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  • Welcome to the San Rafael Chamber!

    Become a member of the Chamber’s vibrant community of business collaborators. Together, we’ll help you grow, thrive and profit.

     

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  • Marin Adjusts June 29 Business Reopening Line-Up (updated June 26) Marin Adjusts June 29 Business Reopening Line-Up (updated June 26)

    Increase of COVID-19 Activity Leads to Postponement for Some Industries  

    San Rafael, CA – A spike in coronavirus cases has led Marin County to delay the reopening of certain businesses previously scheduled to reopen on June 29. 

    Marin County is witnessing an increase in COVID-19 case activity. On June 25, Marin recorded 54 new cases, the highest number in any one day thus far in Marin’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This corresponds to record-high numbers of people hospitalized, at 12, and in intensive care, at five.  Recent spikes in cases have been observed across the State of California, and local counties -- such as San Francisco and Contra Costa – have also announced delays in business reopening plans due to regional surges in cases.

    Compounding the spike within Marin residents is a large outbreak at San Quentin State prison with more than 500 infected inmates in the past two weeks. The transfer of critically ill inmates from that facility has created stress on local hospitals. Over 75 staff, some of whom live in Marin County, have also been infected.

    “Since the beginning of our reopening process in early May, Marin Public Health has committed to moving at a sequential rate, guided by local COVID-19 data and our progress indicators,” said Dr. Matt Willis, Marin’s Public Health Officer.  “We’re seeing patterns we need to pay attention to. We’re not closing anything down.  We’re just slowing the pace in response to the data.”

    The decision to delay some of the business industry reopenings comes after careful deliberation of our current COVID-19 situation and weighing which businesses could move forward with minimal risk.

    “We’re all eager to move forward out of the shelter in place, but the pandemic is far from over,” said Max Korten, Director of Marin County Parks and Acting Coordinator for the Marin Recovers Industry Advisors.  “We have a shared responsibility in this.  Everyone in Marin County needs to wear a face covering, maintain social distance, and practice good hygiene. These are simple tools, and our ability to reopen further depends a lot on following these practices as a community.”

    The businesses and activities allowed to move forward with reopening on June 29 includes indoor dining, and hair salons and barbershops. Also coming online are campgrounds and RV parks, picnic and barbecue areas, outdoor vehicle-based gatherings. Guidance for all industries allowed to proceed beginning June 29 is available on the “Guidelines for Reopening” page of MarinRecovers.com

    Reopenings that have been paused include Hotels, Motels and Short Term Rentals; Gyms and Fitness studios; and other personal services (body art professionals, tattoo parlors, piercing shops, electrology services, estheticians, skin care and cosmetology services, non-medical massage services, and nail salons).  These industries will be considered for the next round of reopenings, but a tentative date has not been established.

    An overview of business sector reopenings is available on MarinRecovers.com. Businesses and activities are allowed to proceed under the current shelter-in-place order through amendments to the allowable business and allowable activity appendices.

    More Information About Businesses Reopening: 

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  • Outdoor Dining Temporary Permit-How to Get One Outdoor Dining Temporary Permit-How to Get One

    The City of San Rafael is partnering with the San Rafael Chamber and the San Rafael Business Improvement District to support our incredible business community as best as possible.

    Starting next week, the latest Marin County Public Health order will allow outdoor dining and retail based on the following guidelines:

    To facilitate outdoor dining and retail activity in public space, we have created a free and automatic temporary permit process for basic use of the space in front of your business for dining or retail. If you meet the requirements, you can fill out this online form and be granted an automatic temporary permit.

    For private property or more complex uses of public right-of-way, we can work with you on a case-by-case basis.

    On Monday night the City Council will consider authorizing the City Manager to have more discretion to quickly support the business community in expanding their limited operations while remaining compliant with the phases of reopening laid out by the County. The meeting starts at 7pm and you can participate by phone or through YouTube Live chat.

    We will provide more information as it becomes available or if conditions change. Check marinrecovers.com frequently for new information. If you have questions or want to provide feedback about the reopening process, fill out this feedback form.

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  • Shops and Restaurants Expanding their operations in San Rafael Shops and Restaurants Expanding their operations in San Rafael

    Shops and restaurants are expanding their operations to offer indoor retail and outdoor dining on sidewalks and parking spaces. If you don’t have any plans this weekend, consider taking a stroll downtown to experience new shopping and dining options and support our San Rafael businesses.  

    Many of the products you need can be purchased right here in San Rafael. We recently installed more bike racks throughout downtown San Rafael. Keep your carbon footprint low by walking or biking; it reduces traffic and air pollution, and keeps you healthy! Purchases made close to home or work are an investment in our local economy and they reduce your carbon footprint. Chances are you can buy it right here in San Rafael 💗 

    If you decide to head out, use this Open Restaurant Map to find out who’s open for pickup, delivery, or outdoor dining. Don’t forget to wear a face covering and keep 6-feet from others. Lastly, some shops may have occupancy rules, so they may be offering shopping appointments if it’s not first come, first serve.  

  • PPP Deadline Extension in Review (updated July 1) PPP Deadline Extension in Review (updated July 1)

    Last night, the Senate passed an extension for the deadline of the PPP loan until August 8th. We are awaiting final confirmation from the House, but thought many of you would like to know this now.

    $130 Billion is left!! Lenders are opening up again to accept applications.

    Here is the link for all information on PPP from the Department of Treasury

    https://home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/cares/assistance-for-small-businesses

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  • 2020 Census participation is critical for Marin
     
    The 2020 Census is just under one year away, and it will likely be the most difficult in recent history. Immigrant and low-income communities of color are the most at-risk of being undercounted by the census, leading to cuts in funding to critical services such as Medicare, Medicaid, and SNAP (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program) in those areas as well as the possibility of the loss of representation in the U.S. House of Representatives.
     
    Chamber member and partner Canal Alliance has a lot of valuable information about Census 2020 on their website, read more here.
     

    Census 2020 The U.S. Census Bureau is Hiring in Our Area!

    Census 2020 All 2020 Census jobs are temporary. The largest number of positions available are for census takers. Pay rates vary by area. By working for the Census Bureau, you can help them reach their goal for the 2020 Census to ensure everyone is counted. Census counts have a huge impact on our community. If you’re interested, please visit the Census Bureau job site to apply. You’ll also be able to see descriptions and frequently asked questions at 2020census.gov/jobs.

     

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