The City of Novato and its partner organizations recognize that the recent outbreak of the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, is affecting Novato’s businesses. We are working closely with the County of Marin and Marin Health and Human Services (HHS) to monitor and respond to COVID-19, as well as gather resources and information for our community.
Helpful Tips for Businesses and Workers Impacted by COVID-19
We are committed to helping our business community get through this uncertain time. Below please find information and resources for employers and workers impacted by COVID-19.
EMPLOYMENT DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT (EDD)
The Employment Development Department provides a variety of resources and support services to employers who have been affected by COVID-19.
Reduced Work Hours
Employers experiencing a slowdown in their businesses or services as a result of the coronavirus impact on the economy may apply for the UI Work Sharing Program. This program allows employers to seek an alternative to layoffs — retaining their trained employees by reducing their hours and wages that can be partially offset with UI benefits.
Potential Closure or Layoffs
Employers planning a closure or major layoffs as a result of the coronavirus can get help through the Rapid Response program. Rapid Response teams will meet with you to discuss your needs, help avert potential layoffs, and provide immediate on-site services to assist workers facing job losses. For more information, refer to the Rapid Response Services for Businesses Fact Sheet (DE 87144RRB) (PDF) or contact your local America’s Job Center of California.
CALIFORNIA LABOR AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT AGENCY
Unemployment Insurance and other tools for affected workers, available at labor.ca.gov/coronavirus2019
EMPLOYMENT DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT (EDD)
The Employment Development Department provides a variety of resources and support services to workers who have been affected by COVID-19. The Governor’s Executive Order has waived the one-week unpaid waiting period, so benefits can be collected for the first week out of work.
Sick or Quarantined
If you’re unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim. DI provides short-term benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages due to a non-work-related illness or injury.
If you’re unable to work because you are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Paid Family Leave (PFL) claim. PFL provides up to six weeks of benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages because they need time off work to care for a seriously ill family member.
If your child’s school is closed, and you have to miss work to be there for them, you may be eligible for Unemployment Insurance benefits. Eligibility considerations include if you have no other care options and if you are unable to continue working your normal hours remotely. File an Unemployment Insurance claim and EDD representatives will decide if you are eligible.
Reduced Work Hours
If your employer has reduced your hours or shut down operations due to COVID-19, you can file an Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim. UI provides partial wage replacement benefit payments to workers who lose their job or have their hours reduced, through no fault of their own. Workers who are temporarily unemployed due to COVID-19 and expected to return to work with their employer within a few weeks are not required to actively seek work each week. However, they must remain able and available and ready to work during their unemployment for each week of benefits claimed and meet all other eligibility criteria.
The available benefits are insurance programs. We encourage you to apply for the benefit program that is most appropriate for your situation. Visit Self-Employed/Independent Contractor to learn more.
SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION DISASTER LOANS
Due to the economic impacts of COVID-19, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has designated Marin County a disaster area. This declaration makes SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans available to small businesses and private non-profit organizations of any size. These loans can be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills.
To apply or for more information, visit sba.gov/disaster. The Marin Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is available to help with navigating the SBA loan process as well. More info at MarinSBDC.org.
CA IBANK SMALL BUSINESS FINANCE CENTER
IBank Small Business Finance Center offers low-interest and state-guaranteed business loans and microloans for small business borrowers who have been impacted by regional disasters and who need term loans or line of credit for working capital.
CALIFORNIA CAPITAL ACCESS PROGRAM (CalCAP) FOR SMALL BUSINESSES
The California Capital Access Program (CalCAP) for Small Businesses encourages banks and other financial institutions to make loans to small businesses that have difficulty obtaining financing. If you own a small business and need a loan for start-up, expansion or working capital, you may be eligible for this program.
OTHER ORGANIZATIONS OFFERING LOANS OR GRANTS:
CA STATE TAX
California has extended the State Tax filing deadline to July 15, 2020 for individuals and businesses affected by COVID-19. Information on employment and taxes is available on the State of California Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response webpage.
INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE (IRS)
The U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced that the federal income tax filing due date is automatically extended from April 15, 2020 to July 15, 2020.
Taxpayers can also defer federal income tax payments due on April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020, without penalties and interest, regardless of the amount owed. This deferment applies to all taxpayers, including individuals, trusts and estates, corporations and other non-corporate tax filers as well as those who pay self-employment tax.
More information is available at irs.gov/coronavirus.
CA EMPLOYMENT DEVELOPMENT DIVISION (EDD)
The CA Employment Development Division (EDD) is granting a 60-day extension to file state payroll reports and/or deposit state payroll taxes without penalty or interest for employers experiencing hardship from COVID-19. For the most up-to-date information, visit CA EDD’s COVID-19 resource page.
The California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) provides many services to employers affected by COVID-19. For the most up-to-date state resources for businesses, visit the GO-Biz resource page.
MARIN SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER
Knowing how the disaster program works, what documents are required, and how to fill them out correctly, is key to ensuring the highest chance of approval in the shortest time frame.
The Marin Small Business Development Center (SBDC), a City of Novato partner and the local entity for SBA, is available to help businesses navigate the Economic Injury Disaster Loan process. There is a team of experts available to work with businesses, at no charge, to answer questions and serve as a guide through the application process.
The Marin SBDC is also hosting a series of free, online webinars to help local businesses apply for SBA loans and connect to available resources. More information is available at marinsbdc.org.
DOWNTOWN NOVATO BUSINESS ASSOCIATION
The Downtown Novato Business Association (DNBA) is using their marketing and public information platforms to promote open businesses and creative solutions that are being implemented.
To promote your Downtown Novato-based businesses, contact Executive Director, Stephanie Koehler at (415) 599-6880 or info@DowntownNovato.com.
NOVATO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
The Novato Chamber of Commerce is working with their members to develop strategies and share valuable information. For the latest updates and business resources, visit the Chamber online at novatochamber.com or reach them directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many non-profits are working to ease the burdens of lost wages to individuals and families.
North Marin Community Services (NMCS) is a Novato-based non-profit that runs several programs to support our community. NMCS Rental & Housing Assistance Program is available for residents of Novato who are experiencing a financial crisis and may be at risk for becoming homeless. To learn about eligibility requirements and to apply for this program, please visit northmarincs.org.
For information on protecting workers from COVID-19, refer to the Cal/OSHA Guidance on Coronavirus.
Businesses and employers can visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for help with planning and responding to COVID-19.
Temporary Moratorium on Residential and Commercial Evictions in Marin County
Marin County Board of Supervisors adopts resolution to temporarily restrict residential and commercial evictions arising from COVID-19
3/25/2020 10:02:36 AM
Novato Park Restrictions, Trails Remain Open
Novato Skate Park and Dogbone Meadow Dog Park closed; residents encouraged to walk or bike to neighborhood parks
3/24/2020 11:00:00 AM
Resources for Businesses Impacted by COVID-19
City launches webpage with resources and information for businesses and workers
3/19/2020 5:33:11 PM
Novato City Council Ratifies Proclamation of Local Emergency in Response to COVID-19
Regular City Council meeting of March 24, 2020 cancelled
3/18/2020 1:30:00 PM
Public Health Officer Issues Shelter Order for Marin County in Response to COVID-19
Residents to shelter at home from March 17 through April 7
3/16/2020 7:00:00 PM
City Closing All Public-Facing Sites & Postponing Events through March 29, 2020
City services remain available by phone, online or by appointment. Emergency services available 24/7.
3/15/2020 9:00:00 PM
City Temporarily Closing Several Sites & Postponing Events through March 29, 2020
For immediate release: March 13, 2020
3/13/2020 5:11:27 PM
Novato Declares Local Emergency in Response to Coronavirus
Prevention and preparedness remain top priority
3/13/2020 4:00:00 PM
Coronavirus Status Update: March 12, 2020
What the City is doing in response to coronavirus and how to reduce your risk
3/12/2020 7:07:55 PM
City Temporarily Closing Senior Center & Postponing Some Events
For Immediate Release: March 10, 2020
3/10/2020 2:10:00 PM