How to Stay Safe and Support Westwood Village Businesses
During this time of adjustments in social events, work schedules, and travel, we encourage you to remember our many small businesses in Westwood Village, and to continue supporting them even if you cannot visit them physically. Local independent businesses are the lifeblood of our communities and we must do everything we can to get them through this.
Let’s all do our part to help our wonderful local businesses during this time of uncertainty. There are several ways you can continue to support our local Westwood Village businesses during this time, here are some ideas:
- Purchase gift cards to use at a later date
- E-shop locally — many little businesses in Westwood Village have some merchandise available online
- Reschedule non-essential appointments for a later date instead of cancelling
- Order delivery or curbside takeout and be generous when tipping
- Help spread the word by going online to leave a good review
- Remember, when you shop and dine local, even remotely, you invest locally.
- For a full list of Westwood Village businesses that offer delivery & takeout, visit: www.thewestwoodvillage.com/directory.
Click here to download the – How to Stay Safe and Support Westwood Village Businesses PDF.
Business Resources for Westwood Village
- US Small Business Administration Disater Loans (SBA): The SBA offers disaster assistance in the form of low-interest loans to businesses, renters, and homeowners located in regions affected by declared disasters. The process to apply for disaster assistance is simple. To qualify, your business or home must be in an affected area as stated by a disaster declaration. Need help? Get free business counseling, visit: www.sba.gov/local-assistance/find/
- SBA Advance Loan Grant: This advance will provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. Funds will be made available within three days of a successful application. This loan advance will not have to be repaid, visit: www.covid19relief.sba.gov/#/
- Los Angeles City Small Business Emergency Microloan Program: The microloan program is being paired with a Small Business Resilience Toolkit, which is being distributed as a digital guidebook and includes vital information covering Federal, State, County, and City emergency policies and programs impacting small businesses. It also offers strategies for adjusting to the effects that COVID-19 is having on businesses — including ways to keep employees safe, maintain operations at maximum possible capacity, and prepare business continuity plans. To apply for a microloan or view the toolkit, please visit lamayor.org/loan.
- For employers and employees who need assistance and access to local, state and/or federal resources, and the latest information, please click here to read the five-page resource guide.
- Westwood Village Ambassador Program: Westwood Ambassador services have been deemed essential in our community. The WVIA Ambassadors teams will continue to provide clean and safe services while taking every precaution. Our Ambassadors Clean Team is working to disinfect surfaces throughout the Village that regularly comes into contact with people. The safety of Westwood’s residents, workers, and visitors is of the utmost importance to us here at the Westwood Village Improvement Association (WVIA). For assistance, please call the Ambassadors at (213) 294-0899.
Additional COVID-19 Resources
Please remember, stay home except for essential needs
The California State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health is ordering all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence, except as needed to maintain continuity of operation of the federal critical infrastructure sectors.
Read the Executive Order (pdf)
See the list of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers (pdf).
When does the stay at home order go into effect and how long will we stay home? What areas of the state are covered?
The order went into effect on Thursday, March 19, 2020. The order is in place until further notice. It covers the whole state of California, and it exempts activity as needed to maintain continuity of operation of the federal critical infrastructure sectors, critical government services, schools, childcare, and construction, including housing construction.
What can I do? What’s open?
Essential services will remain open, such as:
- Gas stations
- Food: Grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores, take-out and delivery restaurants
- Laundromats/laundry services
- Essential state and local government functions will also remain open, including law enforcement and offices that provide government programs and services.
- Dine-in restaurants
- Bars and nightclubs
- Entertainment venues
- Gyms and fitness studios
- Public events and gatherings
- Convention Centers
- Hair and nail salons
Need more assistance? We’re here to help! For questions, please contact the WVIA at email@example.com.
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