Mayor Garcetti announces new online COVID-19 testing portal

Mayor Garcetti announced a new online portal to help residents of Los Angeles in the highest-risk categories get tested for COVID-19. While testing is limited at this time, the City is working to expand it to all Angelenos who need it.

Mayor Garcetti launches online jobs portal for those who have lost their job or had their hours cut due to the COVID-19 crisis

Mayor Garcetti announced the L.A. Jobs Portal, a one-stop shop for Angelenos who are out-of-work as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. This site will continue to be updated with the most relevant resources and listings.

Mayor Garcetti issues Safer at Home emergency order stopping non-essential activities outside of residences in response to COVID-19

Mayor Eric Garcetti today issued a “Safer at Home” emergency order, calling on residents of the City of Los Angeles to stay in their residences and limit all activities outside of their homes beyond what is absolutely necessary for essential tasks.

As outlined in the order, residents of the City of Los Angeles are ordered to remain in their homes — with lawful exceptions made for critical tasks such as securing food and health, safety and medical necessities, as well as caring for children, elder adults, family, friends and people with disabilities. Many establishments not covered in previous orders, including clothing and some other retail stores, are ordered to “cease operations that require in-person attendance by workers at a workplace.” The order takes effect Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.; however it shall be exempt, until Friday, March 20, 2020 at 11:59 p.m., to allow employees and business owners to access their workplaces to gather belongings or address other administrative needs, so long as social distancing requirements are followed. Such workplaces shall remain closed to the public in accordance with the order.

It will be in place until April 19 and is subject to extension. 

Mayor Garcetti has taken several emergency measures to help protect Angelenos and slow the spread of COVID-19 — including a plan to quickly shelter thousands of Angelenos experiencing homelessness; restrictions placed on bars, nightclubs, restaurants, movie theaters, entertainment venues, bowling alleys and arcades, gyms and fitness centers; limits on public gatherings in City facilities; and moratoriums on residential and commercial evictions of tenants affected by the novel coronavirus.

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Mayor Garcetti announces thousands of temporary shelter beds for homeless Angelenos as part of COVID-19 response

Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced that L.A. will add thousands of emergency shelter beds to help get homeless Angelenos indoors more quickly as part of comprehensive efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The Mayor highlighted several actions, including:

  • Partnering with the City Council to use $20 million in budget reserve funds on emergency relief efforts

  • Adding 1,600 emergency shelter beds in thirteen City recreation centers by the end of this week, and scaling up to dozens more locations in the coming days with more than 6,000 beds provided by the American Red Cross.

  • Working with the County, LAHSA, and other partners to identify individuals in the homeless population who face the greatest risk from the novel coronavirus.

  • Activating the Disaster Service Worker program, which will place some City employees in temporary roles to assist efforts.

Mayor Garcetti announces economic relief package for small businesses impacted by the novel coronavirus

Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced an $11 million economic relief package for small businesses impacted by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). 

As part of the program, which was approved by the Los Angeles City Council, the Economic and Workforce Development Department will provide $11 million in no-fee microloans of $5,000 to $20,000 — which may be used to cover working capital. Since cash flow is critical at this unprecedented time, the program will offer relaxed underwriting with no credit score minimum, a generous allowance to meet debt service, and a 100% Loan to Value ratio. The interest rate can either be 0% for a term of six months to one year, or 3% to 5% for a term of up to five years. 

The microloan program is being paired with a Small Business Resilience Toolkit, which is being distributed as a digital guidebook and includes vital information covering Federal, State, County, and City emergency policies and programs impacting small businesses. It also offers strategies for adjusting to the effects that COVID-19 is having on businesses — including ways to keep employees safe, maintain operations at maximum possible capacity, and prepare business continuity plans. 

To apply for a microloan or view the toolkit, please visit LAMayor.org/Loan.

Mayor Garcetti orders moratorium on commercial evictions

Mayor Garcetti ordered a moratorium on commercial evictions of tenants unable to pay rent — a move that follows a similar ban on evictions of residential tenants.
The Mayor’s order on commercial evictions will be in place until March 31 unless extended. Landlords cannot evict a commercial tenant who is able to show an inability to pay rent due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including loss of business income due to:

  • a COVID-19 related workplace closure;
  • child care expenditures due to school closures;
  • health care expenses related to being ill with COVID-19 or caring for a member of the tenant’s household who is ill with COVID-19; 
  • reasonable expenditures that stem from government-ordered emergency measures.

Eligible tenants will have up to three months following the expiration of the local emergency period to repay any back due rent.

Mayor Garcetti relaxes parking enforcement

Mayor Garcetti put a temporary halt to the issuance of several parking citations so that Angelenos can more effectively practice the safe social distancing necessary during the outbreak.

The order, which will be in place until March 31 and is subject to extension, includes the following: 

  • Relaxed enforcement of street sweeping restrictions in residential areas
  • Relaxed enforcement around closed schools
  • Moratorium on ticketing and towing for abandoned vehicles and oversize vehicle overnight parking fines
  • Freeze on parking fine increases for the next 60 days
  • Extended grace period for people dropping off or picking up groceries and goods
  • Immediate extension on all deadlines for payment due until June 1

Enforcement will be maintained on operations that prioritize health, safety, and emergency access — including colored curbs, street sweeping around encampments, peak-hour restrictions, and repaving and slurry operations. 

It will also continue at metered spaces to encourage parking turnover for businesses and restaurants relying on takeout and deliveries.

Mayor Garcetti highlights uninterrupted food supply

Mayor Garcetti joined grocery executives at a regional food distribution center where they discussed the reliable supply chain of food and how grocery stores will continue to be stocked as normal.

The visit followed the Mayor’s March 15 emergency order to strengthen the City’s response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), placing temporary restrictions on restaurants, bars, and other establishments in the City of Los Angeles. The order includes temporary closure of bars and nightclubs that do not serve food, movie theaters and entertainment venues, bowling alleys and arcades, and gyms and fitness centers. Restaurants, bars and retail food facilities may not serve food for consumption on their premises but may continue to offer food for delivery, takeout, or drive-thru. 

Grocery stores are exempt from the order. As part of the directive, Mayor Garcetti also announced trucks and other vehicles engaged in the delivery of grocery items to stores are exempt from nightly curfews — a measure which will help ensure stores remain well-stocked.


Mayor Garcetti announces new measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19

On March 15, Mayor Garcetti put in place temporary restrictions to stop large numbers of people from gathering and staying in close proximity. These new restrictions will be effective through March 31, 2020, unless they are extended.

These include the temporary closure to the public, within the City of Los Angeles, of the following: 

  • All bars and nightclubs that do not serve food;
  • All movie theaters, live performance venues, bowling alleys, and arcades;
  • All gyms and fitness centers;
  • All private social clubs;
  • In addition, all restaurants and retail food facilities will be prohibited from serving food to dine-in customers. 

There are a few important notes and exceptions to the above order:

  • Restaurants, as well as bars and nightclubs that serve food, may continue to prepare and offer food to customers via delivery service or take-out;
  • Houses of worship are urged to limit large gatherings on their premises and to explore and implement ways to practice their respective faiths while observing social distancing practices;
  • Cafeterias in hospitals, nursing homes, or similar facilities will be allowed to continue operations;
  • Grocery stores, pharmacies, and food banks will also be allowed to continue operations;

Everything we do right now will determine the outcome of this crisis. By adopting strict social distancing practices, we can help to slow the spread of COVID-19 and avoid putting a dangerous strain on our hospitals and healthcare workers.

Los Angeles Public Library closure

The Central Library and the 72 branch libraries will be closed through March 31. Digital services remain available 24/7 at lapl.org, including e-books and audiobooks; streaming TV, movie and music services; classes; and digital subscriptions to newspapers and magazines.

Librarians are also available to provide assistance through telephone reference (213) 228-7272; the web-based service, Ask A Librarian; and Book A Librarian.

Due dates for borrowed materials will be automatically extended, no late fines will be assessed, and patrons can return materials when libraries reopen.

L.A. Unified School District to close schools

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) announced today that it will close all schools, effective Monday, March 16, in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Schools will remain closed for two weeks while the District evaluates the appropriate path forward.

LAUSD detailed the following plans to support students and continue learning during school closures:

Grab & Go Centers: LAUSD will open Grab & Go Food Centers across Los Angeles, providing families 60 sites where they can pick up food for their children. LAUSD, in partnership with the Red Cross, will provide nutritious meals to all students who need them during the temporary closure of schools. Grab & Go Food Centers will be open beginning Wednesday, March 18, and will be staffed weekdays from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Each child will be able to take home two nutritious meals. To find the closest Grab & Go Food Center, see the list of centers.

Free Education Resources: Los Angeles Unified, PBS SoCal | KCET, and KLCS-TV have partnered to provide free supplemental educational resources to help families support learning during the school closures. This multi-platform initiative includes Pre-K–12 educational programming and robust online resources through the online platform PBS LearningMedia. The resources are free and designed to be used by public schools throughout California to help students continue learning at home.

Instructional Continuity: LAUSD is committed to ensuring the health and well-being of students and staff and providing a safe, secure learning environment for all. During school closures, parents can download and use the resource guide to help supplement learning while at home.

Students with Disabilities: Students on an alternate curriculum are provided specific curriculum designed to meet their particular instructional need. In an effort to provide our students an individualized set of materials and resources, teachers will plan and develop materials and resources in support of students on an alternate curriculum. During school closures, parents can download and use the resource guide for students with disabilities to help supplement learning while at home.

Information Technology Support: LAUSD’s Information Technology Division is working to assist all students and families in having access to internet connectivity and computing devices to help learning continue during the COVID-19 crisis. For more information, visit ITD's website.

Learning plans: Each student will bring home a learning plan from school today. LAUSD is developing a family resource guide to help answer your questions. Additional support will be provided to assist students as they transition to a different way of learning.

Special education centers: While special education centers will close, students and families will continue to have access to services from regional centers.

Read more about the LAUSD announcement. More information on Family Resource Centers centers is available on LAUSD’s website.


New orders from Mayor to prevent the spread of COVID-19

Mayor Eric Garcetti today ordered City departments and agencies to take additional steps that can help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), strengthening the local response to the outbreak with measures that include new limits on public gatherings in City facilities. The Mayor’s directive follows new statewide guidelines issued by Governor Gavin Newsom on Wednesday night, which includes guidance to cancel or postpone all gatherings of 250 people or more, along with additional steps to protect public health and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The Mayor’s directive to City Departments includes the following measures:

  • Public events: All non-essential public community events or group activities with 50 or more participants –– or that require close contact between vulnerable individuals –– will be postponed or cancelled in order to limit the risk of exposing staff and the public to the virus. This includes all events or conferences on City-owned properties that are anticipated to attract more than 50 people.
  • Entry to City buildings: The City will stagger entry for visitors in public buildings to no more than 50 at a time — including City museums, libraries, parks, pools, and community centers. Transit locations and similar facilities, including LAX and the Port of Los Angeles, as well as all City shelters, are exempt from this requirement at this time. The Los Angeles City Hall complex, including City Hall East, City Hall South, and Van Nuys City Hall, will be temporarily closed to members of the public, except for public meetings of the City Council.
  • Sanitation protocols: Hand-washing and sanitizing stations will be available in City-owned public buildings, and extra steps are being taken to clean facilities regularly and thoroughly.

 You can read the Mayor's full directive.