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City of Benicia COVID-19 Update 03.22.20 – Business Resources and Support

See March 23 update: COVID-19 in Solano County – sudden uptick in cases, now at 21

And on March 24:

And on March 25: Covid-19 in Solano – 7 more on Wed March 25


Original March 22 post: Business Resources & Support:

The City of Benicia issued the following press release on Business Resources and Support during the coronavirus emergency:

PRESS RELEASE

CITY OF BENICIA
City Hall, 250 East L Street
Benicia, California 94510
Contact: Lorie Tinfow, City Manager
ltinfow@ci.benicia.ca.us

CITY OF BENICIA UPDATE ON COVID-19
FOR MARCH 22, 2020
Business Resources and Support

Benicia, CA (March 22, 2020) — During the unprecedented and unexpected business closures and shelter-at-home orders, many Benicia business owners find themselves in dire need of help to weather the COVID-19 emergency. The City of Benicia’s Economic Development division is sharing business support information and resources.

“In the past week, our business community and their employees have grappled with changing guidelines and ever more stringent restrictions. We know that this has caused great uncertainty and anxiety,” said Economic Development Manager Mario Giuliani. “The City’s Economic Development staff are focused to assist our businesses to learn about and apply for the programs developed by our State and Federal partners to support employers and employees during this emergency.”

Rapid Response Services for Businesses
Solano Small Business Development Center is standing by to help businesses facing potential layoffs or business closures. Start by filling out the client intake form at jotform.com/build/200757157479162 or reach out to Pamela Clemmons at 707.307.3986.

Aid with Loan Applications
The Northern CA Small Business Development Center (SBDC) network produced multiple webinars last week to help small businesses weather the current storm and to specifically provide help with completing the Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan application. The webinars are available at norcalsbdc.org/coping-covid-19-webinars-northern-california-sbdcnetwork. There is a place for businesses to enter their contact information so that they will be sent invitations and links to all upcoming webinars that will occur over the next few weeks.

SBDC and SBA Assistance Links
The SBDC and the SBA are there to help businesses with no-cost advising and assist with apply for SBA Economic Injury loans:
• One-on-One (no-cost) SBDC Advising at solanosbdc.org
• Download the COVID-19 Small Business Survival Guide at norcalsbdc.org/sites/default/files/Covid-19-survivalguide_sbdc_updated32020.pdf
• SBA Disaster Loans at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela

Additional Links
• Information on State and Federal support, financing and FAQs at
norcalsbdc.org/covid-19
• Small Business Resource List attached
• State Go-Biz resources and assistance at business.ca.gov/coronavirus-2019

Essential Business Definition
A key question many have been asking is about the Governor’s stay-at-home order and what is an essential business. This link provides helpful information to determine what is deemed an essential business: covid19.ca.gov/stayhome-except-for-essential-needs

Moratorium on Disconnections/Deferral of Fees/Extended Deadlines
The City has implemented a moratorium on utility service disconnections and late fees for non-payment for water and sewer service due to the COVID-19 emergency and the current closure of City Hall offices. Details are available at ci.benicia.ca.us/utilitybilling. The deadlines for business license tax renewals and transient occupancy tax payments have also been extended to June 15, 2020. The City is developing an emergency ordinance to prevent commercial and residential evictions.

For business questions or assistance, contact Economic Development Manager Mario Giuliani at mgiuliani@ci.benicia.ca.us or call 707.746.4289.

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    Benicia covid-19 changes: utility disconnections, late fees and business tax payments

    City of Benicia, March 20, 2020

    PRESS RELEASE
    CITY OF BENICIA
    City Hall, 250 East L Street
    Benicia, California 94510
    Contact: Lorie Tinfow
    City Manager
    ltinfow@ci.benicia.ca.us

    CITY OF BENICIA UPDATE ON COVID-19
    FOR MARCH 20, 2020
    Moratorium on Utility Disconnections and Late Fees;
    Due Dates for Business Tax Payments Extended

    Benicia, CA (March 20, 2020) — Effective March 17, 2020, the City of Benicia implemented a moratorium on utility service disconnections and late fees for nonpayment due to the COVID-19 emergency and the current closure of City Hall offices. The deadlines for business license tax and transient occupancy tax payments are also extended.

    The utility-related changes will apply to both residential and commercial water and sewer customers and tax deadline extensions will apply to all businesses, until June 15, 2020.

    “We know that the uncertainty created by the COVID-19 emergency and the current shelter-at-home order has created a financial strain on our residents and businesses,” said City Manager Lorie Tinfow. “We are extending due dates to relieve some of the stress in dealing with the current situation.”

    To further support customers who may be impacted by the pandemic, the City will offer its most flexible payment plan to customers who indicate either an impact or hardship as a result of COVID-19. Simply fill out the Payment Arrangement Agreement found online at www.ci.benicia.ca.us/UtilityBilling and email it to utilitybilling@ci.benicia.ca.us.

    Although the City’s offices are closed to the public, customers may still make payments in many ways:

    • Calling 1-866-344-1979
    • Paying online at www.ci.benicia.ca.us/UtilityBilling
    • Using the drop box located in front of City Hall, 250 East L Street (Do not leave cash in this depository.)

    If you have questions about starting or stopping water services or other servicerelated issues, please go to www.ci.benicia.ca.us/UtilityBilling and fill out the appropriate form, then email it to utilitybilling@ci.benicia.ca.us.

    More information on the City of Benicia’s response to the COVID-19 emergency can be found at www.ci.benicia.ca.us/coronavirus.

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      City of Benicia extends closures to April 12 (previously March 31)

      PRESS RELEASE
      CITY OF BENICIA
      City Hall
      250 East L Street
      Benicia, California 94510
      Contact: Lorie Tinfow
      City Manager
      ltinfow@ci.benicia.ca.us

      CITY OF BENICIA UPDATE ON COVID-19
      FOR MARCH 19, 2020

      Benicia, CA (March 19, 2020) — In light of the continuing need to minimize exposure of City staff and the public to COVID-19, City of Benicia buildings and facilities will remain closed through Sunday, April 12, 2020. While city hall is closed to the public, many staff members continue to work behind the scenes observing social distancing or working from home.

      Parks will remain open. Most park restrooms will remain closed with the exception of those at City Park and the First Street Pier, open 7:30 a.m. to dusk. After yesterday’s Shelter at Home order by Solano County Public Health Department, it is important to remind residents that To-Go orders are available from local restaurants and exercising out of doors is encouraged with social distancing.

      “This extension of the city closure is necessary to protect our community,” said Mayor Elizabeth Patterson. “I appreciate everyone’s participation in the effort to minimize exposure to COVID-19 and please remember to help others during this time as much as you can.”

      Residents may find these links helpful –

      State of California:
      https://covid19.ca.gov/
      Apply for unemployment, disability or family leave benefits:
      https://www.edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019/faqs.htm
      For businesses:
      https://business.ca.gov/coronavirus-2019/
      County of Solano Public Health:
      http://www.solanocounty.com/depts/ph/ncov.asp
      City of Benicia:
      https://www.ci.benicia.ca.us/coronavirus

      Benicia Fire Department reminds you that when requesting emergency services: If you have flu-like symptoms, are quarantined, or under self-quarantine and need emergency services, please let the dispatcher know. Sharing this information with 9-1-1 dispatchers will help first responders take the necessary precautions to avoid spread of COVID-19. All information will remain confidential.

      As conditions change, updates will be shared on the City of Benicia’s Coronavirus webpage at https://www.ci.benicia.ca.us/coronavirus. Please follow the City of Benicia, Benicia Fire Department and Benicia Police Department on social media and sign up at www.Nextdoor.com for neighborhood updates and information from the City of Benicia.

      What can you do?
      • See the CDC’s Coronavirus Disease website for updates, news and
      symptoms to watch out for.
      • Wash your hands often and cover coughs and sneezes.
      • Maintain your social distance (no hand shaking or hugging) at events and gatherings.
      • Stay in touch with older adults and encourage them to seek medical assistance, if they develop symptoms.

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        City of Benicia closes all facilities, cancels City Council and Commission meetings

        Closures and cancellations effective through March 31

        PRESS RELEASE
        CITY OF BENICIA
        Benicia Fire Department
        250 East L Street
        Benicia, California 94510
        Contact: Fire Chief Josh Chadwick, Benicia Fire Department
        (707) 746-4275, jchadwick@ci.benicia.ca.us

        CITY OF BENICIA UPDATE ON COVID-19
        FOR MARCH 16, 2020

        Benicia, CA (March 16, 2020) — On Tuesday, March 17, 2020, the City of Benicia will close the following facilities to minimize COVID-19 exposure to City staff and the public:

        • All City buildings including City Hall, Benicia Public Library (virtual service will be available), Benicia Community Center and Benicia Senior Center.
        • The lobby areas of Benicia Fire Department and the Wastewater Treatment Plant.
        • City facilities, which includes James Lemos Swim Center, Benicia Clock Tower, City Gym, and all park restrooms. This includes cancellation of facility and parks rentals.
        • The Antifreeze, Battery, Oil and Paint Center at the Corporation Yard will be closed and the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Door-to-Door pickup will be stopped. (Contra Costa HHW will also be closed.)

        In addition, the City Council meeting of Tuesday, March 17, 2020 and all other public meetings of Boards and Commissions are canceled.

        Although the City’s public building and facilities will be closed, much of our City staff will continue their duties with an emphasis on those operating critical infrastructure and public safety.

        At this time, the closure is set to last through March 31, 2020. City staff will examine circumstances on a daily basis and may extend the closures.

        If you have a critical issue that needs attention during the closure, you may call the following numbers 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Thursday and alternate Fridays, and expect a return phone call:

        • 707.746.4200: City Manager’s Office, City Council, City  Attorney’s Office, City Clerk’s Office
        • 707.746.4289: Economic Development
        • 707.746.4766: Human Resources
        • 707.746.4225: Finance, Water/Sewer Service, Accounts Payable
        • 707.746.4275: Fire Department non-emergency
        • 707.746.4340: Library
        • 707.746.4285: Parks & Community Services
        • 707.745.3411: Police Department non-emergency
        • 707.746.4230: Community Development, Building Inspection/Permits
        • 707.746.4240: Public Works
        • 707.745.3411: Emergency sewer, water, roads issues after hours.

        The City of Benicia continues to closely monitor the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak through local, county and state health officials. Our top priority is always the health, safety and well-being of our community.

        As conditions change, updates will be shared on the Coronavirus webpage at https://www.ci.benicia.ca.us/coronavirus.

        What can you do?

        • See the CDC’s Coronavirus Disease website for updates, news and symptoms to watch out for.
        • Wash your hands often and cover coughs and sneezes.
        • Maintain your social distance (no hand shaking or hugging) at events and gatherings.
        • Stay in touch with older adults and encourage them to seek medical assistance, if they develop symptoms.

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