COVID-19 Resources for San Diego Businesses

Updated July 26, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.

This COVID-19 relief and resources page provides guidance and support for San Diego businesses and business owners. Please review the San Diego County website for further guidelines, including public health updates.

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REOPENING SAN DIEGO’S ECONOMY

California fully reopened the economy on June 15, 2021. Businesses and activities can return to normal, except for “Mega Events.” Capacity limits and social distancing requirements end in most cases. Face coverings will continue to be required in some settings.

Mega Events

  • Mega Events have large crowds: more than 5,000 people indoors or 10,000 outdoors. Events must follow guidance below from the California Department of Public Health. See full CDPH guidance.

For Indoor Mega Events

(example: conventions/conferences/expos/sporting events and concerts):

  • Verification of fully vaccinated status or pre-entry negative test result is required of all attendees.
  • Information will be prominently placed on all communications, including the reservation and ticketing systems, to ensure guests are aware of testing and vaccination requirements (including acceptable modes of verification).
    Attendees must follow CDPH Guidance for Face Coverings.

For Outdoor Mega Events

(example: music or food festivals/car shows/large endurance events and marathons/parades/sporting events and concerts):

  • Verification of fully vaccinated status or pre-entry negative test result is strongly recommended for all attendees.
  • Attendees who do not verify vaccination status should be asked to wear face coverings.  Attendees must follow CDPH Guidance for Face Coverings. 
  • Information will be prominently placed on all communications, including the reservation and ticketing systems, to ensure guests are aware that the State strongly recommends  that they be fully vaccinated, obtain a negative COVID-19 test prior to attending the event, or wear a face covering. Venues are required to make available masks for all attendees.

For additional information and updates on reopening, please visit the San Diego County website.

NEW RESOURCES

Small Businesses

  • FEDERAL GRANT | SVOG
    The SVOG will distribute $16 billion in grants to live venue operators/promoters, theatrical producers, live performing arts organization operators, relevant museum operators, zoos, and aquariums, and more. Venues may receive up to 45 percent of gross earned revenue (up to $10 million), first come, first served to venues closed due to COVID-19. Apply now.
  • FEDERAL LOAN | Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)
    Loans of up to $500,000 with 24 months of economic injury are available to businesses, private nonprofits, homeowners, and renters who have been negatively impacted by COVID-19. Apply now.
  • FEDERAL GRANT | Targeted EIDL Advance
    Businesses and nonprofit organizations that received a previous EIDL Advance in an amount less than $10,000 will have first priority to apply for the Targeted EIDL Advance. The SBA may reach out directly to you via email (@sba.gov) and invite you to apply.
  • STATE LOAN | California Capital Assistance Program for Small Businesses (CalCAP SB)
    CalCAP SB provides loans of up to $5 million to businesses that create jobs and improve the economy. CalCAP lenders within San Diego County include CDC Small Business Finance in Point Loma and First Choice Bank in Chula Vista. Apply now.
  • STATE RESOURCE | California Competes Tax Credit
    Businesses growing in the state of California over the next five years, or considering leaving California: Apply now for a significant tax credit to offset your state income tax liability. For more information on eligibility and assistance, visit the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) website.
  • STATE RESOURCE | Employment Training Panel
    The Employment Training Panel’s Small Business Program reimburses some training costs for small businesses with 100 or fewer employees. The program covers between eight to 200 hours of instruction for both small business owners and their employees. This covers re-training to adjust and shift with COVID-19 regulations. Apply now.
  • STATE RESOURCE | Disaster Relief Loan Guarantee Program (DRLGP)
    CA Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (IBANK) is issuing guarantees up to 95 percent on loans up to $1 million for small businesses, including agriculture-related enterprises and non-profits. Apply now through its partner Financial Development Corporations (FDCs). The local FDC is CDC Small Business Finance.
  • LOCAL GRANT | Temporary Outdoor Business Operation Grant
    The City of San Diego is offering grants up to $3,000 to businesses constructing outdoor decks and platforms compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act. Apply now.
  • LOCAL LOAN | CARES Act Revolving Loan Fund (CARES Act RLF)
    The CARES Act RLF will provide loans of between $25,000 and $95,000 to City of San Diego or City of Chula Vista businesses. Apply now.
  • LOCAL LOAN | City of Carlsbad Small Business Loan
    The City of Carlsbad offers Carlsbad small businesses loans of between $5,000-$10,000 (for businesses with $2 million or less in gross revenue or 15 or fewer employees) and between $10,000-$25,000 (for businesses with $3 million or less in gross revenue and 50 or fewer employees). Apply now.
  • LOCAL LOAN | Poway Assistance Recovery Loan (PEARL) Program
    The City of Poway offers loan amounts ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 to small businesses in Poway, with no interest due until 90-days after the local state of emergency has ended. Apply now.
  • PRIVATE LOAN | Accessity
    Accessity San Diego offers small business loans to companies that were not able or eligible to secure PPP or EIDL. Apply now.

NON-PROFITS

  • FEDERAL GRANT | SVOG
    The SVOG will distribute $16 billion in grants to live venue operators/promoters, theatrical producers, live performing arts organization operators, relevant museum operators, zoos, and aquariums, and more. Venues may receive up to 45 percent of gross earned revenue (up to $10 million), first-come, first-served to venues closed due to COVID-19. Apply now.
  • STATE RESOURCE | DRLGP
    CA Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (IBANK) is issuing guarantees up to 95 percent on loans up to $1 million for small businesses, including agriculture-related enterprises and non-profits. Apply now through its partner Financial Development Corporations (FDCs). The local FDC is CDC Small Business Finance.
  • LOCAL GRANT | City of Solana Beach Community Grant Program
    The City of Solana Beach is awarding grants of up to $5,000 to non-governmental, non-profit organizations serving the Solana Beach community. Apply now.
  • PRIVATE RESOURCE | Business Consulting
    The Chairman’s Roundtable is offering pro-bono business consulting to small businesses and non-profits.

ALL Businesses

  • FEDERAL GRANT | SVOG
    The SVOG will distribute $16 billion in grants to live venue operators/promoters, theatrical producers, live performing arts organization operators, relevant museum operators, zoos, and aquariums, and more. Venues may receive up to 45 percent of gross earned revenue (up to $10 million), first come, first served to venues closed due to COVID-19. Apply now.
  • FEDERAL LOAN | EIDL
    Loans of up to $500,000 with 24 months of economic injury are available to businesses, private nonprofits, homeowners, and renters who have been negatively impacted by COVID-19. Apply now.
  • FEDERAL GRANT | Targeted EIDL Advance
    Businesses and nonprofit organizations that received a previous EIDL Advance in an amount less than $10,000 will have first priority to apply for the Targeted EIDL Advance. The SBA may reach out directly to you via email (@sba.gov) and invite you to apply.
  • FEDERAL RESOURCE | Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM)
    EXIM is providing a variety of services to multi-national businesses experiencing economic hardship as a result of COVID-19. Contact Sandra Donzella (Sandra.donzella@exim.gov) for further assistance regarding programs of Export-Import Bank of the United States.
  • STATE LOAN | California Capital Assistance Program for Small Businesses
    CalCAP SB provides loans of up to $5 million to businesses that create jobs and improve the economy. CalCAP lenders within San Diego County include CDC Small Business Finance in Point Loma and First Choice Bank in Chula Vista. Apply now.
  • STATE RESOURCE | Work Sharing Program
    Employers may apply for the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Work Sharing program as a temporary alternative to layoffs.
  • LOCAL GRANT | Temporary Outdoor Business Operation Grant
    The City of San Diego is offering grants up to $3,000 to businesses constructing outdoor decks and platforms compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act. Apply now.
  • LOCAL LOAN | CARES Act RLF
    The CARES Act RLF will provide loans of between $25,000 and $95,000 to City of San Diego or City of Chula Vista businesses. Apply now.
  • PRIVATE LOAN | Women’s Empowerment Loan Fund (WELF)
    Catalyst San Diego and the International Rescue Committee are providing low cost loans of $5,000 – $25,000 to BIPOC woman-owned businesses in San Diego County. Apply now.

Apply to local or private programs

Contact EDC—we’ll help you find or apply to programs like the local grants, free of charge.

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Apply to state or federal programs

Contact SBDC—we’ll help you find or apply to programs like SVOG or EIDL, free of charge.

Regulatory Relief and Announcements

Local Announcements

Get up-to-date information on reopening, case status, and resources at the San Diego County website.

State Announcements

Get information on tax assistance, reopening, case status, and business resources at the State of California website.

Federal Announcements

Get up-to-date information on tax credits, COVID-19 relief, and resources at USA.gov.

San Diego: Still Hiring

Through San Diego: Life. Changing., we’ve partnered with Startup SD and Connect to develop a list of local companies that are hiring. If your SD tech or life sciences company is hiring, you can add yourself to this list here

San Diego’s Reopening Reference Guides

These documents are meant as guides for navigating the world of COVID-19 regulations and recommendations for re-opening businesses put forth by public authorities and business experts. These guides attempt to consolidate and streamline the business owner’s research process and is not meant as an exhaustive list of resources. We do not offer recommendations on the sufficiency, adequacy, or effectiveness on the measures therein. You can derive no rights or make decisions based on this material.

This guide focuses on health protocols and business advice for small and medium-sized business owners. COVID-19 poses many other critical challenges for society, like unemployment, child care, and mental health, that also deserve diligent attention and intervention.

Reopening Reference Guide: General

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Reopening Reference Guide: Restaurants

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Reopening Reference Guide: Retail

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Reopening Reference Guide: General

Download the general guide here.

Reopening Reference Guide: Restaurants

Download restaurant guide here.

    Reopening Reference Guide: Retail

    Download the retail guide here.