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05/06/21 Covid-19 Tenant Relief Update

The State of California is making assistance available for eligible renters who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic and are struggling to pay rent.  CA COVID-19 Rent Relief will help income-eligible households pay rent and utilities, both for past due and future payments.

Visit the Covid-19 Tenant Relief Act website or call (833) 430-2122 to find out what help is available, and to learn about any conditions that apply.

Landlords with tenants who are struggling to meet their rent obligations can also apply to be reimbursed up to 80% of each eligible renter’s unpaid rent between April 1, 2020, and March 31, 2021.

05/04/21 Governor Newsom Signs Bill Giving Small Business a $6.2 Billion Tax Cut

Today, Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill that will give small businesses hit hardest by this pandemic a $6.2 billion tax cut over the next six years – a critical lifeline that will help get our small businesses back on their feet and an important component of California’s economic recovery strategy.

Under the legislation, AB 80, the forgiven PPP loans that businesses received from the federal government during the pandemic will not be counted as taxable income, and these businesses can also deduct the costs of expenses that those loans paid for. This is additional state tax relief for the small businesses that have been struggling most, and may very well make a difference in their choosing to reopen, stay open, or shut down as they look to the future.

Read the full press release here.

04/29/21 A Light at the End of the Tunnel

Governor Gavin Newsom released the following statement today regarding the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s updated outdoor masking recommendations:

“California has made incredible progress in controlling the spread of COVID-19, resulting in the lowest positivity rate in the country. And we have administered more than 28 million vaccine doses, including almost 6 million to those who live in our hardest-hit communities. After reviewing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s masking recommendations, and with science and data as our guide, we are moving to align California’s guidance with these common-sense updates. While more than half of Californians 16 and older are partially or fully vaccinated, many others are still not vaccinated, and the threat of variants remains. We need to remain vigilant and continue public health prevention measures – like wearing masks when appropriate and getting vaccinated – but the light at the end of this tunnel has never been brighter.”

Read more information on the State's COVID response.

04/29/21 California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program Update 

The California Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA), part of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), has announced that the final funding round for the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program is now live.  

Eligible applicants are those small businesses that are currently waitlisted, non-profits not selected in previous rounds, and new applicants that meet eligibility criteria. Grants range from $5,000 to $25,000 o Applicants not selected to receive a grant in previous rounds do not need to re-apply, and will be automatically moved into the final round.

For more information on grant requirements and eligibility, along with links to the application, visit the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program.

04/06/21 Governor Newsom Outlines the State’s Next Step in the COVID-19 Pandemic Recovery

As California surpasses a major milestone in the fight against COVID — administering more than 20 million vaccine doses, including 4 million in the state’s hardest-hit communities, and with hospitalizations continuing to steadily decline — Governor Gavin Newsom today outlined the state’s next step in the COVID-19 pandemic recovery, moving beyond the Blueprint for a Safer Economy.

On June 15, California will fully open its economy if two criteria are met:

If vaccine supply is sufficient for Californians 16 years and older who wish to be inoculated; and If hospitalization rates are stable and low

Everyday activities will be allowed and businesses can open with common-sense risk reduction measures, including encouraging all Californians to get vaccinated and mandating masking, to prevent illness and promote health. The state will continue contact tracing and testing to detect cases early and contain spread of the virus. The entire state will move into this new phase as a whole. The state will monitor hospitalization rates, vaccine access and vaccine efficacy against variants, with the option to revisit the June 15 date if needed.

“With more than 20 million vaccines administered across the state, it is time to turn the page on our tier system and begin looking to fully reopen California’s economy,” said Governor Newsom. “We can now begin planning for our lives post-pandemic. We will need to remain vigilant, and continue the practices that got us here – wearing masks and getting vaccinated – but the light at the end of this tunnel has never been brighter.”

“California has made incredible progress controlling the spread of COVID-19 by staying home, masking, and getting vaccines out quickly to Californians in every corner of the state, including in those communities hardest hit by this pandemic,” said California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly. “In order to take the next step, we must continue to do our part to keep this momentum moving in the right direction, and that means continuing to wear a mask and ensuring everyone who is eligible gets the vaccine.”

When California fully reopens the economy, the Blueprint for a Safer Economy will end. However, common-sense health measures such as masking will remain across the state. Testing or vaccination verification requirements will remain in relevant settings.

Read more information on the state’s move beyond the Blueprint.

All sectors listed in the current Blueprint for a Safer Economy grid may return to usual operations in compliance with Cal/OSHA requirements and with common-sense public health policies in place, such as required masking, testing and with vaccinations encouraged. Large-scale indoor events, such as conventions, will be allowed to occur with testing or vaccination verification requirements.  

California is able to reopen fully and safely because of our commitment to the equitable distribution of vaccines. Today, the state reached a total of 4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered to Californians in some of the state’s hardest-hit communities, less than a month after delivering 2 million doses to these communities. The state, in partnership with local government, health care providers and community-based organizations, will continue its extensive efforts to get eligible Californians vaccinated, including its support of expanded hours and access through community clinics and providers, public education campaign, and support for community-based strategies such as canvassing. Equity continues to be the focus of our vaccine efforts, especially as we prepare to fully reopen.

On March 4, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that the state had set aside 40 percent of vaccine doses for the hardest-hit communities and established an equity metric to increase vaccinations in those communities. Doing so recognizes that the pandemic did not affect California communities equally. Forty percent of COVID cases and deaths have occurred in the lowest quartile of the Healthy Places Index (HPI), which provides overall scores and data that predict life expectancy and compares community conditions that shape health across the state.

California continues to plan for the vaccination of Californians under 16 years of age, protection against new variants and continued tracking and containment of spread. The state stands ready to mobilize additional resources if there is an increase in cases.

03/03/2021   New Funding Rounds Announced for the California Small Business 

Sacramento, CA - California's Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA), part of the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), announced today four new funding rounds for the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program following Governor Gavin Newsom https://www.gov.ca.gov/2021/02/23/governor-newsom-signs-legislative-package-providing-urgent-relief-to-californians-experiencing-pandemic-hardship/ of immediate actions that speeds much-needed relief to individuals, families, and businesses suffering the most significant economic hardship due to COVID-19.

Guided by a principle of equity, the Program provides a crucial financial lifeline to traditionally underserved small businesses and non-profits. In its first two funding rounds, the Program selected just over 40,000 small businesses and non-profits to receive approximately $500 million in grant funding. More than 350,000 small businesses and non-profits applied in a competitive process, with funding requests totaling more than $4.5 billion. Additional preliminary data can be https://static.business.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SBCRG-Preliminary-Data-FINAL-022321.pdf: 

The recently signed package provides $2.075 billion - a four-fold increase to that initial $500 million - for grants up to $25,000 for small businesses impacted by the pandemic. The new package also includes a $50 million allocation for non-profit cultural institutions. Four competitive funding rounds will be conducted by CalOSBA's selected intermediary, Lendistry. Additional information can be found at https://careliefgrant.com/ and below:

  • Round 3 (waitlisted applicants from Rounds 1 and 2): Friday, March 5th through Thursday, March 11th, 2021
  • Eligible applicants: This is a closed round and only available to eligible applicants who were waitlisted in Rounds 1 and 2 - only existing applicants will be selected. If you were waitlisted, you do not need to reapply. New applications will not be accepted in this round.
  • Eligible grant award: $5,000 to $25,000
  • Details: This is a closed funding round; no new applications will be accepted
  •  Round 4 (non-profit cultural institutions only): Tuesday, March 16th through Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021
  • Eligible applicants: Only non-profit cultural institutions with any revenue size that meet eligibility criteria found at https://careliefgrant.com/
  • Eligible grant award: $5,000 - $25,000
  • Details: Eligible non-profit cultural institutions must complete a new application even if they already applied in Rounds 1 and 2; grants will only be available to non-profits cultural institutions  that did not receive funding in Rounds 1, 2 or 3; grants will be prioritized based on the documented percentage revenue declines based on a reporting period comparing Q2 and Q3 of 2020 versus Q2 and Q3 of 2019
  • Round 5: Thursday, March 25th through Wednesday, March 31st
  • Eligible applicants: current waitlisted small businesses and non-profits not selected in Rounds 1, 2, or 3 and new applicants that meet eligibility criteria found at https://careliefgrant.com/
  • Eligible grant award: $5,000 - $25,000
  • Details: Applicants not selected to receive a grant in Rounds 1, 2, & 3 do not need to reapply as they will be automatically moved into Round 5. New applicants will need to apply at https://careliefgrant.com/
  •  Round 6: Date to be announced soon
  • Eligible applicants: current waitlisted small businesses and/or non-profits not selected in Rounds 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 and new applicants that meet eligibility criteria found at https://careliefgrant.com/
  • Eligible grant award: $5,000 - $25,000
  • Details: Applicants not selected to receive a grant in Rounds 1, 2, 3 & 5 do not need to re-apply and will be automatically moved into Round 6. New applicants will need to apply at https://careliefgrant.com/

The California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program is administered by CalOSBA through a competitive bid award to its intermediary, Lendistry, and its statewide network of community-based lenders and partners. Many of the https://business.ca.gov/advantages/small-business-innovation-and-entrepreneurship/how-we-can-help/covid-19-resources-map/ (https://business.ca.gov/advantages/small-business-innovation-and-entrepreneurship/how-we-can-help/covid-19-resources-map/) which prioritize the expansion of technical assistance to underserved business groups, are also available to help small businesses with the application process in multiple languages and formats.

For more information on grant requirements and eligibility, along with links to application tips and webinars, visit https://careliefgrant.com/.

1/6/2021 California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program

The State of California has extended the deadline to apply for a COVID-19 small businesses relief grant to 11:59 pm, January 13, 2021.

The amount of grant funding ranges from $5,000 to $25,000, and eligibility is based on a businesses' annual revenue, as documented in their most recent tax return.

Orange County businesses can apply through one of the local Partner Agencies: https://careliefgrant.com/partner/orange/

For more information on the small business grants, go to www.careliefgrant.com

12/03/2020 State Of California Announces New Measures

The State of California has just announced new measures to combat the increasing spread of the COVID-19 virus:

Regional Stay Home Order:

The Regional Stay Home Order, announced December 3, will go into effect promptly in regions with less than 15% ICU availability. It prohibits private gatherings of any size, closes sector operations except for critical infrastructure and retail, and requires 100% masking and physical distancing in all others.

The Governor has indicated that the Southern California Region, which includes Orange County, in eminent in moving to the Regional Stay at Home Order. Please watch our social media channels for updates.

Once in place, the order will remain in effect for at least 3 weeks and, after that period, will be lifted when a region’s projected ICU capacity meets or exceeds 15%. This will be assessed on a weekly basis after the initial 3 week period. Learn more about this order.

The state released a map of five regions and their current ICU capacity, as well as projected dates when regions will fall below the 15 percent threshold. The regions are:

• Northern California: Del Norte, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Mendocino, Modoc, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, Trinity • Bay Area: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma • Greater Sacramento: Alpine, Amador, Butte, Colusa, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Sierra, Sutter, Yolo, Yuba • San Joaquin Valley: Calaveras, Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, San Benito, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tulare, Tuolumne • Southern California: Imperial, Inyo, Los Angeles, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/

The Regional Stay Home Order would be in effect for 3 weeks after the trigger and instructs Calfornians to stay at home as much as possible to limit the mixing with other households that can lead to COVID-19 spread. It allows access to (and travel for) critical services and allows outdoor activities to preserve Californians’ physical and mental health. This limited closure will help stop the surge and prevent overwhelming regional ICU capacity.

In any region that triggers a Regional Stay Home Order because it drops below 15% ICU capacity, the following sectors must close: • Indoor and outdoor playgrounds • Indoor recreational facilities • Hair salons and barbershops • Personal care services • Museums, zoos, and aquariums • Movie theaters • Wineries • Bars, breweries, and distilleries • Family entertainment centers • Cardrooms and satellite wagering • Limited services • Live audience sports • Amusement parks

The following sectors will have additional modifications in addition to 100% masking and physical distancing:

• Outdoor recreational facilities: Allow outdoor operation only without any food, drink or alcohol sales. Additionally, overnight stays at campgrounds will not be permitted.

• Retail: Allow indoor operation at 20% capacity with entrance metering and no eating or drinking in the stores. Additionally, special hours should be instituted for seniors and others with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems. • Shopping centers: Allow indoor operation at 20% capacity with entrance metering and no eating or drinking in the stores. Additionally, special hours should be instituted for seniors and others with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.

• Hotels and lodging: Allow to open for critical infrastructure support only.

• Restaurants: Allow only for take-out, pick-up, or delivery.

• Offices: Allow remote only except for critical infrastructure sectors where remote working is not possible. • Places of worship and political expression: Allow outdoor services only.

• Entertainment production including professional sports: Allow operation without live audiences. Additionally, testing protocol and “bubbles” are highly encouraged.

The following sectors are allowed to remain open when a remote option is not possible with appropriate infectious disease preventative measures including 100% masking and physical distancing:

• Critical infrastructure

• Schools that are already open for in-person learning • Non-urgent medical and dental care • Child care and pre-K

Learn more about this order.  https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/

11/19/2020 California Limited Stay at Home Order 

Per the State of California, a Limited Stay at Home Order has been issued by the California Department of Public Health.  Non-essential work and gatherings must stop from 10 pm - 5 am in counties in the Purple Tier, which includes Orange County.  This will take effect at 10 pm on Saturday and remain in effect until December 21, 2020.

To read the full order, click here.

9/8/20 Blueprint for A Safer Economy

Please read this important media release from the County of Orange on the moving of Orange County to the State’s COVID “Blueprint for A Safer Economy” Red Tier.

To see the entire “Blueprint”, click here.

To see what each tier allows, click here.

To read the original media release, visit https://cms.ocgov.com/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=117643

8/28/2020 State of California "Blueprint for a Safer Economy"

The State of California has just released a new framework for the State's COVID-19 response, the "Blueprint for a Safer Economy." 

Every county is now assigned to a color tier based on its rate of new cases.  The tier determines which business sectors can open, and how they will be allowed to safely operate.

To read the "Blueprint for a Safer Economy," visit www.covid19.ca.gov.

For a matrix that explains each tier, and how it affects different business sectors,  click here.

7/22/2020 State of California Guidance for Several Sector 

The State of California and the Orange County Health Agency have issued updated COVID-19 guidance for several sectors:

Updated guidance for certain personal care services to provide those services outdoors, available at https://files.covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-outdoor-personal-care--en.pdf . #OCCOVID19

Updated guidance for hair salon and barbershop services to operate outdoors, available at https://files.covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-outdoor-hair-salons--en.pdf

Updated guidance for schools and school-based programs, available at https://files.covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-schools.pdf . Please be aware that the State is expected to issue additional guidance in the near future on school-based sports and extracurricular activities. 

Updated guidance for day camps, available at https://files.covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-daycamps.pdf . As a reminder, recreational team sports are still not permitted. 

Updated guidance on childcare facilities, which are available at https://files.covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-childcare--en.pdf  #OCCOVID19

For more information, call the County of Orange COVID-19 Information line at (714) 834-2000 or email ETeam@ochca.com.

7/8/2020 Youth Sports Practices Postponed in Orange County Due to New State Guidance

The State of California has recently amended its guidance regarding    youth sports practices, team drills and training and will no longer allow them to occur throughout the state.

7/3/2020 Temporary Outdoor Dining 

At a special meeting on Thursday, July 2, the Orange City Council approved a plan to allow restaurants in the City to create outdoor dining spaces by utilizing private walkways and private parking lots where safe and possible to do so.  The new dining areas must maintain existing ADA access.

On July 1, the State of California issued new health orders, mandating that restaurants in Orange County must cease indoor operations, though they are allowed to continue serving customers outdoors.  In order to help our local restaurants comply with this order, the City will temporarily remove restrictions on outdoor dining, which will allow restaurants to set-up exterior dining areas in private exterior spaces, and remain open.

The use of outdoor dining spaces are allowed through July 31. The City will evaluate the situation the week prior, and can decide to extend the time period if the situation warrants it.

We would like to encourage everyone to patronize our local restaurants, and help keep them in business, and our economy moving.

7/1/2020 Updated Order from Governor Gavin Newsom

Both the State of California and the County of Orange have issued new Health Orders in response to the Coronavirus pandemic:

State of California:  

Due to rising COVID-19 infection rates in several counties, and effective immediately, July 1, the State of California has closed all bars, including those with outdoor areas, in several counties, including Orange County.  The following businesses must also cease indoor operations, though they may continue outdoor operations if they exist:

  • Restaurants
  • Wineries and tasting rooms
  • Movie theaters 
  • Family entertainment centers (for examples: bowling alleys, miniature golf, batting         cages and arcades)
  • Zoos and museums
  • Cardrooms
  • Bars must close all operations even if they are operating outdoors.

This order is effective for a minimum of three weeks, and is subject to possible extension. For the list of businesses affected by the closure, or more information, visit: https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap-counties/

County of Orange:  

The Orange County Health Agency has issued new Health Orders closing all bars in Orange County to help slow the spread of COVID-19.  The Order, which is effective tomorrow, Thursday, July 2, helps align counties in Southern California due to the increases in COVID-19 cases across the region. 

For the full text of the County Order, visit: https://cms.ocgov.com/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=116494

6/19/2020 State of California expanded opening for Personal Care Services

The State of California has issue new COVID Industry Guidance, allowing expanded openings for Personal Care Services "...which includes personal care that requires touching a client’s face, e.g. facials, electrolysis, and waxing. This guidance applies to esthetician, skin care, and cosmetology services; electrology; nail salons; body art professionals, tattoo parlors, and piercing shops; and massage therapy (in non-healthcare settings)."

To read the full COVID Industry Guidance, visit https://covid19.ca.gov/pdf/expanded-personal-services.pdf

6/18/2020   State of California Guidance for the use of face coverings

Because of our collective actions, California has limited the spread of COVID-19 and associated hospitalizations and deaths in our state. Still, the risk for COVID-19 remains and the increasing number of Californians who are leaving their homes for work and other needs, increases the risk for COVID-19 exposure and infection.  

Over the last four months, we have learned a lot about COVID-19 transmission, most notably that people who are infected but are asymptomatic or presymptomatic play an important part in community spread. The use of face coverings by everyone can limit the release of infected droplets when talking, coughing, and/or sneezing, as well as reinforce physical distancing.

This document updates existing CDPH guidance for the use of cloth face coverings by the general public when outside the home.  It mandates that face coverings be worn state-wide in the circumstances and with the exceptions outlined below. It does not substitute for existing guidance about social distancing and handwashing.  

Guidance

People in California must wear face coverings when they are in the high-risk situations listed below: 

• Inside of, or in line to enter, any indoor public space; (Unless exempted by state guidelines for specific public settings (e.g., school or childcare center)) • Obtaining services from the healthcare sector in settings including, but not limited to, a hospital, pharmacy, medical clinic, laboratory, physician or dental office, veterinary clinic, or blood bank;  (Unless directed otherwise by an employee or healthcare provider ) • Waiting for or riding on public transportation or paratransit or while in a taxi, private car service, or ride-sharing vehicle; • Engaged in work, whether at the workplace or performing work off-site, when:

  •  Interacting in-person with any member of the public;
  •  Working in any space visited by members of the public, regardless of whether anyone    from the public is present at the time;
  • Working in any space where food is prepared or packaged for sale or distribution to others;
  • Working in or walking through common areas, such as hallways, stairways, elevators, and parking facilities;
  • In any room or enclosed area where other people (except for members of the person’s own household or residence) are present when unable to physically distance.
  • Driving or operating any public transportation or paratransit vehicle, taxi, or private car service or ride-sharing vehicle when passengers are present. When no passengers are present, face coverings are strongly recommended.
  • While outdoors in public spaces when maintaining a physical distance of 6 feet from persons who are not members of the same household or residence is not feasible.
  • The following individuals are exempt from wearing a face covering:
  • Persons age two years or under. These very young children must not wear a face covering because of the risk of suffocation.
  • Persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a face covering. This includes persons with a medical condition for whom wearing a face covering could obstruct breathing or who are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove a face covering without assistance.
  • Persons who are hearing impaired, or communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.
  • Persons for whom wearing a face covering would create a risk to the person related to their work, as determined by local, state, or federal regulators or workplace safety guidelines.
  • Persons who are obtaining a service involving the nose or face for which temporary removal of the face covering is necessary to perform the service.
  • Persons who are seated at a restaurant or other establishment that offers food or beverage service, while they are eating or drinking, provided that they are able to maintain a distance of at least six feet away from persons who are not members of the same household or residence.
  • Persons who are engaged in outdoor work or recreation such as swimming, walking, hiking, bicycling, or running, when alone or with household members, and when they are able to maintain a distance of at least six feet from others.
  • Persons who are incarcerated. Prisons and jails, as part of their mitigation plans, will have specific guidance on the wearing of face coverings or masks for both inmates and staff. 

Note: Persons exempted from wearing a face covering due to a medical condition who are employed in a job involving regular contact with others should wear a non-restrictive alternative, such as a face shield with a drape on the bottom edge, as long as their condition permits it. 

Background

What is a cloth face covering?

A cloth face covering is a material that covers the nose and mouth. It can be secured to the head with ties or straps or simply wrapped around the lower face. It can be made of a variety of materials, such as cotton, silk, or linen. A cloth face covering may be factory-made or sewn by hand or can be improvised from household items such as scarfs, T-shirts, sweatshirts, or towels. 

How well do cloth face coverings work to prevent spread of COVID-19?

There is scientific evidence to suggest that use of cloth face coverings by the public during a pandemic could help reduce disease transmission. Their primary role is to reduce the release of infectious particles into the air when someone speaks, coughs, or sneezes, including someone who has COVID-19 but feels well. Cloth face coverings are not a substitute for physical distancing, washing hands, and staying home when ill, but they may be helpful when combined with these primary interventions. 

When should I wear a cloth face covering?

You should wear face coverings when in public places, particularly when those locations are indoors or in other areas where physical distancing is not possible 

How should I care for a cloth face covering?

It’s a good idea to wash your cloth face covering frequently, ideally after each use, or at least daily. Have a bag or bin to keep cloth face coverings in until they can be laundered with detergent and hot water and dried on a hot cycle. If you must re-wear your cloth face covering before washing, wash your hands immediately after putting it back on and avoid touching your face. Discard cloth face coverings that:

  •  No longer cover the nose and mouth
  •  Have stretched out or damaged ties or straps • Cannot stay on the face • Have holes or tears in the fabric

Click here for the full text of the State of California. 

05/08/20 Governor Newsom Releases Updated Industry Guidance 

Please read this important media release from California Governor Gavin Newsom on Updated Industry Guidance for Re-Opening the Economy.

Media Release page 1   page 2  page 3

 Click here for website.

04/29/20 State of California 

In a press conference on Tuesday, California Governor Gavin Newsom laid out, in 4 stages, the roadmap to the State’s lifting of the "stay at home" order that is currently in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

While we are currently in Stage 1, the roadmap outlines the actions that will be necessary by individual citizens, businesses, and the government in order to meet the key indicators for movement to Stage 2.  These included stabilization of hospitalization trends, sufficient supply and distribution of Personal Protective Equipment, testing, and contact tracing capacity throughout the state.

Once the conditions are met, the transition to Stage 2 will occur through a statewide modification to the Stay-At-Home Order. The Governor indicated he expected we will be able to transition to Stage 2 in the next few weeks, if not sooner.

Remember, we are all in this together.  Maintain physical distancing, wash your hands frequently, stay "safer at home" unless you are an essential worker.

To read Governor Newsom’s complete presentation, click here.

04/24/20 State of California Mortgage Relief Agreements 

If you are having problems paying your mortgage due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible for some relief.  Federally-backed loans are eligible for a two or six-month suspension through the Federal Housing Agency.  The State of California has also obtained similar relief agreements from 200 mortgage lenders.

The State has set-up a website with all of the details, help you find out if your lender is participating in this program, and how to apply for mortgage relief if they are.  Visit https://dbo.ca.gov/covid19-updates-fi/

04/23/20 Media Release from Governor Gavin Newsom

Please read this important media release from the State of California on several Executive Orders issued by Governor Newsom in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  You can find the text of the Executive Order at www.gov.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/N-54-20-COVID-19-4.22.20.pdf

04/14/2020 Media Release from Governor Gavin Newsom

Please read this important media release from Gov. Newsom on the Six Critical Indicators the State will Consider Before Modifying the Stay-at-Home Order and Other COVID-19 Interventions:

To view the entire roadmap outlined by Gov. Newsom, visit www.gov.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/California-Roadmap-to-Modify-the-Stay-at-Home-Order.pdf

04/12/2020 Executive Order for Childcare For Essential Workers 

A recent Executive Order by California Governor Gavin Newson allows for essential works to access state-subsidized childcare and preschool programs while schools are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

For more information, go to www.chs-ca.org/child-care-payment-program

03/30/2020 Statewide Moratorium on Evictions related to COVID-19

On March 27, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-37-20 that bans evictions through May 31, 2020 for certain tenants affected by COVID-19. Landlords are prohibited from evicting tenants before that date for nonpayment of rent if tenants meet the following requirements:

·The tenant paid rent as required prior to the date of this Order (March 27, 2020)

·The tenant notifies the landlord in writing within seven days of the rent being due that they must delay some or all of the rent for reasons related to COVID-19, including:

·The tenant was unavailable to work because of illness due to a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 or to care for a family member with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19

·The tenant was laid off, lost hours,  or experienced reduced income due to COVID-19

·The tenant missed work to care for a child whose school was closed in response to     COVID-19

·The tenant must retain documentation for the delay of rent payment

The Order does not relieve a tenant of liability for unpaid rent. For more information visit www.gov.ca.gov.

03/21/2020    Statewide Mandatory Stay-At-Home Order

Governor Gavin Newsom has issued a statewide mandatory stay-at-home order. It is everyone’s responsibility to comply with the directive. We encourage everyone to do their part to stay healthy and keep your social distance. Click here for FAQs.

If you have concerns or questions about compliance with this order, please contact OC Public Health at (714) 628-7085, go to www.COVID19.ca.gov, or the OC Health Care Agency at www.ochealthinfo.com.

Please stay home, unless you must leave for essential functions as specified in the order.  Always practice social distancing when you go out.

03/20/2020    New California State Health Directive Issued

On Wednesday evening, March 19, California Governor Gavin Newsom issued an order for all Californians to "stay home" as a means to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus (also known as COVID-19.) The order was effective immediately.  Click here to read the order.

In addition to directing everyone to stay at home, the order also named 16 specific critical infrastructure sectors where people should continue to work, because of the importance these sectors have to the health and well-being of California. These sectors include government and public safety, food manufacturing and distribution, medical services, grocery stores, convenience stores, take-out and delivery restaurants, utilities, gas stations, banks, laundry services, and pharmacies.

 The order will remain in place until further notice.

The safety of Orange residents and businesses is our highest priority. Please be assured that the City continues to function, with Police, Fire, Water, and Public Works services operating as normal. Parks are open for necessary use, please practice social distancing. Playgrounds and exercise equipment are closed. Other services such as planning and building, finance, and library are available remotely or via our website at www.cityoforange.org.

The City continues to monitor the state-wide situation, and is in constant communication with county, state and federal authorities. Please check this site for future updates.

Federal Tax Payment Date Changed for 2020

The U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) today issued guidance allowing all individual and other non-corporate tax filers to defer up to $1 million of federal income tax (including self-employment tax) payments due on April 15, 2020, until July 15, 2020, without penalties or interest.  This guidance does not change the April 15 filing deadline.

For more information visit https://home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/sm948

03/17/20  Guidelines for slowing the spread

President Trump has released advisory guidelines for slowing the spread of the Coronavirus, which you can view by clicking here

Governor Newsom has released his own advisory guidelines for the State of California, which you can view by clicking here.  In summary, the key recommendations include:

•    If you feel sick, stay at home.  Do not go to work. Contact your medical provider.

•    If your children are sick, keep them home.  Do not send them to school. Contact your medical provider.

•    If you are an older person, or a person with a serious underlying health condition that can put you at risk, stay home and away from other people.

•    Avoid social gatherings in groups of 10 or more people and avoid discretionary travel.

•    Wash your hands frequently.

Each business located in the City of Orange is responsible for deciding how best to comply with these guidelines.

The City of Orange will continue to work with our local health officials, including the Orange County Health Care Agency, to ensure we are following the State’s guidance and maintaining our focus on public safety.

The public should follow our official Facebook page, www.facebook.com/cityoforange, or continue to check back here for more information as it develops. In addition, the OC Health Care Agency at www.ochealthinfo.com and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at  www.cdc.gov provide up-to-date information on prevention measures and changes in state and federal guidelines.    

03/11/2020    Governor Gavin Newsom policy on gatherings

On Wednesday, March 11, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that California Public Health Officials issued an updated policy on gatherings intended to “protect public health and slow the spread of COVID-19.”   These guidelines call for postponing, canceling, or modifying non-essential gatherings of 250 or more people through March 31.  Gatherings of less than 250 people are allowed if the organizers “can implement social distancing of 6 feet per person.”  

It is the determination of the state’s public health experts that these measures are necessary to help stem the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) across the state.  The guidelines do not cover schools, transit facilities, and other operations considered essential.

For the full text of the Governor’s announcement, click here.

For the Orange County Health Care Agency’s Coronavirus information page, click here.