Page Updated 7.1.20 at 10:00 PM
We understand the significant challenges Hermosa Beach businesses face as a result of disruptions and closures caused by the global outbreak of COVID-19. Recognizing the growing need to provide our local community with the rapidly evolving list of resources and directives, the City has prepared a brief presentation for our businesses and compiled the following local, state, national and private resources that can help local businesses during this time and ensure our businesses are doing their part to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. As these resources are changing daily, you are encouraged to check back on this page frequently or sign up to receive updates from the City through our e-notification system.
Looking for a list of local businesses that are open for takeout and delivery orders and retailers that are offering online specials? Find or add your business to the Directory of Local Businesses and Status prepared by the Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce or the Hermosa One Directory of businesses, live stream of local musicians, and volunteer opportunities.
Safe in the South Bay Campaign
Safe in the South Bay is aimed at supporting and ensuring that businesses are aware of the proper protocols to reopen safely and contributing to the road to economic recovery. A new program in four South Bay cities will highlight businesses that are actively working to protect their employees and customers and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 as Los Angeles County continues its Roadmap to Recovery.
Learn more about the Safe in the South Bay Program on the Hermosa Chamber website.
Protocols for Essential Businesses
- Protocols for Essential Businesses - LA County
- Guidance for Hotels and Lodging (essential travel) - State of California
- Guidance for the Construction Industry - State of California
- Guidance for Real Estate Transaction - State of California
- Guidance for Delivery Services - State of California
Protocols for Sectors or Businesses Now Permitted to Re-Open
Protocols Issued 5/13/20
- Re-Opening Protocol for Retail Establishments
- Re-Opening Protocol for Office Worksites
- Re-Opening Protocol for Car Dealerships
Protocols Issued 5/29/20
- Re-Opening Protocol for Places of Worship
- Re-Opening Protocol for Residential Swimming Pools
- Re-Opening Protocol for Hair Salons and Barber Shops
- Re-Opening Protocol for Restaurants Opening for On-Site Dining
- Protocols for Public Demonstrations
Protocols Issued 6/11/20
- Re-Opening Protocol for Music, Television and Film Production
- Re-Opening Protocol for Day Camps
- Re-Opening Protocol for Gyms and Fitness Establishments
- Re-Opening Protocol for Museums, Galleries, Zoos, and Aquariums
- Re-Opening Protocol for Professional Sports Facilities for Spectator-Free Events
- Re-Opening Protocol for Hotels, Lodging, and Short-Term Rentals
Protocols Issued 6/18/20
- Re-Opening Protocol for Personal Care Establishments (nail salons, tattoo parlors, and body waxing)
Directive Issued 6/28/20
Directive Issued 6/29/20
- Public Health Order directing the temporary closure of beaches, piers, and bike paths for 7/3 through 7/5
Directive Issued 7/1/20
- Public Health Order directing the closure of indoor restaurant service and other indoor services at museums, zoos, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, cardrooms, wineries and tasting rooms
- City Council direction on temporary closures for 4th of July weekend
Sectors or Businesses in Future Stages
The State has released guidance for sectors that may be permitted to re-open in the near future. While these guides are intended to help for planning purposes, businesses in these sectors are NOT permitted to re-open until specific protocols are issued from LA County Department of Public Health in a future amendment to the public health order:
The following sectors, businesses, establishments, or activities are not permitted to operate in the State of California at this time:
- Indoor playgrounds such as bounce centers, ball pits and laser tag
- Movie theaters and live theater
- Saunas and steam rooms
- Concert venues
- Theme parks
- Higher education
To help local businesses meet Public Health Orders for physical distancing the City has established a program to allow the temporary expansion of restaurants and retail businesses onto adjacent outdoor property. This may include the use of on-site parking, public sidewalks, Pier Plaza and some areas of street parking.
Interested businesses should review the program guidelines detailed in Hermosa Beach Executive Order 2020-05 and then contact the Community Development Department (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss their proposal prior to submitting an application. Exhibit A of the Executive Order contains guidance on the design and operational standards required for dining sites, while Exhibit B contains guidance for outdoor retail displays.
The Department of Alcohol and Beverage Control (ABC) has provided a number of regulatory relief measures designed to support the alcoholic beverage industry in its efforts to assist California in slowing the spread of the virus while assisting the industry in dealing with the economic challenges it is facing as a result. In lieu of individual requests for relief submitted to the Department, the temporary relief from the regulatory requirements are applicable to all affected Department licensees and continue until further notice. To date, the department has issued a total of five regulatory relief notices that address:
- Returns of Alcoholic Beverages
- Retail-to-Retail Transactions
- Extension of Credit
- On-Sale Retailers Exercising Off-Sale Privileges
- Sales of Alcoholic Beverages To-Go
- Drive-Thru Windows for Off-Sale Transactions
- Hours of Operations for Retail Sales
- Deliveries to Consumers
- Free Delivery
- Delivery Hours Extended to Midnight
- Charitable Promotions and Sales
- Distilled Spirits Manufacturers Providing High-Proof Spirits for Disinfection Purposes
- Virtual Wine Tastings
- Expansion of Licensed Footprint
- Extension of Regulatory Relief for Club Licenses: Type 50, 51 and 52
The relief provided by these notices are temporary and may be withdrawn by the Department at any time. The Department intends to provide a 10-day notice of the termination of any such relief, although such relief may be withdrawn immediately should the needs of public safety dictate. In addition, licensees are directed to use the relief provided by this notice responsibly without compromising the public’s health, safety, or welfare. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, if the Department determines that any licensee is found to be abusing the relief provided by this notice, or if the licensee’s actions jeopardize public health, safety, or welfare, the Department may summarily rescind the relief as to that licensee at any time.
Additional details and information on each Notice of Regulatory Relief is available at:
- Hermosa Beach Business Presentation - 5.28.2020
- A Letter from the Mayor to Our Hermosa Business Community
- Find Answers to your Frequently Asked Questions
- LA County Roadmap to Recovery
- Urgency Ordinance Enacting Temporary Moratorium on Foreclosures and Evictions for Residential and Commercial Tenants Due to COVID-19 (amended by City Council 4.14.20)
- COVID-19 Eviction Moratorium FAQ
- Sign up to review or receive email updates from the City
The City has made the following changes related to City fees and fines:
- Extended Business License renewal due dates to June 30, 2020
- Extended Parking Permit renewal due dates to May 31, 2020
- Delayed Parking Citation unbilled late fees until June 30, 2020
- No Parking Citations will be placed on hold at the DMV until June 30, 2020
- Waived Temporary Banner/Sign permit fees until June 30, 2020
- Suspended Restaurant Encroachment fees until further notice (will be re-evaluated once changes to County health orders are amended)
- Los Angeles Regional COVID Fund Offers COVID-19 Recovery Grants: The Los Angeles Regional COVID Fund will provide grants of $5K to micro-entrepreneurs and $15K for small businesses and nonprofits affected by the ongoing unprecedented economic pressures caused by COVID-19. The program will also offer loans, coaching, and technical assistance in multiple languages. Applications for the first round of funding will open July 6. To apply online or for more information, visit www.lacovidfund.org or call (833) 238-4450.
- The U.S. Small Business Administration provides low-interest disaster loans to help businesses and homeowners recover from declared disasters. Learn more at the SBA Disaster Assistance and Disaster Loan Assistance pages.
- Disaster Financial Assistance Information
- Additional $310 Billion Available for Paycheck Protection Program: In a joint statement, Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration Jovita Carranza and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin announced that another $310 billion is being added to the federal government's Paycheck Protection Program as of 10:30 a.m. on Monday April 27 so that lenders can offer more forgivable loans to small businesses in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
- Facebook is currently offering $100 million in cash grants and ad credits to help small businesses during this challenging time. Learn more at the Facebook Small Business Grants Program page.
- Tax Day Postponed to July 15: According to a Tweet from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, the Federal Government is moving both tax payments and tax filing from April 15 to July 15 to give taxpayers and businesses additional time to file and make payments without incurring interest or penalties. Previously, only payments were delayed but not the filing of the forms.
- California’s Employment Development Department (EDD) offers tax assistance resources to employers experiencing hardship as a result of COVID-19, including a 60-day filing extension. Learn more at EDD’s dedicated Coronavirus Resources page.
- California Department of Tax and Fee Administration provides additional tax resources to assist individuals and businesses impacted by COVID-19. Learn more at their COVID-19 State of Emergency page.
- California Employment Development Department - File an unemployment claim
Stay at Home Order Updates: Following up on yesterday’s Stay at Home Order, Governor Newsom has released additional resources further explaining the decision and its ramifications. These resources include a list of Frequently Asked Questions and a video link to Newsom’s original address.
- The South Bay Center for Dispute Resolution offers dispute resolution services related to landlord and tenant disputes at 310-376-7007 (no charge to Hermosa Beach residents).
- Los Angeles County is providing information that includes a Rapid Response Fact Sheet and a Price Gouging Brochure. For additional information, please see the County’s Business Resources Page.
- Los Angeles County Consumer & Business Affairs provides Coronavirus Updates and Resources for Consumers and Businesses.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers based on what is currently known about COVID-19 along with a Coronavirus Resources page.
- Cal/OSHA provides Guidance on Requirements to Protect Workers from Coronavirus to help employers comply with new safety requirements and to provide workers information on how to protect themselves.
- California Department of Public Health offers a dedicated COVID-19 Resources page that includes relevant information and links to their latest News Releases.
- The World Health Organization also has a page providing COVID-19 Resources for individuals and businesses.