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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 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 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.

City Resources

County Resources

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State and National Resources

State hotline for people to call for local non-medical services, such as food delivery and mental health care. The number is 833-544-2374.

ALL Counties statewide required to close indoor operations in the following sectors: 

  • Dine-in restaurants
  • Wineries and tasting rooms
  • Movie theaters 
  • Family entertainment centers (for example: bowling alleys, miniature golf, batting cages and arcades)
  • Zoos and museums
  • Cardrooms

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: 

  • Fitness centers
  • Worship services
  • Protests 
  • Offices for non-essential sectors
  • Personal care services, like nail salons, body waxing and tattoo parlors
  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Malls

Read the health order here.

Find the list of counties on the on the state monitoring list for 3+ days on this page.

State Resources

National Resources

Executive Orders, Directives and Guidelines

State Legislative Updates

  • 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 here.

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 page here.

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 here.

COVID-19 Legal Alerts: ILG Partner Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard has released a number of legal alerts providing guidance to local governments. Access their alerts here.

COVID-19 Resource Page: ILG partner HdL Companies has created a resource page to help local governments navigate the crisis. Access their resource page 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.

Local Government Response to COVID-19

Local Government COVID-19 Response Highlights

  • 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. Read more.
  • 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 6AM-10PM. Read more.
  • Coachella Valley Public Cemetery District approved funding to help families bury loved ones during pandemic. Read more.
  • 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 services. Read more.
  • 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 more.
  • Elk Grove Unified School District created drive through zones outside 13 schools so that families can pick up food for their children. Read more.
  • 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. Read more.
  • 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. Read more.
  • Los Angeles County is giving $10,000 each to businesses as Coronavirus hits bottom lines. Read more.
  • 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. Read more.
  • 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 pandemic. Read more I Read more
  • 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. Watch.
  • Natomas Unified School District is practicing social distancing with “drive through” school food service. Read more.
  • Nevada and Santa Clara Counties worked together to get treatment to critically ill Coronavirus patient. Read more.
  • 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 orders. Read more.
  • 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. Read more.
  • 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. Read more.
  • City of San Diego is converting its convention center to a homeless shelter. Read more.
  • 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 more.
  • 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. Read more.
  • City of San Jose distributed hand-washing stations, portable toilets, and clean water to homeless encampments. Read more.
  • 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. Read more.
  • Ventura County created a Pandemic Rental Assistance program to help reduce the amount of tenants’ back-owed rent, while assisting landlords. Read more.
  • Yolo County and Washington Unified School District teamed up with a local restaurant to serve over 10,000 families in need Read more.

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