Slow Streets L.A. launched to calm traffic on some neighborhood streets
Slow Streets L.A. — Mayor Garcetti’s initiative to temporarily calm traffic on some neighborhood streets to create space for Angelenos to walk, run, and bike — has launched in two neighborhoods in the Del Rey and Sawtelle sections of the city.
Slow Streets L.A. allows for “active use” only, prohibiting individuals from gathering, barbecuing, or playing games that involve physical contact of any kind. Participants are expected to keep at least six feet apart at all times and required to wear a face covering while engaging in active recreation.
The initial locations selected to launch the program were chosen for their demonstrated plans to adhere to the latest health guidelines set forth by the L.A. County Department of Public Health. These communities worked with Councilmember Mike Bonin, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT), and StreetsLA to create a framework for the city-wide program. Community engagement for this program will be prioritized in low-income communities and communities lacking access to parks and open space.
Neighborhood councils and community organizations in all areas of the City of Los Angeles are strongly encouraged to apply for Slow Streets L.A. A lead organization in each participating community will monitor day-to-day operations of the program, working closely with LADOT and Streets LA to ensure compliance with all health and safety guidelines. Local traffic and parking for residents is still allowed on the streets of each neighborhood participating in the program.
Angelenos must wear face coverings when outside their homes
Mayor Garcetti today issued an order requiring Angelenos to wear face coverings when they leave their homes and will be near other people. The order will aid the fight against COVID-19, as restrictions are gradually eased to allow more people to return to work and outdoor recreation.
The Mayor has modified the City of L.A.’s “Safer at Home” emergency order to allow all retail businesses except those in indoor malls to resume limited operations with delivery and curbside or doorside service, and open beaches and more public recreational space for outdoor exercise. New guidelines on face coverings exempt children under 2 and people with certain disabilities, and build on previous action by Mayor Garcetti requiring non-medical essential business workers and customers to wear face coverings. You can learn more about the City's guidance on face coverings here.
L.A. beaches open for active use only
As of May 13th, beaches will be open for active recreation only -- such as swimming, running, walking, surfing, and bodyboarding.
You are not permitted to sit or sunbathe, gather in groups, picnic, or participate in group sports (like volleyball).
If you go to the beach to exercise, you must wear a face covering out of the water if there are people nearby and maintain six feet of distance from others.
Beach parking lots, piers, bike paths, and boardwalks remain closed.
Mayor Garcetti announces modifications to Safer at Home order
Mayor Garcetti, together with L.A. County, announced that the City will begin the process of slow and gradual adjustments to the Safer at Home order.
Starting May 8th, florists, toy stores, music stores, bookstores, clothing and shoe stores, and sporting goods stores may offer curbside pick-up only. Car dealership showrooms are also permitted to open. Face coverings are for curbside pick-up, for both customers and employees.
Starting May 9th, Angelenos can return to golf courses, trailhead parks and trails — except Runyon Canyon, which will remain closed. Face coverings are required for anyone using trails or golf courses, as is physical distancing.
And starting May 11th, all riders on DASH, Commuter Express, and Cityride buses will be required to wear protective face coverings. In addition, all travelers at LAX will be required to wear face coverings to help us save lives and slow the spread of COVID-19.
The gradual relaxing of restrictions will require the patience, persistence and partnership of residents, businesses, workers, government representatives, and public health officials. Because until there is a vaccine or effective treatment, COVID-19 will remain a threat to everyone. You still need to stay home, wear face coverings, and refrain from gatherings with anyone who doesn’t live in your home. These measures remain as important as ever.
To learn more, including about the public health indicators that will drive decision-making about when to loosen or tighten restrictions over the coming year, see the Safer L.A. website.
Businesses allowed to open for curbside pick-up can find guidance here.
Mayor Garcetti launches effort to provide free legal services to Angelenos facing hardships caused by the pandemic
Mayor Garcetti and City Attorney Feuer announced the launch of L.A. Represents to provide free legal services to L.A. residents facing hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
L.A. Represents is a coalition of law firms, bar associations, and legal aid organizations that have agreed to enhance their existing pro bono commitments to provide COVID-19-related legal services — including helping vulnerable tenants, domestic violence victims, and low-income Angelenos with employment, consumer debt, and bankruptcy matters.
L.A. Represents will also build a new support system for small businesses devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic, overseen by volunteers and advocates at Bet Tzedek Legal Services. Now, small businesses least likely to have access to effective legal services can receive pro bono assistance as they confront new workplace regulations, renegotiate commercial leases, apply for government relief programs, and navigate compliance with emergency health and safety orders.
Angelenos needing assistance and legal professionals interested in joining the partnership can find detailed information at coronavirus.lacity.org/LARepresents.
Mayor Garcetti announces free COVID-19 testing now open to all residents, with or without symptoms
Mayor Garcetti announced today that L.A. will be the first big city in America to offer wide-scale, free COVID-19 testing to all residents, whether or not they are experiencing symptoms of the virus. The testing will be open to any resident of Los Angeles County, with tests administered at eight locations inside the City of Los Angeles.
The online portal where testing appointments are made now enables any resident of Los Angeles County to schedule a test, regardless of whether they are showing symptoms of COVID-19. Priority for the same or next-day testing is still given to people with symptoms, such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Testing is also prioritized for medical professionals and certain other critical front-line workers who interact with the public as part of their job duties.
The testing program — which began with one Los Angeles Fire Department-staffed location, and has grown to eight sites within the City and 34 across the region — has grown dramatically in just over one month. Thanks to partnerships with Los Angeles County and the nonprofit emergency response organization CORE, the program has already completed about 140,000 tests since March 20.
If you would like to schedule an appointment for testing, please visit coronavirus.lacity.org/testing.
Mayor Garcetti announces partnership to acquire 24 million N95 masks for first responders, medical community
Mayor Garcetti and Logistics Victory Los Angeles (LoVLA.org) have signed an agreement with Honeywell to purchase 24 million N95 masks as part of a city stockpile of personal protective equipment (PPE).
Masks will be distributed at cost to hospitals and health care providers. The first 100,000 masks will be delivered in May, with 500,000 arriving by July and scaling up to 1.2 million per month by November.
The agreement with Honeywell was negotiated through the city’s General Services Department and LoVLA.org, which Mayor Garcetti created to link PPE suppliers with organizations in need. LoVLA.org is headed by Gene Seroka, the Port of Los Angeles Executive Director and the City’s appointed Chief Logistics Officer during the crisis.
Suppliers of Personal Protective Equipment and entities in need of supplies can register their resources and needs at LoVLA.org.
Registered garment and apparel manufacturers that are interested in assisting in the effort to make non-medical masks or that need to purchase non-medical masks can find more information at LAprotects.org.
New City-County partnership connects Angelenos with resources to open a safe and affordable bank account
The CARES Act includes nearly $300 billion for direct payments to low- and moderate-income individuals to mitigate the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. But if Angelenos don't have a bank account, they can't get a direct deposit of the money they're entitled to, which means it will take too long to receive their payments.
That’s why Mayor Garcetti announced a partnership with L.A. County’s Department of Consumer and Business Affairs and its Bank On Los Angeles County initiative led by the Center for Financial Empowerment to make it easy to open a bank account.
Angelenos can open an affordable bank or credit union account online now to claim their Economic Impact Payment faster. You can learn more about opening a Bank On account here.
For those having difficulty opening an account or cashing your checks, you can find a list of partners here who will cash your stimulus payments at no cost. Bank of America, Chase, Wells Fargo, and Union Bank are the first to announce that they’ll waive the cashing fee for non-account holders.
Mayor Garcetti announces expansion of senior meals program employing laid-off hospitality and restaurant workers
On April 15, Mayor Garcetti launched the Emergency Senior Meals Response program to deliver packaged and frozen meals to older Angelenos who are homebound as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. The program has both increased the number of seniors being served, and provided additional meals to those already enrolled in meal programs with the City’s senior centers. Altogether, 120,000 meals are being delivered to 12,000 seniors every week.
Now, Mayor Garcetti is expanding the Emergency Senior Meals Response program through FEMA and State dollars made available through Governor Newsom’s statewide program to enlist local restaurants in the effort to provide older and high-risk Californians with prepared meals as they stay safer at home.
For 10 weeks, the program will deliver 10 meals a week to eligible seniors in need. To qualify, you must be 65 or over, or 60-64 with an underlying medical condition, live in the City of Los Angeles, and not be enrolled currently in another meal program (e.g., Meals on Wheels, CalFresh, etc.). Seniors or their caregivers can check to see if they are eligible by calling the Emergency Senior Meals Response Hotline at (213) 263-5226. The hotline is open 7 days a week, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. You can also find more information and enroll here.
Partners in this program include the Hospitality Training Academy, an L.A.-based workforce and training organization, created by Unite HERE Local 11, that trains and develops workers in the food service and hospitality industries. Taxicab drivers will do point-to-point delivery of senior meals, picking up meals directly from restaurants or Hospitality Training Academy sites and dropping them off at people’s homes. Restaurants that are interested in participating in the program and preparing meals for seniors can learn more here.
Partnership launched to provide meals to Angelenos with disabilities
Mayor Garcetti announced a new partnership with FOX Corporation to provide free meals to individuals with disabilities across Los Angeles.
Through this initiative, 2,000 meals will be delivered five days a week for the next month to individuals and families identified by the City’s Department on Disability, the California Department of Rehabilitation, and 20 community-based organizations that serve individuals with disabilities across L.A.
The meals will be prepared by the FOX Corporation food service team on the FOX lot in Cheviot Hills, and delivered to a hub at one of our public library branches, where drivers from Access Services will pick them up and bring them directly to the Angelenos who need them.
And in the weeks and months to come, the City will continue to build a network of meal and grocery delivery services as part of our larger effort to address food insecurity and access for people with disabilities.
L.A. County is home to more than a million individuals with disabilities –– 26 percent of whom live in poverty, and more than 40 percent of whom live in households that are food insecure.
Ramp up of efforts to fight COVID-19 among Angelenos experiencing homelessness
Starting April 20, the City is surging a deployment of street medical teams to help fight COVID-19 among Angelenos experiencing homelessness.
The deployment includes rapid-results field tests for people showing COVID-19 symptoms, life safety checks, regular health and welfare screenings in high-density encampments, counseling on proper physical distancing, and transportation to new shelters and hotels.
Additional resources are being surged to Skid Row, including County nursing staff and LAHSA outreach workers and a pop-up testing clinic operated by the LAFD that will provide rapid results testing and direct referral and transportation to isolation and quarantine beds.
The State has provided trailers that will be used to house asymptomatic homeless Angelenos who are in the highest-risk Tier 1 category: individuals who are over 65 years of age and who have chronic medical conditions. The first 10 trailers will launch on the campus of the Woodland Hills Rec Center; our goal is to stand up more than 300 trailers citywide in the coming weeks.
To help people most vulnerable to this virus, we're also renting hotels and motels to house those in need of shelter. As part of Project Roomkey, the State, County and City have currently secured 24 hotels and motels with 2,400 rooms countywide for tier 1 Angelenos. If other motels and hotels want to help, they can sign up at Coronavirus.LACity.org/Rooms.
Medical Relief Center is up and running at the L.A. Convention Center
The Medical Relief Center in the South Hall of the L.A. Convention Center is prepared to start accepting patients as needed.
As of mid-April, L.A.’s hospitals have been able to manage patient volume –– a sign that Angelenos’ efforts to stay home and practice physical distancing are helping to slow the spread of the virus.
But in the event that we do see a spike in COVID-19 cases, the Medical Relief Center is ready to absorb patients from hospitals.
The Center is opening with an initial 175 beds for patients who are COVID-negative. If the need arises, we are ready to both expand the number of available beds, and shift to absorb patients who are COVID-positive in other areas of the Convention Center.
Partners in the Medical Relief Center include Cal OES and CAL FIRE, which helped secure a Federal Medical Station and are providing important services; the California National Guard, which helped deliver and set up the station; LAFD, which led the build out and logistics; SmithGroup architecture firm, which provided renderings of the space pro bono; and the County, which offered crucial guidance along the way.