COVID-19: Updates for your business

State of California Guidelines

As of March 19, the State of California issued a new mandate for residents to “stay at home,” effective immediately. Learn more about the updated guidelines here. California officials have updated guidelines regarding retail food, beverage, and other service venues. Learn more about the updated guidelines here. Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control is temporarily suspending enforcement of specific legal prohibitions. Read more here.

California Department of Public Health Information

The State Public Health Office provides up-to-date information regarding the status of COVID-19 cases and more. To see their most recent update, click here.

A Disaster Distress Hotline is available for those in need. More info here.

Sacramento County Guidelines

As of March 20, Sacramento County issued new directives for residents to “stay at home,” effective immediately, except for essential activities until at least April 7, 2020. Learn more about the updated guidelines here and read a report from Capital Public Radio here.

Is is essential or non-essential to operate? Read more here.

City of Sacramento Resources

Visit the City of Sacramento for links to for employee and employer resources, including information on the Central Labor Council, SBA low-interest disaster loans, Labor & Workforce Development, and more. The City of Sacramento loan application is closed at this time and staff is reviewing all applications.

City Council amended the temporary moratorium of tenant evictions to include commercial properties. The City is requesting that tenants work with landlords on rent payments during the crisis.  For FAQ’s about the recently adopted moratorium on commercial tenant evictions due to COVID-19, click here.

Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce Resources

Visit the Sacramento Metro Chamber online for their Rapid Response Hub including employee and employer resources. The Metro Chamber will share your stories and information with our elected officials and local government leaders to call for additional supports and resources. To help us better serve you, please take a moment to complete this brief survey. In case you missed the Virtual Town Hall meeting with Mayor Darrel Steinberg, click here to listen.

U.S. Small Business Administration

The SBA provides low-interest disaster loans to help businesses and homeowners recover from declared disasters. For more information and to apply, click here.

Midtown Emergency Response Micro-Grant for Sacramento Restaurants and Bars

The Emergency Response Micro-Grant Program for Sacramento Restaurants & Bars is now live! Find the criteria and application here. Grants are up to $1,500 and the application closes Monday, March 30th at 5:00 p.m. This program is a collaborative effort between the City of Sacramento, Mayor Steinberg, Region Restaurants, the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber, Greater Sacramento Area Economic Council, Visit Sacramento, Sacramento Asian Pacific Chamber, Midtown Association, and Downtown Sacramento Partnership.

Midtown Association Micro-Grants Awarded

Midtown Association launched an emergency micro-grant program in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent impact that it’s had on our business community. The goal of this grant program was to quickly infuse our local economy with much-needed funds by supplementing innovative ideas that businesses in Midtown are developing in response to a decrease in their ability to operate. Funding these ideas will enable businesses to continue operations through an adapted business model and thus continue generating income and to retain and pay their employees.

Thank you to everyone who submitted micro-grant applications! We’re excited that Midtown Association was able to award 11 total grants to the following businesses: Capital City Beads, Der Biergarten, The Golden Bear, Humani Pilates, Nekter Juice Bar, The Red Rabbit, Sacramento Eco Fitness, Identity Boutique, Revolution Wines, The Rind, and Urban Yogi. In total, $5,129 were awarded to immediately assist with creating to-go platforms, online programs and tutorials, live-streaming of fitness classes, and more. Click here to read more.

Guidance for the Construction Industry

Midtown Association (MA) has been working with a coalition of building/development groups to advocate and define construction exemptions in local health orders. Locally, MA has worked with the mayor’s office and the Community Development Department to ensure projects continue. Below is a summary of what direction the City is taking.

  • We are still open for business
  • Our counter is closed but we are accepting new permit applications online and are processing them electronically.
  • We are conducting inspections as safely as possible, including the use of video inspections.
  • We are working to finish processing paper plans for those who’ve submitted plans prior to today. We need new submittals and re-submittals to be electronic.
  • What we are hearing from customers:
    • We have been hearing a lot less from customers and there is less follow up.  There are more bounce-back emails about people being out of the office/telecommuting.
    • We have a small percentage of customers that have little experience with digital applications, plans, etc. and they will be struggling with online submissions.
    • Contractors have lost a lot of workers and they need to push their timelines out.
    • There are a lot of questions about whether construction can continue and whether we are still going to do building inspections. Therefore construction may continue, and we are serving our building customers as best we can by using remote work, teleconferencing, video inspections, and online permitting.

Midtown Association Communications Support

  • Midtown Association is focusing our communication channels on lower-cost ways for customers to engage with your businesses with online and delivery services. Please contact us with any specials or promotions that you have planned and be sure to tag us on social media @exploremidtown. Please email us with any useful information that we can use to help promote your business, as well as any pertinent information for a spreadsheet that we are tracking on local businesses. Here are a few recent media articles that feature Aioli and The Burger Patch.
  • Subscribe to the Midtown Association newsletter to stay informed on important updates and follow along on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter. Click here to see a sample newsletter.  Midtown Association’s Clean and Safe Services remain operational and we are focused on safety patrols and outreach to those experiencing homelessness.
  • Love in not canceled! Read more here. Love is being demonstrated during this unprecedented time with generosity, creativity, and humanity throughout our city. Please take heart in reading about ways you can give back, resources to help you, and how are small businesses are showing incredible creativity with their virtual and to-go offerings during this time while complying with all regulatory agencies.

Your Business Updates

Please email Midtown Association with your updated business information, hours, delivery information, phone contact information, or anything else that would be helpful for us and our contact lists. The Sacramento Police Department is seeking contact information for businesses (more below) and the Parking Department is also looking to expand parking options if you’re a restaurant building a curbside pick-up program. Midtown Association has built out a working document to use for communication, promotion, and management.

Participate in SacLunch

Do you have an overstock inventory of food supplies that cannot be utilized due to closures or restrictions? Those items can be donated! For more info, click here.

At-Home Activities

Please explore some great ways to stay safe and remain busy during these times, including:

  • Taking your own self-guided mural tour in Midtown from the Explore Midtown Instagram page.
  • Sacramento Republic FC has a variety of at-home activities, including exercise, coloring pages, and more. Click here.
  • Download coloring pages of great Sacramento landmarks including the Midtown Farmers Market, courtesy of Visit Sacramento. Click here!

Resources for Artists

  • Please be sure you are subscribed to the City of Sacramento’s Office of Arts and Culture newsletter, and follow them on Facebook or Twitter for updates. There are also two important surveys they strongly encourage artists and arts organizations to complete; one is from the California Arts Council and the other is being conducted by Americans for the Arts. These surveys provide important data of the impact on COVID-19 on the arts and culture sectors. If you are a local non-profit organization, they encourage you to register on the Sacramento Region Community Foundation’s website to learn more about their emergency funding.
  • Artists living in Sacramento, El Dorado, Placer, Yolo, or Yuba County are eligible to apply for a SMUD Headquarters Building Art Project. To apply you must go through the SMUD electronic application process. Click here for instructions on how to apply.

Guidance for employers on new federal programs and working from home

An overview of federal programs as of March 20 is here from our partner BizHavenHere is a resource to leading a work-from-home team.

Social distancing is an important part of “flattening the curve.” That means in-person meetings are no longer a viable solution. Online meetings can be an efficient way to do that. Read more pricing and technology options here.

Sacramento Police Department: Building and Storefront Security Tips

If your business or building will be closed, please be sure to post your contact information inside the door facing inwards and near the reception/register. Contact information should include a phone number available in the evening so you can be reached in the event of an emergency. Click here to read more from the Sacramento Police Department.

Additional building and business security steps while your building has less activity than usual include locking and securing all windows and doors, keeping lights shining bright, and ensuring that your alarm system is working and do not dismiss alarm notifications until you are sure they are false or have been responded to.

Check your property and businesses every 2-3 days to ensure there’s no unreported vandalism. You can file a police report here if needed. Additionally, let Midtown Association know if you have any video to share with Sac PD. Click here for signage to place in your business. For a notice of agency, click here.

Updated Food Distribution and Delivery

Yelp

A new one-stop platform is online now with links to an ever-growing list of locally owned businesses on the grid offering curbside and/or delivery options. To add your business to the list, email sacramento@yelp.com

GrubHub

GrubHub is temporarily suspending the collection of up to $100 million in commission fees from local restaurants that use the service. Learn more and enroll your business here.

Postmates

Postmates is waiving commission fees for small businesses to use the platform for 30 days. Learn more and enroll your business here.

DoorDash

Through the end of April, independent restaurants can sign up for DoorDash for free and pay zero commissions for 30 days. All existing partner merchants will pay no commission fees on pickup orders and additional commission reductions will be available for eligible merchants that are already partners. More than 100,000 independent restaurant partners will be added to DashPass, a subscription program that offers $0 delivery for consumers – for free. Learn more and enroll your business here.

Pick-Up Fixe

PickUpFixe is a new developed to help the restaurant industry easily manage takeout and curbside service while also providing a way for Sacramento to support restaurants. Restaurants will offer “Prix Fixe” multi-course meals, boxed up, and made available for takeout or curbside pick-up. Learn more and enroll your business here.

Ease into Midtown: Parking Transportation

Jump Bikes and scooters have temporarily been pulled from Sacramento locations.

Please contact us if you’re programming and pick-up service may need support from the city parking services. The City of Sacramento is now temporarily offering free parking at all 6,200 metered spaces in the Central City and Old Sacramento after 4:30 p.m. At this time, many food establishments are still open for takeout and delivery and this change can make food pickup easier. The City is still enforcing all other parking regulations.

SacRT begins a Sunday schedule seven days a week starting, Monday, March 23. For a complete list of Sunday Plus schedules and timetables, please visit SacRT.com.

How the Local Community Can Support

Mayor Steinberg and Region Restaurants have established this GoFundMe to help support the survival and reopening of our locally owned independent restaurants and bars, and Midtown Association is in support of this effort. Funds will be distributed to qualifying restaurants that apply. On 3/23/20, Mayor Steinberg also joined a broad coalition of public, private, non-profit, labor and philanthropic partners to launch a fundraising effort to help those hurt economically by the COVID-19 pandemic called Donate4Sacramento. More info is here.

Businesses Now Hiring

Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op, Raley’s and Nugget Markets are all hiring for at this time for employees. Please pass this information along to anyone you know who may be out of work.

COVID-19 Resources and Information for Property Managers

Click here for updated information regarding property managers at this time.

Other Useful Resources for Small Businesses

  • Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses. Sign up for their newsletter to stay informed on grant information as it surfaces.
  • The One Fair Wage Campaign has started a relief fund for restaurants and gig workers affected by the crisis. Learn more here.
  • Children of Restaurant Employees is providing help to restaurant workers who have been diagnosed with COVID and have a child at home. Learn more here.
  • Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation has started a COVID Crisis Relief Fund, apply and learn more here.
  • Employers planning a closure or major layoffs as a result of the COVID-19 impact on the economy can get help through the EDD Rapid Response Program.
  • The One Fair Wage Campaign has started a relief fund for restaurant and gig workers affected by the crisis in states where it has active campaigns (CA, CO, DC, FL, IL, MD, MA, MI, NJ, NY, PA): https://ofwemergencyfund.org/
  • Bartender Emergency Assistance Program: https://www.usbgfoundation.org/beap
  • Children of Restaurant Employees is providing help to restaurant workers who have been diagnosed with COVID and have a child at home https://coregives.typeform.com/to/SnZmOQ
  • Grubhub has set up a Community Relief Fund for those restaurants and workers impact by COVID (press release is here and donations can be made here)
  • Congressman Bera joined congressional members asking the administration to work the state marketplaces during this pandemic. Covered California announced that they have reopened the marketplace until June 30. View the press release here.
  • From the comfort and safety of your own home, you can enjoy live entertainment from the B Street Theatre via ZOOM. Check out their upcoming live streams here.
  • For FAQ’s about the recently adopted moratorium on commercial tenant evictions due to COVID-19, click here.

Additional Resources and Information