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Business and Employee Assistance

The City of Elk Grove is closely monitoring the impacts of the COVID-19 virus for its effects on Elk Grove businesses and employees. Local businesses and their employees are critical to the success of the City, and we want to do everything we can to assist you during this difficult time.

We’re encouraging business owners and employees to follow all guidelines, directives, and orders issued by federal, state, and county governments related to virus containment and business operating parameters.

Sacramento County Public Health Order

Sacramento County issued a new Public Health Order effectively May 26, 2020 at 11:59 a.m. The new Health Order relaxes restrictions on low-risk businesses, allowing certain businesses to reopen under an expanded Phase 2 of California’s Resilience Roadmap with certain modifications to how they do business to ensure the health and safety of employees and customers. All business activities previously allowed under Stage 1 and 2 of the Resilience Roadmap are explicitly allowed to continue to operate. The new Health Order supersedes all previous orders and is in effect until it is rescinded or amended.

Reopening in Sacramento County

Expanding Outdoor Dining Spaces

To support local restaurants and the safe return of dining out, the City of Elk Grove issued a local emergency order today that provides businesses an opportunity to temporarily add or expand outdoor dining areas.

Download the outdoor dining permit application

Conditions for the program include the following:

  • Dining areas cannot block vehicle or pedestrian traffic or impede ADA access.
  • Temporary fencing not exceeding three (3) feet tall must be placed around the area.
  • Dining tables must be placed to allow six-foot (6’-0”) social distancing between groups of customers. Customers in the same household dining together are counted as one group.
  • Unless hours of operation are expressly extended or restricted by the permit, hours of operation for outdoor uses shall coincide with their normal hours of operation.
  • Amplified sound is not allowed.
  • Temporary signage can be used to designate the use of public property for outdoor dining.
  • Restaurants must comply with all applicable State and County laws and regulations pertaining to outdoor dining (including but not limited to sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages) under this provision.

View the press release to learn more

Mask Distribution Program

The City has volunteered to distribute face coverings on a one-time basis for use by employees of Elk Grove businesses to assist them with operating their business safely during the COVID-19 emergency. The PPE provided under this program would include cloth face coverings and disposable face coverings on a per employee basis. Certain businesses that have an occupational requirement by law or regulation to use masks may be eligible for more. This program is intended only for those businesses who have tried but have been unable to obtain masks from other sources. Applications will be reviewed for eligibility.

Apply Online

Lift Investing COVID-19 Emergency Investment Relief Program

On April 8, 2020, the Elk Grove City Council authorized participation in the Lift Investing COVID-19 Emergency Investment Relief Program. This program provides low interest flexible loans for Elk Grove businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19.

Visit the Lift Investing website for more information and to apply

Rapid Response Website

For businesses needing assistance, the City of Elk Grove, in partnership with the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce has supported the launch of the Coronavirus Rapid Response website and Rapid Response Business Hotline. The website contains all the latest information and resources for the region’s affected businesses and employees. The website will be updated regularly as new information and resources become available. The Hotline is available Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm at 1-833-391-1919.

Visit the Rapid Response Chamber Website

Frequently Asked Questions

Are you a business or employee with questions? The City has created a resource page that answers many common questions. The FAQ will be updated regularly, so check back often.

Get Answers

Financial Resources for Local Businesses

The following federal and state financial resources are available for Elk Grove businesses being adversely impacted by the Coronavirus. Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

The CARES stimulus Act was recently passed by Congress and signed by the President. CARES contains extensive benefits to offset Coronavirus impacts to businesses. View a useful summary of the Act and its business benefits, with links for more information and application materials.

Paycheck Protection Program

Paycheck Protection Program

This loan program provides loan forgiveness for retaining employees by temporarily expanding the traditional SBA 7(a) loan program.

Learn more

EIDL Loan Advance

EIDL Loan Advance

This loan advance will provide up to $10,000 of economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing temporary difficulties.

Learn more

SBA Express Bridge Loans

SBA Express Bridge Loans

Enables small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly.

Learn more

SBA Debt Relief

SBA Debt Relief

The SBA is providing a financial reprieve to small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Learn more

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program is offering low-interest loans of up to $2 million for both for-profit and non-profit businesses. To apply directly online, visit or contact SBA’s Customer Service Center at: (800) 659-2955 or by email at

State Financial Programs

Business Taxes

  • State and federal tax filing deadlines have been extended to July 15, 2020.
  • Effective March 30, 2020 all California business taxpayers who file a return less than $1 Million dollars will have an additional 3 months to file their return, between now and July 31, 2020.
  • Effective April 2, 2020, California small business taxpayers, those with less than $5 million in taxable annual sales, can take advantage of a 12-month, interest-free, payment plan for up to $50,000 of sales and use tax liability.
  • Visit the  California Department of Tax and Fee Administration website to apply for special assistance, including filing and payment extensions, and/or relief from interest and penalties.
  • Employers experiencing a hardship may request up to a 60-day extension from the Employment Development Department to file their state payroll reports and/or deposit state payroll taxes without penalty or interest.

Temporary Eviction and Utility Disconnection Moratorium

The Elk Grove City Council recently passed an emergency ordinance establishing a temporary moratorium prohibiting residential and commercial evictions and utility disconnections in certain circumstances due to loss of household or business income as a result of the Coronavirus.

View the full text of the ordinance

Get answers about evictions and foreclosures related to COVID-19

If you have questions regarding a residential tenant issue, please contact Sarah Bontrager at (916) 627-3209 or

If you have questions regarding a commercial tenant issue, please contact the Office of Economic Development at (916) 627-3338 or

Additional Information

If you have additional questions or concerns, you can contact the Office of Economic Development directly at: or by calling our main line at (916) 627-3338.

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