(UPDATED: May 26 at 4:36 p.m.)
With Executive Order N-60-20, Governor Newsom announced modifications to the California Stay at Home Order. As a result, businesses deemed by the state to present a lower-transmission risk (Stage 2A) were permitted to reopen as of May 8 as long as they follow guidance and safety protocols mandated by the state. Additionally, San Bernardino County issued a Modified Order stating that it is now following the Governor's modified Stay at Home Order. On May 23, the state approved a request from San Bernardino County, and signed by Mayor Garcia, to move further into Stage 2 enabling additional businesses to reopen. On May 26, San Bernardino County announced additions to the accelerated Stage 2 business reopening plan. Businesses including places of worship, hair salons and barber shops can now reopen in adherence to State-specific guidelines including the County's Readiness and Reopening Plan.
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.
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 County's COVID-Compliant Business Partnership Program supports local small businesses by providing grants up to $2,500 for the purposes of offsetting costs related to COVID compliance requirements for businesses.
The City of Victorville is launching a grant program to assist our 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 their employees. Applicants must be located within a Victorville CDBG target area, have no more than 20 employees including the business owner(s), have been in operation for at least one year, and demonstrate income loss due to COVID-19. Grant applications will be available the week of May 29. This grant program was approved by the City Council on May 19; and will be funded through COVID-19-specific, federal Community Development Bloc Grant dollars from HUD. A total of $445,791 has been allocated for the City's Reopening Victorville Small Business Assistance Grants. Preference will be given to businesses located in the Old Town are and minority or female-owned businesses. Please monitor this page and the City's social media for further announcements, and call our Economic Development Department at (760) 955-5032 with questions you may have.
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.