COVID-19 Updates

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State of California and County of Sacramento Guidelines


State of California Guidelines

Learn more about the updated California COVID-19 guidelines here.

Governor Newsom signed an executive order that will provide tax, regulatory, and licensing extensions for businesses. The executive order allows the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) to offer a 90-day extension for tax returns and tax payments for all businesses filing a return for less than $1 million in taxes. That means small businesses will have until the end of July to file their first-quarter returns. Additionally, the order extends the statute of limitations to file a claim for refund by 60 days to accommodate tax and fee payers. More info here

Governor Newsom signed an executive order that will facilitate child care for children of essential critical infrastructure workers by allowing the California Department of Education and California Department of Social Services the flexibility to waive certain programmatic and administrative requirements in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 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

Learn more about the updated Sacramento COVID-19 guidelines here.

Sacramento Stimulus

The City of Sacramento received $89 million in stimulus money from the federal government. The city is forecasting a $30 million drop in overall revenue as a result of the coronavirus pandemic for this fiscal year, which ends in June, and $60 million for next year. The federal funds can’t be used to fill budget gaps, however, and must be used before the end of the calendar year. 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.

The Office of Innovation and Economic Development launched a video series to help Sacramento businesses navigate COVID-19 resources. The first video covers background and answers questions about the City’s temporary moratorium on commercial tenant evictions. Watch the video here.


Resources for Employers, Business Owners, & Property Owners


A Guide to Reopening Midtown: Property Owners & Business Managers

As we enter this stage of the County of Sacramento’s Stay at Home Order and begin to reopen our offices, restaurants, retail shops, and public spaces, MA has prepared the following round-up of resources for you to consider. Read more here.

A Guide to Reopening Midtown: Merchants, Retailers, and Restaurants

As we enter this stage of the County of Sacramento’s Stay at Home Order and begin to reopen our offices, restaurants, retail shops, and public spaces, MA has prepared the following round-up of resources for you to consider. Read more here.

Federal Government CARES Act

The CARES Act is the recent $2 trillion emergency relief bill passed by Congress. There are six main groups that would see the widest-reaching impacts: individuals, small businesses, big corporations, hospitals and public health, federal safety net, state and local governments, and education. Read more here. See a flowchart here.

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.

Paycheck Protection Program

President Trump signed into law the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act for the fourth package that Congress has approved in response to the pandemic. The latest bill was approved by unanimous consent in the Senate on Tuesday and was approved on Thursday by a vote of 388-5-1 in the House. The $484 billion package includes $310 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program, $10 billion for the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, $50 billion for additional SBA grantees under its broader disaster loan program, $75 billion for health-care providers, and $25 billion for COVID-19 testing. Read more here.

Police Directory

The Sacramento Police Department created a new online business registry. The Sacramento Police City Portal is a great resource for accessing and signing up for Police Department related information and services such as business notification sign-up to receive timely information related to crime and other concerns that may impact your business, citizen watch, bicycle registration, and more. Read more here

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.
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.

COVID-19 Resources and Information for Property Managers

Click here for updated information regarding property managers at this time. For FAQ’s about the recently adopted moratorium on commercial tenant evictions due to COVID-19, click here.

Other Useful Resources for Small Businesses
  • SMUD has provided Small Business Action Plan Preparation Tips with resource links for your convenience. Read more here.
  • 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):
  • Bartender Emergency Assistance Program:
  • Children of Restaurant Employees is providing help to restaurant workers who have been diagnosed with COVID and have a child at home
  • 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.


Resources for Employees & Residents


A Guide to Reopening Midtown: Visitors

As we enter this stage of the County of Sacramento’s Stay at Home Order and begin to reopen our offices, restaurants, retail shops, and public spaces, MA has prepared the following round-up of resources for visitors to consider. Read more here.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. Read more here. A flowchart can be found here.

The RedRover Relief Emergency Boarding Grant Program

The RedRover Relief Emergency Boarding grant program helps animals who need temporary boarding while their owners are hospitalized due to the COVID-19 virus. This grant will cover the cost of up to two (2) weeks of boarding while a pet owner is hospitalized. Read more here.

Ease into Midtown: Parking Transportation

Click here to view updates on modes of transportation like rideshare, carshare, SacRT, and more.

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.

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.

Updated Food Distribution and Delivery

For a full list of Midtown businesses offering to-go items and delivery services, click here.

The City of Sacramento, Midtown Association, Downtown Sacramento Partnership, Visit Sacramento, Old Sacramento Waterfront, R Street Corridor, The Sutter District, The Handle District, Midtown Central Restaurant District, and the Alhambra Corridor are teaming together to reinvent the way we dine – al fresco style! We are excited to bring people together once again, safely and at a distance, to enjoy the Midtown restaurants we know and love, outside under our beautiful Sacramento skies, with Farm to Fork Al Fresco (F2FAF)

The F2FAF effort will help Sacramento restaurants expand their capacity by opening up tables on sidewalks, parking lots, and streets. Our hope is that these outside seating changes can help restaurants make up for the losses they might experience with indoor seating due to public health orders. When Sacramento is approved for Phase 2 of reopening, restaurants will be allowed to expand their restaurant footprint. Click here to learn more.

Disaster Distress Helpline

The Disaster Distress Helpline is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories. Call 1-800-985-5990. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached by calling 1-800-273-8255, the California Peer-Run Warm Line can be reached by calling 1-855-845-7415, and a line has been set up specifically for senior citizens which is 1-833-544-2374.


Other Resources

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!
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.

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.
Businesses Now Hiring

The U.S. Small Business Administration has up to 1,000 immediate openings of temporary positions for Disaster Recovery Specialists to help Business owners impacted by the COVID-19 Recover. Read more here. The CA Army National Guard Hiring California residents immediately for part-time military service to the state and immediate medical benefit eligibility.

OnwardCA is gathering job listings and resources available for you in your area. Click here to learn more and view listings.

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.

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