Economic Development News from the East Bay | June 2020

Join us next week on June 23 for Restaurant Relaunch, the second event of our 2020 Speaker Series. Jay Coldren, Managing Director, Hospitality and Eat + Drink at Streetsense will discuss the nuts and bolts of reopening restaurants and bars during the COVID-19 pandemic. Streetsense is a multidisciplinary design and strategy firm specializing in restaurant and hospitality.

Our recent East Bay Business Recovery Survey received input from nearly 200 businesses in the Food & Beverage industry. Two key findings from the survey include: 1) businesses that are trying to reopen need clear and expeditious guidelines to fulfill health and safety requirements; and 2) employing innovative solutions, such as allowing for more flexible use of space, can help businesses trying to recapture customers/income. Join us to explore potential solutions as the industry moves toward recovery.

This webinar is free and open to both East Bay EDA members and non-members. Please share with businesses in your network!
New Health Orders For Alameda and Contra Costa

Alameda and Contra Costa Counties continue to issue updated health orders, modifying restrictions on existing shelter in place activities and business services.

Alameda County health orders now allow for gatherings in "social bubbles," childcare and activities for children, and limited personal services. The County also released an accompanying Reopening Plan that outlines the next phases for businesses. The plan anticipates outdoor dining and retail to begin on June 19. All planning is contingent upon COVID-19 indicators. Read the reopening plan.

Contra Costa County health orders also allow for gatherings in "social bubbles," outdoor dining, shopping centers, and other retail. Hair salons and barbershops are expected to open on June 17. Bars and gyms are currently anticipated to open on July 19. The County's plan anticipates a number of openings for July and August per the guidelines. Read the roadmap for reopening.

Please be aware that these guidances are fluid and can change. East Bay EDA is working to provide the most up to date information for businesses on our COVID-19 business resources page.

Join San Francisco Business Times for a timely conversation between public health officials and business leaders, shining a spotlight on the important role of public health leaders in helping communities and businesses navigate COVID-19 Phase Two. The virtual event will also explore current business challenges. Register today!

The California Employment Development Department released a new economic summary last week for the Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley MD, which includes both East Bay Counties. The data includes a breakdown of essential and non-essential employment and a timeline of unemployment insurance claims. Read more.

The U.S. Treasury recently relaxed rules for for the Payroll Protection Program (PPP), providing more flexibility for businesses seeking assistance. As PPP sunsets on June 30, the Main Street Lending Program will begin providing lending resources for small and medium-sized businesses impacted by COVID-19. More information.

Safely Making California Marketplace is a new collaboration between the California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA), Autodesk, and the State of California to connect manufacturers with employers that need to purchase non-medical grade Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Learn More.

In March 2020, the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) forced large swaths of the nation to issue stay-at-home orders for all but essential businesses. The months ahead will be quite volatile and dynamic as restrictions get lifted, but we do know that the East Bay’s economy entered the current crisis in healthy shape. Read more…