COVID-19 Update: Stay at Home, assistance for utility customers, and early shopping for seniors.

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Friends,

Some important updates on the coronavirus pandemic and what the city is doing to save lives.

First, Mayor Garcetti issued a 'Safer at Home' order to all residents of the City of Los Angeles to stay inside their homes, and immediately limit all movement outside beyond what is absolutely essential to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

As outlined in the order, there are lawful exceptions for critical tasks such as: securing food and health; safety and medical necessities; and caring for children, elder adults, family, friends and people with disabilities.

Second, the Mayor also announced a major initiative to ensure our homeless population receives necessary shelter. He has ordered the temporary conversion of some of our Recreation and Parks facilities to provide emergency shelter for people experiencing homelessness who are also asymptomatic. The first phase of this plan will include 13 recreation centers and provide 1,596 beds. 

One of those facilities will be located in the 13th District --  at the Hollywood Recreation Center. Again, these newly formed shelters will serve as rescue and disaster sites for those who do not show symptoms of COVID-19.

The homelessness crisis in Los Angeles, in and of itself, is a public health crisis and a robust inventory of shelter space and permanent supportive housing is something I have been working on for years.

People living in tents and unsanitary conditions offer an ideal breeding ground for disease. Living in a tent is not safe -- we have over 1,000 people experiencing homelessness dying on our streets each year that prove the point. It’s time to bring everyone inside. Only then can everyone get the care they need.

The state and federal government are also actively working on providing additional resources in dealing with this pandemic as it relates to homelessness. I will keep you posted as these resources become available. 

Please be safe, and take care of each other while practicing social distancing and following all CDC guidelines.


MITCH O’FARRELL
 

RELAXING PARKING RESTRICTIONS


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LOS ANGELES - These two graphics explain the parking enforcement modifications that are in place to make life a little easier for you during this pandemic. These changes will be in effect until March 31st. If that date is extended, we will let you know.
 

FREE WIFI FOR STUDENTS


LOS ANGELES - In an effort to assist Angelenos dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, Spectrum is offering FREE internet and WiFi for families with K-12 and college students for 60 days. 
 

EARLY SHOPPING FOR SENIORS


LOS ANGELES - Please share! These grocery stores are dedicating the first hour of operation exclusively for seniors and other vulnerable shoppers.
 

FREE MEALS FOR LAUSD KIDS


ECHO PARK - Councilmember O'Farrell visited the staff and volunteers at The Dream Center - which is serving 7,000 meals each day to LAUSD students and families. The Dream Center says it's because of local heroes like Los Angeles Dodger Justin Turner who make this service possible; he donated meals purchased from our local small business owners! The silver lining of the coronavirus pandemic —- we are seeing the best of Angelenos! 

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MORE CORONAVIRUS UPDATES

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