On May 13, 2020 The Mayor announced that masks are required outside.
May 7, 2020
SAFER LA – The Mayor will modify the Safer at Home Order to allow florists, toy stores, music stores, bookstores, clothing and sporting goods stores to offer curbside pickup starting Friday, May 8th. Businesses are not mandated to open and should only open if they can do so safely.Starting Saturday, May 9, Angelenos may return to City trails, trailhead parks, and golf courses. Runyon Canyon will remain closed and face coverings will be required. Gatherings are still restricted to those in your household. Physical distancing must be maintained in public.
3 LEVEL RISK ANALYSIS – As the City of Los Angeles moves through the stages of recovery, we will be guided by data and science. The County has defined seven key public health indicators that will enable public health and government officials to determine whether the COVID-19 crisis is improving, staying the same, or worsening — and to then take action accordingly. These indicators will evolve as our knowledge of COVID-19 and its effects grows. To track the status of these indicators, phases and steps we’re taking, visit coronavirus.lacity.org/saferla
- If the data shows we’re taking too many steps backward and we need everyone to stay home, these indicators will be red.
- If the metrics are trending in the wrong direction and tell us we need to pare back activity, the indicators will be orange.
- If we’re doing things right and the numbers are showing steady progress, the indicators will show up yellow.
- Green means this crisis is over and, unfortunately, won’t be showing up in the foreseeable future.
EXTRA STEPS TO PROTECT WORKERS AND RESIDENTS – Starting Monday, May 11, all riders on LADOT transit buses are required to wear face coverings, including Dash, Commuter Express, and City ride. Also starting Monday, all travelers at LAX will be required to wear face coverings.
LA REPRESENTS – Coalition of top law firms, bar associations and attorneys donating their services free of charge to help renters, domestic violence survivors, and low income families/workers with everything from employment issues, to debt and bankruptcy challenges, and small businesses.
For those interested in joining the cause, visit coronavirus.lacity.org/larepresents
COVID-19 RESPONSE EQUITY – Capri Maddox appointed to serve as the City’s Chief of COVID Response Equity. Her mandate is to keep equity as our primary lens at every stage in this response. She’ll work on strategies to help more low-income residents and communities of color access available testing and get medical care when they need it – for COVID-19 symptoms and other life threatening illnesses. She’ll also work with partners to identify where the impact of the pandemic is unequal and build new strategies to protect people and prevent illness. Capri was recently appointed as Executive Director of the City’s New Civil and Human Rights Department, launching in January 2021.
UPDATES TO VITAL SERVICES – Changes and upgrades from the City’s departments to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
Department of Transportation – DOT has expanded the number of intersections where the walk signal will come up automatically, without touching a button to close to 900 intersections and implemented near about 2 dozen hospitals. This upgrade helps reduce the spread of COVID-19 by limiting people from touching a button that may be contagious.
Streets LA Streets has doubled the frequency of cleaning at our transit shelters and installed 300 touch-free hand sanitizing dispensers at the highest-use stops throughout every council district in our city.
LA Sanitation has cracked down on illegal dumping to keep our sidewalks and streets clean.
Resources from State Senator Holly Mitchell
- Governor Gavin Newsom announced the launch of a first-in-the-nation “Great Plates Delivered” program, a meal delivery service for California’s older adults in SD30 who qualify by delivering three nutritious meals a day. Have questions contact- (Dept. of Aging Hotline): 213-263-5226 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Enter your location into 211.org to find local services, such as nutrition, financial, health care and housing assistance. Every community has an Aging and Adult Info Line to connect to aging and adult services: 1-800-510-2020.
- Do you suspect someone is being neglected or abused? Call Adult Protective Services at 1-877-477-3646 (1-877-4-R-Seniors).
- Suspect fraud? AARP has a Fraud Watch Network Helpline: 877-908-3360.
- Concerned about someone with dementia or Alzheimer’s or their caregiver? Call the Alzheimer’s Association: 800-272-3900.
Children and Parents
- Get help buying groceries with the NEW Pandemic EBT (or P-EBT) card: With schools closed due to COVID-19, children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals can get up to $365 in food benefits. Families with children who receive CalFresh, Medi-Cal, or Foster Care will get their P-EBT card in the mail during the month of May, no need to apply! Families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals AND do not participate in CalFresh, Medi-Cal, or Foster Care can apply starting May 22nd – June 30th at https://ca.p-ebt.org for more information visit: www.cdss.ca.gov/home/pandemic-ebt.
- California began allowing online food purchasing with EBT benefits! You may use your EBT card on Amazon and/or Walmart to purchase groceries. Delivery fees cannot be paid for with EBT cards. More retailers to come! Visit for FAQ: https://www.cdss.ca.gov/Portals/9/CalFresh/EBTOnline/EBT-Online-FAQ-Sheet-En.pdf
- On May 10th, households who received CalFresh in the month of April will receive an emergency allotment on their EBT card. If you are a Calfresh recipient, you will not need to take further action. This benefit will be automatically loaded to your EBT account.
- Are you an essential worker and in need of childcare? There is a new portal to help you find safe, reliable and accessible child care options. The new portal is available at covid19.ca.gov/childcare and enables parents to enter their location and the type of care needed, instantly receiving a list of local center-based and family child care programs. The list of open licensed child care programs will include health and safety information, age of children accepted, capacity, availability, hours and contact information for the program and local Child Care Resource and Referral agency.