Business Resources

Federal, State and Local Resources

The City is also actively monitoring programs and resources available through the federal, state and county governments to assist small business and employers navigate this economic disruption. We will continue to update this information as more details regarding the Federal economic stimulus plan are rolled out. Below is a list of helpful resources. 

Federal Resources

State Resources

  • CA iBank Disaster Relief Loan Guarantee Program – up to $10 million loans
  • EDD Tax Assistance: Employers experiencing a hardship as a result of COVID-19 may request up to a 60-day extension of time from in the EDD to file their state payroll reports and/or deposit state payroll taxes. A written request for extension must be received. Call the EDD Taxpayer Assistance Center (1-888-745-3886)
  • Employment Development Department: Unemployment Insurance Work Sharing Program
  • Bridging the Re-Opening: Digital Tools and Strategies 
    • The California Governor's Office of Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA) hosted a webinar focused on using digital tools and strategies.  The webinar focused on connecting and sharing resources, challenges, barriers and opportunities for small businesses to improve, pivot and adapt to this new marketplace. 

Local Resources

If you have any questions about any of the programs above, please contact the City's Business Hotline at (310) 253-5765. Culver City staff are available to provide one-on-one case assistance and connect businesses with the latest resources and programs.

 

COVID-19 Community Survey

The Economic Recovery Task Force is committed to exploring and progressing recovery efforts to sustain Culver City’s economic vitality, support our  businesses community and ensure equity for the most vulnerable in our community. We want to hear from Culver City’s residents, businesses, community organizations, and visitors to understand current priorities and how the City can best support you as we recover, today, and into our shared future.

Take the COVID-19 Community Survey Now (Disponible en Español)

 

Commercial Evictions due to COVID-19 Prohibited

Eviction of a commercial tenants for reasons related to COVID-19 is prohibited in Culver City through March 31, 2021.  This is known as the "Eviction Moratorium".

  • Commercial tenants will have twelve months following the expiration of the moratorium (i.e. March 31, 2021) to pay back any back due rent.  
  • The Eviction Moratorium does not apply to companies with 200 or more employees, multi-national companies, or publicly traded companies.
  • Evidence of the inability to pay rent due to COVID-19 include one or more of the following:
    • Loss of income due to a COVID-19 related workplace closure;
    • Child care expenditures due to school closures;
    • Health care expenses related to being ill with COVID-19;
    • Expenses or loss of income due to caring for a member of the tenant’s household who is ill with COVID-19; or
    • Reasonable expenditures that stem from government-ordered emergency measures.
    • If rent payments are late due to any of the above COVID-19 related circumstances, landlords may not charge, or use the eviction process to recover, late fees or charges.

Rules and Implementation Measures Regarding Commercial Tenant Eviction Moratorium(PDF, 277KB)

Report a violation of the Eviction Moratorium via email or call (310) 253-5704.

 

Culver City Community Workforce Resource Poster

All businesses Must Display by October 16, 2020.

The Culver City Community Workforce Resource Poster promotes local workforce safety awareness and access to resources such as the City’s coronavirus hotline, webpage, and other health and employment resources.

All businesses that have re-opened are required by the 27th Supplement to Public Order to post the Community Workforce Resource Poster in both English and Spanish, and in a visually accessible location in proximity to other employee postings (such as minimum wage posters), by October 16, 2020.

The Community Workforce Resource Poster consists of two pages and must be printed on letter size paper with dimensions of 8.5” x 11”, in portrait orientation. It may be printed in black and white or color.

The City will provide limited prints to businesses who do not have access to a printer or printing services. Please email business.assistance@culvercity.org or call (310) 253-5765 to request a printed copy for pick up at City Hall.

 

 

Businesses that Can Be Open

The following sectors will have additional modifications in addition to 100% masking and physical distancing:

  • Outdoor recreational facilities: Allow outdoor operation only without any food, drink or alcohol sales. Additionally, overnight stays for recreational visits at campgrounds will not be permitted.
  • Retail: Allow indoor operation at 20% capacity with entrance metering and no eating or drinking in the stores. Additionally, special hours should be instituted for seniors and others with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.
  • Shopping centers: Allow indoor operation at 20% capacity with entrance metering and no eating or drinking in the stores and all common areas closed. Additionally, special hours should be instituted for seniors and others with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.
  • Hotels and lodging: Allow to open for critical infrastructure support only.
  • Restaurants: Allow only for take-out, pick-up, or delivery.
  • Offices: Allow remote only except for critical infrastructure sectors where remote working is not possible.
  • Places of worship and political expression: Allow outdoor services only.
  • Entertainment production including professional sports: Allow operation without live audiences. Additionally, testing protocol and “bubbles” are highly encouraged.

 

  • Animal Daycare and Boarding Facilities
  • Beaches
  • Bike Parks
  • Chiropractic offices 
  • Community Gardens
  • Convenience Stores
  • Day Camps (including Culver City Day Camps) (open for outdoor operations only)
  • Dental clinics 
  • Drive-in Movie Theaters and Drive-in Restaurants
  • Exhibition Space (outdoors only) 
  • Farmer's Markets, farm & produce stands (including the Culver City Farmer's Market)
  • Film Production 
  • Food banks
  • Galleries, open air (outdoors only)
  • Gardens, botanical (outdoors only)
  • Golf Courses
  • Grocery Stores, Supermarkets
  • Gyms & Fitness Centers (outdoors only, with City permit)
  • Healthcare clinics and settings
  • Horse Riding/Equestrian Centers
  • Hospitals 
  • Libraries (for curbside pick-up only)
  • Mental or Behavioral Health Providers 
  • Model Airplane Areas
  • Music Production
  • Optometrist offices 
  • Parks
  • Pharmacies 
  • Pet Food Stores
  • Physical therapy offices 
  • Pickleball and Tennis Courts
  • Playgrounds 
  • Pools in Multi-Unit Residential Facilities (e.g., Apartments, Condominiums, and Homeowner’s Associations)
  • Portrait Photography (open for outdoor operations only)
  • Protests (outdoors only)
  • Shooting and Archery Ranges
  • Skate Park
  • Sports, professional (without audience)
  • Sports, youth conditioning/training 
  • Support Groups
  • Swimming Pools, public (including The Plunge) with restrictions
  • Television Production
  • Trails
  • Vehicle-Based Parades
  • Veterinary Clinics
  • Wholesale club stores

 

Businesses Closed for Now

The following sectors are required to close or remain closed for all operations: 

  • Indoor playgrounds
  • Indoor recreational facilities
  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Personal care services
  • Museums, zoos, and aquariums
  • Movie theaters
  • Wineries
  • Bars, breweries, and distilleries
  • Family entertainment centers
  • Cardrooms and satellite wagering
  • Limited services as defined by the state
  • Live audience sports
  • Amusement parks

 

 

General Business Reopening Protocols

Businesses must follow the applicable LA County Public Health safety protocols in order to reopen. For easy reference, the protocols, along with additional helpful information, are outlined below by business sector. Note that some sectors may have been temporarily re-closed by State and/or County Order. Links to re-opening protocols have been left below, for your convenience while planning for eventual re-opening.

Los Angeles County Public Health Protocols (scroll to "How to Open Safely" and look for your business type)

Additional Information:

 

Construction Sites

Construction is considered an essential business.  As such, construction sites must operate in compliance with the public health protocols, including wearing face coverings and completing and posting the social distancing protocol document. Failure to comply with the City’s guidance may result in withheld inspections or shutting down the construction site until corrected. 

Complaints about construction activity not adhering to the guidelines should be made via email or by phone to the City’s Coronavirus Hotline at (310) 253-6890

 

Faith-Based Organizations

Faith-Based Organizations may rent outdoor fields to operate in select Culver City parks.

The following parks have areas and fields available to rent. The areas range in size and capacity.

Information regarding the park areas available for rent may be found at the links above. Park building, picnic areas and shelters are still not available for rentals due to State of California and Los Angeles County Public Health orders. These orders also do not allow us to currently grant permits to adult sports groups.

If you have questions, please Email PRCS or call (310) 253-6650.

When planning your services, please assure your attendees to:

  • Wear a face covering;
  • Maintain 6 ft. social distancing;
  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
  • Cover coughs and/or sneezes;
  • Stay home if they are sick;
  • Try alternatives to shaking hands, like an elbow bump or wave; and
  • If you or your attendees have recently returned from a country with ongoing COVID-19 infections, monitor your health and follow the instructions of public health officials.

 

 

 

Gyms and Fitness Facilities

Gyms and fitness establishments may operate outdoors on private property with a no-fee City permit. 

Gyms and fitness establishments may also rent outdoor fields to operate in select Culver City parks.

The following parks have areas and fields available to rent. The areas range in size and capacity.

Information regarding the park areas available for rent may be found at the links above. Park building, picnic areas and shelters are still not available for rentals due to State of California and Los Angeles County Public Health orders. These orders also do not allow us to currently grant permits to adult sports groups.

If you have questions, please Email PRCS or call (310) 253-6650.

 

Restaurant & Retail Businesses

If your business opts to continue to offer pick-up service, please follow the Culver City guidelines listed below.

  • Avoid direct hand-off of merchandise, when possible.
  • Schedule pick-ups, if feasible, and create protocols to alert staff to a customer’s arrival (such as by text, call, or email).
  • Display a door or sideway (A-frame) sign immediately in front of business frontage and/or parking spaces with the services available (e.g., takeout, curbside pick-up), instructions for pick-up, and hours of operation. Signs must not obstruct pedestrians’ passing.
  • Everyone who can carry out their work duties from home shall be directed to do so.
  • All employees have been told not to come to work if sick and to follow Public Health guidance for self-isolation if applicable.
  • All employees who have contact with the public or other employees during their shift (s) are provided a cloth face covering. The covering is to be worn by the employee over their nose and mouth at all times during the workday when in contact or likely to come into contact with others.
  • Customers may not enter the store for any reason. Employee restrooms are not available for customer use.
  • All payment portals, pens, and styluses are disinfected after each use by a different person.
  • Routinely clean and disinfect surfaces and equipment with Environmental Protection Agency-approved cleaning chemicals.
  • Follow all industry specific health and safety guidelines from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

Curbside Pick-up from the Public Right of Way (e.g. street or alley)

On-street pick-up may be permitted with the following guidelines:

  • Require customers to remain in their cars and not congregate on the sidewalk.
  • Customers are also required to wear cloth face coverings when vehicle windows or doors are open.
  • Avoid direct hand-off of merchandise when possible (such as by employees placing items directly into the trunk). 

Curbside Pick-up from Interior Parking Lots (e.g. shopping center or private parking lot)

Parking stalls on private property abutting commercial frontages may be used with the owner’s permission for pick-up services with the following guidelines:

  • Pick-up parking stalls/locations may not impede driveways, parking aisles, alleys, or streets.
  • Drive-through pick-up may be permitted if does not impede driveways, parking aisles, alleys, streets, fire lanes, and does not create queuing into vehicular cross traffic or other business establishment frontages.
  • Dedicated pick-up parking stalls shall be located closest in proximity (as reasonably possible) to the structure’s/business’s entrance and may not include stalls in front of another business’s frontage.
  • Dedicated pick-up parking stalls (permanent or temporary) shall be signed/labeled as “curbside pick-up stalls”.
  • Customers are also required to wear cloth face coverings when vehicle windows or doors are open.
  • Avoid direct hand-off of merchandise when possible (such as by employees placing items directly into the trunk).

Sidewalk Pick-up (Walk-up and Bike-up Service)

Sidewalks or walkways abutting commercial frontages may be used for walk-up and bike-up pick-up services under the following guidelines: 

  • Signage at the entry and/or where customers line up notifies customers of options for and advantages of preordering and prepayment.
  • A staff person, wearing a cloth face cover is posted near the door but at least 6 feet from the nearest customers to direct customers to line up six feet apart and in the correct line, and ensure that customers and or any bicycles do not block the public right-of-way.
  • Practice sensible social distancing by maintaining six feet between co-workers, between customers and between workers and customers. Mark queuing areas and pickup lines with tape or other measures that depict minimum six-foot distances with floor tape in pickup lines along business frontage.
  • Bicycles must not impede the public right-of-way or obstruct pedestrians’ passing.

 

 

How We Enforce Public Health Rules for Businesses

The City of Culver City is continuing its efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect public health and safety by ensuring local businesses follow all City and LA County public health regulations.  Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the City and LA County have issued a variety of public health orders and regulations for businesses with the aim of reducing the spread of COVID-19 and preventing illness and death. Although most essential and non-essential businesses in the City have been allowed to re-open since the issuance of the Governor’s “Safer-at-Home” Order (with few exceptions), those businesses are required to adhere to the re-opening protocol enacted by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health in order to protect the health, safety, and welfare of those businesses’ employees, patrons, and the general public. For example, retail establishments are required to implement health screening of employees, ensure employees and patrons wear masks, and maintain social distancing.  Other businesses, such as gyms/fitness centers, museums, and hair salons, barbershops, and personal care establishments (e.g., nail salons, tanning salons, and cosmetology) are authorized to operate outdoors only in compliance with mandated social distancing and sanitization requirements (and some of these outdoor operations are subject to the acquisition of a City “Temporary Use Permit”).

Personnel from the Culver City Fire Department’s Community Risk Reduction team make frequent in-person visits to local businesses to proactively distribute information on how businesses can keep their customers and employees safe and healthy.  The Community Risk Reduction team also responds to complaints made to the City’s Coronavirus Hotline about businesses that are not following public health rules. Community Risk Reduction inspectors review the on-site business activities with business operators, discuss any public health protocols the business is implementing, and educate business owners and managers on any improvements that must be made.  After educating operators during their first visit, Community Risk Reduction inspectors will return to the business a second time to ensure that the business has followed through on the recommendations. Community Risk Reduction will make additional visits if additional complaints are made about the business, however, in nearly all cases, upon receiving the information from the Community Risk Reduction inspectors, businesses take immediate steps to comply with the public health orders.

Recognizing that these are difficult times for everyone, the City goes to great lengths to ensure that enforcement is educational in nature. However, in certain circumstances, businesses have refused to comply with public health guidelines, despite multiple attempts to obtain their voluntary compliance with the mandated re-opening protocols necessary to protect public health.  In these rare circumstances, and with the goal of protecting public health, the City has had to escalate its enforcement methods. This includes issuing administrative fines, which start at $100 and escalate to $500 for each daily violation of the public health orders. If a business were to fail to comply after the imposition of administrative fines, the City would pursue misdemeanor charges against the business owner, manager, and other responsible parties, which can result in fines of up to $1,000 and/or 6 months in jail for each day the business violates the public health orders. The City may also seek a court order prohibiting the unlawful business activities, or, in extreme circumstances, the City could revoke the business’ Culver City Business Tax Certificate, in which case it would be required to cease all operations.

 

Businesses Not In Compliance With Health Orders

In a further effort to protect the health, safety, and welfare of our community, the City is publishing a list of businesses in the City that are not in compliance with required re-opening protocols. 

Customers and employees are warned that City and/or County inspectors have confirmed that, despite education, warnings, and fines by the City, the following business(es) are not adhering to required re-opening protocols as established by the City and/or Los Angeles County in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, thereby increasing the risk of illness and possibly death. By flagrantly refusing to comply with public health rules, these businesses are not only jeopardizing the health of their customers and staff, but the health of the entire Culver City Community.

Business Name

Address

Violation

Los Angeles School of Gymnastics

8450 Higuera Street

Conducting Indoor Activities at a Fitness Center

The City is not confirming that businesses that are not named on this list are in compliance with all mandated re-opening protocols.  Rather, this list confirms those businesses that the City has already confirmed to be out of compliance.  For further information, concerned persons are urged to review the re-opening protocols that are to be posted at each business establishment, and/or to contact the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health or the City’s Coronavirus Hotline at (310) 253-6890.

This list will be updated and businesses will be removed from this list if and when they comply with public health orders.

 

How to Manage Patrons and Visitors Who Refuse to Wear Face Coverings

As businesses across Los Angeles County open, and more individuals venture back into public places, it is very important that everyone continue to comply with physical distancing requirements and infection control practices such as the use of face coverings.

Unfortunately, some businesses or venues may be placed in the difficult position of managing customers or visitors who knowingly or unknowingly do not adhere to the rules. The County has prepared a guidance document to provide businesses with tools for preparing for potential incidents with non-compliant individuals.

View the Guidance Document for Managing Non-Compliant Patrons and Visitors