COVID-19 Business Impacts

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SBA Offers Disaster Loan Assistance to California Small Businesses

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering Economic Injury Disaster Loans for working capital to small businesses in Alameda County (and elsewhere) suffering substantial economic injury as a result of COVID-19. These low interest loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact.

How to Apply for an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan

The deadline to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan is December 16, 2020.

For more information about the SBA’s process including the documentation required to process applications and make disaster loan decisions, download the SBA brochure, The Three Step Process: Disaster Loans.

California small businesses can apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan on the SBA website. To apply by mail, call the SBA at 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail for more instructions.

Alameda County Small Business Development Center (ACSBDC) is available to assist Alameda County businesses with the disaster loan application process:

  • Small businesses that are currently SBDC clients should contact their advisor.
  • Non-SBDC clients will need to complete an online application for services. Go to the ACSBDC website, then click the red “apply now” button at the top of the page to begin the application process.

Alameda County Small Business Development Center Resources

ACSBDC is available to assist any small business in Alameda County with their application for an SBA Disaster Loan.

Visit their COVID-19 webpage for more information and resources.

State and Other Resources

Please visit the Other Business Resources page for additional resources.

Alameda County Shelter-in-Place Order

On March 31, 2020, the Health Officer of Alameda County extended the existing Shelter-in-Place Order through May 3, 2020 to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). The new Order is also more restrictive in a number of ways.

Major new restrictions for businesses include:

  • Social distancing requirements are mandatory.
  • Before Friday, April 3, 2020, essential businesses that continue to operate must complete, post, and implement a social distancing protocol for each facility.
  • Essential businesses that continue to operate facilities in the County must scale down operations to their essential component only and maximize the number of employees who work from home.
  • Businesses that supply products needed for people to work from home are no longer essential businesses under the Order and must cease operations (except minimum basic operations).
  • Most construction—residential and commercial—is prohibited. Exceptions are detailed in the Order.
  • Childcare facilities that are providing services that enable owners, employees, volunteers, and contractors for Essential Businesses or Essential Governmental Functions to work are permitted. 

Required Social Distancing Protocol

Essential businesses that continue to operate facilities must download, complete and post a Social Distancing Protocol by no later than 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, April 2, 2020

The Protocol (also referred to as Appendix A in the Order) is available in English | Spanish | Chinese | Vietnamese

Essential Businesses still operating in Alameda County must provide a copy of their Social Distancing Protocol to each employee performing work at the facility AND post the Protocol at or near the facility entrance.

More Information

For more information, read the: Health Officer Order | Summary of Major Changes | Frequently Asked Questions

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Supporting Local Restaurants

Visit the #DublinEats webpage for a list of local restaurSupport Dublin Restaurants #DublinEats graphicants offering to-go and delivery services during the COVID-19 Shelter-In-Place.

And also check out Visit Tri-Valley’s  #TakeOutTriValley webpage for other restaurants in the Tri-Valley area that are operating.

Keep Informed

Business News Updates

The City of Dublin will continue to update this webpage with information and resources as they become available. If you are a business in Dublin and did not receive the notices listed below via email, please send us an email and request to be added to the Business News Update distribution list.

Archive of Emailed Special Notices to Businesses:

3/13/2020: Special Notice #1

3/16/2020: Proclamation Declaring A State Of Emergency

3/16/2020: Special Notice #2

3/17/2020: Special Notice #3

/DocumentCenter/View/221203/19/2020: Special Notice #4

3/23/2020: Special Notice #5

3/24/2020: Special Notice #6

3/26/2020: Special Notice #7

3/27/2020: Special Notice #8

Didn’t receive the AC Alert?

If you did not receive a message from Alameda County through AC Alert on Monday, March 16, 2020 about the Order, please register with AC Alert to receive future emergency notifications via text message or email.