Paid Family Leave. LINK HERE
  • PDL offers coverage of approximately 60-70% of regular wages. 
  • Employees forced to miss work because of school closures, may be eligible for Unemployment Insurance if there are no options for child care and employees are unable to work their normal hours remotely. LINK HERE 
  • Eligibility decided on a case-by-case basis
  • Employees who experience reduced work hours, can apply for unemployment benefits which may provide partial wage replacement benefit payments to workers who lose their job or have their hours reduced, through no fault of their own. LINK HERE
  • Workers who are temporarily unemployed due to COVID-19 and expect to return to work with their employer within a few weeks are not required to actively seek work each week but must remain able and available to work when the opportunity arises.
  • The Governor’s Executive Order waives the one-week unpaid waiting period, so you can collect UI benefits for the first week you are out of work. 
  • If you are eligible, the EDD processes and issues payments within a few weeks of receiving a claim.
  • United Way Assists With Utilities and Housing Payments: United Way of San Diego County is offering emergency assistance to low-wage workers affected by pandemic-related layoffs or reduced working hours to help pay utility bills and housing payments. Click Here
  • Relief Fund for food service workers who have lost work. This fund applies to restaurant workers, delivery drivers, bartenders and anyone that receives tips. Click Here

Please feel free to recommend additional information and links to [email protected] We recommend you follow government mandates, CDC guidance, and remember that this, too, shall pass.