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Post Date:11/20/2020 2:58 pm

OC BOARD OF SUPERVISORS ANNOUNCE GRANT PROGRAM TO SUPPORT LOCAL RESTAURANTS PROVIDING OUTDOOR DINING 

In response to the State's action to place additional restrictions on Orange County related to COVID-19, the Orange County Board of Supervisors took immediate action and is launching the Orange County (OC) Restaurant Outdoor Dining Grant Program to support local restaurants providing outdoor dining as required by the State's purple tier guidelines.

The OC Restaurant Outdoor Dining Grant Program will make funds immediately available to award $1,000 grants to 1,000 eligible restaurants through CARES Act federal funding. These urgently needed dollars are intended to help alleviate financial hardships local restaurants are facing following the State's announcement of Orange County moving back to the purple tier. Awardees must use the funding solely to purchase outdoor heaters/warmers, lighting, or canopies/tents to provide for outdoor dining.

Restaurants are required to submit an application on the County's website to be considered for the grant funding. Eligible applications will be funded on a first-come, first-served basis, and incomplete applications will be automatically disqualified.

Due to the overwhelming response of previous County business grant programs, restaurants are strongly encouraged to review the program criteria and gather required documentation in advance, which can be found at https://www.oconestop.com/small-business-relief-programs. This is just another in a series of grant programs and initiatives spearheaded by the Orange County Board of Supervisors to bring economic relief to businesses suffering impacts due to COVID-19.

Applications will open beginning Friday, November 20, 2020, at 9 a.m. PST

STATE ANNOUNCED NEW SMALL BUSINESS LOAN PROGRAM

On November 20, Governor Newsom announced the creation of the California Rebuilding Fund, a loan program to support California’s small businesses. To be eligible, a business must have 50 or less full-time equivalent employees (FTEs) and gross revenues of less than $2.5 million in 2019. Please visit the Fund’s website for more eligibility details.

The program offers loans of up to $100,000 with a fixed rate of 4.25%. Interested small business owners can apply at www.CALoanFund.org.

The portal will begin accepting applications at 12:00 p.m. PST on Friday, November 20 and can be accessed through the Fund’s website.

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COVID-19 Coronavirus

The Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and has now been detected globally. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).

The City of Newport Beach is working with federal, state, and local partners including the CDC, the OC Health Care Agency (OCHCA), and health care providers to prepare and appropriately care for people who may be at risk for illness associated with COVID-19 or who have tested positive for COVID-19. This is a rapidly changing situation, and we will share more as we are updated from our colleagues at the local, state and/or federal level.

Help Prevent the Spread of Coronavirus

  • The Governor of California enacted an Executive Order for all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence except for essential needs
  • It is imperative for everyone to practice social distancing by keeping at least six feet away from others when performing essential need activities outside of your homes.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you get sick with influenza, the CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to limit spreading the infection.
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