Road to Recovery

Road to Recovery Forgivable Loan Program

This program is part of the City’s larger COVID-19 Response Grant Program which utilizes Federal Community Development Block Grants, Federal CARES Act funding, and other grant funding to support the community during this time.  Approximately $200,000 has been allocated to assist small businesses (25 employees or less) recover from and respond to impacts related to COVID-19. These funds are available as forgivable loans of up to $10,000.  Application window opens up on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 @ 9:00 am.  Note: Due to limited funding, the City will be accepting the first 50 applications and will be holding a lottery of qualified applicants. For more information and link to on-line application, visit Paper copies of application can be provided upon request.

COVID-19 Alameda County Public Health Guidance on Re-opening of Businesses

See a list of Businesses Permitted to Operate in Alameda County, with site-specific protection plans. This roster includes businesses and activities authorized under previous orders. 

Businesses seeking guidance on re-opening consistent with Alameda County guidelines should email

City Launches Temporary Outdoor Permit Process:

The most recent Alameda County Public Health Order allows for outdoor dining.  To facilitate businesses getting back on their feet, the City adopted an urgency ordinance to allow for a fee-free, streamlined permitting process for businesses wanting to do temporary outdoor dining, outdoor personal care services, and outdoor fitness classes.  For more information and to access the on-line application, visit Businesses who currently have approval for outdoor dining are exempt from this requirement. If you have questions or need a paper application, please contact the Planning Division at or give them a call at (510) 675-5319.

Considerations and tools for safely re-opening your business:

  • Where does your business fall in the reopening plan? View the Alameda County Reopening Plan.
  • Site Specific Protection Plan: As Alameda County moves through its reopening plan, businesses will need to come up with a Site Specific Protection Plan, formerly known as the Social Distancing Protocol. You can read about the plan and get a template by following this link.
  • PPE for your business: The California Manufacturers & Technology Association has soft-launched the Safely Making CA web portal to connect manufacturers of locally-sourced PPE items directly to businesses. Learn more at
  • COVID-19 Employer Playbook for a Safe Reopening: Click here
  • Restaurant Recovery: Pandemic Relaunch Toolkit
  • The Outsmart Disaster campaign aims to equip California businesses with the tools they need to get back to business faster in the face of any disaster. The Resiliency Toolkit is aimed at small to medium-sized businesses looking to improve their workplace resilience and/or start their journey to being more resilient, but may have limited time or bandwidth. The toolkit includes a variety of items and will expand over time to help cover a range of resiliency topics. Learn more here.
  • Employment Training Center - COVID Rapid Re-Employment Retraining Pilot: ETP released the ETP COVID-19 Response Plan, designed to address the immediate needs of stakeholders as they struggled to adapt to the unique circumstances caused by the COVID-19 outbreak and shelter-in-place orders (program has been extended until December 30, 2020). ETP can reimburse up to $2,000 per employee.

Guidance from state government: