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Newport Beach Temporarily Waives Business License Costs for Establishments Impacted by COVID-19
By a unanimous vote of the City Council on Tuesday, March 23, Newport Beach will waive annual business license taxes for businesses within the City that were forced to close during the COVID-19 pandemic by order of the State.
The one-year waiver applies for business license tax renewals processed between April 1, 2021 and March 31, 2022.
The temporary tax waiver is one of the ways the City is helping support local businesses as they begin to emerge from the pandemic, said Mayor Brad Avery. In addition to the waiver, the City has administered several small business grant programs and launched a marketing support partnership with Newport Beach and Co.
“The Council is looking carefully at everything we can do to help Newport Beach businesses get back on their feet after such a difficult and challenging year,” Avery said. “We hope that waiving business license fees for one year will provide some measure of relief.”
The waiver will apply to about 1,850 “commercially based” businesses, of 9,000 such businesses in Newport Beach (about 25,000 businesses have City permits, including home-based businesses and those doing business in the City but located elsewhere). Commercially based businesses include retail stores, hair and beauty shops, gyms and fitness centers, restaurants and bars, museums and art galleries, and private schools.
The program is expected to result in a revenue loss to the City of about $660,000 and cost about $7,000 in State fees, both of which will be offset through a prior year budget surplus.
To qualify, a business would have had to close at least once during the pandemic and could not offer its services virtually.
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.
- 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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