(UPDATED: September 24 at 3:00 p.m.)
APPLICATIONS FOR PHASE TWO OF THE REOPENING VICTORVILLE SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE GRANTS WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM OCTOBER 2, 2020 5:00 P.M. - OCTOBER 11, 2020 11:59PM. PLEASE CHECK THE "FUNDING RESOURCES" TAB BELOW FOR MORE DETAILS.
On September 22, 2020 the State of California issued updated industry guidance allowing for Nail Salons to resume indoor operations with adherence to State and County health orders. Previous guidance on August 28, 2020 allowed for the following modified reopening allowances.
- Hair Salons and Barber Shops are allowed to operate indoors with modifications.
- Indoor Shopping Malls are allowed to operate at 25% capacity with common areas and food courts remaining closed.
According to the State Order issued on July 13, the following industries are to remain closed unless modifications can be made to operate outside.
- Wineries and tasting rooms
- Movie theaters
- Family entertainment centers (bowling alleys, miniature golf, batting cages and arcades)
- Zoos and museums
- Cardrooms (gaming establishments)
- Fitness centers
- Worship services
- Offices for non-essential sectors
- Personal care services like body waxing and tattoo parlors
- Bars must close all operations (indoor and outdoor)
Additional information can be found on the State of California website.
On July 16, the City of Victorville issued Guidelines for Outdoor Business Operations for businesses that are currently required to close all indoor operations, but can operate in an outdoor setting.
Closures and modifications will apply for a minimum of three weeks and are subject to extensions. Businesses not affected by the new guidance can remain open but must remain in adherence to State-specific guidelines including the County's Readiness and Reopening Plan.
If you suspect a business and/or other establishments are non-compliant or are violating State or local health orders, you can submit an anonymous complaint form here.
We look forward to a time when all of our local businesses can reopen with necessary safety protocols and measures in place.
Here are resources to help our local businesses plan, prepare and fund their reopening in the new COVID-19 landscape:
Below are various resources that will guide businesses on the challenging task of re-opening doors with safety precautions and protocols in place.
The California Statewide Industry Guidance for businesses to follow, if they’re permitted to open per county health rules can be found here. Industry-specific guidance can be found below.
As of May 29, The Health Officer of the County of San Bernardino issued an order that allows businesses, public agencies, and nonprofit and faith-based organizations, to require customers, patrons and staff to wear face coverings.
The City's of Rancho Cucamonga, Yucaipa and Victorville have collaborated to introduce a COVID-19 Business Reopening Template designed to help formally develop and establish the best management practices that should be implemented and completed to ensure a safe environment for customers and staff. Businesses are encouraged to complete the template and follow all local, state and federal guidelines to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
The State of California Governor's Office of Emergency Services is making PPE available for all organizations, public, nonprofit and private commercial entities to assist in their reopening during Stage 3 of the Resilience Roadmap. Commercial entities should exhaust normal sources before requesting PPE. Items available include BYD procedure masks, face shields, cloth masks, liquid sanitizers and gel hand sanitizer bottles. Quantities should be based on organizations 30, 60 and 90 day needs. A copy of the form can be found here and should be emailed to email@example.com with a courtesy copy to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Water system flushing guidelines have been provided by the CDC and the EPA to help businesses refresh water for their reopening.
The American Industrial Hygiene Association has created a detailed guideline for sectors like at-home service providers, construction workers, gym, salon, retailers, restaurants and others as they plan their return to work.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is providing cleaning and disinfecting guidance for public spaces, workplaces, businesses, schools and homes. Print resources from the CDC can also be found here.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has released a guide to help businesses of all types navigate the complex process of reopening and evolving post-coronavirus pandemic. You can also enroll in free webinars assisting businesses in returning to work.
Funding resources available to help businesses offset the cost for required modifications they must make when re-opening are listed below.
The San Bernardino COVID-Compliant Business Partnership Program has been established to support local small businesses and ensure ongoing compliance with State and County health orders and guidelines. Businesses that meet the requirements are eligible for $2,500 in funding for the purposes of offsetting costs related to COVID compliance requirements for businesses. Business owners with additional eligible locations in the County will receive $1,000 for each additional location.
Short Term Rentals (STRs) can receive support of $500 to offset basic costs of safety and sanitation improvements with additional locations under the same owner receiving $250 each. Non-profit, sole proprietors and home-based businesses with a storefront or physical location are also eligible to receive funding. The County has also made an additional $1,200 grant available to businesses that were required to relocate their operations outdoors to maintain compliance with COVID guidelines.
Private schools are also eligible to receive funding for the support of personal protection equipment, sanitation supplies and on-site improvements to facilities for the safety of both students and faculty.
|School size up to 100 students||$2,500|
|School size up to 250-499 students||$5,000|
|School size up to 500+ students||$7,500|
The City of Victorville is launching Phase Two of the Reopening Victorville Small Business Assistance Grants Program to assist more local small businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19. The grants of up to $15,000 each are intended to help independently owned and operated small businesses continue their services and retain employees. Applicants must be located within a Victorville CDBG target area, have been in operation for at least one year, have (1) a low income business owner (eligible as Micro-enterprise Activity with less than 5 employees including business owner), or (2) at least 51% of employees are low-to-moderate income persons (Special Economic Development Activity), and able to demonstrate income loss due to COVID-19.
For information regarding the Reopening Victorville Small Business Assistance Grants program including eligibility guidelines, click here. Applications will be available on October 2, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. All applications must be submitted and received by October 11, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.
Additional funding resources can be found on our Business Assistance page.
The City of Victorville Economic Development Department has compiled resources to help assist businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our Business Assistance page includes various options on the national, state and local level.