Public Notice: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updated as of 6/1/2020 at 8:45am

COVID-19 Business Resources

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The City of Santee is working to provide access to resources and assistance programs for our businesses and employees affected by the COVID-19 crisis.   If you have businesses related questions, please contact for referral assistance or the East County Small Business Development Center. If your business is still currently closed we highly recommend reviewing the State guidance for specific businesses and groups and preparing the SD County Safe Reopening Plan until you hear otherwise. 


States Resilience Roadmap • Resilience Roadmap

Stage 1: Safety and preparedness > Stage 2: Lower-risk workplaces (San Diego County/Santee are here as of 5/21/2020) > Stage 3: Higher-risk workplaces > Stage 4: End of Stay Home Order


Businesses that can and cannot be open as per State and SD County orders:

What is OPEN?

Grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores, restaurants for take-out, delivery or drive-through, pharmacies, banks, laundromats/laundry, hardware/home improvement stores, airports and public transportation, childcare, office-based businesses (telework is still strongly encouraged), car washes, pet grooming, landscape gardening, outdoor museums, drive-in movie theaters, and  open gallery spaces. In-person destination retail (retail stores), including shopping malls and swap meets and dine-in restaurants (other amenities, like bars or gaming areas, are not permitted in Stage 2). Restrictions in regards to social distancing & sanitation apply to all the businesses and services listed above.

What is CLOSED?

The following sectors, businesses, establishments, or activities are NOT permitted to operate in the State of California at this time:

Personal services such as hair and nail salons, tattoo parlors, gyms and fitness studios, hospitality services, such as bars, wineries, tasting rooms and lounges, entertainment venues, such as movie theaters, gaming, gambling, and arcade venues, and pro sports, indoor museums and gallery spaces, zoos, and libraries, community centers, public pools, playgrounds, and picnic areas, religious services and cultural ceremonies, nightclubs, concert venues, live audience sports, festivals, theme parks, hotels/lodging for leisure and tourism.  

The County submitted a Proposed Pilot to the Governor on 5/20/2020 to hear back by 5/22/2020. If it gets approved this would allow San Diego County to partially move into Stage 3 which would include the following: Research labs, Therapeutic & Peer Support Group (individual therapy and support groups less than 10 people), Modified Youth Sports/Clubs, Personal Services include: Salons (appointment only) – 25% capacity, Fitness Facilities (appointment only) – 25% capacity, HOA/Apartments/Condominium Pools – 25% capacity, Outdoor Religious Services.

5/20/2020 - The state approved the County to move farther into Stage 2 of reopening. That allows restaurants and retail businesses to have in-person customers with modifications to their operations. Food businesses need to review guidance and complete the San Diego Restaurant Operating Protocol before reopening. See details.  
5/07/2020 - Reopening of the following business types begin May 8 (More Detail) • Retail (curbside & delivery options only), Manufacturing & Logistics. Businesses must follow County and State safety plans & checklists prior to opening. Businesses with questions can email the County:

5/07/2020 - State releases a Resilience Roadmap

5/05/2020 - The County Released the Safe Reopening Plan for Businesses
Safe Reopening Plan & Reopen San Diego Business Safety Framework
This plan does not need to be submitted to the County now. Use it to prepare for when the state allows certain businesses to open. The County will not require approval for this plan. Please check back on the San Diego County's website for more information on May 8. Essential businesses already operating do not need to submit a new plan.



Santee Business Resource Flyer - Quick overview of assistance programs available  

Support for Businesses and Employers Flyer from San Diego County

Businesses Staying Connected from the State (free weekly webinars and impact videos)  

Emergency Small Business Resource List - Compiled by the Office of California State Treasurer 

Paycheck Protection Program - Treasury FAQ on PPP (updated 5/6/20)

SBA Coronavirus Pandemic Disaster Loans Comparison (updated 5/4/20)

Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GoBiz) Updates for Businesses

Restaurants, Food, and Beverage Providers Guidelines - San Diego County

SDG&E provisions for businesses facing hardship

Waste Management encouraging commercial customers who are shutdown to temporarily suspend services during this time and they will do all that we can to work with them.



State Resource for Job Opportunities 

California Employment Development Department Info for Workers and Employers


Sick or Quarantined?

If you’re unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Disability Insurance Claim. Reduced Hours: If your employer has reduced your hours or shut down operations due to COVID-19, you can file an Unemployment Claim.

FAQs on laws enforced by the California Labor Commissioner’s Office

Federal, state and local list of resources

San Diego Workforce Partnership resources for employers and employees