Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19 while Supporting Local Businesses
Slow the Spread, Follow Local Mandates
Earlier this week, Riverside County Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser issued an order to cancel all gatherings with an expected presence above 10 individuals. The City of Corona is incredibly proud of the members of the community and local businesses doing their part to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Others are urged to do the same.
Dr. Kaiser’s March 16 order limits 10 people in a space. This applies to many businesses, attractions, and houses of worship. That means restaurants are limited to a gathering of 10 in one space or space subdivision: customers may need to get take-out or drive-thru. That means services at churches, synagogues, and mosques may go online. That means some gyms and bars won’t be able to stay open at all. Minimize your trips, buy only what you need, and stay home as you can.
To clarify the order for food facilities, if a facility is able to meet the conditions of no more than 10 people inside, and still maintain a minimum 6-foot separation between them, they are not required to close their dining rooms. This is a health officer order, not guidance, and violation is a misdemeanor. It is currently effective until April 30, 2020.
Guides for Local Businesses
• Dr. Kaiser’s Cancellation order of gatherings of more than 10
• Guide for Restaurant Owners and Operators
• Guide for Churches and Congregants
• Guide for Daycare Centers
• More guidelines are available here
• FAQs are available here and will be updated as information becomes available.
Ways to Support Local Businesses
Many businesses are understandably worried in these uncertain times. As a community, we must all come together to help our local business community weather tough times. Below are just a few ways to support your local businesses.
- Purchase gift cards now for later use.
- Shop local/shop small online.
- Share your favorite local businesses on social media.
- Reach out directly to a business owner to offer support or kind words.
- If events must be postponed or rescheduled, consider not asking for a refund.
- Maintain your memberships and giving.
- Order take out or delivery. Click here for a list of Corona Chamber member restaurants to support as they move away from dine-in opportunities.
Resources for Businesses
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) issued a disaster declaration officially designating Riverside County eligible for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. EIDL loans can provide vital economic assistance to small businesses and private non-profit organizations to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. These low-interest loans can be made for up to $2 million and may be used to pay for operations such as fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that could not be paid due to the impact of COVID-19. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses and 2.75% percent for private non-profit organizations. For more information and to learn how to apply, click here.
The Riverside County Economic Development Agency has created a one-stop hub for businesses struggling due to COVID-19. Visit the webpage to view local, state, and federal tools available for businesses. Click here to explore the webpage. For additional information, businesses can call (951) 955-0493.
To stay up-to-date with the latest COVID-19 updates, please visit www.CoronaCA.gov/COVID-19.