The most recent information available can be found at the top of each section. Updates are listed in the order they were released.
Expanded Outdoor Dining and Retail - City of Walnut Creek Rebound Program
As the city works to help businesses transition out of the impacts of COVID-19 and re-open their operations, they have launched the Rebound Program. Rebound is designed to be a comprehensive approach to helping businesses re-open as we transition through the COVID-19 crisis.
The temporary pop-up strategy allows restaurants, retailers and service providers to use outdoor, public space for dining and display of retail items. Street closures and operations in both private and public parking spaces to expand dining and retail display in outdoor areas, to allow for physical distancing. Setting up your temporary outdoor dining space is simple, quick and free. Just follow these simple steps:
- Review the Guidebook for detailed information on materials, safety requirements, etc.
- The city will schedule a time to visit your site and provide any input on your request.
- After meeting, submit your application via the Temporary Encroachment Permit, including necessary documentation like insurance, a simple sketch and pictures.
- If you are serving alcohol, you must submit an ABC application and a diagram to Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) for outdoor service of alcohol.
- Save your plywood boards! If you are in the process of removing plywood boards that were put up to secure your building during last week's temporary curfews, consider reusing them. WCD set up a recycling location to drop off any unused plywood boards, to be reused as material for any downtown parklets or reopening projects.
- WCD is compiling a list of local contractors who are willing to donate their time/skill to help build out any pop-ups. Not all pop-ups will require contractor's assistance, however, some simple ramps for ADA access may be necessary. Note that pop-up materials will be at the expense of the individual businesses. WCD is working on discounted local resources for businesses to purchase/rent supplies. The contractor list will be sent out by WCD and will be available on this webpage soon.
- View the Q&A Webinar on the Rebound Program
Pop-Up Materials/Supply Resources:
WCD has partnered with local businesses to provide discounted materials to purchase or rent for your pop-up.
- Pop-up Installation Rentals - Click to view flyer
- Downtown Walnut Creek Ace Hardware
- A free business to business account exclusively for Walnut Creek Downtown members, which will provide substantial discounts on many items
- A free conversion of your business to business account to this new members only account with special discount rates.
- A free opportunity to make this a house account (with terms) for purchases up to an agreed upon limit.
- Free quotes and deeper savings on high volume items.
- Free delivery on purchases over $100
- Free curbside pick-up service.
- Propane exchange service.
- Chairs for Affairs
- Complimentary “Pop Up” ambience design
- Supply contacts
- See Flier
The following are resources for small business owners impacted COVID-19. WCD will continue to provide our membership information to support you and your employees as it becomes available.
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The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors and the county Workforce Development Board announced the opening of a call center Thursday serving local businesses affected by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The WDB COVID-19 call center operates Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., according to the Workforce Development Board, which is part of the county's Employment and Human Services Department. The call center offers resources to businesses, such as how to handle layoffs and insurance needs, and how to access federal loans and payroll subsidies. Small business owners can contact the call center at 833-320-1919. #BounceBackContraCosta
Employer: Reduced Work Hours
Employers experiencing a slowdown in their businesses or services as a result of the coronavirus impact on the economy may apply for the UI Work Sharing Program. This program allows employers to seek an alternative to layoffs — retaining their trained employees by reducing their hours and wages that can be partially offset with UI benefits. Workers of employers who are approved to participate in the Work Sharing Program receive the percentage of their weekly UI benefit amount based on the percentage of hours and wages reduced, not to exceed 60 percent.
Visit Work Sharing Program to learn more about its benefits for employers and employees, and how to apply.
Employers: Potential Closure or Layoffs
Employers planning a closure or major layoffs as a result of the coronavirus can get help through the Rapid Response program. Rapid Response teams will meet with you to discuss your needs, help avert potential layoffs, and provide immediate on-site services to assist workers facing job losses. For more information, refer to the Rapid Response Services for Businesses Fact Sheet (DE 87144RRB) (PDF) or contact your local America’s Job Center of CaliforniaSM.
James Beard Foundation started a Food and Beverage Industry Relief Fund to provide micro-grants to independent food and beverage small businesses in need.
Guy Fieri Restaurant Relief Grants
Google Small Business Advertising Grants
Worker: Reduced Work Hours
If your employer has reduced your hours or shut down operations due to COVID-19, you can file an Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim. UI provides partial wage replacement benefit payments to workers who lose their job or have their hours reduced, through no fault of their own. Workers who are temporarily unemployed due to COVID-19 and expected to return to work with their employer within a few weeks are not required to actively seek work each week. However, they must remain able and available and ready to work during their unemployment for each week of benefits claimed and meet all other eligibility criteria. Eligible individuals can receive benefits that range from $40-$450 per week.