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
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 officially labeled this a global
health crisis and both President Trump and Governor
Newsom declared national and statewide emergencies.
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.
State hotline for people to call for local non-medical services,
such as food delivery and mental health care. The number is
ALL Counties statewide required to close indoor operations in the
Wineries and tasting rooms
Family entertainment centers (for example: bowling alleys,
miniature golf, batting cages and arcades)
Zoos and museums
Bars, brewpubs, breweries, and pubs must close all operations
both indoor and outdoor statewide, unless they are offering
sit-down, outdoor dine-in meals.
Counties that have remained on the County Monitoring List for 3
consecutive days are required to shut down the following
industries or activities unless they can be modified to operate
outside or by pick-up:
Offices for non-essential sectors
Personal care services, like nail salons, body waxing and
The legislature has updated its return to session to July 27,
although talks are currently underway to push the return date
further out. Legislative deadlines will have to be adjusted again
and the legislative process could get exponentially more
complicated if the return date pushes past August 3. There is an
upcoming constitutional deadline which is immovable: the August
31 deadline for the Legislature to act on bills.
The State budget was passed by the legislature and signed by
the Governor. Read more
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. They also recently released a
Public Agency Return to Work Toolkit.
COVID-19: Legal Update: ILG Partner Best, Best &
Krieger has developed a resource page for local governments to
help them understand legal rulings and executive orders
surrounding the pandemic. Access their
resource page here.
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 their resource page
COVID-19 Resource Page: ILG Partner Burke
Williams & Sorensen is committed to helping our clients stay
up-to-date on developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic. They
have created a resource page with legal alerts, blog posts,
articles and other resources. Access their resource page here.
COVID-19 Resource Page: ILG Partner Hanson
Bridgett has created an online toolkit to help their clients
confront and address legal issues arising from the ongoing
COVID-19 pandemic.Hanson Bridgett has assembled a
multidisciplinary response team available to help our clients
navigate the myriad unique issues presented by the developing
worldwide pandemic, and to protect their companies and employees.
Access their resource
COVID-19 Information and Updates: ILG Partner
Renne Public Law Group has created a resource page providing
information about COVID-19’s impact on California’s political and
administrative landscape. Access their resource page
COVID-19 Legal Alerts: ILG Partner Kronick
Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard has released a number of legal
alerts providing guidance to local governments. Access their
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
Cities of Alameda, Foster City, Petaluma, Redwood City
and San Mateo restricted or reduced traffic on
designated roads so residents would have more space for
socially distant exercising. Open streets without traffic are
helping provide more space for residents to safely be outside
and for businesses to increase their foot traffic while helping
to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
City of Burbank In the continued effort
to slow down the spread of the Coronavirus, pedestrians &
bicyclists no longer have to press the Walk Button at
intersections. All Burbank signals have been set so the
Walk signal turns on automatically between
Coachella Valley Public Cemetery District
approved funding to help families bury loved ones during
Chino Valley Fire District continues to
deliver to seniors during the crisis. Seniors and others at
high risk of contracting COVID-19 can contact the Fire District
and ask that firefighters and other employees pick up and
deliver prescriptions and groceries and perform other essential
City of El Centro hosted a virtual
meeting to discuss improvements to their Downtown area. They
took official comments from residents via Zoom and Facebook
live. El Centro, is one of ILG’s BOOST communities, which is
working on enhancing their public engagement efforts virtually
during COVID-19. Read
Elk Grove Unified School District created
drive through zones outside 13 schools so that families can
pick up food for their children.
City of Fresno, even before Gov. Newsom’s June
18 Executive Order requiring all Californians to wear face
masks in public, is providing 10,000 disposable surgical masks
for small businesses to hand out to their customers and 4,000
cloth masks for employees.
City of Lancaster created a campaign called
“Turn your Tassel,” in which the city provides an array of
tactics to celebrate the graduating class of 2020 through
social media campaigns, banners, certificates, and videos. The
city also encouraged residents to decorate their yards to
celebrate graduates with free take-home celebration kits
provided by the city.
Los Angeles County is giving $10,000
each to businesses as Coronavirus hits bottom
Modoc County has become the last best place to
avoid the deadly virus. This high desert county of alfalfa
fields, wildlife refuges, and 9,000 people has not recorded a
single case of COVID-19. Not even one. Ever. It’s the only
county in California that appears to be coronavirus free — one
of only five in seven Western states that can still make that
claim, at the moment.
Monterey and Ukiah Public Libraries in
partnership with the California State Library, are starting the
COVID-19 Diaries compiling any essays, poems, letters, photos,
videos, or other artworks about individual experiences in the
Read more I
City of Morgan Hill hosted a virtual Business
Resiliency Roundtable Webinar focused on discussion around the
reopening of retail businesses within the City and answering
questions from their community. The video was broadcast live
through the City’s Facebook page.
Natomas Unified School District is
practicing social distancing with “drive through” school food
Nevada and Santa Clara Counties worked
together to get treatment to critically ill Coronavirus
Orange County’s Clerk Recorder is offering
marriage licenses and civil marriage ceremonies through a
pop-up mobile ticket counter for couples whose marriage
appointments were postponed due to closures and stay-at-home
Palo Alto Unified and La Honda-Pescadero School
Districts are looking at bringing in outdoor educators
who lost their jobs when programs were canceled in response to
the pandemic. Schools can bring them in to share their
expertise by working with students on playgrounds, in school
gardens or at nearby parks.
City of Sacramento launched a new webinar
series to help local Sacramento businesses survive, thrive and
retain employees through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Read more. The City also created new virtual resources and
activities to help keep youth socially engaged.
City of San Diego is converting its
convention center to a homeless shelter. Read
San Diego County’s small army of public health
investigators & contact tracers are working on identifying
every resident who has been exposed to #COVID19. No small task
within a county of 3.3 million people. Read
City of San Francisco rolled out a Shared
Spaces Program to assist business by providing flexible use of
sidewalks, streets, and other public spaces to serve customers.
Under this program, restaurants can use a portion of the public
right-of-way, such as sidewalks, parking lanes, streets, or
other nearby public spaces like parks and plazas for restaurant
pick-up and outdoor dining.
City of San Jose distributed hand-washing
stations, portable toilets, and clean water to homeless
City of Temecula developed a COVID-19 smart
phone app, dedicated hotline and email address, along with many
other forms of rapid response communication tools and
technologies, for citizens to report, communicate and
understand the City’s recovery efforts, among many forms of
rapid response communications the City set up.
Ventura County created a Pandemic Rental
Assistance program to help reduce the amount of tenants’
back-owed rent, while assisting landlords.
Yolo County and Washington Unified School
District teamed up with a local restaurant to
serve over 10,000 families in need Read