Resources for Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

Statewide directive concerning facemasks

Click here for tips and resources regarding masking

Follow our progress on  the Resilience Roadmap

Outdoor Dining

As of December 11, 2020, Monterey County's Stay at Home order has prohibited ANY outdoor dining. Restaurants are allowed to be open, but for take out and delivery only. 

Once the stay at home order is lifted, restaurants can return to offering outdoor dining opportunities.  To operate outdoor on a public right of way (sidewalk, public street or public parking space) Apply for outdoor dining application today! Please complete the following City of Seaside Outdoor Dining Application and submit the supporting documentation required. 

Below you will find the links for industry checklists for reopening:

General information:


Auto dealerships:

Child care:

Communications Infrastructure


Delivery Services

Energy & Utilites

Food packing

Hotels and Lodging

Life Sciences

Limited Services

Logistics & Warehouse Facilities


Outdoor Museums

Office Workspaces

Public Transit

Real Estate


Monterey County has instituted sweeping emergency measures including issuing daily alerts  and a SHELTER-IN PLACE order implemented to halt the spread of COVID-19. These disruptions have impacted Seaside businesses.  Here are some links that may be of assistance:

Monterey County Health has issued a face covering order effective 4/30/2020

Concerned about using a mask? CA Department of Health issued guidance 4/1/2020

Useful Monterey County Information

  • Questions about Monterey County’s Shelter in Place-call 211.
  • Shelter in Place FAQs on the Monterey County Health Department webpage
  • Receive text updates from Monterey County Alerts regarding COVID-19by texting MCCOVID19 to 888777.
    • COVID-19 free virtual care 831-622-800
  • What IS an essential business?
  • Monterey-Salinas Transit has seen a significant reduction in ridership. A substantial change takes effect Saturday, March 28.  Updates will be posted on the website Passengers can always access the latest information onMST’s Twitter feed.
  • Monterey County COVID-19 Economic Assistance Hotline (M-F 8am-4pm) 831-796-1909
  • Impact of the Monterey County Health Officer Shelter in Place Order on commercial cannabis operations 
  • The Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) and Monterey Peninsula Foundation announced the creation of the COVID-19 Relief Fund. The fund will address the immediate and longer-term needs of our region’s most vulnerable residents who will be impacted by the Coronavirus.
  • Resources to feed families around Monterey County--please scroll down to Seaside resources
  • Monterey County announces Emergency Microloan Fund for small businesses impacted by COVID-19

    Small business owners in Monterey County can apply for an Emergency Microloan from the County of Monterey if they can demonstrate they have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency.
    The County of Monterey will use funds from its Small Business Revolving Loan Fund for an Emergency Microloan Fund that has been designed to support small businesses located within the county of Monterey. The underwriting, approval, and closing process has been streamlined and will be designed to facilitate rapid deployment of capital to businesses in need. Once the COVID-19 crisis is over, the Emergency Microloan Fund will stop accepting new loan applications and will revert to the regular SBRLF program.

    • Loan amounts range from $5,000 to $25,000.
    • Interest rate is the lower of 4%, or 75% of Wall Street Journal Prime Rate (Currently 2.44%).
    • The maximum loan term is 5 years.
    • The loans can have an initial payment deferment period of up to 9 months (interest still accrues during the deferment period).
    • Loan proceeds can be used for working capital and may go toward business expenses, such as payroll, rent, inventory, supplies/materials, utilities, professional services, and more.
    • Funding is subject to availability of funds (a submittal of a loan application does not guarantee funding).
    • The loan/application fee will be waived. Borrowers are responsible for paying a $250 documentation fee and closing costs. These fees can be financed into the loan.
  • Eligibility Requirements:

    • Must be located within Monterey County.
    • Should have between 2-10 employees.
    • Should have annual revenues that do not exceed $2,000,000.
    • Be an operating business, not a passive real estate entity.
    • Have been in business for a minimum of one year.
    • Must present a feasible plan to recover post-disruption.
    • Be current on federal income taxes.
  • To get started, potential borrowers must submit a pre-qualification at or by phone at 831-424-1099.

  • CDC/OHSA Guidelines

    Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes

    Keeping Children Healthy While School’s Out

    OHSA - Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

    OHSA - Covid -19 News, Updates, and Standards

Employer & Employee Resources:


Loans, Financial Assistance & Training:

  • Access to Capital programs remain in place, including special disaster assistance at the state and federal levels:
  • Monterey Bay Economic Partnership (MBEP) is working with education partners and members to engage with a free, online Monterey Bay Career Coach -- this is one way to help graduating seniors explore education and career options, and for employers to hire summer interns for projects that can be completed remotely.
  • Monterey Bay Internships is a free resource for employers to recruit local college students across the region; improving our community’s talent pipeline!
  • Monterey Bay Career Connect, free resource for college and career planning, local scholarships, local internships, local labor market information and more


PG& E : announced a moratorium on disconnects; payment plans available; 

The Central Coast Broadband Consortium has prepared a list of broadband resources that will be updated on their site  as the situation develops.

AT & T :No usage caps on data for home based internet (like small business from home)Public Wi-Fi hotspots- "We won’t terminate service of any wireless, home phone or broadband residential or small business customer due to an inability to pay their bill as a result of the coronavirus pandemic – and we’re waiving late payment fees for those customers."

TMobile: Unlimied smartphone data for the next 60 days Additional 10gb of mobile hotspot

Verizon: Waiving late fees and suspending service termination for customers

CAL AM Water: Discontinuing service shut offs. If you service was turned off prior March 12, 2020, they are going to restart the service now.

Marina Coast Water: Office is closed to public access until April 8th 2020. Please visit their website at

Seaside Municipal Water: no shutoffs scheduled as of 3-18-2020.

There may be some extensions allowed by the DMV

COVID-19 Scams & Price Gouging

If you receive calls, emails, or other communications claiming to be from the Treasury Department and offering COVID-19 related grants or stimulus payments in exchange for personal financial information, or an advance fee, tax, or charge of any kind, including the purchase of gift cards, please do not respond.  These are scams.  Please contact the FBI at so that the scammers can be tracked and stopped.

CA penal code 396 prohibits price gouging-raiding the price of many consumer goods and services by more than 10% after an emergency has been declared. Find out more from the CA Attorney General’s FAQs on price gouging.

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