Attention small businesses impacted by the COVID-19, the City is now offering SF Small Business Resiliency Fund to provide support to get you through this difficult time. Check if you are eligible to apply: oewd.org/covid-19-small-business-resiliency-fund. A consolidated list of resources for both small business owners and employees can be found here.
Please see all current San Francisco restrictions and recommendations here.
As of March 16, 2020: Vulnerable populations must stay home. Everyone should stay home except to get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care, or go to an essential job. If you go out, maintain at least 6 feet if distance. The City and County of San Francisco has mandated further closures and restrictions to stymie the spread of Coronavirus.
Please note: this may not be a complete list of all available support from private, public and nonprofit entities. Federal, State, and Local resources have been aggregated from respective websites.
IMPORTANT: Commercial Tenants / Retail Businesses
- Businesses can temporarily suspend Recology collections at https://www.recology.com/temporary-commercial-collection-service-suspension/#/info.
- Add your business to SFCDMA’s We Are Open directory:
- Pre-Approve for Workers and Families First, providing paid sick leave for employees:https://sf.gov/workers-families-first-preapproval-form
City of San Francisco Resources for Employers
OEWD has created a webpage that contains resources for San Francisco employers and employees concerning the COVID-19 outbreak. This is a rapidly evolving situation, and the page will be updated as more information is made available.
- Deferred Quarterly Business Taxes for Small Businesses – Learn more here.
- Deferred Annual Small Business Licensing Fee – Learn more here.
- Small Business Resiliency Fund Grants for Micro-Businesses –Learn more here.
- Leasing and Legal Assistance for Landlord Negotiation – Learn more here.
- SF Small Business Revolving Loan Fund – Learn more here.
- Technical Assistance Accessing SBA Loans Once Available – Learn more here.
- SF Emerging Business Loan Fund –Learn more here.
- Providing Paid Sick Leave for Employees – Learn more here.
California State Resources for Employers
The California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz)has resources available to businesses affected by COVID-19. For the most up-to-date state resources for businesses, visit the GO-Biz resource page.
- Delay of State Payroll Reports – Learn more here.
- Partial Unemployment Insurance Claims to Keep Employees –Learn more here.
- Work Sharing Program –Learn more here.
Federal Resources for Employers
U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (SBA) – The SBA provides a number of loan resources for small businesses and assists with access to capital. The SBA will work directly with state and local governments to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and nonprofits that have been severely impacted. Learn more here.
Assistance to Access SBA Loans – San Francisco OEWD will provide direct technical assistance to local small businesses and nonprofits to ensure they can immediately access the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) federal loan program once it becomes available. Learn more here.
IRS RESOURCES FOR EMPLOYERS – The IRS has set up a special section to help taxpayers and businesses affected by COVID-19. The page will be updated as new programs are made available. Learn more here.
City Resources for Employees
Workers can reach out to OEWD’s Workforce Development Division directly to learn more about the resources below and receive support from staff and a network of service providers. Email email@example.com or call 415-701-4817 (Mon-Fri, 9 AM to 5 PM)
Rapid Response Services For Group Orientations on Resources – OEWD staff is available to partner with workers, employers and labor unions to conduct Rapid Response Online Orientations to larger groups of impacted employees by providing an overview of available resources remotely. Email for more information.
Paid Sick Leave – Learn more here.
Workers and Families First Program – Up to 40 hours Additional Paid Sick Leave – Learn more here.
Health Care Coverage
- Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
- California Family Rights Act (CFRA)
- COBRA Coverage
- Covered California
State Resources for Employees
The CA Employment Development Division (EDD) provides a variety of support and relief services to employees affected by COVID-19 in California. For the most up-to-date information, visit CA EDD’s COVID-19 resource page.
Reduced Work Hours? Partial Unemployment Available – Learn more here.
Sick or Quarantined Workers Can File a Disability Insurance Claim – Learn more here.
Up to Six Weeks of Paid Family Leave for Caregiving – Learn more here.
Federal Resources for Employees
IRS RESOURCES FOR EMPLOYEES – The IRS has set up a special section to help taxpayers and workers affected by COVID-19. The page will be updated as new programs are made available. Learn more here.
To stay informed, listen to public health messages from reliable sources:
- The San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) – Website, Twitter
- The San Francisco Department of Emergency Management (SFDEM) – Website, Twitter
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – Website, Twitter
- For official updates, text COVID19SF to 888-777.
- SBA Disaster Assistance Customer Service
1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Other useful links: