COVID-19 has left many of us uncertain about what precautions to take, and the effects in the workplace.
We are monitoring the situation and following the current guidelines from the leading authorities to ensure we are taking the right actions to protect our members, employees, and community.
We want to be sure that you have the most up to date resources.
For the most current and updated information, please see the City of Anaheim's page on COVID-19:
The Chamber team is here to assist you with any questions at all, and can be reached at 714-758-0222
Testing is available for those that live or work in Orange County and is recommended if:
- You have symptoms of COVID-19, whether or not you are vaccinated.
- Don't have symptoms but have a known COVID-19 exposure or exposure concerns.
- Are an essential worker with frequent contacts with the public.
- Even if fully vaccinated, COVID-19 testing may be recommended if you are:
- Returning from international travel.
Individuals who live in Orange County should first call their health care provider for a COVID-19 test. If you have health insurance and need help finding your health care provider, call the customer service number on your insurance card, or view websites of major health care providers in Orange County.
Additional testing options are available below:
- Self-Collection Test Kits are available at no cost for individuals who live or work in Orange County
- Home delivery test kits; prepaid return shipping
- Orders will be fulfilled within 24-48 hours depending on the time your order is placed. Holidays may also affect shipping times.
- Online registration, order request form and patient portal
- Virtual clinical support through PWN Health Provider
- Daily limits may apply to meet service delivery times
* Services are intended to ensure equitable access and prioritized for non-English speaking individuals that live in Orange County
- Walk-up COVID-19 testing at no cost only for individuals who live in Santa Ana and Anaheim
- Clinical and support services if desired
- 1NOTE: Test kits may be delivered to OC zip codes only.The COVID-19 Testing provided by licensed medical practitioners is at no cost to you because third party payors are billed. Third party payors include: Medicaid, Medicare, private insurance plans, HRSA, CA DHCS and/or the Orange County Health Care Agencies. Under the FFCRA, payors are not allowed to impose any cost-sharing requirements (deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance).
Community members with general questions related to COVID-19 can contact the County of Orange COVID-19 Hotline at (714) 834-2000. For medical questions, residents can call the Health Referral Line at (800) 564-8448. COVID-related health tip handouts are also available.
Types of Testing
There are three kinds of tests for COVID-19: PCR/viral tests and serology/antibody tests.
- A PCR or molecular test tells you if you have a current infection. It is taken with a swab in the mouth, nose or throat.
- An antigen test is a newer COVID-19 test that tells if you have a current infection. It is taken with a nasal or throat swab.
- An antibody (serology) test does NOT tell you if you are infected currently. It only tells you if you had a previous infection and currently is not recommended for individual use. It is done through a needle or fingerstick to get a blood sample.
For more information on the different types of tests visit HERE.
Resources on this page are for PCR/viral tests or antigen testing for COVID-19 in Orange County.
Antigen Test Fact Sheet
Clearance from Isolation and Return to Work for Persons with Confirmed COVID-19 Infection
Persons with confirmed COVID-19 infection can have isolation precautions discontinued when their illness improves by three criteria:
- At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared and
- At least 24 hours have passed since last fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
- Other symptoms have improved.
CDC no longer recommends the test-based strategy to determine when to discontinue home isolation, except for rare exceptions.
The California Small Business Disaster Relief/Assistance Loan Guarantee Program provides loans up to $50,000 for small businesses up to 750 employees that did not qualify for SBA loans. Loans are for up to seven years and may be used for business continuance or to cure economic injury due to the coronavirus pandemic. Application information is available from the State of California's IBank and the SBDC of Orange County:
- California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (IBank) – Small Business Finance Center
- Small Business Development Corporation of Orange County (SBDC-OC) – Disaster Assistance Loan Guarantee Program
The California Capital Access Program (CalCAP) insures loans up to $2.5 million enrolled over a 3-year period for small businesses with fewer than 500 full-time employees. CalCAP applications are submitted to participating lenders. Click here for more information about CalCAP from the California State Treasurer.
- Anaheim Chamber of Commerce member Sunwest Bank is a participating lender in CalCAP
- Click here for a complete list of participating CalCAP lenders from the California State Treasurer's office
Social Security Tax Deferral: Businesses may defer the employer's share of Social Security taxes for March 27-December 31, 2020, with half due by December 31, 2021 and the remainder due by December 31, 2022. However, if an employer receives PPP loan forgiveness (see Federal Loan Programs above for more information about PPP loans), then those deferrals will be cancelled and taxes due immediately. For more information, click here.
Income Tax Return Extension and Payment Deferral: All federal income taxpayers have an automatic extension to file returns or make payments that were originally due April 15; these are now due July 15. For more information, click here.
Sales Tax Deferral: The California Small Business Relief Payment Plan allows small businesses with less than $5 million in taxable sales may apply to defer $50,000 of sales taxes for twelve months. To apply for the Small Business Relief Payment Plan, click here.
State Tax Return Extension and Payment Deferral: All small business taxpayers with less than $1 million tax liability have an automatic three-month extension to file returns or make payments on various taxes/fees due between March 16-May 11. For a complete list of applicable taxes/fees with their new due dates, click here. Businesses with more than $1 million tax liability may apply for an extension (to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis), click here.
Employee Retention Credit
The Employee Retention Credit allows employers to take a tax credit of 50% of an employee's qualifying wages up to $10,000 paid between March 13-December 31, 2020 if the employer has not received a federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan. In order to be eligible for the credit, the employer's business must be fully or partially suspended by government order due to COVID-19 during the calendar quarter or the employer's gross receipts are below 50% of the comparable quarter in 2019.
Employers may take the Employee Retention Credit immediately by reducing their required deposits for payroll taxes that were withheld from employees' wages by the amount of the credit and subsequently reporting it on their tax returns. Employers may request an advance from the IRS if the employer's credit will exceed the amount of payroll taxes that would have been deposited. For more information, click here.
Paid Sick Leave Credit
The Paid Sick Leave Credit allows small businesses with fewer than 500 employees to take a dollar-for-dollar offset of the cost for the regular pay for up to 80 hours for an employee who is unable to work because of coronavirus quarantine/self-quarantine or has coronavirus symptoms and is seeking a medical diagnosis, not exceeding $511 per day per employee. The paid sick leave credit also provides an offset of 2/3 of the cost for the regular pay for up to 80 hours for an employee who is unable to work in order to care for an individual subject to quarantine, to care for a child whose school is closed or whose child care provider is unavailable for reasons related to coronavirus, not exceeding $200 per day per employee.
Employers may take the Paid Sick Leave Credit immediately by reducing their required deposits for payroll taxes that were withheld from employees' wages by the amount of the credit and subsequently reporting it on their tax returns. Employers may request an accelerated credit payment from the IRS if the employer's credit will exceed the amount of payroll taxes that would have been deposited. For more information, click here.
Child Care Leave Credit
The Child Care Leave Credit allows small businesses with fewer than 500 employees to take offset 2/3 of the cost for the regular pay for up to 10 weeks for an employee who is unable to work in order to care for a child whose school/child care facility is closed or whose child care provider is unavailable for reasons related to coronavirus, not exceeding $200 per day per employee. Employers are also eligible to take an additional tax credit for the costs of providing health insurance coverage for that employee during the period they are on child care leave.
Employers may take the Child Care Leave Credit immediately by reducing their required deposits for payroll taxes that were withheld from employees' wages by the amount of the credit and subsequently reporting it on their tax returns. Employers may request an accelerated credit payment from the IRS if the employer's credit will exceed the amount of payroll taxes that would have been deposited. For more information, click here.
Rent Deferral: The Anaheim Eviction Protection Program allows both residential and commercial renters to defer rent payments through June 30 without late fees, penalties, or interest, provided the renter gives written notice to their landlord before the normal rent due date and includes verifiable documentation supporting the reason for non-payment of rent or reduced payment of rent. Rent payments would be due in four monthly installments within 120 days (i.e. no later than October 28), unless the tenant and landlord agree to different terms. For more information about the Anaheim Eviction Protection Program, click here. To obtain the form for written notice from a commercial renter, click here for the form. To obtain the form for written notice from a residential renter, click here for the form.
In addition to the resources above available for most businesses, this section includes information on resources specific to restaurants and breweries.
The information listed below applies to businesses permitted to reopen per California’s four-stage reopening plan. To review information pertinent to Anaheim businesses, please click here.
To obtain information from the Orange County Health Care Agency, including guidance for restaurants, bars and breweries, you can visit their website at www.OCFoodInfo.com.
For additional information on the easing of city rules to operate outdoors, display signs, and sell alcohol to-go, please read our Coronavirus Business Relief Fact Sheet.
Order No. 10 of the City Manager (an extension of order No. 6) provides temporary relief from the City’s Special Event Permit requirements and Outdoor Dining standards to allow restaurants and other businesses to temporarily create or expand outdoor dining operations, as well as conduct other business operations outdoors in order to provide for the safe re-opening of businesses in compliance with public health directives. This order will remain in full force and effect until Jan. 31, 2021 or until expressly repealed or superseded by an ordinance of the City Council or by further Order of the City Manager.
Restaurants, retail stores, offices, and personal-service type businesses permitted to reopen are allowed to conduct dining and retail services in outdoor areas on private property. No permit is required if there is no sale or consumption of alcoholic beverages in the outdoor area. Restaurants, bars (with sit down, dine-in meals), and breweries (with sit down, dine-in meals) who wish to provide for the consumption of alcoholic beverages in outdoor areas must apply for a permit.
The table below provides an overview of Order No. 10 of the City Manager. Any activities involving a tent need to be reviewed by Anaheim Fire & Rescue. For any questions regarding outdoor operations, business owners are encouraged to contact Planning Staff at Planning@anaheim.net.
|No Permit Required||Permit Required|
||Approval of a Special Event Permit is required prior to commencement of the following outdoor activities:
|No Permit Application Required||
|Before commencing outdoor activity, you must review Order No. 10 of the City Manager, which includes the operating conditions listed below.||The application and supplemental information must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no fee associated with this application.|
Visualizing Outdoor Dining
Federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP): Restaurants with over 500 employees in aggregate at multiple locations are eligible for PPP loans if each location has fewer than 500 employees. To be eligible, restaurants must be classified as Accommodation and Food Services (code beginning with 72) under the U.S. Census Bureau's North American Industry Classification System. For more information about the PPP, please see the Federal Loan Programs section above.
State Regulatory Relief for Alcohol Sales: The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has temporarily suspended enforcement of various legal prohibitions on licensees. For more information, click here for the Guidance by License Type. For greater detail, see the First Notice of Regulatory Relief, the Second Notice of Regulatory Relief, the Third Notice of Regulatory Relief, the Fourth Notice of Regulatory Relief, and the Fifth Notice of Regulatory Relief.
State Alcohol License Renewal Extension: The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) has authorized a 30-day extension on Annual License Renewal Fees and Late Renewal Penalty Fees. For more information, including deadlines, click here.
Purchase of Meals from Local Restaurants/Food Providers: The California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) has launched the Great Plates Delivered program in which the County will purchase meals from local restaurants and food providers. These meals will be delivered to individuals aged 65 and older, as well as high-risk individuals aged 60-64; these individuals must be unable to prepare or obtain meals and have income no more than six times the federal poverty limit. Participating restaurants and food providers cannot be currently participating in a standing state or federal meal service program. Funding for the program comes from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA, 75%), State government (18.75%), and local government (6.25%). For more information, click here. To apply for the program as a restaurant or food provider, click here.
City Regulatory Relief for Alcohol Sales: Under the Anaheim Economic Recovery Plan, the City of Anaheim is authorizing restaurants to sell alcohol "to go" with food orders if the restaurant already has a license permitting on-site alcohol sales. For more information, click here and here.
Visit Anaheim/Anaheim Chamber/AOCHLA Restaurant Directory: Visit Anaheim, the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce, and the Anaheim/Orange County Hotel & Lodging Association are providing a guide for the community to support Anaheim restaurants. This Anaheim Restaurant Guide lists whether a restaurant is open for To-Go/Take-Out, Curbside Pick-Up, and/or Local Delivery. To view the guide, click here. To add your restaurant to the guide, click here to email Kathleen Enge.
Free Yelp Services/Products: Yelp is providing three months of free access to Yelp Reservations and Yelp Waitlist to small restaurants and bars.
Yelp is providing free usage of Business Highlights, Call to Action, and Yelp Connect through May 25 for small restaurants and bars. For existing ad customers that offer delivery or take-out, Yelp is providing $100 worth of free advertising for Yelp Ads through May 25. For more information, click here.
National Restaurant Association's Coronavirus Information and Resources page
California Restaurant Association's Coronavirus Resources page
Brewers Association's Coronavirus Resource Center
In addition to the resources above available for most businesses, this section includes information on resources specific to manufacturers.
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Cell: (310) 809-6614
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- CMTC's presenation on COVID-19 Resources for Anaheim Manufactuers
CMTC has developed a helpful webpage to help small and medium-sized manufacturers.
CMTC offers assistance with:
- Identifying critical manufacturing and supply chain
- Access to capital
- Workforce support
- Operational assistance
- Supply chain support
National Association of Manufacturers's COVID-19 Resources page
California Manufacturers & Technology Association's COVID-19 Response page
In addition to the resources above available for most businesses, this section includes information on resources specific to hotels and lodging.
Federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP): Hotels and lodging with over 500 employees in aggregate at multiple locations are eligible for PPP loans if each location has fewer than 500 employees. To be eligible, the hotel/lodging must be classified as Accommodation and Food Services (code beginning with 72) under the U.S. Census Bureau's North American Industry Classification System. For more information about the PPP, please see the Federal Loan Programs section above.
City of Anaheim's Hotel Tax Payment Deferral: Hotels and lodging that are unable to make their Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT or "hotel-stay tax") payments to the City of Anaheim are now afforded a 90-day deferment on penalties, fines, and enforcement actions. To view the City's announcement, click here.
American Hotel & Lodging Association's COVID-19 Resource Center
California Hotel & Lodging Association's Coronavirus Information & Resources page