Business Resiliency Resources

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


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.

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.

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 workforce.connection@sfgov.org 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

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 ClaimLearn 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 disastercustomerservice@sba.gov

Other useful links:

SF DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH – COVID-19 FACTS

OEWD COVID-19 SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCES

CDC – STOP THE SPREAD OF THE GERMS (PDF)

CDC – COVID-19 SYMPTOMS (JPG)

CDC – COVID-19 PRINT RESOURCES TO DOWNLOAD