(UPDATED: April 7 at 7:53 a.m.)
On April 7, San Bernardino County entered the orange tier of the State's Blueprint for a Safer Economy, which allows the following sectors to remain open with safety precautions:
- Gyms will be allowed to open indoors at 25% capacity
- Retailers and malls can operate with modifications
- Hair and nail salons can continue to operate indoors with modifications
- Restaurants can operate indoors at 50% capacity or 200 people, whichever is fewer
- Bars can open outdoor with modifications
- Movie theaters can reopen at 50% capacity of 200 people, whichever is fewer
- Museums, zoos and aquariums can reopen indoors at 50% capacity
- Libraries can open at 50% capacity
- Outdoor live events can resume at 67% capacity if all guests are tested.
- Amusement parks can reopen at 25% capacity and small group restrictions
- Schools may reopen fully for in-person instruction following re-opening guidance. Local school official will decide whether and when that will occur.
Additional information can be found on the State of California website.
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 recovery and 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with a courtesy copy to email@example.com.
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.
For information regarding the Reopening Victorville Small Business Assistance Grants program including eligibility guidelines, click here.
On February 23, 2021 Governor Newsom signed legislation that provides an additional 2.1 billion to the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program. Eligible small businesses can receive grants up to $25,000 to help alleviate the impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. The new legislation also allocates $50 million of this total for non-profit cultural institutions. Round 6 of grant applications will be open from April 28 - May 4. For more information on this program including eligibility guidelines or to apply, click here.
The State also allocated an additional $12.5 million to the California Rebuilding Fund. The fund , which makes available $25 million to help impacted small businesses rebuild from the economic crisis and keep local economies strong, is built to be a resource in the market for the next year as businesses pivot and recover. The additional funds will allow the fund to be fully capitalized and help 3rd party administrators of the fund raise $125 million to make more low-interest loans to small businesses with less access to loans from traditional banking institutions. To receive information on the California Rebuilding Fund for small businesses/borrowers when available, click here.
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.