Briefing for the Pasadena Business Community

Briefing for the

Pasadena Business Community
May 27, 2020

In an effort to keep you informed of developments related to COVID-19, the City of Pasadena offers the following information to the Pasadena business community. Our goal is to disseminate accurate public health information, offer recommendations to prepare for and slow the spread of the virus, and provide links to resources for additional information. Please disseminate this information with your businesses, community partners, etc.

Released Today: Pasadena Public Health Reopening Protocol for Office Workspaces

This week, the City of Pasadena issued a revised health order which allows for the limited re-opening of places of worship for religious services, retail stores and office-based businesses. To view the revised health order, click here.

The Public Health Reopening Protocols for Office Workspaces document is available online and provides an overview of industry procedures and resources, key practices, and a reopening protocol checklist for office tenants, brokers, and property managers. To view the office protocol document, click here.

Reminder: City Hosted Business Briefing and Q&A for Personal Care/Close Contact Service Providers - May 28th at 11 am

Tomorrow, Thursday, May 28th at 11 am, the City will host an industry-specific Q&A for personal care/close contact service providers to talk thru questions, comments and recommendations related to future phase re-opening plans.

To participate, click here for the Zoom link: or dial-in at 1-669-900-6833 and use Meeting ID: 878-0872-3607.

City Hosted Business Briefing and Q&A for Manufacturing/R&D - May 29th at 11 am

This Friday, May 29th at 11 am, the City will host an industry-specific Q&A for manufacturing and R&D to talk thru questions, comments and recommendations related to future phase re-openings.

To participate, click here for the Zoom link: or dial-in at 1-669-900-6833 and use Meeting ID: 825-2172-6534.

If You Can't Join Meetings In Person, Submit Your Questions Online

The City has assembled quick links of all of the existing Health Officer approved guidance documents and health protocol checklists, as well as other city resources on the COVID-19 Information for Businesses web page. If you are unable to attend a Business Briefing for your sector, or have additional questions post-webinar, you can check the business web page and submit your questions here.

New Directory for Pasadena's Small & Independent Retailers- List Your Business!

The City of Pasadena and the Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau are collaborating on a new directory of Pasadena's small and independent retailers who are open for in-store customers, online shopping, and curbside pickup. This is a marketing opportunity for retailers to promote their business and merchandise while increasing brand loyalty and awareness with the public. To see if your business meets minimum criteria and to sign up, click here.

Small Business Development Center- Free Webinars for Businesses

The Pasadena Small Business Development Center continues to offer free workshops for businesses on a variety of topics. Free webinars happening this week include how to leverage virtual events to grow your brand on Friday, May 29th at 10 am and next steps for PPP loans on Friday, May 29th at 1 pm. For more information and the full schedule of webinar offerings, click here.
Helpful Links For State Business Resources:
• The State Employment Development Department (EDD) has a dedicated webpage for worker and employer issues related to COVID-19. Info for workers includes: unemployment & disability insurance, paid family leave, reduced work hours, etc. Info for employers includes: tax assistance, potential closure or layoffs, and workplace health & safety.
• EDD Tax Assistance - Employers experiencing a hardship as a result of COVID-19 may request up to a 60-day extension of time from the EDD to file their state payroll reports and/or deposit state payroll taxes without penalty or interest. Call the EDD Taxpayer Assistance Center 1-888-745-3886 (toll-free).
• OnwardCA is a new resource for the people of the state of California impacted by COVID-19. For more information, click here.
• The Small Business Finance Center (SBFC) partners with Financial Development Corporations to provide loan guarantees and direct loans for small businesses that experience capital access barriers. For more info about loan programs can be found here.

Helpful Links Regarding COVID-19:
• City of Pasadena Novel Coronavirus page
• City of Pasadena COVID-19 Information for Businesses
• Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Information Page & Business Toolkit
• Center for Disease Control and Prevention Novel Coronavirus page
• Center for Disease Control Guidelines for Workplace, Home & School
• Before travelling, please visit the Department of State Travel Advisory page
• Please call 211, the LA County hotline, for any health and human services needs.
• Follow the City of Pasadena on Social Media for frequent updates: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram

Sign-Up for Business Briefing Updates:

Please encourage your merchants, business owners, and associates to subscribe to receive these business updates related to the City of Pasadena's response to COVID-19. To subscribe, click here.

We appreciate our business community's patience, understanding, and support
as we navigate the challenges related to COVID-19.
We are a resilient community.
We are in this together.
Please stay healthy and safe.