Supervisor Kathryn Barger Announces Further Closures, Updates and Precautions

by | Mar 25, 2020 | Community

“L.A. County is working with our partners at the local, state, and federal levels to support our communities as we combat the coronavirus. Please prioritize common-sense public health practices like hand washing and social distancing. We have no shortage of supplies or food in L.A. County and ask that our community members continue to be compassionate neighbors. Our elderly residents are particularly vulnerable, and we must ensure they have access to the resources they need. We want to assure everyone that in addition to our dedication to public health and prevention against the further spread of coronavirus, we are equally focused on the personal and economic impacts. We have incredible resources available to ensure the well-being of local families, nonprofits, businesses, and faith groups. In addition to access to medication and meals, L.A. County is here to assist with all your needs, including employment support, social services, education, and entertainment. To stay up-to-date on the latest information and for all of these resources, visit lacounty.gov/covid19 or visit my website at kathrynbarger.lacounty.gov.”
To prevent further spread of COVID-19, Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Chair of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, announced additional precautions last month.
All bars, clubs, theaters, entertainment centers, and fitness centers are ordered to be closed until further notice. Restaurants will be permitted to serve take out or delivery food only and grocery stores may remain open.
Gatherings of more than 50 people are strongly discouraged, in accordance with directions from the Centers for Disease Control.
“This is a constantly-evolving issue and we appreciate everyone doing their part to help stem the further spread of the virus,” Supervisor Kathryn Barger said. “We’re moving into the next phase of preventative measures and do not make these decisions lightly.”
Closures will have an impact on thousands of employees, employers, and businesses. Supervisor Barger plans to work on eviction relief for any individuals who may be impacted by closures and restrictions of public gatherings. This may include a moratorium on evictions for residential tenants and small businesses in unincorporated areas of the County until further direction from the state and federal governments on available funding.
The County plans to assist small businesses in applying for loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration. Los Angeles County would like to work with utility and service providers to waive late fees and forgo service disconnections for tenants and small businesses who have been impacted. Additionally, the County will consider collaborating with banks and mortgage lenders to waive late fees, forgo notices of default and delay other actions to foreclose on property.
“This is a dynamic issue that has an impact on each one of us – personally, professionally, and economically,” Supervisor Barger said. “By working together and heeding the advice of our public health professionals, we will get through this.”
To serve those in need, L.A. County is examining options for additional assistance, such as food through the Cal-Fresh program and other support measures.
For those who need medical attention, Los Angeles County is working in collaboration with health care partners to provide essential medical services through telemedicine.
Essential County employees, including first responders and health care workers, will continue to serve the community. All Los Angeles County buildings are closed to the public and all non-essential meetings and events have been canceled.
Visit lacounty.gov for more information and updates, including closures, food services, and utility relief.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health will share their official health order on www.publichealth.lacounty.gov.

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