City of Vernon California

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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

Residents and workers of Vernon are encouraged to wear masks whenever out and about, practice social distancing, and wash hands regularly and thoroughly. Pursuant to Vernon Emergency Ordinance No. 1274, masks must be worn within Vernon city limits to protect the health and safety of business owners and operators, their employees, and their customers from the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The intent of the ordinance is to encourage compliance with the State and County Mask Orders.

Following recommended guidelines to protect yourself and others at work and at home will benefit all in our Vernon community.

If you have any questions about City operations during the pandemic, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Staff will be happy to assist you.

CITY SERVICES

City Hall facilities are open to the public. Safety measures have been implemented to protect the health and safety of employees and visitors (like plexiglass at service counters, temperature checks upon entry, and roving cleaning crews who disinfect common areas regularly throughout the day). The City is committed to supporting all businesses and residents and will continue to provide services during this critical time of emergency.

Public meetings continue to be conducted virtually. Please visit the "Public Meetings" link on the City's website home page to access specific public meetings of interest.

FOR EMERGENCIES DIAL 9-1-1

In-person payments are accepted; however, customers are encouraged to mail payments to:

City of Vernon
4305 Santa Fe Avenue
Vernon, CA 90058
*Late fees and shutoffs will be suspended.

For your convenience, a payment drop box has also been installed on the exterior wall of the 1st floor entrance to City Hall (to the left of the double-door lobby entry).

To Report a COVID-19 Violation
Call 323-826-1448 (7:00 am – 5:30 pm, Monday - Friday)
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  (anytime)

COVID-19 RESOURCES

Do's and Don'ts
Hotlines
News from the Vernon Health Department
What's New
COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination
Critical Delivery Service
Food Access/Grocery Supplies
Housing
Transportation
Services/Assistance
Information for Businesses in Vernon
How Can You Help?
Additional Info & Links

DO'S AND DON'TS

DO:

  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Maintain a safe social distance of 6 feet whenever outside of the house
  • Self-isolate if you suspect you have COVID-19 or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
  • Call your medical provider if you suspect you have COVID-19 or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms


DON'T:

  • Shake hands
  • Touch your face
  • Congregate with large groups of people who are not household members
  • Leave your home without your face covering

HOTLINES

  • City of Vernon Hotline (323) 826-3648 (www.cityofvernon.org/covid19)
    • 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 (if you do not know your party's direct extension).
  • Disaster Distress Helpline 1-800-985-5990 (http://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.
  • GoldenTALK (888) 603-6533 (www.ididsomethinggoodtoday.org)
    • GoldenTALK is a chat and crisis line for seniors who are 60 years of age and older. The chat line assists seniors facing social isolation through warm conversations and also provides referrals and works closely with multiple agencies within Los Angeles County in the event of a crisis. GoldenTALK team members also make outbound calls for wellness checks and appointment and referral follow-ups.
  • 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.
  • Los Angeles County Disaster Help Center (833) 238-4450 (www.lacountyhelpcenter.org)
    • 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.

NEWS FROM THE VERNON HEALTH DEPARTMENT

Mobile Vaccination Initiative
The Vernon Health and Environmental Control Department has partnered
with Stacy Medical Center, a Vernon-based primary care provider, to offer on-site COVID-
19 vaccinations at Vernon businesses. The vaccination drive, now underway, seeks to
inoculate as many as 11,000 workers, including those working in high-density essential
workplaces, such as large-scale food processing facilities. In addition, Vernon Health staff
and Stacy Medical Center clinicians will manage and operate a temporary drive-up
COVID-19 vaccination location to serve Vernon residents and employees working at the
1,800 businesses within the city.

Vernon Health recently invested in a van outfitted with the required refrigeration capability
to serve as a mobile clinic to get vaccines into the arms of workers in high-density job
settings at businesses in Vernon as quickly and safely as possible. The mobile clinic will
continue to serve the Vernon community as a vehicle for public outreach long after
COVID-19 vaccinations have been administered to Vernon's workforce and residents.

The City, with support from its local legislators, is proud of its ability to execute this
ambitious concept. "Vaccine accessibility is a priority for the city. A large part of our daily
population is comprised of essential workers who live in or around the southeast area, a
group that is largely underserved and has been hardest hit by the pandemic," said Vernon
Mayor Leticia Lopez. "The mobile clinic is an innovative, effective way to reach those who
are in need of the vaccines and who otherwise would not have access."

A successful trial run was executed on February 26, 2021 where Vernon's mobile health unit visited a few Vernon businesses prior to its full-scale rollout. Since, the City has been able to visit multiple business sites to inoculate workers.

Vernon is pleased that it can take part in contributing to the safety and welfare of the community.

COVID-19 Cases at Vernon Businesses
The City of Vernon has a significant number of essential businesses that must continue to operate to support critical infrastructures. As such the City has taken proactive measures to share relevant COVID-19 information, including CDC recommended guidelines, with business operators to ensure the safety of the general public as well as employees that serve these essential services.
Since early April 2020, the City of Vernon has engaged with several businesses reporting employees testing positive for COVID-19.

To monitor and address the potential spread of the virus in Vernon facilities, the City issued a notice to businesses in early April 2020 to report the number of employees that have tested positive for COVID-19. The City's mandatory reporting requirement was a key factor for identifying facilities with COVID-19 clusters that may have otherwise gone undetected. The City has worked closely with effected businesses to ensure that CDC recommended guidelines were followed and appropriate mitigation measures were implemented.

The City of Vernon's Health Department, which has the requisite staff and expertise, will continue rigorous inspections for food safety operations under its jurisdiction, and the City will continue to support the USDA and Cal OSHA with employee safety and all other matters within their respective jurisdictions. The City is entirely invested in the health of our community and committed to continuing support for all of the businesses, agencies, and organizations involved in managing the global COVID-19 crisis on the local level.

The City of Vernon will continue to monitor and respond to COVID-19 positive cases and coordinate with other agencies to mitigate the spread of the virus.

COVID-19 Response
The City of Vernon its Department of Health and Environmental Control (HECD) continues its critical work to proactively protect public health during the pandemic of COVID-19. In support of federal, state, and local agencies and public health officials, the HECD disseminates information, provides phone consultation, and conducts site visits at facilities located in Vernon to ensure compliance with current COVID-19 guidelines, while working in close collaboration with other agencies including the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Cal OSHA and the USDA where necessary. To mitigate the potential for off-worksite community spread, the City launched a "Safe at Work & Safe at Home" public health education initiative. This effort leveraged community partnerships to encourage public health safety practices on-the-job while strongly urging Vernon workers to maintain those sound practices away from the job. To learn more about Vernon's COVID-19 response efforts in 2020, please take a look at our At-A-Glance Summary.

Pursuant to Los Angeles County Department of Public Health directives, 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 County Order, operating in the City of Vernon.

Please find below notices and COVID-19 related information provided be the Vernon Health & Environmental Department:
Limited Stay at Home Order dated November 19, 2020
Department of Public Health Press Release dated November 18, 2020
COVID-19 Update dated May 30, 2020

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

WHAT'S NEW

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

County: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/coronavirus/ 
State: https://covid19.ca.gov/ 
Federal: https://www.usa.gov/coronavirus 

COVID-19 TESTING AND VACCINATION

COVID-19 Vaccine
Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have been shown to be safe and very effective in large studies that involved a diverse mix of people. These vaccines prevented 95% of cases of COVID-19 disease. While the vaccine stops people from getting sick, however, it is not yet clear if it stops them from spreading COVID-19 to other people. It is also not yet known how long they will be immune. So, everyone must still wear a face covering, physically distance, and not gather.

The COVID-19 vaccine will be free for everyone and will be offered to different groups in phases. It is likely to be available to the general public in Spring 2021. Please talk to your doctor or sign up for email updates to find out when vaccine will be available to you.

The goal is for everyone to be able to get a COVID-19 vaccination easily as soon as large quantities of vaccine are available. While supplies are limited, vaccine is being offered to different groups of people at different times (or phases). Visit VaccinateLACounty.com to see which phase you are in, and when vaccines will be offered to each phase. You can also get updates by signing up for the Public Health COVID-19 vaccine email newsletter on the Los Angeles County Public Health website. Click here for more information.

Vernon Mobile Health Vaccinations
In partnership with LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis and state Senator Lena A. Gonzalez, Vernon has successfully implemented its COVID-19 mobile vaccination program. Vernon is pleased that it can take part in contributing to the safety and welfare of the community.

With initial plans to inoculate essential workers performing jobs in high-density work environments, vaccination efforts will ultimately be expanded to include Vernon residents in accordance with state eligibility guidelines.
Vernon Health and Environmental Control Department staff, in partnership with Stacy Medical Center staff, will utilize its newly acquired mobile health clinic to offer the COVID-19 vaccine to the community. The mobile health capability is an innovative, effective way to reach people that who need the vaccines and who otherwise would not have access to vaccinations in a timely manner. Vernon Health equipped its mobile clinic van with ultra-low temperature freezer capability needed to properly store COVID-19 vaccine doses and other medical provisions.
The City will ensure that the community remains informed as COVID-19 vaccination eligibility criteria is broadened to include a larger segment of the population.

Free COVID-19 Testing
Free testing is available across the County of Los Angeles at drive-up and walk-up testing sites. Testing still plays an important role in reducing the spread of COVID-19. Appointments are currently not needed; however, appointments can still be made and can help reduce wait times. Please view these FAQs to learn more about COVID-19 testing in Los Angeles County.

You should get tested if you:

  • Have symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Were asked by LA County Department of Public Health to get a test because of a contact tracing or outbreak investigation.
  • Were in "close contact" with someone who has COVID-19 in the past 2 weeks.
  • Work or live in places such as skilled nursing facilities, group homes, residential care facilities, correctional facilities or homeless shelters.
  • Are a person experiencing homelessness.
  • Are an essential worker with frequent contacts with the public in the following areas: health care, emergency, food and grocery services, factory workers in food and retail, public transportation, and education.
  • Don't have symptoms but believe you may be infected now because you were exposed to people who were sick, were around many people who were not wearing face coverings, and/or were not keeping safe distance in the past 2 weeks.


Eligibility for a COVID-19 test is not affected by:

  • Immigration status,
  • Health Insurance status,
  • Age, or
  • Underlying health issues.


Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis announced a new COVID-19 testing site in the City of Huntington Park that was launched in collaboration with Total Testing Solutions (located at 3268 Gage Ave. – 2.08 miles away). All on-site testing will be conducted by appointment only. The site will operate from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Friday.

For information on all available county testing sites and to schedule an appointment, please visit www.covid19.lacounty.gov/testing or dial 2-1-1, or call 323-238-3324.
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.

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.

CRITICAL DELIVERY SERVICE

The Los Angeles County Department of Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services (WDACS), announced a free delivery program for older adults and individuals with disabilities. This Countywide program, called Critical Delivery Service, will deliver groceries, household items, and other vital necessities to individuals who are unable to leave their homes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Items may be delivered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at no cost to the client. No application process is required; however, items must be pre-paid and ready for pickup. Deliveries may be scheduled by calling 1-888- 863-7411 between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Clients may utilize this service up to four times or 40 miles per month, whichever comes first.

FOOD ACCESS/GROCERY SUPPLIES

Meal and Grocery Delivery
Through a coordinated effort among City staff and the YMCA, pre-packaged meal delivery is now available to Vernon residents at no cost to residents. YMCA staff members will deliver to individual households in Vernon on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week until resources are depleted.
In addition to pre-packaged meal delivery, seniors/disabled residents in Vernon have access to fresh grocery delivery as well. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with questions, or to sign up for either delivery option.

Great Plates Delivered Program
LA County 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, while also stimulating the economy by bringing employees back to work from the restaurant, hospitality, and transportation industries. Individual participants may apply for 'Great Plates Delivered' by calling 2-1-1.

Individuals may qualify to receive meals if you:

  • Meet age requirements:
  • Are 65 or older; OR
  • Are 60-64 and have been diagnosed with or exposed to COVID-19 or are at high risk as defined by the CDC
  • Live alone or with one other program-eligible adult
  • Are not currently receiving assistance from other state or federal nutrition assistance programs, like CalFresh/SNAP or Meals on Wheels
  • Earn less than $74,940 (single) or $101,460 (two-person household)
  • Have difficulty accessing food resources or preparing your own meals
  • Live in unincorporated LA County or a city that does not have its own 'Great Plates Delivered' program

Additional information about the program is available at: https://wdacs.lacounty.gov/greatplates/.

Los Angeles Regional Food Bank
The LA Regional Food Bank mobilizes resources to help those in need of food assistance throughout Los Angeles County. If you are in need of food assistance, visit their pantry locator or dial 211.

Free Meals at LAUSD Grab & Go Food Centers
Los Angeles Unified, in partnership with the Red Cross, will continue to provide nutritious meals to all students who need them during the temporary closure of schools. Grab & Go Food Centers are open Monday through Friday from 7 am to 10 am. Two meals are provided per person. As of September 1st and until further notice, LA Unified students and their parents do NOT need to show a barcode in order to pick up meals.

Los Angeles Unified will continue to provide nutritious meals to students and community members who need them while students are learning in virtual classrooms. Anyone who arrives during open hours will be able to receive food.
Grab & Go Food Centers within 5 miles from Vernon are located at:

  • Linda Marquez Senior High School
    • 6361 Cottage St., Huntington Park 90255
  • Maywood Center for Enriched Studies (MaCES) Magnet
    • 5800 King Ave., Maywood 90270
  • Bell Senior High School
    • 4328 Bell Ave., Bell 90201
  • Gage Middle School
    • 2880 E. Gage Ave., Huntington Park 90253


    Additional food resource information is available at https://www.211la.org/food.

    Groceries
    Almost Anything Inc.
    (866) 692-6624
    www.almostanythinginc.com 
    Hours: Daily from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

    If you prefer that your groceries be delivered to your doorstep, Almost Anything Inc. offers a food and grocery delivery service. The company picks up your order from local shopping centers or supermarkets and delivers your order to your address. The company will soon launch an online ordering process using a mobile app. Visit www.almostanythinginc.com/aai-app for more information.

    HOUSING

    Protections are currently in place for renters in Los Angeles County affected by COVID-19. For more information, please visit https://dcba.lacounty.gov/noevictions/.

    City-Owned Housing
    Current City of Vernon lessees who experience a financial hardship as a result of COVID-19 should contact the City at (323) 826-3648.

    Housing at Vernon Village Park
    Tenants who have been financially affected by COVID-19, should contact the property management office. Management will work with residents to arrange Promise to Pay Agreements.

    Los Angeles County Rent Relief Program
    The 2021 Rent Relief Program is still under development. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved changes to the LA County COVID-19 Rent Relief program on January 5, 2021 to allow more flexibility to assist renters through December 31, 2021, who have already applied and qualified for the LA County COVID-19 Rent Relief Program. For more information, please visit https://wwwa.lacda.org/programs/rent-relief.

    Property Tax
    Individuals who were unable to pay on time for COVID-19 related reasons can submit a penalty cancellation request online at the website www. ttc.lacounty.gov.

    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.

    TRANSPORTATION

    LA Metro
    LA 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.

    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. To reduce touchpoints and conserve critical cleaning supplies and staffing resources, select subway stations are also closed.

    Pentagon Rides
    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 continue to act in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020, lawmakers passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The FFCRA established paid sick leave for affected workers, additional unemployment provisions, free testing, and other health and welfare components. Also passed was the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act. Enacted on March 27, 2020 the policy was designed to provide economic stimulus and relief to employers and individuals that are dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic consequences. The CARES Act has been extended through the end of 2021.

    To learn more about the federal measures enacted to combat the effects of COVID-19, please visit https://www.usa.gov/coronavirus.

    State Response
    Not unlike federal lawmakers, the State of California has been active in its efforts to implement policy that will mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 on the general public.

    Most recently, legislative leaders approved a $7.6-billion COVID-19 economic relief package. The pandemic assistance plan also includes more than $2.1 billion in grants and fee waivers for small businesses. Those companies can soon apply for the grants, followed by an approval process that state officials estimate would take 45 days.

    You may visit https://covid19.ca.gov/get-financial-help/ for more information on how state COVID-19 programs may assist you.

    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 https://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.

    DMV
    With DMV offices serving a limited number of customers, providing services online is crucial. From renewing vehicle registration to requesting a temporary driver license extension, or driver license renewal (and much more), the DMV is continually adding new online services.

    REAL ID applications no longer need an appointment. Simply gather your documents, fill out your application, upload your documents, get your confirmation, and walk-in to a DMV office.

    Updates on DMV's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the latest press releases and announcements about relief efforts such as; driver license extensions, office openings, drive tests, and appointments can be found by visiting https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/.

    INFORMATION FOR VERNON BUSINESSES

    Los Angeles 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 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 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 is struggling to keep your doors open, or a worker who is uncertain about your next paycheck, the LA County Disaster Help Center is available for immediate assistance. You can reach it by:

    • Phone: (833) 238-4450
    • Online: LACountyHelpCenter.org
    • E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
    • Social media: @LACHelpCenter on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram

    Access Letter
    While recent COVID-19 related orders from the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health and the State of California call for the closure of many retail and commercial establishments and direct the public to remain at home when possible, 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.

    EPA Guidance
    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.

    Wastewater Fee Rebate
    The Sanitation Districts have created a rebate program to aid businesses facing financial challenges due to the COVID-19 stay-at-home orders. This program provides a simplified way for commercial users/properties with reduced wastewater discharges to potentially receive a reduction in their wastewater service charge for the period of March 20 to June 30, 2020. For more details about the program visit: www.lacsd.org/covidrebate or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

    Inclusive Action for the City
    The Vernon CommUNITY Fund Grant Committee recently approved a grant for Inclusive Action for the City, a non-profit organization comprised of urban planners, entrepreneurs and civic leaders in research and community action focused on improving economic conditions in the southeast region. In response to current circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, Inclusive Action has established an emergency relief program to provide funding support to small businesses in and around the City of Vernon. Inclusive Action is able to focus on Vernon's small business owners to assist them in recovery from the economic impacts of the COVID-19 shut down of their establishments. They will recruit and interview qualified business owners, provide technical assistance and coaching in applying for loans and grants to regenerate their businesses and assist with financial management. For more details about the program contact Maribel Garcia at (424) 218-9204 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

    SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program
    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.

    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 will 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. .

    Business Taxes
    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.

    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.

    Safely Making California
    A partnership between the California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA), Autodesk, and the State of California has created the "Safely Making California" marketplace to help fill a critical gap for all sectors during the COVID 19 pandemic. For more information access: https://www.safelymakingca.org/.

    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. Conduct a wellness check on older family, friends, and neighbors. Call, text, or speak to them through their door. Learn more about ways you can help during the COVID-19 emergency at: www.covid19.lacounty.gov/covid19/how-you-can-help/ or https://californiavolunteers.ca.gov/get-involved/covid-19/.

    ADDITIONAL INFO & LINKS

    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:

    Limited Stay at Home Order dated November 19, 2020
    Department of Public Health Press Release dated November 18, 2020
    Los Angeles County Food Guide

    Roadmap to Recovery PowerPoint
    At-Home Learning
    Guidance for Social Distancing
    Use of Cloth Face Coverings
    Critical Delivery Service
    Safer-at-Home What it Means for Me
    DCBA-Coronavirus-FAQs-3.10.20
    http://www.lacounty.covid19.gov/dashboards 
    http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/ 
    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html 
    https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public 
    https://roybal-allard.house.gov/coronavirus/ 
    DCBA Emergency Resources for Small Business
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    https://covid19.ca.gov/business-and-employers/ 
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    Executive Order N-37-20
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