COVID-19 Resources

We want to assure you that we take the health and well-being of our community, customers, and associates very seriously. Like you, we’re closely monitoring the quickly developing effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Please bookmark this page, and check back regularly for updates.
Below are resources to help you through:
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act  These programs and initiatives are intended to assist business owners with whatever needs they have right now.
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce has issued this guide to help small businesses and self-employed individuals prepare to file for a loan.
Reduced Work Hours
The EDD provides a variety of support services to individuals affected by COVID-19 in California.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Disaster Relief Loan Guarantee Programs
Deferred Payments
  • Employers statewide directly affected by the new coronavirus (COVID-19) may request up to a 60-day extension of time from the EDD to file their state payroll reports and/or deposit payroll taxes without penalty or interest. This extension may be granted under Section 1111.5 of the California Unemployment Insurance Code (CUIC). A written request for extension must be received within 60 days from the original delinquent date of the payment or return.
  • IR-2020-59, IRS unveils new People First Initiative; COVID-19 effort temporarily adjusts, suspends key compliance program
  • IR-2020-58, Tax Day now July 15: Treasury, IRS extend filing deadline and federal tax payments regardless of amount
  • IR-2020-57, Treasury, IRS and Labor announce plan to implement Coronavirus-related paid leave for workers and tax credits for small and midsize businesses to swiftly recover the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave
  • Treasury News Release: Treasury and IRS Issue Guidance on Deferring Tax Payments Due to COVID-19 Outbreak
  • IR-2020-54, IRS: High-deductible health plans can cover coronavirus costs
  • Southern California Edison announced that it is suspending service disconnections for nonpayment and waiving late fees by request, effective immediately, for residential and business customers impacted by the current COVID-19 emergency restrictions.
  • Spectrum Internet We won’t terminate service for 60 days for residential or small business customers who face difficult economic circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Similarly, we won’t charge late fees for those customers facing difficult economic circumstances related to the pandemic. 
  • The Gas Company As a reminder, we also suspended service disconnections until further notice. This means no customer will have their natural gas turned off due to non-payment. For our Small Business Customers, we are waiving late payment fees.
The above programs are fully vetted. Please be diligent and over cautious when a lending offer seems to good to be true.
Protecting your business while you are safer at home:
In an abundance of caution, here are some suggestions to protect your business while you are safer at home:
Update your contact information with your alarm company, make sure they have a number that can be reached in the middle of the night.
• Make sure your lights are working, including outdoor lighting
• Remove cash registers and other valuable items from the building if possible
Our La Verne Police Department will remain on patrol during this time, And as always, if you see something, say something!
If you are conducting business in any capacity at this time, please let us know what we can promote to the community for you.We’re scanning social media and websites for information to share, but we need your assistance. Please tag @ShopLaVerne in all your posts.
Our office will not be open to the public until the County prohibitions are lifted however we will be available via phone and email during our regular business hours. We will continue to send updates as we receive them, check our website and Facebook Page for the most current information.
Please let us know if you have any questions and please know that your Chamber is here to help in any way possible.