COVID-19 Business Resources


With the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) throughout the United States and the recent imposed closures, the City understands the major impacts on the business community and remains committed to providing helpful resources and information.  

Please call 626-430-2206 or email  for immediate assistance. We are here to serve you! 

Business Closures & Essential Businesses:

On March 15, 2020, the Governor of California, Gavin Newsom  called for the closures of all bars, nightclubs, wineries and breweries with restaurants lowering their dine-in patrons and focusing on takeout/drive-thru/delivery.

On March 19, 2020, the County of Los Angeles and the State of California issued a “Safer at Home Order” effective: March 19, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. and will continue through April 19, 2020. The March 21 revised order requires the closure of non-essential businesses.

  • Non-essential businesses include the following:
    • Restaurants -
      • Limited to allow only pick-up, delivery, and drive-thru.
      • In restaurant dining is prohibited
    • Bars, Night Clubs (that don’t serve food)
    • Movie Theaters, Live Performance Theaters, Bowling Alleys, Arcades
    • Fitness Centers/Gyms
    • Indoor Malls or Shopping Centers (retailers (even if essential if located within the Mall)
    • Personal Grooming (including hair and nail salons)
    • Golf Courses
  •  Essential Businesses that can remain open include the following:

    • Grocery Stores (including certified farmers market)
    • Food Banks
    • Gas Stations
    • Hardware Stores 
    • Banks
    • Home Services (for example: Plumbers, electricians, exterminators, handyman, janitorial workers, landscapers)
    • Funeral Home workers
    • Mail/Shipping services
    • Laundromats / Dry Cleaners
    • Restaurants
      •  Limited to allow only pick-up, delivery, and drive-thru.
      • In restaurant dining is prohibited
    • Hotels / Motels
    • Construction Workers
  • For those Essential Businesses that remain open, the Los Angeles County Health Department is requiring owners/managers:

    • Enforce social distancing measures (6 ft apart)
    • Provide access to hand washing facilities with soap and water/ hand sanitizer (that 60% alcohol)
    • Post sign in a conspicuous place at all public entries instructing the public not to enter if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
    • Adhere to Los Angeles County recommendations including cleaning and disinfecting the site

Please see full text for more information regarding the LA County PUblic Health Safer at Home Order and the State of California Executive Order N-33-20

For help to better guide local businesses in identifying their essential service during this "Stay at Home" order, visit  The LA County DPH FAQ or State Guidance on Essential Services.

Funding/Programs for Business:

Below are helpful links to federal, state and local information on workplace health and safety, available funding for businesses impacted by coronavirus, employer assistance and more. Our team is working with our partners to offer free webinars to businesses. Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks. 

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the federal stimulus package, was signed into law on Friday, March 27, 2020Specifically, the Payment Protection Program that has been allocated $350 billon to help businesses during this time.

  • For a summary of the program, please click here.

Small Business Administration (SBA) Available Funding:

  • Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program

Employer Assistance Resources:

  • Working Sharing Program
  • Rapid Response Program
    • Purpose: To assist companies facing potential layoffs or closure.
    • Who can apply
    • Assistance ($): Varies depending on current wage
    • Link:
    • Customer Service Contact:
      • Employers: (626) 814-8234
  • Tax Assistance
    • Employers can request up to a 60-day extension of time from EDD to file their state payroll reports without penalty or interest.
    • Those needing tax assistance can call:

      Toll-free from the U.S. or Canada: (888) 745-3886
      Hearing impaired (TTY): (800) 547-9565
      Outside the U.S. or Canada: (916) 464-3502

Employee Assistance:

  • Reduced Hours/Closures
    • Layoff and Outplacement Services
      • For individuals who have or will be laid off due to business closure, downsizing or business bankruptcy, Anaheim Workforce Connection is offering free outplacement services, information on Unemployment Insurance benefits, career advice and resume assistance
    • Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim
      • This provides partial wage replacement benefit payments to workers who lose their job or have their hours reduced, through no fault of their own.
  •  Sick or Quarantined
  •  ï»¿Caregiving
    • Paid Family Leave (PFL) claim
      • This provides up to six weeks of benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages because they need time off work to care for a seriously ill family member or to bond with a new child
  •  School Closures
    • Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim
      • If your child’s school is closed, and you have to miss work to be there for them, you may be eligible for Unemployment Insurance benefits.

Business Mentoring:

SBA Resources:

Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

CDC Centers of Disease Control and Prevention Resources:

Occupational Safety and Health Administration Resources:

Southern California Edison Resources:

The City continues to actively monitor the situation with coronavirus to safeguard the health and safety of our residents and businesses. The City continues to work closely with the LA County Public Health to track the situation and has created the webpage to provide our community with daily updates.

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