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.

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California Small-Business COVID-19 Grant Program is Now Available- Deadline to Apply has been extended to Wednesday, January 13th.

Corona businesses and nonprofits are encouraged to apply for the $500 million Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant program funded by the State of California. Grants range from $5,000 to $25,000 and are available for eligible small business owners and nonprofits impacted by COVID-19 and related health and safety restrictions. The State just extended the deadline to apply to 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, January 13.

Program criteria and components include, but are not limited, to the following: 

  • Businesses and nonprofits must have operated in California as of June 1, 2019
  • Nonprofits must be 501 c3 or 501 c6 and meet additional criteria. 
  • Grant amounts will be based on revenue size.
  • Grants are not first-come, first serve and applications will be evaluated based on financial loss due to COVID-19 and additional criteria. 

Visit to review your eligibility, prepare your business documents and get ready to apply. Applications for Round 1 will opened on Wednesday, December 30, 2020, and will close at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, January 13. The application period for Round 2 will be announced in the near future.

City of Irwindale offers enacts several business friendly measures to support local businesses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to read press release. 

As of July 15, 2020, the City has enacted a "No Fee" Temporary Outdoor Dining Permit. Please complete application  and submit to the the Planning Division. Please call 626-430-2208 for assistance 

Please also see SCE Outdoor Business Operations During the COVID- Pandemic to ensure safety operations guidelines.

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Reopening Safer a Work and in the Community: Health Officer Order 

Reopening Protocols by Business Type


FAQ for Businesses Opens in new windowReopening Guidelines for each sector will address the following areas:

  • Protecting and supporting worker health and safety
  • Ensuring appropriate physical distancing
  • Ensuring proper infection control
  • Communicating with the public
  • Ensuring equitable access to services for vulnerable populations

For more information about the first phase of re-opening LA County, visit County of LA and Los Angeles County of Public Health.

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 California COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Office Workspaces and Cal/OSHA COVID-19 General Checklist for Office Workspaces for guidance on returning to work plans.

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. 

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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.

SBA Resources:

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Paycheck Protection Program

EIDL Loan Advance

SBA Express Bridge Loans

SBA Debt Relief

This loan program provides loan forgiveness for retaining employees by temporarily expanding the traditional SBA 7(a) loan program.

This loan advance will provide up to $10,000 of economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing temporary difficulties.

Learn more

Enables small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly.

Learn more

The SBA is providing a financial reprieve to small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Learn more

Other 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:

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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