COVID-19: Information for Businesses

The City of Pasadena declared a Local State of Emergency on March 16, 2020. The actions taken by the City and local public health authorities are necessary and important. That said, our business community is feeling the pain now, and we want to do everything we can to help.

The resources provided below are up-to-date as of April 3, 2020. Please follow the hyperlinks for additional information, as in most cases eligible businesses and nonprofits must proactively reach out for assistance.

City of Pasadena Local State of Emergency - Closures Infographic

Pasadena Restaurants

Takeout & Delivery Directory:

A directory of all Pasadena restaurants, cafes, and bakeries that are still offering takeout and delivery service can be found here.

To be included in the city’s director of restaurants offering takeout/delivery services, please sign up here:

Guidance for Grocers, Food Facilities & Other Businesses

The Pasadena Public Health Department has developed guidelines for restaurants, grocery stores, and other permitted facilities that may remain open during the local state of emergency. The guidelines provide recommendations for social distancing, employee health, and disinfection of surfaces to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

ABC Regulations For To-Go Alcohol Sales

The State of California's Department of Alcohol Beverage Control is temporarily suspending enforcement of specific legal prohibitions of the code. Restaurants with a license to sell alcohol with food can now sell it for off-site consumption, and local requirements regarding off-site sales would not apply. For more information, click here.

Available Resources

Business Resilience


On Friday, March 27, 2020, the President signed into law the CARES Act, which contains $376 billion in relief for American workers and small businesses. In addition to traditional SBA funding programs, the CARES Act established several new temporary programs to address the COVID-19 outbreak. Paycheck protection program, EIDL loan advance, SBA Express Bridge Loans, & SBA Debt Relief. Beginning April 3, 2020, California small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 crisis can apply for a loan from the federal government for up to $10 million. The program is first-come, first-serve and eligible Pasadena small businesses are encouraged to contact their lender to learn more.

You can find a link to all CARES Act relief options and resources here.

SBA Disaster Loans

The application link is now open for any California businesses to apply for a disaster loan related to economic damage from the COVID-19 health crisis. Businesses are encouraged to apply early. For information about the 3-Step Process, the SBA provides a helpful overview found here. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may call (800) 877-8339.

You can find the link to the Long Term Disaster Loan Application here.

Small Business Finance Center

The Small Business Finance Center (SBFC) has a loan guarantee program designed for Disaster Relief and is currently available to small businesses needing assistance to overcome economic injury cause by COVID-19. The Small Business Development Corporation will work directly with lenders to underwrte the loan, which the SBFC  guarantees (upon approval). More info about loan programs can be found here.

The Southern California Small Business Development Corporation that services the Pasadena area for SBFC loans is:

Kurt Chilcott, President & CEO
2825 Dewey Road
Building 202, Suite 205
San Diego, CA 92106
Phone: (619) 232-7771
Fax: (619) 232-6743

Tenant Protection

The Pasadena City Council held a special meeting on March 17, 2020, to ratify the recent Local State of Emergency Declaration, and consider relief measures to reduce the economic impacts on residents and businesses. Through this action, the City Council established a moratorium on evictions for non-payment of rent by tenants impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information regarding the Declaration of Local Emergency, including the Second Supplement establishing a moratorium on evictions for non-payment of rent for commercial tenants, please click here.

Property Tax Information

Under California State Law, the County of Los Angeles Treasurer & Tax Collector is not able to extend the April 10 property tax deadline. However, beginning on April 11, the day after property taxes are due, people unable to pay on time for reasons related to COVID-19 may submit a request for penalty cancellation online. The department has set up a special team to process these requests for those who demonstrate they were affected by the outbreak.

For more information, call the County of Los Angeles Treasurer & Tax Collector at 213-974-2111, or visit their website,

Please note that call volumes may be heavy. Please check the attached PDF’s for frequently asked questions.

Information for Employers

  • 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 offers Virtual Business Consulting - always at no cost. To schedule a virtual consultation, call 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.
  • The State Employment Development Department (EDD) has a dedicated webpage for employer issues related to COVID-19. 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 Foothill Workforce Investment Board offers solutions to help companies avoid laying off employees in times of economic downturn or business hardship. Call (626) 796-5627 to schedule an appointment or for more information click here.

Information for Employees

  • The State Employment Development Department (EDD) has a dedicated webpage for worker issues related to COVID-19. Info for workers includes: unemployment & disability insurance, paid family leave, reduced work hours, etc.
  • The Foothill Workforce Investment Board offers assistance for job seekers to access pathways and services leading to quality jobs. Call (626) 796-5627 to schedule an appointment or for more information click here. Call (626) 796-5627 to schedule an appointment or for more information click here.
  • OnwardCA is a one-stop resource for the people of California impacted by COVID-19. Whether you need help to get money or groceries or child care; help you upskill, or refresh, or land a new job, Onward CA is a new platform to help displaced workers. For more information, click here.