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City Council Approves Small Business Grant Program
The City of Thousand Oaks Small Business Assistance Grant Program will provide financial assistance to eligible, locally-owned, small businesses impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) to continue operations and retain employees.
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Bank of America Performing Arts Center Will Remain Closed for Live Events Until Jan. 2021
The City of Thousand Oaks announced today that The Bank of America Performing Arts Center, Thousand Oaks (BAPAC) will remain closed for live events until January 2021.
An Update from Mayor Al Adam
The State has expanded the criteria and conditions for certain designated businesses to open. Using State guidance, Ventura County has established specific actions businesses must take before they reopen. For additional information go to www.vcreopen.com and “self-attest” to begin the reopening process. Businesses must confirm that they are following all of the Ventura County guidelines, including the following:
- My business is in one of the designated industries permitted to reopen by the State of California & the VC Health Officer order.
- I have performed a detailed risk assessment of my business in accordance with the state guidelines .
- I have a written worksite-specific COVID-19 prevention plan and have posted it at my business.
- I have implemented control and screening measures for my business.
- I have implemented disinfecting protocols for my business in accordance with CA Department of Public Health guidance..
- I have trained employees on how to limit the spread of COVID-19 including how to screen themselves for symptoms.
- I agree to have an on-duty employee responsible for monitoring compliance with my plan.
- I have posted the compliance hotline flyer provided in a prominent location visible to the public and employees.
- Complete the attestation form at www.vcreopen.com.
Temporary Outdoor Dining Expansion Instructions
This application process is intended to accommodate additional temporary seating area(s) for businesses with food service during the COVID-19 operational restrictions. Please follow these instructions to prepare your submittal. Once you have electronic versions of your materials, follow the steps below to submit your application.
1. Application: Please complete all fields on the application form.
2. Filing Fee: No Filing Fee
3. Plans: Submit electronic copies of the following (minimum 8 ½” X 11”):
• Site Plan: Depict the location of the tenant space and proposed dining area(s) relative to the overall site, property lines, other buildings/suites, parking spaces and drive aisles, streets, oak and/or landmark trees, slopes, and sidewalks.
• Outdoor Dining Area Plan: Include table/chair locations, other seating areas, separation between seating areas, canopy covers, location within a sidewalk area, outdoor heaters, parking spaces used, paths of travel, and location and type of enclosure around designated dining area.
• Elevations/Design: Provide elevation drawings or brochure information of vertical improvements, such as enclosures, umbrellas, canopies, heaters, etc. Compliance with the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and other agency regulations is required.
4. Supplemental Information: During evaluation, additional information may be requested
Ready to submit your application? Click here to get started.
Additional Recovery Resources
On March 17, 2020, the County of Ventura issued a Public Health Order that impacts some types of business. The order has been updated, most recently on June 11, 2020 Please click here to view the order. The County also issued a press release on June 18, 2020 with additional guidelines for more reopenings, please click here to view the press release.
Water delivered to homes and commercial, industrial, and institutional facilities is safe and has been treated to eliminate any viruses or bacteria. However, stagnant water may be present in building systems that have been dormant for a significant amount of time.
If your building has closed during Ventura County’s Stay Well at Home order, it is important to adopt a proactive approach to flushing water and devices during the prolonged shutdown. Stagnant or standing water can provide conditions that favor Legionella and other biofilm-associated bacteria.
Disinfectants such as chlorine added during the water treatment process will also dissipate over time, and if you have lead pipes, it potentially could leach into stagnant water. Click here for pdf poster.
- Economic Development Collaborative (EDC) COVID-19 Resources and Business Assistance: The City of Thousand Oaks is a proud EDC partner. The EDC has developed an excellent COVID-19 guide for businesses, which EDC is actively updating when new information or resources become available. Secondly, EDC recently started conducting free weekly webinars to share valuable information about the recent federal legislation and programs available to small businesses. Furthermore, local small businesses can request free consultation and application assistance for Small Business Administration (SBA) and other business relief programs.
- Ventura County Community Foundation's Rapid Response Fund: VCCF is extending support to individuals, non-profits, and small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Learn more here.
- Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Resources: The City of Thousand Oaks also maintains a valuable partnership with the local Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber has developed a webpage dedicated to COVID-19 resources. It is hosting free webinars to businesses on COVID-19-related issues. The Chamber has also compiled a list of local restaurants providing take-out and delivery options. The City has also joined in partnership with the Chamber to support the Conejo Valley Small Business Relief Fund and Thousand Oaks businesses. This Fund offers up to $2,500 in grants to assist businesses with fewer than 25 employees that have been impacted by COVID-19. For more information on the fund please click here.
- County of Ventura VC Emergency website: Here you will find daily COVID-19 case updates, information about the County’s “Stay Well At Home” Public Health Order, which outlines essential activities and businesses, among other important resources for businesses and residents.
The County of Ventura is preparing to launch the Ventura County Rapid Response COVID-19 Business Assistance Grant Program. The first phase of this program will offer grants of $5,000 to 1,000 eligible local small businesses and nonprofit organizations in Ventura County impacted by COVID-19. Funds may be used for payroll support, rent and lease payments, costs for personal protective equipment, purchases related to the operation of their businesses, and extraordinary business expenses for adhering to compliance protocols for reopening (e.g., cleaning services, signage, customer interface capabilities, additional security, etc.). The application period will be open June 24th through July 8th. More information is available at www.vcreopens.com.
- California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-BIZ) COVID-19 resources: The Governor’s Office has developed a webpage to help California businesses understand the financial and technical resources available to them during this health emergency. It also highlights information about employee-related programs.
- California's Roadmap to Recovery: This webpage lays out the state's phased approach to reopening the economy. It also provides specific safety and health guidance and checklists for each industry type and identifies business types not yet permitted to open.
- California's Pandemic Unemployment Assistance: The new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program helps unemployed Californians who are business owners, self-employed, independent contractors, have limited work history, and others not usually eligible for regular state UI benefits who are out of business or services are significantly reduced as a direct result of the pandemic.
- U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) COVID-19 Resources: Recent federal legislation authorized significant additional appropriations for financial assistance programs, including Economic Injury Disaster Loans, Express Loans, Debt Relief, Paycheck Protection Program. Please consider contacting the EDC to assist you with the application process.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 Resources for Businesses and Employers: This webpage provides interim guidance for employers and businesses, including cleaning and disinfecting to provide a safe workplace for employees.
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) COVID-19 Workplace Safety Guidance: OSHA, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has developed guidance on preparing workplaces for COVID-19. The webpage also contains links to a series of other important health and safety resources to help employers fulfill the General Duty Clause of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 to provide a workplace free from known hazards likely to cause death or physical harm.
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