Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Business & Jobseeker Resources

We’re Here for You

The City of Moreno Valley is committed to both the physical and fiscal health of our community. We are exploring ways to relieve the impact COVID-19 will have on the business community.

Below are resources for businesses, employers and workers to deal with the impact of COVID-19.

Our Economic Development team is eager to speak with you to better understand your needs. If you would like to speak directly to the City of Moreno Valley about concerns, suggestions or recommendations on how the City can assist in these unprecedented times, please contact us and stay informed.

How to reach the City of Moreno Valley
Phone: (951) 413-3460
Email: EDTeam@MoVal.org

Beyond the Blueprint

California is moving Beyond the Blueprint to safely and fully reopen the economy.

As of June 15, 2021, the Governor terminated the executive orders that put into place the Stay Home Order and the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. He also phased out the vast majority of executive actions put in place since March 2020 as part of the pandemic response, leaving a subset of provisions that facilitate the ongoing recovery.

The new public health order effective June 15 supersedes all prior health orders. The order has limited restrictions, only related to masking and mega-events, as well as settings serving children and youth pending an expected update to the K-12 schools guidance by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Restrictions that ended on June 15 include:

  • Physical distancing
  • Capacity limits on businesses
  • County tier system

Read the Governor’s orders: N-07-21 and N-08-21. Find details in the California Department of Public Health’s Beyond the Blueprint for Industry and Business Sectors and the Questions & Answers.

 

Masks

California’s Department of Public Health has updated statewide masking guidance to match the CDC’s guidance, lifting California’s mask requirements for vaccinated individuals starting on June 15. Vaccinated people are able to come together without masks in most circumstances.

People who are unvaccinated must continue to wear a mask indoors in public settings to protect themselves and others. Also, there are some settings where masking is still required for everyone, such as:

  • Public transit
  • Hospitals
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Homeless shelters
  • Indoors in K-12 schools, childcare, and other youth settings

See CDPH’s Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings to learn where masks are recommended or may be required.

 

Workplace safety

There are no physical distancing or capacity limits for businesses and activities. Most businesses are required to maintain compliance with California’s COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS), which include current public health guidelines. Certain workplaces, like hospitals and correctional facilities, are required to comply with the Aerosol Transmissible Diseases (ATD) standard instead of the ETS. Find more details in the frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 Prevention ETS.

Visit saferatwork.ca.gov to learn more about COVID-19 workplace requirements.

 

Vaccination Info

COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, and essential toward reaching heard immunity against the virus. Vaccinations are offered by a variety of community healthcare providers in and near the City of Moreno Valley, which can be found here or through the Vaccine Finder website.

Vaccine eligibility requirements:

  • Teenagers 12 to 17 years old must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian and register for a vaccination clinic that offers the Pfizer vaccine.
  • The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines can only be given to individuals age 18 years and older.
  • Vaccination of individuals younger than 12 will start as soon as the COVID-19 vaccines are approved for them.
  • Various clinics inside the City of Moreno Valley are now offering vaccinations for residents 16 years of age and older.

The federal government is providing the vaccine free of charge to all people living in the United States, regardless of their immigration or health insurance status. To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine, click here.

 

If You Are Vaccinated

Based on what we know about COVID-19 vaccines, people who have been fully vaccinated can start to do some things that they had stopped doing because of the pandemic. According to the CDC, if you have been fully vaccinated:

  • You can resume activities without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.
  • If you’ve been around someone who has COVID-19, you do not need to stay away from others or get tested unless you have symptoms. However, if you live or work in a correctional or detention facility or a homeless shelter and are around someone who has COVID-19, you should still get tested, even if you don’t have symptoms.
  • If you travel in the United States, you do not need to get tested before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel. However, you will still be required to wear a mask on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States, and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations. Fully vaccinated international travelers arriving in the United States are still required to get tested 3 days before travel by air into the United States (or show documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months) and should still get tested 3-5 days after their trip.
  • Continue to watch out for symptoms of COVID-19, especially if you’ve been around someone who is sick. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should get tested and stay home and away from others. We are still learning how effective the vaccines are against variants of the virus that causes COVID-19. Early data show the vaccines may work against some variants but could be less effective against others.
  • People who have a condition or are taking medications that weaken the immune system, should talk to their healthcare provider to discuss their activities. They may need to keep taking all precautions to prevent COVID-19.

You are not fully vaccinated until 2 weeks after the 2nd dose of a two-dose vaccine or two weeks after a one-dose vaccine. It typically takes two weeks after vaccination for the body to build protection (immunity) against the virus that causes COVID-19.

For more information on guidance for fully vaccinated people, click here.

Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
The SBDC is the most comprehensive small business assistance network in the country and its territories. The SBDC is providing free virtual business consultation and is assisting small businesses with disaster preparedness and recovery. Business consultants are available to help answer questions regarding supply chain disruption and liability, technology plans for setting up remote work stations for employees, concerns about cashflow during disruption and concerns about credit and finance issues. For business consultation assistance, contact the local SBDC at 951.781.2345 or visit https://inlandempiresbdc.org/resource/covid-19/.

There are several loan options for businesses affected by COVID-19. To get started, it is recommended that potential borrowers sign up as a client with SBDC online.

Economic Injury Disaster Assistance Loan
Up to $2 million in financial assistance for small businesses. To apply visit https://sba.gov/disaster. For assistance, contact the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance
This provides an emergency loan advance of up to $10,000 to small businesses and private non-profits harmed by COVID-19. Click here for more information.

Jump Start Loan Program
Jump Start provides microloans, technical assistance and financial literacy training. Loan amounts range from $500 to $10,000. Loan proceeds may be used for a variety of legitimate business needs. For more information visit iBank.ca.gov.

Small Business Debt Relief Program
Provides immediate relief to small businesses with non-disaster SBA loans, in particular 7(a), 504 and microloans. Click here for more information.

Small Business Disaster Relief Loan Guarantee Program
In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, this disaster program provides guarantees for loans up to $50,000 for small businesses in declared disaster areas. These loan guarantees for small businesses will help eliminate barriers to capital for individuals who do not qualify for federal funds, including low wealth and undocumented immigrant communities. Small businesses located in California with 1-750 employees that have been affected by COVID-19 and eligible non-profits are eligible to apply. Please visit ibank.ca.gov for more information.

Small Business Relief Payment Plans
Effective April 2, 2020, small business taxpayers, those with less than $5 million in taxable annual sales, can take advantage of a 12-month, interest-free, payment plan for up to $50,000 of sales and use tax liability. Please visit ca.gov for more information.

CDC Small Business Finance Emergency Loans: CDC Small Business Finance is offering emergency microloans and working capital loans in addition to their usual loan offerings due to the COVID-19 crisis. Click here for the details on their different loan programs.

AMPAC Micro and Refinance Loans: They offer several different loans to small businesses and are offering micro and refinance loans to small businesses affected by COVID-19. For details on their different types of loans, click here.

Riverside County Small Business Loans – Click here to review Riverside County’s Economic Development Agency financial assistance loans.

College Access Tax Credit (CATC) provides a tax credit to taxpayers and businesses who contribute to Cal Grants, the State of California’s largest source of educational financial aid. The credit can be used to offset or reduce taxes. Cal Grants provide aid to in need California undergraduates, vocational training students and those in teacher certification programs. These grants help California students achieve their higher education goals. Visit the CATC website for more details.

California Competes Tax Credit (CCTC) is an income tax credit available to businesses that want to locate in California or stay and grow in California. Businesses of any industry, size, or location compete for over $180 million available in tax credits by applying in one of the three application periods each year. Applicants will be analyzed based on twelve different factors of evaluation, including number of full-time jobs being created, amount of investment, and strategic importance to the state or region. For more information, click here.

Manufacturing and Research & Development Partial Sales and Tax Exemption manufacturers and certain research and developers may qualify for a partial exemption of sales and use tax on certain manufacturing and research and development equipment purchases and leases. For more information, visit cdtfa.ca.gov.

The Business Energy Investment Tax Credit (ITC) is a Department of Energy tax incentive that provides rebates to businesses when they use alternative energy, including solar. Visit the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency website (DSIRE) for the latest state and federal incentives and rebates.

Business & Employment Resource Center
The Moreno Valley Business Employment Resource Center (BERC) is open and assisting residents, workers, and small businesses affected by COVID-19. The BERC is open to provide computer and internet access to those needing assistance with filing for benefits, job searches, job applications and other business functions.

For job assistance, please check out our other services available:

  • Sign up for our Hire MoVal Jobseekers emails to be connected with our online workshops and employers who are hiring.
  • Remote Job Coaching – Schedule a 30-minute session to review your resume, review your LinkedIn profile, and practice a mock interview or discuss your career goals.
  • Focus2 Career Assessment – Develop your personalized career and education plans with self assessments to help you discover majors and occupations that match your personal attributes! (Access Code: MVERC).
  • Call us at 951-413-3920 for Information about special programs for employees who face potential layoffs and downsizing and assistance with job searches.

Visit the BERC:

Monday – Thursday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

12625 Frederick St Suite K-3, Moreno Valley, CA 92553

Check out which local MoVal companies are hiring today and make the next step in your career. Go to www.moval.org/jobs and search for jobs in Moreno Valley.

Disability Insurance (DI)
Disability Insurance (DI) provides short-term benefits to eligible employees who have a full or partial loss of wages due to a non-work-related illness, injury or pregnancy. For DI assistance, click here.

Paid Family Leave (PFL)
Paid Family Leave (PFL) provides benefits to individuals who need to take time off work to care for a seriously ill child, parent, parent-in-law, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, spouse or registered domestic partner. For PFL assistance, click here.

Paid Sick Leave (PSL)
An employee who, on or after July 1, 2015, works in California for 30 or more days within a year from the beginning of employment, is entitled to Paid Sick Leave (PSL). For PSL assistance, click here.

Unemployment Insurance (UI)
The Unemployment Insurance (UI) Program pays benefits to employees who have lost their job and meet the Program’s eligibility requirements. Individuals who have become unemployed or partially unemployed may file a UI claim. For UI assistance, click here.

Workers’ Compensation (WC)
Workers’ Compensation aids employees who suffer from work-related injuries or illnesses. For WC assistance, click here.

Childcare
Californians working in essential sectors during the coronavirus (COVID-19) response need safe, reliable, and accessible child care options. MyChildCare.ca.gov provides an interactive map of qualified licensed child care providers near you.

COVID-19 Small Business Survival Guide
The California Small Business Development Center (California SBDC) Program created the COVID-19 Small Business Survival Guide to provide best practices to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. To view the guide, click here.

Guide on Preparing Workplace for COVID-19
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) prepared the Guide on Preparing Workplace for COVID-19. This resource includes recommendations and descriptions of mandatory safety and health standards. To view the guide, click here.

Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to COVID-19
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) prepared interim guidance for businesses and employers to plan and respond to COVID-19. The guidance includes best practices for preventing workplace exposures of COVID-19 in non-healthcare settings. To view guidance, click here.

Interim Guidelines for General Industry on 2019 Novel Coronavirus Disease COVID-19
The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) prepared interim guidelines for general industries to prevent the exposure of COVID-19. To view guidelines, click here.

Payroll Tax Assistance (PTA)
Employers may request up to a 60-day extension of time from the State’s Employment Development Department (EDD). Employers can file state payroll reports and/or deposit state payroll taxes without penalty or interest if they are experiencing a hardship because of COVID-19. For (PTA) assistance, click here.

For questions, call the EDD Taxpayer Assistance Center:

  • Toll-free from the U.S. or Canada: 888-745-3886
  • Hearing impaired (TTY): 800-547-9565
  • Outside the U.S. or Canada: 916-464-3502

Workplace Health and Safety
Workplace safety and health regulations in the State require employers to protect workers exposed to diseases such as COVID-19. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) has posted guidance to help employers comply with these safety requirements and to provide workers information on how to protect themselves. For workplace safety and health regulations assistance, click here.

Work Sharing Program (WPS)
Work Sharing Program (WSP) helps employees whose hours and wages have been reduced. In addition, the WSP helps employers minimize or eliminate the need for layoffs, keep trained employees and quickly prepare when business conditions improve and avoid the cost of recruiting, hiring, and training new employees. For WSP assistance, click here.

CA Department of Public Health
Frequent updates about the COVID-19 virus including State Health Emergency Announcements, Quarantine and Social Distancing Guidelines.

CA Employment Development Department
For businesses that have employee and employer concerns.

CA Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (Go-Biz)
The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development has compiled helpful information about COVID-19 for employers and employees in California.

CA iBank Small Business Finance Center
California Small Business Loan Guarantee Program and Disaster Relief Loan Guarantee Program.

CA Labor and Workforce Development Agency
COVID-19 Resources for Workers and Employers relating to Paid Sick Leave, Disability and Unemployment Insurance, Paid Family Leave, Workplace Health and Safety.

CA Treasurer’s CalCap Program
Special Loan Program which encourages banks to make loans to small businesses which have difficulty getting financing.

California State Assembly

Another site to provide Federal, State, and local resources to help businesses maintain operations.

Covered California
A special enrollment period has been initiated for people who experience a qualifying life event, such as employment-tied coverage loss as a result of COVID-19. If you already have a plan through Covered California, this also allows you to change your coverage or choose a new plan. To learn more or to see if you qualify, click here.

COVID-19 Employer Portal
A tool designed for California employers to find state and local COVID-19 guidance for their business and more! Generate custom road maps of information so your business can operate safer, protect employees and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace.

Inland Empire Small Business Development Center (IE SBDC)
Free resources for small businesses to get consulting and discuss access to capital programs. Access to Virtual Business Consulting!

IRS
The IRS has established a special section focused on steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the COVID-19.

MicroEnterprise Collaborative of Inland Southern California
This organization supports a network of service providers serving small business owners in San Bernardino County, Riverside County, and East Los Angeles County. Small business owners and entrepreneurs can search for a service provider who can help them with challenges they are experiencing by conducting a search on the Collaborative’s web tool called Inland SoCal SourceLink at https://microbizinsocal.org/small-business-assistance-tool/.

Riverside County Department of Public Health
The primary communication site from Riverside County about the latest COVID-19 pandemic.

Riverside County Economic Development Coronavirus Resources
If your business is struggling financially due to the COVID-19, Riverside County can provide resources that can help.

US Small Business Administration
The Small Business Administration is offering disaster assistance to California Small Businesses economically impacted by COVID-19.

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