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COVID-19 Information and Links

LATEST EMAIL BLAST INFORMATIONAL EMAIL 5.20.20 

Greetings Everyone!  I hope you are staying safe.

Here is some information for you:


MBE CAPTIAL PARTNERS - https://www.mbecp.com/

Paycheck Protection Loans

Apply Now for a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan for Coronavirus Relief

The US Government has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic with the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act ("CARES Act"), which includes a new SBA 7 (a) Loan Program designed to help franchisees and other small businesses in this time of crisis


COVID-Compliant Business Partnership Program

PROVIDING $30 MILLION IN SMALL BUSINESS FUNDING AND SUPPORTING ALL BUSINESSES WHO PARTNER

PROGRAM OVERVIEW – COVID-COMPLIANT BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM

The County of San Bernardino is committed to rebuilding and sustaining a high quality of life for its residents and businesses.

To support our local small businesses and help ensure ongoing compliance with State and County Health orders and direction, San Bernardino County is implementing the COVID Compliant Business Partnership Program.

This program has two components.

  1. Funding of $2,500 for eligible Small Businesses with 1-100 employees
  2. Support and Partnership for ALL eligible County businesses who wish to become a COVID Compliant Business Partner

This program will support our local small businesses by reimbursing and/or offsetting costs and impacts directly related to complying with COVID-19 related business protocols and providing support to all eligible County businesses who apply for the program.

Prior to receiving funding, San Bernardino County small businesses must demonstrate compliance with State/County public health orders, and incorporate safety and social distancing practices and measures in their business operations. 

Total funding available for this program is $30,000,000. Eligible businesses, per qualifying location, can receive up to $2,500. Deadline for Application: August 31, 2020.

For more information: http://sbcovid19.com/covid-compliant-business-partnership-program/?fbclid=IwAR10O-QMeHOKM2Fs3tqT1mFJ-QWJus9O-k3s9JP1V9os1QctgpJPQ44-QqQ&utm_source=May+15%2C+2020&utm_campaign=Event+Newsletter&utm_medium=email


CITY OF TWENTYNINE PALMS

Eased Restrictions in Twentynine Palms Include Short-Term Vacation Rentals and Phased Reopening of Joshua Tree National Park

Twentynine Palms, CA – Together with the City of Twentynine Palms, Visit 29 Palms continues to closely monitor the latest developments and guidance provided by the San Bernardino County Health Department of Public Health, the California Department of Public Health, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

As of May 15, 2020, San Bernardino County has eased restrictions on short-term vacation rentals, allowing operations at a limited occupancy. Occupancy is limited to guests from one immediate household only, with group gatherings still restricted. Hotels and motels remain closed at this time, with the exception of providing accommodations for critical infrastructure workers.

As of May 17, 2020, Joshua Tree National Park has begun a phased reopening, including reopened access to park entrances, roads and parking lots, family campsite and backcountry camping, and some bathroom facilities. At this current time, park visitor centers and group campsites remain closed. Visitors are urged practice social distancing, avoid crowded areas, recreate with members of their immediate household only, and to take caution and drive slowly to help protect the parks wildlife.

What’s Open in Twentynine Palms: Banks, gas stations, pharmacies, select retail for curbside pickup, grocery stores and farmer’s markets, golf courses, select restaurants offering curbside pickup/take-out/delivery only, and short-term vacation rentals.

What’s Closed in Twentynine Palms: Bars, nightclubs, and entertainment venues, art galleries, bowling alley, community theatre, drive-in movie theater, gyms and fitness centers, hair and nail salons, public pools and playground, hotels/motels (unless housing critical infrastructure workers).

Visit 29 Palms recommendations for a safe and responsible visit
Visit 29 Palms looks forward to welcoming visitors back to Twentynine Palms, and strongly encourages travelers to follow these recommendations to help ensure a safe and enjoyable visit, while remaining diligent in helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

Carry a face mask/covering with you at all times: While face masks and coverings are not currently required by San Bernardino County Department of Public Health, they are required to be worn upon entering the majority of our businesses in 29 Palms. Please plan on carrying one with you at all times and be ready to wear it when required.

Continue to practice physical distancing: Whether you are out enjoying our public spaces, waiting outside a restaurant or shop for curbside service, or shopping at a grocery store, please continue to practice physical distancing and maintain 6 feet of space between yourself and others.

Call ahead, know what to expect: 
From business to business, you may find different guidelines and rules in place, so we urge you to be prepared by calling ahead. From understanding what kind of enhanced cleaning and safety measures have been put in place, to knowing if face masks/coverings are required, to knowing if you’re able to walk in or if services are limited to curb side pick-up, calling ahead will allow you to be fully prepared. 

Please buy only what you need when you visit our grocery stores: 
If you are planning to visit 29 Palms to stay in a short-term vacation rental, please buy only what you need when you visit our grocery stores. Stater Bros’ Market is currently open from 7:00am – 11:00pm daily, with a dedicated hour for our seniors on Tuesday’s and Friday’s from 7:00am – 8:00am.

For more information, please visit: www.visit29.org/covid-19-information-updates/

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APPLICATIONS FOR THEATRE 29 SUMMER 2020 YOUTH THEATRE PROGRAM AVAILABLE 

The 2020 Theatre 29 Summer Youth Theater program is well into the planning stages and staff members are ready for this exciting educational experience in the live arts!

****PENDING LIFTING OF STAY-AT HOME ORDERS****

The program will run Monday through Friday from June 29 through July 30, 2020, culminating with two performances of “Disney’s Moana Jr.” on each day, July 31, August 1-2, 2020. The Youth Theater Program and the performances will all be held at the Theatre 29 building at 73637 Sullivan Road in the City of Twentynine Palms.  

The program will break into two age groups of 35 students each with “Juniors” (7-11 years old) meeting from 9:30 am – 12 noon. The “Seniors” (age 11-17) will meet from 1:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. The cost for the Program is $60.00 per student. (A grant from The City of Twentynine Palms, 29 Palms Rotary, and private donors keeps our program fee low.)

The program will teach a wide variety of theatrical skills, including auditioning, acting, singing for musical theater, choreography, costuming, make-up, props, backstage skills, set construction, lighting, sound, and box office management.

5-7 students in each age group will be identified as “Stage Crew” and will be primarily responsible for building and painting sets, building props, and working backstage during the productions. They will also run the lighting and sound boards during the shows.

All students who are applying must agree to be in attendance for the entire month-long program. After an initial orientation session June 29th, parents/guardians will not be able to attend. Students will supply their own basic costumes; Theatre 29 will supply specialty pieces and other details for more complex costuming. Meals will not be provided; water will be available at no charge. Parents/guardian must agree to drop off students up to 15 minutes before the session and pick them up within 15 minutes of the end of the session. No cell phones will be allowed during sessions.

Applications will be available at www.theatre29.orgmust be turned in to an address on the application by June 19, 2020. The first 35 applicants approved in each age group will be notified via e-mail, the rest will be placed on a waiting list. Payment in full is due by June 26, if payment is not made by the due date, the applicant will lose their place in the program and additional applicants will be taken from the waiting list.

If the fee is a hindrance to attendance, apply for a scholarship on the application form, you will be informed if your application for a scholarship is accepted.

The 2020 Theatre 29 Summer Youth Theater Program will be presented by experienced Theatre 29 volunteers. Gary Daigneault is the Program Director. The Musical, “Disney’s Moana Jr.” will be directed by Daigneault for the “Seniors”, Char Childs will direct the “Juniors”. The Musical Director for the program is Bianca Stoker, Choreographer is Lisa Goldberg, Technical director is Cole Subriar and Cindy Daigneault will coordinate the costuming.

The Theatre 29 Summer 2020 Youth Theater Program has received permission from Disney to produce a DVD of the performance which will be made available for each student. They will also get a CD or Mp3 file of the music, their script to keep, a program T-Shirt, water bottle, wardrobe bag, and friends, memories and skills to last a lifetime! The last performance will culminate in a “Cast Pizza Party” August 2.

For any additional information about the program, e-mail Gary Daigneault at z1077fm@gmail.com.

NIGHT SKY FESTIVAL CANCELLED FOR SEPTEMBER 2020
The Joshua Tree National Park Night Sky Festival, previously scheduled to take place at Sky’s the Limit Observatory in Twentynine Palms, CA, on September 12, 2020, has been postponed until 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Event organizers issued the following statement today:

“Every year, we look forward to sharing the dark starry skies with visitors who attend the annual Joshua Tree National Park Night Sky Festival. It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the cancellation of this year’s 6th annual JTNP Night Sky Festival, which was due to take place September 12, 2020.
 
“We know that this will come as an enormous disappointment, not only to the hosting organizations, Sky’s the Limit Observatory and Joshua Tree National Park Council for the Arts, but also for those who look forward to attending the event. This is not a decision we have taken lightly and there are overriding concerns that have caused us to make this decision at this time.
 
“Our primary concern is always the health and safety of the public and our volunteers. For several years in a row, the JTNP Night Sky Festival has drawn over 500 attendees. As we are aware, these large group gatherings do not provide for a safe and healthy environment under the current pandemic crisis. Rather than to take risks, the host organizations have jointly decided to cancel this year’s event completely.
 
“We anticipate announcing a new date for JTNP Night Sky Festival 2021 very soon. Please visit our website at www.nightskyfestival.org and subscribe to email notifications to get the latest updates.”

OTHER GOVERNMENTAL ASSISTANCE

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Summary

Covered Individuals

  • Independent contractors
  • Self-employed
  • Individuals without sufficient work history
  • Individuals who have exhausted their regular and any extended UI benefits
  • Must self-certify to be able and available to work except are unemployed due to COVID-19 related reason

Amount of Benefits

  • Minimum weekly benefit amount of $167 (but weekly amount may be higher and equal the amount provided under regular UI, depending on proof of prior earnings)
  • PLUS $600 for weeks between March 29, 2020 to July 25, 2020.**

When Benefits Start

Benefits can be retroactive to weeks starting on or after February 2, 2020, depending on your last day of work due to COVID-19 and regardless of when you submitted your claim application. The effective date of your claim will begin the Sunday of the week when you last worked and became unemployed due to reasons directly related to COVID-19.

How Long?

Up to 39 weeks (minus any weeks of regular UI and certain extended UI benefits). Last week is week ending December 26, 2020.**

** Under the CARES Act of 2020, the $600 additional benefits are available through 07/31/20. However, the U.S. DOL has issued guidance to clarify that, for most Californians, the last full week of benefits will end on 07/25/20. Similarly, the PUA program has a legislative end date of 12/31/20, but for most Californians the last full week of benefits will end on 12/26/20.

APPLY HERE: https://www.edd.ca.gov/Unemployment/UI_Online.htm

Need assistance: Contact Denise @ 29chambered@gmail.com

FROM (Cochella Valley Economic Team (CVEP)

We are reaching out regarding Round 2 of the COVID-19 Business Impact Survey. The benchmark survey was completed in the final week of March, and things have changed much since then.

Since they are on Round 2, they have had some time to see best practices emerge. 

The survey is open now. CVEP will begin distributing this Wednesday. The survey will remain open through next Wednesday, May 6.

The survey can be accessed via this link:  https://cvep.com/recoveryteam/


Don't forget to check our City Website: https://www.ci.twentynine-palms.ca.us/

and our state website for updates:  http://sbcovid19.com/

HAVE QUESTIONS? CONTACT DENISE @ 29CHAMBERED@GMAIL.COM

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(from the City of 29 Palms website.  Check it often for updates https://www.ci.twentynine-palms.ca.us/?SEC=8FA5D0DB-3BCE-4EDA-AB90-9DBFC4B1F04C

Please use the links below for additional information. For information from the CDC please click on the image. For information in Spanish click HERE.

FEDERAL

Joshua Tree National Park Is Modifying Operations To  Implement Local Health Guidance

COVID-19 - Care Act 2020 HIGHLIGHTS

U.S. Chamber of Commerce - Coronavirus Emergency Loans

U.S. Small Business Administration is offering assistance

Federal Government COVID-19

FEMA - Corona Virus Rumor Control 

 

STATE OF CALIFORNIA

State:  Financial resources and housing information, including the residential eviction moratorium, can be found HERE.

So-Cal Gas Cares - recently lost your job, even if you are receiving unemployment benefits, you may qualify for 20% off your natural gas bill with our CARE program

COVID - 19 Small Business loans

Governor Newsom Launches Campaign to Protect Health and Well-Being of Older Californians During COVID-19 Pandemic

Governor Gavin Newsom Announces Major Financial Relief Package: 90-Day Mortgage Payment Relief During Covid-19 Crisis

Office of State of California Governor Gavin Newsom - Newsroom

California Public Utilities Commission Information

SO CAL GAS INFORMATION

State of Califonia COVID-19 Website is launched

Benefit programs available to help California workers who are losing wages due to the impacts of the Coronavirus

Charter is committed to serving our 29 million customers and ensuring they maintain reliable access to the online resources and information they want and need.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Retail Food, Beverage, and Other Related Service Venues

 

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY

 

Public Health officer orders face covering, electronic-only religious services. Clarification to this order may be found by clicking HERE.

The County Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector (ATC) does not have authority to extend the tax deadline however, he can waive penalties on late property tax payments under certain circumstances.

San Bernardino County COVID-19 Major Initiatives

County COVID-19 dashboard now includes confirmed cases by city

San Bernardino County COVID-19 Public Information Hotline

SBCO Economic Development Agency - COVID-19 Business Relief Programs

Order of the Health Officer of the County of San Bernardino - CANCELLING ALL GATHERINGS

San Bernardino County COVID-19 Public Information Line

SBCO JOINT INFORMATION CENTER Public Information Line: (909) 387-3911

Health Information Line (prepared response center): (909)252-4406

Homeless Resources Email: homelessrfp@hss.sbcounty.gov

Resources Website: www.sbcounty.gov/dbh/sbchp/

County Public Health Website with Coronavirus Information & Mobile Testing Sign-Up:

http://wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/coronavirus/

 

CITY OF TWENTYNINE PALMS

The City of Twentynine Palms Mayor Joel A. Klink addressed the citizens via Facebook live. To see the full video click HERE.

City of Twentynine Palms Proclamation of the Existence of a Local Emergency

LOCAL CORONA VIRUS INFORMATION


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