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COVID-19 General Checklist for Retail Employers

This checklist is intended to help retail employers implement their plan to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace and is supplemental to the Guidance for Retail Employers. This checklist is a summary and contains shorthand for some parts of the guidance; familiarize yourself with the guidance before using this checklist.

         Contents of Written Worksite Specific Plan

  • The person(s) responsible for implementing the plan.
  • A risk assessment and the measures that will be taken to prevent spread of the virus.
  • Training and communication with employees and employee representatives on the plan.
  • A process to check for compliance and to document and correct deficiencies.
  • A process to investigate COVID-cases, alert the local health department, and identify and isolate close workplace contacts of infected employees until they are tested.Topics for Employee Training
    • Information on COVID-19, preventing spread, and who is especially vulnerable.
    • Self-screening at home, including temperature and/or symptom checks using CDC guidelines.
    • The importance of not coming to work if employees have a frequent cough, fever, difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, recent loss of taste or smell, or if they or someone they live with have been diagnosed with COVID-19.
    • When to seek medical attention.
    • The importance of hand washing.
    • The importance of physical distancing, both at work and off work time.
    • Proper use of cloth face covers.

         Individual Control Measures & Screening

  • Symptom screenings and/or temperature checks.
  • Encourage workers who are sick or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 to stay home.
  • Encourage frequent handwashing and use of hand sanitizer.
  • Provide disposable gloves to workers using cleaners and disinfectants when required. Consider gloves as a supplement to frequent hand washing for other cleaning, tasks such as handling commonly touched items or conducting symptom screening.
  • Strongly recommend cloth face covers.
  • Close or increase distance between tables/chairs in breakrooms or provide break areas in open space to ensure physical distancing.
  • Communicate frequently to customers that they should use face masks/covers.Cleaning and Disinfecting Protocols
  • Perform thorough cleaning in high traffic areas.
  • Frequently disinfect commonly used surfaces.
  • Clean and sanitize shared equipment between each use.
  • Clean touchable surfaces between shifts or between users, whichever is more frequent.
  • Equip customer entrances and exits, checkout stations, and customer changing rooms with proper sanitation products, including hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes, and provide personal hand sanitizers to all frontline staff (e.g., cashiers).
  • Ensure that sanitary facilities stay operational and stocked at all times.
  • Make hand sanitizer and other sanitary supplies readily available to employees.
  • Use products approved for use against COVID-19 on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved list and follow product instructions and Cal/OSHA requirements.
  • Adjust or modify store hours to provide adequate time cleaning and stocking with physical distancing.
  • Provide time for workers to implement cleaning practices before and after shifts, hire third-party cleaning companies.
  • Install hands-free devices if possible.
  • Encourage the use of debit or credit cards by customers.
  • Encourage customers with reusable bags to clean them frequently and require them to bag their own purchases.
  • Consider upgrades to improve air filtration and ventilation.

         Physical Distancing Guidelines

  • Implement measures to physically separate people by at least six feet using measures such as physical partitions or visual cues (e.g., floor markings, colored tape, or signs to indicate to where workers should stand).
  • Minimize exposure between cashiers and customers. Where physical distancing cannot be maintained, use barriers such as Plexiglas. Where barriers are not feasible, strongly recommend that employees and customers wear face covers.
  • Use signage to remind customers of physical distancing at every opportunity.
  • Adjust in-person meetings, if they are necessary, to ensure physical distancing.
  • Place additional limitations on the number of workers in enclosed areas to ensure at least six feet of separation.
  • Stagger employee breaks, in compliance with wage and hour regulations, to maintain physical distancing protocols.
  • Close in-store bars, bulk-bin options, and public seating areas and discontinue product sampling.
  • Dedicate shopping hours for seniors and other vulnerable populations.
  • Increase pickup and delivery service options such as online ordering for curbside pickup.
  • Provide separate, designated entrances and exits.
  • Limit the number of in-store customers based on the size of the facility.
  • Be prepared to queue customers outside while still maintaining physical distance.
  • Encourage and train employees to practice physical distancing during pickup and delivery.
  • Make some locations pickup- or delivery-only to minimize physical interaction, if possible.
  • Install transfer-aiding materials, such as shelving and bulletin boards, to reduce person-to-person hand-offs where possible. Wherever possible, use contactless signatures for deliveries.
  • Expand direct store delivery window hours to spread out deliveries and prevent overcrowding.
  • Ask non-employee truck drivers, delivery agents, or vendors who are required to enter retail locations to have their employees follow the guidance of local, state, and federal governments regarding wearing masks.

Nevada County Relief Fund Empowers Community to Take Care of its Own

Fund creates immediate safety net for vulnerable populations and small business during the COVID pandemic;

New website

With the public launch of the Nevada County Relief Fund, the community now has a central place to come together and lift up their neighbors and small businesses hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Backed by a $100,000 “challenge grant” from the Nevada County Board of Supervisors, the Relief Fund hopes to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars in matching funds to support the frontline safety net nonprofits in western Nevada County, who are providing a life line to our neighbors most in need. It will also help small businesses countywide and nonprofits vital to our community with micro-grants to help cover key expenses until they reopen or resume normal operation.

The Nevada County Relief Fund eliminates donor uncertainty about where and how to donate and will put gifts to immediate use locally every time another $100,000 is raised. With Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation serving as fiscal sponsor, donations may be made safely and are tax deductible. The newly formed Nevada County Relief Fund is coordinating with the well-established Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation’s “Tahoe Truckee Emergency Response Fund,” which is focused on eastern Nevada County ( to ensure a countywide philanthropic response, and provide donors two ways to give.

Support for “safety-net” nonprofits

“This forceful emergency response paves the way to work together to assist local nonprofits serving those in the most need in our community starting with food insecurity,” said Board Chair Heidi Hall. Locals suffering from food and shelter insecurity include the elderly, people with disabilities, families with no income, and those battling substance abuse and mental illness.

The need is vast. Doug Fleming, President of the Board of The Food Bank of Nevada County, said the organization that normally provides groceries to 300-400 people a week at its Grass Valley location is now serving between 2,000-2,400 individuals weekly. “These are new people we’ve never seen at the Food Bank before, people who’ve not needed food assistance prior to COVID-19: unemployed business owners, wait and kitchen staff, college students, truckers, hair stylists, personal care workers, many of whom support our large retirement community. This virus cuts through all generations and economic levels.”

Granite Wellness Centers (formerly CoRR) is the primary provider of substance use disorder treatment in Nevada County. “Mental health and substance use disorder counseling and treatment operates on a shoestring normally. Now, locally and statewide, we’re seeing decreased revenue and increased costs from COVID 19–and dire need. It’s tremendously challenging, and imperative that these critical services are available” said Ariel King Lovett, CEO.

Support for struggling small businesses

The Relief Fund will also award micro-grants providing key expenses for small business owners and nonprofits struggling to survive until they can reopen, which will be managed by the Sierra Business Council.

In Truckee, COVID-19 has halted commerce — 82% of downtown Truckee businesses have suspended storefront operations. Brick and mortar “mom and pop” businesses are closed. “Downtown Historic Truckee’s business community faces financial strain beyond comprehension. Many have applied for SBA loans and EDD to no avail. The Nevada County Relief Fund will help our businesses adapt to the new constraints,” said Cassie Hebel, Executive Director of the Truckee Downtown Merchants Association.

“From the hundreds of entrepreneurs our Small Business Development Center has talked with, most of them are geared up and excited to get back to work, they just need some cash to help restock inventory, hire back employees and catch up on bills. We hope this grant can help take a bit of stress and pressure off an owner’s mind so they can focus on getting back to business,” said Kristin York, Vice President of the Sierra Business Council.

“As a community we have a history of helping one another and I think this fund recognizes that history. We all need to express our support and appreciation for our small businesses and nonprofits,” said Supervisor Dan Miller.

Widespread Community Support

Last week, the Nevada City Council voted to contribute $5,000 to the Nevada County Relief Fund. Council member Duane Strawser, who also owns Tour of Nevada City Bicycle Shop, spoke favorably of the Fund’s mission to help small business. “This fund is really needed now. As a small business owner, I’ve had zero luck with the federal programs. We’ve been staying open repairing bicycles, and wheelchairs and walkers, too. For a small business like mine, a microgrant would make a real difference – that’s two weeks payroll for our employees.”

Shana Maziarz, who co-owns Three Forks Brewery & Bakery in Nevada City, pledged to donate a portion of her stimulus check to the Relief Fund and encouraged others to do the same. “At the root of our community is a deep altruism and care that makes this such an amazing place to live. Recovering from this crisis is going to require us coming together in very profound ways and a certain amount of personal sacrifice, financial and otherwise. I have no doubt we are up to the task,” said Maziarz.

Spurred by a robust partnership of the County of Nevada, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation, Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation, and the Sierra Business Council with the Center for Nonprofit Leadership and the Economic Resource Council, the Nevada County Relief Fund offers a unique local opportunity for philanthropy at every level with an immediate impact.

As Fleming says, “Our community’s response must be all hands-on deck.”

For more information, please visit,

Ready Set Pivot – Bringing Nevada County Small Businesses Online

In response to the immediate and essential need for small businesses to establish an online retail presence, Rebound Nevada County is launching the E-commerce Business Ignitor Course.  This course is primarily geared toward local brick-and-mortar retailers who understand that adding online sales is critical to business operations going forward.

The ambitious goal of the project is to help 50 local businesses launch revenue-generating online stores by June 1.

Rebound Nevada County is a collaborative group including the Sierra Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Nevada City and Grass Valley Chambers, the cities of Nevada and Grass Valley, Sierra Commons, Grass Valley Downtown Association, Nevada City Film Festival, Bear Yuba Land Trust, Miners Foundry Cultural Center, Nevada County Arts Council, Nevada County Economic Resource Council (ERC), and the Sierra Business Council.

The one-week five-part class series will be held online for interactive participation and recorded for later viewing. Classes will be hosted by Sierra Commons and led by a team of local professionals — web designers and developers, photographers, marketing and publicists, and bookkeepers — who will walk businesses through the process of getting online.

Opening an online store requires a lot more than understanding the steps and strategies for launching a shop. It also takes hours of focus, dedication, and resources. The entire process can be daunting for someone who has never done it before—especially during a crisis. Luckily, we live in a community where people come together and support each other.

Enrolled businesses can request two hours of one-to-one time with members of the Rebound Consultant Team. They can help you with “boots-on-the-ground” jobs such as setting up payment systems, taking product shots, writing copy, adding items to your shop, social media, and graphic design. Many of the consultants are offering steep discounts for additional hours completed by June 1, 2020.  SBDC also offers free one-to-one consulting to advise businesses on technology, business strategy, financing, and marketing—also free of charge.

This project is coming together very quickly and is only being made possible by the passionate people behind Rebound Nevada County and the generous financial support of the Sierra SBDC and the ERC. The team is dedicated to strengthening our local economy and building a more resilient community. We are offering this program free of charge to local businesses. However, we have limited capacity to support this effort. Therefore, we want to ensure that businesses that participate in this program have the time and capacity to dedicate to launching an online business in this accelerated timeframe.

If you are interested in applying for enrollment, please visit by Thursday, May 14th to begin the process.

Classes are held Monday, May 18 through Friday, May 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Enrollment is limited to 50 students. Pre-registration is required.

For more information, contact Sierra Commons at 530-265-8443 or or

What: E-Commerce Business Ignitor Course
Who: Rebound Nevada County
Where: Online
When: Monday, May 18 through Friday, May 22
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Cost: FREE, pre-screening required
More information: (530) 265-8443, or

Wild & Scenic Film Festival announces May 14 “Fan Favorites” Virtual Event

Wild & Scenic Film Festival’s “Fan Favorites” will be showcased in a Live Virtual Event on the evening of Thursday, May 14th, featuring highlights, award winners, and standouts from the 2020 Flagship Festival. These films will be broadcast live online to allow audiences to enjoy them from the comfort of their home.

This is a FREE event, though donations are welcomed. A link to access the video stream will be automatically sent to all South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) and Wild & Scenic members. Not a member yet? Please consider becoming a member for benefits like festival discounts and access to SYRCL news and events. Proceeds from this event support SYRCL.

Make it Dinner and Movie Night! Wild & Scenic is partnering with Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co. in Nevada City to offer you dinner-to-go to accompany the evening’s entertainment. Visit for more details.

“Fan Favorites” film lineup includes:

Bears of Durango (59 min) was a real crowd pleaser and one of the most talked about films at the 2020 Festival. Dive headfirst into bear dens with biologists who have spent 6 years investigating why there have been increases in human-black bear conflicts.

This year’s People’s Choice Award Winner was The Sacramento, At Current Speed (38 min). The Sacramento River is a workhorse, hemmed in by freeways, channelized for agriculture and drinking. But there is also a hidden river, where you can launch a boat and float 300 miles to the sea. We are excited to welcome both Mitch Dion (Writer/Narrator/Interviewer/Boatman) and Tom Bartels (Co-Producer, Camera, Editor) as special guests.

2020 Student Filmmaker Award winner A Walk Through the Land Of 1,000 Hills (11 min) joins Rwanda National Park Ranger Claver Ntoyinkima as he guides you through one of the most biodiverse places in the world.

When: Thurs. May 14 @ 7pm

Where: Virtual Event (Streaming online, register for link)

How Much: Free

Register online at


Considered one of the nation’s largest environmental and adventure film festivals, Wild & Scenic Film Festival combines stellar filmmaking, cinematography and first-rate storytelling to inform, inspire and ignite solutions to restore the earth and human communities while creating a positive future for generations to come.

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is produced by the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) from their headquarters in Nevada City, California. Wild & Scenic events serve as fundraisers for the organization, supporting year-round work to unite the community to protect and restore the Yuba River watershed. For more information, visit

Governor Newsom Grants Extensions

After numerous discussions with State Board of Equalization leaders, business groups, and others, Governor Newsom today announced that he is granting extensions and making payment plans available to qualifying property taxpayers.

The Governor issued two Executive Orders, the first of which allows homeowners and business property owners to set up a payment plan to pay their property taxes through May 2021 without being assessed a 10 percent penalty.

The second Executive Order extends the payment due date of the business personal property tax to May 31. Prior to today’s announcement, May 7 was the due date for business owners to pay tax on their business personal property, which is valued annually based on a January 1 lien date and consists of all property owned or leased by a business.

“I am pleased the Governor has granted these extensions. This will provide significant relief to the many homeowners and business owners who are having a difficult time meeting their financial obligations while following the Governor’s stay-at-home order issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s important that elected officials do whatever possible to lessen the burden on taxpayers,” said Gaines.

On Wednesday, May 13, the Board will hold a special meeting to discuss issues and potential actions related to the impacts of COVID-19 on property tax assessment.

Virtual Screening of New York International Children’s Film Festival

Something New for Your Kid’s & Maybe Your Inner Child, Too

During COVID-19 the Onyx Theatre is offering virtual screening of interesting titles that are only available through virtual or subscription screenings, like the NY International Children’s Film Festival (NYICFF). Even though the Onyx is a 21+ movie house, the opportunity to show these award-winning whimsical films selected by the International Children’s Film Festival was something that seemed both timely and worthwhile. So, come along and grab some popcorn and get ready for a fun, artful film experience for kids and adults alike. Films will be offered online through May 24, 2020 at

Two hour-long screenings of the best of the New York International Children’s Film Festival‘s short films will take you on an inspired, artful journey of storytelling. Bring a bit of hilarity to your home screen. The two programs available are Kid Flicks One recommended for ages 3+, and Kid Flicks Two for ages 8+.

These virtual screening are available to share in your household, discuss and re-watch for 48 hours from your online ticket purchase.

WHAT: NYCI Film Festival Virtual Screening

WHERE: online

WHEN: May 8-24, 2020

FEE: Tickets for each film are $12*

*48 hours for household viewing. Proceeds go to Child Advocates of Nevada County

About NYICFF Selections

NYICFF Kid Flicks One – Catch the best short films from around the world! (Ages 3+)

56 mins, In English, or with no dialogue

The New York International Children’s Film Festival brings you a great opportunity to share the art of film with kids, with this program filled with fun and clever stories of growth and transformation.

If you’ve ever been the youngest of the group, you’ll sympathize with the little tadpole who always falls a tad behind in the charming KUAP. Catching up on penmanship is the name of the game if you want to graduate from pencils in the winning doc Pen Licence. Then little ones are in charge and grown-ups get to play when the hilarious Flipped reworks the script.

With films from 10 countries, these shorts are sure to delight and inspire.

NYICFF Kid Flicks Two – Catch the best short films from around the world! (Ages 8+)

72 mins, In English or with English subtitles

These short films from the New York International Children’s Film Festival show that playfulness, big ideas, and feelings small and large are all just fine! With these great films for slightly older kids, you’ll have plenty of inspiration to continue the conversation with your kids long after the screening is done.

Take a wild ride and harness the (cat) power of the cosmos with the quirky film Catmos. If you’re curious about more earthly matters, take a page out of a Field Guide to Being a 12-Year-Old Girl. And whether their tastes lean umami or sweet, the duo in Mogu & Perol just might convince you there is simply nothing more delish than a warm friendship.

For great films for kids ready to grow in experiences and ideas, NYICFF’s Kid Flicks Two is just the ticket!

Onyx At Home Now Available for Streaming

A special offering for at home viewing during the COVID-19 Crisis

The Onyx At Home, a new virtual screening offering for theatre patrons and film lovers during the COVID-19 crisis.

How to watch: Available to watch through the internet browser on your computer, phone, or tablet. It is possible to watch on your TV if you have AppleTv, Roku, Firestick, Chromecast or if your laptop or home computer has an HDMI port.

ReStore is ReOpening

Although ReStore could have remained open as an essential business (an exemption by the state as a hardware and other home-supply store and home repair services), we closed our doors out of an abundance of caution for all. We are very pleased to announce that ReStore will ReOpen on Wednesday, May 6th, with a deep focus on keeping employees, customers, donors, and visitors safe.

Beginning Wednesday, May 6th
• Open for shopping: Wednesday – Saturday , 9:00am to 4:00pm
• Open for material donations: 10:00am to 3:00pm
• There will be no donation pickup service temporarily while we determine new safety and workload protocols.

Required Safety Protocols
• We ask that all persons coming to shop or to donate items at ReStore wear a face mask/covering (we do not supply masks).
• A 6-foot requirement for physical distancing will be adhered to by all customers and staff.
• There will be a maximum of 40 shoppers at any given time.
• Hand-cleaning stations will be available at ReStore entrances.
• At this time, no pets will be allowed in ReStore.

We look forward to ReOpening ReStore and serving you in this unprecedented time. All of us at Nevada County Habitat for Humanity thank you for your patience and loyalty.

12359 Loma Rica Drive, Grass Valley 95945

530.274.3761 | Email

Store Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 9:00am – 4:00pm
Donation Hours: 10:00am – 3:00pm (No pickup service available.)


Treats Open for Ice Cream!

Beginning Saturday, May 9th, TREATS will be open from 1:00-9:00 every day with new health precautions in place utilizing social distancing, gloves, masks and plexiglass screens to keep our customers and employees safe while we serve our ice creams.

210 Main Street, Nevada City (530) 913-5819

Chocolate, cherry and pistachio ice cream in waffle cones in rustic holder over a wood background

Baroness Olive Oil

Baroness Olive Oil is a family owned farm in the heart of the Sierra Foothills in Newcastle, California, owned by Barbara and Don Hare. Our products are 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Olive Leaf Tea and Olive Leaf Powder. Our olives are an Italian varietal: Frantoio, which is very highly rated for its QUALITY of oil. Our Olive Leaf Tea and Powder are natural antibiotics, plus so much more. We use all natural growing methods in our olive grove and care for them by hand, that’s a lot of love and hard work, but the taste is so worth it! After our first year of harvesting in 2018, our olive products were so delicious we wanted more, so we continue to work hard and bring our finest olive products to your table. Please visit our website at

Clean & Disinfect: CDC Guidance for Reopening

Preparing to Open America Safely

Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Facilities from CDC and Partners

Use this general framework and decision tool to create cleaning and disinfection plans for reopening public spaces, workplaces, businesses, schools, and homes.

Find information for food facilities about assessment and control plans for COVID-19.

Info for Meat and Poultry Processing Workers and Employers
Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers
What Grocery and Food Retail Workers Need to Know

Use these steps to ensure that a water system is safe to use after a prolonged shutdown to minimize the risk of Legionnaires’ disease and other diseases associated with water.

Find information for environmental health practitioners from CDC and other trusted sources on congregate facilities and shelters, food safety, safe water, and more!

Read the latest reports on novel coronavirus from Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.


Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PAU) Program


This is a newly available emergency unemployment assistance program under the federal CARES Act. PUA provides assistance for unemployed or partially unemployed individuals who are not eligible for regular unemployment insurance and who are unable or unavailable to work due to COVID-19 related circumstances.

The Employment Development Department (EDD) will be accepting on-line applications for this program beginning on Tuesday, April 28. Check back on this page for the latest updates.

For more COVID19 information please visit

Summer Reading Program Is Going Local!

The Nevada County Community Library is looking for local sources of prizes for our Summer Reading programs this year. The 2020 theme for Summer Reading is “Imagine Your Story”. We are hoping to provide our community with Summer Reading prizes that give back and encourage our patrons to shop locally.

Do you provide gift cards or gifts? Please reach out and let us know! We know things are tough right now and we’d like to help our community through this. We’re open to any cool ideas you might have about gift cards or potential prizes for all ages. We’re planning to give out gift cards and gifts for patrons who pass milestones as well as a prize drawing.

Please contact Megan Lloyd at or at (530) 470-2677 to participate! For more information on Summer Reading events, visit the Events Calendar at or call (530) 265-7050. Let’s get Local, Nevada County!

Nevada County Community Library

Megan Lloyd, Adult Services Librarian

(530) 265-7050,

Emily’s Catering: Cookies for a Cause

In these uncertain times we want to continue to help anyway we can. So starting in May, each month we will choose a different group/organization to support by pledging to donate $1 from every sale of any of our house cookies during that month.

Help us raise money for these groups by ordering cookies that can be picked up either freshly baked or frozen for you to bake at home during our take-out program or pop-up bakeries.

Choose from Chocolate Chunk, Chocolate/Chocolate, Oatmeal Raisin, Peanut Butter (gf), Snickerdoodle or any of our seasonal specials.

May’s organization is The Center for the Arts.

As we all know, shortly after finally completing their major remodel The Center for the Arts was forced to cancel dozens of their upcoming shows. These shows were vital for their recovery from the long and expensive remodel. Help us support this community treasure!

Remember in times like these every little bit helps.

Check out their website to find more ways you can support.

You can find all our menus on our webiste.

#cookiesforacause #communitypartners #thinklocaleatlocal

Disposable Face Masks Available

I am the owner of California Gold Kettle Corn, LLC. My business has been shut down due to the Covid-19 virus. In the true entrepreneurial spirit, I am trying to find a void to fill and continue to create a cash flow opportunity until we can get back out there and sell our delicious kettle corn.

I have been offered an opportunity to sell disposable 3-ply face masks. To be clear these masks are NOT N-95 masks. This disposable mask offers 3 layers of protection and they are made of non-woven hydro- polypropylene. The center of the mask has a layer of melt blown polypropylene filter material.

As the threat of virus continues the need for masks is becoming greater each day. I will have 12,000 masks in my possession by April 30, 2020. If you are interested in purchasing 3-ply disposable masks, please contact me to place your order. I have attached details and pricing to this e-mail. Smaller orders are available, please inquire. Local delivery available.

Thank you kindly,

Larry Carlson

BELONGING – HOME April 15 – May 28, 2020


Osborn Woods Gallery is collaborating with Nevada County Arts Council to showcase local artists’ depictions of what “home” means to them. We have to say, in the recent weeks this questions has become more relevant than ever.

Angela Apostal
Sheila Cameron
Mira Clark
Ron Kenedi
Lori Lachman
Jennifer Long
Aimée Murray
Lisa Nowlain
Misha Rauchwerger
Jennifer Rugge
Carol Turner
Vlatka Varga
Juliette Morris Williams
Marie Wolfe

Curated by Juliette Morris Williams, Ruth Chase, and Eliza Tudor of the Nevada County Arts Council

Home Program Link:
Contact: Juliette Williams at
Gallery Website:

HOME is an initiative of Nevada County Arts Council led by Artist Ruth Chase, generously funded in part by California Arts Council through its Artists in Communities Program.


Problems Meeting Your Obligations Due to COVID-19? Fundamentals of Contract Law May Help.

The COVID-19 pandemic is causing widespread business disruptions and the cannabis industry is not immune. The pandemic and resulting stay-at-home orders have already prevented many companies from meeting their contractual obligations to distributors, retailers, lenders, landlords and other vendors. Fortunately, doctrines of California contract law may offer a remedy and provide some relief.

For example, a “force majeure” clause, may allow a party to cancel or postpone performance if that performance is rendered impossible by an unforeseen calamity. Understandably, these provisions, often called “act of God” clauses, have a fairly high threshold. Specifically, the event must be both severe and unexpected in order to provide relief. Force majeure clauses can be specific as to the kinds of calamities that will trigger their protections or they can be vague. If effective, the provisions could either void the contract entirely or postpone performance until the qualifying event ends. Either way, the contract in question and the facts presented should be carefully considered to determine whether a force majeure clause exists and may be effective in offering relief.

Even if a contract does not contain a force majeure clause, there are similar protections available under California law, such as the doctrine of “commercial frustration.” Largely developed during World War II, this doctrine may enable a party to cease performance under a contract if an unforeseen event has rendered performance under the contract impossible. For example, in one 1944 California appellate case, the Court held that a governmental order that prevented the involved business from operating constituted just such a “frustrating event” as to relieve the business of its obligations under its contract. (20th Century Lites, Inc. v. Goodman (1944) 64 Cal. App. 2d. Supp. 938.)

To be effective, force majeure clauses and the commercial frustration doctrine must meet similar requirements. First, the event in question must have been unforeseeable when the parties entered into their contract. If the event was foreseeable, it will most likely be viewed merely as a business risk and be insufficient to enable any protection or relief. While the courts have not yet addressed the COVID-19 pandemic, given its scope and, more importantly, the unprecedented shelter-in-place orders mandated at both the state and county level, the COVID-19 pandemic should qualify as “unforeseeable” under the two legal doctrines. Second, the event must make it impossible for the contract to be performed, not merely more expensive or burdensome. For example, if the party seeking the protections of these two doctrines was having difficulty meeting its obligations before the pandemic, it is unlikely a Court would find in its favor on this issue. Therefore, how these requirements will impact a business operating in the space will depend upon a sober review of the facts on a case-by-case basis.

The COVID-19 pandemic and the manner in which it has been and is being addressed is unprecedented. Many cannabis businesses have been forced to change their practices and seek creative solutions to new and evolving problems. Force majeure clauses and the commercial frustration doctrine may be able to help those who are, despite their best efforts, struggling to meet their contractual obligations. At the very least, by properly and timely invoking these doctrines, businesses may be able to leverage themselves into a fair and equitable renegotiation of those contracts impacted by the pandemic. This is not a one-size-fits-all situation so those who have been or are being harmed by the pandemic should consult an attorney sooner rather than later and have their contracts and the particulars of their situation evaluated. We at Huguenin Kahn hope this summary has been helpful and stand ready to assist any person or entity operating in the cannabis space with their legal needs during these challenging times.

The attorneys at Huguenin Kahn are available to address any concerns you have relating to the above or other aspects and implications of COVID-19, including, but not limited to, employment disputes, whistleblower concerns, or other matters relating to the shelter-in-place restrictions.  Please call us at 530-955-3080 or e-mail us at  You can also follow us on social media @hkcannabislaw.

Tips for Renegotiating Commercial Rent

Check Your Lease and Your Insurance Policy: Does your lease contain a force majeure clause, or any language having to do with suspending rent during an emergency or natural disaster? Does your insurance policy have any language covering business interruption? Does your insurance policy speci cally exempt pandemic from the list of covered perils? Consult with your attorney or consult with legal aid regarding covered perils.

Communicate With Your Landlord: Communicate politely, quickly, clearly and regularly with your landlord regarding your circumstances. Document your conversations by commu- nicating in writing or by taking contemporaneous notes of your conversations and following up with electronic communications.

Be Empathetic: For many commercial real estate owners this is their major investment, life savings and retirement plan, and they are feeling the pinch just as much as you are. Missing multiple rent payments could trigger foreclosure and loss of their life savings. Be sure to communicate this empathy for their situation and express a sincere desire to reach a mutually bene cial resolution.

Know The Financial Aid Available To You: Be prepared to communicate with your land- lord all of the nancial aid available to you as a small business owner and update them on the actions you have taken to apply for that nancial aid. Include federal, state and local opportunities for aid.

Be Prepared To Tell Your Story: Are you open, partially open, or closed? Did you use your extra cash to pay employees, vendors, utilities before the rent? Are you currently paying your employees? Do you have a plan for reopening? Do you have a viable nancial plan for catching up in rent payments?

Leverage Your Track Record: If you have been a long term tenant in good standing, have made substantial tenant improvements that improve the value of the property, or have re- ferred tenants in the past be prepared to make the case that you bring more than the value of your rent to the table.

Make the Case That You Are In this Together: Remember that every month the rented space goes vacant is equivalent to an 8.3% decrease in the rental income for the landlord. It is in your mutual self-interest for the space to be occupied and retaining the potential to pay rent, even if deferred. If you are forced to close your doors right now there likely are not any tenants to ll the space for many months. Your landlord also faces the prospect of a very different commercial real estate market post-pandemic.

Questions for Your Landlord or Property Management Company:

• Are they offering rent deferral for the next month(s)?
• Has your landlord checked their insurance policies to see if their business interruption insurance covers losses?
• Is the landlord willing to consider a partial rent abatement of 75%, 50%, 25% of rent un-til you reopen? If your landlord is willing to work with you, you need to adjust your terms in writing with a modi cation to your lease.
• Is the landlord willing to go month to month at a reduced rate and then extend your lease for the original term?
• Is the landlord willing to defer the entire rent and place the deferred amount of rent on the last year of your lease and amortize the balance of the deferment for the remaining 12 months?
• Is your landlord willing to offer you a deferral for a certain period of time in exchange for adding that time to the tail end of your lease at an increased rate of 3%-5%?
• Is your landlord willing to negotiate a reduction in their mortgage in order to accommo-date a reduction in your rent?

Tips for the Future

  • Clean Up Your House: This crisis should be a wake-up call that to survive a well-run business has constant day to day understanding of their budgets, P&L’s, Operating Ex- penses, Inventory, Cash Flow and nancial position. It is not enough to think you know; your ‘position’ must be documented and readily accessible at all times.
  • Reevaluate Your Business Model: With social distancing measures in place, are you able to do the same amount of business? If you project less sales, begin adjusting operations or consider subletting a portion of your space. Be honest with yourself about whether your business model still works. If not plan now for how you can change your business model, Crisis may be an opportunity for innovations and reinvention of tour business.
  • Create a Realistic Timeline: Is April-May-June enough time to get going again or will you need six months? If so, discuss with your landlord whether you can extend your lease with their help deferring six months to reopen.
  • Be Open to Change: Is it better to walk away and reopen in a different location? Mov- ing to a new location may be in your best interest, with lower rent, and a new business model built for success with social distancing.

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Nevada City Classic Cafe: Calling All Moms!

We at the Nevada City Classic Cafe want to thank you for everything you are and everything you do, especially during these unprecedented times. You are amazing and we see you!

As a restaurant owned and operated by a mom, I want to extend an extra thank you to all the wonderful moms out there by offering you your choice of one complimentary Mimosa OR Limited Time Specialty Smoothie with any meal order over $15.

So take a break this Mother’s Day and enjoy your power nectar at the Classic Cafe. Then surge back into the things only a mom can do!

Located at 216 Broad St (across from the National Hotel) in Nevada City. 530 265 9440


Emily’s Catering Pop-Up Bakery: Mother’s Day May 8 & 9

Pre-Order Mother’s Day Pop Up Bakery May 8th and 9th, 2020 421 Colfax ave Grass Valley

Mother’s Day is almost here! Lately times have been quite uncertain, but we have something that you can count on, the most delicious tasting and beautifully presented cupcakes, desserts, and savory dishes that have won over the hearts of so many of our loyal customers.

We are open this Friday and Saturday, May 8th and 9th, everything will be made to order based on your pre-order. With deluxe cupcake flavors (available to mix and match individually, 6 packs and by the dozen) such as Strawberry Champagne, Cinnamon Roll, Boston Cream, Mudslide, Raspberry Rose, Berries and Cream, Coconut cream Pie, Cherry Blossom, and Crème Brulee.

We will also be whipping up Moms favorite treats- Mini Cheesecakes, Meyer Lemon Tarts with edible floral design, Seasonal Fruit Pies, Chocolate Cream Pie, and breakfast pastries and cookies galore. Frozen Buttermilk Yeast Biscuits are the gift that keep on giving, Mom can bake fresh whenever she wants!

We have dinner covered as well- our menu will feature our award winning Slow Roasted Skuna Bay Salmon, seasonal sides, salads, soups, and quiche.


To order: Call 530-271-2253 before 9am on Friday May 8th

Find our menu: on our website or on Facebook.  Order early as quantities are limited

Pick up: Noon-5pm on Friday or Saturday 11-3
Parking lot pick-up only (call when you arrive and we will bring your order to your car)
All orders must be prepaid (credit card, paypal or venmo)


David Wong Offers Video Services for Artists & Businesses

“We are offering video production services for artists and businesses looking to put their video messages, services, or classes out to Youtube or other streaming services during this time of business closures. We are offering to produce your video message and classes for only $250. This includes video shooting for up to 1/2 day along with editing services suitable to produce a video from 5 minutes to an hour in length. We are offering this service as a benefit to Nevada County businesses and artists to help combat the loss of business. Normally this service costs $1000.

We have produced videos for our past clients such as Hewlett Packard, Agilent Technologies, Stanford University, the University of California, and theatrical companies such as Theatre Works in the Bay Area. We have shot and produced videos from NATO headquarters to Washington D.C. Please contact us at: