COVID-19 INFORMATION AND RESOURCES

Updated: June 12, 2020


SDBG ROLE: Your association continues to be an information source for breweries and tradespeople. We are actively promoting and marketing San Diego craft breweries and seek to create an open line of communication among brewers — connecting our strong and vibrant community. We are working with the CCCBA to support their work with the Office of the Governor, state legislature, the California ABC, and county health officials to advocate for financial and economic support for the 1,000 craft breweries in the state of California.


CURRENT STATUS: The State has approved San Diego County to move farther into Stage 3. All business or activities have restrictions on how they operate. Before reopening, you need to take the following steps:

  • Step 1 - Refer to the guidance for your specific business or activity. This is mostly from the state. Links to many are below.
  • Step 2 - Following the guidance, complete the County's Safe Reopening Plan (Spanish). You need to post the plan at your entrance, and discuss it with employees. Restaurants have a separate plan and guidance to follow. See reopening for food businesses. Each business's plan may need to be updated and re-posted when state guidance changes. The County will not require approval for this plan. Businesses with questions can email: [email protected]
  • Step 3 - Confirm on the list that San Diego's public health officer has allowed the activity or business to open


REOPENING GUIDANCE


REGIONAL UPDATES & RESOURCES

  • For County updates about the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on our community, text COSD COVID19 to 468311.
  • You must put a space between “COSD” and “COVID19” to make your sign up valid
  • 2-1-1 San Diego Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information & Resources
  • COVID-19 Posters Available for Facilities - to request English or Spanish posters for your business, please e-mail [email protected] with your contact information, drop-off location, and delivery instructions. A member of the Outreach & Education Team will contact you to coordinate delivery and obtain any additional details (if necessary). Additional resources and materials are available here for your use.


CALIFORNIA ABC REGULATORY RELIEF

  • California ABC relaxed restrictions on:
  • Expansion of licensed premises for social distancing. Info here.
  • Charitable donations, free delivery and extended delivery hours. Info here.
  • Returns, off-sale privileges, extensions of credit, deliveries to consumers and more. Info here. 
  • The ABC also announced a 30-Day extension on Annual License Renewal Fees and Late Renewal Penalty Fees
  • Ongoing Q&A can be found on the ABC FAQs.


CALIFORNIA TAX RELIEF

  • Property Taxes: Governor Newsom signed an executive order that waives penalties for property taxes paid after April 10 for taxpayers who demonstrate they have experienced financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic through May 6, 2021. This will apply to residential properties and small businesses. Read more here.
  • The 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.
  • The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) is offering a 90-day extension for sales and use tax returns and tax payments for all businesses filing a return for less than $1 million in taxes. See more info online here. 
  • CDTFA will also allow small business taxpayers to enter into 12-month, interest-free payment plans for up to $50,000 of sales and use tax liability. Info here. More info on state tax relief here and on state based loan options here. This includes EXCISE TAXES.
  • Excise tax refunds on “unmerchantable” beer:
  • CALIFORNIA: View form to submit for tax refunds via CDTFA here and additional information on filing for a refund here.
  • FEDERAL: View full FAQ online here.
  • San Diego Treasurer-Tax Collectors office is now accepting penalty cancellation requests for those that have been directly impacted by the Corona Virus pandemic. If you have been affected by the virus and unable to pay the second installment of your property taxes, you can use the TTC's special penalty cancellation request form for consideration. Click here to apply.


LEASE AND MORTGAGE RELIEF 

  • 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.
  • Additional moratoriums on lease payments and evictions may be in place. Check with your county or city.


SMALL BUSINESS LOANS & FINANCIAL RESOURCES

  • U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to California small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the COVID-19. Full Details
  • The SBA Customer Center is enabled to guide you through the Economic Injury Disaster Loan application process, check the status of a loan application, and answer individual questions. Call the SBA Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email [email protected]
  • Payroll Protection Program - PPP forgiveness changes coming
  • Current PPP borrowers can choose to extend the eight-week period to 24 weeks, or they can keep the original eight-week period. New PPP borrowers will have a 24-week covered period, but the covered period can’t extend beyond Dec. 31, 2020.
  • The payroll expenditure requirement drops to 60% from 75% but is now a cliff, meaning that borrowers must spend at least 60% on payroll or none of the loan will be forgiven.
  • Borrowers can use the 24-week period to restore their workforce levels and wages to the pre-pandemic levels required for full forgiveness. This must be done by Dec. 31, a change from the previous deadline of June 30.
  • Allows borrowers to adjust because they could not find qualified employees or were unable to restore business operations to Feb. 15, 2020, levels due to COVID-19 related operating restrictions.
  • New borrowers now have five years to repay the loan instead of two. Existing PPP loans can be extended up to 5 years if the lender and borrower agree. The interest rate remains at 1%.
  • Allows businesses that took a PPP loan to also delay payment of their payroll taxes, which was prohibited under the CARES Act.
  • California iBank has a Small Business Loan Guarantee Program. 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
  • Additional information on accessing capital & other small business resources can be found here 


REGIONAL SMALL BUSINESS RELIEF 

  • 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.
  • SDG&E Supports Business and Residents with assistance - Click Here
  • Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund


CALIFORNIA SPECIFIC HR Q&A


MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES


CALIFORNIA INSURANCE


FEDERAL RELIEF PACKAGES


RESTAURANT WORKER RELIEF FUNDS

  • National Restaurant Association Fund will provide grants to restaurant industry employees who have been adversely impacted by COVID-19 financially, whether through a decrease in wages or loss of employment that results in a lack of resources to pay for essential expenses.
  • Restaurant Strong is a nonprofit family of restaurant owners, service providers, chefs & cooks, management, servers, hostesses, delivery partners, and beyond. Our focus is to make a positive impact to many of those impacted by COVID-19.
  • Restaurants Care is an established program of the California Restaurant Association Foundation (CRAF), a 501(c)(3) providing emergency assistance to employees working in restaurants, food service and hospitality. Grants are evaluated to help the most vulnerable affected by COVID-19 and cover needs such as food, gas, utilities and rent. 
  • Restaurant Workers Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, has created a restaurant workers’ COVID-19 Crisis Relief Fund. The fund helps individual workers facing economic hardships or health crises because of COVID-19 and provides no-interest loans to small businesses to assist in re-opening once the crisis is over. 
  • United States Bartenders’ Guild National Charity Foundation, a 501(3)(6) nonprofit, provides emergency assistance grants to bartenders and their families. Applicants do not need to be a USBG member. Donations can be made to the COVID-19 Bartenders Emergency Assistance Program. 
  • Food and Beverage Industry Relief Fund has been launched by the James Beard Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization, to provide micro-grants to independent food and beverage businesses in need due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 


OTHER RESOURCES


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.