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COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS)*

LOS ANGELES COUNTY

 

CASES 

 

300,614

 

DEATHS 

 

7,000

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO

 

CASES 

 

1,021

 

DEATHS 

 

19

* This data is provided by the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health and includes cases reported by Long Beach and Pasadena Health Departments as of 10/25/20; 8 pm.

SAFER AT HOME HEALTH ORDER

10/23/20

REOPENING SAFER AT WORK AND IN THE COMMUNITY FOR CONTROL OF COVID-19: REVISED HEALTH ORDER AND OPENING PROTOCOLS FOR PERSONAL CARE ESTABLISHMENTS, SHOPPING CENTER (FOOD SERVICES), SCHOOLS, AND FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT OPERATIONS

This revised Health Order is issued to comply with State Executive Orders N-33-20 and N-60-20 issued by Governor Gavin Newsom, and the accompanying orders of the State Public Health Officer issued on March 19, 2020, May 7, 2020, July 13, 2020, July 17, 2020, and August 28, 2020. The State Public Health Offers has articulated a 4 Stage framework – California Pandemic Resilience Roadmap to inform the State’s actions that reintroduce activities and sectors in a phased manner and with necessary modifications to protect health and safety, and to lower the risk of COVID-19 transmission and outbreaks in a community.

This revised Health Order includes:

  • Permit personal care establishments to offer services indoors with modifications.
  • Clarify permitted food services at Indoor Malls and Shopping Centers.
  • Permit batting cages, miniature golf and go cart racing to operate outside only. Arcades and other indoor family entertainment operations remain closed.
  • Increase the percentage of students with IEPs and ELs, and other high need students allowed at any one time on a K-12 campus from 10% to 25%.
  • Permit schools to reopen TK-2nd Grades for classroom instruction only with a waiver application approved by the LA County Department of Public Health.

Download Safer at Work and in the Community Health Order (10/23/20): ENGLISH

10/14/20

REOPENING SAFER AT WORK AND IN THE COMMUNITY FOR CONTROL OF COVID-19: ALLOWING PRIVATE GATHERINGS OF PERSONS FROM NO MORE THAN 3 HOUSEHOLDS

This revised Health Order is issued to comply with State Executive Orders N-33-20 and N-60-20 issued by Governor Gavin Newsom, and the accompanying orders of the State Public Health Officer issued on March 19, 2020, May 7, 2020, July 13, 2020, July 17, 2020, and August 28, 2020. The State Public Health Offers has articulated a 4 Stage framework – California Pandemic Resilience Roadmap to inform the State’s actions that reintroduce activities and sectors in a phased manner and with necessary modifications to protect health and safety, and to lower the risk of COVID-19 transmission and outbreaks in a community.

This revised Health Order includes allowing private gatherings of persons from no more than 3 households, but only in compliance with the following requirements:

  • Outdoors Only
  • Keep it Short
  • Follow Physical Distancing and Hand Hygiene
  • Singing, Chanting, and Shouting at Outdoor Gatherings are Strongly Discouraged
  • Anyone who develops COVID-19 within 48 hours after attending a private gathering must notify the Department of Public Health and the other attendees as soon as possible. 

Download Safer at Work and in the Community Health Order (10/14/20): ENGLISH

10/6/20

REOPENING SAFER AT WORK AND IN THE COMMUNITY FOR CONTROL OF COVID-19: CONDITIONAL OPENING OF WINERIES AND BREWERIES FOR OUTDOOR DINING OPERATIONS WITH MODIFICATIONS

This Order is directed solely by the Board of Supervisors. The County of Los Angeles is currently experiencing widespread transmission of COVID-19 and is in Tier 1 of the State of California Blueprint for a Safer Economy. The Order permits the conditional opening of wineries and breweries that do not serve food, for outdoor dining operations. This Order permits wineries and breweries that do not serve food, for outdoor dining operations. This Order permits wineries and breweries, on or after October 6, 2020, to serve wine or beer when served with a bona fide meal prepared or served onsite by the approved food provider upon implementing the required infection control protocols issued by the Department of Public Health, which include but are not limited to, outside dining operations, required reservations for service, implementation and adherence to appropriate social distancing and all required safety measures. Wineries and breweries may continue to remain open for retail sales in compliance with Protocols for Retail Establishments Opening for In-person Shopping (Appendix B).

For more information on LA County’s Reopening Protocols, the Road to Recovery, or things you can do to protect yourself, your family and your community, click here.

Download Safer at Work and in the Community Health Order (10/6/20):ENGLISH

Download Safer at Work and in the Community Health Order – Conditional Opening of Wineries and Breweries for Outdoor Dining Operations with Modifications (10/6/20): ENGLISH

10/5/20

REOPENING SAFER AT WORK AND IN THE COMMUNITY FOR CONTROL OF COVID-19: REVISED HEALTH ORDER AND REOPENING PROTOCOLS 

This revised Health Order is issued to comply with State Executive Orders N-33-20 and N-60-20 issued by Governor Gavin Newsom, and the accompanying orders of the State Public Health Officer issued on March 19, 2020, May 7, 2020, July 13, 2020, July 17, 2020, and August 28, 2020. The State Public Health Offers has articulated a 4 Stage framework – California Pandemic Resilience Roadmap to inform the State’s actions that reintroduce activities and sectors in a phased manner and with necessary modifications to protect health and safety, and to lower the risk of COVID-19 transmission and outbreaks in a community.

For more information on LA County’s Reopening Protocols, the Road to Recovery, or things you can do to protect yourself, your family and your community, click click here.

Download Safer at Work and in the Community Health Order (10/5/20): ENGLISH

10/2/20

REOPENING SAFER AT WORK AND IN THE COMMUNITY FOR CONTROL OF COVID-19: REVISED HEALTH ORDER AND OPENING PROTOCOLS FOR NAIL SALONS, SHOPPING MALLS, CARDROOMS, PLAYGROUNDS AND SCHOOL WAIVER PROGRAM

This revised Health Order is issued to comply with State Executive Orders N-33-20 and N-60-20 issued by Governor Gavin Newsom, and the accompanying orders of the State Public Health Officer issued on March 19, 2020, May 7, 2020, July 13, 2020, July 17, 2020, and August 28, 2020. The State Public Health Offers has articulated a 4 Stage framework – California Pandemic Resilience Roadmap to inform the State’s actions that reintroduce activities and sectors in a phased manner and with necessary modifications to protect health and safety, and to lower the risk of COVID-19 transmission and outbreaks in a community.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health), in consultation with the Board of Supervisors, will revise the Health Officer Order to allow for limited in-door operations at nail salons and shopping malls, outdoor operations for cardrooms, re-opening of outside playgrounds and the school waiver program for grades TK-2.

The following sectors and program will be allowed to reopen on the following dates under the following restrictions:

Sector – Date of Reopening – Restrictions

  • Nail Salons – October 1, 2020: Indoor services may resume at 25% capacity. Outdoor services should continue as much as possible.  
  • Schools (TK-2) Waiver Program – Applications can be submitted on October 5, 2020: Limited to 30 schools per week.
  • Cardrooms – October 5, 2020: Outdoor operations only. Food and beverages may not be served at the tables.
  • Indoor Shopping Malls – October 7, 2020: Occupancy limited to 25% capacity; all food courts and all common areas remain closed.
  • Outside Playgrounds – At the discretion of cities and the County Parks and Recreation Department. All parents and children age 2 and older who use playgrounds in the County must always wear a cloth face covering, there is no eating or drinking allowed at the playground, and parents are encouraged to monitor their children to ensure that they maintain a 6-foot physical distance from other children not in their households and that they take infection control procedures. Indoor playgrounds do remain closed. Exceptions are playgrounds located at childcare facilities. 

Public Health is consulting with County Counsel to determine the process and date for re-opening outdoor operations at breweries and wineries serving a meal. We anticipate this process will be completed in a week.

Beginning Monday, October 5, school waiver applications for in-person instruction for students in grades TK-2 will be available online at www.publichealth.lacounty.gov. Applications will be received and reviewed by Public Health in consultation with the State. Schools must follow all required school re-opening protocols for infection control, distancing, and cohorting. Students will be in cohorts of no more than 12 children and two supervising adults in each classroom. This group of students and adults will need to stay together throughout the entire day for all activities. Every school that re-opens will receive a site visit from Public Health. Public Health has a dedicated team of specialists providing technical assistance and disease management control to all schools that are re-opened or re-opening.

Comprehensive protocols for all sectors that reopen will be posted online to ensure the continued health and safety of workers and the community. Businesses are required to implement the protocols for infection control and distancing prior to reopening to ensure they are in compliance, and to avoid citations, fines and possible closure. Businesses have a duty to protect employees, customers and residents from COVID-19 as much as possible and to follow Public Health protocols and directives. It is important for everyone to follow the directives and to do their part every day to keep everyone as safe as possible.

For more information on LA County’s Reopening Protocols, the Road to Recovery, or things you can do to protect yourself, your family and your community, click click here.

Download Safer at Work and in the Community Health Order (10/2/20): ENGLISH

9/4/20

REOPENING SAFER AT WORK AND IN THE COMMUNITY FOR CONTROL OF COVID-19: REVISED HEALTH ORDER AND REOPENING PROTOCOLS 

This revised Health Order is issued to comply with State Executive Orders N-33-20 and N-60-20 issued by Governor Gavin Newsom, and the accompanying orders of the State Public Health Officer issued on March 19, 2020, May 7, 2020, July 13, 2020, July 17, 2020, and August 28, 2020. The State Public Health Offers has articulated a 4 Stage framework – California Pandemic Resilience Roadmap to inform the State’s actions that reintroduce activities and sectors in a phased manner and with necessary modifications to protect health and safety, and to lower the risk of COVID-19 transmission and outbreaks in a community.

For more information on LA County’s Reopening Protocols, the Road to Recovery, or things you can do to protect yourself, your family and your community, click click here.

Download Safer at Work and in the Community Health Order (9/4/20): ENGLISH

9/2/20

REOPENING SAFER AT WORK AND IN THE COMMUNITY FOR CONTROL OF COVID-19: REVISED HEALTH ORDER AND REOPENING PROTOCOLS PERTAINING TO SMALL SCHOOL SERVICES AND HAIR SALONS AND BARBERSHOPS

This revised Health Order is issued to comply with State Executive Orders N-33-20 and N-60-20 issued by Governor Gavin Newsom, and the accompanying orders of the State Public Health Officer issued on March 19, 2020, May 7, 2020, July 13, 2020, July 17, 2020, and August 28, 2020. The State Public Health Offers has articulated a 4 Stage framework – California Pandemic Resilience Roadmap to inform the State’s actions that reintroduce activities and sectors in a phased manner and with necessary modifications to protect health and safety, and to lower the risk of COVID-19 transmission and outbreaks in a community.

SCHOOL SERVICES

Beginning Monday, September 14, 2020, K-12 schools may offer in-school services for small cohorts of (up to 12) students with:

  • Individualized Education Plans (IEP);
  • Requiring instruction for English as a Second Language;
  • Or needing assessments or specialized in-school services

as long as the school is able to fully implement the Health Officer’s guidance and protocols and submits an operational plan. This change will get children who are in the most need of in-person learning back into their classrooms. Once available, Guidance and Protocols for K-12 can be found here

LA County will not be opening the waiver program for instruction of students in grades TK-6 as we monitor the implementation of this effort to safely get students needing specialized in-school services back at school.

HAIR SALONS AND BARBERSHOPS

In addition to limited in-school services, the HOO has been revised to allow increased access to hair salons & barbershops. LA County’s Department of Public Health issued the Reopening Protocol for Hair Salons & Barbershops. Once reviewed, hair salons & barbershops can re-open for indoor services at 25% occupancy, provided they are in full compliance with the County’s protocols – which includes physical distancing and face coverings for both employees and customers, among other requirements.

If your hair salon or barbershop has been operating outdoors, please continue to do so and use your 25% occupancy for those services you are not able to provide outdoors.

All other current restrictions remain unchanged at this time. As LA County slowly reopens sectors, reopenings and how they impact community transmission will be watched closely. LA County does not want to experience the significant spikes in cases, hospitalizations and deaths seen in July after re-openings and holidays.

Read the full announcement on the reopening of in-school services and increased access to hair salons. 

For more information on LA County’s Reopening Protocols, the Road to Recovery, or things you can do to protect yourself, your family and your community, click click here.

Download Safer at Work and in the Community Health Order (9/2/20): ENGLISH

8/31/20

LA COUNTY & THE STATE’S NEW COVID-19 FRAMEWORK

NEW STATE COVID-19 FRAMEWORK

CA Tier Framework Graphic

Last Friday, the State of California released a new tiered framework to more easily communicate the extent of community transmission in counties across the state. The above graphic is a summary of: 1) the state’s tiers, 2) the indicators they are tracking, and 3) how counties are being classified (as having either widespread, substantial, moderate or minimal spread of the COVID-19 virus in their communities). Moving forward, California will use this new tier system to guide possible sector re-openings for counties to consider.

WHAT DOES THE NEW FRAMEWORK MEAN FOR LA COUNTY (INCLUDING THE CITY OF SAN FERNANDO)?

In LA County, the ultimate decisions about sector re-openings will remain under the purview of the County Health Officer Orders, which are developed in consultation with LA County’s Board of Supervisors.

As demonstrated by the below graphic, LA County is currently in Tier 1 – meaning that there continues to be widespread transmission of the virus in the county.

LA Co Tier 1 Graphic

Per the State, LA County’s current number of 7-day average of new cases (per day per 100,000 people) is 13 – nearly double the threshold for moving up to Tier 2 (which requires that LA County have less than 7 new cases per day per 100,000 population).

LA County’s current test positivity rate is 5%. And even though this places us in Tier 2 (Red) for this metric, when the two metrics fall in different tiers, the State places counties in the most restrictive tier; hence, LA County (like most counties in California) has been placed in Tier 1.

Our path forward for reopening depends on LA County being able to reduce community transmission significantly, so children and teachers can get back to their classrooms and more people can get back to their jobs with as much safety as possible.

For more information on the State’s new framework, visit the CA Department of Public Health (CDPH) website here. For guidance, reopening protocols or a list of what is open or remains closed in LA County, visit LA County’s Department of Public Health.

8/12/20

REOPENING SAFER AT WORK AND IN THE COMMUNITY FOR CONTROL OF COVID-19: REVISED HEALTH ORDER AND REOPENING PROTOCOLS PERTAINING TO EDUCATION

This revised Health Order is issued to comply with State Executive Orders N-33-20 and N-60-20 issued by Governor Gavin Newsom, and the accompanying orders of the State Public Health Officer issued on March 19, 2020, May 7, 2020, July 13, 2020, and July 17, 2020. The State Public Health Offers has articulated a 4 Stage framework – California Pandemic Resilience Roadmap to inform the State’s actions that reintroduce activities and sectors in a phased manner and with necessary modifications to protect health and safety, and to lower the risk of COVID-19 transmission and outbreaks in a community.

Download Safer at Work and in the Community Health Order (8/12/20): ENGLISH

8/3/20

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO PUBLIC ORDER: SWAP MEET – ADDED OPERATIONAL REQUIREMENTS

Issue Date: August 3, 2020

On March 16, 2020, the City Council of the City of San Fernando (“City”) declared a Local Emergency pursuant to San Fernando Municipal Code Chapter 26 Section 2 in response to the public threat caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Such declaration grants specific duties to the officers and employees of the City as set forth in Chapter 26 Section 63. Since that time several additional measures have been taken by the State of California and the City of San Fernando to protect the public from an undue risk of contracting COVID-19.

On March 21, 2020, the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health (the “Health Department”) first issued the “Safer at Home Order for the Control of COVID-19” (the “Safer at Home Order”) and has issued a succession of updated iterations to the same since with the most recent iteration of the Safe at Home Order being issued on July 18, 2020.  The term “Safer at Home Order” means the most current iteration of the aforementioned order of the Health Department, inclusive of any related guidance material relating to the same.

By virtue of authority vested in me as the Director of Emergency Services, pursuant to the provisions of the San Fernando Municipal Code Chapter 26 Section 63(a)(6)(a) to “make and issue rules and regulations on matters reasonably related to the protection of life and property as affected by such emergency”, I hereby declare the following orders to be necessary for the protection of life and property and hereby order:

  • The swap meet located at 585 Glenoaks Boulevard in the City of San Fernando and commonly referred to as San Fernando Swap Meet (the “Swap Meet”) is subject to the County of Los Angeles Protocols for Shopping Centers: Appendix E of the Safer at Home Order.  
  • In addition to the Protocols for Shopping Centers, the Swap Meet is hereby required to adhere to the following added operational conditions above and beyond those set forth in the Safe at Home Order as of the date of this order of the City:
    • In addition to the informational signage called for under the Safer at Home Order, Swap Meet operations shall post additional informational signage notifying Swap Meet patrons and vendors of applicable social distancing protocols, proper way to wear a mask, and location of handwashing/ sanitation stations. The additional signage shall be posted conspicuously at the entrance and exit of each row of booths that are being used by vendors for the purpose of selling goods on any given day.
    • Swap Meet operators shall provide additional handwashing stations at each entrance to the Swap Meet, at the exterior of each restroom facility, and another 4 (1 per 100,000 square feet of retail space) handwashing stations distributed throughout the grounds of the Swap Meet during business hours.
    • Swap Meet operators will limit people capacity to a maximum of 50% of the persons capacity authorized by the Fire Marshall at any given time during business hours (“persons” includes customers, vendors, and staff). The Swap Meet operators shall also limit the number of vendors allowed to operate at the Swap Meet at any given time to 50% of the total number of vendor stalls available to vendors.
  • Although the Safer at Home Order permitted the resumption of swap meet operations in the County of Los Angeles effective as of May 26, 2020 subject to conditions and guidance stated in the Safer at Home Order, I hereby find that circumstances and factors specific to the Swap Meet’s operations in San Fernando warrant more stringent regulation than what is called for under the Safer at Home Order. It is also observed that the Safer at Home Order by its own terms authorizes cities to implement more stringent regulations than those called for under the Safer at Home Order. The specific circumstances and factors that warrant the closure of the Swap Meet are as follows:
    • The Swap Meet is not considered an “Essential Business” under the State and County of Los Angeles Health Orders.
    • The Swap Meet provides the potential for a large gathering of people that may further community spread of COVID-19.
    • As of July 29, 2020, the City of San Fernando has a high concentration of confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths.
      • 594 confirmed cases; equal to 2,413 per 100,000 residents (65th of 88 incorporated cities and unincorporated areas in Los Angeles County).
      • 14 confirmed deaths; equal to 57 per 100,000 residents (69th of 88 incorporated cities and unincorporated areas in Los Angeles County).

Any violation of this order shall be enforced by Section 1-10 of the San Fernando Municipal Code which allows a maximum fine of $1,000 or a maximum of six months imprisonment. Each infidel officer should use their discretion in enforcing this order and always keep the intent of the order in mind.

This order shall be effective at 11:59 p.m. on August 3, 2020 and shall remain in effect until 11:59 p.m. on August 20, 2020.

This order may be extended or rescinded by the Director of Emergency Services, in writing, prior to August 20, 2020.

Download City of San Fernando Public Order: Swap Meet – Added Operational Requirements (8/3/20): ENGLISH

7/18/20

REOPENING SAFER AT WORK AND IN THE COMMUNITY FOR CONTROL OF COVID-19: REVISED HEALTH ORDER AND REOPENING PROTOCOLS

This revised Health Order is issued to comply with State Executive Orders N-33-20 and N-60-20 issued by Governor Gavin Newsom, and the accompanying orders of the State Public Health Officer issued on March 19, 2020, May 7, 2020, July 13, 2020, and July 17, 2020. The State Public Health Offers has articulated a 4 Stage framework – California Pandemic Resilience Roadmap to inform the State’s actions that reintroduce activities and sectors in a phased manner and with necessary modifications to protect health and safety, and to lower the risk of COVID-19 transmission and outbreaks in a community.

Download Safer at Work and in the Community Health Order (7/18/20): ENGLISH

7/14/20

REOPENING SAFER AT WORK AND IN THE COMMUNITY FOR CONTROL OF COVID-19: REVISED HEALTH ORDER AND REOPENING PROTOCOLS

This revised Health Order is issued to comply with State Executive Orders N-33-20 and N-60-20 issued by Governor Gavin Newsom, and the accompanying orders of the State Public Health Officer issued on March 19, 2020, May 7, 2020, and July 13, 2020. The State Public Health Offers has articulated a 4 Stage framework – California Pandemic Resilience Roadmap to inform the State’s actions that reintroduce activities and sectors in a phased manner and with necessary modifications to protect health and safety, and to lower the risk of COVID-19 transmission and outbreaks in a community.

Download Safer at Work and in the Community Health Order (7/14/20): ENGLISH

7/13/20

GOVERNOR NEWSOM ORDERS ADDITIONAL ACTION TO SLOW COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION

California is monitoring COVID-19 closely in each local community and keeping the public informed and is teaming up with counties to fight it with every tool available: current local data, testing, contact tracing, infection control, emergency supplies, containment measures, and more.

Counties should be ready to restore limitations if outbreaks increase. The State Public Health Officer may take action if needed.

Effective July 13, 2020, ALL counties must close indoor operations in these 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 

Additionally, bars, brewpubs, breweries, and pubs must close all operations both indoor and outdoor statewide.

Counties that have remained on the County Monitoring List for 3 consecutive days will be 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 

The following counties have remained on the County Monitoring List for 3 consecutive days:

  • Colusa
  • Contra Costa
  • Fresno
  • Glenn
  • Imperial
  • Kings
  • Los Angeles
  • Madera
  • Marin
  • Merced
  • Monterey
  • Napa
  • Orange
  • Placer
  • Riverside
  • Sacramento
  • San Benito
  • San Bernardino
  • San Diego
  • San Joaquin
  • Santa Barbara
  • Solano
  • Sonoma
  • Stanislaus
  • Sutter
  • Tulare
  • Yolo
  • Yuba
  • Ventura 

More information about the state’s COVID-19 guidance is on the California Department of Public Health’s Guidance web page.

More information about reopening California and what individuals can do to prevent the spread of COVID-19, visit Coronavirus (COVID-19) in California.

7/4/20

REOPENING SAFER AT WORK AND IN THE COMMUNITY FOR CONTROL OF COVID-19: REVISED HEALTH ORDER AND REOPENING PROTOCOLS

This revised Health Order is issued to comply with State Executive Orders N-33-20 and N-60-20 issued by Governor Gavin Newsom, and the accompanying orders of the State Public Health Officer issued on March 19, 2020 and May 7, 2020. The State Public Health Offers has articulated a 4 Stage framework – California Pandemic Resilience Roadmap to inform the Stat’s actions that reintroduce activities and sectors in a phased manner and with necessary modifications to protect health and safety, and to lower the risk of COVID-19 transmission and outbreaks in a community.

Download Safer at Work and in the Community Health Order (7/4/20): ENGLISH

7/1/20

GOVERNOR NEWSOM ORDERS ADDITIONAL ACTION TO SLOW COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION

Number: NR20-143

Contact: CDPHpress@cdph.ca.gov

Counties on Monitoring List for 3 Days or More Must Prohibit Indoor Operations in Certain Sectors for a Minimum of 3 Weeks

Businesses May Modify Operations to Provide Outdoor Services or Pick-up

SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Public Health today released guidance directing counties that have been on the County Monitoring List for three consecutive days or more to close indoor operations for certain sectors which promote the mixing of populations beyond households and make adherence to physical distancing and wearing face coverings difficult. The guidance applies for a minimum of three weeks and is subject to an extension based on epidemiologic indicators. These sectors may modify operations to provide services outside or by pick-up. In addition, all brewpubs, breweries, bars, and pubs in these counties must close immediately, both indoor and outdoor.

Today’s guidance applies to the following sectors:

  • Indoor Dine-in restaurants
  • Indoor Wineries and Tasting Rooms
  • Indoor Family Entertainment Centers
  • Indoor Movie Theaters
  • Indoor Zoos and Museums
  • Indoor Cardrooms

“California is seeing the virus spreading at alarming rates in many parts of the state, and we are taking immediate action to slow the spread of the virus in those areas,” said Governor Newsom. “We bent the curve in the state of California once, and we will bend the curve again. But we’re going to have to be tougher, and that’s why we are taking this action today.”

Community spread of COVID-19 continues to be a concern across the state, and in particular for counties on the County Monitoring List. This puts vulnerable populations, including older Californians and those who have chronic conditions or compromised immune systems, at higher risk of becoming seriously ill due to the virus.

“Today’s action is necessary to help slow the spread of this virus,” said Dr. Sonia Angell, State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health. “We put ourselves and our community at greatest risk for COVID 19 when we mix with people who don’t live with us. And if you go out, wear a face covering, keep your distance, wash your hands frequently and limit unnecessary indoor activities that increase the risk of exposure.”

Today’s order applies to counties that have been on the County Monitoring List for three or more consecutive days. Combined these 19 counties represent approximately 72% of California’s population.

Impacted Counties as of July 1, 2020
  • Contra Costa
  • Fresno
  • Glenn
  • Imperial
  • Kern
  • Kings
  • Los Angeles
  • Merced
  • Orange
  • Riverside
  • Sacramento
  • San Bernardino
  • San Joaquin
  • Santa Barbara
  • Santa Clara
  • Solano
  • Stanislaus
  • Tulare
  • Ventura 

Sectors included in today’s guidance are all high risk of transmission due to a number of features of the businesses and the behaviors that occur within them. These sectors, foundationally, are settings where groups convene and may mix with others for prolonged periods of time often without a face covering. Additionally, physical movement within the establishment, duration of time spent in the establishment, and the degree of social mixing among individuals and groups outside one’s household are all significant in these sectors, which substantially elevates the risk of transmission even where face coverings can be worn. Furthermore, in some of these sectors centered on eating and drinking, compliance with face coverings is not possible for the full duration of time someone spends in these establishments.

California will continue to update and issue guidance based on the best available public health data and the best practices currently employed. All industry or sector guidance documents that have been issued to date, including all infectious control measures outlined in those guidance documents, apply in outdoor settings, and thus must be adhered to.

Finally, as we approach the 4th of July holiday weekend, California is recommending that counties with mandatory closures cancel firework shows, and is reminding all Californians that they should not gather with people they do not live with and avoid crowds. Additionally, all parking facilities at state beaches in Southern California and the Bay Area will be closed for the upcoming weekend. In counties that close local beaches, the State will follow suit and close state beaches. Other state parks will remain open, with measures in place to reduce visitation and limit overcrowding.

More information about the state’s COVID-19 guidance is on the California Department of Public Health’s Guidance web page.

More information about reopening California and what individuals can do to prevent the spread of COVID-19, visit Coronavirus (COVID-19) in California.

6/29/20

REOPENING SAFER AT WORK AND IN THE COMMUNITY FOR CONTROL OF COVID-19: TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF PUBLIC BEACHES, PIERS, BEACH BIKE PATHS AND ACCESS POINTS, AND TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF FIREWORK SHOWS AND EVENTS

The County Health Officer Order has ordered the temporary closure of public beaches, piers, beach bike paths and access points, and the temporary prohibition of firework shows and events between July 3, 2020 and July 6, 2020.

Download Safer at Work and in the Community Health Order (6/28/20): ENGLISH

6/28/20

REOPENING SAFER AT WORK AND IN THE COMMUNITY FOR CONTROL OF COVID-19: BARS AND BREWERY TASTING ROOMS CLOSED UNLESS THEY ARE OFFERING SIT-DOWN DINE-IN MEALS

Los Angeles County, including the City of San Fernando, will heed Governor Gavin Newsom’s directive issued on June 28, 2020 and bars in Los Angeles County must close today.

The County Health Officer Order has been amended to require that all bars, breweries, brew pubs, pubs, wineries and tasting rooms in Los Angeles County close unless they are offering sit-down dine-in meals. This includes closing bar areas in restaurants.

Download Safer at Work and in the Community Health Order (6/28/20): ENGLISH

6/18/20

REOPENING SAFER AT WORK AND IN THE COMMUNITY FOR CONTROL OF COVID-19: NAIL SALONS, SPAS, TATTOO SHOPS, CASINOS, BARS AND WINERIES REOPEN WITH SAFEGUARDS

Los Angeles County is moving forward in its Roadmap to Recovery by reopening additional personal and recreational services to residents including nail salons, bars and casinos.

Although overall case counts are increasing as testing becomes more widespread and there is more community transmission, the County continues to see steady decreases in the rate of COVID-19 infections and virus-related hospitalizations and deaths.

Today, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) announced that the Health Officer Order will be modified to include infection control and distancing requirements for re-opening the following sectors on Friday, June 19:

  • Nail salons
  • Cosmetology services
  • Spas offering aesthetic and massage services
  • Tattoo and piercing shops
  • Tanning salons
  • Casinos, card rooms and satellite wagering sites
  • Bar and wineries not anchored to food services 

These businesses will be able to open, in some cases at limited capacity, once they have the appropriate infection control and distancing requirements in place.

In addition, protests and faith-based services held outdoors will no longer have limits on how many people can participate, starting Friday.

Public health guidance documents will be posted here as soon as they are available: publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus.

The County continues to actively monitor the spread of the virus and the capacity of the healthcare system to provide residents with essential services. COVID-19 is still present in Los Angeles County, and the threat of this deadly virus remains.

However, the County is in line with State of California guidelines, and our key metrics reflect that compliance. Los Angeles County’s seven-day death average has not increased, the three-day hospitalization average is down five percent and the seven-day testing average is well above the State’s requirement at 17,000 tests conducted per day.

In addition, the positivity rate is eight percent, which is in line with the State’s requirements.

Detailed data and metrics on the reopening guidelines can be found here.

Los Angeles County remains in Phase 3 of the State’s Resilience Roadmap.

Residents must continue to practice physical distancing, wear cloth face coverings and follow Public Health directives.

If at any time the County’s rate of infection and other key metrics demonstrate a rapid acceleration of new cases that threatens to overwhelm the healthcare system, the Public Health and the Board of Supervisors may need to limit future re-openings or close reopened sectors.

Getting a manicure, a massage or a tattoo, or going to a card room will be a different experience than it was before the pandemic. Each sector reopening will have strict infection control directives in place.  Please see below for highlights from each sector.

Just as is required for all out-of-home activities, visitors and staff will have to practice physical distancing and wear cloth face coverings. There will be limited capacity and enhanced cleaning and disinfecting procedures. People feeling sick should stay home.

These additional re-openings follow other significant elements of the economy and community that have begun reopening and operating with limits and safeguards, including gyms, day camps, museums, spectator-free sports, hair salons, barber shops, religious services, retail, restaurants, beaches and trails.

Still closed are movie theaters, live performance theaters, entertainment centers, concert halls and venues, stadiums, arenas, gaming facilities, theme parks, lounges and nightclubs, hot tubs, steam rooms and saunas not located on a residential property and festivals. Click here for a detailed list of what is currently open and closed in L.A. County.

Click here for frequently asked questions by residents about resuming the use of previously closed sectors.

The plans for reopening are part of a phased progression that provides residents, employees and customers with safety protections to slow the spread of COVID-19.

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AT A GLANCE: HIGHLIGHTS OF GUIDELINES REOPENING

  • All employees and customers will be screened for symptoms, including cough and fever. Anyone feeling unwell should stay home.
  • Customers must wear a face covering at all times, unless exempted for a particular service.
  • Physical distancing must be maintained and capacity will be limited.
  • Waiting rooms will be limited or closed and amenities, such as magazines, will be removed.
  • Reservations are required for personal services.
  • Contactless forms of payments are encouraged. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR INDIVIDUAL SECTORS:

NAIL SERVICES

  • Staff must wear a cloth face covering at all times. Staff may be required to wear a respirator, which is necessary when ventilation is insufficient to reduce exposure below permissible exposure limits established in state code.
  • For certain procedures workers may need to wear, in addition to their face covering, a face shield and gloves.
  • You may not receive multiple services, for example a manicure and a pedicure, at the same time.
  • Reservations are required
  • Download Reopening Protocols: ENGLISH

ESTHETICIAN, SKIN CARE, ELECTROLYSIS AND COSMETOLOGY SERVICES

  • Customers must wear face coverings at all times while in the facility, except when the face covering must be removed for the performance of services involving that part of the face.
  • In addition to face coverings, staff are required to wear a face shield when they are providing services that do not enable the client to wear a face covering. Staff should also wear disposable gloves throughout the entire esthetic service.
  • Download Reopening Protocols: ENGLISH

MASSAGE SERVICES

  • Staff must wash their hands before any services are provided.
  • Customers must wear face coverings during the entirety of the massage service.
  • Hand treatments will be provided as the last part of the service. 
  • Download Reopening Protocols: ENGLISH.

TATTOO AND PIERCING SERVICES

  • Gloves are required throughout the tattoo and piercing sessions.
  • Mouth/nose area piercings and tattooing are suspended. 
  • Download Reopening Protocols: ENGLISH.

CARD ROOMS

  • Occupancy is limited to 50%, and food and beverages are only allowed at restaurants and bars. 
  • Download Reopening Protocols: ENGLISH  

BARS AND WINERIES

  • Bars and wineries may serve only alcohol and the establishment does not need to be affiliated with food services, as the previous order required.
  • Customers will not be able to order drinks at the bar or counter.
  • Capacity is limited to 50% and customers will need to be seated to order and consume beverages.
  • Download Reopening Protocols: ENGLISH

No entertainment is allowed.

Download Safer at Work and in the Community Health Order (6/18/20): ENGLISH

6/12/20

REOPENING SAFER AT WORK AND IN THE COMMUNITY FOR CONTROL OF COVID-19: ADDITIONAL REOPENINGS

REOPENING

A modified Health Order, to be issued by LA County’s DPH, will highlight infection control and distancing requirements for each sector. The following locations are allowed to reopen as soon as June 12, 2020:

With these reopenings, LA County will be in Phase 3 of the State’s Resilience Roadmap.

REQUIREMENTS

While the latest reopenings are a major step forward, they do not mean the threat of COVID-19 is gone. Read the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s press release to see a list of Reopening Requirements and Guidelines employers, employees and the public will need to follow. Additionally, all County residents are reminded they must continue to:

  • Practice physical distancing.
  • Wear cloth face coverings.
  • Follow public health directives. 

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health will continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 and the capacity of the healthcare system to provide county residents with essential services. Should the rate of infection (and other key indicators) warrant, LA County may adjust orders to limit future reopenings or close reopened sectors.

STILL CLOSED

Nail salons, tattoo shops, bars and wineries, movie theaters, live performance theaters, entertainment centers, concert halls and venues, stadiums, arenas, gaming facilities, theme parks and festivals are still closed. Click here for a detailed list of what is open and closed in L.A. County.

To keep up with LA County’s recovery process, visit covid19.lacounty.gov/recovery.

Download Safer at Work and in the Community Health Order (6/11/20): ENGLISH

5/29/20

REOPENING SAFER AT WORK AND IN THE COMMUNITY FOR CONTROL OF COVID-19: RE-OPENING OF HAIR SALONS, BARBERSHOPS AND RESTAURANTS FOR IN-PERSON DINING

Since LA County, including the City of San Fernando, is now in the advanced stages of Phase 2 of the State’s Resilience Roadmap, you will now begin to see the re-opening of more small and locally-owned businesses across the County. It means those sectors are now able to return to work and you may be able to further support your favorite local shop or restaurant in-person.

These businesses have now been allowed to re-open in LA County, including the City of San Fernando, with the appropriate safeguards in place:

  • HAIR SALONS & BARBERSHOPS
    • Physical distancing measures will be in place.
    • Employees and customers will be screened for symptoms, including cough and fever. Clients feeling unwell should reschedule their appointment.
    • Everyone, including clients, must wear cloth face coverings while in the salon or barber shop and clients are encouraged to wear face coverings with earloops to ensure the face covering does not interfere with the hair service.
    • Magazines, coffee and other amenities will not be available.
    • Clients are encouraged to use credit cards and contactless payment systems. If electronic or card payment is not possible, customers should come with exact cash payment or check, if available.
    • Stylists may only serve one client at a time.
    • Download Reopening Protocol: ENGLISH
    • Still closed: nail salons, spa services (including massage, facials and waxing  
       
  • IN-PERSON DINING
    • Physical distancing measures will be in place.
    • Employees and customers will be screened for symptoms, including cough and fever. Patrons feeling unwell should not eat at a restaurant.
    • Employees are required to wear cloth face coverings and face shields.
    • Outdoor seating and curbside pickup are prioritized.
    • Reservations will be encouraged.
    • Customers will be asked to wait for their table in their cars or outside the restaurant to prevent crowds from gathering.
    • Diners must wear cloth face coverings when not eating.
    • Bar areas will be closed.
    • Occupancy capacity will be limited to 60% for the next three weeks. 
    • Download Reopening Protocol: ENGLISH   

Public and private gatherings of people outside of a single household unit are not permitted, except for public protests and faith-based services, which are permitted to operate with limits on the number of participants.

Everyone must continue to follow physical distancing and infection control protocols and wear a cloth face covering when in contact with others not in your household. If at any time, the County’s rate of infection and other key metrics return to unsafe numbers, the Department of Public Health can limit or close reopened sectors.

Read today’s press release on this new re-opening milestone.

Download Safer at Work and in the Community Health Order (5/29/20): ENGLISH

5/26/20

REOPENING SAFER AT WORK AND IN THE COMMUNITY FOR CONTROL OF COVID-19: MOVING THE COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES THROUGH STAGE 2 OF CALIFORNIA’S PANDEMIC RESILIENCE ROADMAP

The new, revised Health Order (dated May 26, 2020) and reopening protocols allows for in-store shopping at low-risk retail stores, drive-in movies and other recreational activities. The Order also allows for faith-based services to resume.

  • All indoor and outdoor retail shopping centers may now open for business at 50% capacity. Flea Markets, swap meets and drive-in theaters may also reopen.
  • Faith-based organizations may resume services, with the number of congregants limited to less than 25% of the building’s capacity, or a maximum of 100 people, whichever is lower.
  • Pools, hot tubs and saunas that are in a multi-unit residence or part of a homeowners association may reopen. 
  • Individuals may participate in an in-person protest as long as attendance is limited to 25% of the area’s maximum occupancy, or a maximum of 100 attendees, whichever is lower. 

County residents may take part in all-permitted activities while continuing to practice physical distancing and wearing a cloth face covering when in contact with others. You are still encouraged to remain in your residences, as much as practical, and limit close contact with others outside your household (both indoor and outdoor).

Gatherings of people not from the same household are still prohibited, except for faith-based services and in-person protests.

Download Safer at Work and in the Community Health Order: ENGLISH

5/22/20

CONTINUATION OF SAFER AT HOME ORDER THAT MOVES THE COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES INTO STAGE 2 OF THE COUNTY’S ROADMAP TO RECOVERY

The new, revised Health Order (dated May 22, 2020) and reopening protocols allow the reopening of lower-risk retail businesses for curbside, doorside, or other outdoor or outside pick-up or delivery. This Order also reopens public beaches for certain types of active recreation and conditionally reopens additional recreational opportunities.

Download Safer at Home Health Order (5/22/20): ENGLISH

5/13/20

CONTINUATION OF SAFER AT HOME ORDER THAT BEGINS TO MOVE THE COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES INTO STAGE 2 OF THE COUNTY’S ROADMAP TO RECOVERY

The new, revised Health Order (dated May 13, 2020) and reopening protocols allows for the opening of additional retail businesses for curbside pick-up or delivery. 

Download Safer At Home Health Order (5/13/20): ENGLISH

5/7/20

RECOVERY BEGINS: SOME NON-ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES TO RE-OPEN MAY 8, 2020

LA County residents are doing their part to follow the County’s “Safer at Home” Health Officer Order which has slowed the spread of COVID-19.  LA County is now taking its first steps towards reopening businesses and getting people back to work.

Starting Friday, May 8, 2020, the following businesses, facilities or locations will re-open across LA County:

NON-ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES: ONLY FOR CURBSIDE PICK-UP WITH ADHERENCE TO DISTANCING AND INFECTION CONTROL PROTOCOLS. 

This includes:

  • Bookstores 
  • Clothing stores 
  • Florists
  • Music stores
  • Sporting goods stores
  • Toy stores
  • Car dealership showrooms (open for sales with adherence to distancing and infection control protocols) 

OUTDOOR PARKS AND RECREATION FACILITIES: WILL OPEN PROVIDED ALL ACTIVITIES ADHERE TO DISTANCING AND INFECTION PROTOCOLS.

This includes: 

  • Golf courses, not including pro-shops or dine-in restaurants
  • Trails
  • Trailheads
  • Parks (group gatherings prohibited)

The re-opening of businesses will occur in stages and require physical distancing and infection control practices. For more information on the stages to re-open, click here. 

The curve has flattened, however  the COVID-19 pandemic is still in LA County. The coronavirus is still deadly and capable of quickly taking many lives. As L.A. County moves into its first stage of recovery,  all residents, business owners and employees must continue to observe and practice all COVID-19 physical distancing requirements. 

We remind  all LA County residents – continue to do your part to slow the spread of COVID-19:

  • Wear a face covering whenever you leave home
  • Wash hands throughout the day 
  • Stay six feet away from people who don’t live with you 

And don’t forget – you can get a free COVID-19 test if you have symptoms. All tests are confidential, and will tell you if you’re COVID-19 positive or negative. Click here for more information about COVID-19 testing in LA County.

Important Notice: LA County may modify at any time the recovery guidelines displayed on this page based on the California Governor’s executive orders, State Health Officer orders and/or emerging science. More sector specific guidance will be provided and posted as it becomes available.

For up-to-date information on the various stages of re-opening LA County, visit our COVID-19 website at covid19.lacounty.gov/recovery.

Download Safer at Home Health Order (5/8/20): ENGLISH  

(4/10/20)

NEW PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER

LA County’s Public Health Officer has issued a new order to LA County residents and businesses. Today’s Order extends stipulations from previous Health Officer Orders through May 15, 2020, and highlights:

  • Essential businesses are required to provide cloth face coverings to all employees, to wear while performing duties which involve contact w/other employees and/or the public;
  • Essential businesses are required to post their physical distancing plans; and
  • The public is required to wear a face covering to enter essential businesses. 

Today’s Order allows essential businesses to implement these new measures by April 15, 2020.

Download Los Angeles County Public Health Order (4/10/20): ENGLISH 

(4/10/20)

PUBLIC ORDER UNDER CITY OF SAN FERNANDO EMERGENCY AUTHORITY: LOCAL MASK COVERING PROTOCOL FOR THE CONTROL OF COVID-19

Issue Date:  April 10, 2020

Subject:  New City Measure to Address COVID-19 Working Protection

On March 16, 2020, the City Council of the City of San Fernando (“City”) declared a Local Emergency pursuant to San Fernando Municipal Code Chapter 26 Section 2 in response to the public threat caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Such declaration grants specific duties to the officers and employees of the City as set forth in Chapter 26 Section 63. Since that time several additional measures have been taken by the State of California and the City of San Fernando to protect the public from an undue risk of contracting COVID-19.

On March 21, 2020, the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health (the “Health Department”) issued the “Safer at Home Order for the Control of COVID-19” (the “Safer at Home Order”), which identifies so-called Essential Businesses that are permitted to remain open subject to certain restrictions, including adherence to variance infection control precautions.  For purposes of this Order, the term “Essential Business” shall have the same meaning as set forth under Section 13 of the Safer at Home Order as the same may be amended or otherwise interpreted by the Health Department.

The Safer at Home Order at page 1 provides that it “does not supersede any stricter limitation imposed by a local public entity”

On April 7, 2020, Mayor Garcetti for the City of Los Angeles issued a Worker Protection Order, ordering furthering protections for non-medical essential works, including, but not limited to, mandatory face covering for workers and patrons.

As the City is completely encircled within the City of Los Angeles and contracts with the City of Los Angeles for fire protection services coordination and consistency with the City of Los Angeles on protocols for protecting the public is both reasonable and efficient and will avoid confusion and inconsistency.

By virtue of authority vested in me as the Director of Emergency Services, pursuant to the provisions of the San Fernando Municipal Code Chapter 26 Section 63(a)(6)(a) to “make and issue rules and regulations on matters reasonably related to the protection of life and property as affected by such emergency”, I hereby declare the following orders to be necessary for the protection of life and property and hereby order:

  1. This Order shall apply to the following Essential Businesses operating in the City of San Fernando, all workers working at such Essential Business and all customers patronizing such Essential Businesses in person:

  • Grocery stores, certified farmers’ markets, farm and produce stands, supermarkets, food banks, convenience stores, warehouse stores, and other establishments engaged in the retail sale of canned food, dry goods, fresh fruit and vegetables, pet supply, water, fresh meats, fish, and poultry, and any other household consumer products (such as cleaning or personal care products). This includes stores that sell groceries and sell other non-grocery products, and products necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation and essential operation of residences;
  • Food processors, confectioners, food packagers, food testing labs that are not open to the public, and food cultivation, including farming, livestock, and fishing;
  • Organizations and Businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals (including gang prevention and intervention, domestic violence, and homeless service agencies);
  • Newspapers, television, radio, magazine, podcast, and journalism activities;
  • Gas stations, auto-supply, mobile auto repair operations, auto repair shops (including without limitation, auto repair shops adjacent to or otherwise in connection with a retail or used auto dealership), and bicycle repair shops and related facilities;
  • Banks, credit unions, financial institutions and insurance companies;
  • Hardware stores, nurseries; building supply stores;
  • Plumbers, electricians, exterminators, custodial/janitorial workers, handyman services, funeral home workers and morticians, moving services, HVAC installers, carpenters, vegetation services, tree maintenance, landscapers, gardeners, property managers, private security personnel and other service providers who provide services to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation to properties and other Essential Businesses;
  • Businesses providing mailing and shipping services, including post office boxes;
  • Laundromats, dry cleaners, laundry service providers;
  • Restaurants and other food facilities that prepare and serve food, but only for delivery, drive thru or carry out. Indoor and outdoor table dining is not permitted. Cafeterias, commissaries, and restaurants located within hospitals, nursing homes, or other licensed health care facilities may provide dine-in service, as long as social distancing is practiced pursuant to Section 2(a)-(d) of the Safer at Home Order;
  • Businesses that supply office or computer products needed by people who work from home;
  • Businesses that ship, truck, provide logistical support or deliver groceries, food, goods, or services directly to residences, Essential Businesses, Healthcare Operations, and Essential Infrastructure;
  • Airline, taxis, ride sharing services and other private transportation providers providing transportation services necessary for activities of daily living and other purposes expressly authorized in the Safer at Home Order for Control of COVID-19 dated March 21, 2020;
  • Home-based care for seniors, adults, disabled persons, seniors, adults, children and animals;
  • Residential facilities and shelters for homeless residents, disabled persons, seniors, adults, children, and animals;
  • Childcare facilities providing services that enable employees exempted under the Safer at Home Order to work as permitted;
  • Hotels, motels, shared rental units and similar facilities;
  • Construction Workers who support the construction, operation, inspection, and maintenance of construction sites and construction projects (including housing construction). 
  1. All such employers for the Essential Businesses described in Paragraph 1 of this Order must adhere to all applicable infection control precautions ordered under the Safer at Home Order and all other operational restrictions specific to the business as specified in the Safer at Home Order or any other order issued by the Health Department.
  2. All customers and visitors of the Essential Businesses described in Paragraph 1 of this Order must wear face coverings over their noses and mouths to provide additional protection for employees and other customers. At this time, the face coverings need not be medical-grade masks or N95 respirators, but can be fabric coverings, such as scarves and bandana coverings. All Essential Business employers covered by this Order must provide, at their expense, non-medical grade face coverings for their employees.
  3. An Essential Business referenced Paragraph 1 of this Order may refuse admission or service to any individual who fails to wear face coverings as required by this Order.
  4. This Order is intended to supplement the any orders of the Health Department to the extent this Order is not in conflict with the orders of the Health Department.

Any business owner or operator described in Paragraph 1 of this Order may sell face coverings and emergency supplies. All sellers of emergency supplies referenced in this Order shall abide by all price gouging laws.

Any violation of this order shall be enforced by Section 1-10 of the San Fernando Municipal Code which allows a maximum fine of $1,000 or a maximum of six months imprisonment. Each individual officer should use their discretion in enforcing this order and always keep the intent of the order in mind.

This order shall be effective at 11:59 p.m. on April 12, 2020 and shall remain in effect until April 19, 2020.

This order may be extended prior to April 19, 2020.

Download Public Order Under City of San Fernando Emergency Authority: Local Mask Covering Protocol for the Control of COVID-19 (4/12/20): ENGLISH  

(4/1/20)

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO URGES THE COMMUNITY TO WEAR CLOTH FACE COVERINGS

CALIFORNIA PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS RELEASE GUIDANCE ON USE OF CLOTH FACE COVERINGS 

Social distancing and hand washing are still best actions Californians can take to fight COVID-19

California’s public health officials today released guidance on the use of cloth face coverings to protect against COVID-19 for Californians who must leave their homes to conduct essential activities. The guidance does not require people to wear face coverings – and is not a substitute for the state’s current guidance regarding social distancing and hand washing. The state also does not recommend Californians use N-95 or surgical masks, which are needed for our health care workers and first responders who will be there for when our lives at risk.

“Face coverings are not a substitute for physical distancing or frequent hand washing, which we know are amongst the most effective ways to reduce the spread of COVID-19,” said Dr. Sonia Angell, Director of the California Department of Public Health and State Health Officer. “Wearing a cloth face covering could provide some additional benefit by acting as a reminder for other people to keep their distance, and it could help reduce the spread of infectious particles from those who could be infected but don’t have symptoms.”

“Face coverings could provide some additional protection against COVID-19, but Californians should not have a false sense of security if they choose to wear them. Make sure you’re also staying 6 feet away from other people if you have to leave your home to get groceries or prescriptions,” said California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly.

The new guidance reminds Californians that the best defense against COVID-19 continues to be: 

  • Staying at home and physical distancing 
  • Washing hands frequently
  • Avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoiding being around sick people 

The use of cloth face coverings could reduce the transmission of COVID-19 by individuals who do not have symptoms and may reinforce physical distancing. Public health officials also caution that face coverings may increase risk if users reduce their use of strong defenses such as physical distancing and frequent hand washing.

For more information, please see the Face Coverings Guidance.

Download County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health Guidance for Cloth Face Coverings: ENGLISH

Download CDC Use of Cloth Face Coverings & DIY Cloth Face Covering Instructions: ENGLISH  

(4/1/20)

NEW GUIDELINES FOR LA COUNTY’S DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH

Emerging evidence suggests that there may be a significant number of people infected with COVID-19 who lack symptoms and, yet, are capable of spreading the virus to others.

New guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that we need to think about using universal precautions all the time – assuming that each of us can infect others even when we aren’t sick.

As a result, the Department of Public Health has updated its FAQ with answers to a number of questions, including:

  • What should I do if I think I may have been exposed to COVID-19?
  • What should I do if I have symptoms and think I may have been exposed to COVID-19?
  • Can I get tested for COVID-19?
  • How is COVID-19 treated?
  • How can I protect myself and others from COVID-19? 

For more information on how to stay safe visit LA County’s covid19.lacounty.gov.

(3/27/20)

LOS ANGELES COUNTY HEALTH OFFICER ISSUES NEW ORDERS DIRECTING SELF-QUARANTINE AND SELF ISOLATION

On March 25, 2020, in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, protect vulnerable individuals, and prevent the Los Angeles County healthcare system from being overwhelmed, the LA County Health Officer has issued two new separate orders:

  • Self-quarantine of anyone exposed to an individual diagnosed with or likely to have COVID-19.
  • Self-isolation of anyone diagnosed with or showing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 within 14 days of being in close contact with a person who had or was believed to have COVID-19. 

These new Orders ensure that individuals who test positive for COVID-19, and those who are told by a clinician they are presumed to be positive for COVID-19 are required to self-isolate for a period of at least 3 days without symptoms, including being fever free without taking medicine, and 7 days since symptoms started, whichever is longer.  Additionally, those who have been in close contact with someone who is positive or presumed positive must quarantine themselves for 14 days from the last time they had contact with the ill person.

“It is critically important that everyone adheres to all the social distancing measures and practice good public health hygiene, including washing hands as frequently as possible,” said Dr. Barbara Ferrer, Director of the L.A. County Department of Public Health. “Individuals covered by these Orders should still contact their providers to get advice if they feel their symptoms are worsening.”

There are key differences between self-quarantine and self-isolation. Here’s what the new orders mean for you:  

SELF-QUARANTINE ORDER

(EXPOSED)

  • Required for anyone exposed to a person diagnosed with or likely to have COVID-19.
  • You must stay in quarantine for 14 days from the last time you had contact with the ill person.
  • You cannot leave your place of quarantine for all 14 days.
  • Only exception to leave quarantine is to receive medical care.
  • If you develop even mild COVID-19 symptoms, you must self-isolate at home and away from others. 

SELF-ISOLATION ORDER

(DIAGNOSED)

  • Required for anyone diagnosed with or showing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 within 14 days of being in close contact with a person who had or was believed to have COVID-19.
  • Self-isolation period must last at least 3 days without symptoms, including being fever free without taking medicine, and 7 days since symptoms started, whichever is longer.
  • Notify anyone you’ve had close contact with while symptomatic to self-quarantine themselves.    
     

Further information on steps to take to self-quarantine can be found here in English and here in Spanish, as well as further information on steps to take to self-isolate can be found here in English and here in Spanish.

Los Angeles County is relying on its residents to respect and follow these health orders without enforcement by peace officers out of caution for their own health and safety and that of the greater community. Residents’ cooperation with the health orders is critical as we work to flatten the curve and move beyond the pandemic. We’re in this together. 

(3/21/20)

COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUES REVISED SAFER AT HOME ORDER FOR CONTROL OF COVID-19

Download County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health Safer at Home Order (3/21/20): ENGLISH

Download County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health Safer At Home FAQ: ENGLISH  

The public and private sectors must help to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by practicing social distancing and taking common-sense infection control precautions. Due to the continued rapid spread of COVID-19 and the need to protect the most vulnerable members of our community, the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health has called upon everyone to stay at home or in their place of residence, except when they need to work at an Essential Business or Healthcare Operation, provide Essential Infrastructure, shop at an Essential Business, or engage in an Essential Activity.

 

FOR MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC, WHAT THIS MEANS IS THAT THEY SHOULD:

  • Stay home (stay unexposed and do not expose others)
  • Only go out for essential services or if they are an essential worker
  • Stay six feet or more away from others
  • Not gather in groups 

 

THE ORDER, WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL APRIL 19, 2020, SPECIFICALLY:

  • Prohibits all indoor and outdoor public and private gatherings and events among persons not in the same household in Los Angeles County.
  • Requires all businesses to stop in-person operations and close to the public, unless the business is defined as an Essential Business. It specifically requires all indoor malls and shopping centers, all swap meets and flea markets, all indoor and outdoor playgrounds, and all non-essential businesses to close.
  • Requires Essential Businesses that are not required to close to the public to practice social distancing to the extent possible and infection control precautions listed in the Order.
  • Requires all restaurants to only prepare and offer food that is provided to customers via delivery service, via pick-up for takeout dining, and via drive-thru. Restaurants may not provide indoor or outdoor table service.

This Order doesn’t prevent any individual or family from engaging in passive recreational or outdoor activities, such as hiking, walking, jogging, or biking, so long as all persons practice social distancing to the extent possible.

Because the Order may be updated or extended, all residents should consult the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health’s website  daily until the Order is ended, and follow any updated requirements.

 

CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS RELATED TO THE 3/21/20 SAFER AT HOME ORDER

Safer at Home(3/19/20)

COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUES SAFER AT HOME ORDER FOR CONTROL OF COVID-19

Download County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health Safer at Home Order: ENGLISH

To further combat the spread of COVID-19, the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health has issued a “Safer at Home” Order – ordering all residents in the County of Los Angeles, including the City of San Fernando, 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 BOTTOM LINE

Residents of the City of San Fernando are required to stay inside their homes unless they are engaged in certain “essential activities.” On those occasions when you are out of your home for necessary tasks, stay at least six feet away from others

YOU CAN

  • Go to the grocery, convenience or warehouse store
  • Go to the pharmacy to pick up medications and other healthcare necessities
  • Go to medical appointments (check with your doctor or provider first)
  • Go to a restaurant for take-out, delivery or drive-thru
  • Care or support a friend or family member
  • Take a walk, ride your bike, hike, jog and be in nature for exercise — just keep at least six feet between you and others in the community. 
  • Walk your pets and take them to the veterinarian if necessary
  • Help someone to get necessary supplies 

YOU SHOULD NOT

  • Go to work unless you are providing essential services as defined by this Order
  • Visit friends and family if there is no urgent need
  • Maintain less than 6 feet of distance from others when you go out
  • Visit loved ones in the hospital, nursing home, skilled nursing facility, or other residential care facility 

IS THIS ORDER MANDATORY? WHAT HAPPENS IF I DON’T COMPLY?

Yes. This is a legally enforceable order. It is against the law to violate this Order, and you may be punished by a fine or imprisonment for doing so. 

 

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CITY OF SAN FERNANDO ESSENTIAL SERVICES

(8/5/20)

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO ANNOUNCES CITY HALL OPENING WITH MODIFIED HOURS

SAN FERNANDO CITY HALL: Beginning Wednesday, August 5, 2020, San Fernando City Hall will reopen with limited open hours to the public: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from noon through 5:30 p.m.

These limited City Hall hours will remain in effect until further notice. During the limited open hours, the public will be able to enter City Hall to apply for permits, make payments and conduct other City business.

All visitors to City Hall must adhere to the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health guidelines for physical distancing to help slow the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in our community and will be asked to follow the guidelines listed below and be prepared to answer questions regarding the nature of their visit and health status.  

  • Customers must wear a cloth face covering over your nose and mouth at all times.
    • Children under the age of 2 (including infants) should not wear cloth face coverings.
    • Children ages 2 to 8 should use face coverings but under adult supervision to ensure that the children can breathe.
    • Children must stay next to their parents.
  • Maintain Six (6) feet of distance away from the next person in line and follow all floor markings while in City Hall. The markings on the floor are spaced six (6) feet apart, stay within these markings while in line.
  • Please complete any forms needed to complete your transaction before entering City Hall.
  • Let City staff know the nature of your visit, e.g. paying your water bill, a financial transaction at the Credit Union, submitting building plans, applying for an encroachment permit, etc. City staff will direct you to the proper line to conduct your business.
  • Please have exact change, check or a debit card ready to pay any fees.
  • Each person will be asked the following questions before entering:
    • Do you currently have a fever?
    • Are you experiencing trouble breathing?
    • Do you have a dry cough?
    • Are you or anyone in your household under quarantine restrictions?
    • Are you or anyone in your household under isolation restrictions? 

We strongly encourage the public to continue to conduct business with City Hall via telephone and email.

Planning & Zoning Permits; Building Permits & Inspections; Graffiti Removal; Yard Sale Permits (818) 898-1227 CommunityDevelopment@sfcity.org 
Water & Sewer Utilities; Water Bills (use night Dropbox if paying by check) (818) 898-1212 Finance@sfcity.org 
Tree & Street Services (818) 898-1222 PublicWorks@sfcity.org 
Police (non-emergency) (818) 898-1267 Police@sfcity.org
Adult, Senior & Youth Programs (818) 898-1290 Recreation@sfcity.org 
City Manager (818) 898-1202 CityManager@sfcity.org
City Clerk (818) 898-1204 CityClerk@sfcity.org
General Information (818) 898-1200 Info@sfcity.org 

City staff will continue to be available to answer calls and respond to emails Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. through 5:30 p.m., and Friday, 8:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. For additional convenience, the public can use the Online Permit Counter, www.sfcity.org/Community-Development, to submit building permit applications, track progress, and schedule inspections online. Customers are also asked to mail in payments or sign-up for Autopay to avoid the need to come to City Hall.

CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS: In addition to the limited City Hall hours, members of the public may participate in City Council meetings via teleconference, in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order N-25-20. Pursuant to the Executive Order and given the current health concerns, members of the public can access meetings live on-line, with audio and video, via YouTube Live. Members of the public may submit comments by email to CityClerk@sfcity.org. To ensure distribution to the City Council prior to consideration of the agenda, please submit your comments no later than 4:00 p.m. on the day of the meeting. Those comments will be distributed to the City Council, will be limited to three minutes, and made part of the official public record of the meeting

City Council meetings are regularly scheduled for the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month. For more information regarding City Council meetings, call or email the City Manager’s Office at (818) 898-1202 or CityManager@sfcity.org.

SAN FERNANDO POLICE DEPARTMENT: The San Fernando Police Department’s counter hours will remain the same (Records Bureau, Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:30 pm; Detective Bureau, Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5 pm); however, Court Commitment services will be suspended until further notice. For more information regarding public safety services (non-emergency), call the Police Department at (818) 898-1267 or Police@sfcity.org.

RECREATION FACILITIES: Both recreational facilities (Las Palmas Park, located at 505 S. Huntington St., San Fernando; and Recreation Park, located at 208 Park Ave., San Fernando) remain closed to the public and all in-person senior, recreation, and community programs have been suspended until further notice. However, the Recreation and Community Services Department is excited to provide a variety of online and virtual activities to keep you busy. Visit the Recreation and Community Services webpage to access the activities and workouts at your convenience! Check back often as additional resources are added.  For more information on recreation programming, please contact the Recreation and Community Services Department at (818) 898-1290 or Recreation@sfcity.org.

The City has also taken steps to protect the health of employees and the public by placing disinfectant wipes at all public counters and conference areas, mandating social distancing during in-person meetings, and providing large informational posters throughout City facilities that provide information on COVID-19 related to how the virus is spread, primary symptoms, and how to protect yourself.

Please visit this webpage and the City’s social media for additional information and future updates.

(7/13/20)

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO ANNOUNCES CITY HALL FULL CLOSURE TO PUBLIC ACCESS

In an effort to limit the potential exposure and spread of COVID-19 and to safeguard the City of San Fernando’s ability to continue providing essential services, including public safety, water service, and community support, effective immediately, City Hall will be closed to the public. 

City staff will continue to be available to answer calls and respond to emails Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. through 5:30 p.m., and Friday, 8:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. For additional convenience, the public can use the Online Permit Counter, www.sfcity.org/Community-Development, to submit building permit applications, track progress, and schedule inspections online. 

Planning & Zoning Permits; Building Permits & Inspections; Graffiti Removal; Yard Sale Permits (818) 898-1227 CommunityDevelopment@sfcity.org 
Water & Sewer Utilities; Water Bills (use night Dropbox if paying by check) (818) 898-1212 Finance@sfcity.org 
Tree & Street Services (818) 898-1222 PublicWorks@sfcity.org 
Police (non-emergency) (818) 898-1267 Police@sfcity.org
Adult, Senior & Youth Programs (818) 898-1290 Recreation@sfcity.org 
City Manager (818) 898-1202 CityManager@sfcity.org
City Clerk (818) 898-1204 CityClerk@sfcity.org
General Information (818) 898-1200 Info@sfcity.org  

CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS: In addition to the limited City Hall hours, members of the public may participate in City Council meetings via teleconference, in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order N-25-20. Pursuant to the Executive Order and given the current health concerns, members of the public can access meetings live on-line, with audio and video, via YouTube Live. Members of the public may submit comments by email to CityClerk@sfcity.org. To ensure distribution to the City Council prior to consideration of the agenda, please submit your comments no later than 4:00 p.m. on the day of the meeting. Those comments will be distributed to the City Council, will be limited to three minutes, and made part of the official public record of the meeting

City Council meetings are regularly scheduled for the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month. For more information regarding City Council meetings, call or email the City Manager’s Office at (818) 898-1202 or CityManager@sfcity.org.

SAN FERNANDO POLICE DEPARTMENT: The San Fernando Police Department’s counter hours will remain the same (Records Bureau, Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:30 pm; Detective Bureau, Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5 pm); however, Court Commitment services will be suspended until further notice. For more information regarding public safety services (non-emergency), call the Police Department at (818) 898-1267 or Police@sfcity.org.

RECREATION FACILITIES: Both recreational facilities (Las Palmas Park, located at 505 S. Huntington St., San Fernando; and Recreation Park, located at 208 Park Ave., San Fernando) remain closed to the public and all in-person senior, recreation, and community programs have been suspended until further notice. However, the Recreation and Community Services Department is excited to provide a variety of online and virtual activities to keep you busy. Visit the Recreation and Community Services webpage to access the activities and workouts at your convenience! Check back often as additional resources are added.  For more information on recreation programming, please contact the Recreation and Community Services Department at (818) 898-1290 or Recreation@sfcity.org.

The City has also taken steps to protect the health of employees and the public by placing disinfectant wipes at all public counters and conference areas, mandating social distancing during in-person meetings, and providing large informational posters throughout City facilities that provide information on COVID-19 related to how the virus is spread, primary symptoms, and how to protect yourself.

Please visit this webpage and the City’s social media for additional information and future updates.

(6/19/20)

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO ANNOUNCES CITY HALL OPENING WITH MODIFIED HOURS

SAN FERNANDO CITY HALL: Beginning Monday, June 15, 2020, San Fernando City Hall will reopen with limited open hours to the public: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from noon through 5:30 p.m.

These limited City Hall hours will remain in effect until further notice. During the limited open hours, the public will be able to enter City Hall to apply for permits, make payments and conduct other City business.

All visitors to City Hall must adhere to the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health guidelines for physical distancing to help slow the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in our community and will be asked to follow the guidelines listed below and be prepared to answer questions regarding the nature of their visit and health status.  

  • Customers must wear a cloth face covering over your nose and mouth at all times.
    • Children under the age of 2 (including infants) should not wear cloth face coverings.
    • Children ages 2 to 8 should use face coverings but under adult supervision to ensure that the children can breathe.
    • Children must stay next to their parents.
  • Maintain Six (6) feet of distance away from the next person in line and follow all floor markings while in City Hall. The markings on the floor are spaced six (6) feet apart, stay within these markings while in line.
  • Please complete any forms needed to complete your transaction before entering City Hall.
  • Let City staff know the nature of your visit, e.g. paying your water bill, a financial transaction at the Credit Union, submitting building plans, applying for an encroachment permit, etc. City staff will direct you to the proper line to conduct your business.
  • Please have exact change, check or a debit card ready to pay any fees.
  • Each person will be asked the following questions before entering:
    • Do you currently have a fever?
    • Are you experiencing trouble breathing?
    • Do you have a dry cough?
    • Are you or anyone in your household under quarantine restrictions?
    • Are you or anyone in your household under isolation restrictions? 

We strongly encourage the public to continue to conduct business with City Hall via telephone and email.

Planning & Zoning Permits; Building Permits & Inspections; Graffiti Removal; Yard Sale Permits (818) 898-1227 CommunityDevelopment@sfcity.org 
Water & Sewer Utilities; Water Bills (use night Dropbox if paying by check) (818) 898-1212 Finance@sfcity.org 
Tree & Street Services (818) 898-1222 PublicWorks@sfcity.org 
Police (non-emergency) (818) 898-1267 Police@sfcity.org
Adult, Senior & Youth Programs (818) 898-1290 Recreation@sfcity.org 
City Manager (818) 898-1202 CityManager@sfcity.org
City Clerk (818) 898-1204 CityClerk@sfcity.org
General Information (818) 898-1200 Info@sfcity.org 

City staff will continue to be available to answer calls and respond to emails Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. through 5:30 p.m., and Friday, 8:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. For additional convenience, the public can use the Online Permit Counter, www.sfcity.org/Community-Development, to submit building permit applications, track progress, and schedule inspections online. Customers are also asked to mail in payments or sign-up for Autopay to avoid the need to come to City Hall.

CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS: In addition to the limited City Hall hours, members of the public may participate in City Council meetings via teleconference, in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order N-25-20. Pursuant to the Executive Order and given the current health concerns, members of the public can access meetings live on-line, with audio and video, via YouTube Live. Members of the public may submit comments by email to CityClerk@sfcity.org. To ensure distribution to the City Council prior to consideration of the agenda, please submit your comments no later than 4:00 p.m. on the day of the meeting. Those comments will be distributed to the City Council, will be limited to three minutes, and made part of the official public record of the meeting

City Council meetings are regularly scheduled for the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month. For more information regarding City Council meetings, call or email the City Manager’s Office at (818) 898-1202 or CityManager@sfcity.org.

SAN FERNANDO POLICE DEPARTMENT: The San Fernando Police Department’s counter hours will remain the same (Records Bureau, Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:30 pm; Detective Bureau, Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5 pm); however, Court Commitment services will be suspended until further notice. For more information regarding public safety services (non-emergency), call the Police Department at (818) 898-1267 or Police@sfcity.org.

RECREATION FACILITIES: Both recreational facilities (Las Palmas Park, located at 505 S. Huntington St., San Fernando; and Recreation Park, located at 208 Park Ave., San Fernando) remain closed to the public and all in-person senior, recreation, and community programs have been suspended until further notice. However, the Recreation and Community Services Department is excited to provide a variety of online and virtual activities to keep you busy. Visit the Recreation and Community Services webpage to access the activities and workouts at your convenience! Check back often as additional resources are added.  For more information on recreation programming, please contact the Recreation and Community Services Department at (818) 898-1290 or Recreation@sfcity.org.

The City has also taken steps to protect the health of employees and the public by placing disinfectant wipes at all public counters and conference areas, mandating social distancing during in-person meetings, and providing large informational posters throughout City facilities that provide information on COVID-19 related to how the virus is spread, primary symptoms, and how to protect yourself.

Please visit this webpage and the City’s social media for additional information and future updates.

(3/17/20; 9 am)

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO ANNOUNCES CITY HALL FULL CLOSURE TO PUBLIC ACCESS

In an effort to limit the potential exposure and spread of  novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and to safeguard the City of San Fernando’s ability to continue providing essential services, including public safety, water service, and community support, effective immediately, City Hall will be closed to the public.

City staff will continue to be available to answer calls and respond to emails Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. through 5:30 p.m., and Friday, 8:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. For additional convenience, the public can use the Online Permit Counter, www.sfcity.org/Community-Development, to submit building permit applications, track progress, and schedule inspections online. Customers are also asked to mail in payments or sign-up for Autopay to avoid the need to come to City Hall.

Additionally, the City of San Fernando will not be disconnecting any customers’ water and will be waiving all late fees due to limited access to City Hall. Please contact the Finance Department (Finance@sfcity.org or (818) 898-1212) to set up alternate payment plans.

City Manager’s Office (818) 898-1202 CityManager@sfcity.org
City Clerk (818) 898-1204 CityClerk@sfcity.org
Community Development (818) 898-1227 CommunityDevelopment@sfcity.org
Finance (818) 898-1212 Finance@sfcity.org
Personnel (818) 898-1220 Personnel@sfcity.org
Police (818) 898-1267 Police@sfcity.org
Public Works (818) 898-1222 PublicWorks@sfcity.org
Recreation & Community Services (818) 898-1290 Recreation@sfcity.org

The City continues to take steps to protect the health of employees and the public by placing disinfectant wipes at all public counters and conference areas, mandating social distancing during in-person meetings, and providing large informational posters throughout City facilities that provide information on COVID-19 related to how the virus is spread, primary symptoms, and how to protect yourself.

(3/13/20; 3:10 pm)

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO ANNOUNCES LIMITED CITY FACILITY HOURS AND SERVICES

In an effort to limit the potential exposure and spread of  novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and to safeguard the City of San Fernando’s ability to continue providing essential services, including public safety, water service, and community support, public access to City facilities will be temporarily limited.

SAN FERNANDO CITY HALL: Beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, San Fernando City Hall will be limiting open hours to the public to Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon through 5:30 p.m.

These limited City Hall hours will remain in effect until further notice.  During the limited open hours, the public will be able to enter City Hall to complete the 2020 Census at the Questionnaire Action Kiosk (QAK), apply for permits, make payments and conduct other City business.

We strongly encourage the public to conduct business with City Hall via telephone and email until further notice.

City Manager’s Office (818) 898-1202 CityManager@sfcity.org
City Clerk (818) 898-1204 CityClerk@sfcity.org
Community Development (818) 898-1227 CommunityDevelopment@sfcity.org
Finance (818) 898-1212 Finance@sfcity.org
Personnel (818) 898-1220 Personnel@sfcity.org
Police (818) 898-1267 Police@sfcity.org
Public Works (818) 898-1222 PublicWorks@sfcity.org
Recreation & Community Services (818) 898-1290 Recreation@sfcity.org

City staff will continue to be available to answer calls and respond to emails Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. through 5:30 p.m., and Friday, 8:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. For additional convenience, the public can use the Online Permit Counter, www.sfcity.org/Community-Development, to submit building permit applications, track progress, and schedule inspections online. Customers are also asked to mail in payments or sign-up for Autopay to avoid the need to come to City Hall.

CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS: In addition to the limited City Hall hours, members of the public may participate in City Council meetings via teleconference, in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order N-25-20. The teleconference call-in number is: (866) 783-7151; participant pass code 5409878. In addition, the City Council meeting scheduled for March 16, 2020 will be viewable on Facebook Live @TheCityOfSanFernando; public comments on agenda items may also be emailed to CityClerk@sfcity.org. City Council meetings are regularly scheduled for the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month. For more information regarding City Council meetings, call or email the City Manager’s Office at (818) 898-1202 or CityManager@sfcity.org.

SAN FERNANDO POLICE DEPARTMENT: The San Fernando Police Department’s counter hours will remain the same (Records Bureau, Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:30 pm; Detective Bureau, Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5 pm); however, Live Scan, Court Commitment, and Vehicle Inspection services will be suspended until further notice. For more information regarding public safety services (non-emergency), call the Police Department at (818) 898-1267 or Police@sfcity.org.

RECREATION FACILITIES: Effective immediately, both recreational facilities (Las Palmas Park, located at 505 S. Huntington St., San Fernando; and Recreation Park, located at 208 Park Ave., San Fernando) are closed to the public and all senior, recreation, and community programs have been suspended until further notice. For more information on recreation programming, please contact the Recreation and Community Services Department at (818) 898-1290 or Recreation@sfcity.org.

The City has also taken steps to protect the health of employees and the public by placing disinfectant wipes at all public counters and conference areas, mandating social distancing during in-person meetings, and providing large informational posters throughout City facilities that provide information on COVID-19 related to how the virus is spread, primary symptoms, and how to protect yourself.

Please visit this webpage and the City’s social media for additional information and future updates.

(3/16/20; 11:50 am)

NOTICE OF AGENDA ITEM TO DISCUSS DECLARATION OF LOCAL EMERGENCY, CLOSING BARS, NIGHTCLUBS, GYMS AND ENTERTAINMENT VENUES, AND LIMITING DINE-IN RESTAURANTS

Please be advised that the San Fernando City Council will be considering a walk-on item at tonight’s regular City Council meeting to declare a local emergency as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.  In addition to discussing actions the City has taken to date, the City Council may also discuss taking further action, including, but not limited to, ordering bars, nightclubs, gyms and other entertainment venues to close for a period of time and limiting dine-in eating at local restaurants.

The regular City Council meeting will be held tonight at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at San Fernando City Hall, 117 Macneil Street, San Fernando, CA 91340.  In accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order N-25-20, members of the public may participate in the meeting via teleconference or view the meeting on Facebook Live @TheCityOfSanFernando. The teleconference call-in number is: (866) 783-7151; participant pass code 5409878.  Public comments on agenda items may also be emailed to CityClerk@sfcity.org.

For more information regarding City Council meetings, call or email the City Manager’s Office at (818) 898-1202 or CityManager@sfcity.org

(6/15/20)

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO EXTENDS EVICTION PROTECTION FOR COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL TENANTS

Effective June 1, 2020, the moratorium is in place for the City of San Fernando under the County Eviction Moratorium for the duration of the order issued by the County of Los Angeles.

Download Ordinance No. 1696 (Eviction Protection for Residential and Commercial Tenants): ENGLISH

(4/13/20)

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO ADOPTS EVICTION PROTECTION FOR COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL TENANTS

At a Special Meeting on April 8, 2020, the San Fernando City Council approved an Urgency Ordinance (“Eviction Protection Ordinance”) that provides protection to small businesses and residents from eviction due to inability to pay rent.  The Eviction Protection Ordinance, effective immediately, prohibits a landlord from starting the eviction process for non-payment of rent until May 31, 2020. 

The City’s Eviction Protection Ordinance requires that commercial and residential tenants notify their property owner within 7 days of their rent being due and demonstrate a financial impact due to COVID-19.  The Eviction Protection Ordinance only applies to commercial tenants with 25 or fewer employees. Tenants have up to 180 days after the expiration of the deferment period, currently May 31, 2020, to repay all outstanding rent.

To qualify, tenants must provide documentation of COVID-19 related impacts.  Tenants that qualify and choose to defer rent payment are still encouraged to pay as much rent as they can to avoid getting too far behind. The following table summarizes the qualifying COVID-19 related impacts under the Eviction Protection Ordinance.

Table: Qualifying COVID-19 Related Impacts

Residential Tenants Commercial Tenants
1. Tenant was unable to work, or was caring for a household or family member, due to illness from a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19; Tenant was unable to operate due to a COVID-19 related state or local health order; or
2. Tenant experienced a lay-off, loss of hours, or other income reduction resulting from COVID-19, the state of emergency, or other government response; or Tenant experienced a loss of income resulting from COVID-19, the state of emergency, or other government response; or
3. Tenant needed to miss work to care for a child whose school or daycare was closed in response to COVID-19. Tenant’s operations were impacted due to employee(s) being sick or caring for a household or family member who was sick with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19, or needing to miss work to care for a child whose school or daycare was closed in response to COVID-19.

Download Ordinance No. 1693 (Eviction Protection for Residential and Commercial Tenants): ENGLISH

(3/26/20)

GREATER LOS ANGELES COUNTY VECTOR CONTROL DISTRICT (GLACVCD) IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19

Protecting the health of GLACVCD employees and the community we serve is a top priority. The GLACVCD is committed to helping slow the spread of COVID-19 and is modifying its services and staff schedule in accordance with the CDC and local public health recommendations. At this time, both District offices in Santa Fe Springs and Sylmar are temporarily closed to the public and all residential requests for service are suspended.

Although GLACVCD facilities are closed, they remain committed to protecting public health and will continue to operate mission-critical programs to ensure the threat of mosquito-borne viruses is controlled. Depending on weather conditions, staff will continue to conduct surveillance as well as inspect and treat accessible large and chronic mosquito breeding sources such as gutters, flood control channels, and parks. GLACVCD will also continue to operate outreach and educational programs remotely.

Residents experiencing issues with mosquitoes should visit the GLACVCD website or DIY resource page to learn how they can prevent mosquito breeding on their property.

Download the GLACVCD FAQ Sheet: ENGLISH  

 
(9/4/20)

METROLINK RESTORES SERVICE OF TWO VENTURA COUNTY LINE TRAINS BEGINNING TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2020

As traffic on the freeways serving the San Fernando Valley and Ventura County returns to pre-COVID levels, Metrolink is reinstating two morning trains to serve people who live and/or work in this area. Starting Tuesday, September 8, Ventura County Line trains 101 and 110 will return to Metrolink’s schedule to serve stations connecting Los Angeles to Glendale, Burbank, Northridge, Van Nuys, Chatsworth, Simi Valley and Moorpark.

Westbound train 101 will depart Union Station at 6:51 a.m. and arrive in Moorpark at 8:06 a.m., while the eastbound 110 will depart Moorpark at 8:28 a.m., arriving to Union Station at 9:41 a.m. The eastbound service provides the first morning connection from Los Angeles to Ventura County since the pandemic forced temporary service reductions in March.

 “As we restore service, customer needs are a key factor influencing our planning,” said Metrolink Board Chair Brian Humphrey. “A rider brought to our attention there was no service to Ventura County in the morning. I commend our team for being customer-focused and making sure we fulfilled this critical need by offering these additional trains that will serve my home county, as well as the essential businesses of the San Fernando Valley.”

A recent Metrolink customer survey indicated 71 percent of current riders are essential workers employed by the region’s healthcare, transportation and other critical industries. Also, nearly one-third responded they do not have a vehicle and rely on Metrolink service to get to essential jobs. Restoring service along these lines provides a necessary link for the region’s workforce just as studies reveal that traffic is increasing to pre-COVID levels on U.S. Highway 101 and California State Route 118. 

“Our service and schedules are all centered around the needs and safety of our customers,” said Stephanie Wiggins, Metrolink CEO. “We are heartened to see our ridership beginning to rebound and will continue to restore service in a measured and strategic fashion based on need, our ability to socially distance and available funding.”

Safety is foundational at Metrolink, so face masks are required aboard Metrolink trains and on station platforms. Metrolink has implemented enhanced deep cleaning protocols including the use of an electrostatic sprayer that mists each train car with hospital grade disinfectants every day, and an expanded Clean Care Crew that cleans, wipes down and disinfects trains throughout the day.

Plus, people can be assured that there’s plenty of space for social distancing by using the online tool How Full is My Train? where riders can check any train’s recent ridership levels. To see all the ways Metrolink is working to keep team members and riders safe, please visit metrolinktrains.com/cleancommute

For more information on service and schedules please visit metrolinktrains.com/schedules.

Thank you for your continued support during these unprecedented times. For updates, you may visit the Metrolink website. Another easy way to get to that page on a mobile device is by texting “ML19” to “333777”.  

 
(3/26/20)

METROLINK TEMPORARY SERVICE REDUCTION (EFFECTIVE 3/26/20)

Safety is foundational at Metrolink and they have taken numerous steps to guard the safety of passengers, employees, contractors and customers as they continue to adjust to the world around us in response to COVID-19. Metrolink immediately increased cleaning and disinfecting practices onboard trains – including cleaning and wiping down surfaces such as doors, restrooms and passenger areas.

Metrolink understands the unique role they play in providing lifeline transportation services during times of need and have been taking care of the people who take care of people – including their own essential employees and will continue to do so. As communities began issuing Stay at Home orders, ridership has decreased significantly. As of Friday, March 20, Metrolink ridership demand was down 81% compared to the same day a year ago, with 7,139 riders using our system compared to 37,004 on March 20, 2019. In response to this, Metrolink has made the determination that it is time to temporarily reduce service beginning Thursday, March 26, 2020. Rider notification began on March 24, 2020.

This decision was not taken lightly, as Metrolink is proud to provide vital transportation services to essential employees throughout Southern California. Their planned temporary 30% service reduction preserves the peak-hour service where they see the greatest proportion of remaining ridership, while avoiding the possibility of creating crowding situations on trains. Metrolink looked carefully at ridership on every line to ensure they allowed for enough service so riders can spread out and maintain the social distancing guidelines everyone is observing. For instance, the average load factor for the trains that will be annulled is 2.33%.

Thank you for your continued support during these unprecedented times. For updates, you may visit the Metrolink website. Another easy way to get to that page on a mobile device is by texting “ML19” to “333777”.  

 
(7/6/20)

PARKING CITATION REDUCTION PROGRAM ENDS AND LOCAL TRANSPORTATION AND PARKING METER FEES RESUME

On July 6, 2020, the following programs will resume normal operations and hours:

  • Residential Street Sweeping Parking Restrictions.
  • Local Parking Meter Fees.
  • Local Transportation Fees.

(5/22/20)

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO EXTENDS PARKING CITATION REDUCTION PROGRAM, LOCAL TRANSPORTATION AND PARKING METER FEES, AND FEE WAIVERS FOR SPECIAL EVENT PERMIT FEES FOR FOOD GIVEAWAY EVENTS

On May 21, 2020, the San Fernando City Council approved an extension of the following:

  • Fee Waivers for Late Fees for Water and Sewer Utility Payment.
  • Modified Residential Street Sweeping Parking Restrictions.
  • Parking Citation Financial Hardship Program.
  • Temporary Suspension of Local Transportation and Parking Meter Fees.
  • Fee Waivers for Special Event Permit fees for Food Giveaway Events. 

Download COVID-19 Financial Hardship Form (Street Sweeping Parking Citatations): ENGLISH 

(4/21/20)

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO EXTENDS PARKING CITATION REDUCTION PROGRAM

On April 20, 2020, the San Fernando City Council approved an extension of the program to reduce residential street sweeping parking citations issued between Monday, March 16, 2020 and Friday, May 15, 2020 from $55 to $25.  To qualify for the program, the vehicle owner must demonstrate a COVID-19 related financial hardship, including, but not limited to:

  • The registered/legal owner of the vehicle was sick with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 or caring for a household or family member who was sick with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19;
  • The registered/legal owner of the vehicle experienced a lay-off, loss of hours, or other income reduction resulting from COVID-19, the state of emergency, or other government response; or
  • The registered/legal owner of the vehicle needed to miss work to care for a child whose school or daycare was closed in response to COVID-19. 

Only one reduction request per vehicle will be considered.  To submit fine reduction request, the vehicle owner must complete a COVID-19 Financial Hardship Request form and supporting documentation within 60 days of the ticket issuance date.  This form may also be requested by emailing Police@sfcity.org.

MODIFIED RESIDENTIAL STREET SWEEPING PARKING RESTRICTIONS REMAIN IN EFFECT

Please be aware that the modified residential street sweeping parking restrictions will remain in effect. To reiterate, although the City is relaxing the 2-hour restriction, residents must move their vehicle until the street sweeper has passed.  After the sweeper has passed along the curb and cleaned the street, residents may move their vehicle and park on the restricted portion of the street. All other parking restrictions, including street sweeping parking restrictions in the commercial corridors, will remain in effect.

The City of San Fernando is working to balance accommodating the needs of residents that are being asked to stay home, with our responsibility of maintaining clean and sanitary public spaces.  Clean and sanitary public spaces, including streets and parks, are especially critical to help curb the spread of COVID19. 

Many solid waste haulers (including Republic Services) are rolling back services to protect their workers and comply with the social distancing directive.  This makes street sweeping even more critical as removing trash, dirt, debris, and standing water from the curb is a crucial component to the City’s sanitation system.  If the City is unable to sweep the streets due to parked vehicles; trash and other potentially contaminated surfaces will congregate and create an unsanitary environment.

A lot of thought when into San Fernando’s decision to prioritize public hygiene by maintaining street sweeping to remove trash, clear storm drains to avoid flooding, and reduce standing water for vector control.  The City’s residential street sweeping policy is not an effort to hurt residents, it is an effort to protect residents by removing unsanitary waste from street curbs.  In times of crisis, it is easy to do what is popular; it is hard to do what is right.  The City’s policy may not be popular, but we feel it is right and in the best interest of protecting public health.

For more information, contact the San Fernando Police Department at (818) 898-1254 or Police@sfcity.org.

Download COVID-19 Financial Hardship Form (Street Sweeping Parking Citatations): ENGLISH 

(4/14/20)

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO APPROVES PARKING CITATION REDUCTION PROGRAM

On April 6, 2020, the San Fernando City Council approved a program to reduce residential street sweeping parking citations issued between Monday, March 16, 2020 and Monday, April 20, 2020 from $55 to $25.  To qualify for the program, the vehicle owner must demonstrate a COVID-19 related financial hardship, including, but not limited to:

  • The registered/legal owner of the vehicle was sick with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 or caring for a household or family member who was sick with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19;
  • The registered/legal owner of the vehicle experienced a lay-off, loss of hours, or other income reduction resulting from COVID-19, the state of emergency, or other government response; or
  • The registered/legal owner of the vehicle needed to miss work to care for a child whose school or daycare was closed in response to COVID-19. 

Only one reduction request per vehicle will be considered.  To submit fine reduction request, the vehicle owner must complete a COVID-19 Financial Hardship Request form and supporting documentation within 60 days of the ticket issuance date.  The Form is available on the City’s website (WWW.SFCITY.ORG) and can be requested by emailing Police@sfcity.org.

MODIFIED RESIDENTIAL STREET SWEEPING PARKING RESTRICTIONS REMAIN IN EFFECT

Please be aware that the modified residential street sweeping parking restrictions will remain in effect. To reiterate, although the City is relaxing the 2-hour restriction, residents must move their vehicle until the street sweeper has passed.  After the sweeper has passed along the curb and cleaned the street, residents may move their vehicle and park on the restricted portion of the street. All other parking restrictions, including street sweeping parking restrictions in the commercial corridors, will remain in effect.

The City of San Fernando is working to balance accommodating the needs of residents that are being asked to stay home, with our responsibility of maintaining clean and sanitary public spaces.  Clean and sanitary public spaces, including streets and parks, are especially critical to help curb the spread of COVID19. 

Many solid waste haulers (including Republic Services) are rolling back services to protect their workers and comply with the social distancing directive.  This makes street sweeping even more critical as removing trash, dirt, debris, and standing water from the curb is a crucial component to the City’s sanitation system.  If the City is unable to sweep the streets due to parked vehicles; trash and other potentially contaminated surfaces will congregate and create an unsanitary environment.

A lot of thought when into San Fernando’s decision to prioritize public hygiene by maintaining street sweeping to remove trash, clear storm drains to avoid flooding, and reduce standing water for vector control.  The City’s residential street sweeping policy is not an effort to hurt residents, it is an effort to protect residents by removing unsanitary waste from street curbs.  In times of crisis, it is easy to do what is popular; it is hard to do what is right.  The City’s policy may not be popular, but we feel it is right and in the best interest of protecting public health.

For more information, contact the San Fernando Police Department at (818) 898-1254 or Police@sfcity.org.

Download COVID-19 Financial Hardship Form (Street Sweeping Parking Citatations): ENGLISH

(3/23/20)

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO ANNOUNCES TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF LOCAL TRANSPORTATION AND PARKING METER FEES TO SUPPORT THE COMMUNITY

Due to the evolving efforts to curtail the spread of the Coronavirus, including the “Stay at Home” order issued by the state of California and the “Safer at Home” order issued by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, the City of San Fernando will take additional actions to support critical functions in the community.  Effective Monday, March 23, 2020:

  • Ridership on the Mission City Transit Line (Trolley) will be limited to fifty-percent (50%) of occupancy to support social distancing for passengers.
  • The Mission City Transit and Dial-a-Ride programs will be free of charge until further notice.
  • On-street parking meter fees are suspended until further notice. Time restrictions at on-street parking meters will remain in effect to encourage convenient drive-up and curbside pickup at commercial locations. 

The relaxed residential street sweeping restrictions that went into effect on March 19, 2020 remain in effect.  As a reminder, the 2-hour street sweeping parking restriction in the residential areas have been relaxed to allow street parking as soon as the street sweeper has gone through the area.

(3/18/20; 12:56 pm)

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO ANNOUNCES SLIGHT CHANGES TO RESIDENTIAL STREET SWEEPING PARKING RESTRICTIONS

Street sweeping in residential and commercial areas is a critical component for maintaining public hygiene, removing trash, keeping the City’s storm drains clear of debris to avoid flooding, and reducing standing water.  During this state of emergency, where public hygiene and cleanliness is of paramount importance, the City must continue to maintain regularly scheduled street sweeping services to protect public health. 

However, the City recognizes that the closure of schools, businesses, and the statewide directive to practice social distancing has resulted in more vehicles in our residential neighborhoods than usual.  Therefore, effective Thursday, March 19, 2020, the City will relax the current 2-hour street sweeping parking restriction in the residential areas to allow street parking as soon as the street sweeper has gone through the area.  Vehicles parked in a restricted area that block the street sweeper’s ability to clean a particular area will continue to be subject to a fine.  

To reiterate, residents may move their vehicle and park on the restricted portion of the street after the sweeper has passed along the curb and cleaned the street. Please be sure the sweeper has cleaned the street before parking in the restricted parking zone.  All other parking restrictions, including street sweeping parking restrictions in the commercial corridors, will remain in effect.  

(3/17/20; 5 pm)

PARKING RESTRICTIONS

Currently, the City of San Fernando has not relaxed any parking restrictions; however, the policy is being reviewed and more information will be available in the coming days. 

IF WE CAN’T REACH YOU, WE CAN’T ALERT YOU!

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO’S LOCAL EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM 

Alert San Fernando uses both text and voice messages to keep residents informed about emergencies and important issues like:

  • Road Closures
  • Severe Weather
  • Utility Failures
  • Power Outages
  • Traffic Alerts
  • Missing Persons
  • And Much More!    
     

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(3/31/20)

IMPORTANT NOTICE FROM REPUBLIC SERVICES ABOUT RECYCLING AND WASTE SERVICE

Republic Services is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation to make sure they’re doing the right thing for the health and safety of their employees, customers, and the communities they serve. Their number one priority is safety, and that is at the forefront of every decision they make.

Republic Services provide an essential service to the country, and like the police and fire departments, it’s their duty to help protect and serve the public, especially in times like these. While they are working hard to ensure the highest quality customer service and minimal service disruption, the recent surge in residential waste and unique challenges they face requires them to temporarily modify their service offerings to keep your community and Republic Services employees safe.

Beginning Monday, March 30, 2020, and until further notice, Republic Services will be operating under the following guidelines:

  • Only cart contents will be accepted. Drivers will not be authorized to leave their vehicle to pick- up waste outside of the cart.
  • Bulk and e-waste programs will be suspended temporarily.
  • Curbside recycling and yard waste collection services will remain in place. No other services will be impacted. However, they may need to use alternative disposal methods if there are disruptions to recycling processing capabilities or if recycling contamination increases. It’s important to keep waste out of your recycling container. 

The Republic Services team remains committed to you throughout this crisis and appreciates your business and wish you all the best during this difficult time. For updates, please visit RepublicServices.com

Download Republic Services Notice: ENGLISH  

(6/30/20)

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO PARKS CLOSED ON INDEPENDENCE DAY(7/4/20)

The City of San Fernando hopes you and your loved ones are well and that you are coping with the challenges of your daily life in the fight to control the coronavirus (COVID-19).  Parks are an important aspect of the health and joy for the San Fernando community and play a vital role in how San Fernando residents manage the changes to the way we all live, work and play.  

The Recreation and Community Services Department continues to assess daily operations and implement precautionary measures in response to COVID-19 with the foremost being the health and safety of our residents. As directed by Los Angeles County’s “Safer at Home” Order and guidance from State and local officials, the Department wants to remind all park guests that 6 feet of physical distancing is required, and group gatherings are prohibited at all San Fernando Parks sites.

The Department will close all local community parks within the City to the public on Saturday, July 4, 2020, in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This was a difficult decision knowing Independence Day is a day of celebration for many park guests and that parks are a traditional gathering place for family. However, the anticipated high volume of visitors would make it impossible for the public to implement safe physical distancing practices or prevent group gathering.

The park amenities at Recreation Park, Las Palmas Park, Pioneer Park, and Layne Park that will be closed on Saturday, July 4, 2020, include:

  • All multi-use fields and ball diamonds.
  • All picnic shelters and grills.
  • All outdoor basketball and tennis courts.
  • All playground areas and fitness equipment.
  • All restrooms will be closed for Easter.
  • Park buildings & indoor facilities remain closed to the public, including indoor gymnasiums, multi-purpose rooms, banquet rooms, and classrooms indefinitely.
  • Rudy Ortega Sr. Park and 8th Street Park remain closed to the public indefinitely. 

Thank you for your support and understanding as we adapt to this fluid situation. These extraordinary efforts will help with the City, County and global effort to stop the spread of COVID-19.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact (818) 898-1290 or Recreation@sfcity.org.

Download Notice of City of San Fernando Park Closure on Independence Day (6/30/20): ENGLISH | SPANISH  

(4/10/20)

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO PARKS CLOSED ON EASTER SUNDAY (4/12/20)

The City of San Fernando hopes you and your loved ones are well and that you are coping with the challenges of your daily life in the fight to control the coronavirus (COVID-19).  Parks are an important aspect of the health and joy for the San Fernando community and play a vital role in how San Fernando residents manage the changes to the way we all live, work and play.  

The Recreation and Community Services Department continues to assess daily operations and implement precautionary measures in response to COVID-19 with the foremost being the health and safety of our residents. As directed by Los Angeles County’s “Safer at Home” Order and guidance from State and local officials, the Department wants to remind all park guests that 6 feet of physical distancing is required, and group gatherings are prohibited at all San Fernando Parks sites.

The Department will close all local community parks within the City to the public on Sunday, April 12, 2020, in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This was a difficult decision knowing Easter is a day of celebration for many park guests and that parks are a traditional gathering place for family. However, the anticipated high volume of visitors would make it impossible for the public to implement safe physical distancing practices or prevent group gathering.

The park amenities at Recreation Park, Las Palmas Park, Pioneer Park, and Layne Park that will be closed on Easter, Sunday, April 12, include:

  • All multi-use fields and ball diamonds.
  • All picnic shelters and grills.
  • All outdoor basketball and tennis courts.
  • All playground areas and fitness equipment.
  • All restrooms will be closed for Easter.
  • Park buildings & indoor facilities remain closed to the public, including indoor gymnasiums, multi-purpose rooms, banquet rooms, and classrooms indefinitely.
  • Rudy Ortega Sr. Park and 8th Street Park remain closed to the public indefinitely. 

Thank you for your support and understanding as we adapt to this fluid situation. These extraordinary efforts will help with the City, County and global effort to stop the spread of COVID-19.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact (818) 898-1290 or Recreation@sfcity.org.

Download Notice of City of San Fernando Park Closure on Easter Sunday (4/12/20): ENGLISH | SPANISH  

(4/6/20)

UPDATE FROM LOS ANGELES COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PARKS & RECREATION ON CLOSURES FOR EASTER (SUNDAY, APRIL 12, 2020) IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19

In Los Angeles County and beyond, we are all adjusting to the changes to our daily lives as we collectively fight to “flatten the curve” of the coronavirus (COVID-19). We know that many of these changes have caused disruption in the way we live, work, and play. We also know that parks are vital to the health and joy of our communities in Los Angeles County, and we believe that parks remain a haven, especially during this difficult time.

With the top priority being the health and safety of our park guests, team members, and community, the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation (LA County Parks) continues to assess daily operations and implement precautionary measures in response to COVID-19.

As directed by the County’s “Safer at Home” Order and guidance from State and local officials, we want to remind all park guests that 6 feet of physical distancing is required, and group gatherings are prohibited at all LA County Parks locations.

LA County Parks will close all botanic gardens, lakes, and local, community and regional parks to the public on Sunday, April 12, in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This was a difficult decision as we know Easter is day of celebration for many park guests and fun tradition for LA County Parks. However, the anticipated high volume of visitors would make it impossible for the public to implement safe physical distancing practices or prevent group gathering.

All LA County Parks and Recreation facilities and open space locations are closed on Easter, Sunday, April 12, including:

  • All multi-use trails closed until further notice. For a complete list, please see https://trails.lacounty.gov/TrailsList.
  • All play and sports amenities closed until further notice. This includes but is not limited to playgrounds, fitness equipment areas, basketball courts, skate parks, baseball/soccer/multi-use fields, tennis courts/pickleball, volleyball, and lawn bowling.
  • LA County golf courses are closed until further notice.
  • All restrooms are closed for Easter.
  • All Botanic gardens are closed for Easter.
  • Park buildings & indoor facilities are closed to the public, including indoor gymnasiums, computer labs, multi-purpose rooms, classrooms, aquatics centers/pools, indoor golf facilities & nature centers. 

We appreciate your support and understanding as we adapt to this fluid situation. We know that you rely on our programs as consistent and crucial resources. We hope these extraordinary efforts will help with the County and global effort to stop the spread of COVID-19.

We are working closely with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) to ensure that our Parks community receives credible information and guidance during this challenging time. We encourage you to visit the Public Health website for information and guidance, available in multiple languages, on COVID-19: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact (626) 588-5364 or info@parks.lacounty.gov.

(3/13/20; 10:38 am)

THE CITY OF SAN FERNANDO SUSPENDS SENIOR, RECREATION AND COMMUNITY PROGRAMS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Effective immediately, the City of San Fernando is suspending senior, recreation, and community programs as a precautionary measure to protect residents, especially the more vulnerable senior population, from further spread of COVID-19, commonly known as novel coronavirus.

The programs below are suspended at least through April 3, 2020:

  • Neighborhood and Business Watch meetings.
  • Tree planting events on March 14, 2020 and March 28, 2020.
  • All adult and youth sports, including soccer, basketball, softball, and baseball (games may be rescheduled to the end of the season).
  • Open gym.
  • National Junior Tennis Program Tennis.
  • Senior club dances (refunds available) and general membership meetings.
  • Facility rentals (refunds available).
  • All other fitness, exercise, art, cultural art, and youth programs.

Please call (818) 898-1290 check the availability or status of any City facility or program.

The decision to suspend these programs comes in response to a health advisory issued by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) earlier this week recommending organizations across the state consider cancelling all non-essential large gatherings of more than 250 people, smaller gatherings that do not allow social distancing of six feet per person, and gatherings of individuals who are at higher risk of severe illness, such as seniors and those with pre-existing health conditions.

According to the CDPH, “the timely implementation of aggressive strategies that create social distance and reduce close contact of people not regularly together, including limiting gatherings, has proven effective in prior pandemics at delaying rates of transmission and reducing illness and death.”

The City encourages residents to take the following steps to keep themselves and their family healthy:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds.
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer (but handwashing is better).
  • When coughing/sneezing, cover your mouth with your sleeve or a tissue and throw the tissue away immediately.
  • Clean doorknobs and frequently touched surfaces.
  • Practice social distancing (masks are limited value unless you are sick or a health worker). Limit close contact and avoid other social norms, such as shaking hands, hugs and other close contact in the foreseeable future. Elbow bumps are a good alternative.
  • Have provisions that will last a few days (water, food, essential hygiene supplies, etc.).
  • Get immunized against the flu. This will relieve what could be a highly impacted healthcare system.
  • Stay home when you’re sick. Don’t wait until you are VERY sick. 

5/14/20

CLEAN POWER ALLIANCES DEDICATES $1 MILLION IN COVID-19 RELATED CUSTOMER RELIEF

Impacted residential and small business customers who sign up for financial assistance and payment plans will get automatic bill credits.

Clean Power Alliance is here to help our customers during COVID-19. We understand choosing between rent, bills, and groceries or payroll is a situation no family or small business should have to face, especially during a crisis. We believe our customers deserve reliable and affordable electricity with manageable payments. That’s why Clean Power Alliance created a $1 million COVID-19 Relief Program that provides bill assistance to impacted residential and small business customers who sign up for financial assistance through Southern California Edison (SCE). Applicable to customers who enroll in CARE, FERA, or Medical Baseline, or who call SCE at (800) 655-4555 to get on a payment plan. Please visit cleanpoweralliance.org/covid19 to find out if you are eligible for $25 to $50 electricity bill credits, available on a first-come, first-served basis until the funds are exhausted.

Customers not eligible for Clean Power Alliance’s COVID-19 Relief Program, please visit sce.com/safety/coronavirus for other resources. Together, we’re committed to supporting our communities most in need and doing our part during this difficult time.

OTHER HELPFUL INFORMATION

(4/8/20)

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON (SCE) UPDATE & ASSISTANCE 

  • SCE has suspended all service disconnections for nonpayment, and are waiving late fees for residential and business customers that have been financially impacted by the pandemic.
  • SCE will continue to perform emergency work and critical wildfire prevention work and continue to keep the lights on, and has temporarily postponed all noncritical outages. 

DISCOUNTED RATE INFORMATION

To get information on discounted rate programs, payment assistance and extensions as well as budget plans and budget assistance you can visit sce.com/customer-service or call 1-800-950-2356.  

MEDICAL BASELINE CUSTOMER 

If you are a medical baseline customer which means you depend on electrically powered medical equipment you may qualify for additional discounts. Please call 1-800-447-6620.

CALIFORNIA ALTERNATE RATES FOR ENERGY (CARE)

The CARE program provides a discount of about 30% on monthly electric bills for eligible customers. Households of two would be eligible if the household income is below $32,920 per year. For more information: www.sce.com/care.  

FAMILY ELECTRIC RATE ASSISTANCE (FERA)

FERA provides a reduced monthly discount of 18% for income-qualified households of three or more if the household income is below $51,950 per year. For more information: www.sce.com/fera. 

UPDATE YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION WITH SCE

Residents are encouraged to take advantage of these resources and tools and to update contact information with SCE so that you may receive notices of planned outages and any emergency work that may impact your service. You can provide your updated contact information by calling 1-800-655-4555.

(4/2/20)

INCREASED UTILITY USAGE & BILL ASSISTANCE

With most Californians staying at home in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, residential energy use has increased by 15 to 20% (for electric) and 5 to 50% (for gas) and utility bills will go up. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is working to help consumers manage their energy bills and usage.

Customers who have lost their income should call their utility today to receive a 20 to 35% discount on their bills through the California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) program and/or the Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA) program: www.cpuc.ca.gov/General.aspx?id=976. The CPUC has a similar program for telecommunication customers, California LifeLine: www.cpuc.ca.gov/lifeline.

Additionally, CPUC has worked with utilities to provide the Climate Credit in April, which will help off-set higher bills.The Climate Credit is from a state program that requires electricity providers, natural gas providers, and other large industries that emit greenhouse gases to buy carbon pollution permits.  The credit is the utilities’ customer’s share of the payments from the program.

CPUC is working on additional actions to help reduce the impacts of increased residential demand on energy bills during the summer months including the possibility of additional bill credits and changes to the overall rate structures.

Finally, there are also simple, no-cost energy behaviors that can help save Californians energy and money during this difficult time:

  • On cooler days, set thermostats to 68 or lower during the day/62 at night
  • Unplug unused devices and/or turn off power strips
  • Open blinds/curtains on sunny days to avoid using too many lights
  • Wait to use dishwasher when it’s full 

Turn down screen brightness and use eco-mode features on work from home and entertainment devices.

(3/30/20)

SAN FERNANDO WATER SUPPLY AND SERVICE

San Fernando water comes from wells that pump water from in the ground. It is treated and is delivered ready for drinking, washing, and bathing and will meet your needs during these challenging times. You have enough to worry about right now, don’t worry about San Fernando water; we will continue to deliver water that exceeds the health standards. We do not expect disruptions to our customers due to COVID-19.

Additionally, the City of San Fernando WILL NOT be disconnecting any customers’ water and WILL BE waiving all late fees due to limited access to City Hall. If your water bill is due, currently, there are three payment options: 

  • By Mail: City of San Fernando, 117 Macneil Street, San Fernando, CA 91340
  • Night Dropbox: Located outside City Hall’s main entrance on the right-hand side. Place your payment in an envelope and put it in the drop box. NO CASH PLEASE. Payments received in the drop-box will be processed by 9:00 am the next business day.
  • AutoPay: Available to all City of San Fernando water customers. It is a direct debit program that works with your bank for a quick and simple way to pay your utility bill electronically. Click here to download an AutoPay Application

Please contact the Finance Department (Finance@sfcity.org or (818) 898-1212) to set up alternate payment plans. 

 

SAN FERNANDO RESIDENT RESOURCES

(9/4/20)

SAN FERNANDO RESIDENTIAL FOOD PROGRAM

The City of San Fernando has allocated $100,000 in CDBG/CARES Act funding to create the San Fernando Residential Food Distribution Program to assist families impacted by COVID-19. The food distribution program will provide a box of non-perishable food items (with a value up to $250) to each qualifying household. These items may include canned meat and vegetables, pasta, sugar and spices, sauces, canned soups and stews, coffee and tea, rice, baby food, and other non-perishable food items. Personal protective equipment including masks, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant solution may also be provided.

To apply, interested households must complete a self-certification form that will be submitted to LA County for approval. Once approved, the City will schedule date and time for a no-contact distribution of food to qualified households.

Please call or email the Recreation and Community Services Department for more information: (818) 898-7340 or Recreation@sfcity.org.

Click here to complete the application online

Download Public Service Income Self-Certification Form and Non-Perishable Food Items List: ENGLISH | SPANISH

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(9/9/20)

Halloween Guidance

As fall approaches, many families are starting to plan for the upcoming holiday season -beginning with Halloween. LA County and the Department of Public Health (DPH) want to help you take part in this holiday, while reducing your risk of developing COVID-19, and have prepared guidance to help make this year’s Halloween celebrations as safe as can be. 

Ready to celebrate? Check out our Halloween Guidance, which includes suggestions and recommendations for you, your friends, and family.

Visit the Recreation and Community Services page for fun and creative Halloween activities that can be done safely at home!

Download LA County Department of Public Health Halloween Guidance: ENGLISH

Guidance to Enjoy a Safe Halloween
(8/11/20)

LOS ANGELES COUNTY RENT RELIEF PROGRAM TO LAUNCH AUGUST 17, 2020

LA County has announced the creation of a COVID-19 Rent Relief Program which aims to assist low-income renters who have struggled to pay their rent and/or who are behind on paying rent due to COVID-19. Those who are most at need will be targeted with more assistance. The program will launch on August 17, 2020 and close on August 31, 2020.

LA County’s COVID-19 Rent Relief Program will be operated by the LA County Development Authority (LACDA), and is funded by an allocation of $100 million in CARES Act funding meant to assist between 8,000 and more than 9,000 renting households with limited means.

Requirements: the program is available to all residents of the County who qualify (with the exception of residents living in the City of Los Angeles, as the City also received its own allocation of CARES Act funds). The following is required:

  • A W-9
  • Participation agreements are needed from the property owners to receive rental income on behalf of their qualified tenant; and
  • Property owners must agree to the terms of the participation agreement 

To learn more or apply, visit rentrelief.lacda.org or dial 2-1-1. Please note citizenship documentation will not be requested from any party (renter or property owner).

(8/3/20)

TEMPORARY STREET CLOSURE FOR OUTDOOR SERVICES

In order to allow for expanded outdoor services, the City has approved a temporary closure of San Fernando Road, between Maclay Ave and Brand Blvd. Stop by Downtown San Fernando and enjoy the fresh air, a great meal, or shop at one of the local shops while staying socially distant.

August 2020 through December 2020 | San Fernando Road (Maclay Ave to Brand Blvd)

All businesses and visitors must adhere to social distancing protocols and wear face coverings.

(7/31/20)

TEMPORARY STREET CLOSURE FOR OUTDOOR SERVICES

In order to allow for expanded outdoor services, the City has approved a temporary closure of San Fernando Road, between Maclay Ave and Brand Blvd. Stop by Downtown San Fernando and enjoy the fresh air, a great meal, or shop at one of the local shops while staying socially distant.

Beginning Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 4 pm and all day Sunday, August 2, 2020

All businesses and visitors must adhere to social distancing protocols and wear face coverings.

4/27/20

COUNTY, STATE & FEDERAL RESOURCES

Download a list of county, state, and federal resources and services available to support residents during the coronavirus pandemic: ENGLISH

(3/30/20)

LOS ANGELES COUNTY UPDATE ON 211

211 LA County is a team of devoted community resource experts committed to providing LA County residents with accurate, timely, and trusted information on the COVID-19 health crisis. Before making that 211 call, we want to help you save time with this quick guide on the Do’s and Don’ts of 211 LA County:

211 can help with…

  • Information on COVID-19: symptoms, spread, disinfecting
  • Questions about the “Safer At Home” Health Order
  • Guidance for Employers, Businesses, Workers, Medical Professionals, and
    Service Provider
  • Referrals to sign up for health insurance or find a clinic if you don’t already have a
    medical provider
  • Referrals to food pantries, food distribution sites/programs, or CalFresh food benefits if you are struggling financially to purchase food
  • Shelter referrals, motel vouchers for homeless families only, and eviction
    moratorium inform
  • Information on County services
  • Referrals to health, human, and social services and supports – please note service
    hours and delivery is changing
  • Reporting an act of hate or bullying motivated by country of origin, race, religion,
    gender, sexual orientation

211 cannot help with…

  • Requesting a COVID-19 test or testing kit
  • Requesting an exemption from the Safer at Home Health Order
  • Requesting or ordering masks, sanitation supplies or medical supplies, or accepting donations of these supplies
  • Screening/testing for COVID-19 symptoms or admission to a clinic, hospital, or
    quarantine center (contact your doctor, medical or clinic provider)
  • Locations to purchase groceries or meals (grocery stores are restocking, and many
    restaurants are open for pick up or delivery)
  • Booking hotel rooms at the Fairplex or any other hotel/quarantine housing
    locations
  • Direct connection to County officials or Department of Public Health
  • Lists of services and providers 
  • Filing a police report, or reporting a dispute or crime not motivated by discrimination of a protected class 

Of course, you can also visit 211la.org to learn more about how 211 LA County can help.

(4/1/20)

COVID-19 & THE 2020 CENSUS

During this time of crisis, getting an accurate census count helps ensure the County of Los Angeles has the resources it needs to protect and support its local communities. When you are counted, you help increase funding for hospitals, health care services, child care centers, parks and affordable housing programs in LA County. 

If you haven’t already done so, take a few minutes to complete your census form online at www.my2020census.gov or by phone in any of the following languages:

English: 844-330-2020
Spanish: 844-468-2020
Chinese (Mandarin): 844-391-2020
Chinese (Cantonese): 844-398-2020
Vietnamese: 844-461-2020
Korean: 844-392-2020
Russian: 844-417-2020
Arabic: 844-416-2020
Tagalog: 844-478-2020
Polish: 844-479-2020
French: 844-494-2020
Haitian Creole: 844-477-2020
Portuguese: 844-474-2020
Japanese: 844-460-2020

Remember – your information remains confidential, and under federal law, can only be used to produce statistics.

(4/28/20)

ANIMAL ADOPTION FEES WAIVED

If you’ve thought about adopting or fostering a pet during the COVID-19 crisis, now may be a good time to give it a try. In case you missed it, LA County’s Department of Animal Care and Control (DACC) announced, last week, that adoption fees at all seven animal care centers across the County are being waived in an effort to place animals in homes.

Fee waived adoptions are made possible thanks to an $80,000 grant awarded by the Petco Foundation to support life-saving efforts for LA County animals. This investment will also allow DACC to undertake other lifesaving measures including:

  • purchasing necessary medical equipment; and
  • partnering with veterinary partners to provide pets in DACC care extensive medical treatment beyond the regular capacity of DACC’s medical program. 

If you wish to adopt, you must first make an appointment to visit your local care center. To find your local care center, click here.

For more information on fostering a pet, volunteering from home or to make a donation, visit www.animalcare.lacounty.gov.  

 

TIPS FOR PROTECTING YOUR PET

Protect the four-legged members of your family. To keep your pet safe and protected during any emergency, the Department of Animal Care and Control suggests:

  • Always have your pet wear license and identification tags.
  • Make sure you have at least two weeks worth of all your pet’s supplies, including food, treats, and medication.
  • Identify at least two trusted people who can care for your pet, if you cannot. 

Keep information about your pet’s needs and your emergency contacts in an easily accessible place.

(4/23/20)

LOS ANGELES COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF ANIMAL CARE & CONTROL WAIVES ADOPTION FEES FOR ALL ANIMALS

The Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control (DACC) is currently waiving adoption fees at all seven animal care centers in an effort to quickly place animals in homes during the COVID-19 crisis. The fee waived adoptions are possible thanks to an $80,000 grant DACC was awarded from the Petco Foundation to support life-saving efforts for Los Angeles County animals.  

In addition to the fee waived adoptions, the Petco Foundation investment will enable DACC to undertake a variety of other lifesaving measures including purchasing necessary medical equipment and partnering with veterinary partners to provide pets in DACC care extensive medical treatment beyond the regular capacity of our medical program.

”We are grateful for the Petco Foundation’s generous support to help animals during the COVID-19 crisis,” said DACC Director Marcia Mayeda. “Because people are adhering to the Safer at Home requirements, many can devote time to a new pet.  This generous grant from Petco Foundation makes it easier for families to make that decision at this time.” Those in LA County wishing to adopt must first make an appointment to visit their local care center by going to www.animalcare.lacounty.gov

(7/21/20)

CARES ACT FUNDING FOR CHILD CARE VOUCHERS

On July 21, 2020, LA County approved $15 million of CARES Act funding for child care vouchers to serve essential workers and low-income families.  This funding will provide 5,000 low-income families and essential workers with child care through December 30, 2020.  The LA County Department of Public Health’s Office for the Advancement of Early Care and Education, in partnership with the Child Care Alliance of Los Angeles, is leading this effort.

HOW CAN PARENTS APPLY?

  • Families seeking child care may apply for a voucher by completing an online application found at www.ccala.net.  For further assistance, you may call (888) 92-CHILD or (888) 922-4453.
  • After the family completes the online application, it is automatically routed to a local partner agency for processing. This will be the local Resource and Referral/Alternative Payment agency who will assist families with the child care voucher application process and their child care options. 
  • Once approved, families will be able to use the voucher with any licensed child care program or Trustline approved license exempt provider (Family, Friend or Neighbor) in LA County. 

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

Eligible families must be either essential workers or low-income working families.  Families who are eligible include:

  • Essential workers or low-income working families (essential worker includes: parents/guardians working in essential services such as, the health care industry, emergency services, food and agriculture, and other businesses currently open as per the Governor’s most recent guidelines)
  • Must live in Los Angeles County
  • Need child care to perform their essential work
  • Is not able to work remotely
  • Meet certain income eligibility
  • If the family includes a two-parent household, both parents must either be essential workers or the other parent must be unable to provide care for the child due to incapacitation 

Thank you for your continued partnership and commitment to children.  For additional information about this program, please call (888) 92-CHILD or (888) 922-4453.

(5/4/20)

THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN & FAMILY SERVICES (DCFS) WANTS YOU TO KNOW

If you test positive for COVID-19, your children will NOT be removed from your home. 

LA County’s Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is committed to working closely with county partners and allies in the child welfare community to ensure the safety of children during this pandemic and beyond. Moreover, the department and its community partners want to dispel misconceptions and make certain that Los Angeles County residents have the most current information. 

To address this and other concerns, DCFS has been actively engaged in a robust public information campaign. Most recently, the department issued a public service announcement that calls on residents to make an investment into the welfare of families in our communities by reporting neglect or abuse. For more information on this endeavor, please keep reading…

In some communities, for example, residents mistakenly believe that if parents or guardians are COVID-positive DCFS will remove children from their care, which is incorrect. COVID status does not put your kids in peril. DCFS is only focused on reports of abuse and neglect. 

CHILD PROTECTION: OUR CALL FOR HELP

The County of Los Angeles is asking county residents to be observant friends, neighbors or relatives – to ensure children in LA County remain in safe and healthy environments during the COVID-19 health crisis. With increasing pressures deriving from school closures, limited childcare options, rising unemployment rates and fewer social connections, LA County’s most vulnerable families are feeling unprecedented stress.

The Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) recently announced the Child Protection Hotline has seen a 50% decline in the number of calls received. Prior to COVID-19, it received approximately 1,000 reports on an average day.

Without calls from observant teachers, childcare or medical providers, LA County social workers are unable to initiate contact and investigate suspected neglect or abuse. That is why we urge county residents to be attentive and watchful. 

If you suspect a child is being abused or neglected, please call LA County’s Child Protection Hotline at 1-800-540-4000. 

To learn more about DCFS efforts to keep children and families safe during COVID-19, visit them online or follow them via Facebook or Twitter.

You can also view a video in Spanish, here

(4/20/20)

RESOURCES FOR PEOPLE WITH CHILD ABUSE CONCERNS DURING COVID-19 CRISIS

The consequencs of the COVID-19 pandemic has created the conditions that allow for child abuse to go undetected. Educators are the primary source of reports (20 percent) to child protective services nationwide. However, teachers, guidance counselors, and day care providers who usually serve as lifelines for vulnerable children are no longer in a daily position to witness and report suspected abuse. There are ways everyone can do their part to protect children:

  • People who are concerned about a particular family can help by doing small things to ease the stress that comes with this time. Whether in the form of food, toilet paper, coloring books or just an empathetic ear, these acts of support while keeping social distancing can make a difference and ease parents’ stress. 
  • Make use of technology for virtual check-ins. Look for signs of distress and be a supportive presence.
  • Form parent groups to conduct remote learning for children under 5, because those younger children are at highest risk for abuse.
  • How to report child abuse in LA County: The LA County Office of Child Protection is a policy-making body and does not handle any direct cases. All inquiries or reporting of specific cases should be made to the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). To report child abuse in LA County, CA, please contact the Child Protection Hotline at 1-800-540-4000 or visit the DCFS website
  • If you have an immediate emergency, call 911 or your local police department; otherwise, call DFCS Child Protective Services to report child abuse and/or neglect. 

For parents and caregivers: Find the Community-Based Organization offering preventive and support services in your Service Planning Area to call them directly, or call your Regional Office to get connected. You can also call (213) 336-2854 to speak to DCFS Preventive and Support Services staff.

(4/6/20)

DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN & FAMILY SERVICES CALL ON THE COMMUNITY TO BE THE VOICE FOR CHILDREN AMID CORONAVIRUS SCHOOL CLOSURES

On the heels of the announcement that students will remain out of school for the remainder of the academic year due to the current public health crisis, the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is calling on residents to help ensure that children remain safe. 

During this unprecedented time, families may experience higher levels of stress and uncertainty and the department is asking that community members be observant of children who may be experiencing neglect or abuse.

DCFS Director Bobby D. Cagle said that with children out of the line of sight of mandated reporters, such as teachers and medical personnel, the concern for child safety has significantly increased.

“Social workers rely heavily on mandated reporters to initiate contact with our department in order for us to protect children,” Director Cagle said. “With this safeguard now gone, I am calling on Los Angeles County residents to be the voice for children who may be experiencing physical abuse, severe food insecurity or other forms of neglect.”   

April marks National Child Abuse Prevention Month, an observance that strives to bring awareness of tools and resources available to families in need of support. The most common type of maltreatment is neglect. Federal statistics reveal that in 2019 an estimated 678,000 children were found to be victims of child abuse or neglect nationwide and, the year before, 4.3 million reports were made involving some 7.8 million children.

For those who work with families at risk of becoming involved with the child welfare system, the goal is to help foster healthy relationships by imparting coping strategies to navigate difficult circumstances that can lead to neglect or abuse.

This objective, dovetails with DCFS’ prevention and aftercare services.  During the 2019-2020 fiscal year, DCFS invested nearly $20 million in services including provision of basic goods, parenting education, financial literacy and peer support groups.  These services are available regardless of age, immigration or insurance status, for as long as needed.

Recognizing that family dynamics may be challenging even on the best of days, Director Cagle stressed the need for child abuse prevention awareness and community involvement now more than ever.

“This situation is sure to test the limits of even the most patient individuals,” he said. “But I want to emphasize that there are services available in the community to help.  If you or someone you know is in need of extra support during this time of heightened uncertainty, please contact DCFS to find out what services are available in your area.”

To learn more about child abuse prevention month and how you can help, please visit: childwelfare.gov/topics/preventing/preventionmonth/about/.

The DCFS Child Protection Hotline may be reached at 800-540-4000 or covid19info@dcfs.lacounty.gov

(5/5/20)

EMERGENCY COOLING CENTERS DURING HEAT WAVE

Emergency cooling centers in LA County are scheduled to open Wednesday and Thursday, May 6-7, 2020, from 12 pm to 6 pm, in an effort to provide county residents with much needed relief during this week’s hot weather. Cooling centers will be available for vulnerable residents who do not live in air-conditioned homes or may need relief from the heat.

WHAT TO KNOW

  • Emergency cooling centers are intended for people who urgently need relief from the heat – and are free of charge.
  • All visitors should bring with them and wear a face covering at all times.
  • Centers will open tomorrow, May 6 and Thursday, May 7 (12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.) 

WHERE TO GO

  • El Cariso Community Regional Park (13100 Hubbard St., Sylmar)
  • Buena Vista Branch Library (300 North Buena Vista St., Burbank)
  • Jackie Robinson Park (8773 East Avenue R, Sun Village)
  • Loma Alta Park (3330 Lincoln Ave., Altadena)
  • Mary M. Bethune Park (1244 East 61st St., Los Angeles)
  • Ruben F. Salazar Park (3864 Whittier Blvd., Los Angeles)
  • South Whittier Library (11543 Colima Rd., Whittier)
  • Valleydale Park (5525 North Lake Ellen Ave., Azusa) 

WHAT IS A COOLING CENTER?

Cooling centers are places in a community where you can cool down during hot weather, especially if you do not have access to air conditioning. Cooling centers include indoor air-conditioned government owned facilities such as libraries, community and senior centers.

IS IT SAFE TO GO TO COOLING CENTERS?

The health and safety of staff and visitors at cooling centers is our number one priority. We’ve developed modifications to assure that centers can be safely operated during times of high heat and which comply with Health Officer orders and requirements for physical distancing. 

WHY IS SPENDING TIME IN AIR-CONDITIONED PLACES IMPORTANT?

During hot weather, particularly during multiple days of constant heat and high overnight temperatures, spending at least a few hours in air conditioning each day can help reduce the risk of heat-related illness. Air conditioning is especially important if you are older, have very young children, or have certain health conditions.

WHAT OTHER STEPS SHOULD I TAKE TO COOL OFF DURING EXTREME HEAT?

If you cannot get to a Cooling Center, try closing window shades and curtains, drinking plenty of water or nonalcoholic and caffeine-free liquids, taking a cool shower or bath, limiting strenuous activities, and trying to avoid using a stove or oven.

For additional information, including a map of Emergency Cooling Centers click here.

To obtain assistance over the phone with locating the nearest Emergency Cooling Center, dial 2-1-1. Multilingual staff is ready to assist. 

For more information and advice, visit LA County’s Department of Public Health (DPH) Stay Healthy in the Heat web page.

5/15/20

NEW COVID-19 MAPPING & DIGITAL DASHBOARDS

New dashboards added! LA County’s newest GIS tools and dashboards – compiled by LA County’s Department’s of Public Health, Health Services, Parks and Recreation, the Office of Education, and the Office of Emergency Management – map the response to COVID-19 in LA County.

They include:

  • Information on COVID-19 testing, cases & deaths
  • Maps and graphs showing testing
  • Cases and death data by community, poverty level, age, sex and race/ethnicity
  • Drive-Up mobile testing sites
  • Los Angeles County school closures and school district closures
  • Food Resources Hub
  • City/County Elder Nutrition Program sites
  • Local emergency proclamations for Los Angeles County
  • Sites providing meals to students during temporary school closures, and
  • Parks, Beaches, and Trails Closures and Ongoing Programs 

Visit LA County’s website at covid19.lacounty.gov to learn more.

(3/27/20)

LOS ANGELES COUNTY LAUNCHES NEW INTERACTIVE DIGITAL DASHBOARDS, CONNECTING RESIDENTS TO LATEST UPDATES ON COVID-19 IMPACTS

Los Angeles County launched several new digital tools today to help residents access up-to-date information about the COVID-19 pandemic. A suite of new interactive maps and dashboards are now live on the County website, providing—in one place—a digital hub for updates about virus case counts, emergency proclamations, and information regarding openings and closures for parks, recreation sites, and schools throughout Los Angeles County. 

The new dashboards track, analyze, and display multiple data sources. They are the result of collaboration between the County’s Department of Public Health, Health Services, Parks and Recreation, the Los Angeles County Office of Education, and the Office of Emergency Management. Though the focus is local, the new interactive sites also incorporate global data from Johns Hopkins University’s COVID-19 tracking map.

“These maps and dashboards are the latest step we have taken to keep the people of Los Angeles County informed during the COVID-19 pandemic, and connected to County services,” stated Kevin McGowan, Director of the Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management. “The amount of information about the virus online can be overwhelming, and the data and updates change minute-to-minute. Our COVID-19 website, and its features including these new interactive tools, are a centralized source of trusted information.” 

Four new dashboards are now available (covid19.lacounty.gov/dashboards): 

  • Case Count Dashboard: This map tracks and displays local Los Angeles County COVID-19 cases and deaths. The interactive dashboard allows users to click on a city or community name, zoom to the selected area, and view the total case count for that community, as well as adjacent areas. The dashboard is updated daily with case count data from the Department of Public Health. 
  • Emergency Proclamations Dashboard: This interactive dashboard displays local emergency proclamations throughout Los Angeles County.  Users can click a city name to see when a local emergency was proclaimed and view the official proclamation. The dashboard links to cities’ official websites and is updated as LA County’s 88 cities make proclamations.
  • Parks and Recreation Closures: This dashboard shows the status of recreation activities, senior programs, and other services provided by County Parks and Recreation.  Users can click to find out which services are open, partially closed, or completely closed. The dashboard is updated as services change throughout the County.
  • School Closures: This dashboard displays the closure status of the 80 school districts supported by the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE). Users can click a district to view schools and enrollment count. It is updated with information from LACOE.   

These new dashboards are built on an Esri ArcGIs platform, and are additionally accessible through a mobile version. They are located in the County COVID-19 site’s Newsroom section, which also contains videos, photos, links to Incident Reports, and daily summaries created by the Los Angeles County Emergency Operations Center.  

(4/20/20)

RESOURCES AVAILABLE FOR PEOPLE WITH DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CONCERNS DURING COVID-19 CRISIS

Los Angeles County recognizes that staying home is not always a safe option for victims experiencing domestic violence during the COVID-19 crisis. According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, from 2019 to 2020, domestic violence calls for services have risen in LA County from 863 to 933, an 8.11 percent increase. For people experiencing domestic violence amid the Safer at Home Order, there are services and resources available 24/7 for those who need it. You are not alone. 

L.A. County’s Domestic Violence Services remain available. Shelters are open and accepting people. If you are a victim of domestic violence and need help, resources include: 

  • Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-978-3600, or
  • You can also dial 2-1-1 any time to get connected with services and support in your area or visit 211la.org/domestic-violence.
  • Domestic violence legal services.
  • Dial 9-1-1. Law enforcement is still responding to domestic violence calls, and Emergency Protective Orders are still being issued. 

The Violence Against Women Act allows certain non-citizens who are in abusive situations to petition without the assistance of the abusive spouse or parent, for lawful permanent residency. These persons may include:

  • The spouse of a US citizen or legal permanent resident when the abuser is the US citizen, legal resident spouse or a member of his/her family living in the home.
  • The child of a US citizen or legal permanent resident when the abuser is the parent/parent’s spouse or a family member of the parent or parent’s spouse living in the home.
  • The child of the battered spouse.
  • The parent of the battered child. 

More information is available at the Department of Public Social Services website.  

Many victims of domestic violence do not leave abusive situations because domestic violence shelters do not accept pets, and they and their pets are forced to endure abuse. For pet owners, LA County Animal Care and Control (DACC) can assist people who are experiencing safe housing issues. To find safe animal centers near you, DACC has provided a map of their locations. 

  • The COLA-HI program provides temporary sheltering for pets belonging to people experiencing homelessness.
  • The Ani-Safe program provides temporary housing to pets belonging to victims of domestic violence.
  • DACC will provide confidential and safe housing for these animals so victims can get the services they need and move into safe living arrangements. 
  • The pets are later reunited with their owners when they have found permanent safe housing.
  • DACC has greatly expanded its fostering program so people can quickly and safely choose a pet to take into their home for a period of time, providing that animal with a calm and nurturing home environment. 
  • Contact DACC for more information. 

5/13/20

EMERGENCY $$$ NOW AVAILABLE FOR RENTERS AND MOM-AND-POP LANDLORDS

LA County, today, launched a new Emergency Rental Assistance Program. This $3.7 million program provides a lifeline to income-eligible renters and mom-and-pop landlords in unincorporated areas of LA County.

Those eligible for this program must be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic – whether it’s through job loss, furloughs or reduction in hours or pay.

Renters within unincorporated LA County interested in applying for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program, shared in yesterday’s COVID-19 Update, may apply online at 211la.org/form/covid-rental-assistance. To apply over the phone, dial 2-1-1.

Landlords impacted by COVID-19 may also be eligible for emergency aid to help: 1) meet mortgage obligations on rental properties, or 2) Reduce rental payment delinquency in arrears. To find out if you’re eligible, visit lacda.org/programs/rent-relief.

Program applications must be received by May 31, 2020. For more information on this program, whether you’re a renter or landlord, click here

(4/1/20)

MORATORIUM ON RESIDENTIAL OR COMMERCIAL EVICTIONS 

Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-28-20, placing a moratorium on residential evictions for Tenants that meet certain conditions, which are listed below:

  • A Tenant shall have first notified the Landlord in writing before rent is due, or within a reasonable period of time afterwards, not to exceed thirty (30) calendar days, that the Tenant needs to delay all or some payment of rent attributable to an inability to pay the full amount due to reasons related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
  • Tenant was sick with COVID-19, unable to work, and was unable to use paid leave while sick.
  • Tenant experienced a lay-off, work furlough, reduction in work hours or income resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Tenant needed to miss work to care for a minor child whose school was closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic or care for a household or family member was sick with COVID-19 AND the tenant was unable to use paid leave. 

If you meet any of the criteria above and would like to delay all or part of your rent payment, please send a notice to your Landlord immediately.  Be sure to include your reason for requesting a delay in payment.  Please note that you will need to provide some form of documentation as evidence that you meet one of the criteria.

This Moratorium is statewide and currently applies to San Fernando residents.  In addition, on April 6, 2020, the San Fernando City Council will be considering a local Ordinance.

Download California Executive Order N-28-20: ENGLISH

(4/1/20)

LOS ANGELES COUNTY EMPHASIZES PROTECTIONS FOR TENANTS AFFECTED BY COVID-19 

Rent is due for many Los Angeles County residents who have lost their source of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The County wants the public to know that there are protections in place for renters who are at-risk of being evicted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Chair of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Kathryn Barger has signed an executive order banning landlords from evicting residential renters affected by the coronavirus. The ban is in place through May 31, 2020. The order states: 

“During this local emergency, and in the interest of protecting the public health and preventing transmission of COVID-19, it is essential to avoid unnecessary housing displacement, protect the County’s affordable housing stock, and prevent housed individuals from falling into homelessness.”

The order protects people who have suffered “financial impacts” due to the coronavirus. This means a substantial loss of household income due to business closure, loss of compensable hours of work or wages, layoffs, extraordinary out-of-pocket medical expenses or child care needs arising from school closures.

The protection extends to those who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or who are caring for someone diagnosed with the virus. The order also protects individuals who have suffered financial impacts due to compliance with the County’s recommendation to stay at home, self-quarantine or due to avoiding congregating with others during the state of emergency.

Under the order, tenants must notify their landlord in writing within a week after their rent is due —  unless there are extenuating circumstances — that they are unable to pay their rent because of the pandemic.

The following are other important facts and protections in place:

  • The executive order ensures that all people in the County will continue to have access to running water during this public health crisis. This enables compliance with public health guidelines to wash hands often and have access to clean drinking water.
  • The order ensures that all customers in the County who receive power services from Southern California California Edison and Southern California Gas Company continue to have access to electricity so they may receive crucial COVID-19 information, keep critical medical equipment functioning and utilize power as needed.
  • Public utilities have announced that they will suspend service disconnections for nonpayment and waive late fees, effective immediately, for residential and business customers impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
  • The moratorium applies to only unincorporated L.A. County. 
  • Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Burbank, Culver City, Glendale, Long Beach, Pasadena, Santa Monica, South Pasadena, and West Hollywood have issued similar orders. 

If you have questions about landlord-tenant issues, please visit the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs online at rent.lacounty.gov, call (833) 223-RENT (7368) or email rent@dcba.lacounty.gov.

Download County of Los Angeles Executive Order: ENGLISH

FIRE SAFETY

LA County has recently seen an increase in home fires during the COVID-19 health crisis. As a result, LA County residents are reminded that planning ahead of an emergency can truly save your life.

If there was a fire in your home, would you know the best way to escape? Help make sure you and your loved ones are truly Safer at Home by learning how to safely escape a home fire.

To help you get started, LA County’s Fire Department offers a free F.I.R.E Safety Guide with all the tips & checklists you’ll need for creating a fire escape plan that’s right for you.

You can also download the F.I.R.E. Safety Coloring Book if you’re looking for a great children’s activity. Make the youngest members of your family a key part of your plan. 

Visit the LA County Fire Department’s website for more information on how to stay safe. Planning ahead can save lives!

5/11/20

FRAUDULENT CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES NOTICE

Beware of this fraudulent California Department of Social Services (CDSS) letter. If you receive something similar, please know it is not coming from an official CDSS account.

Download Fraudulent CDSS Letter: ENGLISH

FRAUDS

All LA County residents, especially seniors, should be on the lookout for frauds and schemes that include coronavirus treatments and vaccines, as well as attempts to obtain your Medicare number or other personal information.

  • For additional information on healthcare fraud, please visit cahealthadvocates.org or call 1-855-613-7080. 

(3/26/20)

LOS ANGELES COUNTY ALERTS PUBLIC ABOUT INCREASING COVID-19 SCAMS, FRAUDULENT WEBSITES, EMAILS AND DONATION REQUESTS

Los Angeles County, including the City of San Fernando, residents are reminded of several fraud schemes designed to prey on the vulnerable in the midst of the COVID-19 public health crisis. Reports of malicious websites, email schemes, and suspicious links have come to the attention of law enforcement and public officials.

“Malicious actors can prey upon those that are distracted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and use it to their advantage,” stated Los Angeles County Chief Information Officer William Kehoe. “The public needs to be mindful and careful, and avoid websites, phishing emails, and scams that engage people through false information about the health crisis, and steal personal user information and data. By clicking on fraudulent weblinks, hackers can deliver malware and then gain access to passwords, browsing information, credit card numbers, and other personal information. We all need to stay vigilant.”

Currently, there are several Coronavirus tracking and mapping sites that are actually malware websites. Instead of clicking on these links, cybersecurity experts advise that website users should instead hover over the link to verify the uniform resource locator (URL) before moving forward. Online hackers may also send users emails from fraudulent accounts impersonating official websites and doctors, or offering medical supplies and services.

A trusted COVID-19 mapping resource is the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Global Map, which can be found at coronavirus.jhu.edu. Additionally, there are several websites the County of Los Angeles recommends for accurate, up-to-date information on COVID-19. The following is a list of sites:

As residents in Los Angeles County, including the City of San Fernando, practice “Safer at Home” directives, they are spending more time at home and online. Scammers are also taking advantage of this change in circumstances by reaching out door-to-door asking for donations and fundraising contributions through cash, Bitcoin, or Paypal. The County of Los Angeles reminds residents that they are not required to open their door, and encourages everyone to not feel intimidated by a false sense of urgency to answer door-to-door solicitations.

The following is a list of safety tips the public can follow:

  • Avoid online advertising offers related to COVID-19
  • Decline door-to-door solicitations claiming COVID-19 fundraising
  • Do not click on emails and attachments that you do not recognize
  • Visit trusted websites for COVID-19 related information 

Everyone should remain vigilant and take these steps to avoid being victimized by malicious scammers trying to profit from the COVID-19 crisis. If you believe you have been scammed, contact your bank immediately and report the information to local law enforcement.  

5/20/20

GRADUATE RECOGNITION PROGRAM

The City of San Fernando’s created a Graduate Recognition Program to honor and recognize graduating seniors that reside or have an immediate family member that resides in the City of San Fernando.

Visit the Recreation & Community Services page for more information: CLICK HERE

5/21/20

GRADUATION CEREMONIES

As we approach the season of graduation ceremonies, LA County’s Director of Public Health Dr. Barbara Ferrer and LA County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Debra Duardo have shared an update on in-person graduation ceremonies.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Planning for a Virtual Graduation?The LA County Department of Public Health Officer’s Safer at Home Order prohibits all public and private gatherings.
  • The Order does not allow any exemptions for graduation gatherings of any type in order to limit the spread of COVID-19. This means all in-person graduation ceremonies, including use of cars for drive-in graduations (even if one student at a time), are considered public gatherings and are therefore prohibited.
  • Virtual ceremonies are permitted and encouraged! 

As you, your school, or your family prepares to commemorate this milestone, we want to help. XQ The Rethink Together Forum, who brought us this year’s #GraduateTogether2020 virtual graduation ceremony, is offering tips on how to plan a virtual graduation ceremony of your own. Check out their Virtual Graduation Ceremony Toolkit for resources and inspiration to:

  • Get Organized
  • Plan Your Own Virtual Graduation Ceremony
  • Create an Interactive Graduation Experience
  • Manage Ceremony Logistics
  • Organize Wrap-Around Experiences 

There’s also information on how to ensure students and families with little-to-no access to Wi-Fi or devices, as well as students with disabilities are included in your virtual graduation ceremony and celebrations.

8/27/20

GET HELP APPLYING FOR FREE OR LOW-COST HEALTH COVERAGE

All agencies listed serve clients in the Los Angeles County; the City of San Fernando is located in SPA 2. Bilingual staff assist families with enrollment in public and private health programs. Please contact the agencies listed below for more information.

  • Northeast Valley Health Corp (866) 696-3842
  • Valley Community Healthcare (818) 763-8836 Ext 1053
  • Child & Family Guidance Center (818) 739-5000 

Download full list of agencies: CLICK HERE

(4/7/20)

LA COUNTY LIBRARY SERVICES

For more information on what LA County Library offers, visit lacountylibrary.org or reach Library staff via:

  • Phone: Click here to locate your local library (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.- 6:00 p.m)
  • Text: (626) 394-4019 (Monday-Friday, Noon-6:00 p.m.)
  • Email or Chat (Monday-Friday, Noon-6:00 p.m.) 

(3/13/20)

LOS ANGELES COUNTY ANNOUNCES TEMPORARY LIBRARY CLOSURES

On March 13, 2020, Los Angeles County announced the planned temporary closure of all 86 library locations to the public, effective March 14, 2020.  

Download Memorandum from Los Angeles County Library: ENGLISH  

5/21/20

READY TO SAY “I DO”? LA COUNTY HAS JUST THE THING FOR YOU

If you’re ready to walk down the aisle – wait no more! LA County’s Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk announced, this week, residents can now purchase a marriage license & have their civil ceremony on the same video conference call!

  • Make sure you’re eligible. One or both of you must meet the criteria:
    • One individual must be a resident of LA County
    • Both individuals must be in the same place in the State of California
    • Both individuals must have valid government identification
    • Must have a device with video/audio capabilities (desktop, laptop, tablet or phone)
    • Must have an internet connection 
  • Book your appointment. If you meet the above criteria, call 800-201-8999 (and select option 1) to book your appointment. We will accommodate all couples on a first-come-first-serve basis.
  • Visit our website. For more information on the process, including cost, visit the Registrar-Recorder/County-Clerk’s Marriage License & Civil Ceremony webpage

(6/15/20)

FREE SUMMER LUNCH AND SNACK PROGRAM

As we approach the beginning of Summer, LA County continues to find unique ways to provide for our communities during the COVID-19 health emergency. To meet the growing needs of families this Summer, starting tomorrow, LA County Library and the Department of Parks & Recreation will begin offering free, summer lunch programs for teens and children (ages 18 and under).

Each program (Lunch at the Library & 2020 Summer Lunch and Snack programs) will run from June 16, 2020 through August 7, 2020, and will offer grab-and-go, no-contact pickup to allow for physical distancing. Meals include vegetables, fruits, seeds, and healthy dairy products like milk, string cheese, and yogurt.

DATES Tuesdays through Fridays
TIMES & LOCATIONS

(click the links below for additional locations)

11:30 am to 12:30 pm: San Fernando Recreation Park (208 Park Ave, San Fernando)
12 pm to 1 pm: San Fernando Library (217 N. Maclay Ave, San Fernando)
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm: El Cariso Park (13100 Hubbard St, Sylmar)

Lunch at the Library Program: CLICK HERE

Summer Lunch and Snack Program: CLICK HERE

(4/6/20)

CHARTER SCHOOL’S GRAB-AND-GO MEAL CENTERS

Los Angeles County Charter Schools who are distributing free food to students via Grb-and-Go pick-up distribution in response to closures during the COVID-19 public health crisis. The list will be updated as additional schools open food distribution points. All children under the age of 18, what schoold they attend or where they live, can receive free meals from each of these sites.

Locations closest to the City of San Fernando:

School Daily Service Hours School Site Address
San Fernando High School 7 am to 11 am 11333 O’Melveny Street, San Fernando, CA 91340
PUC Nueva Esperanza 7:30 am to 10:30 am 1218 N. Fourth Street, San Fernando, CA 91340
Vaughn Next Century Learning Center 11 am to 1 pm (Closed during Spring Break) 11200 Herrick Ave, Pacoima, CA 91331

Los Angeles County Charter School Grab and Go List: CLICK HERE

Grab and Go Location Map (LAUSD & Charter School): CLICK HERE

Vaughn Meal Distribution: CLICK HERE  

6/5/20

LOS ANGELES COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH COMPILED RESOURCES

Download a list of Los Angeles County resources and services available to support residents during the Coronavirus pandemic: ENGLISH

(4/30/20)

WE RISE 2020: VIRTUAL MAY

In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, Mental Health will launch WE RISE 2020: Virtual May, a community capacity building celebration of healing, mental health and wellbeing powered by creative expression and connectedness. Now in its third year, our WE RISE campaign has been completely adapted for virtual platforms with original performances by diverse artists and celebrities, interactive workshops and unique programming with messages of inspiration and motivation and other special moments. Details are available on la – watch a collaboration with Get Lit and an event preview.

FREE ACCESS TO HEADSPACE PLUS

Free access to Headspace Plus, a gold-standard virtual guide to meditation and mindfulness. By going to headspace.com/lacounty, all Los Angeles County residents can access a free subscription. Available through 2020, residents can use this tool to get hundreds of science-backed guided meditations in English and Spanish, as well as mindfulness and sleep exercises to help address rising stress and anxiety.

(4/27/20)

DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH) supports the wellbeing of our County family, friends and colleagues. News and updates about COVID-19 may trigger anxiety, panic, frustration and depression—even when your risk of getting sick is low. During an infectious disease outbreak, please take the time to care for your own physical and mental health, and please reach out to others in kindness and compassion.

For additional information, please visit: dmh.lacounty.gov/COVID-19-information

(4/27/20)

DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH GUIDE TO WELLBEING APPS

The apps listed here, for your consideration, are a quick guide of resources available to promote wellbeing in simple daily activities. You may find these apps to be useful for exercise, nutrition, education, emotional health, relaxation and practicing mindfulness. We’ve made things simple so you don’t have to sort through 100s of available apps to improve your wellbeing. These are an initial set of apps based on input received from the community. 

For additional information, please visit: dmh.lacounty.gov  

Download Guide to Wellbeing Apps: ENGLISH  

(4/24/20)

SUPPORT FOR PREGNANT WOMEN AND MOTHERS DURING COVID-19

Pregnant women and single mothers may be experiencing particular food insecurity and hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic. In Los Angeles County, there are several programs and services that help families who have been affected by recent events: 

  • Home Visiting Programs are still enrolling new clients and serving families in LA County. Home Visitors provide support and services during pregnancy; coaches parents on how to support children during difficult times; offers techniques for lowering stress; and connects parents to educational training, job opportunities, and other resources. For the health and safety of our clients, all home visiting programs have temporarily moved all in-person visits to telehealth visits to continue providing support to all our families. For more information, call (213) 639-6434.
  • MAMA’s Program is providing services to pregnant women and those who have recently delivered during the COVID-9 crisis by offering telehealth telephonic and video visits for medical and behavioral health services, social care navigation, and nursing support. The telehealth platform lessens the face-to-face contact for these women without decreasing the number of visits they require or desire. Pregnant women in the safety net who need prenatal and immediate postpartum services can call 844-37-MAMAS for appointments and enhanced perinatal services.  
  • Doula services provide emotional support, physical comfort, education, and advocacy to African American pregnant women and persons during pregnancy, childbirth, and the newborn period. Call (213) 639-6448 for more information and eligibility requirements.
  • Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program provides healthy foods and other resources to pregnant women and families with a child under 5 years of age. For more information and eligibility requirements, text APPLY to 91997, visit phfewic.org or call (888) 942-2229.
  • Cash aid and food purchasing services are available through CalWORKS. This program provides monthly financial assistance to help pay for housing, food, utilities, clothing, medical care and other necessary expenses. For more information and eligibility requirements, call (866) 613-3777. 
  • Early childhood education and childcare services are available for essential workers. Call (888) 92CHILD (922-4453) or visit lacoe.edu/childcare for more information and resources.
  • Emotional support services are available for pregnant and parenting families feeling anxious, panicked, or stressed. Mental health professionals are available at (800) 854-7771.
  • California Women, Infants and Children (WIC) services are available and include nutritious foods and more resources that are available to all eligible families affected by COVID-19. WIC welcomes military families, migrant families, fathers, foster parents and legal guardians with eligible children. If your income has been affected by recent events, and you are:
    • Pregnant 
    • Breastfeeding (up to the infant’s first birthday)
    • Non-breastfeeding women (until the infant is six months old)
    • Women up to six months after a pregnancy loss
    • For infants and children, up to the child’s fifth birthday. 
    • To find out if you’re eligible, California residents can start by texting APPLY to 91997, call (888) 942-2229 or visit phfewic.org 

If you want to learn more about the risks of COVID-19 to pregnant women, visit COVID-19: Advice to Pregnant Women. If you are pregnant and you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 or you think you may have contracted the virus, visit covid19.lacounty.gov/testing to schedule an appointment. 

Lastly, pregnant women should take the same preventative measures as the general public to avoid infection. You can help stop the spread of COVID-19 by taking these actions:  

  • Stay home. Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Have food delivered to your home so you can avoid checkout lines at grocery stores.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing, or using the restroom. 

Clean and disinfect your home to remove germs: practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (for example: tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks & cell phones).

5/20/20

STOP PRICE GOUGING MOBILE APP

LA County’s Department of Consumer and Business Affairs (DCBA) is taking steps to protect County residents from price gouging and potentially fraudulent COVID-19 remedies by creating a “Stop Price Gouging” mobile application to help consumers easily report suspected cases of illegal price increases in LA County.

During the COVID-19 health emergency, fear and anxiety have led certain individuals to try and profiteer at the expense of those in need. To date, DCBA’s investigations team has tracked and documented over 500 price gouging complaints during the COVID-19 crisis.

While the mobile app will be launched in the coming days, DCBA already offers a dedicated webpage and phone line to help report price gouging or COVID-19 scams. To report by:

Once our “Stop Price Gouging” mobile up is available, it will help County residents file on-the-spot, accurate complaints that can be supported with: 1) photos of receipts, ads, and products, or 2) other possible evidence of wrongdoing.

The new app is expected to increase rapid reporting of price gouging complaints, which is critical to ensuring that investigations are conducted close in time to the suspected price gouging activity.

(4/30/20)

SUPPORT LOCAL SAN FERNANDO BUSINESSES

The City of San Fernando is very supportive of small business and is promoting a #SupportLocalSanFernando program through the City’s website and social media outlets.  

RESTAURANT DIRECTORY

During the week of March 16, 2020, the City distributed a survey to local restaurants to help create a directory for San Fernando residents to gain access to food services. As of April 30, 2020, the directory has grown to over 50 restaurants. The directory will be updated periodically as it grows. 

Download the San Fernando Restaurant Directory (Updated 5/5/20): ENGLISH  

 

POSTERS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING FLOOR GRAPHICS

The City printed posters for social distancing floor graphics to assist our local small businesses in informing and reassuring their customers about the steps they’re taking to keep them (and their employees) safe during the COVID-19 health crisis.

  • Current Health Order Poster to let you know what they’re doing to stop the spread of COVID-19.
  • Food To Go Poster to let you know what food options they’re offering.
  • Social Distancing Floor Graphic to remind you to #StayHealthySanFernando and stay at least 6 ft apart. 

New Health Order Poster
Food To Go Poster
Social Distancing Floor Graphic
5/18/20

FACE COVERINGS: HOW TO WEAR THEM

Have you wondered whether or not you’ve mastered the art of wearing a face covering correctly?

Today, we highlight the very things your face covering should do when you’re wearing it correctly. Before we *cover* these, please note: you always want to wash your hands before handling your face covering.

Ok, here we go! You know you’re wearing your face covering like a pro, if your mask:

  • Fits snugly but comfortably against the side of your face.
  • Is secured with ties or ear loops.
  • Includes multiple layers of fabric.
  • Allows for breathing without restriction.
  • Is able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape.
  • Covers mouth and nose with no gaps between your face and the mask. 

Also, while wearing your face covering be careful not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth when removing your face covering. And you should wash your hands immediately after removing it.  

 

TIPS FOR AVOIDING FOGGY GLASSES WHEN WEARING YOUR FACE COVERING

  • Wash your glasses with soapy water. Research has shown that washing glasses with soapy water, and letting them air dry before putting on your mask, reduces fogging.
  • Use tissue paper. Placing tissue paper between your glasses and the bridge of your nose may help absorb the moisture that causes foggy glasses. 

If you still have questions on face coverings, read LA County’s Department of Public Health (DPH) Guidance on Face Coverings or visit their website.

FACE COVERINGS: WHEN AND WHERE TO WEAR THEM

WHEN

LA County’s Health Officer Order does not require wearing face coverings while in the backyard or while on a solitary run or walk. County residents are required, however, to wear face coverings when in contact with other people who are not household members (whether you’re in a public or private space). So, if you’re on a solitary run or walk – and you see someone approaching – put on your face covering! 

WHERE

LA County’s Order is effective for all 10 million people who live in LA County. There is one circumstance, however, under which this may not be the case: when your local jurisdiction has a face covering order of their own.

A few of you have asked, “My city issued its own face covering order. Which order am I supposed to follow? The county’s or my city’s?” Where local jurisdictions have implemented face covering orders of their own, the stricter order will apply.

We urge you to contact your local jurisdiction by phone or online, to see if they’ve issued a face covering order of their own. If not, you’ll certainly want to abide by LA County’s Health Officer Order, in order to keep you and your loved ones safe. 

For more information on how to stay safe during the COVID-19 emergency health crisis, visit covid19.lacounty.gov

(4/7/20)

FACE COVERINGS & THINGS TO TRY WHILE PHYSICAL DISTANCING

ICYMI: FACE COVERING GUIDANCE

Whenever you are leaving your home to procure or provide essential services, either in public or in private settings, LA County is asking residents to please wear a clean cloth face covering at all times.

Face coverings are not a substitute for our most powerful tools to slow the spread of COVID-19: staying home and practicing physical distancing – staying six feet away from all people – at all times. However, face coverings can:

  • help prevent you from infecting others; and
  • help save medical masks for healthcare workers or other essential workers that take care of people who are sick – or may be in contact with people who may be sick 

If you are already using cloth face coverings while out and about, thank you for taking this step to slow the spread of COVID-19. If you aren’t, help us save lives by doing so.

For tips on how to make your own cloth face covering, click here. Or watch a video by Dr. Jerome Adams, U.S. Surgeon General, for DIY instructions.

Read more about LA County’s Cloth Face Covering Guidance here.

THINGS TO TRY WHILE PHYSICAL DISTANCING

While LA County residents focus on physical distancing in the fight against COVID-19, we’d like to take a moment offer a few ideas on how to beat the blues, entertain kids, learn something new, or remain social – for free!

The following suggestions are brought to you by the LA County Library, the Department of Arts & Culture, and creative and resilient artists and organizations who are finding ways of creating and engaging with you (from the comfort of your own home):

For the Young:

For the Young-at-Heart:

For All Ages:

For more information on what LA County Library offers, visit lacountylibrary.org or reach Library staff via:

  • Phone: Click here to locate your local library (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.- 6:00 p.m)
  • Text: (626) 394-4019 (Monday-Friday, Noon-6:00 p.m.)
  • Email or Chat (Monday-Friday, Noon-6:00 p.m.) 

People with no symptoms can spread novel coronavirus, too. The best way to stop the spread is to #stayhome. Homebodies help save lives! #COVID19 #SaferAtHome

(3/31/20)

LOS ANGELES COUNTY URGES PUBLIC TO CONTINUE PRACTICING SOCIAL DISTANCING DURING WARM WEATHER

With warm weather forecasted for Los Angeles, the County of Los Angeles reminds residents that the Safer At Home directives are still in effect, and cautions against “behavioral fatigue” that may set in, especially when it is tempting to go outside. 

All L.A. County residents should continue to remain inside their homes unless it is absolutely necessary to leave in order to perform an essential function. Each time you leave your home, you are putting yourself and anyone near you at risk for contracting and spreading COVID-19.

Remaining indoors as the weather gets warmer in Los Angeles County can feel like a challenge. The following are some ways to keep busy and productive at home:

  • Find a furry friend: Foster a dog, cat or rabbit through Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control and save an orphaned animal.
  • Connect virtually with loved ones: There is no better time to call, text, or video chat loved ones to check in.
  • Use free online County resources for young children: If you are the parent or caregiver of a young child, decrease boredom and prevent the loss of preschool skills by clicking here to find resources and activities. The Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) is also providing useful links and resources. Click here for more information.
  • Work on professional development: Teachers and other education professionals may take LACOE’s free online professional development courses
  • Do art activities at home: Visit Create at Home for free and fun resources to  engage your family members with the arts at home. 
  • Get organized: Organize your personal spaces like closets, home office/desk areas, cupboards, drawers, and vehicles.
  • Keep a routine: Take time to create and maintain a routine. Schedule time to eat, sleep, perform self-care rituals, pursue at-home hobbies, etc.  
  • Stay tuned in with yourself: Take time to monitor your mental and physical health every day. 

And last but not least, make a “crisis deal” with your family members. Take time to talk about what truly matters to each of you during the COVID-19 crisis, and clarify essential wants and needs. Set clear priorities for your family. When this kind of communication takes place, set kinds of principles are communicated, the practical day-to-day decisions that come later are easier. 

For more information and resources from the County of Los Angeles, please visit the County’s COVID-19 website.

4/27/20

COVID-19 ECONOMIC IMPACT PAYMENTS (STIMULUS CHECKS)

What is a Stimulus Check? What do I need to do to get a stimulus check? Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County (NLSLA) has put together a Frequently Asked Questions flyer.

Download NLSLA Covid-19 Economic Impact Payments Flyer: ENGLISH | SPANISH  

(6/8/20)

EL CENTRO DE AMISTAD WEEKLY VIRTUAL MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT GROUPS

If these current times have you feeling anxious, stressed, or depressed, you are not alone! To offer support, El Centro de Amistad is now hosting a series of weekly virtual support groups during June designed to increase self-care, provide coping strategies, and educate on the importance of childhood mental health. 

Download El Centro de Amistad’s June Calendar of Events: ENGLISH

(6/5/20)

HOPE: HEALING ONLINE FOR PEOPLE EVERYWHERE

The HOPE Series supports the resilience of our global community through social emotional arts during this unprecedented time. UCLArts Program enhances the innate social emotional benefits of the arts with supportive practices, such as non-judgmental language and reflection, for self-discovery, connection, and empowerment. 

Download HOPE Series Flyer: ENGLISH

CLICK HERE to visit the HOPE Series website.

4/20/20

FREE VIRTUAL SUPPORT GROUP: PARENTS AFFECTED BY COVID-19

Facilitated by El Centro de Amistad’s Family Preservation Clinical Supervisor, Daisy Rosales. This support group is open to the public for FREE and will only be in English. Some of the topics this group will touch on are: learning how to overcome stressors and use relaxation/coping strategies during COVID-19, learning about COVID-19 and how to stay safe, and learning fun activities to do with our children.

The support group will take place on Fridays at 10:00 am via Zoom. (Please log on 10-minutes early). 

TO JOIN THE GROUP PLEASE COPY/PASTE LINK:  https://zoom.us/j/98651724845…

Meeting ID: 986-5172-4845
Meeting Password: 593203

Visit El Centro de Amistad’s website for more information: CLICK HERE

4/20/20

FREE VIRTUAL SUPPORT GROUP: MAKING PARENTING A PLEASURE

This group will be facilitated by El Centro de Amistad’s Marriage and Family Therapist, Maira Lopez  and it will be bilingual in Spanish and English.  

This group will take place every Thursday from 9am-11am via Zoom.  (Please log-in 10-minutes early)

TO JOIN THE GROUP PLEASE COPY/PASTE LINK:  https://zoom.us/j/93210963273…

Meeting ID: 932-1096-3273
Meeting Password: 494834

Visit El Centro de Amistad’s website for more information: CLICK HERE

5/7/20

JOIN RECREATION & COMMUNITY SERVICES FOR VIRTUAL ACTIVITIES & WORKOUTS ONLINE

The Recreation and Community Services Department is excited to provide a variety of online and virtual activities to keep you busy. Visit the Recreation and Community Services webpage to access the activities and workouts at your convenience! Check back often as additional resources are added.

Recreation & Community Services webpage: Click Here

5/15/20

COMBATING THE DIGITAL DIVIDE: WiFi LOCATOR

The ability to access the Internet has become a critical necessity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Internet access is not only key to our schools’ online learning programs, but many Federal, State and local resources are provided online, too.

In LA County nearly 110,000 children under 18 don’t have access to a computer at home. Approximately 210,000 children who do have a computer at home, lack an Internet connection. To combat this digital divide, LA County launched a digital tool today to help residents access free WiFi spots throughout the County.

How it works

The new Internet Locator website (findwifi.lacounty.gov) is part of a larger mission to expand digital connectivity, literacy, and access across LA County. When users enter a street address into the Internet Locator, the map returns the following information:

  • The appropriate school district and district website, with any available information about Internet access for students.
  • The street address, phone number, and website for any County Library within three miles that provides free public WiFi.
    • An LA County Library Card is required to login to the public library WiFi. If you do not have a card, call your local library or obtain a temporary card by clicking here.
  • The street address and website for any County park within three miles that provides free outdoor public WiFi.
  • Name, website, and phone number for both residential and commercial broadband Internet providers serving the address.
  • Name, website, and phone number for consumer mobile (cellular) broadband Internet providers serving the address.

Residents of LA County with no Internet access can dial 2-1-1 for assistance.

Social (Physical) Distancing Guidance (10/28/20):
ENGLISH
 

Face Covering Guidance (7/17/20):
ENGLISH | SPANISH

SENIOR CITIZEN RESOURCES

(4/7/20)

LOS ANGELES COUNTY WDACS CRITICAL DELIVERY SERVICE  

The need for delivery services for our aging population has significantly increased as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the California Safer at Home Initiative. Through a grant provided by the Federal Transportation Authority (FTA) and administered by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), Workforce Development, Aging, and Community Services (WDACS) Department New Freedom Transportation has launched a temporary delivery program called Critical Delivery Service (CDS) to deliver food and other vital necessities to individuals who are unable to leave their homes due to COVID-19. The Critical Delivery Service program is intended to address delivery service gaps and barriers for our older adults and individuals with disabilities while enabling them to stay healthy and thrive at home during this health crisis.

WHO ARE THE DELIVERIES FOR AND HOW CAN DELIVERIES BE SCHEDULED?

Delivery Services are reserved for those who meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Aged 60 years and older
  • Individual with a permanent or temporary disability
  • Dependent Adult (aged 18-59 yrs.)
    • Persons who have physical or mental limitations that restrict their ability to carry out Activities of Daily Living (ADL) or Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADL)
  • No Application Process Required just call the call center to enroll  
  • Call the New Freedom Hotline and ask for Deliveries: (888) 863-7411 and or email newfreedom@wdacs.lacounty.gov we will respond to emails within 24 hours
  • Schedule Deliveries can occur Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.    
     

WHAT IS BEING DELIVERED?

  • Food, groceries, household items, medication and other type of vital necessities through grocery stores pick up ONLY
  • Items must be pre-paid and ready for pick-up
  • There is no cost to client for delivery    
     

WHERE CAN ITEMS BE DELIVERED?

  • To and From Anywhere in Los Angeles County    
     

WHEN CAN ITEMS BE DELIVERED?

  • 7 Days a week; 24 hours a day with pre-scheduled pick ups
  • Individuals can utilize this service up to 4 times per month (maximum)    
     

For more information, contact: 

New Freedom Transportation Critical Delivery Service: (888) 863-7411 | NewFreedom@wdacs.lacounty.gov | https://newfreedom.lacounty.gov/

Download DACS Critical Delivery Services Flyer: ENGLISH

5/11/20

GREAT PLATES DELIVERED

Los Angeles County is now offering a first-in-the nation meal delivery service and will provide three home-delivered meals a day to qualifying older adults and adults over 60 who are high-risk as determined by the CDC.  This effort aims to assist those in need of home delivered meals and to help get our local restaurant hospitality and transportation community back to work. 

To be eligible for this program, individuals:

  • must meet age requirements;
  • are unable to prepare or obtain meals; and
  • are not currently receiving assistance from other state or federal nutrition assistance programs. 

See full list of requirements. To apply, dial 2-1-1.

Restaurants interested in participating in the “Great Plates Delivered” program should fill out an interest form by clicking here. LA County is finalizing criteria which will be posted here in the days ahead. In the meantime, selection will be based on the following factors:

  • ability to meet volume and nutritional standards and prioritize local jobs.
  • worker retention.
  • worker health and safety.
  • standards of equity and fairness in employment practices. 

For more information about the “Great Plates Delivered” initiative in LA County,click here

(4/7/20)

ELDER ABUSE

If you are concerned that someone you care about may be the victim of elder or dependent adult abuse, don’t be silent.

  • Report it to Adult Protective Services: 1-877-477-3646 

5/11/20

FRAUDULENT CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES NOTICE

Beware of this fraudulent California Department of Social Services (CDSS) letter. If you receive something similar, please know it is not coming from an official CDSS account.

Download Fraudulent CDSS Letter: ENGLISH

FRAUDS

All LA County residents, especially seniors, should be on the lookout for frauds and schemes that include coronavirus treatments and vaccines, as well as attempts to obtain your Medicare number or other personal information.

  • For additional information on healthcare fraud, please visit cahealthadvocates.org or call 1-855-613-7080. 

(3/26/20)

LOS ANGELES COUNTY ALERTS PUBLIC ABOUT INCREASING COVID-19 SCAMS, FRAUDULENT WEBSITES, EMAILS AND DONATION REQUESTS

Los Angeles County, including the City of San Fernando, residents are reminded of several fraud schemes designed to prey on the vulnerable in the midst of the COVID-19 public health crisis. Reports of malicious websites, email schemes, and suspicious links have come to the attention of law enforcement and public officials.

“Malicious actors can prey upon those that are distracted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and use it to their advantage,” stated Los Angeles County Chief Information Officer William Kehoe. “The public needs to be mindful and careful, and avoid websites, phishing emails, and scams that engage people through false information about the health crisis, and steal personal user information and data. By clicking on fraudulent weblinks, hackers can deliver malware and then gain access to passwords, browsing information, credit card numbers, and other personal information. We all need to stay vigilant.”

Currently, there are several Coronavirus tracking and mapping sites that are actually malware websites. Instead of clicking on these links, cybersecurity experts advise that website users should instead hover over the link to verify the uniform resource locator (URL) before moving forward. Online hackers may also send users emails from fraudulent accounts impersonating official websites and doctors, or offering medical supplies and services.

A trusted COVID-19 mapping resource is the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Global Map, which can be found at coronavirus.jhu.edu. Additionally, there are several websites the County of Los Angeles recommends for accurate, up-to-date information on COVID-19. The following is a list of sites:

As residents in Los Angeles County, including the City of San Fernando, practice “Safer at Home” directives, they are spending more time at home and online. Scammers are also taking advantage of this change in circumstances by reaching out door-to-door asking for donations and fundraising contributions through cash, Bitcoin, or Paypal. The County of Los Angeles reminds residents that they are not required to open their door, and encourages everyone to not feel intimidated by a false sense of urgency to answer door-to-door solicitations.

The following is a list of safety tips the public can follow:

  • Avoid online advertising offers related to COVID-19
  • Decline door-to-door solicitations claiming COVID-19 fundraising
  • Do not click on emails and attachments that you do not recognize
  • Visit trusted websites for COVID-19 related information 

Everyone should remain vigilant and take these steps to avoid being victimized by malicious scammers trying to profit from the COVID-19 crisis. If you believe you have been scammed, contact your bank immediately and report the information to local law enforcement.   

 
(4/27/20)

ALZHEIMER’S EDUCATION & SUPPORT FROM YOUR HOME

Join Alzheimer’s Los Angeles via web or telephone to learn about the warning signs of dementia. Discussion includes the difference between demential and Alzheimer’s disease, what causes memory loss, and the process of a diagnosis.

Email or call for more information: help@alzla.org | (844) 435-7259

Download Alzheimer’s Los Angeles Flyer: ENGLISH

(4/27/20)

GOLDEN TALK

GoldenTALK is a chat and crisis line for Older Adults who are 60 years of age and older. The chat line assists seniors facing social isolation through warm conversations and also provides referals and works closely with multiple agencies within Los Angeles County in the event of a crisis. 

Visit their website or call for more information: www.idsgtfoundation.org | (888) 604-6533

Download GoldenTALK Flyer: ENGLISH  

(3/26/20)

MEDICAL CARE

Today, L.A. County’s Department of Health also issued the following guidance to older adults, in light of increased COVID-19 spread:

  • If you have underlying health conditions you should consider contacting your providers earlier when you are sick. 

MENTAL HEALTH

Older adults may experience stress more acutely during this time. Know the signs:

  • Fear and worry about personal health and the health of loved ones
  • Changes in sleep or eating patterns
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Worsening of chronic health problems
  • Increased use of alcohol, tobacco or other drugs   

If you are an older adult feeling overwhelmed, there is support available 24/7. Call the Department of Mental Health at 1-800-854-7771 or visit their website for Coronavirus/COVID19 Mental Health Resources 

(4/28/20)

HOW TO APPLY FOR THE COMMODITY SUPPLEMENTAL FOOD PROGRAM (CSFP) OVER THE PHONE

The LA Food Bank is now accepting new applications for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program.

Program Guidelines:

  • Must reside within Los Angeles County
  • Be 60 years of age or older (must provide date of birth)
  • Household income at or below 130% of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines (see table below)
  • Applications are temporary for a 90-day period or until the COVID-19 crisis ends
  • Home-delivery is only guaranteed for May 2020 
Household Size Gross Monthly Income Annual Gross Income
1 $1,383 $16,588
2 $1,868 $22,412
3 $2,353 $28,236

Contact Information: CSFP@lafoodbank.org | (323) 234-3030 ext 170

Download CSFP Flyer: ENGLISH  

(3/26/20)

LOS ANGELES COUNTY SENIOR MEALS PROGRAM

The County of Los Angeles continues to offer its older adult population with critically-needed services. It is important to know:

  • Meal sites operated by the County of Los Angeles and the City of Los Angeles are in the midst of transitioning all meal operations to home delivered meals.
  • For details on the status of your location, visit: http://bit.ly/mealsites 
  • Older adults may also contact their local meal provider to make arrangements. Call 1-800-510-2020 for assistance. 

(3/24/20)

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO SENIOR MEALS PROGRAM

Effective March 31, 2020, the City of San Fernando’s Senior Meals Program contractor, YWCA San Gabriel Valley will no longer be distributing meals from Las Palmas Park. All program participants were informed that, to protect their well-being, all meals will be delivered directly to their home. Seniors that are interested in receiving meals may contact YWCA San Gabriel Valley at (626) 214-9456.

Download YWCA San Gabriel Valley Memo: ENGLISH/SPANISH  

Download Senior Meals Application:  ENGLISH    

 
(3/13/20)

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO SENIOR MEALS PROGRAM TEMPORARILY CHANGES

On March 12, 2020, YWCA San Gabriel Valley advised the City of San Fernando that they would be temporarily changing the senior meal program and limiting the time program participants spend congregating. At the direction of Los Angeles County and effective March 17, 2020, YWCA San Gabriel Valley will distribute two box lunches and if possible three frozen meals for seniors to take and enjoy at home. Meals will be provided once each week, on Tuesday, at Las Palmas Park until further direction is provided by Los Angeles County. 

Download Memorandum from YWCA San Gabriel Valley: ENGLISH | SPANISH

5/28/20

JOIN RECREATION & COMMUNITY SERVICES FOR VIRTUAL ACTIVITIES 

The Recreation and Community Services Department is excited to provide a variety of online and virtual activities to keep you busy. Visit the Recreation and Community Services webpage to access the activities at your convenience! Check back often as additional resources are added.

Recreation & Community Services webpage: Click Here

LA County Senior Resources GuideENGLISH

SAN FERNANDO BUSINESS RESOURCES

(9/4/20)

SAN FERNANDO PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE) FOR BUSINESSES PROGRAM

The City of San Fernando has allocated $25,000 in CDBG/CARES Act funding to create the San Fernando Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Businesses Program to assist businesses impacted by COVID-19. The program will provide a box of essential items (with a value up to $125) to each qualifying business. These items may include disposable (KN95 and/or blue surgical-type) masks, disinfectant wipes, face shields, non-contact thermometers, disposable gloves, and contactless hand sanitizer system.

To apply, interested businesses must complete an application and submit it to the City for approval. Once approved, the City will schedule date and time for a no-contact distribution of equipment to qualified businesses.

Please call or email the Recreation and Community Services Department for more information: (818) 898-7340 or Recreation@sfcity.org.

Click here to complete the application online

Download San Fernando Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Businesses Program Application: ENGLISH | SPANISH

Business PPE Program IG
Business PPE Program IG SP
9/30/20

TEMPORARY NO-FEE COVID-19 OUTDOOR SERVICES AT CITY-OWNED PARKS

On Wednesday, September 30, 2020, the City approved temporary no-fee COVID-19 Outdoor Services at City-Owned Parks Regulations.

These regulations will allow businesses such as gyms, fitness centers, dance studios, and cycling studios to reserve an open space within a City-owned park to conduct instructional classes.  Businesses shall follow proper social distancing protocols outlined in the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health outdoor services guidelines. COVID-19 Outdoor Services Permits to use City-owned park open space shall be valid only on the date and time reserved through the San Fernando Recreation and Community Services Department reservation system.  Reservations are first come/first served based on availability.  Outdoor Services reservations will be taken through December 31, 2020, unless earlier canceled or extended by the City Manager/Director of Emergency Services or by the City Council. 

Click Here to check facility availability

Please call or email the Recreation and Community Services Department for more information: (818) 898-1290 or Recreation@sfcity.org.

Download Executive Order No. 2020-09-29 (COVID-19 City Parks Open Space Service Area Regulations): ENGLISH  

8/27/20

TEMPORARY NO-FEE COVID-19 BANNER PERMIT PROGRAM

On Thursday, August 27, 2020, the City approved a temporary no-fee COVID-19 Banner Permit Program.

This temporary Program authorizes the waiver of certain banner requirements to facilitate business operations affected by COVID-19. Permitted banners may be displayed in commercial and industrial zones until December 31, 2020 for promotional purposes in conjunction with permitted establishment. 

Download temporary COVID-19 Banner Permit Application: ENGLISH  

(8/3/20)

TEMPORARY STREET CLOSURE FOR OUTDOOR SERVICES

In order to allow for expanded outdoor services, the City has approved a temporary closure of San Fernando Road, between Maclay Ave and Brand Blvd. Stop by Downtown San Fernando and enjoy the fresh air, a great meal, or shop at one of the local shops while staying socially distant.

August 2020 through December 2020 | San Fernando Road (Maclay Ave to Brand Blvd)

All businesses and visitors must adhere to social distancing protocols and wear face coverings.

7/31/20

TEMPORARY STREET CLOSURE FOR OUTDOOR SERVICES

In order to allow for expanded outdoor services, the City has approved a temporary closure of San Fernando Road, between Maclay Ave and Brand Blvd. Stop by Downtown San Fernando and enjoy the fresh air, a great meal, or shop at one of the local shops while staying socially distant.

Beginning Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 4 pm and all day Sunday, August 2, 2020

All businesses and visitors must adhere to social distancing protocols and wear face coverings.

7/23/20

TEMPORARY NO-FEE COVID-19 OUTDOOR SERVICES PROGRAM

On Thursday, July 23, 2020, the City approved a temporary no-fee COVID-19 Outdoor Service Program.

This temporary Program allows for a business to set up outdoor service beyond what is already permitted for in an effort to ensure proper social distancing protocols are being followed in all zones that allow commercial uses, including C-1 (limited commercial), C-2 (commercial), SC (service commercial), PD (precise development overlay), and all SP-5 districts except General Neighborhood District (GN). 

Download temporary COVID-19 Outdoor Service Encroachment Permit Application: ENGLISH  

9/23/20

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA OUTDOOR BUSINESS OPERATIONS

For Southern California Edison (SCE), nothing is more important than keeping our workers and communities safe. As the economy continues to reopen and businesses operate outdoors to comply with COVID-19 pandemic state guidance, SCE wants to offer cities and businesses safety guidelines to assist with their efforts in making outdoor expansion decisions.

The below safety guidelines will help outdoor businesses operate safely without interfering with SCE’s ability to provide our customers with a safe and reliable supply of electricity, ensure access to our equipment and facilities, and promote safety for patrons and members of the public.

Should you have any questions about these or other safety guidelines, please call (800) 990-7788. You can also find a copy of the safety guidelines and other safety tools at www.sce.com/safety.

Thank you for your partnership in keeping the community safe. 

Download SCE Outdoor Business Operations Guidelines: ENGLISH  

6/16/20

NO-FEE COVID-19 OUTDOOR DINING PILOT PROGRAM

On Monday, June 15, 2020, the San Fernando City Council approved a no-fee COVID-19 Outdoor Dining Pilot Program.

The Pilot Program regulations allow for a restaurant to setup outdoor dining service beyond what is already permitted for in an effort to ensure proper social distancing protocols are being followed in all zones that allow commercial uses, including C-1 (limited commercial), C-2 (commercial), SC (service commercial), PD (precise development overlay), and all SP-5 districts except the General Neighborhood District (GN).

Download COVID-19 Restaurant Outdoor Dining Service Encroachment Permit Application: ENGLISH  

9/10/20

COVID-19 SAFETY COMPLIANCE CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

LA County launched the COVID-19 Safety Compliance Certificate Program (CSCCP) to further help educate and train business owners on the implementation of LA County’s COVID-19 safety protocols.

CSCCP is a no-cost online training course that educates business owners on the essentials of the County Health Officer’s Orders –  including what they need to do to ensure business practices are aligned (and in compliance) with infection control and physical distancing requirements.

After completing the training, businesses will receive a COVID-19 Safety Compliance Certificate that can be posted on storefronts. The window seal informs customers that your business has been trained in COVID-19 protocols, thereby offering businesses, employees, and consumers alike the added reassurance that essential training has been completed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

CSCCP training can be accessedonline through DPH’s COVID-19 website at publichealth.lacounty.gov/eh/covid19cert.htm and will be available in 13 languages.

Read the announcement for more on the COVID-19 Safety Compliance Certification Program. For the latest information on LA County’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, visit covid19.lacounty.gov or follow us @CountyofLA on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

10/5/20

LA REGIONAL COVID-19 GRANTS – ROUND 5 and 6

As Round 5 applications open, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Los Angeles (LISC LA)—the non-profit partnering with the City and County to disseminate $100 million in grants—is reaching out with some timely information on the LA Regional COVID-19 Recovery Fund.

Led by LISC LA, the LA Regional COVID-19 Recovery Fund was designed to provide a much-needed wave of relief and recovery for micro-entrepreneurs, small businesses, non-profits, and diverse owned enterprises who have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19 due to financial, technical, and/or cultural barriers. 

Applicants can apply for grants ranging from $5,000 – $25,000 during the two remaining application periods. These periods include:

  • (NOW OPEN) Round 5: October 5 – October 9
  • Round 6: October 26 – October 30   

To learn more and apply online the application will be available on the Recovery Fund site: www.lacovidfund.org

8/18/20

LA REGIONAL COVID-19 GRANTS – ROUND 4.5

The Recovery Fund is scheduled to launch round 4.5 on Monday, September 21, 2020, for $75,000 grants specifically for nonprofits.  As a reminder, eligible nonprofits include those that:

  • Have an IRS 501c3 designation
  • Are serving low-to-moderate income communities
  • Gross revenue between $1M and $5M 

To learn more and apply online the application will be available on the Recovery Fund site: www.lacovidfund.org starting September 21, 2020 through September 25, 2020. 

Download LA Regional COVID-19 Grants Round 4.5 Flyer: ENGLISH

8/18/20

LA REGIONAL COVID-19 GRANTS – ROUND 4

LA Regional COVID Fund is even better with a few key updates. The LA COVID Grant Fund Round 4 will open on August 31, 2020. This round will have the following updates:

  • An additional grant opportunity for for-profit entities with gross revenues of $1,000,000-$5,000,000. Eligible entities will receive a $25,000 grant.
  • Once an applicant applies during Round 4, you will NOT have to re-apply for future rounds. All responses will be saved for future finalist draws! However, if you applied in Rounds 1, 2, 0r 3, you must apply one more time to be eligible
  • 501C6 entities are now eligible to apply!
  • All entities must have a DUNS number. Don’t have one? Receive one for free here.
  • All entities based in the City of Los Angeles  must have a Business Tax Registration Certificate (BTRC). See if your business is registered here.

Please note, all prior Round finalists have since been contacted. If you were not selected as a finalist, you were not contacted.

The Round 4 application period will be open on August 31, 2020. Your application must be completed by Friday, September 4, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. PT. Find the application and the new eligibility standards on the lacovidfund.org website.

More COVID-19 resources below:

If you have questions not answered by the FAQ, please email LACovidFund@lisc.org. This inbox is being monitored and the FAQ is being updated accordingly.

7/1/20

LA REGIONAL COVID-19 RECOVERY FUND – GRANTS AVAILABLE

The LA Regional COVID-19 Recovery Fund will deploy $3 Million in Grants available to small businesses and non-profit organizations. 

  • $5,000 grants to micro-entrepreneurs
  • $15,000 grants to non-profits and small business

About the Grant Fund: Micro-enterprises, small businesses and nonprofits, the backbone of our region’s economy, are facing devastating economic pressure as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Financial assistance at this critical time can make all the difference in helping a business stay open, thereby keeping them from closing permanently, leading to lost income, jobs and economic instability.

The grants will be distributed starting Monday, July 6, 2020, through an equitable lottery system to ensure fair access across various demographics in the Los Angeles region.  Please register to learn more about the eligibility requirements. 

Click here to register

7/28/20

SWAP MEET VENDOR BUSINESS LICENSE RENEWAL

Attention Swap Meet Vendors, renew your Swap Meet Business License now!

While City Hall is currently closed to public access, please contact the Finance Department to schedule an appointment to renew your Swap Meet Business License now:  (818) 898-1245 or SSoto@sfcity.org; Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 9 am to 12 pm.

Swap Meet Business License Fee is $76 (please have exact change if paying with cash).

¡Atención, vendedores de Swap Meet, renueva su licencia de negocio ahora!

Mientras que el Ayuntamiento está cerrado al acceso público, comuníquese con el Departamento de Finanzas para pedir una cita para renovar su licencia de Swap Meet ahora: favor de llamar al (818) 898-1245 o por e-mail a  SSoto@sfcity.org; Martes, Miércoles y Jueves de 9 a.m. a 12 p.m.

La tarifa de la licencia $76.00 (tenga un cambio exacto, si paga en efectivo).

ESSENTIAL BUSINESS POSTERS, SOCIAL DISTANCING FLOOR GRAPHIC & RESTAURANT & BUSINESS DIRECTORY

If you’re a restaurant, food business, or essential business in the City of San Fernando, we’ve printed helpful posters and social distancing floor graphics to help you inform and reassure your customers about the steps you’re taking to keep them (and your employees) safe during the COVID-19 health crisis. 

POSTERS 

  • Current Health Order: Post on your window/front door to let the public know you’re doing your part in stopping the spread of COVID-19.
  • Curbside Pick-up: Post on your window/front door to let the public know you’re open and offering curbside pick-up.
  • Food To Go: Post on your window/front door to let the public know what food options you’re offering. 

These posters may be picked-up just outside of the City Hall doors. 

New Health Order Poster
City of San Fernando Poster Curbside
Food To Go Poster
SOCIAL DISTANCING FLOOR GRAPHIC

We’ve designed and printed self-adhesive social distancing floor graphics to help your customers ensure they remain at least 6 ft apart. Call or email us to schedule pick up: (818) 898-1202 or Info@sfcity.org.  

Social Distancing Floor Graphic
RESTAURANT SURVEY

Complete our Restaurant Survey and we’ll add you to our Restaurant Directory! The directory is updated every couple of weeks and we are happy to help promote your business through our Facebook and Instagram Stories. 

Restaurant Survey: CLICK HERE    

ATTENTION SAN FERNANDO RESTAURANTS: COMPLETE RESTAURANT SURVEY
SURVEY FOR BUSINESSES OFFERING CURBSIDE PICK-UP

If you’re a florist, toy, book, clothing, music or sporting good store in the City of San Fernando, we’d like you to fill out our Business Survey so we may let our residents know that you’re offering curbside pick-up.  

Survey for businesses offering curbside pick-up: CLICK HERE

Business Survey Regarding Curbside Pickup
5/12/20

BUSINESS CLEANING PRACTICES

Los Angeles County offers businesses a useful guide on cleaning and disinfection practices for rooms or areas within your place of business. If your business is a non-healthcare facility – perhaps a retail establishment, office, school, daycare center, office, or community center that does not house people overnight – these guidelines are for you:

To clean: 1) dust hard surfaces, 2) damp wipe hard surfaces free of debris, 3) wet mop floors, and 4) vacuum carpet and mats.

To disinfect, use everyday janitorial cleaning supplies and disinfectants for regular surfaces such as floors, tables, desks, counters, sinks, toilets, and other
hard-surfaced furniture and equipment.

ENHANCED CLEANING

  • For enhanced cleaning, perform your routine cleaning actions AND:
    • Increase the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting of high
      touch non-porous objects/surfaces (e.g. desk, table, hard-backed chair, doorknob, light switch, handle, computer, keyboard, mouse, telephones) throughout your facility.
    • Clean with warm water and soap/detergent. Disinfect high-touch non-porous surfaces at least daily.
    • Clean visible stains/debris on porous surfaces (e.g. carpet, rugs,
      furniture, and drapes) with appropriate cleaners indicated for
      use on the material.
  • For enhanced disinfection, use routine cleaning disinfectants AND an EPA registered disinfectant approved for viral/bacterial pathogens for high-touch surfaces 

DEEP CLEANING

  • For deep cleaning of areas visited or occupied (at some point) by someone ill:
    • Close off the space/area used by the ill individual and wait up to 24 hours
      before entering if practical.
    • Open outside doors and windows in the ill individual’s area to increase air circulation if possible.
    • Perform routine and enhanced cleaning actions AND thoroughly clean and disinfect ALL non-porous surfaces especially the high-touch surfaces in the ill occupant’s space/office.
      • For porous surfaces in the ill individual’s space/office, remove visible contamination, clean with appropriate cleaners, and disinfect with a liquid/spray indicated for use on the material.
    • Once thorough cleaning and disinfection has been completed, the space can be reoccupied. 
  • For greatest disinfection, use an EPA-registered disinfectant approved for emerging pathogens. 

View the Department of Public Health’s (DPH) complete Cleaning & Disinfection Guide for businesses. Cleaning & disinfection guidance for healthcare facilitieshouseholds, or other locations are also available on LA County’s DPHwebsite.

(3/17/20; 12 pm)

At their March 16, 2020 regular meeting, the City Council declared a local emergency due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Additionally, the County of Los Angeles issued an order, which applies to the City of San Fernando.

Download County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health – Health Officer Order for the Control of COVID-19: ENGLISH

Download Notice to Businesses in the City of San Fernando: ENGLISH | SPANISH

Accordingly, the City is distributing the below notice to businesses located in the City of San Fernando.

NOTICE TO BUSINESSES IN THE CITY OF SAN FERNANDO RE: CLOSURE OF CERTAIN BUSINESSES, PROHIBITION OF GROUP EVENTS AND GATHERINGS, AND REQUIRED SOCIAL DISTANCING MEASURE

The County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health has issued a Health Officer Order for the Control of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and is ordering significant protective measures to slow the spread within the Greater Los Angeles community, including the City of San Fernando, effective March 16, 2020 through March 31, 2020 (HOA.102820213.1).

  • PROHIBITED GATHERINGS: All indoor/outdoor, public and private gatherings within a confined space (e.g., banquet halls), where at least 50 people are expected to be in attendance at the same time.
  • ALL OTHER GATHERINGS WITH LESS THAN 50 PEOPLE: Must practice (1) Social Distancing, requiring attendees to be separated by 6 feet; (2) provide access to hand washing with soap and water or hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol; (3) post a sign at the public entry instructing members of the public to not attend if they are experiencing symptoms (respiratory illness, fever, cough); and (f) adhere to communicable disease control recommendations provided by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
  • RESTAURANTS (PERMANENT FOOD FACILITIES, INCLUDING BARS AND NIGHTCLUBS): Must limit services to only preparing and offering food to customers via delivery service, pick-up for take-out dining, or drive thru only. NO DINE IN CUSTOMERS ALLOWED.
  • BUSINESSES ORDERED TO CLOSE: Bars and Nightclubs, Gyms and Fitness Centers, Movie Theaters, Live Performance Theaters, Bowling Alleys, and Arcades. 

The City of San Fernando understands this will be a hardship for many businesses and their employees.  These steps are necessary to minimize the long-term impacts to public health and the economy.  The San Fernando City Council is very supportive of small business and will be taking a number of steps to assist during this time.  The City will not be shutting off access to water and will waive late fees.  If you have trouble making water, business license, or other City payments, please contact the Finance Department (Finance@sfcity.org or (818) 898-1212) to work out an interest-free payment plan.  The City will also be promoting a shop local program through the City’s website and social media outlets.  If your business has a program you would like to promote, please email the information to CityManager@sfcity.org for consideration.

 For additional information visit any of the following websites:

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/coronavirus/

(4/29/20)

LA COUNTY DISASTER HELP CENTER

The County of Los Angeles wants to help county residents and business owners better navigate local resources and has launched a new Disaster Help Center to support a wider range of business owners and workers adversely affected by the COVID-19 health emergency.

The Disaster Help Center’s new, centralized call center and website include resources for nonprofit organizations, tenants, and landlords. The Center has also expanded its hours of operation. You can now access its free, one-on-one counseling from:

  • 8:30 am to 5:30 pm (Monday through Friday)
  • 10:00 am to 3:00 pm (Saturdays) 

Whether you are a business owner who’s struggling to keep your doors open, a worker who’s uncertain about your next paycheck, or an unbanked LA County resident looking for a safe and affordable way to receive your Economic Impact payment, the LA County Disaster Help Center is available for immediate assistance. You can reach it by:

(4/7/20)

LA COUNTY BUSINESS AND WORKER DISASTER HELP CENTER

This help center provides relief for businesses and workers. It is staffed with dedicated, helpful support in multiple languages, including Spanish, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, and Armenian. It guides businesses through the process to receive small business loans from the federal government, and provides connections to Layoff Aversion services, tax credits, and comprehensive support for workers.

(3/31/20)

LOS ANGELES COUNTY LAUNCHES BUSINESS & WORKER DISASTER HELP CENTER

INFORMATION FOR BUSINESSES

Coronavirus is impacting businesses throughout Los Angeles County. Learn how your business can obtain assistance during this health emergency. 

INFORMATION FOR WORKERS

The Los Angeles County Business & Worker Disaster Help Center is here to help workers affected by the coronavirus health emergency. Los Angeles County has gathered several useful resources to help Los Angeles County workers who may be experiencing adversities due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Los Angeles County Business & Worker Disaster Help Center: CLICK HERE

(3/18/20)

COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES PRESS RELEASE: DISASTER ASSISTANCE LOANS NOW AVAILABLE TO LOS ANGELES COUNTY SMALL BUSINESSES ECONOMICALLY IMPACTED BY THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

Download County of Los Angeles Press Release: ENGLISH  

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to California small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Director of the Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management. “The devastating economic impact of COVID-19 is palpable. There is a great need for economic support during the coronavirus disaster, and SBA federal disaster loans are an excellent resource for small business owners.”

Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela . Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155. The deadline to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan is December 16, 2020.

For more information about Coronavirus, visit: publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/.
For more information about available SBA resources and services, visit: SBA.gov/coronavirus.  

(4/7/20)

EDD WORKSHARE PROGRAM FOR EMPLOYERS

(4/3/20)

ELECTRONIC BENEFIT TRANSFER (EBT) CERTIFICATION

  • Retail food stores (grocery stores) and Farmers Markets that are interested in being certified to accept EBT should be directed to the USDA website: https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/apply-to-accept to apply.
  • Restaurants that are interested in being certified to accept EBT as part of the Restaurant Meals Program must send an inquiry to restaurantmealsprogram@dpss.lacounty.gov.  CF Program will initiate the process.
  • All other agencies that provide meals that are interested in being certified to accept EBT must call the USDA SNAP Retailer Service Center at 1-877-823-4369. 

(4/7/20)

EMPLOYER ASSISTANCE GRANT FUND

Last week, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that Los Angeles County will receive state funding to assist local workers and businesses during this crisis. The funding will be used to provide employment, training, and other supportive services to displaced workers, as well as rapid response and layoff aversion services to small and mid-sized businesses.  The Los Angeles County Department of Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services (WDACS) will launch this program, the Employer Assistance Grant Fund, on April 8, 2020 at 8 a.m. 

    • Application link for the Employer Assistance Grant Fund (Wednesday, April 8 at 8 a.m., will close after 150 applications have been received): workforce.lacounty.gov

(4/6/20)

NEW LOS ANGELES COUNTY $500,000 EMPLOYER ASSISTANCE GRANT FUND

The County of Los Angeles is launching a $500,000 Employer Assistance Grant Fund to help LA County businesses, including nonprofits and social enterprises, affected by COVID-19. This fund and its application site launches this Wednesday, April 8 at 8:00 a.m.

Individual businesses may be awarded up to $10,000 based on demonstrated need. Approximately 25% of awards will be reserved for social enterprises that demonstrate a need and ability to serve vulnerable populations. Applications will be processed on a first-come-first-served basis, and will close once 150 applications are received.

A webinar to guide businesses through the application process will be held April 7 at 1:30 p.m. To join the webinar click here or call (323) 776-6996 and use access code 352-425-128.

To learn if you qualify, click here.

To apply, visit: https://workforce.lacounty.gov/

Questions? E-mail bizdev@wdacs.lacounty.gov 

5/19/20

GUIDANCE FOR RETAIL BUSINESS OWNERS

LA County wants to guide you and your businesses as you embark on the Road to Recovery. In order to boost the local economy, and maintain the public’s safety during the COVID-19 health crisis, LA County’s Health Inspectors are making their rounds to ensure businesses (like yours) are in compliance with our Health Officer Order.

If you’re a retail business owner, these are the 5 areas our Inspectors will cover: 

  1. Workplace policies and practices to protect employee health
  2. Measures to ensure physical distancing
  3. Measures to ensure infection control
  4. Communication with employees and the public
  5. Measures to ensure equitable access to critical services

Make sure you’re compliant, by following our full checklist here.

To help you protect employees and customers, alike, we’ve also created signs. These are ready to be posted on-site, to remind everyone how they can protect themselves (and others) from COVID-19.

You can download:

  • “Curbside Pickup Only”
  • “Please Stay Away if You’re Sick”
  • “Please Stay 6 Feet Away”
  • “Wear a Cloth Face Covering” posters here.

If you still have questions on compliance, call LA County’s Department of Public Health at (888) 700-9995 or visit our DPH website for more information.

(4/27/20)

PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM (PPP)

On April 27, 2020, the SBA announced that they resumed accepting Paycheck Protection Program applications from participating lenders.

The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll.  SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.

You can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. Other regulated lenders will be available to make these loans once they are approved and enrolled in the program. You should consult with your local lender as to whether it is participating in the program.

  • Download PPP Frequently Asked Questions: ENGLISH
  • Download How to Calculate Loan Amounts: ENGLISH
  • Download PPP Borrower Application Form: ENGLISH
  • Download PPP Borrower Application Form Cheat Sheet: ENGLISH
  • Download Lenders Accepting PPP Loans: ENGLISH  

Additional information may be found via the SBA website:  CLICK HERE

(4/30/20)

NEWLY ANNOUNCED RESTAURANT MEAL PROGRAM: RESTAURANT DELIVERED MEALS

The County is excited to participate in the state’s new emergency meal program, a majority FEMA-funded program that will assist older adults and other eligible individuals who are socially isolated and unable to cook their own meals. Together, we can also help get the restaurant community back to work.

People who are interested in receiving meals through this program can learn more about the eligibility criteria and request updates here.

Restaurants interested in providing meals through this program can learn more about the eligibility criteria and request updates here.

The program will deliver the benefits via the L.A. County Department of Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services (WDACS) and they hope to provide additional information, including a launch date, soon.

People interested in receiving meals should review the following eligibility information.

ELIGIBLE POPULATIONS

  • Seniors over age 65
  • Those who are COVID-19 positive but do not require hospitalization
  • Those who are COVID-19 exposed as documented by medical professional or public health official
  • Those who are at high-risk due to underlying medical condition 

PARTICIPANT REQUIREMENTS

  • Must live alone or with one other program-eligible adult.
  • Must not be currently receiving assistance from other federal nutrition assistance programs such as the Elder Nutrition program or CalFresh.
  • Must receive no more than $74,940 in income for a household of one and $101,460 for a household of two.
  • Must affirm an inability to prepare or obtain meals. 

Restaurants interested in providing meals should review the following eligibility information.

RESTAURANT SELECTION

  • Ability to meet volume
  • Ability to meet nutritional standards
  • Ability to source locally
  • Ability to meet cultural needs.
  • Not currently participating in a state or federal meal service program. 

MEAL REQUIREMENTS

  • A maximum of three, per day, per participant.
  • Breakfast: low in sodium, no sugary drinks (<24 calories /8 oz. and of fruit juice, must be only 100 percent fruit juice allowed)
  • Lunch and dinner: a piece of fresh fruit or vegetable on each dish, and low in sodium, no sugary drinks (<24 calories /8 oz. and of fruit juice, must be only 100 percent fruit juice allowed). 

Visit the County’s new one-stop portal at covid19.lacounty.gov/food to find meal programs, resources, and support.

(4/27/20)

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION CARES ACT

On March 27, 2020, the President signed into law the CARES Act, which contains $376 billion in relief for American workers and small businesses.

FUNDING OPTIONS

In addition to traditional SBA funding programs, the CARES Act established several new temporary programs to address the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Visit the SBA website for additional information: CLICK HERE

(4/14/20)

SMALL BUSINESS RECOVERY LOAN PROGRAM

In response to the economic impact of COVID-19 on small businesses, LA County has created the Small Business Recovery Loan Program. This program aims to provide small businesses with easy-to-access financial relief in order to stay afloat and hold onto employees.

Any for-profit business with 25 or fewer employees, located within unincorporated Los Angeles County or a city participating in the County’s Community Development Block Grant Program, is eligible for this program. Loan proceeds may be used for working capital, including payroll or rent.

To learn more about this program or apply, visit bizrecoveryloans.lacda.org.

You may also e-mail questions to BizRecovery@lacda.org. Additional resources for small businesses can be found at: https://dcba.lacounty.gov.

(4/6/20)

NEW LOS ANGELES COUNTY $500,000 EMPLOYER ASSISTANCE GRANT FUND

The County of Los Angeles is launching a $500,000 Employer Assistance Grant Fund to help LA County businesses, including nonprofits and social enterprises, affected by COVID-19. This fund and its application site launches this Wednesday, April 8 at 8:00 a.m.

Individual businesses may be awarded up to $10,000 based on demonstrated need. Approximately 25% of awards will be reserved for social enterprises that demonstrate a need and ability to serve vulnerable populations. Applications will be processed on a first-come-first-served basis, and will close once 150 applications are received.

A webinar to guide businesses through the application process will be held April 7 at 1:30 p.m. To join the webinar click here or call (323) 776-6996 and use access code 352-425-128.

To learn if you qualify, click here.

To apply, visit: https://workforce.lacounty.gov/

Questions? E-mail bizdev@wdacs.lacounty.gov 

(6/8/20)

VALLEY ECONOMIC ALLIANCE ANNOUNCES VALLEY CAPITAL CONFERENCE

Do you need funding for your business located in the San Fernando Valley? Funding is still available; applications due June 30, 2020.

Get the help you need at this online conference:

  • Easy to listen in and ask questions
  • Easy to understand the process
  • Reputable lenders with favorable terms
  • No obligation to help applying for assistance 

June 23 – 25, 2020 | CLICK HERE TO REGISTER or Email info@economicalliance.org

Download Valley Economic Alliance Valley Capital Conference Flyer: ENGLISH | SPANISH  

(4/6/20)

VALLEY ECONOMIC ALLIANCE ANNOUNCES EMPLOYER CONCERNS WEBINAR: NAVIGATING COVID-19  

Join Sue M. Bendavid, employment attorney with Lewitt Hackman for an informational presentation to help employers navigate through COVID-19 concerns.

Topics include:

  • Communicating with Employees
  • DOL Guidance
  • Essential Workers
  • Furloughs and Layoffs
  • Leaves of Absence
  • Paid Sick
  • Stay at home orders
  • Telecommuting & Business Expenses
  • Wage & Hour Issues 

April 8, 2020; 10 am to 11 am | CLICK HERE TO REGISTER or Email info@economicalliance.org

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Customer Call Center:
(888) 700-9995 (M-F 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.)
Email: Ehmail@ph.lacounty.gov
File an online complaint with Environmental Health

SAN FERNANDO WORKER RESOURCES

(4/7/20)

AMERICA’S JOB CENTERS OF CALIFORNIA (AJCC)

Provides workers and job seekers many of the resources normally available in-person at AJCCs, including job openings, online education, and information for recently laid-off workers.

(7/21/20)

CARES ACT FUNDING FOR CHILD CARE VOUCHERS

On July 21, 2020, LA County approved $15 million of CARES Act funding for child care vouchers to serve essential workers and low-income families.  This funding will provide 5,000 low-income families and essential workers with child care through December 30, 2020.  The LA County Department of Public Health’s Office for the Advancement of Early Care and Education, in partnership with the Child Care Alliance of Los Angeles, is leading this effort.

HOW CAN PARENTS APPLY?

  • Families seeking child care may apply for a voucher by completing an online application found at www.ccala.net.  For further assistance, you may call (888) 92-CHILD or (888) 922-4453.
  • After the family completes the online application, it is automatically routed to a local partner agency for processing. This will be the local Resource and Referral/Alternative Payment agency who will assist families with the child care voucher application process and their child care options. 
  • Once approved, families will be able to use the voucher with any licensed child care program or Trustline approved license exempt provider (Family, Friend or Neighbor) in LA County. 

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

Eligible families must be either essential workers or low-income working families.  Families who are eligible include:

  • Essential workers or low-income working families (essential worker includes: parents/guardians working in essential services such as, the health care industry, emergency services, food and agriculture, and other businesses currently open as per the Governor’s most recent guidelines)
  • Must live in Los Angeles County
  • Need child care to perform their essential work
  • Is not able to work remotely
  • Meet certain income eligibility
  • If the family includes a two-parent household, both parents must either be essential workers or the other parent must be unable to provide care for the child due to incapacitation 

Thank you for your continued partnership and commitment to children.  For additional information about this program, please call (888) 92-CHILD or (888) 922-4453.

(4/27/20)

NEED HELP FINDING CHILD CARE?

LA County resource & referral agencies are here to help! As a parent, looking for child care can be stressful and, as an essential worker in the current environment, it can seem overwhelming. If you would like additional assistance researching and locating child care that fits your family’s needs, call or visit: (888) 922-4453 | www.ccala.net/connect-to-child-care

Download Child Care Alliance Los Angeles Flyer: ENGLISH/SPANISH

(3/31/20)

LOS ANGELES COUNTY LAUNCHES BUSINESS & WORKER DISASTER HELP CENTER

INFORMATION FOR BUSINESSES

Coronavirus is impacting businesses throughout Los Angeles County. Learn how your business can obtain assistance during this health emergency. 

INFORMATION FOR WORKERS

The Los Angeles County Business & Worker Disaster Help Center is here to help workers affected by the coronavirus health emergency. Los Angeles County has gathered several useful resources to help Los Angeles County workers who may be experiencing adversities due to the global COVID-19 pandemic

Los Angeles County Business & Worker Disaster Help Center: CLICK HERE

(4/23/20)

NOW AVAILABLE: SPECIAL ENROLLMENT PERIOD FOR HEALTH CARE COVERAGE DUE TO COVID-19

Have you lost your health insurance due to COVID-19? If you’ve recently lost your coverage or will soon lose it, today’s update is for you. Covered California has issued a special-enrollment period for those impacted by income changes, reduced hours or lay off due to COVID-19. 

If the following circumstances apply to you, you may be eligible for health care coverage through Covered CA:

  • You’ve lost Medi-Cal coverage
  • You’ve lost your employer-sponsored coverage
  • Your COBRA coverage is exhausted 
  • You are no longer eligible for student health coverage 

To learn if you’re eligible, visit Covered CA. To apply, you may apply online or call a Covered CA Certified Insurance Agent or Navigator for free and confidential enrollment help.

Those without access to the Internet can call Covered CA’s Service Center at 1-800-300-1506 for assistance with determining eligibility and/or applying for health care coverage.

If you’re not eligible for Covered CA health coverage, you may be eligible for health insurance through LA County’s My Health LA (MHLA). MHLA is a no-cost health care program for individuals or families who do not have and cannot get health insurance. For assistance over the phone with MHLA, call 1-844-744-6452 from 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM (Monday through Friday).

(4/7/20)

LA COUNTY BUSINESS AND WORKER DISASTER HELP CENTER

This help center provides relief for businesses and workers. It is staffed with dedicated, helpful support in multiple languages, including Spanish, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, and Armenian. It guides businesses through the process to receive small business loans from the federal government, and provides connections to Layoff Aversion services, tax credits, and comprehensive support for workers.

(3/31/20)

LOS ANGELES COUNTY LAUNCHES BUSINESS & WORKER DISASTER HELP CENTER

INFORMATION FOR BUSINESSES

Coronavirus is impacting businesses throughout Los Angeles County. Learn how your business can obtain assistance during this health emergency. 

INFORMATION FOR WORKERS

The Los Angeles County Business & Worker Disaster Help Center is here to help workers affected by the coronavirus health emergency. Los Angeles County has gathered several useful resources to help Los Angeles County workers who may be experiencing adversities due to the global COVID-19 pandemic

Los Angeles County Business & Worker Disaster Help Center: CLICK HERE

(4/7/20)

EDD WORKSHARE PROGRAM 

(4/7/20)

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE

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FOOD BANKS & RESOURCES

4/21/20

FREE FOOD RESOURCES FOR LA COUNTY RESIDENTS DURING COVID-19 CRISIS AND WAYS TO HELP

An estimated 2 million people in Los Angeles County suffer from food-insecurity issues on an ongoing basis. That vulnerable community is sure to swell because of pandemic-related economic losses in the months to come, but Los Angeles County is committed to preventing hunger and ensuring access to food for all residents. The County is currently mobilizing a Countywide response to hunger by coordinating public agencies, nonprofits, and volunteers to provide meals to anyone in need during the weeks and months to come. The County is also launching new digital resources to help members of the public access food at no cost — including programsign-up information, maps, and frequently asked questions— all located on the County COVID-19 website

INDIVIDUALS/FAMILIES IN NEED CAN: 

  • Get help with food expenses. CalFresh is a Nutrition Assistance Program that can help people in low-income households purchase food by increasing their food-buying power. Apply here and see eligibility requirements here.
  • Find free food near you. County agencies and partners that provide free groceries and meals are expanding their services during COVID-19. Click here to see options and find food distribution sites near you. Some programs also provide delivery.
  • Get food delivery assistance. The County has launched a Critical Delivery Services program to deliver food and other vital items to adults age 60+ and individuals with disabilities who are unable to leave their homes due to COVID-19. Items must be prepaid and ready for pick-up. There is no cost to the client for delivery. For more information, click here or call 1-888-863-7411.
  • For assistance, or if you do not have access to the Internet, please dial 2-1-1. Multilingual operators are available to help members of the public find free food resources. 

SERVICE PROVIDERS/NONPROFITS IN NEED CAN:

  • Request volunteers. L.A. Works matches community organizations with volunteer labor and other resources. More information here.
  • Request food to redistribute. The L.A. Regional Food Bank is accepting new applications for partner agencies. Partner agencies receive free food and re-distribute it to community members. More information here.
  • Join a food recovery network. There are a number of organizations that use mobile apps with matching technology to recover unused food from restaurants and other businesses and re-distribute it to communities in need. If you are interested in donating food or receiving donated food to re-distribute, look for the following in your mobile app store:

HERE ARE OTHER WAYS LOS ANGELES COUNTY RESIDENTS CAN HELP: 

  • Giving food-related offers and donations. Does your business or organization seek to sell or donate food-related resources to support COVID-19 response efforts?  The County is helping to match available food resources with those in need. Fill out an online questionnaire to let us know what food resources you have to share. Our partner providers are in need of food resources, services, and equipment including:
    • Prepared meals ready-to-eat meals: no heating required
    • Prepared meals: just heat and service
    • Groceries: non-perishable, shelf stable food items and perishable food such as produce, meats, and dairy
    • Specialty foods: Vegan, kosher, gluten-free, and other specialty options
    • Food delivery: drivers and vehicles, including special vehicle types such as refrigerated trucks
  • Other types of donation and support. Looking for other ways to lend a hand during this crisis? Explore the County’s COVID-19 resource page to learn how you can help, from doing wellness checks on older neighbors to donating blood.
  • Starting a food pantry. Interested in offering free food to community members? If you already have food to re-distribute or are planning to collect food items from private sources, please follow these Guidelines for Charitable Feeding Operations. If you are interested in receiving donated food to re-distribute, consider partnering with the L.A. Regional Food Bank, which is currently accepting new applications for partner pantries. More information here.
  • Joining a food recovery network. There are a number of organizations that use mobile apps with matching technology to recover unused food from restaurants and other businesses and re-distribute it to communities in need. If you work for a restaurant or other business that is interested in donating food, look for the following in your mobile app store:
  • Volunteer your time. L.A. Works matches community organizations with volunteer labor and other resources. More information here

(4/27/20)

LOS ANGELES REGIONAL FOOD BANK

For people seeking food assistance, go to the LA Food Bank’s food pantry locator: CLICK HERE

(4/7/20)

FREE FOOD BANKS IN THE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY

Current list of free food banks providing free food to families in the SFV communities.  Please check the website for the days and hours of food pantry distribution.

AGENCY ADDRESS PHONE NO. WEBSITE
MEND 10641 San Fernando Rd, Pacoima, CA 91331 mendpoverty.org  
North Valley Caring Services 15453 Rayen St, North Hills, CA 91343 (818) 891-0481 nvcsinc.org
San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission Drive through food bank at Northridge Mall Parking Lot  Next to California Pizza Kitchen (818) 785-4476 sfvrescuemission.org

(4/30/20)

NEWLY ANNOUNCED RESTAURANT MEAL PROGRAM: RESTAURANT DELIVERED MEALS

The County is excited to participate in the state’s new emergency meal program, a majority FEMA-funded program that will assist older adults and other eligible individuals who are socially isolated and unable to cook their own meals. Together, we can also help get the restaurant community back to work.

People who are interested in receiving meals through this program can learn more about the eligibility criteria and request updates here.

Restaurants interested in providing meals through this program can learn more about the eligibility criteria and request updates here.

The program will deliver the benefits via the L.A. County Department of Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services (WDACS) and they hope to provide additional information, including a launch date, soon.

People interested in receiving meals should review the following eligibility information.

ELIGIBLE POPULATIONS

  • Seniors over age 65
  • Those who are COVID-19 positive but do not require hospitalization
  • Those who are COVID-19 exposed as documented by medical professional or public health official
  • Those who are at high-risk due to underlying medical condition 

PARTICIPANT REQUIREMENTS

  • Must live alone or with one other program-eligible adult.
  • Must not be currently receiving assistance from other federal nutrition assistance programs such as the Elder Nutrition program or CalFresh.
  • Must receive no more than $74,940 in income for a household of one and $101,460 for a household of two.
  • Must affirm an inability to prepare or obtain meals. 

Restaurants interested in providing meals should review the following eligibility information.

RESTAURANT SELECTION

  • Ability to meet volume
  • Ability to meet nutritional standards
  • Ability to source locally
  • Ability to meet cultural needs.
  • Not currently participating in a state or federal meal service program. 

MEAL REQUIREMENTS

  • A maximum of three, per day, per participant.
  • Breakfast: low in sodium, no sugary drinks (<24 calories /8 oz. and of fruit juice, must be only 100 percent fruit juice allowed)
  • Lunch and dinner: a piece of fresh fruit or vegetable on each dish, and low in sodium, no sugary drinks (<24 calories /8 oz. and of fruit juice, must be only 100 percent fruit juice allowed). 

Visit the County’s new one-stop portal at covid19.lacounty.gov/food to find meal programs, resources, and support.

(3/31/20)

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY RESCUE MISSION OPENS DRIVE-THRU FOOD PANTRY

Pick-ups, by appointment only, will be a the Northridge Fashion Center.

San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission are beyond grateful to be able to continue offering  shelter and mobile shower programs during the “shelter-at-home” order. However, they quickly realized that the community needed something more during the COVID-19 pandemic, as thousands of families in the Valley have been hit by job losses and are no longer able to purchase essential groceries.

And so the Mission, along with Harbor Recuperative Care, is responding to this crisis by mobilizing the community of local businesses, churches, government officials, and non-profit partners to provide free, drive-thru grocery distribution to those in need.

If you or anyone you know could benefit from this outreach, please visit the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission’s online sign-up here. This web page also has links to other critical services available in the community along with ways to get involved in the effort to serve the community.

San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission believes that even in the midst of social distancing regulations that relationships can grow closer than ever to meet the need of the community.

Visit San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission’s Online Sign-up Portal: CLICK HERE

(5/4/20)

WIC – FREE FOOD FOR FAMILIES AFFECTED BY THE COVID-19 CRISIS

WIC provides healthy food and support services to families who are pregnant or a caretaker of a child under age five and their income has been affected by recent events. Applying is easy and they will receive food benefits within a few days. For the safety of the public, WIC is serving families remotely by phone and online.

WIC cards can then be mailed. WIC is SAFE to use and does not affect immigration status for anyone who is currently in the U.S.  Apply online www.phfewic.org/apply, text APPLY to 91997, or call (888) 942-2229. 

Download WIC Free Food For Families Affected by the COVID-19 Crisis flyer: ENGLISH

CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES PANDEMIC EBT

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school will get extra food benefits. These food benefits are called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT benefits. P-EBT benefits help families in California buy food when schools are closed because of the coronavirus emergency.

CLICK HERE to visit the California Department of Social Services Pandemic EBT website.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

(4/6/20)

FREE SHOWER SERVICES OFFERED BY THE Y

Temporary shower program hours will be Monday thru Friday from 9am-2pm.

Agency Address
Anderson Munger Family YMCA 4301 W Third St, Los Angeles, CA 90020
Collins-Katz Family YMCA 1466 S. Westgate Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90025
Hollywood YMCA 1553 Schrader Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Ketchum-Downtown YMCA 401 S. Hope St, Los Angeles, CA 90071
Mid-Valley Family YMCA 6901 Lennox Ave, Van Nuys, CA 91405
North Valley Family YMCA 11336 Corbin Ave, Northridge, CA 91326
Weingart YMCA Wellness & Acquatic Center 9900 S. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90044
Westchester Family YMCA 8015 S. Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045
West Valley Family YMCA 18810 Vanowen St, Reseda, CA 91335

Download Y Free Shower Service Flyer: ENGLISH | SPANISH

(4/27/20)

PUBLIC CHARGE – KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: IMMIGRANTS AND THE CORONAVIRUS

Can I get treatment for COVID-19 without hurting my immigration status. Do you have questions about using public benefits during the COVID-19 outbreak? 

Contact the Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County (NLSLA): (800) 433-6251

Download NLSLA:  ENGLISH/SPANISH     

(4/16/20)

GOVERNOR NEWSOM RELEASES COVID-19 IMMIGRANT GUIDE

During yesterday’s #NewsomAtNoon press conference, Governor Gavin Newsomannounced a new COVID-19 Immigrant Guide as part of several new initiatives that aim to support the millions of California workers — including undocumented immigrants — who have lost jobs or wages as a result of this pandemic.

Created in partnership with Listos California, this guide provides tips about services — including public benefits — that are available to immigrant Californians, including some that are available regardless of immigration status.

The Governor also announced $75 million in statewide Disaster Relief Assistance funding to provide financial support for immigrant workers affected by COVID-19. On top of that, California’s philanthropic partners have committed to raising an additional $50 million to support undocumented Californians through the California Immigrant Resilience Fund.

Watch today’s press conference with the Governor for an update on the state’s response to the pandemic. The update will be streamed at the@CAgovernor Twitter page and California Governor Facebook page.

Download Immigrant Guide: ENGLISH

(3/24/20)

COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES OFFICE OF IMMIGRANT AFFAIRS DISTRIBUTES FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FOR IMMIGRANTS

Immigrants in Los Angeles County, like everyone, are worried about the coronavirus outbreak. Moreover, some immigrants are afraid that getting tested or treated will affect their immigration status. Click on the Frequently Asked Questions link below for answers to common questions. You should seek available testing and treatment, regardless of your immigration status.

Download County of Los Angeles Office of Immigrant Affairs FAQ:  ENGLISH | SPANISH     

5/18/20

CALIFORNIA DISASTER RELIEF ASSISTANCE FOR IMMIGRANTS (DRAI)

Effective May 18, 2020 at 9:00 am, eligible undocumented adults (18 years of age or older) living in Los Angeles County can start applying for the DRAI through the following nonprofit organizations at the phone numbers listed:

DRAI is a one-time, state-funded disaster relief assistance program for undocumented immigrants impacted by COVID-19. The program will provide $500 in direct assistance to those who qualify, and a maximum of $1,000 in assistance per household.

To qualify, individuals must be able to provide information that they:

  • are an undocumented adult (18 yrs. of age or older);
  • are not eligible for federal COVID-19 related assistance such as the CARES Act tax stimulus payments or pandemic unemployment benefits; and
  • have experienced financial hardship as a result of COVID-19.   

Watch a recording of the: English Town Hall on Resources for Immigrant Families.   

 

Information from LA County Office of Immigrant Affairs  

 

LA County Rent Stabilization: Provides information on eviction moratoriums, rent freeze, and offers direct assistance in helping to mediate with landlords to come to an agreement about rent payments.
(833) 223-7368 | Rent@dcba.lacounty.gov | https://dcba.lacounty.gov/rentstabilization/

LA County Disaster Help Center:
https://lacountyhelpcenter.org/ | (833) 238-4450 | Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 5:30 pm and Saturday 10 am – 3:00 pm  

LA County Disaster Help Center for Business Owners:
https://lacountyhelpcenter.org/for-business-owners/ | (800) 593-8222 or (844) 432-4900

LA County Consumer & Business Affairs:
(800) 593-8222 | https://dcba.lacounty.gov/

LA County COVID – 19
https://covid19.lacounty.gov/

ASISTENCIA DE AYUDA PARA INMIGRANTES POR ALIVIO DE DESASTRES (DRAI, POR SUS SIGLAS EN INGLÉS)

Efectivo 18 de mayo de 2020 a las 9:00 a.m., los adultos indocumentados elegibles que viven en el condado de Los Ángeles pueden comenzar a solicitar la DRAI a través de las siguientes organizaciones sin fines de lucro en los siguientes números de teléfono:

DRAI es un programa único de asistencia de ayuda por desastre financiado por el estado para inmigrantes indocumentados afectados por COVID-19. El programa proporcionará $ 500 en asistencia directa para aquellos que califican, y un máximo de $1,000 en asistencia por hogar. Para calificar, las personas deben poder proporcionar información de que:

  • son adultos indocumentados (de 18 años de edad o mayores);
  • no son elegibles para asistencia federal relacionada con COVID-19, como los pagos de estímulo fiscal de la Ley CARES o los beneficios de desempleo pandémico; y
  • han experimentado dificultades financieras como resultado de COVID-19. 

Aquí está la grabación de la Reunión Telefónica sobre Recursos para Familias Inmigrantes.

 

Información de la Oficina de Asuntos de Inmigrantes del Condado de Los Ángeles

 

Estabilización de alquileres del condado de LA:
Proporciona información sobre moratorias de desalojo, congelamiento de alquileres y ofrece asistencia directa para ayudar a mediar con los propietarios para llegar a un acuerdo sobre los pagos de alquiler.
(833) 223-7368 | Rent@dcba.lacounty.gov | dcba.lacounty.gov/rentstabilization

Centro de ayuda por desastre del condado de LA:
lacountyhelpcenter.org | (833) 238-4450 de lunes a viernes de 8:30 a.m. a 5:30 p.m. y los sábados de 10 a.m. a 3:00 p.m.

Centro de Ayuda por Desastre del Condado de Los Ángeles para Empresarios:
https://lacountyhelpcenter.org/for-business-owners/ | (800) 593-8222 o (844) 432-4900 

Consumidor y Asuntos Comerciales del Condado de LA:
(800) 593-8222 | dcba.lacounty.gov

Condado de Los Angeles COVID – 19:
covid19.lacounty.gov

(4/22/20)

PROJECT ROOMKEY IN LA COUNTY: THE FACTS

LA County is grateful for the support of California Governor Newsom and local communities as we all work together to stop the spread of COVID-19, protect the capacity of our healthcare system and keep local businesses open.

It is estimated that there are at least 15,000 individuals amongst LA County’s unsheltered population who are elderly – or have chronic health conditions – that make them particularly vulnerable to COVID-19. For these people, the ability to self-isolate through Project Roomkey can be life-saving. Individuals who do not have a place to self-isolate are also significantly more likely to need hospitalization and to require critical care in a hospital.

Without Project Roomkey, our healthcare system could be seriously impacted affecting all LA County residents who might need critical care in a hospital. That is why LA County and countless community partners are in the midst of a massive public health effort to expand interim shelter – to prevent the spread of COVID-19 across LA County.

The following are facts you should know about Project Roomkey in LA County:

  • No one exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms is allowed into the hotels. Prior to entering the hotels, clients are screened for symptoms. If they exhibit symptoms, they are isolated and transferred to appropriate care.
  • Project Roomkey sites are not walk-up sites. Eligible participants are referred by service providers, meals are provided on-site, and physical distancing is strictly enforced. Clients are not allowed to congregate in common areas.
  • Target populations are people experiencing homelessness in and around each Project Roomkey site. To qualify for Project Roomkey, clients must be 65 years of age, and older, and have underlying medical conditions. These vulnerable clients are at higher risk for infection and subsequent hospitalization. This would have a significant impact on the County’s healthcare system.
  • Sites are managed by staff from local homeless service providers and supported by County employees deployed as Disaster Service Workers.
  • Nursing staff is on-site to monitor clients and ensure they do not exhibit COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Los Angeles County Fire Department is heavily involved in standing up these sites and ensuring organization and safety for both guests & the community at-large.
  • Private 24/7 security is on-site and local police is notified by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department before a site is open to ensure awareness of operations.
  • Project Roomkey sites are being stood up throughout the County with geographic equity in mind.
  • Project Roomkey is funded using a combination of Federal, State, and County funds, with no direct cost to the city. 

Time is of the essence to stop the spread of this deadly virus. Sheltering LA County’s most vulnerable means all communities and healthcare institutions are safer and healthier.  LA County is grateful to all partners—public and private—who are working together to minimize the impact of this pandemic on our communities, residents and healthcare system.

For more information on Project Roomkey and the County’s parallel mission to medically shelter people who are exposed to the virus, visit our website.

(4/13/20)

NO CHECKS LEFT BEHIND

Most people experiencing homelessness may be eligible for the Federal CARES Act’s Economic Impact Payment of up to $1,2000.

Eligibility includes US citizens or resident aliens who:

  • Have a valid Social Security Number;
  • Could not be claimed as a dependent; and
  • Had adjusted gross income under certain limits. 

People experiencing homelessness, case managers, and homeless advocates can apply here:  https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/non-filers-enter-payment-info-here 

Download HomefulLa Flyer:ENGLISH

(3/30/20)

LOS ANGELES COUNTY UPDATE ON MEDICAL SHELTERING

LA County is standing up approximately 2,000 medical sheltering beds for LA County residents who either have been exposed to COVID-19 or who health authorities have determined need to self-isolate (or self-quarantine) but cannot do so in their own home. 

So far, LA County efforts include:

  • More than 900 medical sheltering beds now available for people in need;
  • More than 1,000 beds to be added by the end of the week;
  • At this time, medical sheltering has been set up at approximately eight locations, including the following locations: Dockweiler Beach; Martin Luther King, Jr. Recuperative Care Center; and, several hotels located throughout the County including in downtown Los Angeles, near Los Angeles International Airport, Lancaster, Pomona, Sherman Oaks and Van Nuys 

If you are a hotel or motel operator interested in partnering with the County, and are willing to provide your facility as a COVID-19 medical shelter, please visit doingbusiness.lacounty.gov. We have created this website to quickly identify and engage interested hotel/motel operators in the COVID-19 response. 

(4/3/20)

SOCIAL SERVICES: FOOD, CASH, HEALTH OR IN-HOME CARE PROGRAMS

In times of crisis, the Department of Public Social Services has provided LA County residents with critical support. Today’s COVID-19 health crisis is no different. The County of Los Angeles wants to assure individuals and families that while DPSS offices are closed, DPSS experts are still open for business – and ready to serve you.

New Customers:

  • To learn more or apply online, visit: www.dps.lacounty.gov
  • For assistance over the phone, call (866) 613-3777. 

Existing Customers:

  • CalFresh, CalWORKs, General Relief, Refugee Cash Assistance or Cash Assistance for Immigrants: if you receive these benefits, you will continue at the same level for March, April and May 2020. You do not have to submit a re-certification packet & there is no need for you to call our offices.
  • Medi-Cal: your benefits will continue for March, April and May 2020. However, it is important that you maintain the renewal reporting requirement for Medi-cal (or your benefits will be terminated after the 90 days). If you received your renewal packet, you can mail or upload the packet via our website.
  • In-Home Care: in-home supportive service reassessments have been suspended for 90 days. However, our social workers will continue to contact customers to conduct assessments and perform welfare checks over the telephone. 

(4/16/20)

FRIENDS OF THE FAMILY IS HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE THE RETURN OF YOUTH LEADING CHANGE

Youth Leading Change is a program for high school students who would like to gain leadership skills, life skills and most importantly social connection. This is a great opportunity for youth to learn about subjects that are not discussed in a school setting. Since the pandemic has completely halted face-to-face social interaction, Friends of the Family has partnered up with New Economics for Women and North Valley Caring Services to bring a virtual youth group that covers topics like:

  • Understanding the US Census and having student engage the community
  • Understanding money and credit 
  • How to apply for college 
  • How to start your own business or how to become a social media influencer
  • and more.. 

This program began Monday, April 20, 2020, and will be virtually meeting every Monday and Wednesday at 3pm!

Students who are interested in signing up for this program must have or create an gmail email address. The student or parent must email egarcia@neworg.us to enroll in Youth Leading Change. Students can join at the program after the April 20th start date.For more information, please email Jessica Beas at jessicab@fofca.org or call 818-835-3122.

COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) TESTING

(9/15/20)

FREE COVID-19 TESTING SITE AT RECREATION PARK 

A free testing site for COVID-19 is available now at San Fernando Recreation Park (208 Park Avenue) on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 and Thursday, September 17, 2020, from 8  am to 2 pm. Pre-registration is recommended, but you may also register on site. 

Click Here to pre-register.

Download Free COVID-19 Testing Site at Recreation Park Flyer: ENGLISH/SPANISH

(8/25/20)

FREE COVID-19 TESTING SITE AT RECREATION PARK 

A free testing site for COVID-19 is available now at San Fernando Recreation Park (208 Park Avenue) on Saturday, August 29, 2020, from 8  am to 2 pm. Pre-registration is recommended, but you may also register on site. 

Click Here to pre-register.

Download Free COVID-19 Testing Site at Recreation Park Flyer: ENGLISH/SPANISH

(8/10/20)

FREE COVID-19 TESTING SITE AT RECREATION PARK 

A free testing site for COVID-19 is available now at San Fernando Recreation Park (208 Park Avenue) on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 and Wednesday, August 12, 2020, from 10  am to 4 pm. Pre-registration is recommended, but you may also register on site. 

Click Here to pre-register.

Download Free COVID-19 Testing Site at Recreation Park Flyer: ENGLISH/SPANISH

(6/8/20)

FREE DRIVE-UP COVID-19 TESTING SITE AT CVS IN SAN FERNANDO

A free Drive-up mobile testing site for COVID-19 is available now, by appointment only, at the CVS (1204 San Fernando Rd) in San Fernando.

https://www.cvs.com/minuteclinic/covid-19-testing

(4/3/20)

DRIVE-UP MOBILE TESTING SITES

Drive-up mobile testing sites for #COVID19 are now open in LA County and City of LA. Learn more: http://covid19.lacounty.gov/testing

Spanish: Los sitios automatizados móviles de prueba para el #COVID19 ahora están abiertos en el Condado de Los Angeles y la Ciudad de Los Angeles. Obtenga más información: http://covid19.lacounty.gov/testing

(4/3/20)

COVID-19 MAPPING

From park closures to confirmed cases of COVID-19, these GIS tools and dashboards map Los Angeles County’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

These dashboards contain data compiled by LA County’s Department’s of Public Health, Health Services, Parks and Recreation, the Office of Education, and the Office of Emergency Management.

(4/17/20)

SAME-DAY COVID-19 TESTS AVAILABLE FOR ALL LA COUNTY RESIDENTS SHOWING COVID-19 SYMPTOMS

Free, same-day tests are now available for all LA County residents who have symptoms of COVID-19.  Symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. 

The following factors do not affect eligibility for a COVID-19 test: 

  • Immigration status
  • Insurance status
  • Age
  • Underlying health issues 

Health equity is central to Los Angeles County’s mission to build a network of free COVID-19 testing sites. There are currently 29 operational sites throughout the County. There are both drive-up and walk-up sites. To ensure the sites prioritize people who need it most, only people who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 are eligible for these testing services at this time.  

Appointments are necessary. Here are the steps for getting a test appointment: 

  • Answer a series of questions. The answers determine if you are eligible for an appointment. 
  • If you are eligible, you will receive an appointment confirmation number by email. 
  • Bring the confirmation number and photo ID to your appointment.
  • People with no access to the Internet can dial 2-1-1 for help making an appointment. 
  • People without a car can be tested as long as they have an appointment. The sites can accommodate pedestrians.
  • There are NO walk-up appointments available for people who do not register. 
  • For a full list of locations and answers to questions about testing, go to covid19.lacounty.gov

There is a helpful instructional video to prepare you to take the test. Test results may take up to 3-4 days. Positive test results will be notified with a phone call. Negative test results will be notified by email.

For more information, visit https://covid19.lacounty.gov/testing. To schedule a test, visit https://lacovidprod.service-now.com/rrs

(4/6/20)

TESTING SITES

Los Angeles County is working to bring testing sites to areas of the County where testing service gaps may exist. This week, testing sites look to open at Charles H. Drew University of Medicine and Science, as well as in East Los Angeles and Santa Clarita.

Testing is free and open to any member of the public who qualifies for testing. No one will be turned away, regardless of immigration status or lack of insurance coverage. 

To be eligible for testing, you must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • You have symptoms and are 65 and older;
  • You have symptoms and have chronic health conditions; or
  • You are subject to a mandatory 14 day quarantine period due to a confirmed COVID-19 exposure (with more than 7 days of quarantine remaining) 

If you’re eligible for testing, you must make an appointment, in order to get tested. Schedule an appointment by:

The County of Los Angeles continues to expand it’s network of testing sites. For the latest information on drive-up, mobile testing sites, click here.

4/30/20

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR COVID-19 TESTING?

If you’ve wondered whether you or someone you know is eligible for COVID-19 testing, the County of Los Angeles is currently prioritizing tests for:

  • Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms
  • All essential workers regardless of symptoms, including:
    • health care workers
    • first responders
    • social service employees
    • utility workers
    • food supply workers and
    • other public employees
  • Asymptomatic individuals who are: 
    • 65 years old or
    • have chronic underlying health conditions
  • All individuals in institutional congregate living settings, including:
    • skilled nursing facilities
    • long-term care facilities
    • homeless shelters
    • and correctional institutions 

To schedule a test, visit https://lacovidprod.service-now.com/rrs.

Prepare for your appointment by watching this video

If you’ve been tested and have not received your results, call or email your lab’s customer service staff to ensure your contact information is correct. Contact information is available here.

WHAT IS CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Many of them infect animals, but some coronaviruses from animals can evolve (change) into a new human coronavirus that can spread from person-to-person. This is what happened with the current novel (new) coronavirus known as 2019-nCoV. Diseases from corona viruses in people typically cause mild to moderate illness, like the common cold. Some, like the SARS or MERS viruses, cause serious infections like pneumonia.
 

Download Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s Frequently Asked Questions ENGLISH | SPANISH

HOW IS IT SPREAD?

airplane People who have traveled to or from Wuhan, China since December 1, 2019, could have been exposed to the virus. Seek medical care if you traveled to Wuhan and develop a fever and cough or respiratory symptoms within 14 days of your return.
sneeze Through coughing and sneezing.
holding hands Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands.
touch face Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands.
microscope Because novel coronavirus is new, the CDC and Los Angeles County Department of Public Health are learning more each day about the transmission patterns and incubation periods.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

4/30/20

EXPANDED LIST OF COVID-19 SYMPTOMS

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently expanded their list of COVID-19 symptoms experienced by those testing positive for COVID-19. In light of new guidance, LA County residents are asked to pay close attention to these symptoms:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell 

Call your provider if you are experiencing mild illness. If you need a provider, call 211.

To schedule a COVID-19 test, visit https://lacovidprod.service-now.com/rrs.

For more information on how to stay safe visit LA County’s covid19.lacounty.gov.

fever

FEVER

sneeze

COUGH

difficulty breathing

DIFFICULTY BREATHING

severe illness

SEVERE ILLNESS

HOW CAN I PROTECT MYSELF AND MY FAMILY?

BE PREPARED!
Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds and frequently.
Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer, but handwashing is better.
When coughing/sneezing, cover your mouth with your sleeve or a tissue (throw the tissue away immediately).
Clean doorknobs and frequently touched surfaces.
Practice social distancing (masks are limited value unless you are sick or a health worker). Limit close contact and avoid other social norms, such as shaking hands, hugs and other close contact in the foreseeable future. Elbow bumps are a good alternative.
Have provisions that will last a few days (water, food, essential hygiene supplies, etc.)
Get immunized against the flu. This will relieve what could be a highly impacted healthcare system.
Stay home when you’re sick. Don’t wait until you are VERY sick.

Doing these things will go a long way to protect individuals.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Information in this section has been provided by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. As they are working directly with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), please visit their website for the most accurate and up-to-date information.

CONTACT US

City Manager’s Office (818) 898-1202 CityManager@sfcity.org
City Clerk (818) 898-1204 CityClerk@sfcity.org
Community Development (818) 898-1227 CommunityDevelopment@sfcity.org
Finance (818) 898-1212 Finance@sfcity.org
Personnel (818) 898-1220 Personnel@sfcity.org
Police (818) 898-1267 Police@sfcity.org
Public Works (818) 898-1222 PublicWorks@sfcity.org
Recreation & Community Services (818) 898-1290 Recreation@sfcity.org

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