Coronavirus Updates


The Gaslamp Quarter Association (GQA) uses this page to keep its members abreast of coronavirus-related information and updates from city, county, state and federal authorities.



Reopening guidelines and documents from County and State officials

May 6, 2020 — State of California “Update on California’s Pandemic Roadmap”

May 6, 2020 — County of San Diego “Social Distancing and Sanitation Protocol” 

May 6, 2020 — County of San Diego “Safe Reopening Plan”

May 6, 2020 — County of San Diego “Order of the Health Officer and Emergency Regulations”


Small business resources

March 27, 2020 — City of San Diego: FAQ for businesses navigating the coronavirus pandemic.
March 27, 2020 — City of San Diego: the Small Business Relief Fund application will be available, Friday, March 27, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. The fund provides grants, forgivable loans and low-interest loans for working capital.
March 27, 2020 — City of San Diego: the City’s Business Relief and Support webpage includes a list of additional available resources for small businesses and employees.
March 27, 2020 — City of San Diego: The Small Business Development Center is offering free one-on-one business counseling services for assistance in applying to the City program and/or for several others.

March 25, 2020 — San Diego Tourism Authority (SDTA): opt in for SDTA’s COVID-19 emails and updates.
March 25, 2020 — San Diego Tourism Authority (SDTA): SDTA’s research page is paywall-free during the crisis.
March 25, 2020 — San Diego Tourism Authority (SDTA): The SDTA is asking members to report whether their businesses are open or closed. Complete the form to self-report here; see which businesses are open or closed here.

March 24, 2020 — Alcohol Beverage Control: notice of regulatory relief.

March 24, 2020 — City of San Diego Business Relief and Support: Economic Assistance for businesses affected by COVID-19.

Small Business Relief Fund (SBRF) provides grants and forgivable or low- to zero-interest-rate loans to help eligible small businesses retain employees and sustain continuity of business operations. Grants and loans will range from $10,000 to $20,000..

March 20, 2020 — Alcohol Beverage Control: notice of regulatory relief.

March 20, 2020 — Downtown San Diego Partnership: authorization and verification of essential personnel supporting public works sector.


Small business resources (Mar. 18, 2020)


Alcohol Beverage Control: Notice of regulatory relief

U.S. Small Business Disaster Loan Program: low-interest disaster loans to help businesses and homeowners recover from declared disasters.
Contact:, (800) 659-2955

Economic Injury Disaster Loans: The SBA offers low-interest loans up to $2 million for small businesses, nonprofits of any size, small agricultural cooperatives, and small aquaculture enterprises. Deadline to apply: Dec. 16, 2020. Does not replace lost revenue, profits or fund expansions.
Contact:, (800) 659-2955

Cal/OSHA Guidance on Requirements to Protect Workers from Coronavirus

FEMA: Businesses can begin applying for FEMA Disaster Assistance while awaiting a disaster declaration to release the funds.


State Treasurer’s Office:
California Capital Access Program (CalCAP): This program for small business encourages banks and other financial institutions to make loans to small businesses that have difficulty obtaining financing.

Small Business Finance Center: The Small Business Finance Center (SBFC) partners with Financial Development Corporations to provide loan guarantees and direct loans for small businesses that experience capital access barriers.

The Franchise Tax Board has extended the state tax deadline. This relief includes moving the various tax filing and payment deadlines that occur on March 15, 2020, through June 15, 2020, to June 15, 2020. Partnerships and LLCs who are taxed as partnerships whose tax returns are due on March 15 now have a 90-day extension to file and pay by June 15. Individual filers whose tax returns are due on April 15 now have a 60-day extension to file and pay by June 15. Quarterly estimated tax payments due on April 15 now have a 60-day extension to pay by June 15.

Labor and Workforce Development Agency: the LWDA has developed COVID-19 resources for employers and workers.

Employment Development Department: providing rapid response services for businesses, offering help to avert potential layoffs and provide immediate on-site services to assist workers facing job losses.

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants: the AICPA has a document that summarizes the latest developments on state tax filings related to the coronavirus.


Facebook Small Business Grants Program: Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits to help during this challenging time. Applications will be accepted in the coming weeks. In the meantime, you can sign up to receive more information when it becomes available.

Citi Bank: Citi Bank is providing assistance for Retail Bank Customers, waiving monthly service fees and penalties for early CD withdrawal. For Retail Bank Small Business Customers, fee waivers are being provided for monthly service fees and remote deposit capture; waived penalties for early CD withdrawal; Bankers available after hours and on weekends for support.

Forbes: has produced a list of banks offering relief to customers affected by COVID-19.


Updates from City, County, State (Mar. 17, 2020)

Mayor of San Diego — Executive Order (March 16, 2020).

County of San Diego — Order of Health Officer and emergency regulations (March 16, 2020).

County COVID-19 updates.

SBA Disaster assistance for California Small Businesses(March 16, 2020).