COVID-19 Guidance for Employers, Workers, and Businesses
Note: Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases, the Alameda County Health Officer is following the State of California guidelines and has issued Order No. 20-21 effective December 7, 2020 until January 4, 2021. This Order directs all individuals within the County to continue to Shelter in Place and reflects new restrictions imposed by the State of California in its Blueprint for a Safer Economy for Counties in the Purple Tier of the State’s reopening framework, and adds additional restrictions. Please refer to the revised Open/Closed Activities List for full details on business restrictions and this supplement to the regional stay at home order that provides details on grocery store capacity.
Note: All Fremont residents, businesses, and visitors to the city are now required to follow the Alameda County Public Health Department Order (20-08), requiring the public use of face coverings to protect residents and workers. For this reason, the City of Fremont has rescinded its own Executive Order, EO 2020-03, which was issued prior to the County Order and also required the use of face coverings at certain essential places of business to prevent the community spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). For more information, please read the Face Covering FAQ and printable sign template for business owners.
The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak is an unprecedented economic event. With significant disruptions to businesses across virtually all industries, impacts of the outbreak are inevitable. The disruption to our local, national, and global economies will be temporary and transitory, and businesses must put contingency plans in place now to mitigate the impact and prepare for recovery.
Businesses will need to triage essentials such as incident management and stakeholder communications, while making sure that the safety and well-being of workers affected remains top priority. While it is too early to fully understand the severity of this crisis and its long-term implications, there are several steps businesses can take now to help improve the situation.
The City of Fremont Economic Development Department has assembled suggestions and resources for our businesses community to help lessen the pandemic’s negative effects on your business and your employees. We will continue to update our messages related to funding and technical assistance resources as they become available.
Additionally, the City encourages residents to continue support of all essential, open local Fremont businesses as the economic impact on small businesses has been especially dramatic. Residents can use this interactive map to find local restaurants and coffee shops offering take-out and delivery options, as well as other small businesses that are open during the current Shelter in Place Order.
There are many national, state, and local financial aid resources available to both businesses and employees alike, including loans, funding, and extensions on payroll taxes.
The City of Fremont and the Fremont Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Yiftee, are excited to launch Gift Fremont - a new eGift Card platform serving as an online marketplace to help you discover and support Fremont's local small businesses.
For a limited time, the City is offering a bonus to anyone who purchases gift cards from this platform as follows:
- Buy a gift card for at least $20, get an additional $5 bonus gift card.
- Buy a gift card for at least $40, get an additional $15 bonus gift card.
We thank you for supporting our neighborhood small businesses! Please spread the word about this program with your friends, neighbors, and coworkers, and post on social too! #FremontTogether #GiftFremont
Local small businesses in Fremont that want to participate can learn more about the program and sign up here in just a few minutes! View this recorded webinar with Yiftee CEO Donna Novitsky for an overview of the platform and the City's promotional efforts.
We have prepared a printable sign for participating merchants to indicate to the public that you are participating and your customers can enjoy the bonus that the City is offering. Consider posting the flyer at your business entrances, near the menu, by the cash register, or anywhere that might catch your customers' attention.
POP UP PATIO
In light of recently released revised guidelines from the Alameda County Public Health Department for the re-opening of local business activities beginning June 19, the City of Fremont has launched a new pilot program – Pop Up Patio.
This program allows brick and mortar restaurants and retailers, when permitted by the County, to use outdoor space to conduct business by granting temporary access to adjacent public or private space. Allowing businesses to create outdoor dining areas will provide them with additional capacity to serve customers, and in such a way assist with economic recovery.
For more information on the Pop Up Patio Program, please visit:
COMMERCIAL EVICTION MORATORIUM FAQ
On March 27, 2020, the Fremont City Council ratified an Executive Order establishing a temporary moratorium on evictions of small-scale commercial tenants. This new Executive Order imposes regulations related to evictions from all qualifying small business commercial units where the failure to pay rent is due to income loss resulting from the declared Coronavirus (COVID-19) public health crisis.
Click here for an FAQ for tenants and landlords.
Resource partners listed below will be available for technical assistance, including preparing loan paperwork for financial programs, business advice, and workshops.
LABOR AND WORKFORCE POLICIES
Employers should implement workforce policies that reduce the spread of COVID-19 by following the best practices listed below and utilizing additional national and local resources as needed.
REMOTE WORKFORCE TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS
At this time, due to the Shelter In Place Order issued by the County Health Officer on March 16, 2020, it is required that all non-essential businesses (i.e., businesses not offering healthcare services, emergency first responder services, utility, or food services, etc.) close their offices and offer employees remote work-from-home options, if possible. Businesses can find available technology services and best practices to aid them below.
TIPS FOR GLOBAL MANUFACTURERS
Fremont is home to many manufacturers that rely on local and global supply chains. There are actions that global manufacturers can take to assess and respond to critical operations such as pursuing alternative sourcing strategies and communicating with key stakeholders on change in supply and demand volumes. PwC shared some excellent recommendations that global manufacturers can follow now which include:
Below are some best practices to keep your business running and minimize problems:
The City of Fremont has announced a local emergency, meaning there is a high risk of illness to the local population. Your business can help slow the spread of COVID-19 and lessen the number of people infected by following guidance from public health officials. Information is changing frequently. Please stay informed..
- Check the City of Fremont website for information on guidance for workplaces, travel, schools, high risk populations, and gatherings.
- Updates are also available through social media on the City’s Facebook and Twitter channels.