COVID-19 Update: Face Masks and Litter

City Hall
Friends,

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a variety of issues for Angelenos -- including people irresponsibly discarding Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) on our streets.

Earlier today, the City Council requested the City Attorney to draft language to increase the penalty to the maximum extent for discarding, littering, or disposing of PPE in the public right of way.  This law would take effect during the COVID-19 pandemic, and sunset after the state of emergency concludes. I also introduced a motion pending in committee directing LA Sanitation + Environment to report on the disposal process of medical waste citywide, and to recommend an augmented public education plan in coordination with hospitals, clinics, and other medical providers.

While it’s been encouraging to see many of our fellow Angelenos following the Mayor’s directive in wearing PPE while outside of their homes, residents have also expressed concerns regarding an increase in the amount of discarded masks, gloves, and other protective wear in their neighborhoods. This is unacceptable, especially since this discarded PPE may be contaminated with coronavirus and provide an unknown risk with unsuspected residents and pets who may come in contact with these materials. The City must immediately enact measures to mitigate the littering and increase accountability.

I will continue working to keep our streets cleaner to protect public safety and quality of life in the 13th District and beyond.

Stay safe,


MITCH O’FARRELL
 

HEADLINES

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DISPOSE OF YOUR GLOVES AND MASKS

LOS ANGELES - Remember to dispose of gloves, masks, and other personal protective equipment in the proper place. Fabric masks may be washed and reused. However, single-use gloves and masks should be thrown away in the trash after use.
 

RELIEF FOR RENTERS

LOS ANGELES - Renters affected by the COVID-19 pandemic are protected from eviction. The City Council recently adopted policy that includes: barring landlords from evicting residential and commercial tenants who are unable to pay rent due to and during the emergency period; barring no-fault evictions during the local emergency period; halting Ellis Act evictions for 60 days after the emergency order is lifted; and, waiving late fees and allowing residential tenants to pay back their rent for up to 12 months, or 3 months for commercial tenants, after the emergency order is lifted.

RENTER PROTECTIONS FOR THOSE AFFECTED BY COVID-19
 

IN-STORE RETAIL SHOPPING PERMITTED

LOS ANGELES - In a major milestone in our road map to recovery, Los Angeles County is aligning regulations to match the State in a phased approach that now permits the reopening of faith-based services, in-store shopping at retail stores, drive-in movies & other activities.
 

NEW TESTING SITE OPENS

ELYSIAN PARK - Mayor Garcetti on Tuesday announced the opening of a new COVID-19 testing site at Dodger Stadium, located near the 13th District. With a capacity to test 6,000 Angelenos a day free of charge, this new testing site is three times larger than any other location in L.A. County. 

SIGN UP FOR A TEST
 

CALLING ALL LGBTQ+ STORYTELLERS

LOS ANGELES - Councilmember O'Farrell is accepting entries from LGBTQ+ community members, partners, and allies for ‘Pride & Pandemic.’ The series will feature essays and other forms of literary storytelling to share personal experiences of survival during the AIDS epidemic, which began in the 1980's, and how it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic we are living through today. Please send your essay to LGBTRSVP@lacity.org with "Pride Month Writing Submission" in the subject line. The deadline to submit is Friday, June 5.
 

COVID-19 NEWS AND INFORMATION

CITY

City of Los Angeles Official Website Dedicated to Coronavirus News and Info
 
FAQ: COVID-19 Eviction Protections 

City Attorney: Consumer Alerts Related to Coronavirus

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Response to Coronavirus

 
Sign Up for NotifyLA - Receive Emergency Alerts

Department of Cultural Affairs Emergency Arts Funding

COUNTY
 
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Daily Updates on COVID-19
 
LA Homeless Services Authority Response to COVID-19 

Assistance for Seniors
 
LA SCHOOLS
 
Los Angeles Unified School District Info for Parents and Students
 
Los Angeles City College Classes