Mayor Garcetti announces expansion of City’s free COVID-19 testing program

The City is expanding its free COVID-19 testing, which has been operated largely by the Los Angeles Fire Department. The program has grown from a single site two weeks ago to 13 sites across the region, thanks to partnerships with Los Angeles County and the nonprofit emergency response organization Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE). More than 21,000 tests have been completed since March 20. 

Now any L.A. County resident with symptoms can schedule a test, but priority will still be given to symptomatic people with underlying health conditions and residents age 65 and over. Health care professionals and first responders also receive priority, and should inquire at their affiliated hospital, medical center or department for information about how to register for testing.  

To find out if you’re eligible and to schedule a test, visit the online portal.

New online nonprofit directory connects Angelenos to service opportunities

In partnership with the platform “Inspiring Service,” the Mayor’s office has launched a new online nonprofit directory where organizations in need of volunteers can connect with people who are ready to help.

Nonprofits working to provide services during this pandemic that are in need of volunteers can join the directory.

And Angelenos who are looking for a way to put their particular skill sets to work can search the website for an appropriate organization.

To get involved, visit volunteer.lamayor.org and click on the button that says “Nonprofit Directory.”


Mayor Garcetti recommends Angelenos wear non-medical face coverings in public

Mayor Garcetti has recommended that Angelenos wear face coverings when running essential errands (such as one made with a bandana or scarf, or that you made yourself by following instructions found online from trusted sources). These face coverings should be washed after each use. You can find links to local manufacturers selling face coverings at the L.A. Protects website.

At this time, you should not be purchasing medical grade masks, which are in short supply. It is extremely important that N95 masks are reserved for those who need them most and have the highest risk of infection, including medical professionals and healthcare workers.

It is important to note that wearing a face covering is not a substitute for other critical measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 — most importantly, staying home as much as possible, washing hands frequently, and practicing safe physical distancing in all settings.

You can find more information on the City’s guidance here. The L.A. County Department of Public Health and the County of Los Angeles also have information on face coverings on their websites.

Mayor Garcetti orders halt to rent increases on rent stabilized units

Mayor Garcetti signed an emergency order to halt any new rent increases on residential units that are subject to the City’s Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO).

This year, the annual maximum rental increase for rent stabilized units was 4%. Now, under the new order, tenants occupying these units will not be subject to any new rent increase through 60 days after the expiration of the local emergency period.

Mayor Garcetti also announced he will sign an ordinance passed by the Los Angeles City Council, codifying the City’s emergency eviction moratorium for all residential and commercial tenants. 

More information can be found here

Mayor Garcetti welcomes Navy hospital ship USNS Mercy to Los Angeles

On March 27, Mayor Garcetti joined Governor Gavin Newsom in welcoming the Navy hospital ship USNS Mercy to the Port of Los Angeles. With 1,000 hospital beds, it is now the largest hospital in L.A. 

The USNS Mercy is serving non-COVID patients who require immediate medical attention, which will help ease the burden on the City’s emergency rooms and ICUs when the cases of COVID-19 grow in the weeks ahead.

Mayor Garcetti launches partnership to produce 5 million masks

Mayor Garcetti has launched “L.A. Protects,” a new partnership to organize the City’s fashion and garment industry to make protective gear and other medical supplies for frontline workers.

The initial target for the initiative is the manufacturing of 5 million non-medical masks for people who need protection — grocery store workers, non-medical staff in hospitals, and others providing essential services during the COVID-19 crisis.

Garment and apparel manufacturers can sign up here.

Mayor Garcetti announces expansion of emergency shelter beds

Mayor Garcetti announced that the City has opened 13 emergency homeless shelters at our Rec and Parks facilities, which are at 95% capacity citywide.

In addition, there are more than 500 camper trailers on their way from the State of California, which will provide a place for people to go when they’re showing symptoms, or need to be quarantined or isolated.

The City is also working with the State, the County, and LAHSA to secure more than 900 motel and hotel rooms for isolation and quarantine for homeless Angelenos who are at the highest risk for COVID-19. 

If other motels and hotels want to step up and help, they can sign up here.

Mayor Garcetti announces closure of beaches, public trails, and Rec & Parks facilities

Mayor Garcetti announced that outdoor sports amenities at Recreation and Parks facilities throughout the City of Los Angeles will be closed to the public in order to support the urgent need for physical distancing during the COVID-19 emergency period. 

This announcement covers the closure of all outdoor sports amenities — including skate parks, tennis courts, baseball fields, and basketball courts. 

City parks remain open during regular hours for walking and running, but please maintain physical distancing of at least six feet with others. Restrooms accessible to the outdoors will remain open during regular operating hours.

The County of L.A. has also closed public trails, beaches, and piers. More information can be found here.

Mayor’s Fund of L.A. launches the Angeleno Campaign and the L.A. COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund

The Mayor’s Fund of Los Angeles launched two campaigns to help Angelenos most in need. If you are interested in making a financial contribution to our relief efforts, please consider:

  • The Angeleno Campaign aims to raise $10 million for direct cash assistance to families in our city who are most in need. 
  • The L.A. COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund is raising funds to provide critical equipment to first responders, relief for healthcare workers, and other key initiatives.

Mayor Garcetti calls on medical professionals to support surge operations

Mayor Garcetti launched the City of Los Angeles Emergency Medical Corps, using an easy-to-use portal where medical professionals can submit their information and sign up to help. The City of Los Angeles has a need for medical professionals to support a surge in medical cases across Los Angeles due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please sign up today to be considered for both paid and pro-bono opportunities coming available at this time. 

"Safer at Home" emergency order will be strictly enforced

Mayor Garcetti and City Attorney Mike Feuer assured strong enforcement of the City’s “Safer at Home” emergency order, which requires Angelenos to stay in their residences in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Mayor Garcetti orders new restrictions, announces moratorium on Water & Power shutoffs

Mayor Garcetti issued an emergency order strengthening protections for residential tenants in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and announced that a moratorium on LADWP shutoffs for non-payment would be extended indefinitely