“Safer At Home:” LA City residents asked to stay home; non-essential businesses to close

To help contain the spread of coronavirus, Mayor Eric Garcetti has issued a “Safer At Home” emergency order. All residents of the City of Los Angeles are ordered to stay inside their residences, and immediately limit all movement outside of their homes beyond what is absolutely necessary to take care of essential needs.
The “Safer at Home” order took effect 11:59 pm, Thursday March 19, 2020.Currently the order remains in place until April 19, 2020, but it may be either shortened or extended as required. The same order is in place across all parts of Los Angeles County, as well.
There will be a 24-hour grace period in the City lasting until 11:59 pm Friday, March 20, 2020 to allow employees and business owners to access their workplaces long enough to gather belongings or address administrative needs, so long as social distancing requirements are followed.
This means that residents of the City of Los Angeles are required to stay inside their homes unless they are engaged in certain “essential activities”such as shopping for groceries or buying gas. On those occasions when you are out of your home for necessary tasks, you must stay at least 6 feet away from others, and not gather in groups.
All businesses within the City of Los Angeles are also required to cease operations that require in-person attendance at a workplace unless they are providing essential activities or infrastructure. So malls will close, for example, but places to buy gas, food, hardware, or medicine remain open, and social service providers continue to operate, as do other service providers like banks, auto repairs, and plumbers. Businesses continuing to operate must still comply with social distancing guidelines.

Small business support: City offers $11 million in microloans, commercial evictions moratorium, resiliency toolkit

To support LA businesses during this crisis, the City of Los Angeles is offering $11 million in small business microloans; a moratorium on commercial evictions; and a toolkit to guide you through safeguarding your staff and your business during this crisis.
City of LA-based small businesses may apply for no-fee microloans of $5,000 – $20,000 as part of an $11 million COVID-19 economic relief package supported by the Mayor and City Council and provided via the Economic & Workforce Development Department (EWDD).
According to the Mayor’s press release on the microloan program, the interest rate can either be 0% for a term of six months to one year, or 3% to 5% for a term of up to five years.
Small businesses in the City of Los Angeles can learn more and apply at http://LAmayor.org/loan

All Angelenos should sign up for NotifyLA, the mass notification system that the City is using to push out updates on COVID-19 response and prevention.                                       Please encourage your family and friends to also sign up. NotifyLA.org

The Governor implemented measures to assist Californians in the wake of COVID-19. View Governor’s orders.

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We hope that you and your family are safe and healthy and we look forward to working with you for our community again soon!