Top Ways to Stay Informed
- Visit frequently the City of LA dedicated website on Coronavirus health and employer/workforce updates at https://corona-virus.la/
- Sign up to receive emergency email, text, or telephone updates from LA City’s Notify LA at https://emergency.lacity.org/notifyla
- LA County Department of Public Health will provide updated health info and facts at http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/coronavirus/
- State of CA will provide updated info and facts on response and relief efforts at www.covid19.ca.gov
- Downtown’s congressional representative is Congressman Jimmy Gomez. His website has the latest information on federal economic relief initiatives at https://gomez.house.gov/coronavirus/
REMINDER: The Mayor’s Worker Protection Ordinance is Now in Effect
- Must allow workers to wash their hands or sanitize every 30 minutes
- Must provide or reimburse employees for face coverings
- Clean, fully-stocked restrooms
- Physical distancing between workers and everyone else
- Hand Sanitizer at key touch points
- All customers who enter businesses must wear face coverings
From the LAPD
In an effort to augment staffing levels, reassure the public, and create a safe environment for our employees, the Los Angeles Police Department is modifying some of our regular services. We ask for your patience during this time, as this shift of resources may impact the public.
Effective immediately, we will be deploying 50 percent of our area detective workforce to uniformed patrol assignments. These dedicated resources will perform high visibility patrols to critical locations throughout our 21 geographic areas, ensuring the safety of the residents and any store operators that may be dealing with very large crowds.
This deployment is not a response to any specific heightened criminal activity. To date, we have experienced very few isolated non-medical calls for service throughout the entire region related to the health emergency. There is no indication that there will be any change to this posture. We have seen Angelenos rise to the occasion by social distancing, good hygiene and sheltering with loved ones.
Also, starting Wednesday, all of our geographic areas will be closing their front desks and walk-up service. This move is an effort to ensure social distancing and do our part to slow the spread of Coronavirus.
Instead of going to your local area station, we are asking the public to use unique email addresses assigned to each of our 21 area front desks. Those emails will be monitored 24/7 and routed to the proper channels. Rest assured, we will still respond to crimes in progress or a crime in need of immediate follow up, as Watch Commanders will dispatch patrol officers to those incidents.
There will be some exceptions to the closures for specific business that requires an in-person meeting including, but not limited to:
- Vehicle/Property Release
- Child Custody Exchanges
- Attorney Visitation (with an individual in custody)
- Bail/Bond Releases
An officer will give specific directions on how those visits will be handled. These new guidelines will greatly reduce contact between members of the public and Department personnel, hopefully ensuring the health and well-being of our workforce. The LAPD is committed to providing professional service for our community and keeping our employees healthy, is critical as we continue to protect and serve the people of Los Angeles.
Here are the unique email addresses for each area:
One-Stop Resource Guide for Businesses - The LA Chamber of Commerce is gathering together information and resources for businesses
CARES Act Should Provide Some Relief for Businesses On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed into law the CARES Act, which provided additional assistance for small business owners and non-profits, including the opportunity to get up to a $10,000 Advance on an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). This Advance may be available even if your EIDL application was declined or is still pending, and will be forgiven.
One-Stop Resource Guide for Businesses - The LA Chamber of Commerce is gathering together information and resources for businesses California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (LAEDC) - Requesting Tax Relief
Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) - A COVID-19 response site to provide info regarding business loan programs, unemployment insurance, financial assistance, and relevant resources for businesses, employers and workers
Federal Small Business Association Economic Injury Disaster Loans - These SBA loans offer up to $2 million in assistance for a small business to help overcome a temporary loss of revenue
California Unemployment Insurance Work Sharing Program - Employers experiencing a slowdown in their businesses or services as a result of the COVID-19 impact on the economy may apply for the UI Work Sharing Program -- this program allows employers to seek an alternative to layoffs
California Employment Development Division Rapid Response Program - Employers planning a closure or major layoffs as a result of COVID-19 can get help through the Rapid Response program -- contact your local America’s Job Center
California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (IBANK) Loans - IBank, a unit within California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), offers the following loan programs for businesses from one to 750 employees (small businesses):
• Disaster Relief Loan Guarantee Program (DRLGP)
IBank will issue loan guarantees up to 95 percent of the loan through its partner Financial Development Corporations to help small business borrowers who were impacted by disasters or public safety power shutoffs and who need term loans or lines of credit for working capital.
• Jump Start Loan Program
IBank is offering loans from $500 to $10,000 to low-wealth entrepreneurs in the declared disaster and emergency areas through its Jump Start Loan Program.
California Capital Access Program (CalCAP) - The California Capital Access Program for Small Business (CalCAP SB or Program) encourages banks and other financial institutions to make loans to small businesses that have difficulty obtaining financing. If you own a small business and need a loan for start-up, expansion or working capital, you may receive more favorable loan terms from a lender if your loan is enrolled in the CalCAP Loan Loss Reserve Program. This program helps communities by providing financing to businesses that create jobs and improve the economy.
Unemployment Insurance (UI) claims - File a claim if your employer has reduced your hours or shut down operations due to COVID-19. Workers who are temporarily unemployed due to COVID-19 and expected to return to work with their employer within a few weeks are not required to actively seek work each week.
Paid Family Leave - Apply for Paid Family Leave if you’re unable to work because you are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19.
Disability Insurance - Apply for disability leave if you’re unable to work due to medical quarantine or illness.
Use Accrued Paid Sick Leave - If a worker or a family member is sick or for preventative care when civil authorities recommend quarantine, workers may use accrued paid sick leave in accordance with the law.
Workers Compensation - If workers are unable to do their usual job because they were exposed to and contracted COVID-19 during the regular course of their work, they may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.
Bartender Emergency Assistance Program - The United States Bartenders Guild Foundation is offering financial assistance to bartenders and their families through its Bartender Emergency Assistance Program. You do not need to be a member to apply.
Restuarant Workers Relief Program - A temporary relief center for any restaurant worker who has been laid off or has had a significant reduction in hours and/or pay.
LA Chamber of Commerce Brings You Twice Weekly Small Business Virtual Forums - Designed for small businesses in LA County, this weekly, virtual forum will feature experts highlighting resources and insights specifically for small businesses.
State Treasurer's Office - Small Business Resources
Los Angeles City Small Business Emergency Microloan Program - Provides financing needed to strengthen small business enterprises in this time of accute need that have been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak
Resilience Toolkit for Los Angeles Businesses - A resource to help Los Angeles' small businesses impacted by COVID-19
U.S. Small Business Administration Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (Guidance for businesses and information on access to low interest loans to small businesses/non-profits severely impacted by COVID-19 through the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program)
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Guidance for Businesses and Employers (Recommended strategies to help prevent workplace exposures)
U.S. Chamber of Commerce “Understanding the Coronavirus” Webinar (Learn about the impact of the outbreak on the private sector and how companies should consider their response) U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Communication Resources (Free resources including video, fact sheets and posters available for use and distribution)
National Restaurant Association: Coronavirus Information and Resources (Resources specific to the food service industry)