City of Vernon California

COVID-19 Resources for Vernon Businesses

The City of Vernon continues to work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the California Department of Public Health and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health to remain informed on the latest developments related to the Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.  The City of Vernon is closely monitoring the situation as it continues to evolve.

COVID-19 is a highly contagious respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. Its symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath, and may appear in as few as 2 days or as many as 14 days after exposure. Please see these FAQ for more information.

Based on the latest directives issues by various public health authorities, certain businesses are allowed to resume operations, but must implement changes to comply with social distancing directives.  Social distancing will help to protect all in our community.

IMPORTANT CITY INFORMATION

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, City Hall services have resumed with modifications.  City Hall is now open to the public.

The City has taken proactive measures to help protect the public and prevent the spread of the virus.

You may mail payments* to:

City of Vernon
4305 Santa Fe Avenue
Vernon, CA 90058

*Late fees and shutoffs will be suspended.

FOR EMERGENCIES DIAL 9-1-1

HOTLINES

  • City of Vernon Hotline (323) 826-3648 (www.cityofvernon.org/COVID19)
    • Vernon City Hall is currently closed to the public due to COVID-19.  The City continues to provide essential services to businesses and residents.  The City's hotline is available to respond to non-emergency requests and inquiries.
  • Disaster Distress Helpline 1-800-985-5990 (www.disasterdistress.samhsa.gov)
    • The Disaster Distress Helpline, is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. The Disaster Distress Helpline is providing immediate counseling to anyone seeking help in coping with the mental or emotional effects caused by developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • 2-1-1 LA
    • 211 LA is the central source for providing information and referrals for all health and human services in LA County. The 2-1-1 phone line is open 24 hours, 7 days a week, with trained Community Resource Advisors prepared to offer help with any situation, any time.
  • The Veterans Crisis Hotline (800) 273-8255 Press "1" (www.veteranscrisisline.net)
    • The Veterans Crisis Line is a free, confidential resource that is available to anyone, even if you are not registered with VA or enrolled in VA health care. Responders at the Veterans Crisis Line are specially trained and experienced in helping Veterans of all ages and circumstances.  If you are a Veteran in crisis or concerned about one, caring, qualified VA responders are standing by to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • DCBA Consumer and Business Line (800) 593-8222 (www.dcba.lacounty.gov/coronavirus)
    • If you believe you have been the victim of a price increase or suspect that a business is abusing consumers with price increases, contact the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs.

COVID-19 RESOURCES

Information for Businesses in Vernon
Business Taxes
Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Resources for Employers and Workers
What's New
Medical Evaluation/Testing
Transportation
Services/Assistance
How Can You Help?
Notices
Press Releases
Additional Resources


Vernon Health Department Notices

Effective May 13, 2020, and pursuant to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Revised Safer at Home Order issued May 13, 2020 (the "Revised County Order"), the City of Vernon Department of Health and Environmental Control will enforce requirements to allow the conditional reopening of specific retail and other lower-risk businesses, as defined by the Revised County Order, operating in the City of Vernon.

Please find below previous notices and COVID-19 related information provided be the Vernon Health & Environmental Department:

COVID-19 Update dated April 13, 2020
COVID-19 Update dated March 16, 2020

Vernon's Business Preservation/COVID-19 Disaster Relief Initiative

At its meeting on April 7th, the Vernon City Council took several actions to support Vernon businesses through the current COVID-19 pandemic.  The City council approved programs developed as part of Vernon's Business Preservation/COVID-19 Disaster Relief Initiative including a Temporary Emergency Moratorium on Commercial Evictions and an Emergency Microloan Program for restaurants.  These programs will serve to offset some of the financial burden that businesses in Vernon are experiencing due to slowed business/and or mandated non-essential business closures.

Temporary Emergency Moratorium on Evictions
The Vernon City Council adopted an Emergency Ordinance No. 1267, enacting a temporary emergency moratorium on evictions for renters and owners of commercial properties in the City, along with late fee assessments and service shut-offs for rent and utility payments.  The Emergency Ordinance prevents evictions of commercial and nonprofit tenants impacted by COVID-19 during the emergency period. The "safe harbor" would apply to evictions of commercial tenants in the following situations:

  • For commercial or nonprofit properties, no landlord shall endeavor to evict a commercial or nonprofit tenant for non-payment of rent if a commercial or nonprofit tenant is unable to pay rent due to financial impacts related to COVID-19;
  • During this moratorium, a commercial or nonprofit tenant shall also be waived any obligation for payment on late fee assessments related to electric, water, fiber, and gas utility charges and service shall not be shut off due to non-payment;
  • The moratorium would remain in effect for the period of time set forth in State Executive Order No. 28-20, and may be extended from time to time, unless sooner terminated or repealed by the City Council.  For more information about the moratorium, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

COVID-19 Emergency Microloan Program
The Vernon City Council approved the creation of the COVID-19 Emergency Microloan Program designed to assist Vernon restaurants who have been especially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Vernon's Emergency Loan Program is designed to meet the following objectives for restaurants in Vernon: prevent staff reductions; offset losses related to COVID-19; and sustain operations through the COVID-19 crisis.  This program is intended to apply to restaurants with a brick-and-mortar presence within City of Vernon limits.  A summary of the key elements of the program are as follows:

  • Zero-interest loans for 6-12-month term; and 3-5% interest loans for 3-5-year term
  • Loan limits of $5,000-$50,000
  • Must be used for reasonable working capital and operational expenses such as: preventing staff reductions, offsetting losses related to COVID-19, and helping businesses sponsor sick pay for workers

Funding for the microloan program would be available through September 30, 2020 or until the program is terminated by the City. For more information about the program, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

COVID-19 Resources for Businesses in Vernon

While recent COVID-19 related orders from the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health and the State of California call for the immediate closure of many retail and commercial establishments and direct the public to remain at home, they also allow for the ongoing operation of essential businesses and functions. If your business is an "Essential Business" the City of Vernon can provide a letter to help your business and its employees maintain access to essential facilities.  To request an "Access Letter" please click here.

Following a revised Order from the County of Los Angeles Health Officer issued on April 10, 2020 , Vernon's Health and Environmental Control Department has announced new requirements for those essential businesses that continue to operate in the City.  To view the new requirements in effect as of April 16, 2020 for all Essential Businesses that continue to operate in Vernon click here.

For customers that have been closed for a prolonged period of time due to COVID-19 response, Vernon Public Utilities would like to announce a Guidance Document and a Checklist released by the EPA. Each is designed to assist building owners and managers in addressing water stagnation following extended closures due to the COVID-19 response.

On May 28, 2020, there will be a one-hour webinar to help prepare the restaurant community on the return to business once the stay at home order is lifted. The Director of Education at the Food Service Technology Center and the SoCal Gas Food Service Equipment Center team will be presenting. Please use the following link to access the webinar: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1792657358617693964 
Attendees will learn the following:

  • Re-opening recommendations and menu review
  • Kitchen and dining room size reduction
  • Food Safety and expanded sanitation
  • Contacting vendors, marketing reps and distributors to re-establish relationships
  • Utility programs and services, cost savings and rebates for qualified energy-efficient equipment

For Small Businesses:
Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, or other bills that can't be paid because of the coronavirus outbreak. If your small business has been impacted by COVID-19 you may qualify for a loan.  Apply at http://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. The Los Angeles Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has resources to help small businesses navigate the process. Visit their website at https://smallbizla.org or call 562-938-5020.

Business Taxes

State and federal tax filing deadlines have been extended. As shared by the State Franchise Tax Board, tax filing and payment deadlines have been extended to July 15, 2020.

Visit the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration website at www.cdtfa.ca.gov to apply for special assistance, including filing and payment extensions, and/or relief from interest and penalties.

Employers experiencing a hardship may request up to a 60-day extension from the Employment Development Department to file their state payroll reports and/or deposit state payroll taxes without penalty or interest.  Employers experiencing a hardship to file state payroll reports may file for a 60-day extension. Click here to contact the EDD Taxpayer Assistance Center.

Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Resources for Employers and Workers

In an effort to help keep workers, employers, co-workers, and families safe, the Labor & Workforce Development Agency (LWDA) has made available a variety of COVID-19 resource materials for employers and workers.  Information is available on their website www.labor.ca.gov/coronavirus2019.

What's New

Californians have been staying home and saving lives since the start of our statewide stay-at-home order issued on March 19, 2020. These efforts have allowed the state to move forward on our roadmap for modifying the statewide order. More information can be found at www.covid19.ca.gov/industry-guidance/.

In a Los Angeles Health Officer Order issued on May 13, 2020, the County takes a limited and measured step to partially move into Stage 2 of its Roadmap to Recovery: A Phased Approach to Reopening Safely in Los Angeles County, while keeping a low incidence of person-to-person contact

We are now in early Stage 2, where retail (curbside and delivery only), related logistics and manufacturing, office workplaces, limited personal services, outdoor museums, child care, and essential businesses can open with modifications. The state is issuing guidance to help these workplaces reopen safely.

The Los Angeles County launched new interactive digital dashboards, connecting residents to the latest updates on COVID-19 impacts. The digital dashboards include information on the number of COVID-19 cases, emergency proclamations, and information on the openings and closings of parks, recreation sites, and schools throughout Los Angeles County. The dashboards are available online at www.lacounty.covid19.gov/dashboards.

On April 3, Governor Newsom signed Executive Order N-43-20 to extend protections to medical providers, as the use of video chats and similar applications to provide routine medical appointments is amplified in an effort to reduce the patient's exposure to COVID-19. The order relaxes certain state privacy and security laws for medical service providers so that they can offer telehealth services without the risk of being penalized. In addition, Governor Newsom signed Executive Order N-44-20, which expands consumer protection against price increases as California continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The order generally prohibits sellers of any kind from raising the prices of food, consumer goods, emergency or medical supplies, and certain other items by more than 10 percent. The purpose of the order is to ensure that consumers can buy what they need, at a fair price. If you believe that you have been the victim of a price increase or suspect that a business is abusing consumers with price increases, please contact the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs at (800) 593-8222.

On April 2, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Executive Order N-42-20 which restricts the shutdown of water service to homes and small businesses as the state responds to the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, the executive order will restore water for occupied residences that may have had their water service turned off as of March 4, 2020, which is when the governor declared a state of emergency due to COVID-19. This executive order will serve to help people who have been financially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

On April 1, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released a guide on facial coverings. Read that guide here. While there is no need to wear a face mask/covering when you are in public, it is an additional way to help curb the spread of COVID-19. Please note, however, that it does not replace the requirement for social distancing.

In March Governor Gavin Newsom issued a Stay at Home order and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced its Safer at Home order. These orders require that residents must stay at home unless food, a prescription, or a quick jaunt for fresh air is needed.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued two additional Public Health Emergency Orders dictating new Quarantine and Isolation measures. 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 specified period of time.  Also, on March 27, LA County Public Health Officer Dr. Muntu Davis issued an addendum to the Safer at Home order announcing closures to beaches, trailheads, piers, beach bike paths and beach access points in LA County. These sets of closures are in addition to the previously announced closures of public trails, and will remain in effect until April 19, 2020.

On March 25, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom announced a major financial relief package for millions of Californians suffering financially as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Secretary of the Treasury announced that the income tax filing and payment deadline has been extended to July 15, 2020. Taxpayers and businesses will have until that date to file and make any necessary payments without penalty or interest.

On March 27, 2020, U.S. lawmakers approved a $2 trillion emergency relief package designed to alleviate some of the worst effects of the swift economic downturn currently underway as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The plan marks the largest rescue package in American history. The legislation covers an array of programs, including direct payments to Americans, an aggressive expansion of unemployment insurance, billions of dollars in aid to large and small businesses, and a new wave of significant funding for the health care industry. The agreement is an expansion the CARES Act — the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act — to provide relief to virtually every rung of the U.S. economic ladder. This Q & A  offers information on how this stimulus package will impact you.

The Department of Finance moved $1.3 billion emergency reserve fund dollars, part of the State's overall reserves, to immediately combat COVID-19. These funds will go to personal protective equipment and critical medical supplies, enhance the surge capacity of hospitals and medical facilities and procure other items necessary to support the State's efforts to protect public health and safety and reduce the spread of COVID-19.

With the ever-evolving COVID-19 health crisis, access to information and education is critical. Please continue to check here for the latest updates.

Medical Evaluation/Testing

AltaMed has expanded their care with "outdoor assessment" areas to triage patients. With these Evaluation Centers, members of the community do not need to seek medical support at large hospitals, but rather, they may use clinics to access the care they need. To initiate a visit to an AltaMed Outdoor Evaluation Area, please call their Patient Service Center at (888)-499-9303 toll free or (562)205-4390.  This initial call will determine if patients should stay home or if their condition warrants a visit for evaluation.

Please note that COVID-19 testing is also available to those at risk in the City of Los Angeles. More information is available at corona-virus.la.

Los Angeles County
Los Angeles County announced 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. If you or a loved is experiencing symptoms, please know the following factors do not affect eligibility for a COVID-19 test:

  • Immigration status
  • Insurance status
  • Age
  • Underlying health issues

To ensure sites can prioritize people who need it most, ONLY people who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms AND have made an appointment, are eligible for testing at this time. More information is available at: lacovidprod.service-now.com/rrs. LA County residents with no access to the Internet can dial 2-1-1 for help making an appointment.

COVID-19 Screening Tool
Created in partnership with the CDC, the White House Coronavirus Task Force and FEMA, Apple has released a COVID-19 website, and COVID-19 app.  If you think you or a family member have been exposed to COVID-19, you can evaluate symptoms via the in-home screening tool and obtain information about your next steps.  More information is available at: www.apple.com/covid19.

Medical Sheltering
The Los Angeles County Emergency Operations Center is partnering with hotels, motels, and other providers to offer medical sheltering for individuals who need to either self-isolate or follow quarantine orders due to the COVID-19 pandemic and are unable to do so on their own. Nearest location for medical sheltering is at the Bell Gardens Quality Inn and Suites.  More information is available here .

Property Tax
Starting April 11, the day after property taxes expire, individuals who are unable to pay on time for COVID-19 related reasons can submit a penalty cancellation request online at the website www. ttc.lacounty.gov. See the Frequently Asked Questions About the Impact of COVID-19 on Property Taxes.

Transportation

METRO will be offering frequent updates about service throughout the COVID-19 crisis. Visit www.metro.net/covid19 for the latest information, and follow Metro on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for updates.  LA Metro to hold a virtual meeting its Board of Directors meeting in April.  The Board meeting will be on Thursday, April 23.  For information on how to access the meetings click here.

Metrolink continues to operate with a temporary service reduction.  To view the schedule, click here.  Metrolink developed this temporary schedule to ensure essential service during peak times, and maintain as many connections as possible, while also ensuring riders and conductors have the space necessary to maintain appropriate social distancing.

Pentagon Rides is available for your next ride, whether it be non-emergency medical transportation, black car service, courier service, and more. Visit www.PentagonRides.com for more information. They are a certified Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) providing Non-Emergency Medical Transportation throughout California.

Services/Assistance

Federal Response
U.S. Lawmakers passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The FFCRA establishes paid sick leave for affected workers, additional unemployment provisions, free testing, and other health and welfare components.

State Response
The State of California's Employment and Development Department created a site with information regarding the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). If you became unemployed or have had your hours reduced because you may have contracted the coronavirus, or may be quarantined, or may be unable to work because you are caring for an ill or quarantined family member, you may be eligible to file an Unemployment Insurance (UI) Claim. You will need to file your claim in the first week that you lose your job or have your hours reduced. Your claim begins on the Sunday of the week you submitted your application. For more information on benefit programs available to help California workers who are losing wages due to the impacts of the Coronavirus and how to file your claim online, by phone, or by fax or mail, please visit www.edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019.htm.

Governor Newsom has waived the one-week waiting period for people who are unemployed and/or disabled as a result of COVID-19. In a separate executive order on March 17, Newsom allowed Medi-Cal, CalFresh, CalWORKS, Cash Assistance for Immigrants and In-Home Supportive Services recipients to continue receiving program benefits for three months without interruption or a reassessment of their eligibility.

Mental Health
The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH) supports the wellbeing of our County family, friends and colleagues. When you hear, read, or watch news about an outbreak of infectious disease, you may feel anxious and show signs of stress—even when the outbreak affects people far from where you live and you are at low or no risk of getting sick. These signs of stress are normal and may be more likely in people with loved ones in parts of the world affected by the outbreak. During an infectious disease outbreak, care for your own physical and mental health and reach out in kindness to those affected by the situation. For information on Coping With Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks and additional mental health resources, visit dmh.lacounty.gov/covid-19-information/.

For Veterans
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other federal partners to monitor the outbreak of the virus.  Veterans are able to contact their medical provider through the VA Video Connect mobile app.  For information on available telehealth options and what the VA is doing regarding COVID-19, please visit www.va.gov/ or call 1-800-827-1000.

How Can You Help?

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to evolve, blood donations are dangerously low across the U.S. The demand for blood is strong. Eligible donors are strongly urged to donate: www.redcrossblood.org.

Many have asked how they can help our nurses, doctors & healthcare workers. If you want to donate/know of businesses that may be able to help with personal protective equipment like surgical masks, N95 face masks, face shields & other supplies, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Donate funds to help respond to the COVID-19 emergency. Support nonprofits that are supporting our communities at www.calfund.org and www.unitedwayla.org.

Help a neighbor in need. Build hygiene kits and drop them off at local shelter for people experiencing homelessness. We're in this together.

Notices
Safer at Home Order Updated 4.10.2020
Executive Order N-44-20
Executive Order N-43-20
Executive Order N-42-20
Public Health Emergency Quarantine Order
Public Health Emergency Isolation Order

Press Releases
Free Same Day COVID-19 Testing Available in Los Angeles County
LA County Emphasizes Protections for Tenants Affected
Los Angeles County Opens New Drive-Up Testing Sites, Increasing COVID-19 Testing Capacity for Residents Throughout LA County

Additional Resources
Los Angeles County, the State of California, and the U.S. Federal Government have declared emergencies to allow greater authority to take measures necessary to protect and preserve public health and safety, including seeking aid from state and federal authorities as necessary. The Federal Communications Commission is ensuring that Americans stay connected during the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit www.fcc.gov/coronavirus for information. Here are the best sources of official information on the coronavirus:

Guidance for Social Distancing
Use of Cloth Face Coverings
City of Vernon Requirements for Essential Businesses
https://business.ca.gov/coronavirus-2019/
https://covid19.ca.gov/business-and-employers/
www.labor.ca.gov/coronavirus2019
DCBA-Coronavirus-FAQs-3.10.20
www.lacounty.covid19.gov/dashboards