So much is changing daily with the Coronavirus/Covid-19, we've developed this page as a resource with the latest information. We'll continue to send eblasts weekly with updated information, in between those communications, be sure to check this page for the latest information, resources and tools. link
- BUY BOMA OEB: UPDATED 5/8/2020 Associate Resource Directory — We've surveyed our associate members and have a directory of those that are open and able to provide services to you. This is not all encompassing, we're only listing those who filled out our survey.
- Key resources and links for information at Federal, State of California and local areas.
- Join our Slack channel to connect with your fellow BOMA OEB'ers. We've got two channels:
1) Covid-19 — Sharing Resources and ideas to handle the Coronavirus
2) Work from home fun — share ways to handle these challenging times
Getting Back to Work Virtual Events —
BOMA OEB's Getting Back to Work Series: online discussions with your industry peers about the issues you face in light of the coronavirus pandemic's affect on business. The Registry's East Bay Mayors' Forum, May 20
The East Bay’s Tri-Valley/680 Corridor is one of the Bay Area’s most important sub-markets, and it is likely a region whose growth will help shape Northern California in the next cycle. A group of civic leaders— including the mayors of Walnut Creek, Dublin, Concord and Antioch— will discuss the impact of the current crisis, as well as opportunities this part of the Bay Area has to offer.
MASKS REQUIRED — Starting April 22nd, we must all wear masks when outside your home. Here's some key resources for more information:
DHS CISA — Essential Workers Update:
The latest version (3.0) was just released of the DHS/CISA Essential Critical Infrastructure Worker Guidance. BOMA International submitted a letter to DHS to ask for these changes on all our members behalf. Great news: not only did all the suggestions make it into the commercial facilities section, but it’s pretty much verbatim from BOMA International’s letter:
- Workers supporting the operations of commercial buildings that are critical to safety, security, and the continuance of essential activities, such as on-site property managers, building engineers, security staff, fire safety directors, janitorial personnel, and service technicians (e.g., mechanical, HVAC, plumbers, electricians, and elevator).
ASHRAE's Guidance for Building Operations
ASHRAE, a global society of heating, refrigerating and air conditioning engineers, has released guidance for building operations during COVID-19. While ASHRAE notes that the “HVAC systems in most non-medical buildings play only a small role in infectious disease transmission,” there are still some HVAC-related actions property professionals can take, such as increasing outdoor air ventilation. However, based on our current understanding of the virus, ASHRAE says measures such as social distancing, disinfecting surfaces and handwashing are “far more important than anything related to the HVAC system.”
Force Majeure and COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted many property professionals to review the force majeure clauses in their leases and contracts. Law firm Ballard Spahr LLP has published a free white paper on what triggers force majeure clauses and what actions may be required. The firm’s coronavirus resource center also includes alerts on a variety of issues, webinars and legislative tracking tools.
NEW — COMMERCIAL RENT/EVICTION MORATORIUM LINKS: These include the language you may need for legal correspondence with your tenants for rents.
- State of California
- Alameda County
- City of Berkeley
- City of Oakland
- City of Livermore
- City of Concord
- City of Haywardd
SHELTER IN PLACE ORDERS:
- Alameda County New Order: Shelter in Place Extension to May 3
- Contra Costa County New Order: Shelter in Place Extended May 3
- City of Berkeley New Order: Shelter in Place Extension to May 3
- Cares Act Analysis — BOMA International analysis and BOMA International Staff's video explaining it.
- Cares Act Summary — US Chamber of Commerce summary
- Employee Retention Tax Credit — US Chamber of Commerce summary
- Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program -- US Chamber of Commerce Summary
- City of Oakland Planning Department Update
- Oakland Business Assistance Center — a valuable resource for your business and for your tenants.
This Unprecedented Global Event:
- BOMA Greater LA held a webinar on the Govenor's Stay At Home Order on March 25th.
- BOMA International's webinar COVID-19: Maintaining Building Operations and Preparing for Re-Occupancy on was held on March 26th. Watch here.
Managing the Tenant/Customer Experience During COVID-19
Improving Your Effectiveness as a Remote Worker
Effectively Managing and Leading Remote Employee
Operational Savings in a Time of Low Census
Maintaining Hope in the Face of COVID-19
Hopeful, Historical Perspective of COVID-19
Long-Term Uncertainty and the Decision-Making Process
Dealing with Stress and Significant Work Hours in a Crisis
Short videos to supplement these webinars:
Two videos you may find helpful:
Effective Leadership in a Crisis
Making Decisions when Dealing With Long-Term Uncertainty
- BOMA Georgia held a webinar March 12th, be sure to check out the recorded webinar.
- BOMA Seattle held an update on March 19th Webinar Update
Essential Businesses/Personnel Criteria:
UPDATED 4/1/2020: Construction Essential Business Language:
Construction, but only of the types listed in this subparagraph below:
1. Projects immediately necessary to the maintenance, operation, or repair of Essential Infrastructure;
2. Projects associated with Healthcare Operations, including creating or expanding Healthcare Operations, provided that such construction is directly related to the COVID-19 response;
3. Affordable housing that is or will be income-restricted, including multi-unit or mixed-use developments containing at least 10% income-restricted units;
4. Public works projects if specifically designated as an Essential Governmental Function by the lead governmental agency;
5. Shelters and temporary housing, but not including hotels or motels;
6. Projects immediately necessary to provide critical non-commercial services to individuals experiencing homelessness, elderly persons, Order of the Alameda County Health Officer to Shelter in Place No. 20-04 Page 8 of 13 persons who are economically disadvantaged, and persons with special needs;
7. Construction necessary to ensure that existing construction sites that must be shut down under this Order are left in a safe and secure manner, but only to the extent necessary to do so; and
8. Construction or repair necessary to ensure that residences and buildings containing Essential Businesses are safe, sanitary, or habitable to the extent such construction or repair cannot reasonably be delayed.
Governor Newsom updated the list of essential services under the statewide stay at home order. This second order clears-up any ambiguity and the list now covers all the essential workers from our sector, including construction.
If you have essential services still operating in your facilities, if your building cannot simply shut down and be abandoned, or if you are working on your facilities you are now most likely covered under the essential activities definitions. Below are the main areas affecting our industry.
• Workers to ensure continuity of building functions
• Security staff to maintain building access control and physical security measures
• Support required for continuity of services, including janitorial/cleaning personnel
• Construction Workers who support the construction, operation, inspection, and maintenance of construction sites and construction
projects (including housing construction)
• Workers such as plumbers, electricians, exterminators, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of construction sites and construction projects (including those that support
such projects to ensure the availability of needed facilities, transportation, energy and communications; and support to ensure the effective removal, storage, and disposal of solid waste and hazardous waste)
• Commercial Retail Stores, that supply essential sectors, including convenience stores, pet supply stores, auto supplies and repair, hardware and home improvement, and home appliance retailers stores, auto supplies and repair, hardware and home improvement, and home appliance retailers
• Workers supporting groceries, pharmacies, and other retail that sells food and beverage products, including but not limited to Grocery stores, Corner stores and convenience stores, including liquor stores that sell food, Farmers’ markets, Food banks, Farm and produce stands, Supermarkets, Similar food retail establishments, Big box stores that sell groceries and essentials
• Restaurant carry-out and quick serve food operations – including food preparation, carry-out and delivery food employees
• Employees and firms supporting food, feed, and beverage distribution (including curbside distribution and deliveries), including warehouse workers, vendor-managed inventory controllers, blockchain managers, distribution
• Maintenance of communications infrastructure- including privately owned and maintained communication systems- supported by technicians, operators, call-centers, wireline and wireless providers, cable service providers, satellite operations, undersea cable landing stations, Internet Exchange Points, and manufacturers and distributors of communications equipment
• Manufacturers, technicians, logistics and warehouse operators, and distributors of medical equipment, personal protective equipment (PPE), medical gases, pharmaceuticals, blood and blood products, vaccines, testing materials, laboratory supplies, cleaning, sanitizing, disinfecting or sterilization supplies, and tissue and paper towel products.
• Private security, private fire departments, and private emergency medical services personnel.
• Workers such as plumbers, electricians, exterminators, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences.
The Governor’s Executive Order mandating that Californians "Stay Home," references “CISA” which is a department of Homeland Security identifying “critical infrastructure.” As the Nation’s risk advisor, CISA developed this guidance to help state and local governments and the private sector ensure that employees essential to operations of critical infrastructure are able to continue working with as little interruption as possible. The purpose of this guidance is to enable continued resilience for public community health and safety of government, economy, and society despite possible impacts to the workforce and critical infrastructure workforce brought on by consequences of COVID-19. Click here to view.
BOMA OEB Fireside Chat: Getting Back to Work Recording
BOMA International: Getting Back to Work: Preparing Your Buildings for Re-Entry Amid COVID-19
National Institute of Building Sciences Webinar: Handout and Watch
Cushman & Wakefield: Six Foot Office
Cushman & Wakefield: Recovery Readiness Guide
NY Times: What will Tomorrow's Workplace Bring?
White House: Presentation on Re-opeing our Economy
BizNow: Workers Won't Return to the Same Office Space They Left
What Social Distancing Looks Like on An Active Construction Site
BOMA International is collecting resources from all the different BOMA Locals. They have developed the following guidance documents:
What you need to know
April 16 Letter to Congress
California Lawyer's Association COVID-19
The California Lawyer's Association is providing their library of videos on navigating the pandemic. Topics include employee and employer relations. It's a great resource!
City of Oakland Moratorium on Residential and Commercial Evictions
Recently, the Oakland City Council passed a rent moratorium on both commercial and residential renters – that pauses rents until May 31. It also freezes rents, bars any late fees, and bans evictions during this time. Thank you to our members who gave input on this ordinance. Your voice helped in the removal of the "consumer debt" clause.
California Department of Real Estate:
The Department of Real Estate (DRE) launched a new feature on its website today related to COVID-19 updates. In addition to real time updates provided on the Department’s website, licensees can also subscribe to DRE’s Twitter and Facebook pages for important alerts.
Statewide Stay at Home
On March 19, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom issued a stay at home order to protect the health and well-being of all Californians and to establish consistency across the state in order to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Evictions/Shutoffs and More....
The EO applies to both residential and commercial. The order does not waive the rent obligation of tenants but allows local governments to defer action until May 31, 2020.
Federal income tax (including self-employment tax) payments due on April 15, 2020, have been deffered to July 15, 2020, without penalties or interest. A similar deferment for corporate taxes due on April 15, 2020, until July 15, 2020, without penalties or interest. THe filing date of April 15 still remains.
The Franchise Tax Board (FTB) today announced an extension to file 2019 California tax returns and make certain payments until July15, 2020