COVID-19: Information for Businesses

COVID-19 Updates and Information:

The City of Pasadena declared a Local State of Emergency on March 16, 2020. For current information, please visit:

Pasadena Relaxes Mask Requirements, February 23

On Wednesday, February 23, the County of Los Angeles released a new health order that relaxes masking requirements for fully vaccinated people in certain settings. For details, please visit City of Pasadena Updated Mask Requirements

Order to Employers to Provide Upgraded Masks, January 17

This Order directs all employers to provide their employees who work indoors and in
close contact with other workers or the public, with and require them to wear, a well
fitting medical grade or higherlevel mask at all times while indoors at the worksite or
facility. For details, please visit City of Pasadena Health Officer Order

Updated Mask Mandate Effective at 12:01 am on Thursday, July 22, 2021

The Pasadena Public Health Officer has issued an updated health order which becomes effective at 12:01 am on Thursday, July 22, 2021. The health order reinstates the use of masks for everyone in indoor public settings and businesses, regardless of vaccination status. For details, please visit Updated Mask Mandate.

COVID-19 Risk Reduction Requirements, June 15  

For details, please visit COVID-19 Risk Reduction Requirements 

Pasadena Moves Into Yellow Tier Effective Wednesday, May 5

Pasadena is transitioning to the Yellow Tier effective Wednesday, May 5. Yellow tier activities will be permitted to occur in strict adherence with the updated Pasadena Public Health Department protocols. Details at

As part of the new Public Health Order, the following business protocols have been updated for compliance with the Yellow Tier:

  1. Restaurants, Bars & Breweries
  2. Family Entertainment Centers
  3. Office Worksites
  4. Retail
  5. Fitness Facilities
  6. Museums & Galleries
  7. Indoor Seated Live Events
  8. Outdoor Seated Live Events

Pasadena Moves Into Orange Tier Effective Monday, April 5

As of Monday, April 5, many sectors in the City of Pasadena will be able open or increase capacity due to movement of the Pasadena Public Health Jurisdiction into the Orange Tier 3 (Moderate COVID-19 disease transmission) of the state of CA Blueprint for a Safer Economy.

To learn more regarding the following activities that will be permitted to occur in strict adherence with the updated Pasadena Public Health Department (PPHD) protocols, please visit City of Pasadena News Release.

Pasadena Public Health Department protocols can be viewed below:

Pasadena Moves Into Red Tier March 15th

The state has announced that California has met the vaccine equity goal that allows public health jurisdictions in Los Angeles County, including Pasadena, to move into the red tier of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy effective Monday, March 15.

To view the full press release and updated Pasadena Public Health Department protocols, please visit City of Pasadena Moves Into Red Tier.

Pasadena Public Health Department protocols can be viewed below:

Revised Public Health Order & Industry Guidance (January 27)

This week, the State of California lifted the regional stay at home order returning the City of Pasadena to the Purple Tier of the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. This change essentially places the City back to the same business restrictions that were in place in early December, prior to the state order. A revised Pasadena Public Health Order will be issued this week.

In the meantime, industry protocols have been revised to reflect the latest updates in the anticipated Pasadena Public Health Order and to align with state guidelines. Revised protocols have been posted to the City’s website and direct links can be found below:

State of California Small Business Relief Grant Program – Accepting Applications Now + Deadline Extended…

The State of California recently launched a new COVID-19 Small Business Relief Grant Program. Applications for the first round of the program will now be accepted thru Wednesday, January 13. Small business and non-profits can apply for micro grants up to $25,000. Given the potential for high volume, submit your application and completed application during lower peak demand times (after-hours, except midnight- 4 am). The program is not set-up as first come, first serve, so applications can be submitted at any time before 11:59 pm on January 13th. For more information, visit

Online Application Portal for City of Pasadena Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program Opens Monday, January 25

The City of Pasadena and Pasadena Community Foundation (PCF) announce the Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program to assist small businesses in Pasadena impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program provides approximately 50 reimbursable grants of $7,500 each to qualifying small businesses. Source of funds for the program are provided by the City’s annual Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) allocation.

PCF was chosen by the City to review and select applicants and subsequently disburse grant funds. The online application portal opens Monday, Jan. 25.

Review Program Guidelines and Apply. The grant application period is open Jan. 25 through Feb. 12, 2021.

Revised Public Health Protocols on City of Pasadena’s COVID Business Webpage (December 16):

Last week, the Pasadena Department of Public Health issued revised protocols for certain industries impacted by the Governor’s revised State Public Health Order. The revised public health protocols are consistent with the new Regional Stay at Home Order issued by the State. In most instances, the update appears on the cover page of each protocol document. The following industry protocols were updated last week:

City of Pasadena Grant Dollars (October 2020):

The City of Pasadena has limited grant dollars available to support the sidewalk dining program.

  • Limited dollars available and program will end when dollars run out
  • The recipient must have an approved sidewalk dining permit
  • The reimbursement grant cannot exceed $1,000 and must be used to dining support sidewalk dining (tables, chairs, umbrellas/tents, etc.)
  • Email the city at: for questions or additional information

City of Pasadena Propane Guidelines (October 2020):

For heaters placed inside of tent structures.

  1. The heater must remain AT LEAST 5 feet away from any combustible materials.
  2. The heater must remain AT LEAST 5 feet from the ceiling of the tent.
  3. The heater may not obstruct any exit pathways or other means of egress.
  4. The operator shall adhere to all manufacturers guidelines for use and operation of the heater.
  5. The business must make a request to use the heaters using the city portal, and is subject to final approval by the fire department.
  6. Storage of propane cylinders must be in a secured container/ locker/ cabinet and in an approved location.