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Latest News – COVID-19

ILG is committed to helping local government leaders navigate the complexity of their important roles. As such, we want to ensure that local leaders and our business and community partners are equipped with the latest information and resources related to the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

This resource page will be updated daily. In addition, ILG will be sharing real-time updates related to COVID-19 on our social media pages as the situation develops. Please be sure to follow ILG on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date. In addition, we have compiled a number of useful links with COVID-19 information for cities, counties and special districts and included them below.

The World Health Organization has officially labeled this a global health crisis and both President Trump and Governor Newsom declared national and statewide emergencies, which have included over 11 statewide executive orders statewide emergency declaration and Executive Orders earlier this month.

Newsom’s Executive Orders include a wide range of measures intended to enhance state and local government’s ability to respond to this fluid situation. Specifically they:

  • Instruct breweries, wineries, nightclubs, bars and restaurants statewide to close in order to reduce COVID-19 exposure;
  • Recommend persons over 65 shelter at home to protect seniors and other Californians at risk of contracting COVID-19 in healthcare, residential and non-residential facilities, as well as guidance for those over 65.
  • Authorize local governments to stop evictions and protect against power shut-offs;
  • Direct residents to follow public health directives and guidance, including to cancel large non-essential gatherings that do not meet state criteria;
  • Readie the state to commandeer property for temporary residences and medical facilities for quarantining, isolating or treating individuals;
  • Allow local or state legislative bodies to hold meetings via teleconference and to make meetings accessible electronically;
  • Allow local and state emergency administrators to act quickly to protect public health;
  • And more.

To access all Executive Orders click here.

California’s cities, counties and special districts are working closely with local and statewide public health officials and policymakers to prevent the spread of the novel Coronavirus and keep those at particular risk from contracting the illness.

Last, but not least, the safety and well-being of our communities is paramount. Please encourage your communities to follow your local and statewide public health guidelines for practicing proper hygiene and preventative measures.

Local leadership is always on display during times of crisis and we are heartened by the many examples of collaboration and good governance we have seen across the state.

Local Government Resources

A number of our partners have developed COVID-19 specific resources to help local governments navigate this pandemic.

City Resources

County Resources

Special District Resources

Other Local Resource

State and National Resources

State Resources

National Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Three Federal Actions to Address COVID-19

Executive Orders, Directives and Guidelines

State Legislative Updates

  • The Legislature passed two budget bills at the request of the Governor, AB 89/SB 89 and AB 117/SB 117, to appropriate funding for COVID-19 relief.
  • AB/SB 89 would appropriate $500 million from the general fund to combat COVID-19 (appropriation could be increased in $50M increments, up to $1 billion total).
  • AB/SB 117 would appropriate $100 million from the general fund for schools. The legislation also includes intent language to help individual Californians, nonprofits, and small businesses.

Business, Community and Partner Resources

Responding to the Coronavirus/COVID-19: ILG Partner Liebert Cassidy Whitmore has developed a resource page with information for public agencies, non-profits and school districts. Access their resource page here.

COVID-19: Local Authority in a Public Health Crisis: ILG Partner Best, Best & Krieger has developed resource pages for local governments to help them understand the pandemic. Access their resources on Local Authority in a Public Health Crisis and COVID-19 and Open Meeting Laws on their website.

Communications Resources: ILG Partner Tripepi Smith has compiled a resource page for local governments including: social media resources, sample language for dedicated webpages, and a communications checklist. Access those resources here.

Governor Suspends Portions of The Brown Act’s Teleconferencing Rules: ILG Partner Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard has released guidance related to the new Brown Act rules. Read their alert here.

California Suspends 60-Day Notice Requirement for Layoffs Related to COVID-19: ILG Partner Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard has released guidance related to layoffs. Read their alert here.

Facebook’s Local Alerts: As of March 12th, Facebook has opened up local alerts to all local governments, public health agencies and first responders. This is a free tool that allows local governments to send critical alerts to their community. When posts are marked as local alerts, Facebook amplifies their reach so that people living in an affected community are much more likely to see them. Find out more.

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