COVID-19 and its economic impact in San Diego and beyond

The San Diego County Taxpayers Association is dedicated to being a resource on how COVID-19 is affecting local San Diego's businesses and workers. The Scatena Daniels team worked with SDCTA to quickly arrange media interviews for the organization's president, Haney Hong, who shares his tips on what can we do to help local businesses, nonprofits, employees and each other during these unprecedented times.

The economic impact. It is difficult to tell at this point the overall economic impact of COVID-19 as this is a rapidly evolving situation. When the dust settles, it will be important for people to go back to eating out at the establishments they frequented before, resume travel, and support your local mom and pop businesses. Keeping our economy moving is vital.

Some people are encouraging going online and purchasing gift cards to establishments they want to return to when this is over. Consider helping these businesses with much-needed money now, and you can get the meal or service later. Also, many local restaurants, coffee shops, and breweries are offering delivery and carry-out options and other creative options to safely support their businesses.

Know your resources. It's completely normal for small business owners and workers to be worried, with so much uncertainty in the world right now. It's important to stay educated and up to date on resources and services available to the public. The State of California will allow you to file Coronavirus-related claims if you are unable to work, caring for a sick or quarantined family member or if your hours have been cut at work. The Small Business Association is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses in San Diego and 34 other California counties that are economically impacted by COVID-19. United Way of San Diego County is providing an emergency Workers Assistance Initiative for low-wage workers and their families.

The work of nonprofits must continue on. In these challenging times, we need to ask ourselves what can we do to help others, especially the most vulnerable? If you have the ability to support a local nonprofit through an online gift, donating relief items or safely volunteering, please do so. Stepping up and banding together is more important than ever to overcome this crisis.

A final thought from Haney Hong. In closing, folks are calling this pandemic a war. I know from my military background that we strive for centralized planning -- but empower leaders for decentralized execution. Victory against COVID19 will be achieved at the local fronts across the country by local leaders and citizens. Let’s get through this together and get San Diegans back to work and our kids back into schools.

Learn more in these media interviews featuring Hong and The San Diego County Taxpayers Association on KUSI-TV and Fox 5 San Diego (below).

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