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Our top priority is the economic vitality and health of our community.

The Greater Irvine Chamber continues to be a resource for business as we face the threat of the Coronavirus occurrences in our community. Below are resources to help you manage and mitigate disruptions caused by this global health crisis. This page will be updated as resources and information become available.

For assistance navigating business recovery resources, contact Linda DiMario, Executive Vice President, Greater Irvine Chamber: 
ldimario@irvinechamber.com

While the Chamber has suspended all face-to-face interactions, our staff remains operational during this time working to provide short- and long-term business solutions in response to COVID-19. We encourage you to connect by email with our staff to preserve the continuity of engagement and attainment of your goals. Complete staff contact information can be located on our website staff page. 

On this page:

  • Official Coronavirus Information
  • Business Resources
  • Employer Resources
  • Workers Resources
  • Commercial & Residential Tenant Resources
  • Hotel & Hospitality Resources
  • Restaurant Resources
  • Employment Resources
  • Health Resources

OFFICIAL CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION


BUSINESS RESOURCES

Federal Financial Resources

  • Check SBA.gov/Coronavirus for the most current and accurate information on the financial relief program.
  • U.S. Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is specifically designed to help small businesses keep their workforce employed. The new loan program will be available retroactive from Feb. 15, 2020, so employers can rehire their recently laid-off employees through June 30, 2020.
  • City of Irvine interactive map of financial resources, a guide to Irvine financial institutions that are accepting PPP loan applications for new customers. Map updated as information is available.
  • U.S. Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) for working capital to California small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of COVID-19

Additional Resources


EMPLOYER RESOURCES

Workplace Health and Safety

For information on protecting workers from COVID-19, refer to the Cal/OSHA Guidance on Coronavirus.

Businesses and employers can visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for help with planning and responding to COVID-19.

Reduced Work Hours

Employers experiencing a slowdown in their businesses or services as a result of the coronavirus impact on the economy may apply for the UI Work Sharing Program. This program allows employers to seek an alternative to layoffs. Visit Work Sharing Program to learn more about its benefits for employers and employees, and how to apply.

Potential Closure or Layoffs

Employers planning a closure or major layoffs as a result of the coronavirus can get help through the Rapid Response program. For more information, refer to the Rapid Response Services for Businesses Fact Sheet (DE 87144RRB) (PDF) or contact your local America’s Job Center of CaliforniaSM.

Tax Assistance

Employers experiencing a hardship as a result of COVID-19 may request up to a 60-day extension of time from the EDD to file their state payroll reports and/or deposit state payroll taxes without penalty or interest. 

For questions, employers may call the EDD Taxpayer Assistance Center.

  • Toll-free from the U.S. or Canada: 1-888-745-3886
  • Hearing impaired (TTY): 1-800-547-9565
  • Outside the U.S. or Canada: 1-916-464-3502

Tax Filing Extension

The State Franchise Tax Board is offering tax relief for California taxpayers affected by the COVID-19. Visit the Tax Board's website to learn more about the extended tax filing deadline


WORKERS RESOURCES

Sick or Quarantined

If you’re unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50-$1,300 a week.

The Governor’s Executive Order waives the one-week unpaid waiting period, so you can collect DI benefits for the first week you are out of work. If you are eligible, the EDD processes and issues payments within a few weeks of receiving a claim. For guidance on the disease, visit the California Department of Public Health website.

Caregiving

If you’re unable to work because you are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Paid Family Leave (PFL) claim. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50-$1,300 a week. If you are eligible, the EDD processes and issues payments within a few weeks of receiving a claim.

School Closures

If your child’s school is closed, and you have to miss work to be there for them, you may be eligible for Unemployment Insurance benefits. File an Unemployment Insurance claim and our EDD representatives will decide if you are eligible.

Reduced Work Hours

If your employer has reduced your hours or shut down operations due to COVID-19, you can file an Unemployment Insurance claim. Eligible individuals can receive benefits that range from $40-$450 per week.

The Governor’s Executive Order waives the one-week unpaid waiting period, so you can collect Unemployment Insurance benefits for the first week you are out of work. If you are eligible, the EDD processes and issues payments within a few weeks of receiving a claim.

Self-Employed

The available benefits are insurance programs. We encourage you to apply for the benefit program that is most appropriate for your situation. Visit Self-Employed/Independent Contractor to learn more.

Private Work Space

Still needing to conduct business, but COVID-19 has caused the closure of your local shared office space? Need a remote place to work away from distractions? Several Irvine hotels are extending a special day rate Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to provide you with a quiet, private workspace that includes complimentary Wi-Fi and parking. Visit Destination Irvine's website for more information.

COMMERCIAL & RESIDENTIAL TENANT RESOURCES

Irvine Company Resources


EMPLOYMENT RESOURCES

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