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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 Some Reopenings (updated July 6) Marin Adjusts Some Reopenings (updated July 6)

    Today, Indoor Restaurant Dining Was Halted Due to COVID-19 and after a mandatory closure at midnight tonight, will not be allowed for a minimum of three weeks. Outdoor seating and take-out service remain allowed at restaurants as long as public health precautions are taken.

    This occurred after Marin County was placed on the Governor's watch list on Friday night, due to our recent spikes in confirmed cases and hospitalizations. (This excludes the infected population at San Quentin). Further, the state announced that it is forming “strike teams” to help patrol businesses that refuse to comply with COVID-19 safety measures. 

    Please read the important details below and sign up to get the Marin Recovers Marin County Subscriptions at marincounty.org/subscribe

     We know that safety of your employees and customers is paramount! That is why we need to re-double our efforts to ensure that your employees and people visiting your business are safe. The best defense we have in preventing more closures and slowing the spread of COVID-19 in our community is to promote personal protective measures. Thank you for your help with this ever changing situation.

  • 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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