Reopening Guidelines

Health Officer Order for the Control of COVID-19

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has revised its Health Officer Order on Thursday, September 22, 2022.

Effective, Friday, September 23, at 12:01AM

  • Updates to mask guidance in LA County, effective Friday, September 23rd:
    • Indoor masking will be up to individual preference in indoor public settings, businesses, and government offices. This means people can choose what works best for them unless it is required by a business or venue.
    • Indoor masking will be strongly recommended, but no longer required, on public transit and in transit hubs.
    • People who are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19 will be strongly recommended to mask in higher risk-settings:
      • Closed spaces with poor air flow
      • Crowded places
      • Places where people are talking or breathing heavily close together
  • Required Masking:
    • Masks will still be required in healthcare and long-term care facilities.
    • Businesses and venues can still choose to require masks.
  • Individuals will still be required to wear masks for ten days after a COVID-19 diagnosis or exposure

For more information about free and low-cost PPE for employers, visit:

FreeAndLowCostPPE.pdf (

Other pertinent information and resources can be found on the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health website at

The FAQ for Vaccines has been updated to add information on vaccines and booster doses.

LA County has also developed a Business Toolkit Resource page (Link below) that contains helpful information for businesses about how you can prevent COVID-19 surges through vaccination verification. The materials include how to verify vaccination or a negative test, signs for your business, and resources from the Department of Business and Consumer Affairs.  

COVID-19 Business Toolkit Resources

All businesses that are permitted to reopen must post signage, implement, and post the required protocols from LA County Department of Public Health prior to opening. Should you need further guidance, please contact the Emergency Operations Center at (310) 217-9583 or

COVID-19 Vaccine / Booster Information

The Fall updated (bivalent) boosters are now available to everyone ages 5 and older.

These boosters have been updated to target the most recent Omicron subvariants (BA.4/BA.5) as well as the original COVID-19 virus. The BA.4/BA.5 subvariants are more contagious than earlier strains of Omicron. The updated boosters can help restore protection against COVID-19 that has decreased over time and provide broader protection against newer variants.

An updated booster is recommended for everyone ages 5 and older. It can be given at least 2 months after the last COVID-19 vaccine dose (either the final primary series dose or the last booster). This is regardless of how many boosters or which type of vaccine(s) were given in the past. Children ages 11 and under get a lower dose of the updated booster than teens and adults.

Everyone ages 6 and older can get either a Pfizer or Moderna updated booster.
Children ages 5 get the Pfizer updated booster.
Booster doses are not currently recommended for children ages 6 months through 4 years.

The original (monovalent) boosters are no longer available.

To find a vaccine site near you, or to make an appointment, please visit or the Los Angeles County website at (English) or (Spanish). Additionally, many pharmacies and clinics countywide may be accepting appointments through their own systems.

If you need assistance, you can reach out to the Public Health call center at 1-833-540-0473 for help with:

  • Finding an appointment
  • Connect to free transportation to and from a vaccination site, or
  • Schedule a home-visit if you are homebound.



COVID Clinic Testing Details

The City of Gardena has partnered with COVID Clinic to provide no cost to patient PCR COVID-19 Testing services.  They are located on the West side of Rowley Park next to the Gym and baseball field.  Operating hours are Monday - Saturday 9:00AM to 3:30PM with limited hours on or near holidays.  To find out more information and to book an appointment, please visit

Stage Guide:
The required Protocols for Reopening from LA County Department of Public Health is available on their website linked below:




CDC: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

The CDC has compiled guidance for businesses and employers based on current guidelines. The CDC is providing this guidance to help prevent workplace exposures to COVID-19 (in non-healthcare settings) and planning considerations for community spread.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Resources for Businesses and Employers.

Topics Include:

  • Purpose
  • Preparing workplaces for a COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Reduce transmission among employees.
  • Maintain healthy business operations.
  • Maintain a healthy work environment.
  • Resources for more information (Including OSHA guidance).


The CARES Act 

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, $376 billion stimulus package, legislation recently passed to aid small businesses during the pandemic and economic downturn. The program will provide much-needed relief to millions of small businesses, so they can sustain their businesses and keep their workers employed.

 As of April 20, 2020, these funds have been depleted. However, the White House and Congress are working on a second round of stimulus for small businesses.

Small Business Administration  

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses, including businesses located in Gardena due to substantial economic injury because of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Funding is limited and applicants are encouraged to apply early and for multiple types of loans.

The SBA has a full menu of loan options including SBA Debt Relief, SBA Express Bridge Loans, EIDL Loan Advance and Paycheck Protection Program. See the various funding relief programs here.

Eligibility for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) is based on the financial impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

  • Small Business Interest Rate: 3.75%
  • Private Non-Profit Organizations: 2.75%

For the Injury and Disaster Loan, applicants can apply online here. To receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications, click this link.

For assistance, contact (800) 659-2955 or

Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX  76155.

The deadline to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan is Dec. 16, 2020.

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is available to all businesses with 500 employees or less.  If a business has more than 500 employees, determine eligibility by checking with SBA employee-based standards.  Loans can be used for payroll costs, benefits, interest or mortgage obligations, rent or utilities.  Applications are now available by applying here.

Small Business Finance Center (SBFC)

The state of California’s CA Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank’s (IBANK) Disaster Relief Loan Guarantee Program (DRLGP) for small businesses affected by COVID-19 is also accepting applications.

More information on the Small Business Finance Center (SBFC) IBANK Disaster Relief Loan is available here.


Gardena Small Business Assistance Program (SBAP)

The City of Gardena is providing Business Assistance to address the adverse repercussion of the novel coronavirus to the economy, to jobs, and therefore to businesses. This program will assist qualified Gardena businesses undergoing financial hardship due to COVID-19.
1. Must be a business with 20 or fewer employees on the current payroll.
2. Awardees will receive assistance for their monthly commercial rent/lease payment not to exceed$2,000 per month for up to three (3) months OR $3,375 per month for up to six (6) months.
3. The amount of assistance will depend on the willingness of the landlord of the property to reduce rent by 25% each month for the period of the City’s assistance.
4. All applications will be reviewed to establish qualification for the program.
5. The City anticipates receiving a substantial response to this program, funding awards will be provided through a random selection process or lottery.
6. All awardees will be contacted and provided with further information regarding the award.
7. Qualified applications not randomly selected for award will be retained by the City and revisited should additional funding become available for this program.
More information on this program and the application can be found:


Facebook Small Business Grants Program

"We know that your business may be experiencing disruptions resulting from the global outbreak of COVID-19. We’ve heard that a little financial support can go a long way, so we are offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits to help during this challenging time," according to

More information on Facebook Small Business Grants Program is available here.

James Beard Foundation

The James Beard Foundation is assisting restaurants, bars, and other food and beverage  operations economic relief by launching a fund that will gather support from corporate, foundation, and individual donors to provide micro-grants to independent food and beverage businesses in need.

More information on the James Beard Foundation Fund is available here.

Go Fund Me

The Small Business Relief Initiative was started by GoFundMe to help small businesses that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and empower their communities to rally behind them. This fund will provide small business owners with the financial support and resources needed to continue running their businesses during and after the coronavirus crisis.

As part of the Small Business Relief Initiative, GoFundMe, Yelp, and Intuit QuickBooks have each donated $500,000 to the Small Business Relief Fund. Supporters can donate to the Small Business Relief Fund and will provide grants to small businesses across the United States, starting with the hardest hit areas. The Small Business Relief Fund will issue $500 matching grants to qualifying businesses that raise at least $500 on GoFundMe.

Yelp Loan

Yelp has established $25 million in relief focused to support independent local restaurant and nightlife businesses by waiving advertising fees, offering free advertising, products and services during this period. As part of this relief effort, restaurants and businesses remaining open will receive free access to Yelp page upgrades including Business Highlights and Call To Action as well as Connect, which will help them communicate timely information to their customers. Restaurants will also receive three months of free access to Yelp Reservations and Waitlist. For restaurant clients that offer delivery and/or takeout, Yelp will provide $100 in free search advertising. In addition to waiving advertising fees for independent restaurant and nightlife clients during this period, Yelp also offers support for independent local advertisers in other categories that are struggling to pay their bills during this difficult time. More details on the restaurant and nightlife business relief program can be found here.


South Bay Workforce Investment Board

For employers and employees in need of assistance, the South Bay Workforce Development Board (SBWIB) have implemented multiple guides and resources. Topics for businesses include grants and loans available for employers; planning tools to help with navigating these uncertain times; guidance for companies; and other resources for local business.  Employees will find ways to stay informed; what to do if they become sick, laid off or their hours are reduced; and how-to YouTube videos to apply for unemployment or disability insurance. The guides also include details about managing finances; temporary or new employment opportunities; available jobs; government support like tax deferral; deferment of bills; Gardena One-Stop Centers for job seekers; and more. For more information, visit

Guides and Weblinks:

You can visit the Gardena One-Stop at: 16801 South Western Ave, Gardena, CA 90247. If you’d like to speak directly with a Gardena Client Advisor, please reach out to Carla Cortez at or by calling: (310)-538-7070

California Employment Development Department (EDD)

  • Unemployment Insurance  Work-Sharing Program
  • Disability Insurance
  • Paid Family Leave
  • Tax Assistance
    • Employers experiencing a hardship as a result of COVID-19 may request up to a 60-day extension of time from the EDD to file their state payroll reports and/or deposit state payroll taxes without penalty or interest. A written request for extension must be received within 60 days from the original delinquent date of the payment or return. Call the  EDD Taxpayer Assistance Center (1-888-745-3886).

Businesses should check their insurance coverage to determine if they have business interruption insurance, which generally helps protect against lost income after a covered peril that affects a business.

Businesses should consult their banks to confirm financial services available including emergency access to capital, small business loans and waivers for late fees.

For more information, visit Employment Development department COVID-19 FAQs.

State of California Economic Development

Unemployment Insurance Work-Sharing Program

Employers who are considering laying off employees due to a slowdown in business from the coronavirus can apply for the UI Work-Sharing Program, which partially offsets reduced worker hours and wages with UI benefits. The program allows you to retain trained employees and quickly prepare for when business improves.

You can apply for a Work-Sharing plan by completing the application and mailing it to the address on the top of the form.


City of Gardena Moratorium on Eviction of Commercial Tenants

The City of Gardena City Council adopted Urgency Ordinance No, 1819 on Thursday, March 26, 2020, establishing a temporary moratorium on the eviction of residential or commercial tenants who are unable to pay rent due to the impacts of COVID-19. The intention of this ordinance is to avoid the unnecessary displacement of tenants during this state of emergency

To take advantage of the protections provided in Urgency Ordinance No. 1819, residential and commercial tenants are required to do the following within 30 days after the rent is due: 1. Notify the landlord in writing of the substantial COVID-19 related financial impacts 2. Provide documentation in writing establishing substantial COVID-19 related financial impacts 3. Pay the portion of rent that the tenant is able to pay

Visit the Adoption Ordinance Memo from the City Manager Here


CA.GOV: California Coronavirus (COVID-19) 

Get help for small businesses: The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) has compiled helpful information for employers, employees, and all Californians as it relates to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

  • Is my business considered essential or non-essential?
  • Financial and Technical Assistance for Small Business.
  • Labor and Workforce Support for Businesses and Employees.
  • Business Taxes

Los Angeles County Economic & Business Resources

Los Angeles County has provided a tremendous amount of resources to meet the needs of businesses – including those in Gardena – impacted by COVID-19.

These resources we’ve listed below can support businesses with challenges such as lay-off aversion, loans, utility reduction programs, and community resources mapping.

Businesses can call the City of Gardena Economic Development Department at (310) 217-9533 from 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday. Our team is available to assist and assess situations, and offer resources tailored to meet individual business needs.

Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation

As a finalist for the 2019 Most Business-Friendly City Award we’re proud to have a strong relationship with the LAEDC. The LAEDC has launched

During these unprecedented times, the LAEDC has established a LA COVID-19 Community Connectory which seeks to provide crucial resources for vulnerable residents, small businesses, and nonprofits. The Community Connectory:

  • Engages LAEDC’s award-winning staff of business assistance and layoff avoidance professionals to directly help employers overcome challenges, retain staff and position for economic recovery.
  • Spotlights a growing array of financial resources that directly support individuals, as well as programs to help businesses and community-based organizations.
  • Provides frequent analysis and economic outlooks from LAEDC’s Institute for Applied Economics to help all people in our region plan for economic recovery.

All the services of LA Community Connectory are provided at no charge, in keeping with LAEDC’s public-benefit mission, and true to our history of helping save over 240,000 direct jobs in LA County over the past 20 years. Email LAEDC for direct assistance to overcome challenges your organization is facing:
LAEDC Direct Assistance

LAEDC has prioritized coronavirus relief for small businesses and nonprofits and is working to serve them in the following ways:

  • Community Connectorymakes staff available to speak with micro-enterprises, and our team has assisted over 500 businesses thus far during the Covid-19 crisis.

Please call the LAEDC staff at 213-236-4837, or reach out via email to

  • Our Business Assistance team is adding staff and directly working with organizations, helping them apply for funds, manage costs, and avoid layoffs.  View the short video from Carrie Rogers of LAEDC to the right for some tips in that regard.
  • LAEDC’s economists from our Institute for Applied Economics are delivering analysis and insights to you.  View the most recent webinar on the “webinars” tab of this page.
  • We update daily a list of resources on this page for businesses, nonprofits, and our region’s workforce.
  • We are working behind the scenes on public policy and informing government leaders about effective approaches for mitigating the economic damage and strategizing for economic recovery

SBDC: Small Business Development Center (Los Angeles)

SBDC has COVID-19 step-by-step video guides, webinars, online business consulting and other downloadable online resources.

COVID-19 Resources.  

Downloadable SBDC Guide the Latest News and Resources for Your Business.

Download this guide to learn about FAQs regarding Employment Development Department (EDD) resources, SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, our SBDC Finance Center, how we can help – and more!

 California Manufacturing Network (CMTC)

CMTC has COVID-19 related resources and information designed specifically for manufacturers. Topics include:

  • Workforce Support
  • Health & Safety in the Workplace
  • Loan Information / Access to Capital
  • Identifying Critical infrastructure
  • Supply Chain/Supply Scouting
  • Federal Announcements
  • State of California Announcements & Updates
  • California County Information by Region
  • Operational Assistance

CMTC will also be conducting webinars on Workplace Safety and other topics pertinent to COVID-19.  If your Gardena manufacturing business can benefit from these services and you would like to speak directly to a representative from CMTC or participate in the webinars, you can reach out directly to: Client Advisor, Linda Rosenberg: (310) 363-1540 or


Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA)

The Council of Development Finance Agencies is a national association dedicated to the advancement of development finance concerns and interests. According to the association, CDFA is comprised of the nation’s leading and most knowledgeable members of the development finance community representing hundreds of public, private and non-profit development entities. Members are state, county and municipal development finance agencies and authorities that provide or otherwise support economic development financing programs as well as a variety of non-governmental and private organizations including bankers, underwriters, attorneys, financial advisors and other organizations interested in development finance.

Development finance has always been at the forefront of recovering from natural disasters and economic challenges. The CDFA COVID-19 Resource Center is a collection of financing programs and resources to address disaster relief and recovery.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Resources for Businesses

All employers should be implementing strategies to protect their workforce from the coronavirus while ensuring continuity of operations.

Created by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, these guides are based on information provided by the CDC to help employers and employees prepare for and address the impacts of the coronavirus.

Help for Small Businesses

CO— (by U.S. Chamber of Commerce) is working to bring you the best resources and information to help you navigate this challenging time. The coronavirus pandemic is affecting small businesses in a variety of ways. From loss of business to remote work, things are changing fast during the COVID-19 outbreak and businesses are being forced to adapt. Additionally, you can refer to your state chamber for helpful resources. The State of California has a website and dedicated page to Covid-19 resources.


Explore the opportunity to do business with FEMA to support the response to COVID-19 with your company’s non-medical goods and/or services.  Submit your inquiry to the Department of Homeland Security’s Procurement Action Innovative Response (PAIR) team at

To sell medical supplies or equipment to the federal government, please submit a price quote under the COVID-19 PPE and Medical Supplies Request for Quotation.  Full details can be found in the solicitation (Updated Notice ID 70FA2020R00000011).

This solicitation requires registration with the System for Award Management (SAM) in order to be considered for award, pursuant to applicable regulations and guidelines.  Registration information can be found at  Registration must be “ACTIVE” at the time of award.


Please be advised that many restaurants in Gardena are still open for take-out and or delivery. Please see this link for more information.

Companies Hiring Now (click to view/download):

Alpa Express


Jiffy Lube



The Home Depot