This is a newsletter from the San Francisco Office of Small Business (SFOSB). We have reprinted it in its entirety.
As we’ve moved into Phase 2b of reopening San Francisco, please remember to practice social distancing and wear face covering. Businesses should continue to check Department of Public Health’s website for updates on Health Orders and directives pertaining to your business as information continues to be updated. Feel free to contact the OSB at [email protected] if you have any questions. You can also visit oewd.org/covid19 for new information. Below are today’s announcements and updates.
Commercial Eviction Moratorium Extended to July 16, 2020
Last week, Mayor London Breed signed the Executive Order to extend the commercial eviction moratorium for an additional 30 days through July 16, 2020. Back on March 17th, Mayor Breed announced a commercial evictions moratorium that prevents any small and medium-sized businesses from being evicted due a loss of income related to lost revenue or other economic impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Check here to see if your business qualifies for the eviction moratorium along with guidelines and FAQs.
Termination of Mayoral Declaration #6, Section 4
Today, Mayor London Breed signed to terminate the Sixth Supplemental Declaration, Section 4 that requires certain essential businesses that sell alcohol to close between 8:00pm and 6:00am each day. The circumstances no longer require the continuation of this Order and will be terminated effective at 6:00am on June 19, 2020.
Shared Spaces Program – Street Closure Application Now Available
The Shared Spaces Program was developed by the Economic Recovery Task Force, to support neighborhood businesses by providing additional public space to support local business activities. Last week, the City began accepting application for individual businesses to apply to use the sidewalk or parking lane for business operations such as seating, dining or retail pickup. If many businesses on your block want to use the street for business activities, you can make a plan and apply together now. Businesses, merchant groups, and community organizations may ask for one or more blocks to be closed to traffic and opened for people and businesses. Allowable activities in street space include:
- Outdoor seating for cafes and restaurants
- Retail display or sales
- Other activities in support of economic recovery
For questions and further assistance, please email [email protected].
Best Practices for Phase 2 Reopening Webinar – Thursday, June 19, 2020 at 2:30PM
Join us for an information overview of Best Practices for Phase Two Reopening. Come learn about shared spaces, outdoor dining and other Phase Two opening’s. Guest speakers include:
- Joaquín Torres, Director of Office of Economic and Workforce Development
- Maggie Weiland, Director San Francisco Entertainment Commission
- Peter Keith, San Francisco City Attorney
- Theodore Conrad, Office of Economic and Workforce Development, Shared Spaces Program
- Patrick Fosdahl, Department of Public Health
Click here to register.
Reminders for SF Resiliency Fund and SF Hardship Emergency Loan Program (SF HELP)
Previously shared in our announcements, SF Resiliency Fund has reopened to accept application for grants up to $10,000 for San Francisco small businesses affected by COVID-19 with less than 5 employees. The deadline to submit an application is June 17 at 11:59PM.
The SF HELP provides small businesses with up to $50,000 in zero interest loans. The program provides flexible funding to businesses unable to access other types of government loan products. The deadline to submit a loan inquiry form is June 18 at 11:59PM.
Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) & Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Updates
Since the added fund to the relief package, the EIDL and EIDL Advance were available to agricultural businesses only. SBA has recently reopened its application to qualified small businesses. This program includes an advance fund of up to $10,000 which does not have to be repaid. The advance fund is based on $1,000 per employee. Self-employed individuals may count 1 for yourself. Funds will be made available following a successful application. For those who missed the opportunity to apply for the EIDL and EIDL Advance previously, you can apply now.
Yesterday, the SBA released the EZ Loan Forgiveness Application, a streamlined form to apply for forgiveness on your PPP. Businesses may use the EZ Loan Forgiveness Application if you meet one of the following requirements:
- Are self-employed and have no employees; OR
- Did not reduce the salaries or wages of their employees by more than 25%, and did not reduce the number or hours of their employees; OR
- Experienced reductions in business activity as a result of health directives related to COVID-19, and did not reduce the salaries or wages of their employees by more than 25%.
For more information, visit the SBA’s website or attend one of the NorCal SBDC webinars for the latest updates.
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