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COVID-19 Employer and Employee Resources

Camarillo Businesses are encouraged to apply for $5,000 COVID-19 recovery grants. Grants can cover costs for COVID-19 impacts, such as technology upgrades, social distancing modifications, personal protective equipment, signage, and other fixed expenses. Ventura County will be funding $10,000,000 of business recovery grants serving 2,000 businesses and nonprofits across Ventura County. Those brick-and-mortar Camarillo businesses who were not selected in the initial wave of County funding will automatically be entered into the City of Camarillo's $1,000,000 Business Recovery Grant Program, where an additional 200 businesses will be granted $5,000.

Businesses only need to register once to enter into the County and City Business Recovery Grant Programs. Please register here. Applications are being accepted from June 24 - July 8, 2020.

Click here for more information on the City of Camarillo's commitment to small business recovery.


In an effort to support local businesses and residents who may be affected economically by the COVID-19 pandemic, we've created the following webpage which contains local, state, and federal information.

  1. Open for Business
  2. Prevention
  3. Signage
  4. Business Assistance
  5. Loans
  6. Utility Discounts
  7. Employee Resources and Services
  8. Reduced Income Information
  9. Public Restrooms for Mobile Based Businesses



Open for Business

Learn how to reopen your business in alignment with the State and County's directives here

The Governor and Ventura County Health has released information in regards to reopening our businesses. Please view the States guidance in the Resilience Roadmap and our County's updates to the Stay well at home order.


Camarillo's Open for Business List
The Open for Business list provides Camarillo residents and workers with information about which businesses are open. Support of our local businesses is critical to sustain the livelihood of our small businesses. 

If you are interested in listing your business, please sign up here. If you are trying to determine if your business is essential, please read below and/or contact VC COVID Compliance prior to submitting your business information.

What is an Essential Business?

Social Distancing Protocol (En Espanol)
All essential businesses must comply with the County and indicate how they are providing a safe environment.

For any questions, contact VC COVID Compliance at:  (805) 202-1805 or covidcompliance@ventura.org

Prevention

Center for Disease Control (CDC) Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers
The CDC interim guidance may help prevent workplace exposures to COVID-19. 

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Resources
OSHA has compiled information, with special consideration for workers and employees in healthcare, laboratories, and travel. Visit Cal/OSHA Guidance on Coronavirus to learn more about workplace requirements.

Social Distancing
Consider ways to increase social distancing between customers. Examples include: Reducing building occupancy to ensure customers have enough space to roam and maintain a six foot distance from other customers, and creating areas for lines to form with tape on floors to signify and ensure a six foot distance between customers and staff. 

Social Distancing Signage for Businesses - For customers who visit your essential business.
Best Social Distancing = Stay at Home - If you'd prefer your customers to utilize delivery services.


Signage

Camarillo Municipal Code allows businesses to fill up to 25% of the total window area with signage. Please feel free to make your own window signage and let people know you are open. Feel free to use the following signage to let people know you are still open. Open for BusinessOpen for Take OutOpen for Delivery, and Drive Thru Open

Restaurant Banners
During the COVID-19 crisis, restaurants may hang banners without a banner permit, as long as the banner conveys to the public that it is open during the public health emergency, and as long as the restaurant or business is not abusing the privilege. 

Social Distancing Signs Available for Download:
Social Distancing Signage for Businesses - For customers who visit your essential business.
Best Social Distancing = Stay at Home - If you'd prefer your customers to utilize delivery services.
 
Mask Signage Available for Download:
Masks Help Everyone Around You: English Version | Spanish Version
If Each of Use Wears a Mask, Everyone is Protected: English Version | Spanish Version
Wear a Mask: English Version | Spanish Version



Business Assistance

Ventura County and City of Camarillo Business Recovery Grants
Camarillo Businesses are encouraged to apply for $5,000 COVID-19 recovery grants. Grants can cover costs for COVID-19 impacts, such as technology upgrades, social distancing modifications, personal protective equipment, signage, and other fixed expenses. Ventura County will be funding $10,000,000 of business recovery grants serving 2,000 businesses and nonprofits across Ventura County. Those brick-and-mortar Camarillo businesses who were not selected in the initial wave of County funding will automatically be entered into a City of Camarillo's $1,000,000 Business Recovery Grant Program, where an additional 200 Camarillo-based businesses will be granted $5,000. 

Businesses only need to register once to enter into the County and City Business Recovery Grant Programs. Please register here. Applications are being accepted from June 24 - July 8, 2020. Click here for more information on the City of Camarillo's committment to small business recovery.

Economic Development Collaborative (EDC)
The EDC provides no-cost advising to businesses and locally sourced information for employers, employees and the self-employed.

  • English Hotline: (805) 409-9159
  • Spanish Hotline: (805) 309-5874
  • CARES Act Webinar - Wednesday's from 12:30 - 2:00 pm. 
The EDC hosted a webinar regarding business closure and restructure. See it here. Attorney William Bealle, from Beall & Burkhardt, shared great information and answered questions around bankruptcy, restructure and also landlord/tenant issue. He can be reached at 805-966-6774 for consultations.

No landlord shall endeavor to evict a tenant for nonpayment of rent if the tenant demonstrates that the tenant is unable to pay rent due to financial impacts related to COVID-19. After the order local emergency is over, tenants shall have up to 120 days after the termination of the order to pay their landlord all unpaid rent. 

No Penalties and Interest for Camarillo Business Tax
Penalties and interest have been waived for Camarillo business tax licenses until 90 days after Council declares the end to the emergency.

Business Interruption Insurance
If your business subscribed to business interruption insurance, certain policies may have had coverage that supplements income or sales lost during this time. Please call your insurance company to inquire.

Employment Development Department (EDD) Resources
Employers may request a 60-day extension from the EDD to file state payroll reports and deposit state payroll taxes without penalty or interest. 

California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) Resources
Qualifying businesses can enter into payment plans to distribute up to $50,000 of sales tax liability over a 12-month period, interest-free. For taxpayers choosing to defer their 1st quarter 2020 liability, for example, up to $50,000 of the obligation would now be paid in twelve equal monthly installments, with the first payment not due until July 31, 2020.

Pandemic Unemployment Insurance (PUA)
The CARES act expanded unemployment benefits to business owners, self-employed individuals and independent contractors. Applications will be accepted online with the EDD starting on Tuesday, April 28. 

COVID-19 For California Businesses and Employers
California is providing broad assistance to small businesses and employers impacted by COVID-19. This includes:

See full list of available services for small businesses.
Find more information on tax relief.

Governor's Business Assistance Information
The Governor's webpage on Business Assistance is constantly being updated with vital information for businesses. 

California State Treasurer 
The California State Treasurer has built various lists that describe various forms of assistance available for businesses and individuals.  

Main Street Lending Program
Established by the CARES Act, the Main Street Lending Program supports lending to U.S. small and medium-sized businesses who were financially effected by COVID-19. The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston administers the program under the Federal Reserve.



Loans


Economic Development Collaborative (EDC)
EDC is offering microloans to give a cashflow boost to businesses impacted by reduced sales, supply chain disruption or other challenges. Camarillo recently partnered with EDC to provide a special $1,000,000 Economic Recovery Loan Fund. Inquire with EDC for more details.

Women's Economic Ventures (WEV) Quick Response Loan 
WEV’S Quick Response Loan is designed to provide financial support to businesses experiencing economic hardship.

Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advance
The CARES Act, provides additional assistance for small business owners and non-profits, including the opportunity to get up to a $10,000 Advance on an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). Fact Sheet - Economic Injury Disaster Loans - (En Espanol)  

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. Fact Sheet - Paycheck Protection Program

Utility Discounts for Business

Southern California Edison (SCE)
SCE has an Economic Development Rate which may apply to businesses that are risk of closing during this time. Please contact Jey Lacey, Economic Development Consultant for additional information at jey.lacey@sce.com or (559) 625-7175.

Employee Resources and Services

Employment Development Department (EDD) Resources
Workers experiencing reduced hours, those who are sick or quarantined, and those who are providing care for family members may be eligible to file a claim.  

OnwardCA
Connect to resources and jobs. A one-stop resource for the people of California impacted by job loss during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Reduced Income Information

Get Financial Help
The Governor's webpage on financial help describes various mortgage relief plans as well as other helpful financial information. 

Families First Toolkit
The Speaker of the House released a helpful toolkit that describes resources available for individuals, families, students, businesses and more.

No landlord shall evict a tenant for nonpayment of rent if the tenant demonstrates that the tenant is unable to pay rent due to financial impacts related to COVID-19. This order shall be in force and effect until May 31, 2020, in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order N-28-20, which was then superceded by N-37-20.

Food Pantries
In response to COVID-19 Food Share has released a schedule of pop-up food pantries.

Any child 18 and under can receive free meals
PVSD drive-up meal service will be available beginning Monday, March 30 at the Pleasant Valley School of Engineering & Arts located at: 700 Temple Avenue in Camarillo. Any child 18 and under can receive free meals (breakfast and lunch) Monday-Friday from 11am-1pm. Walk-up service is still available at Las Posas and Rancho Rosal schools between 11am-1pm Monday-Friday, also. For questions, please call: 805-445-8679.

Assistance paying rent if evicted
Resident Relief Foundation provides grants to individuals at risk of eviction. Manager's of apartment complexes may also apply to help their tenants. 

SCE Assistance
Southern California Edison will work with those in need of assistance with their utility bills. 





Public Restrooms for Mobile Businesses

With social distancing guidelines in place, many public restrooms have been closed. The following parks have open restrooms from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.  These are located throughout Camarillo, so it should provide multiple options depending on where in Camarillo you are working.

Bob Kildee Park - 1030 Temple Ave, Camarillo, CA 93010 (Temple Ave./Ponderosa Rd)
Community Center Park - 1605 E. Burnley St, Camarillo, CA 93010 (Corner of Carmen & Burnley)
Mel Vincent Park - 668 Calistoga Road, Camarillo, CA 93010
Mission Oaks Park - 5501 Mission Oaks Boulevard, Camarillo, CA 93012 (Mission Oaks Boulevard & Oak Canyon)

Here is a map for reference - https://pvrpd.specialdistrict.org/files/7b2610896/ParksMap.pdf



Last updated 6/25/2020 - 1:39 p.m.













 Description  Opening Date/Time  Closing Date/Time

: Open Until Contracted