Briefing on COVID-19 for Pasadena Business Community March 25, 2020

Briefing on COVID-19 for
Pasadena Business Community
March 25, 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.

The COVID-19 Briefings will continue in the coming weeks, but on a less frequent basis. As developments and resources become available, we remain committed to sharing information with the Pasadena business community.

Connect Pasadena! Virtual Content from Businesses Needed

The City of Pasadena and the Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau are putting together a directory of virtual educational and engaging content for our businesses to share with our residents as we all practice safe social distancing.

Content must be free so that everyone can access it. Content should feature ideas for activities or lessons that people can do from home and allow for safe social distancing. Finally, content should be educational, engaging, or instructional (read: not a sales video).

To sign-up and share your virtual content with all of Pasadena, click here

Takeout Operations Guidance for Restaurants

The Pasadena Public Health Department has issued new food preparation and delivery guidance for restaurants during COVID-19. This document provides guidance for safely preparing, delivering, and receiving food, and can be used by food facilities, food delivery companies, and charitable organizations. For more information, click here.

Modifications to Restaurant Operations

Many restaurants and bars are looking for creative ways to serve the community, but must contact the Environmental Health office if they are interested in modifying their operation to include activities not previously approved. Facilities operating outside the scope of their health permit may be closed until they are able to do so safely. To contact the Environmental Health Office, please call (626) 744-6004.

Pasadena Takeout & Delivery Directory Live + Add Your Business Link

The Directory of Pasadena restaurants, bakeries, and cafes offering takeout & delivery is now live at this site. Please help spread the word to residents, office workers, etc. to help show our restaurants a little love and help them keep the lights on. The directory will update every 24 hours, Monday-Friday.

To make parking easier for the public, parking spaces in front of these businesses will be temporarily converted to 20-minute parking to make curbside pick-up of food and delivery easier. For more info on modifications to the City's parking policy, click here.

All Pasadena restaurants and cafes that are offering takeout and delivery, please continue to add your business to the directory now being compiled by the City of Pasadena & Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau. Business can sign-up here.

City Webpage With COVID-19 Information for Businesses

The City of Pasadena has consolidated a list of resources for the business community to assist with disaster recovery related to COVID-19. Information includes business resilience resources, information for employers, & information for employees. For more information click here.

Essential Critical Workers- How does that apply?

The Pasadena Safer at Home Order has adopted the State’s restrictions respective to “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers.” A full list of what is considered an essential worker can be found here.

Essential Critical Infrastructure must adhere to social distancing requirements to the extent possible and provide access to a hand washing facility or hand sanitizer. Even if you are an essential worker, if you are sick, stay home.

Safer at Home FAQ'S

To help answer the community's questions about the Safer at Home Order, the city has developed a handy list of FAQ's. For more information, click here.

Huntington Hospital Needs Your Help!

Huntington Hospital is need of donations to support healthcare providers so that they have access to critical supplies. If you’d like to help support healthcare providers at Huntington Hospital and community, please review how at the link.

Foothill Workforce Development Board Resources During COVID-19 Disruptions

The Foothill Workforce Development Board offers solutions to help companies avoid laying off employees in times of economic downturn or business hardship. For more information click here.

The Foothill Workforce Development Board also offers employees layoff recovery services and guidance. For more information click here.

Small Business Development Center Resources During COVID-19 Disruptions

The California Small Business Development Centers are a resource for businesses that need assistance navigating business impacts from the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. The SBDC is offering the following services:
• SBDC Virtual Business Consulting - always at no cost - Schedule a virtual consultation by calling 1-866-588-SBDC (7232). Get help with applying for relief, guiding you through available resources, cash flow concerns, supply chain interruptions, workforce capacity, insurance coverage and more.
• A dedicated webpage with info about SBDC services during COVID-19 is 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).
• 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
• 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.