August 31, 2020: SacCounty Health Order Amended for New Tier System
A new tiered system of county monitoring and for re-opening of business sectors was announced on Aug. 28, 2020, by the Governor of California that is based on specific COVID-19 indicators. The revised criteria for loosening and tightening restrictions on activities to reduce the number of COVID-19 cases has placed Sacramento County in Purple/Tier 1 (widespread) for having a daily case count of more than seven per 100,000 people and positivity rate of more than eight percent. Counties are required to remain in an assigned tier for a minimum of three weeks and must meet the criteria for the next tier for two consecutive weeks before being able to advance to the next tier. To learn more about the State’s Tier system and specific allowable activities for Sacramento County, visit the State of California's COVID-19 Blueprint for a Safer Economy website.
In alignment with Tier 1, the following sectors are permitted for “OUTDOOR operations only” until further notice:
Personal care services (nail salons, body waxing, estheticians);
Museums, zoos, aquariums;
Places of worship;
Gyms and fitness centers;
Family Entertainment Centers (e.g. bowling alleys, miniature golf, batting cages and arcades);
Cardrooms, satellite wagering;
Bars, pubs, brewpubs and breweries may operate outdoors, only if they offer sit-down, outdoor meals.
Outdoor operations may be conducted under a tent, canopy or other sun shelter as long as no more than one side is closed.
In alignment with Tier 1, the following sectors are permitted to open for INDOOR operations with modifications:
Hair salons and barbershops;
All retail (25% maximum capacity);
Shopping centers (Malls, destination centers, swap meets, excluding food courts and common areas) maximum 25% capacity;
Professional sports (without live audiences).
The amended Sacramento County Health Order goes into effect at 3 p.m., Aug. 31.
For questions about the Public Health Order, call the Public Health hotline at (916) 875-2400.
For more information about the County’s response to COVID-19, visit Sacramento County’s COVID-19 webpage.
It remains critical that people continue to stay home as much as possible, practice social distancing, follow good hygiene and cleaning practices and stay out of the public when they are sick. We know that many businesses in Carmichael are facing economic uncertainty with closures, event cancellations, and layoffs. We want you to know that the Carmichael Improvement District (CID) is active and still working for our businesses and property owners in the district boundaries.
Our security and maintenance services are active and have proven to us and many of you that the services provided are very much needed in supplement to the services provided by the County. As a reminder, the Carmichael Improvement District security dispatch line is 916-931-0911. They will respond 24/7 -- we encourage you to always call the Sacramento County Sheriff's Office when necessary (the non-emergency line is 916-874-5115). Please dial 9-1-1 if you are feeling in danger or you are witnessing a crime in progress. We suggest you save all of these phone numbers in your mobile phone, as they could come in handy.
Our maintenance team is active and cleaning the district in the mornings during weekdays, as usual. If you spot something like a cart, debris, trash, graffiti, etc. that needs attention, please take a picture and note the location and email us directly (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call the district number (916-481-3015) during business hours (Monday-Friday, 9 AM - 5 PM) or leave a voicemail 24/7.
As a reminder, be sure to sign up for our email newsletters for the latest information on the Carmichael Improvement District.
Tag us on Instagram (@discovercarmichael) or on Facebook (http://www.fb.com/discovercarmichael) as you post information about changes in your hours and/or business operations. Use our newest hashtag #keepitcarmichael to find Carmichael-based businesses and patrons looking to support local efforts.
In an effort to provide you with resources and tips at this time, we've compiled the below sections from many resources. As a general disclaimer, we are not giving legal or financial advice but hope to provide some direction as to where to turn.
BUSINESS SAFETY DURING THIS TIME
While many essential businesses have remained open and others are beginning to reopen, some will need to stay closed for a bit longer. If your business is still closed for an extended period of time, follow these tips and ideas for ways to protect your business:
Email The Carmichael Improvement District to share your email and phone contact that our security team and/or County services could utilize in case of an emergency;
To avoid attracting negative activity at your business, if you choose to post an exterior sign to notify customers you are closed (though we recommend against that), please add this important language: This space is monitored by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office. Cameras are being utilized on-site;
Tape an interior-facing phone contact list at all entry and exits into your business to provide quick contacts for first responders. This should not be visible from the exterior;
Notify your alarm company of the extended absence and ensure they have accurate contact information for your business. If you receive an alarm call, do not cancel it;
Check on the building and the business in person once every other day, if possible. Make sure to review all exterior doors, all windows and access to the roof or any outdoor utility closets;
If you do not have cameras inside or outside your business, now might be the time to purchase a few. We frequently recommend (and use in our own office) Wyze cameras – they are very affordable and can be monitored from your phone. Amazon carries them or you can order directly from Wyze.com;
Quality outdoor lighting is key to keeping your business safe at night. Consider LED overhead lighting that can illuminate hiding spots.
To discourage unwanted loitering, which could lead to illegal camping and vandalism, remove access to all outdoor utilities, such as electrical outlets and water spigots.
Trim back hedges and clear low-hanging branches to create an uncomfortable line-of-sight to your business. Unwanted activity is less likely to occur out in the open;
Be aware that Sacramento County Sheriff deputies are still enforcing removal of persons and/or encampments from private property, therefore our security team will be able to issue 602 Notices of Trespass as they always have. However, at this time, individuals are not being taken to jail over misdemeanors, such as trespassing violations. Make sure you have a current signed Notice of Agency of file with us. We recently had to have all new forms signed in January 2020. You can find that form here and send back to us via email or mail directly to Carmichael Improvement District, 6825 Fair Oaks Blvd, Ste 100, Carmichael, CA 95608.
MAKING ENDS MEET
I know that the financial health of your business is of a concern right now. Below you can find information on how to seek funding.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), the largest financial assistance bill ever, includes provisions to help small businesses. The Paycheck Protection Program, one of the largest sections of the CARES Act, is the most important provision in the new stimulus bill for most small businesses. Please read more about it here and download this helpful PDF.
View additional small business resources compiled by the California State Treasurer's Office here. This is a living document and could change frequently so check back often.
Take advantage of local efforts to address the economic impacts of COVID-19:
Online Gift Certificates
Encouraging customers to purchase gift certificates that can be used when you re-open is a great way to get cash in the door quickly and/or build awareness for your business online;
Your current POS system may include online gift card options already;
Through a company called Kabbage Payments, any business can sign up to sell gift certificates online, and anyone can purchase them to support your business. It's free to register an account, where you can send a custom link to customers and/or large corporations to buy gift certificates of any amount. Monies from sales are deposited as soon as the next business day after purchase. Learn more.
Starting Your Own Fundraiser
Reduced Work Hours:
If you have reduced hours or shut down operations due to COVID-19, apply for Unemployment Insurance (UI) Work Sharing with the California Employment Development Department (EDD).
Closure or Layoffs:
Review this Rapid Response Factsheet from the EDD for early intervention assistance to help avert potential layoffs and immediate on-site services to assist workers facing job losses.
Employees that have their hours reduced or are laid off can also file an Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim to provide partial wage replacement the first week;
Employees can learn about resources from the State of California regarding paid family leave, disability. insurance, and paid sick leave at www.labor.ca.gov/coronavirus2019/;
The Sacramento Central Labor Council is helping local workers navigate the unemployment process. Employees should call the hotline for assistance at 916-927-9772.
On March 27, 2020, Governor Newsom issued an executive order banning the enforcement of residential eviction orders for renters affected by COVID-19 through May 31, 2020. Residential tenants who have issues or need more information about their rights may visit the Sacramento Self Help Renters Helpline website or call (916) 389-7877. At this time in unincorporated Sacramento County, nothing has been issued for commercial tenants unable to pay rent due to COVID-19.
The California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) announced updated special tax relief for all California taxpayers due to the COVID-19 pandemic. FTB is postponing until July 15 the filing and payment deadlines for all individuals and business entities for:
2019 tax returns
2019 tax return payments
2020 1st and 2nd quarter estimate payments
2020 LLC taxes and fees
2020 Non-wage withholding payments
California EDD Taxpayer Assistance Center 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. A written request for extension must be received within 60 days from the original delinquent date of the payment or return. For questions, employers may call the EDD Taxpayer Assistance Center.
U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) The U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have issued guidance allowing all individual and other non-corporate tax filers to defer up to $1 million of federal income tax (including self-employment tax) payments due on April 15, 2020, until July 15, 2020, without penalties or interest. The guidance also allows corporate taxpayers a similar deferment of up to $10 million of federal income tax payments that would be due on April 15, 2020, until July 15, 2020, without penalties or interest. This guidance does not change the April 15 filing deadline.