Coronavirus Information

COVID Emergency Info

Malibu City Hall and the Senior Center are closed. Malibu City Parks opened May 15 for limited use with physical distancing requirements and safety guidelines. The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was activated on March 13, and essential City staff, including the Emergency Operations Team, are still working. While City Hall is closed, staff is answering the City’s main phone line (310-456-2489) Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Residents wishing to contact staff may do so using the following departmental extensions or emails:

Thank you for your patience – we will respond as quickly as possible. 

CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19 UPDATES

November 22 - Public Health to Modify Health Officer Order to Restrict Dining at Restaurants, Breweries, Wineries and Bars

As new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to increase, Los Angeles County announced that the Health Officer Order will be modified to restrict dining at restaurants, breweries, wineries, and bars effective Wednesday, November 25 at 10:00 PM. To reduce the possibility for crowding and the potential for exposures in settings where people are not wearing their face coverings, restaurants, breweries, wineries, and bars will only be able to offer take-out, drive thru, and delivery services. Wineries and breweries may continue their retail operations adhering to current protocols. In-person dining will not be allowed, at minimum, for the next three weeks. Read the full County news release.

NOVEMBER 20 – REVISED COUNTY ORDER UPDATES RESTRICTIONS TO CURB SPREAD OF COVID-19

Effective Friday, November 20, the Los Angeles County Revised Health Officer Order tightens restrictions due to a surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations: 

  • Private outdoor gatherings limited to up to 15 persons from no more than three different households, including the host's household
  • Outdoor restaurants, breweries, and wineries are limited to 50% maximum outdoor capacity, and must close from 10:00 PM to 6:00 AM except for delivery, drive-thru, or carry-out food service
  • Cardrooms, mini-golf, go-karts, and batting cages - outdoor operations only at 50% maximum outdoor capacity
  • Non-essential businesses permitted to operate indoors, including retail stores, offices, personal care services - occupancy limited to 25% maximum capacity
  • Personal care services may only be provided by appointment and only if both customers and staff wear face coverings (Services that require customer or staff to remove face covering, such as facials and shaves, are not permitted)
  • Food and drinks cannot be served at any of these businesses

November 19 - State Issues Limited Stay At Home Order Imposing Curfew From 10PM to 5AM effective Nov 21 - Dec 21

The State Public Health Officer issued a new Limited Stay at Home Order for counties under Tier One (Purple) of California's Blueprint for a Safer Economy, requiring that all gatherings with members of other households and all activities conducted with members of other households cease between 10:00 PM and 5:00 AM. The new order is in effect from November 21 through December 21, and may be extended or revised as needed.

October 23 - Revised County order for outdoor entertainment & indoor personal care, in-school education, wineries & breweries

On October 23, a Revised LA County Health Officer Order was issued to allow some outdoor entertainment centers and indoor personal care establishments to reopen with protocols, increased the percentage of high needs students allows on K-12 campuses from 10% to 25%, allowed schools with approved waiver applications to conduct classroom instruction, and clarified permitted food services at indoor malls and shopping centers. 

Revised protocols for Outdoor Operations at Wineries and Breweries were also issued.

October 14 - County Revised Order for Private Gatherings

A Revised Los Angeles County Health Officer Order was issued to align with the State's revised order of October 9 that allows small, private gatherings provided certain protocols are met:

  • Gathering of individuals from no more than three households
  • Must be held outdoors
  • Should be short duration (two hours or less)
  • All attendees must wear face coverings when not eating or drinking, and seating should allow for physical distancing between households
  • No shared food - provide only in  in single, separate servings
  • Future gatherings should only include members of the same three households

The Revised Order does not apply to institutional or commercial housing, such as hotels, dorms, sororities, fraternities, etc., and large public events or large gatherings are still prohibited by the County order, even if held outdoors. Anyone who has been exposed or was likely to have been exposed (e.g., attended other public gatherings, celebrations or protests), has symptoms, or is at high risk, should not attend.

October 2 - City parks reopen Monday, October 5

Playgrounds at City parks will reopen on Monday, October 5, with COVID-19 safety protocols in place, including: 

  • Six feet physical distancing at all times 
  • Face coverings are required at all times for all visitors two years of age and older 
  • Limit playground visit to 30 minutes
  • Wash or sanitize hands before and after each playground visit 
  • Eating and drinking are prohibited

 Visit MalibuCity.org/Parks for more information.

September 9 - Guidance for Upcoming Holidays

LA County Department of Public Health provides guidance and FAQ documents for upcoming Jewish High Holidays and Halloween.

September 9 - COUNTY & CITY Leaders LAUNCH SafePass contact tracing App

Representatives from LA County and the Cities of Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Pasadena announced a new partnership with SafePass, a mobile app from technology developer Citizen, that provides contact tracing capabilities for individuals throughout Los Angeles County. 

SafePass complements existing local COVID-19 response efforts by allowing users to self-report their symptoms and receive notifications and alerts directly from the County Department of Public Health. All contact tracing data is anonymous, private, encrypted, and deleted after 30 days. 

Any users who have meaningful contact with another user who later tests positive for COVID-19 will receive a notification to get tested. For more information or to download the app, visit Citizen.com/SafePass.

September 2 - Revised County Order allows reopening of barbershops & hair salons, in-person instruction for subset of K-12 students

The latest LA County Health Officer Order Revision allows barbershops and hair salons to reopen indoor operations at 25% capacity. The Revised Order also includes a provision for providing specialized support to a certain subset of K-12 students for in-person instruction.

August 31, 2020 - Governor Signs Statewide COVID-19 Tenant & Landlord Protection Legislation

Governor Newsom announced he signed AB 3088, legislation that extends eviction protection to renters to February 1, 2021, and extends anti-foreclosure protections in the Homeowner Bill of Rights to small landlords.

August 20, 2020 - State announces new tiered framework for potential County reopening status 

On Friday, August 20, the State announced a new tiered framework to communicate the extent of community transmission in counties across the state and guide sector reopening decisions. LA County is currently in Tier 1 (purple), indicating widespread transmission of the virus.

JULY 13, 2020 - STATE ANNOUNCES CLOSURES OF CERTAIN BUSINESSES AND COMMUNITY SECTORS; COUNTY WILL ISSUE REVISED HEALTH ORDER TO COMPLY WITH STATE CLOSURES; LA County Superintendent of SCHOOLS provides update on protocols for reopening of schools 

Governor Newsom announced today that effective immediately, California is closing some indoor business operations statewide, including restaurants, bars and breweries, wineries & tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos and museums, and cardrooms. 

In addition, counties on the Monitoring List for three consecutive days, which includes Los Angeles County, must also close indoor operations at fitness centers, places of worship, indoor protests, offices for non-critical infrastructure sectors, personal care services, hair salons and barbershops, and malls, unless they can be modified to operate outside or by pick-up.

View additional details at COVID19.ca.gov and specifics for Counties on the Watch List at COVID19.ca.gov/roadmap-counties

:LA County Public Health officials stated a modified Public Health Officer Order would be issued to comply with the State’s closures.

Los Angeles County Superintendent of Schools Debra Duardo announced reopening protocols have been developed with guidance from County Public Health with the goal of bringing students back to school only when it is as safe as possible. She also explained that schools and school families must be prepared for plans potentially needing to change in response changing conditions of the pandemic. The new comprehensive guideline for reopening was developed by the LA County Task Force of Superintendents from the County’s 80 districts to fit the needs of the County’s diverse communities and will soon be available on the Los Angeles County Public Health website.

July 11, 2020 - City closes Bluffs Park & Temporary Skate Park

Due to current COVID-19 conditions, and to protect the health and safety of visitors and City staff, Malibu Bluffs Park and the Temporary Skate Park will temporarily close effective immediately.

JULY 1, 2020 - Revised County of Los Angeles Health Officer Order Requires Closure of Indoor On-Site Dining and Other Indoor Activities -

In response to sharp increases in COVID-19 cases, deaths and hospitalizations in Los Angeles County, the Los Angeles County Health Officer Order was modified today to align with California Governor Gavin Newsom’s directives and require the closure of: indoor, in-person dining at restaurants, indoor museums, indoor children’s museums, and indoor operations at zoos and aquariums, cardrooms, and satellite wagering facilities. For more information, see the press release.

UPDATE 6/29/2020 - county orders full closure of all beaches, beach parking lots, bike paths, piers and accessways countywide from Friday, July 3, 12:01 AM through Monday, July 6, 5:00 AM

A new Los  Angeles County Public Health Officer Order issued June 29 orders the full closure of all beaches, beach parking lots, bike paths, piers, and accessways countywide, including Malibu, effective July 3 through Monday, July 6 at 5:00 AM to prevent crowding over the holiday and slow the spread of COVID-19. Surfing, walking, jogging, kayaking, paddle-boarding or any other recreational activities or gatherings are prohibited at any State or County beach. The revised order also prohibits all private and public fireworks countywide, until further notice. The order comes amidst heightened concerns about the sharp countywide increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, key metrics that inform the State and County recovery roadmaps after recent re-openings.

Malibu City Manager Reva Feldman coordinated with the Sheriff’s Department, Department of Public Health, County Beaches and Harbors, and State Parks to close beach lots, and ramp up Sheriff’s and VOP patrols on PCH and canyon roads for traffic and parking enforcement to keep Malibu safe over the holiday weekend. Temporary no-parking restrictions and signs are going up at key beach locations along PCH. The Sheriff’s Department’s Summer Beach Team will patrol beaches throughout the weekend and late into evenings.

UPDATE 6/29/2020 - county of la orders bars in Los Angeles County, including all of Malibu, to close effective June 29, in response to sharp increases in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations 

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reported 20 new deaths and 2,542 new cases of confirmed COVID-19 in Los Angeles County. The County announced that it will heed the directive from Gavin Newsom California Governor to close bars.

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

For more information, see the County press release at: http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/phcommon/public/media/mediapubhpdetail.cfm?prid=2471

Update 6/18/2020 - LA County Announces Nail Salons, Spas, Tattoo Shops, Casinos, Bars & Wineries Reopening with Safeguards

Today, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health  announced the modified Health Officer Order 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 today.

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. 

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.

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.

Update 6/17/2020 - City Implements Online & Digital Tools to access City Hall services. Commission meetings to resume in July via video conference

The City is implementing new digital and online services in order to make it easier and safer for residents to access City Hall services during the ongoing pandemic, including an online scheduling system for in-person appointments, physical distancing measures, such as Plexiglas shields, rigorous sanitation procedures, and limitations on the number of staff and public that can be inside City Hall at one time, to protect the health and safety of the public and staff. 

View details of services provided and instructions for making appointments with City staff.

CITY COMMISSION MEETINGS RESUME VIA VIDEO CONFERENCE IN JULY

Effective July 1, the City will resume all commission meetings virtually. The Cultural Arts Commission, Parks and Recreation Commission, Public Safety Commission and Public Works Commission will meet via video conference on their regularly scheduled meeting days starting July 1, 2020. Meeting agendas, staff reports, and viewing and participation instructions are posted in the City Virtual Meetings webpage. Any newly scheduled meetings will be properly noticed and announced in the website Agenda Center, e-notifications, social media,and Nextdoor. Sign up to automatically receive an email and/or text when an agenda is posted by subscribing at MalibuCity.org/news and select the commission(s) of interest to you.

UPDATE 6/16/2020 - County Provides Updated Reopening Protocols for Beaches & Businesses

As of June 11, LA County now allows beach chairs, canopies, and coolers on the beach, in addition to previously permitted outdoor recreation activities including: walking, running, cycling, swimming, and surfing. Summer beach and surf camps are now allowed to open. Athletic camps and organized sports, such as volleyball, remain prohibited. View a list of approved beach activities and the County Dept of Beaches & Harbors frequently asked questions (FAQ) for beach visitors.

Update 6/12/2020 - County announces further reopenings, including day camps, gyms & fitness centers, spectator-free professional sports, museums, campgrounds, and entertainment production

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced a Revised Health Officer Order, in effect countywide, including Malibu, with re-opening the following sectors as of June 12:

  • Music, film, and television production
  • Day camps
  • Fitness facilities and gyms
  • Museums, galleries, botanical gardens, zoos, aquariums, and other similar exhibition spaces
  • Professional sports without spectators
  • Campgrounds, RV parks, and associated outdoor activities
  • Hotels, motels, shared rental units, and similar facilities for tourism and individual travel

View a detailed list of what is open and closed in LA County.

UPDATE 5/29/2020 - COUNTY ANNOUNCES HAIR SALONS, BARBERSHOPS AND IN-PERSON DINING MAY REOPEN IMMEDIATELY WITH SAFEGUARDS IN PLACE

LA County officials announced an updated Health Order was issued on May 29 that hair salons and barbershops can reopen, and in-person dining in restaurants can resume immediately with safeguards in place as Los Angeles County moves forward on the Roadmap to Recovery.

The State of California on May 29 approved the County’s request for a variance to State guidelines because the County has met the necessary public health thresholds to safely allow critical sectors of the economy and community to begin serving residents.

Clients and staff at restaurants, hair salons and barbershops will have to follow specific protocols to prevent further spread of the virus, including:

Hair Salons and 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 ear loops 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.

View detailed protocols for hair salons and barbershops..

In-Person Dining in Restaurants

  • 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.
  • 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.

View detailed protocols for restaurants.. 

Services and activities that currently remain closed are: 

  • Nail salons
  • Spa services, including massage, facials, and waxing
  • Gyms and fitness centers
  • Beach piers
  • Indoor entertainment venues, including arcades, bowling alleys, movie theaters, live performance theaters, concert halls, stadiums, arenas, theme parks, gaming facilities and festivals
  • Indoor museums, galleries and zoos

View the latest list of what’s open and closed in LA County

UPDATE 5/27, 2:00 PM – LA County Revises COVID-19 Order to Allow More Activities. City Will Move from Daily Messaging to Updates as-Needed. Message from SMMUSD Superintendent About Fall 2020 Plans.

LA COUNTY REVISES COVID-19 ORDER TO ALLOW MORE ACTIVITIES
In a major step toward its pledged transition from “Safer at Home” to “Safer at Work and Safer in our Communities,” the County of Los Angeles issued a new Health Order on May 26 to more closely align the County with the latest State of California guidelines. 

The Revised Order, which supersedes the Health Officer’s prior Orders, continues to encourage all County residents to remain in their residences whenever practicable. 

The Revised Order now permits the following businesses or activities to reopen in addition to those essential businesses and activities opened under previous Health Officer Orders:

  • In-person faith-based services with the number of congregants limited to 25% of the building’s capacity or a maximum of 100 people, whichever is lower
  • All retail, including those located in indoor and outdoor retail shopping centers, limited to 50% capacity
  • Flea markets, swap meets and drive-in movie theaters
  • Pools, hot tubs and saunas in multi-unit residences or part of a homeowners association
  • In-person public protests, provided that attendance is limited to 25% of the area’s maximum occupancy, or a maximum of 100 attendees, whichever is lower

The updated Order allows people to take part in all permitted activities while continuing to practice physical distancing of at least six feet at all times and wear a cloth face covering when in contact with others.

Additionally, people 65 years old or older and anyone with underlying health conditions should continue to remain in their residences as much as possible, leaving their residences only when necessary to seek medical care, exercise, or obtain food or other necessities. Workers who can telework should continue to do so as much as possible.

THE CITY WILL MOVE FROM DAILY MESSAGING TO MESSAGING AS-NEEDED
The City is committed to providing timely, important information to ensure the health and safety of the Malibu community, especially during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As new information is less frequent and readily available through other sources, it is no longer necessary to send daily COVID-19 e-notifications. Starting Thursday, May 28, information about the COVID-19 crisis response and resources for the community will be posted as-needed using social media, this webpage (www.MalibuCity.org/coronavirus), Nextdoor and the COVID-19 E-notification list. The City will put out emergency alerts when necessary if new incidents occur.

SUPERINTENDENT’S MESSAGE TO SMMUSD PARENTS ABOUT FALL 2020
Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) Superintendent Dr. Ben Drati sent a message to parents about the District’s plans for the school year starting this fall.

UPDATE 5/26 – Virtual City Council meeting tonight, May 26 at 6:30 PM. Planning Commission virtual meeting Monday, June 1. Detailed instructions on viewing & making public comment during City public meetings. Woolsey Fire home rebuilding efforts continue, another rebuild complete. 

VIRTUAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING TONIGHT 6:30 PM
The Malibu City Council will hold a virtual Council meeting on Tuesday, May 26, 6:30 PM using Zoom video conferencing. (The City Council will hold a closed session at 4:30 PM). The agenda and detailed instructions for viewing, participating and making public comment are listed at MalibuCity.org/VirtualMeeting. All of the virtual City Council meetings can be viewed later on-demand on the City’s YouTube channel. Written comments may be submitted to the City Council by email to CityCouncil@malibucity.org before the meeting begins.

TO SIGN UP TO SPEAK DURING A MEETING:

  • Click on the "Sign Up To Speak" tab in the Virtual Meeting page
  • Scroll down to the list of meetings and click on the MICROPHONE ICON to the right of the meeting during which you want to speak.
  • Check the item(s) on which you would like to speak.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the list of items and click NEXT.
  • Select your position: For | Against | No Position. Click NEXT.
  • ENTER YOUR NAME AS IT APPEARS IN YOUR ZOOM ACCOUNT.
  • Click SUBMIT.

After you have signed up to speak and before the item(s) you signed up to speak on is taken up, you will need to join the Zoom conference:

  • Click on the “Watch the Meeting” tab below (on the Virtual Meeting page) and click on the large blue ZOOM BUTTON.
  • If you would like to learn how to use Zoom before the meeting, visit the Zoom Video Tutorials page.
  • If you would like to stream the live meeting or join the live Zoom conference, click the "Watch the Meeting" tab below in the Virtual Meeting page.

Anyone experiencing difficulty connecting to the live Zoom meeting may contact Parker Davis, Media Technician, at 424-395-6433 for assistance.

View the full City update.

UPDATE 5/22, 3:00 PM – County Announces Opening of Bike Paths, Curbside Pickup at Indoor Malls, and Car Parades. Rules for Safe Beach Use. Zuma & Surfrider Parking Lots Open at Limited Capacity. State Launches Campaign for COVID-19 Tracing. County briefings change to M-W-F after Memorial Day.

COUNTY ANNOUNCES NEW OPENING OF BEACH BIKE PATHS, CURBSIDE PICKUP AT INDOOR MALLS, AND PERMISSION FOR CAR PARADES
Los Angeles County announced today three new openings in advance of the holiday weekend, allowing increased outdoor and retail activities for residents:

  • Beaches: Beach bike paths are now open. Beach bathrooms remain open, and beach parking lots at Dockweiler State Beach, Will Rogers State Beach, Zuma Beach, and Malibu Surfrider Beach will be open at partial capacity.
  • Indoor Malls: Retailers located within indoor malls may take orders and deliver goods to the public outside of the mall from marked locations. 
  • Car Parades: Car parades with a designated organizational host will be allowed to celebrate graduations, birthdays, and other special days and achievements. 

View full details in the County press release

BEACHGOERS REMINDED OF RULES FOR SAFE BEACH USE – SUMMER BEACH PATROL ON DUTY
As residents and visitors consider visiting local beaches as part of their Memorial Day weekend activities, the City reminds everyone of safety rules in place to help prevent further spread of the coronavirus. The Sheriff’s Department Summer Beach Patrol begins this weekend with additional deputies on duty over the holiday weekend. The City has also contracted with CHP to provide additional traffic control throughout the holiday weekend. Beach Team deployments will be staggered to have deputies on the beach from 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM Saturday through Monday. While health orders are still in effect, deputies will be on hand to educate the public and ask for their cooperation in following current beach rules

ZUMA & SURFRIDER PARKING LOTS OPENED AT LIMITED CAPACITY & ACCESSWAYS UNLOCKED
LA County Department of Beaches and Harbors announced the opening of parking lots for limited capacity at select beaches throughout the County, including Zuma Beach and Surfrider Beach in Malibu. County disaster service workers will be at the lots to advise beach patrons of the COVID-19 related rules. In addition, County-operated beach accessways throughout the City will be unlocked during posted hours to allow easier public access to beaches.

STATE LAUNCHES “CALIFORNIA CONNECTED” CAMPAIGN ON CONTACT TRACING
Governor Newsom announced today the launch of California Connected, the state’s comprehensive contact tracing program and public awareness campaign. As part of California Connected, trained public health workers – identified on caller ID as the “CA COVID Team” – will call, text and email individuals who test positive for COVID-19 and work with them, as well as others with whom they have been in close contact, to ensure they have access to confidential testing and medical care services. All information will be confidential and strictly used to help prevent further spread of the virus.

COUNTY BRIEFINGS CHANGING TO MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY AFTER MEMORIAL DAY
Daily briefings from the County of Los Angeles will change next week to three days a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Briefings are regularly scheduled to begin at 1:00 PM, and are broadcast on many local TV news stations and on the County Facebook page

UPDATE 5/21, 2:00 PM – Video: Supervisor Kuehl Shares Rules For Safe Beach Use. USC/LADPH Antibody Study Results. Mental Health Awareness Month: CA Surgeon General’s Guides To Managing Stress During COVID-19.

VIDEO: COUNTY SUPERVISOR KUEHL’S RULES FOR SAFE BEACH USE
LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl shared a video with “Kuehl’s Rules for the Beach” to help all beach visitors, in LA County and beyond, safely and responsibly visit the beaches since they were opened on May 13 under the revised County Order. Watch it and share it:

  • REQUIRED: Wear a face covering when not in the water, when on the sand and near or passing by others; maintain at least six feet of physical distance with anyone outside your household
  • ALLOWED: Individual or family ocean activities (surfing, swimming, kayaking, paddleboarding, body surfing), individual or family active recreation and exercise (walking, running)
  • NOT ALLOWED: Umbrellas, chairs, coolers, picnics and group or organized sports, biking, gatherings or events and fishing
  • RESTROOMS: Most beach restrooms are open, but due to COVID-19 precautions, they must be cleaned more frequently, so some restrooms may be temporarily unavailable or closed.

All beachgoers are urged to adhere to the guidelines and be mindful of the community to help slow the spread of coronavirus and keep our coast safe for all, so the County can keep the beaches open. View a complete list of beach rules.

USC/LA COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH STUDY RESULTS ON INFECTION RATES
The results of a recent COVID-19 antibody study by USC/LA County Public Health were released on May 20. The results show that the coronavirus infection rate is higher and the death rate lower than previously thought, which supports the needs to continue safe practices and increase testing in LA County. The County also announced plans for continuing the study: increase the number of people tested; follow the same individuals over time and test them repetitively to show if they get re-infected or if there are changes in their antibody levels;  and conduct additional surveys in nursing home populations, children, first responders and low-income communities.

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH: CA SURGEON GENERAL OFFERS NEW GUIDES FOR MANAGING STRESS DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC
While we all stay Safer At Home to slow the spread of the #coronavirus and protect our seniors and vulnerable people, we know many people are suffering from secondary mental health impacts of the pandemic, including anxiety, trauma, stress, depression and isolation. The California Surgeon General has released Playbooks for Stress Relief During COVID-19. There are multiple versions in different languages, and for adults, as well as for caregivers and kids.

UPDATE 5/20, 2:00 PM – City video for safe visits to Malibu’s parks. County overview of Roadmap to Recovery. Join the #TeamNAMIComfortAtHome challenge during Mental Health Awareness Month. Detailed County rules and FAQs for beachgoer safety.

MALIBU COMMUNITY SERVICES VIDEO EXPLAINS HOW TO SAFELY VISIT RECENTLY OPENED CITY PARKS
The City of Malibu is excited to announce the reopening of Malibu Bluffs Park, Legacy Park, Las Flores Creek Park, Trancas Canyon Park and Dog Park, and Malibu Equestrian Park to the public. To ensure that the phased reopening is done in a safe and responsible manner, we need your help to prevent the spread of COVID-19, so the Community Services Department staff produced a helpful video with park safety guidelines

COUNTY PROVIDES UPDATED OVERVIEW OF THE ROADMAP TO RECOVERY
The County’s COVID-19 Roadmap to Recovery is a guide for gradually and safely reopening services, businesses and public access throughout the County. The LA County Department of Public Health has provided an overview (updated as of May 20) outlining what businesses and the public must do to help prevent a surge in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. The overview includes questions and answers about services that specific types of businesses may offer, and what activities you and your family can safely enjoy as the County moves ahead.

MENTAL HEALTH MONTH – SHARE HOW YOUR FAMILY IS TAKING CARE AT HOME
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and we can inspire one another with images of what we are doing to stay comforted at home. Join the #TeamNAMIComfortAtHome Challenge by sharing photos that show what you and your family are doing to take care of your well-being, de-stress, or just unplug from the news for a while. Making someone smile goes a long way to help them stay mentally healthy.

COUNTY POSTS RULES AND FAQS FOR SAFE BEACH USE
The LA County Department of Beaches and Harbors published a fact sheet and frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the rules beachgoers must follow under the revised LA County Order that opened the beaches in the County for active recreation as of May 13. All beachgoers must wear a face covering when on the sand and near others, and must maintain at least six feet of physical distance between themselves and people outside their household. Face coverings are not required when in the water.

  • ALLOWED: Individual or family ocean activities (surfing, swimming, kayaking, paddleboarding, body surfing), individual or family active recreation and exercise (walking, running).
  • NOT ALLOWED: Sitting, laying, sunbathing, umbrellas, chairs, coolers, picnics and group or organized sports, biking, gatherings or events and fishing.
  • RESTROOMS: Most beach restrooms are open, but due to COVID-19 precautions, they must be cleaned more frequently, so some restrooms may be temporarily unavailable or closed.   

All beachgoers are urged to adhere to the guidelines and be mindful of the community to help slow the spread of coronavirus and keep our coast safe for all, so the County can keep the beaches open. View the complete list of Beach Rules and FAQs on the Beaches and Harbors website.

UPDATE 5/19, 2:00 PM – County posts detailed rules & FAQs for safe use of beaches after May 13 opening. FDA approves at-home sample collection kit for COVID-19 tests. Take the 2020 Census to make sure Malibu gets counted.

COUNTY POSTS RULES AND FAQ FOR BEACH USE
LA County Department of Beaches and Harbors published a fact sheet and frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the rules that beachgoers must follow under the revised LA County Order that opened the beaches in the County for active recreation on May 13. All beachgoers must wear a face covering when on the sand and nearby others, and must maintain at least six feet of physical distance between themselves and people outside their household. Face coverings are not required when in the water. All beachgoers are urged to adhere to the guidelines and be mindful of the community to help slow the spread of coronavirus and keep our coast safe for all so that the County can keep the beaches open.

FDA APPROVES HOME SAMPLE COLLECTION KITS FOR COVID-19 TESTS
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized an at-home sample collection kit that can then be sent to specified laboratories for COVID-19 diagnostic testing. Specifically, the FDA issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) to Everlywell, Inc. for the Everlywell COVID-19 Test Home Collection Kit. Everlywell’s kit is authorized to be used by individuals at home who have been screened using an online questionnaire that is reviewed by a health care provider. This allows an individual to self-collect a nasal sample at home. The FDA has also authorized two COVID-19 diagnostic tests, performed at specific laboratories, for use with samples collected at home using the kit. The kit and associated tests are available by prescription only.

TAKE THE 2020 CENSUS TO MAKE SURE MALIBU GETS COUNTED
Malibu still has a very low response rate on the 2020 US Census. As of May 17, Malibu had a 34.4% response rate, compared with Los Angeles County at 55.9%, California at 60.7% and the US nationwide at 59.6%. While staying safe at home, it is a great time to take the Census and make sure Malibu gets counted. The US Census is crucial for determining our community’s allocation of federal and state funds for public safety, roads, federal stimulus and other vital resources, and our representation in the federal government. You can easily complete the Census online at 2020Census.gov or by phone at 844-330-2020 (844-468-2020 for Spanish). 

UPDATE 5/18, 2:00 PM – County offers free Wifi locator to address digital divide. New County Dashboards. Letter from SMMUSD Superintendent.  

TOOLS TO BRIDGE THE DIGITAL DIVIDE
The County now offers a new resource to help residents access free WiFi spots throughout the County to address the “digital divide.” The ability to access the Internet has become a critical necessity during the COVID-19 pandemic, and there are huge inequities in access across the County. The new Internet Locator website is part of a larger mission to expand digital connectivity, literacy, and access across LA County. The map will show: 

  • Your school district and its website, with any available information about Internet access for students
  • County Library or park within three miles that provides free public WiFi
  • Residential and commercial broadband Internet and cellular Internet providers serving your location. 

An LA County Library Card is required to login to the public library WiFi. If you do not have a card, visit  LACountyLibrary.org/Library-Cards.

NEW COUNTY COVID-19 DASHBOARDS
The County’s newest GIS tools and dashboards have information mapped from LA County’s Departments of Public Health, Health Services, Parks and Recreation, the Office of Education, and the Office of Emergency Management::

  • 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
  • School and school district closures
  • Food Resources Hub
  • Elder Nutrition Program sites
  • Local emergency proclamations for Los Angeles County
  • Sites providing meals to students during temporary school closures
  • Parks, Beaches, and Trails Closures and Ongoing Programs. 

SMMUSD SHARES SUMMER SCHOOL PLANS
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) Superintendent Dr. Ben Drati sent a message to parents on Sunday, May 17 with an overview of SMMUSD’s summer school plans for elementary, middle and high school students. View all SMMUSD messages to parents

UPDATE 5/15, 2:00 PM –  City parks open today. County requires use of face coverings while outdoors. Emergency aid for renters.

CITY PARKS OPEN AS OF FRIDAY, MAY 15, 12 PM WITH HEALTH & SAFETY MEASURES IN PLACE
The City opened its City Parks for public use starting on Friday, May 15 at 12:00 PM with physical distancing requirements and safety guidelines in place to protect the health and safety of the community and slow the spread of the coronavirus. Malibu Bluffs Park, Legacy Park, Las Flores Creek Park, Trancas Canyon Park and Dog Park, and the Malibu Equestrian Park are open.

Playgrounds, gathering areas, athletic fields, athletic facilities, and indoor facilities remain closed. Visitors should carry cloth face coverings, hand sanitizer, water, and sunscreen. Portable restrooms are available at Malibu Bluffs Park and Trancas Canyon Park only. For more information, call the Malibu Community Services Department at 310-317-1364. 

OS ANGELES COUNTY REQUIRES THE USE OF FACE COVERINGS OUTDOORS
In a continuing effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus, the Los Angeles County Public Health Department announced in its Revised Safer At Home Order on May 14 that residents must cover their faces whenever there is or can be contact with others who are non-household members in both public and private settings.

EMERGENCY AID TO RENTERS & MOM-AND-POP LANDLORDS – CORRECTION
Renters within unincorporated LA County interested in applying for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program, shared in yesterday’s COVID-19 Update, may 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. Visit LACDA.org/Programs/Rent-Relief for eligibility requirements. Program applications must be received by May 31, 2020. For additional information for both renters and landlords, visit LACDA.org/Programs.

Update 5/15, 9:00 AM - City of Malibu Limited Reopening of City Parks

Beginning at 12:00 PM on Friday, May 15, the City of Malibu will reopen the following parks to the public with social distancing requirements and safety guidelines:

  • Malibu Bluffs Park
  • Legacy Park
  • Las Flores Creek Park
  • Trancas Canyon Park and Dog Park
  • Malibu Equestrian Park

Playgrounds, gathering areas, athletic fields, athletic facilities, and indoor facilities remain closed.

Please make sure to plan your visit accordingly and remember to pack face coverings, hand sanitizer, water and sunscreen. Portable restrooms are available at Malibu Bluffs Park and Trancas Canyon Park ONLY.

Patrons are asked to adhere to the following safety guidelines and social distancing requirements when utilizing parks:

  • Do not enter the park if you are feeling sick or have a fever
  • Maintain physical distancing of at least six feet at all times
  • The use of face coverings is strongly recommended
  • Do not gather in groups of 10 or more
  • No group or team athletics are permitted
  • Head outdoors with members of your household only

UPDATE 5/14, 2:00 PM –  County to allow tennis courts, equestrian centers & other amenities to open May 15, with safety protocols. County protocols for additional businesses permitted to reopen as of May 13. Clean Power Alliance COVID-19 Electric Bill Assistance Program.

NEW COVID-19 UPDATES E-NOTIFICATION
Anyone who is subscribed to receive the City’s Emergency Alerts was automatically enrolled into a new e-notification category for COVID-19 updates. Subscriptions for Emergency Alerts remain unchanged. To review all your City alert and e-notification subscriptions, visit MalibuCity.org/News - add, delete, or change notifications at any time.

COUNTY TO OPEN SOME AMENITIES INCLUDING TENNIS COURTS
On Friday, May 15, the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation will begin reopening tennis and pickleball courts, equestrian centers, BMX bike areas, trap and skeet/archery ranges, model airplanes, and community gardens, based on Stage Two of the reopening plan for the County. LA County Parks has implemented health guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 for the safety of users and staff, including physical distancing of six feet between all people at all times and wearing cloth face coverings.

LA COUNTY PROTOCOLS FOR ADDITIONAL RETAILERS AND SUPPORTING BUSINESSES PERMITTED TO REOPEN AS OF MAY 13
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced a Revised Safer At Home Order on May 13 that includes two additional categories of lower-risk businesses now permitted to re-open:

  • All retail businesses may open for door-side or curbside pickup and delivery only, except for those retailers located in indoor shopping centers or malls
  • Manufacturers and logistic businesses that supply these businesses or other businesses were permitted to open in last week’s revised order.

Safer at Home Revised Order Social Distancing Protocol (05.13.20)  

Safer at Home Revised Order Retail Curbside Pickup Protocol (05.13.20)

Safer at Home Revised Order Warehousing, Manufacturing, Logistics Protocol (05.13.20)

CLEAN POWER ALLIANCE COVID-19 RELIEF PROGRAM
Clean Power Alliance (CPA) dedicated $1 million in COVID-19-related relief to its residential and small business customers who are recently unemployed, most in need and require help with their electric bill due to the pandemic crisis.View details on eligibility and bill credit options. Southern California Edison provides other resources for customers not eligible for the CPA Relief Program.

UPDATE 5/13, 2:00 PM – County beaches open for active recreation only. State beaches & trails open. Additional businesses permitted to reopen. Daily City message moving to e-notification. 

BEACHES IN MALIBU NOW OPEN FOR ACTIVE RECREATION USES ONLY
Los Angeles County announced the first phased re-opening of its beaches starting today, for active recreation use only, with mandatory public health protocols in place to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. State Parks announced yesterday that State-owned beaches in Malibu are also open. The Malibu Pier and all beach parking lots in Malibu remain closed, and no-parking zones are enforced on some areas of PCH in Malibu. 

Although the City does not control access to the State and County beaches in Malibu, the City wants to reassure the Malibu community that it is working with its partner agencies on messaging to the public about the importance of following all LA County Department of Public Health (LADPH) guidelines of physical distancing and other safety rules that the agencies have in place. The City Manager has requested additional patrols of the Malibu area by the Sheriff’s Department. The City urges all out-of-area visitors to be mindful and respectful of the local community, and follow all LADPH protocols if they are out enjoying the beaches in the Malibu area. 

ALLOWED ACTIVITIES:

  • Individual or family ocean activities (such as surfing, swimming, kayaking, paddleboarding, body surfing), running or walking on the sand

NOT ALLOWED:

  • Gathering, sitting, sunbathing, picnicking, chairs, canopies and coolers, bicycling and any group sports, such as volleyball

REQUIRED:

  • Physical distancing of six feet between all people at all times
  • Wearing cloth face coverings when out of the water or when near other people

Visit Beaches.LACounty.gov for more information on beach rules, openings and closures.

ADDITIONAL RETAILERS AND SUPPORTING BUSINESSES PERMITTED TO REOPEN
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced a new order today that includes two additional categories of lower risk businesses now permitted to re-open:

  • All retail businesses may open for door-side or curbside pickup and delivery only, except for those retailers located in indoor shopping centers or malls
  • Manufacturers and logistic businesses that supply these businesses or other businesses permitted to open in last week’s revised order.

It is important to emphasize that all businesses permitted to re-open may provide only curbside, door-side, or other outside pickup and delivery. No customers are permitted to enter the businesses.

Before any business can open, it is required to prepare, implement and post their compliance with County directives to demonstrate adherence to distancing and infection control practices that protect both employees and customers. These practices include physical distancing, face coverings for employees and customers, regular cleaning of high touch surfaces, and that hand washing and sanitizing is easily accessible at all times.

DAILY CITY MESSAGING WILL CONTINUE VIA E-NOTIFICATIONS STARTING MAY 14
The City will transition to sending the daily 2:00 PM update on the coronavirus response and resources for the community using this website’s e-notification system rather than Emergency Alerts staring Thursday, May 14. This will keep the Emergency Alerts system clear and ready for any new emergency incident, whether that is COVID-19, a fire, or other emergency incident. All current subscribers to Emergency Alerts have been added to the new E-notification list, “COVID-19 Updates” so that residents who receive City Emergency Alerts will not need to sign up again. The COVID-19 Updates E-notification will go out by text message and/or email, and anyone may opt out of receiving those messages at any time without affecting their subscription for Emergency Alerts. The City will continue to use Emergency Alerts for any new emergency incidents, and current subscribers to Emergency Alerts will continue to receive them. The City will continue to post all coronavirus updates and resources on this dedicated webpage (MalibuCity.org/Coronavirus). To manage your subscriptions to City e-notifications and alerts, visit MalibuCity.org/news

UPDATE 5/12, 2:00 PM – MENTAL HEALTH DEPT. TIPS FOR COPING WITH LOSS. VIDEO OF MAY 11 COUNCIL MEETING.

DEPT OF MENTAL HEALTH HAS TIPS FOR COPING WITH LOSS
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and the County Department of Mental Health offers support and resources for people who are struggling with the sudden loss of a family member, friend or colleague during the coronavirus/COVID19 pandemic. The death of a loved one is always difficult, but it is likely to be worsened by the pandemic’s additional trauma and stress, fear and anxiety, economic hardship, and the challenge of coming together for mutual support and mourning for funerals and commemorations with physical distancing restrictions in place. The guide from the Department of Mental Health offers tips on coping, how to talk with children about death and loss, and more. 

MAY 11 CITY COUNCIL MEETING AVAILABLE TO VIEW ON-DEMAND
Video of the Malibu City Council meeting held on Monday, May 11, 2020 is available to view online.

UPDATE 5/11, 2:00 PM – Vote by mail to be available statewide. Weekly EOC report. Multifamily guidance.

VOTING BY MAIL WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR ALL VOTERS IN CA TO ADDRESS CONCERNS OVER VOTER SAFETY DURING COVID-19
Recognizing the threat COVID-19 continues to pose to public health, Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order on May 8 to ensure that Californians can exercise their right to vote in a safe and accessible manner during the November general election. The order requires that each county’s elections officials statewide send vote-by-mail ballots for the November election to all registered voters. Californians who may need access to in-person voting opportunities, including individuals with disabilities, individuals who speak languages other than English, individuals experiencing homelessness, and others, will still be able to access in-person voting opportunities. Details are in the Governor’s press release and Executive Order No. N-64-20.

CITY EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER (EOC) WEEKLY REPORT 

The City activated its EOC in response to the novel coronavirus crisis on March 13, and has been fully activated ever since. View the weekly EOC Activity Report for May 11 and past weekly reports.

PUBLIC HEALTH DEPT GUIDANCE FOR MULTIFAMILY RESIDENCES, INCLUDING COMMON AREAS, POOLS AND FITNESS CENTERS
The LA County Department of Public Health issued special guidance for multifamily residences, including specific guidance for the use of swimming pools, fitness centers, and common areas located in apartments, condominium complexes and homeowners associations: At this time, swimming pools or fitness centers in apartments, apartments, condominium complexes and homeowners associations must remain closed because they can attract a gathering of people and spread the coronavirus. The guidance states that fitness areas, basketball and tennis courts, community or recreational rooms, swimming pools and hot tubs must be closed to all occupants, staff and the public per the Health Officer Order.

UPDATE 5/8, 2:00 PM – County opens trails on Sat, 5/9. Take wildfire preparedness steps while staying home. We Rise LA activities for Mental Health Awareness Month.

LA COUNTY OPENS SOME TRAILS, INCLUDING IN MALIBU AREA, STARTING SATURDAY, MAY 9
The County announced that some trails in the County would be open for use starting Saturday, May 9, with public health protocols in place to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. All beaches, the Malibu Pier, and beach parking lots remain closed, and no-parking zones are enforced on PCH. Although the City does not control access to federal, state and county controlled open spaces and trails in the Malibu area, the City wants to reassure the Malibu community that it is working with its partner agencies on messaging to the public about the importance of following all LA County Department of Public Health (LADPH) guidelines of physical distancing, use of cloth face coverings and other safety protocols that the agencies have in place. The City Manager has requested additional patrols of the Malibu area by the Sheriff’s Department. The City urges all out-of-area visitors to be mindful and respectful of the local community, and follow all LADPH protocols while enjoying the trails of the Santa Monica Mountains. Residents can report violations of public health and safety orders to the LADPH at 888-700-9995, Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Find an open LA County trail

WILDFIRE PREPAREDNESS WEEK GUIDE & VIDEO TO GET PREPARED WHILE STAYING HOME
This week is California’s Wildfire Preparedness Week, and Listos California and Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) encourage Californians to get prepared for wildfires while staying safe at home. Wildfire is Malibu’s number one public safety threat, and fires are not taking time off during the pandemic, so we all have to continue the effort toward community-wide preparedness. The campaign by the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) encourages community members to take these five free-and-easy steps:

  1. Subscribe for official alerts to know what to do.
  2. Make a plan to protect your family by creating an emergency contact list and an evacuation plan.
  3. Prepare a go-bag with things you need.
  4. Build a stay box to stay safe at home for when you cannot leave.
  5. Help friends and neighbors get ready. View or print out the Disaster Ready Guide.

WE RISE LA DAILY ACTIVITIES FOR MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and every day in May, the LA Department of Mental Health (LACDMH)’s We Rise LA campaign hosts virtual, interactive events to help residents heal and thrive during the pandemic. Join the We Rise LA activities on the website, on Facebook, or on YouTube.

  • Friday, May 8, 3:00 - 4:00 PM - Yoga With the Tree South LA
    Decompress and move into your weekend with an all-levels flow yoga class to soulful music, led by Jana Johnson from The Tree South LA.

UPDATE 5/7, 2:00 PM – New State Executive Order to help those impacted by COVID-19. CA testing site locator map. Take the Census. We Rise LA activities. 

NEW STATE EXECUTIVE ORDERS TO ASSIST PEOPLE IMPACTED BY COVID-19
Governor Gavin Newsom announced two state Executive Orders on May 6 meant to help Californians impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. 

FIND COVID-19 TESTING SITES WITH THE CALIFORNIA STATE LOCATOR MAP
The State of California has an online, interactive map for locating COVID-19 testing sites near you. Simply enter a zip code, select the distance (in miles) you wish to search, and the map will provide a list of both State and community testing sites within your specified range.

TAKE THE 2020 CENSUS TO HELP ENSURE FUNDING FOR OUR SCHOOLS
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) is urging parents and teachers to join the effort to ensure our community’s funding for programs and services such as special education, Head Start, after-school programs, classroom technology, free and reduced-price school lunches, and maternal and child health programs. #Malibu still has a very low response rate on the 2020 U.S. Census. As of May 4, Malibu had a 32.1% response rate, compared with Los Angeles County at 53.4%, California at 58% and the US nationwide at 56.8%. Now is the time to take the Census and help make sure Malibu gets counted. Respond online at 2020Census.gov or by phone at 844-330-2020 (844-468-2020 for Spanish).

WE RISE LA DAILY ACTIVITIES FOR MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and every day in May, the LA Department of Mental Health (LACDMH)’s We Rise LA campaign hosts virtual, interactive events to help residents heal and thrive during the pandemic. Join these We Rise LA activities on the website, on Facebook or on YouTube

We Rise LA shares some of their most powerful content from 2019. Hear from survivors of attempted suicides and those impacted by suicide as they open up about their experiences. This discussion features Torri Shack, founder of Tangible Movement; artist Miguel; conductor Christopher Rountree; storyteller Kevin Hines and suicide prevention specialist Stan Collins. 

  • Friday, May 8, 3:00-4:00 PM
    YOGA WITH THE TREE SOUTH LA

Decompress and move into your weekend with an all-levels flow yoga class to soulful music, led by Jana Johnson from The Tree South LA.

UPDATE 5/6, 2:00 PM – First easing of County stay-at-home measures announced. National Nurses Day. Take the 2020 Census.

MAY 8 COUNTY RE-OPENING PLANS
During the daily briefing, Los Angeles County Public Health officials announced the County’s first phased re-opening of the COVID-19 pandemic Stay-at-Home Order. A limited number of businesses and resources will be able to open on Friday, May 8 with appropriate safeguards in place: 

  • Florists, toy stores, bookstores, clothing stores, music stores, and sporting goods stores (Curbside pickup only. Must adhere to physical distancing and infection control protocols). 
  • Car dealership showrooms (Must adhere to physical distancing and infection control protocols.) 
  • Golf courses (Pro shops closed. Concession stands and restaurants are take-out only. Must adhere to physical distancing and infection control protocols.)
  • Trails (Must adhere to physical distancing. Must use cloth face covering.)

View the LA County Roadmap to Recovery

SHOW YOUR APPRECIATION FOR NURSES TODAY ON NATIONAL NURSES DAY
In honor of #NationalNursesDay, please join the City of Malibu in thanking all nurses for their dedication, compassion, professionalism and selflessness. We appreciate nurses every day of every year, and especially now as they are saving lives during the COVID-19 battle. 

WE RISE LA DAILY ACTIVITIES FOR MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and every day in May, the LA Department of Mental Health (LACDMH)’s We Rise LA campaign hosts virtual, interactive events to help residents heal and thrive during the pandemic. On Wednesday, May 6, 6:00 PM, visit the We Rise LA website online or Facebook page or a forum on generational trauma. Many resources are available to assist those suffering from the effects of the pandemic and isolation. Call 800-854-7771 or text LA to 741-741 to receive support from the LA County Department of Mental Health.

TAKE THE 2020 CENSUS
Malibu still has a very low response rate on the 2020 U.S. Census. As of May 4, Malibu had a 32.1% response rate, compared with Los Angeles County at 53.4%, California at 58% and the US nationwide at 56.8%. The 2020 Census deadline has been extended from the end of July to mid-August due to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Now is a great time to take the Census and make sure Malibu gets counted. The US Census is crucial for determining our community’s allocation of federal and state funds for public safety, roads, federal stimulus and other vital resources, and our representation in the federal government. Easily complete the Census online at 2020Census.gov or call 844-330-2020 (844-468-2020 for Spanish).

UPDATE 5/5, 2:00 PM – Senator Stern Town Hall at 4:00 PM today. May is Mental Health Awareness Month. 

SENATOR STERN VIRTUAL TOWN HALL MEETING – TUESDAY, MAY 5, 4:00 PM
Senator Henry Stern, who represents Malibu, will hold a Virtual Town Hall Meeting Tuesday, May 5, at 4:00 PM meant to help struggling workers and businesses find assistance and navigate the many resources available to help during the COVID-19 crisis. Resources to be discussed include State Unemployment Insurance, SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans, small business financing from State resources, and resources to get you back on your feet, like the new OnwardCA website. Watch and participate on Facebook, YouTube or by phone.RSVP and submit questions.

MAY IS MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH
May is Mental Health Awareness month and residents are reminded they can stay socially connected while remaining physically distant. Check in on friends and family, especially those most isolated. Numerous resources are available to assist those suffering from the effects of the pandemic and isolation. Visit WeRise.LA for opportunities for creativity, conversation, and connection even while we remain physically apart. Anyone in need of immediate assistance can call 800-854-7771 or text LA to 741-741 to receive support from the LA County Department of Mental Health.

UPDATE 5/4, 2:00 PM – State transition to Reopening Phase 2 this week. Senior Meals program. Video update from SMMUSD. Contract tracing virtual academy.

GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES STATE’S TRANSITION TO PHASE 2 OF REOPENING CALIFORNIA WILL BEGIN AS EARLY AS FRIDAY, MAY 8
In today’s daily briefing, Governor Newsom announced the State is preparing to move into Phase 2 of reopening California later this week. Guidance will be announced on Thursday and could go into effect as early as Friday, May 8, for the reopening of certain businesses with modifications in place for social distancing and sanitizing. The new Phase 2 guidance would not preempt stricter local and County guidelines.

SENIORS & RESTAURANTS CAN SIGN UP TO PARTICIPATE IN “GREAT PLATES DELIVERED” MEALS DELIVERY PROGRAM FOR ISOLATED SENIORS
On April 24, Governor Newsom announced a partnership between the State of California and FEMA to reimburse local restaurants for preparing nutritional meals for seniors who are socially isolated and unable to cook their own meals. The Great Plates Delivered program (formerly Restaurants Deliver: Home Meals for Seniors) calls for preparation of three meals per day, seven days a week. The plan, which will be administered locally by the County of Los Angeles, will help the restaurant community get back to work, while also generating sales tax revenues to boost local economies. 

SMMUSD VIDEO UPDATE ON LOCAL SCHOOL PROGRAMS & EVENTS
The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) sent a video message about distance learning, family resources, end-of-year culminating events, summer school, ongoing meal service, technology deployment and community support. View the video or transcript in English and Spanish.

STATEWIDE TRAINING ACADEMY FOR CONTACT TRACING BEGINS WEDNESDAY, MAY 6
Governor Newsom announced today a partnership between the State of California, the University of San Francisco (USF) and UCLA to establish a virtual academy to train people to trace close contacts of COVID-19 positive patients. USF and UCLA have developed the online training course with a capacity of up to 3,000 individuals to be trained per week, working towards a goal of training 20,000 individuals to assist local health directors and health departments with reaching out to close contacts of COVID-19 patients and connecting those contacts with testing and vital information. The training includes 12 hours of online instruction and eight hours of in-person instruction.

CITY EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER (EOC) WEEKLY UPDATE
View the City’s EOC activity report for the week of May 4.

UPDATE 5/1, 2:00 PM – Updated CDC guidance. Obtain Marriage License via Video conference. County Eviction Moratorium thru 5/31. Beaches & trails remain closed.

NOTE: CITY UPDATES ONCE DAILY WEEKDAYS ONLY
The City will continue sending regular COVID-19 updates once daily Monday through Friday. Updates will only be sent on weekends for important, breaking news.

CDC UPDATED GUIDANCE ON SYMPTOMS & SELF-ISOLATION FOR POSITIVE OR LIKELY-POSITIVE INDIVIDUALS
The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has expanded its list of COVID-19 symptoms. People may be positive and should see their medical provider if they have a cough, fever, and shortness of breath, or at least two of these symptoms: chills, repeated shaking from chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or a new loss of taste or smell. Those who have tested positive or if their medical provider says they are likely to be positive should immediately self-isolate for 10 days plus 72 hours after the fever and symptoms have subsided. All other recommendations remain unchanged – stay away from others and pets, do not prepare or serve food for others, do not share dishes or utensils, when possible stay in your own room with your own bathroom or sanitize after each use. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus, so those who are positive should Inform all those with whom they had close contact within 48 hours before being tested or exhibiting symptoms. Those close contacts should self-quarantine for at least 14 days and monitor themselves for symptoms, including taking their temperature twice daily.

GOVERNOR ORDER ALLOWS FOR COUPLES TO OBTAIN MARRIAGE LICENSES VIA VIDEO CONFERENCE
Governor Newsom issued an order on Thursday allowing for couples to appear before a county clerk to obtain a marriage license via video conference, rather than in person. Both applicants must be in California, and each applicant must present a photo ID. The marriage license may be transmitted to the applicants via e-mail. 

REMINDER – ALL BEACHES & TRAILS REMAIN CLOSED. STAY SAFE AT HOME.
Residents are reminded Stay at Home orders remain in effect, and all beaches and trails remain closed throughout Los Angeles County. Residents should stay at home except when necessary to visit essential businesses with appropriate physical distancing and while wearing face coverings.

LA COUNTY MORATORIUM ON EVICTIONS DUE TO INABILITY TO PAY RENT IN EFFECT THROUGH MAY 31
Residents who are concerned about rent and mortgage payments due May 1 are reminded that the Los Angeles County moratorium on evictions for non-payment of rent for residential and commercial tenants, as well as rented spaces in mobilehome parks, is in effect through May 31. Anyone with questions can email rent@dcba.lacounty.gov or call 833-223-7368.

UPDATE 4/30, 2:00 PM – CA Governor orders beaches closed in OC. Drive-thru testing at City Hall 5/1. County Eviction Moratorium thru 5/31. Expanded hours for County Disaster Call Center. New CA childcare portal. 

GOVERNOR NEWSOM ORDERS ALL BEACHES CLOSED IN ORANGE COUNTY TO ADDRESS BEACH CROWDING
California Governor Gavin Newsom announced on April 30 that all state and local beaches in Orange County will be closed to the public starting Friday, May 1 in order to prevent a recurrence of the crowding seen on those beaches last weekend. Beaches in Los Angeles County have remained closed in effort to slow the spread of coronavirus to protect seniors and vulnerable groups.

DRIVE-THRU COVID-19 TESTING AT CITY HALL MAY 1
The City of Malibu, Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE) and Malibu Medical Group will conduct drive-through COVID-19 testing for all community members of the greater Malibu area regardless of symptoms on Friday, May 1, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at Malibu City Hall. (23825 Stuart Ranch Road, Malibu, CA 90265). Please be in line by 3:00 PM. Pre-registration is required. Anyone unable to pre-register online will be registered on-site by the testing staff. If you have health insurance coverage, your insurance will be billed for the cost of the test. If you do not have insurance, please make a $60 donation. No one will be denied a test due to inability to pay. 

LA COUNTY MORATORIUM ON EVICTIONS DUE TO INABILITY TO PAY RENT IN EFFECT THROUGH MAY 31
Residents who are concerned about rent and mortgage payments due May 1 are reminded that the Los Angeles County moratorium on evictions for non-payment of rent for residential and commercial tenants, as well as rented spaces in mobilehome parks, is in effect through May 31. For more information, email rent@dcba.lacounty.gov, call 833-223-7368, or visit DCBA.LACounty.gov.

COUNTY DISASTER CALL CENTER EXPANDS HOURS
Los Angeles County’s COVID-19 Disaster Help Center has regularly updated resources to help non-profit organizations, tenants and landlords get through the coronavirus pandemic crisis and economic downturn. The Center has expanded its hours of operation. You can now access its free, one-on-one counseling:

NEW STATEWIDE PORTAL TO HELP ESSENTIAL WORKERS WITH CHILDCARE
Today, Governor Gavin Newsom announced a new portal to help Californians working in essential sectors find safe, reliable, and accessible childcare during the state COVID-19 Stay-at-Home orders. MyChildCare.ca.gov provides an interactive map of nearby, qualified, licensed childcare providers in English and Spanish. Search by location, health and safety details, ages of children, capacity, and hours of care. For questions about the provider, to look up your local childcare resource and referral agency, for help accessing subsidies, or if you are a licensed childcare provider, visit https://rrnetwork.org/family-services/find-child-care. For general childcare questions in English or Spanish, call 1-800-KIDS-793 (800-543-7793).

UPDATE 4/29, 2:00 PM – Special City Council budget meeting tonight. Drive-thru testing at City Hall 4/30 & 5/1. CA Recovery Roadmap Survey. LADPH COVID-19 updated online dashboard.

SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING ON PROPOSED FISCAL YEAR 2020-2021 BUDGET
The Malibu City Council will hold a virtual Special meeting on the Proposed Fiscal Year 2020-2021 Budget on Wednesday, April 29 at 6:00 PM using video conferencing. View the agenda and instructions on how to watch and make public comment.

DRIVE-THROUGH COVID-19 TESTING AT CITY HALL APRIL 30 & MAY 1
The City of Malibu, Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE) and Malibu Medical Group will conduct drive-through COVID-19 testing for all community members of the greater Malibu area regardless of symptoms on Thursday, April 30 and Friday, May 1, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at Malibu City Hall. (23825 Stuart Ranch Road, Malibu, CA 90265). Please be in line by 3:00 PM. Pre-registration is required. Anyone unable to pre-register online will be registered onsite by testing staff. If you have health insurance coverage, your insurance will be billed for the cost of the test. If you do not have insurance, then a $60 donation is requested. No one will be denied a test due to inability to pay. 

TAKE THE CALIFORNIA RECOVERY ROAD MAP SURVEY
California is building a road map for modifying the statewide Stay-At-Home order while maintaining community health and resiliency. The State needs input from business owners, workers, and customers on the best way to reopen different sectors of our economy. You can give your feedback on physical and environmental adaptations that can make workplaces safer and protect our communities. Visit COVID19.CA.gov for more information and to take the survey. 

LA COUNTY DEPT OF PUBLIC HEALTH (LADPH) NEW COVID-19 INFO DASHBOARD
LADPH has updated its online COVID-19 Dashboard with additional data points, including numbers of cases, deaths, and tests administered, broken out by city/community and an interactive map.

UPDATE 4/29/20, 11:00 am - drive through covid-19 testing at city hall for malibu area community members, regardless of symptoms, April 30 & may 1

TESTING TAKES PLACE 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM. PLEASE BE IN LINE BY 3:00 PM
The City of Malibu, Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE) and Malibu Medical Group will conduct more drive-through COVID-19 testing for all community members of the greater Malibu area regardless of symptoms on Thursday, April 30 and Friday, May 1, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at Malibu City Hall. (23825 Stuart Ranch Road, Malibu, CA 90265). Please be in line by 3:00 PM. Pre-registration is required at https://www.malibumedicalgroup.com/contents/covid-19. Anyone unable to pre-register online will be registered on-site by the testing staff. 

If you have health insurance coverage, your insurance will be billed for the cost of the test. If you do not have insurance, then a $60 donation is requested. The donation must be made at https://www.coreresponse.org/. No one will be denied a test due to inability to pay. Any community member or business that would like to support this testing service for those who do not have health insurance may make a donation to https://www.coreresponse.org.

For more information, see the press release.

UPDATE 4/28/20, 2:00 PM – Video of April 27 Council meeting. EOC Weekly Update. Senior newsletter & stay-at-home programs.

WATCH VIDEO OF APRIL 27 CITY COUNCIL VIRTUAL MEETING
View the video from the April 27, 2020 Malibu City Council virtual Regular meeting or past meetings on the City’s YouTube channel. The agenda is available in the Agenda Center. . 

EOC WEEKLY UPDATE FOR APRIL 27 NOW AVAILABLE
The City activated its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) on March 13, and EOC staff have been working seven days a week since then to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. View the weekly EOC Activity Reports for April 27 and previous weeks.

SENIOR CENTER MONTHLY NEWSLETTER AND STAY-AT-HOME PROGRAMS
While the Malibu Senior Center is closed during the stay-at-home orders, Senior Center staff are working to assist Malibu’s older residents, including distributing the monthly “News and Views” newsletter, which features activities, games, and programs offered through the Community Services Department’s Virtual Recreation Center. The newsletter also has book and TV show recommendations, tips on spring cleaning while at home, and help and resource information for seniors. Please share the newsletter as you continue to check on your senior and vulnerable neighbors and friends.

UPDATE 4/27, 2:00 PM - CHANGES TO CITY COVID-19 MESSAGING. COUNCIL MEETING TONIGHT. SMALL BIZ FUNDING

CHANGES IN CITY COVID-19 MESSAGING BEGINNING MONDAY, APRIL 27
The City is committed to providing timely, important information to ensure the health and safety of the Malibu community, especially during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As new information is less frequent and readily available through other resources, it is no longer necessary to send twice-daily emergency messages. Therefore, effective today, updates will be sent once a day at 2:00 PM through the City’s e-notification system. If conditions change and there is a need to message information out to the community other than at the set 2:00 PM time, the City will do so.

Information will continue to be updated on this page (www.MalibuCity.org/Coronavirus) and through the City’s social media network.

CITY COUNCIL VIRTUAL MEETING TONIGHT, 6:30 PM
The Malibu City Council will hold a virtual Regular meeting using Zoom on Monday, April 27, 6:30 PM. The agenda for meeting is posted in the Agenda Center.

Written comments may be submitted to the City Council before the meeting by email to CityCouncil@MalibuCity.org. The public may also sign up to speak during the meetings. For public comment instructions or to watch via live stream, go to MalibuCity.org/VirtualMeeting. The meeting can also be viewed on the City’s YouTube channel at YouTube.com/user/CityofMalibu/videos.

SBA PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM RESUMES APRIL 27
New federal funding has been provided for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), a Small Business Administration (SBA) loan for small businesses that keep their workers on the payroll. For more information on PPP, visit SBA.gov/PPP where you can also search for a list of participating PPP lenders in Malibu.

UPDATE 4/26/20, 10:00 AM – Virtual City Council meeting Mon, April 27. County Parks from Home program.

CITY COUNCIL VIRTUAL MEETING – MONDAY, APRIL 27, 6:30 PM
The Malibu City Council will hold a virtual regular meeting on Monday, April 27, 6:30 PM. The agenda and staff reports are posted online. The meeting will be held as a video meeting using Zoom, and can be watched live streaming on the City Virtual Meeting webpage or on the City’s YouTube channel. The meeting can be viewed later on-demand. Written comments may be submitted to the Commission before the meeting by email to CityCouncil@MalibuCity.org. The public may also sign up to speak during the meeting. For additional information and public comment instructions, visit the City Virtual Meeting webpage.

LA COUNTY PARKS AND RECREATION DEPT OFFERS FREE PARKS FROM HOME PROGRAMS
The LA County Parks and Recreation Department has launched "Parks From Home," a virtual recreation center to provide free access to fitness and instructional classes for the public to enjoy from home during the COVID-19 crisis. The free online programming includes videos of LA County Parks staff teaching recreation, sports, arts and specialty courses, plus virtual tours of trails, gardens and popular attractions throughout LA County. https://parks.lacounty.gov/virtual 

UPDATE 4/25/20, 10:00 AM – 3,000 tests completed at City Hall. Stay local this weekend. Pandemic Unemployment starts 4/28. State support for seniors. Prepare for Fire Season

NEARLY 3,000 DRIVE-THRU COVID-19 TESTS COMPLETED AT CITY HALL
The City thanks its partners Malibu Medical Group and Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE), as well as numerous volunteers, who helped process 430 individuals in drive-thru COVID-19 testing at City Hall on Friday. A total of nearly 3,000 individuals were tested over 11 days spread out over the last three weeks. The City is consulting with Dr. Benya with Malibu Medial Group and CORE about potential future testing to be offered at City Hall.

MALIBU BEACHES AND PARKS REMAIN CLOSED. RESIDENTS IN SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES URGED NOT TO COME TO MALIBU THIS WEEKEND & MALIBU RESIDENTS URGED TO NOT VISIT VENTURA COUNTY BEACHES AND PARKS
All beaches, parks, trails and parking areas in Malibu remain closed. As the weather improves and temperatures rise, the City is putting out widespread messaging all week urging residents of neighboring communities not to travel to Malibu. In addition, today and tomorrow the City will send a Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) to all cellphones within range of Malibu cell towers reminding people that the beaches and parks are closed and to stay safer at home.

The Sheriff’s Department, LA County Lifeguards, and Volunteers on Patrol (VOP) will be enforcing closures at beaches, beach parking lots, trails, and parks, and the temporary no-parking zones along PCH during the Stay at Home orders. Violations of the closures could result in citations and fines.

The City also urges Malibu residents to help slow the spread of coronavirus and protect our community’s most vulnerable by staying safe at home. Residents can enjoy the outdoors in your backyard, or by walking or cycling in your neighborhood. Residents should not plan to go to Ventura County, which started easing some of its stay at home restrictions this week. The LA County Public Health Department strongly urges all LA County residents to stay local, and not to visit areas with eased restrictions. The County and State stay at home orders remain in effect and prohibit unnecessary travel. Ventura County’s decision to relax some restrictions were made based on what would be safe for Ventura County residents, and newly opened sites could become overwhelmed by out of area visitors. At this point in the battle to slow the spread of COVID-19, there is concern that visitors could become infected and bring the virus back home for further spread in LA County. Malibu residents are asked to respect our neighbors in Ventura County and not visit their beaches, trails, and parks.  View a video message from Mayor Pro Tem Pierson about the need to stay local.

PANEDEMIC UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE (PUA) APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED BEGINNING APRIL 28 FOR THOSE INELIGIBLE FOR STATE UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE (UI)
Beginning Tuesday, April 28, the California Employment Development Department (EDD) will begin accepting online applications for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Program, which provides financial assistance for those who are self-employed, independent contractors, and others who are not eligible for Unemployment Insurance (UI). A new one-stop shop will allow people to apply for either UI or PUA if they don’t qualify for UI.

LABOR SECRETARY TEMPORARILY STOPS REQUIREMENT TO RECERTIFY FOR UI
The CA Labor Secretary announced the temporary suspension of the requirement to certify UI eligibility before a payment can be made, usually required every two weeks. This change is effective for UI claims submitted for the weeks ending March 14 through May 9, 2020. Claimants must still notify EDD immediately if they return to work during this time period.

UPDATE 4/24/20, 4:00 PM – 430 tested in Malibu Friday. Out of area public urged not to visit Malibu. Malibu residents should stay local. State meals & support for seniors. County benchmarks to lift restrictions. prepare for fire season.

MORE THAN 400 COMPLETE DRIVE-THRU COVID-19 TESTING AT CITY HALL
The City thanks its partners Malibu Medical Group and Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE), as well as numerous volunteers, who helped process 430 individuals in drive-thru COVID-19 testing at City Hall on Friday. Combined with 320 processed Thursday plus the past two weeks’ participation, a total of nearly 3,000 have been tested over 11 days. The City is consulting with Dr. Benya and Malibu Medial Group about potential future testing to be offered.

MALIBU BEACHES AND PARKS REMAIN CLOSED. RESIDENTS IN SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES URGED NOT TO COME TO MALIBU THIS WEEKEND & MALIBU RESIDENTS URGED TO NOT VISIT VENTURA COUNTY BEACHES AND PARKS
All beaches, parks, trails and parking areas in Malibu remain closed. The City is putting out widespread messaging to urge residents of neighboring communities not to travel to Malibu during the warm weather this weekend. The Sheriff’s Department, LA County Lifeguards, and Volunteers on Patrol will be out this weekend to help enforce the closures of all beaches, beach parking lots, trails, and parks, and the temporary no-parking zones along PCH in Malibu and surrounding areas during the stay at home orders. Violations of the closures could result in citations and fines.

The City urges Malibu residents to help slow the spread of coronavirus and protect our seniors and vulnerable people by staying safe at home. Residents can enjoy the outdoors in your backyard, or by walking or cycling in your neighborhood. Residents should not plan to go to Ventura County, which started easing some of its stay at home restrictions this week. The LA County Public Health Department strongly urges all LA County residents to stay local, and not to visit Ventura. The County and State stay at home orders remain in effect and prohibit unnecessary travel. Ventura County’s decision to relax some restrictions were made based on what would be safe for Ventura County residents, and newly opened sites could become overwhelmed by out of area visitors. At this point in the battle to slow the spread of COVID-19, there is concern that visitors could become infected and bring the virus back home for further spread in LA County. Malibu residents are asked to respect our neighbors in Ventura County and not visit their beaches, trails, and parks. View a video message from Mayor Pro Tem Pierson

GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH FEMA TO REIMBURSE LOCAL RESTAURANTS FOR PREPARING DAILY MEALS FOR SENIORS
In his Friday briefing, Governor Newsom announced a partnership between the State of California and FEMA, the first of its kind in the nation, to reimburse local restaurants for preparing nutritional meals for vulnerable seniors. The “Restaurants Deliver: Home Meals for Seniors” program, effective immediately, calls for preparation of three meals per day, seven days a week for delivery to seniors who meet certain eligibility requirements. The plan will help restaurants impacted by the crisis by allowing them to rehire laid-off employees. It would also generate much-needed sales tax revenues for local economies. Seniors can call 211 to find out if they are eligible for the program

STATE PROVIDES EMOTIONAL SUPPORT OPTIONS FOR SENIORS
The Governor announced an extension of the Friendship Line California to provide emotional support to seniors throughout California struggling with loneliness, isolation, or anxiety. Seniors can call the Friendship Line at 888-670-1360. Governor Newsom also announce the Social Bridging Project was mobilizing more than 1,000 callers to proactively reach out to older Californians who are isolated at home.

COUNTY ANNOUNCES FOUR KEY BENCHMARKS REQUIRED FOR RECOVERY & LIFTING RESTRICTIONS
LA County Supervisor Kathryn Barger announced in Friday’s County briefing prerequisites to begin recovery from the COVID-19 crisis includes four key benchmarks that must be achieved before the County can begin lifting restrictions:

  1. Capacity in the healthcare system – adequate staffing, testing, ventilators, and other medical supplies for ongoing sustainable COVID-19 and non-coronavirus related care
  2. Protections for those at risk – elderly, individuals with underlying health conditions, those experiencing homelessness, those in institutional settings, and those who do not have access to services
  3. Increased capability to test, isolate, and quarantine 
  4. Maintain physical distancing and infection control – the County will provide businesses with educational materials and guidance to enforce compliance

LA COUNTY FIRE ADVISES RESIDENTS TO PREPARE FOR FIRE SEASON
The Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) has seen a concerning surge in home fires across the County in recent weeks. As residents continue to follow the Safer At Home Order, families are encouraged to be mindful of fire hazards at home, and to practice fire escape safety steps with family members and loved ones. The Fire Department has prepared a new family-friendly fire safety tool, the Family Instructions for Rapid Escape (FIRE) guide, and an accompanying coloring book, both available for free download. Residents should also use this time at home to check smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, clear leaves and other debris from roofs, gutters, and decks, create a defensible space around the home by removing flammable materials and low hanging trees around your roof, and be sure your family’s “Ready, Set, Go!” wildfire action plan is up to date.

UPDATE 4/24/20, 10AM – Drive-thru testing at City Hall today, 10AM-4PM. Warm weather expected - stay home, stay local. Advice hotline for uninsured, Medical patients. 

DRIVE-THRU TESTING AT CITY HALL FOR ALL GREATER MALIBU COMMUNITY, REGARDLESS OF SYMPTOMS FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
The City of Malibu and its partners, Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE) and Malibu Medical Group, will offer drive-thru testing for all community members of the greater Malibu area at Malibu City Hall Friday, April 24, from 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM (you must be in line by 3:30 PM.) Pre-registration is required

Testing is for all community members of the greater Malibu area including, but not limited to, Pacific Palisades, Topanga, Calabasas, Westlake Village, Agoura Hills, and Thousand Oaks, regardless of whether they have COVID-19 symptoms.  

Testing results from the past two weeks have shown that most positive cases were asymptomatic. It is critical to conduct widespread testing so those who have contracted COVID-19 but do not have symptoms can self-isolate to slow the spread and save lives. 

 If you have health insurance, your insurance will be billed for the cost of the test. If you do not have insurance, a $60 donation is requested. No one will be denied a test due to inability to pay. Anyone who would like to support this testing service for those who do not have health insurance may also make a donation.

MALIBU BEACHES & PARKS REMAIN CLOSED. RESIDENTS IN SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES URGED NOT TO COME TO MALIBU THIS WEEKEND & MALIBU RESIDENTS URGED TO NOT VISIT VENTURA COUNTY BEACHES AND PARKS
All beaches, parks, trails and parking areas in Malibu remain closed. The City is putting out widespread messaging to urge residents of neighboring communities not to travel to Malibu during the warm weather this weekend. Law Enforcement will be patrolling to enforce the closures of beaches, beach parking lots, trails, parks, and temporary no-parking zones along PCH. Violations of the closures could result in citations and fines. 

The City urges Malibu residents to help slow the spread of coronavirus and protect our seniors and vulnerable people by staying safe at home. Residents can enjoy the outdoors in your backyard, or by walking or cycling in your neighborhood. Residents should not plan to go to Ventura County, which started easing some of its stay at home restrictions this week. The LA County Public Health Department strongly urges all LA County residents to stay local, and not to visit Ventura. The County and State stay at home orders remain in effect and prohibit unnecessary travel. Ventura County’s decision to relax some restrictions were made based on what would be safe for Ventura County residents, and newly opened sites could become overwhelmed by out of area visitors. At this point in the battle to slow the spread of COVID-19, there is concern that visitors could become infected and bring the virus back home for further spread in LA County. Malibu residents are asked to respect our neighbors in Ventura County and not visit their beaches, trails, and parks.  View a video message from Mayor Pro Tem Pierson about staying home. 

NEW COVID-19 NURSE ADVICE HOTLINE FOR UNINSURED AND MEDICAL-INSURED PATIENTS
The LA County Public Health Department has opened a nurse advice phone line to answer COVID-19 questions for County residents who do not have health insurance or are covered by MediCal. The COVID-19 Nurse Advice Line can be reached at 844-804-0055, seven days a week from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM. Residents who have insurance should contact their primary care physician with any questions.

update 4/23/20, 4:00 PM - Drive-thru testing 4/24, 10AM-4PM at City Hall for Malibu area residents regardless of symptoms. Hot weather expected: stay home, stay local. New COVID-19 Nurse Advice Line. 

DRIVE-THRU TESTING AT CITY HALL FOR ALL COMMUNITY MEMBERS, REGARDLESS OF SYMPTOMS THURSDAY AND FRIDAY, APRIL 23 AND 24, 10AM-4PM
The City of Malibu and its partners, Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE) and Malibu Medical Group, will offer drive-thru testing for all community members of the greater Malibu area, regardless of symptoms, at City Hall Friday, April 24, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Please be in line by 3:30 PM. Pre-registration is required online.

MALIBU BEACHES AND PARKS REMAIN CLOSED. RESIDENTS IN SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES URGED NOT TO COME TO MALIBU AREA THIS WEEKEND.
All beaches, parks, trails and parking areas in Malibu remain closed. The City is putting out widespread messaging to urge residents of neighboring communities not to travel to Malibu during the warm weather this weekend. The Sheriff’s Department, LA County Lifeguards, Volunteers on Patrol and CERT will be out this weekend to help enforce the closures of all beaches, beach parking lots, trails, and parks, and the temporary no-parking zones along PCH in Malibu and surrounding areas during the stay at home orders. Violations of the closures could results in citations and fines. The City urges Malibu residents to help protect our seniors and vulnerable people by staying safe at home to slow the spread of coronavirus, and enjoy the outdoors locally in your backyard or in your neighborhood. Please don’t visit Ventura County beaches and trails.  


LA COUNTY OPENS NEW COVID-19 NURSE ADVICE LINE
L.A. County Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Farrer announced today that L.A. County has opened a nurse advice phone line to answer COVID-19 questions for people without health insurance or people with health insurance who have been assigned providers within L.A. County health facilities. The COVID-19 Nurse Advice Line can be reached at (844) 804 – 0055 and is open 7 AM to 7 PM, seven days a week.

update 4/23/20, 10:00 Am - Drive-thru testing 4/23 & 4/24 at City Hall for community members regardless of symptoms. Free pet adoption. Warm weather warnings - stay home, stay local. 

DRIVE-THRU TESTING AT CITY HALL FOR ALL COMMUNITY MEMBERS, REGARDLESS OF SYMPTOMS THURSDAY AND FRIDAY, APRIL 23 AND 24, 10AM-4PM
The City of Malibu and its partners, Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE) and Malibu Medical Group, will offer drive-thru testing for all community members of the greater Malibu area, regardless of symptoms, at City Hall Thursday and Friday, April 23 and 24, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. You must be in line by 3:00 PM. Pre-registration is required online.

MALIBU BEACHES AND PARKS REMAIN CLOSED. RESIDENTS IN SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES URGED NOT TO COME TO MALIBU AREA THIS WEEKEND.
All beaches, parks, trails and parking areas in Malibu remain closed. The City is putting out widespread messaging to urge residents of neighboring communities not to travel to Malibu during the warm weather this weekend. The Sheriff’s Department, LA County Lifeguards, Volunteers on Patrol and CERT will be out this weekend to help enforce the closures of all beaches, beach parking lots, trails, and parks, and the temporary no-parking zones along PCH in Malibu and surrounding areas during the stay at home orders. Violations of the closures could results in citations and fines. The City urges Malibu residents to help protect our seniors and vulnerable people by staying safe at home to slow the spread of coronavirus, and enjoy the outdoors locally in your backyard, walking or cycling in your neighborhood.

WITH HOT WEATHER COMING THIS WEEKEND, LA COUNTY RESIDENTS ARE URGED TO STAY LOCAL AND NOT VISIT VENTURA COUNTY BEACHES AND PARKS.
With hot weather coming this weekend, and the news that Ventura County has started easing some of its stay at home restrictions this week, the Los Angeles County Public Health Department strongly urges LA County residents to stay local, and not to visit Ventura. The County and State stay at home orders remain in effect, and prohibit unnecessary travel. Ventura County’s decision to relax some restrictions were made based on what would be safe for Ventura County residents, and newly opened sites could become overwhelmed by out of area visitors. At this point in the battle to slow the spread of COVID-19, there is concern that visitors could become infected and bring the virus back home for further spread in Los Angeles County. Malibu residents are asked to respect our neighbors in Ventura County and not visit their beaches, trails and parks.

FREE PET ADOPTION
Take in a furry friend to keep you company while staying safe at home! The Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control (DACC) is currently waiving pet 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. If you would like to adopt, you must first make an appointment to visit your local care center. Get started at https://animalcare.lacounty.gov.

UPDATE 4/21/20, 4:00 PM – Congressman Lieu offers small business loan assistance. New CA volunteer website. Earth Week activities. Properly dispose of gloves and face coverings. Complete 2020 Census. Stay safe at home.

OFFICE OF US CONGRESSMAN TED LIEU OFFERS ASSISTANCE TO SMALL BUSINESSES
US Congressman Ted Lieu is offering assistance to small businesses that have already submitted loan applications but have not yet heard back. Those businesses can fill out an online form and submit it to his office via email. A caseworker in his office will be assigned to investigate the application status of all forms received. 

STATE LAUNCHES WEBSITE TO CONNECT CALIFORNIANS WITH VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Governor Newsom announced the launch of a new website, www.CaliforniansForAll.CA.gov, to organize volunteer work, connecting California volunteers with local opportunities. The Governor asked all healthy Californians to step up and help make a difference safely in their community, by visiting the new website, signing up, and selecting from a list of volunteer interests. The State is working with a coalition of local agencies and non-profit organizations to connect volunteers with local opportunities, such as working at food banks, delivering meals, calling seniors, or acting as a 211 operator. 

UPDATE 4/21, 10:00 AM – Antibody study preliminary results. Earth Week activities. Properly dispose of gloves and face coverings. Complete 2020 Census. Stay safe at home.

AS VENTURA COUNTY EASES RESTRICTIONS, LA COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH DEPT STRONGLY URGES RESIDENTS TO STAY LOCAL
With warmer weather expected this week, and the announcement that the County of Ventura has begun easing some of its stay at home restrictions this week, the Los Angeles County Public Health Department strongly urges LA County residents to stay local, and not to visit Ventura County this week or the upcoming weekend. The County and State stay at home orders still prohibit unnecessary travel. Ventura County carefully considered relaxing restrictions based on its own COVID-19 status. Those decisions were made based on what would be safe for Ventura County residents, and newly opened sites could become overwhelmed by out of area visitors. At this point in the battle to slow the spread of COVID-19, there is concern that visitors could become infected and bring the virus back home for further spread in Los Angeles County. LA County is regularly reviewing restrictions and will not relax stay at home orders until it is safe and sensible for the health of all LA County residents.

EARTH WEEK ACTIVITIES: TUESDAY - LEARN HOW TO COMPOST FOOD SCRAPS
April 20-26 is Earth Week, and this Wednesday, April 22, is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the global day of environmental action. In celebration of this important milestone, the City is offering activities that can be done while staying safe at home. For more information and the rest of the Earth Week schedule, visit MalibuCity.org/VirtualRec.

UPDATE 4/20, 4:00 PM – Preliminary results of antibody study. Earth Week activities. Properly dispose gloves & face coverings. Complete 2020 Census. California Closing the Digital Divide. Stay safe at home.

USC AND LA COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH RELEASE PRELIMINARY RESULTS OF ANTIBODY STUDY
At today’s County daily briefing, Dr. Barbara Ferrer, Director of Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, announced preliminary results from a USC-LA County serology study, which suggest that COVID-19 infections far exceed the number of currently confirmed cases in the County. The study of 1,000 randomly selected adults estimates that approximately 5% of LA County residents have been infected, which means 95% have not, mostly thanks to cooperative physical distancing. The results also suggest the mortality rate is significantly lower, dropping from 4.5% to .1-.2%. Dr. Ferrer stated the study results will help the County recalibrate its models for more accurate data that is used to guide public policy decisions moving forward.

THE CITY OFFERS FUN, EDUCATIONAL EARTH WEEK ACTIVITIES WHILE SAFE AT HOME
April 20-26 is Earth Week, and this Wednesday, April 22, is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the global day of environmental action. In celebration of this important milestone, the City of Malibu Community Services Department and Environmental Sustainability Department are offering Earth-Day inspired activities that can be done while staying safe at home, including an Earth Week Bingo game, art activities, story time with the Malibu Library children’s librarian, and activities provided by Tree People. The week will culminate with an astronomy night in your backyard! 

PLEASE PROPERLY DISPOSE OF USED GLOVES AND FACE COVERINGS
With increasing PPE (personal protective equipment) litter in parking lots and on sidewalks, the LA County Department of Public Health offers guidelines on the proper disposal of your PPE

STATE PROVIDING 70,000 LAPTOPS, TABLETS TO CLOSE DIGITAL DIVIDE IN CALIFORNIA
Jennifer Siebel Newsom, California First Partner, announced that 70,000 students throughout the state will receive laptops, Chromebooks and tablets this week to close the digital divide that has 50% of low income families and 42% of families of color who do not have access to necessary distance learning equipment. Tony Thurmond, Superintendent of Public Instruction, announced hotspots will be provided for WiFi access in all student homes. He also announced the formation of the Closing the Digital Divide Task Force. Learn more about the State’s efforts to provide educational opportunities for all at CDE.CA.gov/ or make a tax-free donation to the California Bridging the Digital Divide Fund

UPDATE 4/20, 10:00 AM – No new updates. Properly dispose of gloves. Free tests for County residents.

Planning Commission virtual meeting tonight. 

Free same-day COVID-19 testing for LA County residents with symptoms.

Please properly dispose of your used gloves and face coverings. View LA County Department of Public Health guideline for disposal of personal protective equipment.

Complete the 2020 Census.

Complete the City’s COVID-19 survey by April 30.

FDA asks those recovered from COVID-19 to donate plasma.

UPDATE 4/19/20, 10:00 aM - NO NEW UPDATES. PLEASE PROPERLY DISPOSE OF USED GLOVES AND MASKS

PLEASE PROPERLY DISPOSE OF USED GLOVES AND FACEMASK
As Los Angeles County residents practice physical distancing and wear face coverings and gloves while out food shopping or in other essential businesses to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, Public Health officials urge community members to properly dispose of used gloves and facemasks. Communities across the country, including Malibu, are seeing PPE (personal protective equipment) litter strewn in parking lots and sidewalks. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health offers guidelines on how to properly dispose of such equipment. Remember, if you don’t pick up your gloves, someone else has to. See the LADPH guidelines.

UPDATE 4/18/20, 10:00 AM – Nearly 2,100 tested at City Hall. Complete 2020 Census. FDA seeks plasma donations. Stay Safe at Home.

NEARLY 2,100 MALIBU RESIDENTS, FIRST RESPONDERS, AND ESSENTIAL WORKERS TESTED AT CITY HALL
The City is profoundly grateful for the hard work of its partners Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE) and Malibu Medical Group, as well as the amazing CORE and Malibu CERT volunteers, for their invaluable assistance in providing a safe and convenient opportunity for nearly 2,100 Malibu residents, first responders, and essential workers to be tested for COVID-19 over the past two weeks. The City also thanks the many local restaurants, businesses, and individuals who generously donated food for the volunteers.

MALIBU RESIDENTS URGED TO COMPLETE THE 2020 CENSUS
The 2020 Census helps to determine the distribution of federal and state funds for public safety, roads, federal stimulus and other vital resources. It is more important than ever that residents complete the Census to ensure an accurate count of Malibu’s population. With the economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis hitting all cities and communities across the country, accurate representation and access to federal and state funding is critical for Malibu moving forward. Residents can easily self-respond to the Census online at 2020Census.gov. If you prefer to respond by phone, call 844-330-2020 for English or 844-468-2020 for Spanish.

FDA SEEKS PLASMA DONATIONS FROM THOSE WHO HAVE RECOVERED FROM COVID-19
If you had COVID-19 and have fully recovered for at least two weeks, you may be able to help patients currently fighting the infection by donating your plasma. Because you fought the infection, your plasma now contains COVID-19 antibodies. These antibodies provided one way for your immune system to fight the virus when you were sick, so your plasma may be able to be used to help others fight off the disease. For more information about plasma donation, visit FDA.gov.

UPDATE 4/17/20, 4:00 PM – FDA seeks plasma donations. LA Cares Corps. Complete City Survey & 2020 Census.

FDA SEEKS PLASMA DONATIONS FROM THOSE WHO HAVE RECOVERED FROM COVID-19
If you had COVID-19 and have fully recovered for at least two weeks, you may be able to help patients currently fighting the infection by donating your plasma. Because you fought the infection, your plasma now contains COVID-19 antibodies. These antibodies provided one way for your immune system to fight the virus when you were sick, so your plasma may be able to be used to help others fight off the disease. For more information about plasma donation, visit FDA.gov 

LA CARES CORPS HELPS SMALL BUSINESSES SURVIVE AND RECOVER FROM COVID-19
LA Cares Corps, a partnership between the City of LA and County of LA, was designed to assist small businesses with surviving the COVID-19 crisis and help accelerate economic recovery from the crisis by connecting LA businesses to Federal SBA loans. 

COMPLETE A BRIEF CITY SURVEY BY APRIL 30 ABOUT COVID-19 EFFECTS ON YOUR HOME
In order for the City to continue to frame its response to the COVID-19 pandemic in a way that best addresses the needs of our residents, you are invited to complete a brief online survey about how the pandemic and its related social circumstances are affecting you and your family. Complete the survey by April 30..

COMPLETE 2020 CENSUS ONLINE OR BY PHONE
The 2020 Census will help determine the distribution of Federal funds for public safety, roads, and other vital resources. The Census also determines the number of seats each state will have in the US House of Representatives and is used to draw congressional and state legislative districts. Complete online or call 844-330-2020 (English) or 844-468-2020 (Spanish).

UPDATE 4/17/20, 10:00 AM – Drive-Thru Testing at City Hall Today. CDC Guidance on Face Coverings. Planning Commission Mtg 4/20. Complete City Survey & 2020 Census. Stay Safe at Home.

DRIVE-THRU TESTING AT CITY HALL FOR ALL COMMUNITY MEMBERS - FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 10AM-4PM
The City of Malibu and its partners, Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE) and Malibu Medical Group, will offer drive-thru testing for all community members of the greater Malibu area at Malibu City Hall Friday, April 17 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. You must be in line by 4:00 PM. Pre-registration is required online

For the safety of the community, all community members are urged to get tested, regardless of symptoms. There are no out-of-pocket expenses for the test. If you have health insurance and have COVID-19 symptoms, your insurance company will cover 100% of the testing cost. If you have symptoms and no health insurance, you are requested to please make a donation of at least $60 to www.COREresponse.org. No one will be denied testing due to an inability to pay. Community members or businesses that would like to support this testing service may also make a donation.

COMPLETE BRIEF CITY SURVEY ABOUT COVID-19 EFFECTS ON YOUR HOME
In order for the City to continue to frame its response to the COVID-19 pandemic in a way that best addresses the needs of our residents, you are invited to complete a brief online survey about how the pandemic and its related social circumstances are affecting you and your family.

CDC GUIDANCE ON FACE COVERINGS
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) provides tips on how to wear and make face coverings

 PLANNING COMMISSION VIRTUAL MEETING – MONDAY, APRIL 20, 6:30 PM
The Malibu Planning Commission will hold a virtual regular meeting on Monday, April 20 at 6:30 PM. The agenda and staff reports are posted in the Agenda Center. The meeting will be held as a video meeting using Zoom, and can be watched live streaming on the City Virtual Meeting webpage or on the City’s YouTube channel. Written comments may be submitted to the Commission before the meeting by email to PlanningCommission@MalibuCity.org. The public may also sign up to speak during the meeting. For additional information and public comment instructions, visit MalibuCity.org/VirtualMeeting.

UPDATE 4/16/20, 4:00 PM - drive-thru testing at city hall Friday, 4/17. free food bank for SMMUSD families. CDC Guidance on Face Coverings.  

DRIVE-THRU TESTING AT CITY HALL FOR ALL COMMUNITY MEMBERS – FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 10AM-4PM
The City of Malibu and its partners, Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE) and Malibu Medical Group, will offer drive-thru testing for all community members of the greater Malibu area at Malibu City Hall Friday, April 17, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. You must be in line by 4:00 PM. Pre-registration is required online.  

FREE EMERGENCY FOOD BANK FOR LOW-INCOME RESIDENTS OR ENROLLED SMMUSD FAMILIES
The City of Santa Monica and Virginia Avenue Park has partnered with the Westside Food Bank to offer pre-assembled food bags, one per household to low-income Santa Monica residents and/or families with children enrolled in Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) schools. Food pantry bags will be distributed by appointment only, twice a week at Virginia Avenue Park. For appointments, call (424) 410-1354, Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Pick up hours are by appointment only. https://www.santamonica.gov/coronavirus-resources 

CDC GUIDANCE ON FACE COVERINGS
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided tips on how to wear face coverings and on homemade face coverings.

UPDATE 4/15/20, 4:00 PM – Paycheck Protection Program Portal. Drive-Thru Testing 4/16-4/17. City COVID-19 survey. Safe distancing protocol order effective midnight tonight. Insurance Commissioner Virtual Town Hall. Stay Safe at Home.

LA COUNTY PROVIDES PORTAL FOR SMALL BUSINESS APPLICATIONS FOR FEDERAL PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM
The County of Los Angeles, in partnership with Goldman Sachs and Community Reinvestment Fund, USA (CRF), has created a new application portal for small businesses seeking to apply for the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), a forgivable loan product created by the CARES Act. Read PPP frequently asked questions, or call the LA County Disaster Help Center at 833-238-4450 for more info.

DRIVE-THRU TESTING AT CITY HALL – WEDNESDAY TO FRIDAY, APRIL 15-17, 10AM-4PM
For the safety of the community, all community members are urged to get tested, regardless of symptoms. Drive-thru testing is offered at Malibu City Hall Wednesday through Friday, April 15-17, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. You must be in line by 4:00 PM. Online pre-registration is required. 

There are no out-of-pocket expenses for the test, and no one will be denied testing due to an inability to pay. . If you have health insurance and have COVID-19 symptoms, your insurance company will cover 100% of the testing cost. If you have symptoms and no health insurance, please make a donation of at least $60 to www.COREresponse.org. Community members or businesses may also support this testing service by making a donation.

GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES SUPPORT FOR UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE AND PANDEMIC UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE APPLICATIONS
At the Governor’s direction, the Employment Development Department (EDD) will expand its call center hours to operate 7 days a week from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM beginning Monday, April 20, to assist individuals applying for unemployment insurance benefits. The EDD will also have a one-stop shop for individuals applying for both State unemployment insurance and the new federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program beginning April 28. The PUA will provide federally funded benefits distinct from UI program for certain individuals out of work or partially unemployed due to COVID-19, including the self-employed, certain employees who lack sufficient work history, independent contractors, and gig workers. PUA benefits to be issued within 24-48 hours. More information at Gov.CA.gov.

COUNTY REVISED ORDER REQUIRES POSTING OF SAFE DISTANCING PROTOCOL TO PROTECT EMPLOYEES & VISITORS AT ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES BY MIDNIGHT TONIGHT
The Los Angeles County Revised Safer at Home Order includes a requirement Essential Businesses post a Safe Distancing Protocol at their facilities by midnight tonight and provide copies to all employees. A Protocol template is included in the Revised Order as Appendix A (pages 9-11).

COMPLETE A BRIEF CITY SURVEY ABOUT COVID-19 EFFECTS ON YOUR HOME
All Malibu residents are invited to complete a brief online survey about how the pandemic and its related social circumstances are affecting you and your family.

INSURANCE COMMISSIONER TO HOST VIRTUAL TOWN HALL ON FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 10:00 AM
CA Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara will host a virtual town hall on Friday, April 17, at 10:00 AM regarding insurance coverage issues for small businesses. Submit questions by 5:00 PM on Wednesday, April 15, to crb@insurance.ca.gov.

UPDATE 4/15/20, 10:00 AM – County Small Business Loans. Drive-Thru Testing Resumes Today. City survey. Safe distancing protocol order effective midnight tonight. Insurance Commissioner Virtual Town Hall. Stay Safe at Home.

LA COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS APPROVES SMALL BUSINESS LOANS
The LA County Board of Supervisors yesterday approved the creation of the Small Business Recovery Loan Program aimed 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. Visit BizRecoveryLoans.LACDA.org For more information or to apply. Email questions to BizRecovery@lacda.org. Additional resources for small businesses can be found at: DCBA.LACounty.gov.

DRIVE-THRU TESTING AT CITY HALL RESUMES WEDNESDAY TO FRIDAY, APRIL 15-17, 10AM-4PM
The City of Malibu and its partners, Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE), Covid Clinic and Malibu Medical Group, resume offering drive-thru testing for first responders, essential workers, and residents of the greater Malibu community at Malibu City Hall Wednesday through Friday, April 15-17, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. You must be in line by 4:00 PM. Online pre-registration required. No out-of-pocket expenses for the test. Your insurance company will cover 100% of the cost. If you have no health insurance, please make a donation of at least $60 to www.COREresponse.org. No one will be denied testing due to an inability to pay. Support this testing service by making a donation.

POST SAFE DISTANCING PROTOCOL AT ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES BY MIDNIGHT TONIGHT
The LA County Public Health Department’s Revised Safer at Home Order includes a requirement that Essential Businesses develop a Safe Distancing Protocol to ensure physical distancing and regular disinfection of high-touch areas. Business owners or managers must provide face coverings for all employees whose duties require contact with the public or other employees. The Protocol must be provided to all employees and posted in an area visible to the public by midnight tonight, Wednesday, April 15. A Protocol template is included in the Revised Order as Appendix A (pages 9-11).

Members of the City’s CERT team are visiting local businesses to make sure they are aware of the revised order and are preparing to implement the required safety protocols.

COMPLETE BRIEF CITY SURVEY ABOUT COVID-19 EFFECTS ON YOUR HOME
In order for the City continue to frame its response to the COVID-19 pandemic so that it best addresses the needs of our residents, you are invited to complete a brief online survey about how the pandemic and its related social circumstances are affecting you and your family. Complete the survey.

UPDATE 4/14/20, 4:00 PM – Drive-thru testing at City Hall 4/15-4/17. City Council passes eviction moratorium. Revised County order in effect midnight, 4/15. Insurance Commissioner town hall meeting 4/17. City survey about impacts of COVID-19. 

INSURANCE COMMISSIONER TO HOST VIRTUAL TOWN HALL ON FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 10:00 AM
With businesses experiencing tremendous economic loss, CA Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara will host a virtual town hall on Friday, April 17, at 10:00 AM to discuss coverage options for small businesses today and moving forward from this pandemic. Submit questions to crb@insurance.ca.gov by 5:00 PM on Wednesday, April 15. RSVP to crb@insurance.ca.gov - a call-in number will be sent by email in advance of the event.

COMPLETE BRIEF CITY SURVEY ABOUT COVID-19 EFFECTS ON YOUR HOME
To help ensure that the City continues to frame its response to the COVID-19 pandemic in a way that best addresses the needs of our residents, you are invited to complete a brief online survey about how the pandemic is affecting you and your family.

GOVERNOR OUTLINES KEY INDICATORS FOR MODIFYING STATE’S STAY AT HOME ORDER
At his public briefing today, Governor Newsom discussed six key indicators that will guide the State’s determination for when and how to modify the Stay at Home and other orders. Read a summary of the Governor’s plan or view the full video of the Governor’s briefing.

UPDATE 4/14/20, 10:00 AM – City Council approves eviction moratorium. Drive-thru Testing Wed-Fri. Safe Distancing Protocol at Essential Businesses. 

DRIVE-THRU TESTING AT CITY HALL – WEDNESDAY TO FRIDAY, APRIL 15-17, 10AM-4PM
The City of Malibu and its partners, Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE), Covid Clinic and Malibu Medical Group, will offer drive-thru testing at Malibu City Hall Wednesday through Friday, April 15-17, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. You must be in line by 4:00 PM. Pre-registration is required – register online only.

CITY COUNCIL APPROVES TEMPORARY MORATORIUM ON FORECLOSURES & EVICTIONS
The Malibu City Council Monday night adopted an emergency ordinance imposing a temporary moratorium on foreclosures and evictions due to nonpayment of rent by residential and commercial tenants impacted by COVID-19. For further details, view the staff report, including the ordinance and view the meeting video (discussion of this item begins at approximately 2:04).

DRIVE-THRU TESTING AT CITY HALL – WEDNESDAY TO FRIDAY, APRIL 15-17, 10AM-4PM
The City of Malibu and its partners, Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE), Covid Clinic and Malibu Medical Group, will offer drive-thru testing for residents of the greater Malibu community at Malibu City Hall Wednesday through Friday, April 15-17, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. You must be in line by 4:00 PM. Online pre-registration is required.

For the safety of the community, all first responders and essential workers in Malibu are urged to get tested regardless of symptoms. Community members who are concerned that they may have been exposed are also urged to get tested.

There are no out-of-pocket expenses for the test. If you have health insurance and have COVID-19 symptoms, your insurance company will cover 100% of the testing cost. If you have symptoms and no health insurance, you are requested to please make a donation of at least $60 or more to www.COREresponse.org. No one will be denied testing due to an inability to pay. Community members or businesses that would like to support this testing service may also make a donation.

COUNTY REVISED ORDER REQUIRES POSTING OF SAFE DISTANCING PROTOCOL TO PROTECT EMPLOYEES & VISITORS AT ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES
The Los Angeles County Public Health Department announced Friday that the Safer at Home Order was extended to May 15, 2020. The Revised Order includes a requirement that Essential Businesses develop a Safe Distancing Protocol to ensure physical distancing and regular disinfection of high-touch areas. Business owners or managers must provide face coverings for all employees whose duties require contact with the public or other employees. The Protocol must be provided to all employees and posted in an area visible to the public by midnight on Wednesday, April 15. A Protocol template is included in the Revised Order as Appendix A (pages 9-11).

UPDATE 4/13/20, 4:00 PM – No new updates. Watch/participate in the Malibu City Council virtual meeting at 6:30 PM. Drive-thru testing for first responders, essential workers and residents at City Hall Wed-Fri., April 15-17. Stay Safe at Home.

No new updated information since this morning’s message.

Update 4/13/20, 10:00 AM – Drive-Thru Testing for residents Wed-Fri. City Council Virtual Meeting. Senator Stern Town Hall. Small Business Webinars. Stay Safe at Home.

DRIVE-THRU TESTING AT CITY HALL – WEDNESDAY TO FRIDAY, APRIL 15-17, 10AM-4PM
The City of Malibu and its partners, Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE), Covid Clinic and Malibu Medical Group, will offer drive-thru testing at Malibu City Hall Wednesday through Friday, April 15-17, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. You must be in line by 4:00 PM.

For the safety of the community, all first responders and essential workers in Malibu are urged to get tested regardless of symptoms. Community members who are concerned that they may have been exposed are also urged to get tested.

Last week, 1,197 coronavirus tests were administered during the drive-thru testing at City Hall.

There are no out-of-pocket expenses for the test. If you have health insurance and have COVID-19 symptoms, your insurance company will cover 100% of the testing cost. If you have symptoms and no health insurance, you are requested to please make a donation of at least $60 or more to www.COREresponse.org. No one will be denied testing due to an inability to pay. Community members or businesses that would like to support this testing service may also make a donation.

VIRTUAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING TONIGHT - MONDAY, APRIL 13, 6:30 PM
The Malibu City Council will hold its first Virtual City Council meeting tonight, Monday, April 13, at 6:30 PM. The agenda and staff reports are posted in the Agenda Center on the City website. The meeting will be held as a group video meeting using Zoom, and can be watched on livestream video  or on the City’s Youtube channel. Written comments may be submitted to the Council before the meeting by email to CityCouncil@malibucity.org. The public may also sign up to speak during the meeting. For additional information and public comment instructions, visit MalibuCity.org/VirtualMeeting.

SENATOR HENRY STERN HOSTS VIRTUAL TOWN HALL MEETING, MONDAY, APRIL 13, 4PM
State Senator Henry Stern, who represents Malibu, will host a virtual town hall meeting on Monday, April 13 at 4:00 PM. The meeting will discuss resources available to workers struggling to survive the COVID-19 economic crisis. Submit questions in Senator Stern’s Facebook event or on his website.

DAILY WEBINAR TO HELP SMALL BUSINESSES HURT BY CORONAVIRUS CRISIS
A daily 3:00 PM webinar with a Q&A is offered by California’s Small Business Development Center about the Economic Injury Disaster Loan and the Paycheck Protection Program meant to help small businesses struggling during the coronavirus crisis. Registration is free. More information and online registration.

update 4/12/20, 10:00 AM - UNDER COUNTY ORDERS, ALL PEOPLE MUST OBSERVE SOCIAL DISTANCING AT ALL TIMES. ALL PEOPLE MUST WEAR FACE COVERINGS WHILE OUT IN PUBLIC & AT ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES 

REMINDER – YOU MUST OBSERVE PHYSICAL DISTANCING AT ALL TIMES AND WEAR FACE COVERINGS WHEN ENTERING AN ESSENTIAL BUSINESS UNDER THE COUNTY ORDERS IN ORDER TO SLOW THE SPREAD OF COVID-19. 

SENATOR HENRY STERN HOSTS VIRTUAL TOWN HALL MEETING, MON, APRIL 13
State Senator Henry Stern, who represents Malibu, will host a virtual town hall meeting on Monday, April 13 at 4:00 PM. The meeting will discuss resources available to workers struggling to survive the COVID-19 economic crisis. Phone in at (669) 900–9128 with passcode 894-805-299. Submit questions in Senator Stern’s Facebook event or on his website.

DAILY WEBINAR TO HELP SMALL BUSINESSES HURT BY CORONAVIRUS CRISIS
A daily 3:00 PM webinar with a Q&A is offered by California’s Small Business Development Center about the Economic Injury Disaster Loan and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) meant to help small businesses struggling during the coronavirus crisis. Registration is free. For more information and to register, visit the Small Biz LA website. 

NO DRIVE-THRU COVID-19 TESTING AT CITY HALL TODAY, SUNDAY, APRIL 12
No drive-through tests will be offered at Malibu City Hall today. The City thanks its partners, Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE), Covid Clinic and Malibu Medical Group, as well as CERT volunteers, City staff and others who worked to make the drive-through testing possible. More than 400 first responders and essential workers received free tests on April 6 and 7 to help them continue to do their live-saving work. Hundreds of Malibu residents received tests April 8 through 11. Potential further testing opportunities will be announced when the information becomes available. Community members or businesses that would like to support this testing service may also make a donation to www.COREresponse.org.

UPDATE 4/11, 10:00 AM – Safe Distancing Protocol for Essential Business. Face Covering Guidance. Drive-Thru Testing Today. Observe holidays at home.

NOTE: Effective today, regular updates will be provided only once daily at 10:00 AM on weekends.

COUNTY HEALTH OFFICER REVISES SAFER AT HOME ORDER - REQUIRES POSTING OF SAFE DISTANCING PROTOCOL TO PROTECT EMPLOYEES & VISITORS AT ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES
The Los Angeles County Public Health Department announced Friday that the Safer at Home Order was extended to May 15, 2020. The Revised Order requires Essential Businesses to develop a Safe Distancing Protocol to ensure social distancing and regular disinfection of high-touch areas. The Protocol must be provided to all employees and posted in an area visible to the public by midnight on Wednesday, April 15. A Social Distancing Protocol template is included in the Revised Order as Appendix A (pages 9-11).

REVISED SAFER AT HOME ORDER REQUIRES ALL EMPLOYEES AND VISITORS TO WEAR CLOTH FACE COVERING WHEN ENTERING ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES
The County’s Revised Safer at Home Order includes a new requirement that all individuals must wear a cloth face covering when entering an Essential Business. This requirement includes employees of the business whose duties require close contact with other employees and/or the public. Guidance for the use of face coverings includes:

  • Cotton works well as you are able to breathe through it. 
  • Wash your hands before putting on a face covering, then make sure it fully covers your nose and mouth. 
  • Wash hands or hand sanitize before removing the covering, then fold it carefully with the side that touched your face placed inward and put in a paper bag. Wash and sanitize your hands again. 
  • Wash face coverings at least once daily.
  • Discard coverings that do not cover your nose and mouth, have stretched out or damaged ties/straps, or holes in the fabric. 
  • Children under the age of 2 should not wear a face covering, and young children should be monitored to ensure they do not touch the covering.

DRIVE-THRU TESTING FOR RESIDENTS AT CITY HALL – SATURDAY, APRIL 11, 10AM-4PM
The City of Malibu and its partners, Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE), Covid Clinic and Malibu Medical Group, continue offering drive-thru testing at Malibu City Hall for residents of the greater Malibu community today from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. You must be in line by 4:00 PM. Pre-registration is required – register online, by text or phone at 310-853-1454, or by email to info@CovidClinic.org. The testing organization asks that only those with COVID-19 symptoms register for testing at this time to ensure that those with the highest need are prioritized for testing. You will be asked about symptoms onsite.

There are no out-of-pocket expenses for the test. If you have health insurance and have COVID-19 symptoms, your insurance company will cover 100% of the testing cost. If you have symptoms and no health insurance, you are requested to please make a donation of at least $60 or more to www.COREresponse.org. No one will be denied testing due to an inability to pay. Community members or businesses may also make a donation to support this testing service.

RESIDENTS STRONGLY URGED TO CELEBRATE PASSOVER & EASTER HOLIDAYS SAFELY FROM HOME
Stay at home orders and social distancing are proving to be successful in preventing the acceleration of cases of COVID-19.  Residents are strongly urged to celebrate the Passover and Easter holidays at home. Family members who live separately should not join families in other homes. Remember – individuals who may be infected and not exhibiting symptoms are still able to spread the virus to others.

UPDATE 4/10/20, 4:00 PM – Safer at Home extended to May 15, Face Covering Required. Council Agenda Posted. Observe holidays safely at home.

COUNTY HEALTH OFFICER EXTENDS SAFER AT HOME ORDER TO MAY 15 – INCLUDES NEW MEASURES REQUIRING FACE COVERINGS AT ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES & POSTING OF PLANS TO PROTECT EMPLOYEES & VISITORS AT ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES
The Los Angeles County Public Health Department announced today that the Safer at Home Order has been extended to May 15, 2020 and includes the addition of new measures:

  • The Revised Order requires essential businesses to provide a cloth face covering for all employees to wear while performing duties that involve contact with other employees and/or the public, and the business must post for employees and the public its plans to ensure physical distancing by midnight on Wednesday, April 15.
  • The Revised Order requires members of the public to wear a face covering to enter any essential business. 
  • All public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or living unit remain prohibited. 

View the County’s Revised Order.

AGENDA POSTED FOR VIRTUAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING SCHEDULED ON MONDAY, APRIL 13
The agenda and staff reports for the Virtual City Council meeting scheduled on Monday, April 13, at 6:30 PM are now available in the Agenda Center on the City website. The meeting will be held as a group video meeting using Zoom, and can be watched on livestream video. Written comments may be submitted to the Council before the meeting by email to CityCouncil@malibucity.org, and the public may also sign up to speak during the meeting by clicking “Sign up to Speak.” View additional meeting information

DRIVE-THRU TESTING FOR RESIDENTS AT CITY HALL – SATURDAY, APRIL 11, 10AM-4PM
The City of Malibu and its partners, Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE), Covid Clinic and Malibu Medical Group, continue offering drive-thru testing at Malibu City Hall for residents of the greater Malibu community on Saturday, April 11, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. You must be in line by 4:00 PM. Pre-registration is required – register online, by text or phone at 310-853-1454, or by email to info@CovidClinic.org. The testing organization asks that only those with COVID-19 symptoms register for testing at this time to ensure that those with the highest need are prioritized for testing. You will be asked about symptoms onsite.

There are no out-of-pocket expenses for the test. If you have health insurance and have COVID-19 symptoms, your insurance company will cover 100% of the testing cost. If you have symptoms and no health insurance, you are requested to please make a donation of at least $60 or more to www.COREresponse.org. No one will be denied testing due to an inability to pay. Community members or businesses may also make a donation to help support this testing service.

RESIDENTS STRONGLY URGED TO CELEBRATE PASSOVER & EASTER HOLIDAYS SAFELY FROM HOME
Stay at home orders and social distancing are proving to be successful in preventing the acceleration of cases of COVID-19.  Residents are strongly urged to celebrate the Passover and Easter holidays at home. Family members who live separately should not join families in other homes. Remember – individuals who may be infected and not exhibiting symptoms are still able to spread the virus to others.

CITY TO SEND ONCE-DAILY COVID-19 EMERGENCY ALERT AT 10 AM ON WEEKENDS
Starting this weekend, the City will send a once-daily emergency alert with updates and information related to COVID-19 at 10:00 AM. The City’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) staff continue to work seven days a week and monitor the situation in Malibu. All emergent information will continue to be pushed out to the Malibu community as necessary throughout the weekend. 

PANDEMIC UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS
On April 9, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that, starting April 12, California workers who are receiving unemployment benefits will begin receiving an extra $600 on top of their weekly amount, as part of the new Pandemic Additional Compensation (PAC) initiated by the CARES Act. For more information on how to apply for unemployment insurance benefits and what claimants need to know about the new $600 additional payments, visit the California Employment Development Department (EDD) website.

UPDATE 4/10/20, 10:00 AM – Drive-thru testing for Residents Fri-Sat, 10AM - 4PM. City Council Virtual Meeting Mon, 4/13. County briefing. Stay safe at home over holiday weekend.

DRIVE-THRU TESTING FOR RESIDENTS AT CITY HALL – FRI & SAT,April 10-11, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
The City of Malibu and its partners, Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE), Covid Clinic and Malibu Medical Group, continue offering drive-thru testing at Malibu City Hall for residents of the greater Malibu community Friday and Saturday, April 10-11, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. You must be in line by 4:00 PM. Pre-registration is required – Register online, by text or phone at 310-853-1454, or by email to info@CovidClinic.org. The testing organization asks that only those with COVID-19 symptoms register for testing at this time to ensure that those with the highest need are prioritized for testing. You will be asked about symptoms onsite.

There are no out-of-pocket expenses for the test. If you have health insurance and have COVID-19 symptoms, your insurance company will cover 100% of the testing cost. If you have symptoms and no health insurance, you are requested to please make a donation of at least $60 or more to www.COREresponse.org. No one will be denied testing due to an inability to pay. Community members or businesses that would like to support this testing service may also make a donation.

CITY COUNCIL TO HOLD VIRTUAL COUNCIL MEETING ON MONDAY, APRIL 13, 6:30 PM
The Malibu City Council will hold a virtual City Council meeting on Monday, April 13, at 6:30 PM using video conferencing. The agenda and staff report will be posted today in the Agenda Center on this website. The meeting will be held as a group video meeting using Zoom, and can be watched on livestream video. Written comments may be submitted to the Council before the meeting by email to CityCouncil@malibucity.org, The public may also speak during the meeting by visiting MalibuCity.org/VirtualMeeting and clicking “Sign up to Speak.” For more information, view the City Council Virtual Meeting News Flash

RESIDENTS STRONGLY URGED TO NOT GO OUT IN PUBLIC THIS WEEK - CELEBRATE PASSOVER & EASTER HOLIDAYS SAFELY FROM HOME
While many more COVID-19 cases are expected this week and over the next few weeks, State and County Departments of Public Health strongly urge residents to avoid leaving their homes this week and next week. Necessary medicine, groceries, and meals should be arranged for delivery whenever possible. Residents are also urged to celebrate the upcoming Passover and Easter holidays with their families while staying safe at home. Individuals, families, and groups should not plan to celebrate their holidays at parks or other public spaces due to the significant increases in confirmed cases and the unknown number of individuals who may be infected and not exhibiting symptoms, but still able to spread the virus.

WATCH LA COUNTY DAILY CORONAVIRUS BRIEFINGS
The Los Angeles County Public Health office and elected officials have a daily TV briefing on the County’s COVID-19 status and response weekdays on the County of LA Facebook page, County of LA Twitter page, and on the LA County YouTube channel. The daily briefings have been held at 12:30 PM or 1:00 PM following the Governor’s state briefings. The City will announce the times on social media and Nextdoor as they become available. The briefings are also broadcast live on many local TV news stations and the LA County government access channel. All phone numbers, websites, and resources mentioned during this livestream are listed at COVID19.LACounty.gov.

Update  4/8/20, 4:00 PM – Drive-thru testing for RESIDENTS Th-Sat, 10AM - 4PM. City Council Virtual Meeting Mon, 4/13. Unemployment for self-employed, contractors. Stay safe at home over holiday weekend.

DRIVE-THRU TESTING FOR RESIDENTS AT CITY HALL – THUR, 4/9 – SAT, 4/11, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
The City of Malibu and its partners, Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE), Covid Clinic and Malibu Medical Group, continue offering drive-thru testing at Malibu City Hall for residents of the greater Malibu community Thursday through Saturday, April 9-11, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. You must be in line by 4:00 PM. Pre-registration is required at CovidClinic.org, by text or phone at 310-853-1454, or by email to info@CovidClinic.org. The testing organization asks that only those with COVID-19 symptoms pre-register. They will be asked about symptoms onsite. This is meant to ensure that those with the highest need are prioritized for testing.

If you have health insurance coverage, your insurance will be billed for the cost of the test. If you do not have insurance, it is requested that a $60 donation be made at COREresponse.org. No one will be denied a test due to inability to pay. Any community member or business that would like to support this testing service for those who do not have health insurance may make a donation to COREresponse.org.

CITY COUNCIL TO HOLD VIRTUAL COUNCIL MEETING ON MONDAY, APRIL 13
The Malibu City Council will hold a virtual City Council meeting on Monday, April 13, at 6:30 PM using video conferencing. The agenda and staff report will be posted in advance of the meeting at https://www.malibucity.org/agendacenter. The meeting will be held as a group video meeting using Zoom, and can be watched on livestream video. Written comments may be submitted to the Council before the meeting by email to CityCouncil@malibucity.org, and the public may also speak during the meeting. For additional details, view the Virtual City Council Meeting News Flash on the homepage of this website..

PANDEMIC UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE (PUA) BENEFITS FOR SELF-EMPLOYED, INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS, AND GIG WORKERS
The US Department of Labor has provided Guidance for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Program that provides unemployment benefits for individuals, such as self-employed workers, independent contractors, and gig workers, who do not qualify for regular unemployment compensation and are unable to continue working as a result of COVID-19. PUA is contained in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act enacted on March 27, 2020.

RESIDENTS STRONGLY URGED TO NOT GO OUT IN PUBLIC THIS WEEK - CELEBRATE PASSOVER & EASTER HOLIDAYS SAFELY FROM HOME
While many more COVID-19 cases are expected this week and over the next few weeks, State and County Departments of Public Health strongly urge residents to avoid leaving their homes this week and next week. Necessary medicine, groceries, and meals should be arranged for delivery whenever possible. Residents are also urged to celebrate the upcoming Passover and Easter holidays with their families while staying safe at home. Individuals, families, and groups should not plan to celebrate their holidays at parks or other public spaces due to the significant increases in confirmed cases and the unknown number of individuals who may be infected and not exhibiting symptoms, but still able to spread the virus.

UPDATE 4/8, 10:00 AM – Drive-thru corona tests for RESIDENTS 4/8-4/11, 10AM – 1PM. City video messages.

DRIVE-THRU TESTING FOR RESIDENTS AT CITY HALL – WED, 4/8 – SAT, 4/11, 10AM-1PM (NEW TIME)
The City of Malibu and its partners, Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE), Covid Clinic and Malibu Medical Group, are offering drive-thru testing at Malibu City Hall for residents of the greater Malibu community Wednesday through Saturday, April 8-11, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. You must be in line by 1:00 PM. Pre-registration is required at https://CovidClinic.org, by text or phone at 310-853-1454, or by email to info@CovidClinic.org. The testing organization asks that only those with COVID-19 symptoms pre-register. They will be asked about symptoms on site. This is meant to ensure that those with the highest need are prioritized for testing.

If you have health insurance coverage, your insurance will be billed for the cost of the test. If you do not have insurance, then a $60 donation is requested. The donation must be made at https://www.coreresponse.org/.

No one will be denied a test due to inability to pay.

Any community member or business that would like to support this testing service for those who do not have health insurance may make a donation to https://www.coreresponse.org.

VIDEO MESSAGES OF SUPPORT FROM CITY LEADERS
Malibu City leaders continue to work for you and our community during these difficult times as we all stay safe at home to protect our vulnerable families and neighbors. Video messages of support are posted regularly on the City’s social media network and all of them can be viewed online.

DIGITAL LIBRARY CARD AND OTHER LIBRARY RESOURCES
The LA County Library continues to offer a wide variety resources and programs for residents staying at home, including free online training programs. Residents who don’t have a library card can now get a temporary digital library card so they can enjoy all the available County Library resources. Apply for a digital library card.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RESOURCES
During this time of social distancing and quarantine, there are many additional risks for survivors of domestic violence and their safety. Now is the time for those who feel they or their family may be at risk of harm to be sure they have a plan. If you or someone you know is experiencing or in danger of domestic violence, the County offers many resources to help. Call the Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-978-3600 or visit PublicHealth.LACounty.gov/DVcouncil. For assistance identifying risks in advance and preparing a safety plan, visit https://sanctuaryforfamilies.org/safety-planning-covid19/.

UPDATE 4/7/20, 4:00 PM – Drive-thru testing at City Hall for residents 4/8 -4/11 NEW TIME: 10AM-1PM. Postcards from Home. Medical Supply Donations. 

COVID-19 DRIVE-THRU TESTING AT CITY HALL FOR RESIDENTS – APRIL 8-11 (NOTE NEW TIME: 10AM – 1PM)
The City of Malibu and its partners Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE), Covid Clinic, and Malibu Medical Group conducted more than 250 free novel coronavirus (COVID-19) tests on Monday and continued a second day of testing on Tuesday for first responders and essential workers at the drive-thru testing offered at Malibu City Hall. 

Drive-thru testing for residents of the broader Malibu community begins Wednesday, April 8 and continues through Saturday, April 11, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM (new time). You must be in line by 1:00 PM. Pre-registration is required. To pre-register, visit CovidClinic.org, text or call 310-853-1454, or email info@CovidClinic.org

If you have health insurance coverage, your insurance will be billed for the cost of the test. If you do not have insurance, a $60 donation is requested. The donation must be made at www.COREresponse.org.

Any community member or business that would like to support this testing service for those who do not have health insurance may make a donation to www.COREresponse.org.

MALIBU VIRTUAL REC ‘STAY AT HOME’ PROGRAMS, ACTIVITIES – POSTCARDS FROM HOME
The Community Services Department added the new Postcards from Home program to its Virtual Recreation Center. Postcards from Home helps people stay connected to the community by mail. Write a poem, send cheer, draw a picture, or send a photo of your favorite Malibu location. The City will mail your message and photo to others in our community, including members of the Malibu Senior Center. Letters and photos must be submitted by Monday, April 13, at 5:00 PM. The postcards will not contain the address of the person submitting the form. Submit online at MalibuCity.org/VirtualRec.

NEW STATE WEBSITE FOR MAKING MEDICAL SUPPLY CONTRIBUTIONS
Governor Newsom announced today a new website has been launched for companies and individuals wanting to contribute medical supplies and other critical resources, either for donation or purchase, in support of the State’s efforts to combat COVID-19. For more information or to make a contribution, go to: Covid19Supplies.CA.gov.

UPDATE 4/7/20, 10:00 AM – Drive-thru testing. SoCalGas bill assistance. Stay safe at home.

OVER 250 FIRST RESPONDERS & ESSENTIAL WORKERS TESTED ON DAY 1 OF MALIBU’S DRIVE-THRU TESTING. MALIBU COMMUNITY CAN PRE-REGISTER NOW FOR TESTING OFFERED WEDNESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY
The City of Malibu and its partners, Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE), Covid Clinic and Malibu Medical Group, conducted more than 250 free novel coronavirus (COVID-19) tests for first responders and essential workers on April 6, day one of the drive-thru testing offered at Malibu City Hall. Testing continues on Tuesday, April 7 for first responders and essential workers, including those serving the Malibu community at grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, and other essential businesses where they are exposed to the public. Drive-thru testing for residents of the broader Malibu community begins Wednesday, April 8 and continues through Saturday, April 11. Pre-register at https://CovidClinic.org, text or call 310-853-1454, or email info@CovidClinic.org

GAS COMPANY OFFERS BILL-PAYING ASSISTANCE
SoCalGas has launched its “SoCalGas CAREs” campaign for customers whose income may have recently changed due to COVID-19 or other reasons. The campaign lets customers know of their eligibility for SoCalGas’ assistance program, California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE), which provides a 20% discount on monthly natural gas bills. Customers who have become recently unemployed or who are currently facing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic or for other reasons can complete an online application and find out instantly if they qualify. Visit www.SoCalGas.com/CARE

LA COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH URGES RESIDENTS TO NOT GO OUT IN PUBLIC THIS WEEK, IF POSSIBLE
The Director of the LA County Department of Public Health stated today many more COVID-19 cases are expected this week and over the next few weeks. She strongly urged all residents that have enough supplies in their home to skip shopping altogether this week and next week, if possible, or arrange for medicines and groceries to be delivered due to the significant increases in confirmed cases and an unknown number of individuals who may be infected without symptoms, but who can spread the virus.

update 4/6/20, 4:00 PM - drive thru testing at city hall 6-11. virtual planning commission meeting tonight. EOC weekly update. County Grant funds available. LADPH guidance on face coverings. 

TESTING FOR FIRST RESPONDERS & ESSENTIAL WORKERS & RESIDENTS
The City of Malibu is partnering with Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE), Covid Clinic, and Malibu Medical Group to provide novel coronavirus (COVID-19) drive-thru testing for first responders, essential workers and residents Monday, April 6 through Saturday, April 11 at City Hall (23825 Stuart Ranch Road, Malibu CA 90265). 

  • Phase 1 – Monday, April 6 and Tuesday April 7, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM - Free testing provided only for first responders and essential workers serving the community in Malibu, including firefighters, law enforcement, lifeguards, medical professionals, and individuals working in Malibu grocery stores, pharmacies, and other local essential businesses. Pre-registration is requested, but not required.
  • Phase 2 – Wednesday, April 8 through Saturday, April 11, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM - Testing will be provided for residents in the greater Malibu community. Pre-registration is required. The testing organization asks that only those with COVID-19 symptoms pre-register. They can use their insurance or their insurance will be billed. No onsite payments will be accepted. They will be asked about symptoms onsite. This is meant to ensure that those with the highest need are prioritized for testing.

Pre-registration: To pre-register, visit https://covidclinic.org  text or call 310-853-1454, or email info@CovidClinic.org

LA COUNTY WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OFFERS $500,000 IN EMPLOYER ASSISTANCE GRANTS
The Los Angeles County Department of Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services (WDACS) announced today that $500,000 in employer assistance grants will be available for businesses with fewer than 50 employees. Grants up to $10,000 will be offered for businesses based on demonstrated need to cover expenses and working capital costs with approximately 25% of the grant funding reserved for social enterprises serving vulnerable populations. A webinar to provide guidance for businesses on the grant application process will be offered April 7 at 1:30 PM. Applications will be accepted online beginning Wednesday April 8, 8AM. Apply online.

LA COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH URGES RESIDENTS TO NOT GO OUT IN PUBLIC THIS WEEK, IF POSSIBLE
The Director of the LA County Department of Public Health stated today many more COVID-19 cases are expected this week and over the next few weeks. She strongly urged all residents that have enough supplies in their home to skip shopping altogether this week and next week, if possible, or arrange for medicines and groceries to be delivered due to the significant increases in confirmed cases and an unknown number of individuals who may be infected without symptoms, but who can spread the virus. 

VIRTUAL PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING – MONDAY, APRIL 6, 6:30 PM
The City of Malibu will conduct its first virtual Planning Commission Meeting tonight, Monday, April 6, at 6:30 PM. To view the agenda and information on how to view the meeting and submit comments, go to https://www.malibucity.org/agendacenter.

LA COUNTY GUIDANCE FOR CLOTH FACE COVERINGS
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health provides public health information on how the public can safely use cloth face coverings while outside their homes on essential business. It is important to note that face coverings do not protect you from getting the virus and are not a substitute for always practicing physical distancing and frequent handwashing. N95 and other medical masks are reserved for first responders and medical personnel. 

CITY EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER (EOC) WEEKLY UPDATE FOR APRIL 6, 2020
The City has posted its weekly update for EOC operations for the week of April 6-10.

UPDATE 4/6/20, 10:00 AM –Drive-thru testing at City Hall April 6-11. Virtual Town Hall & Planning Commission Meetings.

TESTING FOR FIRST RESPONDERS & ESSENTIAL WORKERS & RESIDENTS
The City of Malibu is partnering with the Los Angeles-based, global non-profit organization Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE) and local medical providers to provide free novel coronavirus (COVID-19) drive-thru testing for first responders, essential workers and residents Monday, April 6 through Saturday, April 11 at City Hall. 

  • Phase 1 – Monday, April 6 and Tuesday April 7, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM - Free testing provided only for first responders and essential workers serving the community in Malibu, including firefighters, law enforcement, lifeguards, medical professionals, and individuals working in Malibu grocery stores, pharmacies, and other local essential businesses. Pre-registration is requested, but not required.
  • Phase 2 – Wednesday, April 8 through Saturday, April 11, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM - Testing will be provided for residents in the greater Malibu community. Pre-registration is required. The testing organization asks that only those with COVID-19 symptoms pre-register. They can use their insurance or their insurance will be billed. No onsite payments will be accepted. They will be asked about symptoms onsite. This is meant to ensure that those with the highest need are prioritized for testing.

Testing site: Malibu City Hall (23825 Stuart Ranch Rd), upper parking lot,

Pre-registration: To pre-register, text or call 310-853-1454, or email info@CovidClinic.org

Dr. Lisa Benya, who runs Malibu Medical Group, is serving as the lead doctor who will supervise the testing. The testing service is carried out by COVID Clinic, a local partner organization of CORE.

The tests will be conducted using a Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved nasal swab with an expected two-day turnaround for results. Those being tested will drive through the upper parking lot at Malibu City Hall. Drivers will be instructed on the steps of the highly secure process when they arrive.

Learn more about CORE at COREResponse.org

Learn more about Dr. Lisa Benya and Malibu Medical Group at MalibuMedicalGroup.com

Learn more about COVID Clinic at COVIDclinic.org

SENATOR HENRY STERN VIRTUAL TOWN HALL & PLANNING COMMISSION VIRTUAL MEETING TODAY

Senator Henry Stern is hosting a live town hall today, Monday, April 6, at 4:00 PM to discuss COVID-19 and its impact on our community. More information, RSVP and submit questions.

The City will conduct its first virtual Planning Commission Meeting tonight, Monday, April 6, at 6:30 PM. View the agenda and information on how to view the meeting and submit comments.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES – COPING WITH STRESS, DEALING WITH RUMORS, HOW TO HELP
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are providing resources for individuals to absorb and manage the tremendous amount of information available about COVID-19. 

  • Coping with Stress – The CDC has recommendations for what you can do to support yourself by managing your anxiety and stress.
  • Combating Disinformation and Rumors: FEMA created a Rumor Control page on its website to help the American public distinguish between rumors and facts regarding the response to COVID- 19.
  • How to Help: FEMA has information on how both the public and private sector can help during the crisis.

UPDATE 4/5/20, 4:00 PM – Drive-through coronavirus tests available for first responders & essential workers & residents April 6 – 11 at City Hall. 

CITY OF MALIBU & CORE OFFER FREE CORONAVIRUS DRIVE-THROUGH TESTING FOR FIRST RESPONDERS & ESSENTIAL WORKERS
The City of Malibu is partnering with the Los Angeles-based global non-profit organization Community Organized Response Effort (CORE) and local medical providers to offer free Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) drive-through testing for first responders and high-risk people in the Malibu community. Testing is offered Monday, April 6 through Saturday, April 11 at Malibu City Hall in the upper parking lot (23825 Stuart Ranch Road, Malibu CA 90265). No pre-registration. For more information, call (310) 853-1454 or visit https://covidclinic.org

Monday, April 6 and Tuesday, April 7: FREE testing provided only for first responders (law enforcement, firefighters, medical professionals, paramedics, lifeguards) and essential workers serving the community in Malibu.

Wednesday, April 8 through Saturday, April 11: Testing will be provided to the greater Malibu community for residents.

UPDATE 4/5, 10:00 am - SENATOR STERN TO HOLD VIRTUAL TOWN HALL MEETING APRIL 6. mALIBU PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING APRIL 6. SBA LOANS & OTHER DISASTER ASSISTANCE

SENATOR STERN TOWN HALL APRIL 6, 4 PM
Senator Henry Stern is hosting a live town hall on Monday, April 6 at 4:00 PM to discuss COVID-19 and its impact on our community. Topics for Monday’s town hall will include resources for small business owners, unemployment insurance options, and workplace safety during the pandemic. Speakers will include small business owners, community leaders, and workers experiencing unemployment. For more information, to RSVP and submit questions, visit https://airtable.com/shrUwlP4xzdVL6b9Z

VIRTUAL PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING APRIL
The City of Malibu will be having its first virtual Planning Commission Meeting Monday, April 6. For information on how to view the meeting, submit comments and view the agenda go to the https://www.malibucity.org/agendacenter

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION DISASTER ASSISTANCE
The Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to California small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://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. 

DISASTER ASSISTANCE FOR INDIVIDUALS AND BUSINESSES
There are numerous opportunities for individuals and businesses that have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic to get help from government and non-profit organizations, including disaster loans, paid family leave, disability and unemployment insurance, delivery of groceries and supplies for seniors in need, and more. The City is compiling these resources on the City website, so check back regularly for new resources: For Businesses: https://www.malibucity.org/996/Resources---Businesses. For individuals: https://www.malibucity.org/994/Resources---Individuals

LA COUNTY COVID-19 TESTING
Los Angeles County is making coronavirus (COVID-19) testing available at several locations in the County, strictly limited to County residents who are in the most high-risk categories and most vulnerable. For people who prefer not to visit a drive-through test center, there are a limited number of tests available at a walk-in clinic. FAQs about the testing: https://lacovidprod.service-now.com/rrs?id=rrs_faq. For more information, and to find out if you are eligible for a test, visit the County website at https://lacovidprod.service-now.com/rrs.

UPDATE 4/4/20, 4:00 PM – CDC LAUNCHES COVIDVIEW, WEEKLY US COVID-19 ACTIVITY SUMMARY. SBA PAYCHECK PROTECTION LOANS FORGIVEN FOR FIRST EIGHT WEEKS OF PAYROLL.

CDC LAUNCHES COVIDView – WEEKLY SUMMARY REPORT OF US STATISTICS, NEW DATA
On April 3, the CDC launched COVIDView, a weekly report of COVID-19 activity that summarizes and interprets key indicators from a number of existing surveillance systems. The report, which will be updated each Friday, provides CDC expert summaries and interpretations of important and timely surveillance data to track the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. COVIDView includes information related to COVID-19 outpatient visits, emergency department visits, hospitalizations and deaths, as well as laboratory data.

SBA PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM OFFERS NEARLY $350 MILLION IN SMALL BUSINESS LOANS
On April 3, the Small Business Administration (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) began offering nearly $350 billion in loans to small businesses. If an employer maintains its workforce, the SBA will forgive the portion of the loan used to cover the first eight weeks of payroll and certain other expenses. In addition to its traditional loan programs, the SBA is also providing Economic Injury Disaster Loans and forgiveness for up to six months of new and existing loans. www.SBA.gov/PPP

UPDATE 4/4/20, 10:00 AM – LA County Health Officer orders clarify Self-Quarantine & Self-Isolation. Assistance for small businesses. Guidance for use of face coverings.

LA COUNTY HEALTH OFFICER REVISED ORDERS CLARIFY SELF-QUARANTINE AND SELF-ISOLATION

On April 1, the Los Angeles County Health Officer issued two Revised Orders to provide further clarification of what actions should be taken by individuals who have or are likely to have COVID-19, and actions to be taken by those who came in close contact with someone who has or may have COVID-19: 

  • Self-Isolation – All individuals who have been diagnosed with or are likely to have COVID-19 must isolate themselves until at least three days after resolution of a fever without the use of medication, and respiratory symptoms have improved AND at least seven days after the symptoms first appeared. They must also notify any individuals with whom they came in contact to self-quarantine for fourteen days from the date of contact. Read the full Self-Isolation Order.
  • Self-Quarantine – All household contacts, intimate partners, caregivers, and others who have been in close contact with a person diagnosed with or likely to have COVID-19 must quarantine themselves. A person is considered a close contact of someone with or likely to have COVID-19 if: A) they were within six feet of  that person for more than 10 minutes; OR B) had unprotected contact with the person, either through a cough or sneeze, sharing utensils exposure to saliva without wearing protective equipment. These apply if the contact was within 48 hours before that person’s symptoms began and until that person is no longer required to be isolated. Read the full Self-Quarantine Order.

STATE OFFERS ASSISTANCE AND PROTECTIONS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES IMPACTED BY COVID-19
Governor Gavin Newsom announced OnwardCa.org  a one stop resource for Californians impacted by job loss due to COVID-19 pandemic. The Governor also announced $50 million in loan guarantees for small businesses that may not be eligible for federal relief, as well as $17.8 million in new state initiatives to support California workers impacted by COVID-19. The allocation will come from Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act funds. Governor Newsom also issued an Executive Order protecting homes and small businesses from water shutoffs.

CDC, STATE, AND COUNTY PROVIDE GUIDANCE REGARDING THE USE OF FACE COVERINGS
The CDC, State of California, and the County of Los Angeles have all provided guidance regarding the use of face coverings during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since studies show that many individuals can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms themselves, wearing a cloth face covering when going out for essential activities, such as shopping at grocery stores and pharmacies, can help prevent an individual from passing the virus to others. Face coverings are different than medical masks - medical masks and N-95 respirators should be reserved for frontline health care workers and first responders. Residents are urged to follow State and Los Angeles County "Stay at Home" orders, and continue to practice prevention measures, including washing hands frequently and practicing social distancing in all settings.

UPDATE 4/3/20, 4:00 PM – No distance learning in Spring Break. Housing for homeless. CDC face covering guidance. IRS economic impact payments.

SMMUSD ANNOUNCES NO DISTANCE LEARNING DURING SPRING BREAK (APRIL 6-17)
SMMUSD reminds school families that distance learning will not continue during the District’s Spring Break from April 6-17. Upon the return from spring break, a more standardized learning plan for students will be provided, including an outline of expectations for students and teachers from each individual school’s principal. If a student needs a device or internet access for distance learning, contact your teacher or administrator, or complete a request form. https://bit.ly/SMM0420  

GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH FEMA AND COUNTIES FOR HOMELESS HOUSING DURING CRISIS
Governor Newsom announced today that a partnership with FEMA and counties throughout the state has resulted in occupancy agreements with hotels and motels to provide housing for the most vulnerable homeless individuals. He stated 6,867 rooms had already been secured as non-congregate sites, which would separate those individuals from others and, as a result, relieve stress on the shelter system and, ultimately, the healthcare system. Through an agreement between FEMA and the State, the first of its kind in the nation, FEMA will provide 75% reimbursement for costs related to this project. The State continues to work with counties to get agreements in place for additional rooms and the necessary central staffing needs, including intake processing, security, laundry services, and more. He announced that World Central Kitchen, founded and led by Chef José Andrés, would work with local restauranteurs to provide meals for those housed in this program.

CDC PROVIDES FEDERAL GUIDANCE REGARDING THE USE OF FACE COVERINGS
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) today provided additional guidance regarding the use of face coverings during the COVID-19 pandemic. Studies show that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms themselves.  This means the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity (e.g., speaking, coughing, or sneezing) even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms. The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in in areas of significant community-based transmission (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies).

It is critical to emphasize that maintaining six-foot social distancing and washing hands often remain most important to slowing the spread of the virus. Simple cloth face coverings made from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure. These recommended face coverings are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those equipment are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance. For additional information, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus

IRS ECONOMIC IMPACT PAYMENTS DIRECT DEPOSIT PAYMENTS EXPECTED BY APRIL 17
LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis announced that payments from the IRS as part of the federal stimulus package related to hardships from the COVID-19 crisis will begin to be issued in the next few weeks. The economic impact payments will be automatically deposited by April 17 for those taxpayers who have previously provided bank account information for direct deposit to the IRS. No further action from those taxpayers is required. For more information about the economic impact checks, visit https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus

UPDATE 4/3,20, 10:00 AM – Face coverings guidance. Sales tax payment deferral. New drive-thru testing sites. Paycheck Protection Program webinar. Free breakfast for first responders.

STATE OF CA AND CITY OF LA ISSUE GUIDANCE ON FACE COVERINGS
Following the State of CA Department of Public Health announcement yesterday on the use of face coverings in public, the City of Los Angeles has issued its own new guidance. Early data suggests that many who are infected with COVID-19 are not symptomatic, which is why the City of LA recommends all members of the public wear cloth face coverings when leaving the house for essential activities. However, it is important to remember that a face covering is NOT a substitute for other critical measures to slow the spread of COVID-19. Most importantly, staying home as much as possible, washing hands frequently, and practicing safe physical distancing in all settings remain the best ways to prevent infection and transferal of the virus. Also, this does not refer to N-95 masks, which should be reserved for health care workers and first responders.

City of Los Angeles Guidance on Face Coverings

State of CA Guidance on Face Coverings

STATE OF CA AND CITY OF LA ISSUE GUIDANCE ON FACE COVERINGS
Effective April 2, 2020, small business taxpayers (less than $5 million in taxable annual sales) can take advantage of a 12-month, interest-free payment plan for up to $50,000 of sales and use tax liability. For more information on the Payment Plan and other small business assistance offered by the State, visit CDFA.ca.gov  

COUNTY OPENS THREE NEW DRIVE-THRU COVID-19 TESTING SITES
LA County is ramping up COVID-19 testing sites, opening three additional locations on April 3 and developing many others countywide. The sites opening April 3 are at the Pomona Fairplex (Gate 17 - W. McKinley/Fairplex Dr, Pomona), the South Bay Galleria (1815 Hawthorne Blvd, Redondo Beach), and the Antelope Valley Mall (1233 Rancho Vista Blvd, Palmdale). The testing is by appointment only. Walk-up appointments are not available. At this time, tests are strictly limited to residents of Los Angeles County who are in the most high-risk categories and most vulnerable. More information and frequently asked questions.

FREE WEBINAR TODAY ON PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM FOR SMALL BUSINESSES
The Malibu Chamber of Commerce invites local small businesses to a free webinar on Friday, April 3, at 4:30 PM regarding the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) new Paycheck Protection Program. Farhod Kazimi, VP at City National Bank, will provide information on the SBA program that authorizes up to $349 billion in forgivable loans to small businesses. Register for the webinar.

MC DONALD’S OFFERS FREE BREAKFAST FOR HEALTHCARE WORKERS & FIRST RESPONDERS
McDonald’s Southern California franchisees are offering free breakfast to those working around the clock to protect public safety. All healthcare workers, police officers, and firefighters with a valid ID or uniform are eligible to receive a free small coffee and Egg McMuffin sandwich during breakfast hours at participating McDonald’s restaurants throughout Southern California.

STATE STATISTICS ON HOSPITALS AND COVID-19 CASES
The State of CA now has a new dashboard to provide a snapshot of information and data related to COVID-19, and quick links to hospital data, case statistics, and details by County.

UPDATE 4/2/20, 4:00 pm - FIVE CASES OF CORONAVIRUS (covid-19) Confirmed IN MALIBU

LA COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH ANNOUNCES 5 CONFIRMED CASES IN MALIBU
Today, April 2, LA County Department of Public Health (LADPH) announced five (5) confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Malibu. To date, LADPH has identified 4,045 cases across all areas of LA County. A complete breakdown of cases by location is available on the LADPH website

Mayor Karen Farrer offered a message of support to the victims, and their families and friends, and urged all residents to adhere to the stay at home and social distancing orders. See the press release.

REVISED PUBLIC HEALTH ORDERS FOR ISOLATION AND QUARANTINE
On April 1, 2020, the Los Angeles County Health Officer issued revised blanket Health Officer Orders for isolation and quarantine. The orders were revised to reflect new CDC guidance regarding the definition of a close contact to include those who had contact of a person with or likely to have COVID-19 within 48 hours of symptom onset. The revised orders are posted on the LADPH website.

STATE ASSISTANCE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES
Governor Newsom announced an interest free deferral of sales/use tax up to $50,000 for small businesses with less than $5 million in taxable sales. For more information go to: https://covid19.ca.gov/business-and-employers/#top

STATE GUIDANCE ON FACE COVERINGS
On April 1, the California Department of Public Health issued guidance on face coverings. The guidance states, “our best community and individual defense against COVID 19 is washing our hands frequently, avoiding touching our eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands, avoiding being around sick people and physical distancing, especially by staying at home. A strong health care delivery system and emergency response system is also an essential core defense to save lives when people do get ill. There may be a benefit to reducing asymptomatic transmission and reinforcing physical distancing from the use of face coverings. However, face coverings may increase risk if users reduce their use of strong defenses, such as physical distancing and frequent hand washing, when using face coverings.

UPDATE 4/2/20, 10:00 AM – SMMUSD schools closed for the year, free drive through meals continue. Construction workers at sites in Malibu Must follow health/safety guidance. ESSENTIAL WORKERS & BUSINESSES DEFINED. County daily TV briefings. FEMA CA update. SBA Paycheck Protection Program. 

SMMUSD SCHOOLS CLOSED BUT FREE DRIVE THROUGH MEALS CONTINUE
SMMUSD schools will be closed for the rest of the school year. SMMUSD will continue to to provide breakfast and lunch to all students under the age of 18, including during spring break (April 6-17) while campuses are closed during coronavirus stay at home orders. Pick up meals 8AM - 10AM at four schools: Santa Monica High School, McKinley Elementary, Will Rogers Learning Community in Santa Monica and Webster Elementary in Malibu. Meals will not be served in observance of two holiday dates: April 10 and 13. https://www.smmusd.org/

CONSTRUCTION WORKERS MUST FOLLOW COVID-19 SAFETY GUIDANCE
Construction workers on sites in Malibu must follow COVID-19 health and safety protective measures, including social distancing while working in order to slow the spread of coronavirus and protect vulnerable groups. All construction sites in Malibu are urged to follow the City of Los Angeles guidance - https://ladbs.org/docs/default-source/publications/misc-publications/construction-site-guidance.pdf. The guidance is based on Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) interim guidance and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidance. For more information, see OSHA’s web page https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/covid-19/ and their Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 document https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3990.pdf

WHAT IS AN ESSENTIAL WORKER OR BUSINESS?
Under State and County orders, all people must stay at home except for essential activities, and all businesses must close except for essential businesses. The State of California has set those definitions, which apply in Malibu and everywhere in the County https://covid19.ca.gov/img/EssentialCriticalInfrastructureWorkers.pdf

REPORT FRAUD OR VIOLATIONS OF ORDERS
For instructions on reporting fraud or violations of the State and County Stay at Home Orders, visit https://www.malibucity.org/1001/Report-FraudViolations.

UPDATE 4/1/20, 4:00 PM – Construction workers follow safety guidance. SMMUSD schools closed for the year.

SMMUSD FOLLOWS DIRECTION OF STATE SUPERINTENDENT AND CLOSES ALL CAMPUSES FOR REMAINDER OF SCHOOL YEAR – DISTANCE LEARNING WILL CONTINUE
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond stated today that, due to the need for social distancing, he urged all school districts in California to continue to strengthen distance learning programs and opportunities for students. Following that announcement, the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) announced it would follow this directive and continue to be open for distance learning, with all campuses closed for the balance of the 2019-20 school year.

CITY URGES MALIBU WORKERS TO FOLLOW CITY OF L.A. COVID-19 SAFETY GUIDANCE FOR CONSTRUCTION SITES
The City of Los Angeles announced guidance on COVID-19 safety for construction sites based on the Interim CDC’s Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), OSHA’s Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19, and other publications. All construction sites in Malibu are urged to follow this guidance.View the City of LA Guidance.

SMALL BUSINESSES, NONPROFITS ELIGIBLE FOR SBA’s NEW CORONAVIRUS ‘PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM
Senator Dianne Feinstein today released information explaining the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program, part of the coronavirus response legislation signed into law last week. 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. The Paycheck Protection Program will be available through June 30, 2020. More details at www.SBA.gov/PPP.

APRIL 1 IS CENSUS DAY – COMPLETE YOUR 2020 CENSUS ONLINE OR BY PHONE
April 1 is Census Day. The 2020 Census will help determine the distribution of Federal funds for public safety, roads, and other vital resources, and also determines the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives and is used to draw congressional and state legislative districts. Residents can self-respond to the Census by phone in English (Call 844-330-2020) or in Spanish (call 844-468-2020), or online at 2020Census.gov.

UPDATE 4/1/20, 10:00 am – President’s “30 Days to Slow the Spread” guidelines extended to April 30. County agency offers senior meal delivery, mediation services for renters, and virtual job services. 

PRESIDENT EXTENDS “30 DAYS TO SLOW THE SPREAD” GUIDELINES TO APRIL 30
On March 31, President Trump officially extended the federal guidelines meant to slow the spread of COVID-19 to April 30. The federal “30 Days to Slow the Spread” mandate provides basic Stay at Home recommendations for those who do not feel well or have underlying conditions that put them at higher risk.View the President’s Announcement

RESOURCES FROM LA COUNTY WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT AGING AND COMMUNITY SERVICES (WDACS) INCLUDE DELIVERY OF MEALS TO SENIORS, MEDIATION SERVICES FOR RENTERS, VIRTUAL JOB SERVICES
In keeping with Stay at Home orders, WDACS is transitioning from community service centers to providing free meal delivery to adults age 60 and older who are impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Call 800-510-2020 for assistance with meal services. WDACS is also providing community and landlord-tenant mediation services (call 213-738-2621) and expanded virtual job services while America’s Job Centers of California (AJCC) are closed. Workforce.LACounty.gov/

UPDATE 3/31/20, 4:00 PM – State hotline for seniors. Stimulus package benefits. Business interruption insurance. Continue social distancing.

STATE HOTLINE FOR SENIORS NEEDING ASSISTANCE
The Governor announced today a hotline for seniors needing assistance. Seniors with any questions or concerns, needs for assistance with tracking down prescriptions or other non-urgent medical needs, meal delivery, and more can call the hotline at 833-544-2374. Remember, all seniors should stay home for their health and well-being, but if there is an emergency, call 911.

CA INSURANCE DEPT OFFERS ASSISTANCE WITH BUSINESS INTERRUPTION INSURANCE
The California Department of Insurance strongly recommends that businesses review their business interruption insurance policies and contact their insurance companies to determine what their policies cover with regard to loss of business income due to recent orders suspending business operations. For more information on business interruption insurance and other issues affecting California small businesses visit: www.Insurance.ca.gov/

 If your commercial insurance claim was denied, request a Department of Insurance investigation at www.Insurance.ca.gov/01-consumers/101-help

SENATOR FEINSTEIN EXPLAINS BENEFITS AVAILABLE FROM STIMULUS PACKAGE
Senator Dianne Feinstein released information on the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package signed last week, which includes new unemployment benefits for self-employed, part-time and gig workers who were not previously eligible for such benefits. These workers were made eligible because the economic damage caused by the coronavirus is “the economic damage caused by the coronavirus isn’t discriminating between different types of workers and so neither should federal benefits.” Senator Feinstein encourages all Californians who have lost their jobs because of the pandemic to apply for unemployment benefits, if needed. For filing instructions and FAQs, visit www.Feinstein.Senate.gov/

COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH REMINDS ALL RESIDENTS OF NECESSITY OF SOCIAL DISTANCING
With warm weather forecasted for Los Angeles, the County 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 residents should continue to remain inside their homes unless it is absolutely necessary to leave in order to perform essential functions. Each time you leave your home, even without symptoms, you put yourself and anyone near you at risk for contracting and spreading COVID-19.

UPDATE 3/31/20, 10:00 AM – Woolsey rebuild assistance. Small business tax extensions. Opportunities to help.

CITY CONTINUES TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE FOR WOOLSEY FIRE REBUILDS & OTHER ESSENTIAL SERVICES
Although City Hall is closed and all non-essential services are suspended, the City of Malibu continues to offer essential City services to the community, including working with residents who lost their homes during the 2018 Woolsey Fire and are in the process of rebuilding and recovering. Visit www.MalibuRebuilds.org or find other Planning Department service information on the Planning Department webpage.  

GOVERNOR’S EXECUTIVE ORDER PROVIDES 90-DAY EXTENSION FOR SMALL BUSINESS TAX RETURNS AND TAX PAYMENTS
On March 30, Governor Newsom signed Executive Order No. N-40-20 to offer a 90-day extension for tax returns and tax payments for all businesses filing a return for less than $1 million in taxes. The order also extends the statute of limitations to file a claim for refund by 60 days to accommodate tax and fee payers. Read the Executive Order.. 

STATE PROVIDES OPPORTUNITIES FOR RESIDENTS TO GET INVOLVED AND SUPPORT EFFORTS TO ADDRESS COVID-19
The State of California set up a page on its website to offer resources for residents looking to get involved and provide assistance during the COVID-19 crisis. The website provides information on such activities as delivering meals to seniors or signing up for the California Health Corps. Visit CaliforniaVolunteers.CA.gov/Get-Involved/.

update 3/30/20, 4pm - GOVERNOR LAUNCHES NEW CA HEALTH CORPS TO FIGHT COVID-19. CITY WEEKLY EOC UPDATE. THANK A DOCTOR ON NATIONAL DOCTOR DAY BY STAYING SAFE AT HOME.

GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES NEW CA HEALTH CORPS TO FIGHT COVID-19
In his daily briefing on Monday, March 30, Governor Newsom announced a new California Health Corps in order to meet the ever-growing demand for medical personnel to fight the COVID-19 crisis in California. The Governor invited healthcare professionals to enlist in the Corps and join the fight by providing medical services - those who recently retired (within the past five years), nearing the completion of their training, and those with expired/inactive licenses. Visit COVID19.ca.gov/HealthCorps.  

CITY EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER (EOC) WEEKLY UPDATE FOR MARCH 30, 2020
The City has posted its weekly update for EOC operations for the week of March 30 – April 5.  

NATIONAL DOCTOR DAY
Today, March 30, is National Doctor Day – please join the City of Malibu in thanking medical professionals today by staying safe at home so that they can do their lifesaving work. Thank you medical professionals! 

update 3/30/20, 10AM - President EXTENDS SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES UNTIL AT LEAST APRIL 30. PT MUGU STATE PARK CLOSED. ESSENTIAL CITY SERVICES AVAILABLE WITH STAFF REMOTE.

PRESIDENT EXTENDS NATIONWIDE SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES TO APRIL 30
President Trump announced on Sunday, March 29 that nationwide social distancing guidelines will be extended to at least April 30. See the original guidelines that have been extended

ESSENTIAL CITY STAFF WORKING - SOME SERVICES AVAILABLE
City Hall, the Senior Center, and all City parks, including restroom facilities, are closed. Dial-a-Ride is operating for seniors - Call 424-346-8444. Essential City staff are working. Residents wishing to contact City staff may do so by calling departmental extensions or emails:
-- Planning – 310-456-2489, ext. 485 or email MPlanning@malibucity.org
-- Building Safety – 310-456-2489, ext. 390 or email MBuilding@malibucity.org
-- Public Works – 310-456-2489, ext. 391 or MPublicWorks@malibucity.org
-- All other City business – 310-456-2489, ext. 392 or info@malibucity.org

POINT MUGU STATE PARK CLOSED. VEHICLE ACCESS TO ALL 280 STATE PARKS PROHIBITED
California State Parks closed Point Mugu State Park and all of its beaches and hiking trails will be closed to the public effective Monday, March 30. Signs are in place prohibiting the public from entering and remaining in the Point Mugu SP-Thornhill Broome campground, and State Park staff and Peace Officers will be actively stopping people from entering the campground and beach areas. State Parks also announced March 29 that it is temporarily closing vehicle access at all 280 state parks to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). See the State Parks closures.

UPDATE 3/29/20, 10AM – SMMUSD Meeting. county Help Center. county videos. COVID-19 Dashboards. parks, trails & beaches closed. Restricted parking on PCH. 

SMMUSD Board Meeting on April 1 will be a video meeting with special public comment processes. LA County video messages on COVID-19. New County Disaster Help Center is available by phone and online. LA County launches a new COVID-19 information dashboard. National Parks Service announced that all trails and restrooms in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area and the Visitor Center at King Gillette Ranch, are closed. All beaches and trails are closed in LA County. Stay safe at home. 

UPDATE 3/29/20, 10 AM – SMMUSD video Board Meeting April. New County phone and online Disaster Help Center. parks, trails and beaches closed in Santa Monica Mountains & Malibu. 

SMMUSD SCHOOL VIDEO BOARD MEETING, APRIL 1
The Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) Board of Education has moved its regular meetings to video meetings using Zoom in compliance with state and county stay at home orders. The next meeting is April 1, 2020. Closed session starts at 5:00 PM, instead of its normal 4:30 PM start time, public meeting begins at 5:30 PM. The agenda is posted online. Public comment is available, with instructions for the video meeting process available online

NEW COUNTY BUSINESS & WORKER DISASTER HELP CENTER
LA County launched a centralized Business & Worker Disaster Help Center call center and website providing free, one-on-one counseling and support for business owners and workers impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The center, jointly operated by the Departments of Consumer and Business Affairs (DCBA) and Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services (WDACS) is open Monday to Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM. Phone: (833) 238-4450. Online: www.LACountyHelpCenter.org. Email: DisasterHelpCenter@lacounty.gov. Social media: @LACHelpCenter on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. 

NATIONAL PARKS, CA STATE PARKS, MRCA, LA COUNTY BEACHES, TRAILS AND PARKS IN SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS & MALIBU ARE CLOSED

State Parks
County of Los Angeles
MRCA/SMMC
National Parks Service Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area 
National Park Service

UPDATE 3/28/20, 4 PM – County launches new COVID-19 information dashboards. National Parks Service announced that all trails and restrooms in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, and the Visitor Center at King Gillette Ranch, are closed.

LA COUNTY LAUNCHES NEW, INTERACTIVE DIGITAL DASHBOARDS, CONNECTING RESIDENTS TO LATEST UPDATES ON COVID-19 IMPACTS
Los Angeles County has launched several new digital tools 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 the County. The new dashboards track, analyze, and display multiple data sources and, although the focus is local, the new sites also incorporate global data from Johns Hopkins University’s COVID-19 tracking map. View the new digital dashboard here

NATIONAL PARKS SERVICE CLOSES ALL TRAILS, RESTROOMS & VISITORS CENTER IN SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS RECREATION AREA
In response to guidance from the State of California AND County of Los Angeles, the National Park Service (NPS) Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA) ordered additional modifications to operations to slow the spread of COVID-19 by closing all SMMNRA trails and restrooms effective March 28. It had previously closed the Visitors Center at King Gillette Ranch effective March 21. View NPS SMMNRA active alerts.

STATE PARKS JOINS LA COUNTY & MRCA/SMMC IN CLOSING ALL BEACHES & TRAILS
Effective immediately and until further notice, California State Parks-Angeles District will close public access to all trails, parks, and beaches within Los Angeles County in alignment with partner agencies, including the County of Los Angeles, which closed all its beaches and trails on March 27. State Parks staff is posting signage at all trails and beach access points prohibiting access.

‘No Parking’ areas have been designated along sections of PCH and certain City streets to hinder anyone from attempting to access closed beaches, trails, and parks.

Read the Closure Orders/Announcements:
State Parks
County of Los Angeles
MRCA/SMMC
National Parks Service Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area 
National Park Service

UPDATE 3/28/20, 10 AM – CA State Parks announces the closure of all its beaches and trails. No parking zones established in areas near closed beaches.

STATE PARKS CLOSES ALL ITS BEACHES & TRAILS
Effective immediately and until further notice, California State Parks-Angeles District will close public access to all trails, parks, and beaches within Los Angeles County in alignment with partner agencies, including the County of Los Angeles, which closed all its beaches and trails on March 27. State Parks staff is posting signage at all trails and beach access points prohibiting access. This order will not be in effect for Ventura County, which has not yet issued a Public Health closure, so the Point Mugu State Park area is not included at this time. In order to mitigate the impacts to Point Mugu State Park, and for the safety of the public, Caltrans will place ‘No Parking’ signs along both sides of PCH in that area. To reinforce the closure in LA County, ‘No Parking’ signs will be posted to support the closures at Leo Carrillo State Park and RH Meyers State Beaches (La Piedra, El Pescador, and El Matador). 

Read the State Parks announcement

View the full 3/27/2020 LA County order closing its beaches and trails.

‘NO PARKING’ RESTRICTIONS ON SECTIONS OF PCH AND CERTAIN CITY STREETS TO HINDER ACCESS TO BEACHES & TRAILS
The City, in cooperation with Caltrans, is posting ‘No Parking’ signs along sections of PCH and certain City streets to hinder anyone from attempting to access beaches or trails closed Friday by the Los Angeles County Health Officer’s order and effective Saturday with the announcement from California State Parks that it was closing all State-owned beaches and trails throughout LA County. View the full list of No Parking areas.

UPDATE 3/27/20, 4PM – All LA County beaches, trails closed. Parking restrictions on PCH, City streets. USNS Mercy arrives in LA.

ALL LA COUNTY BEACHES & TRAILS CLOSED
The Los Angeles County Health Officer today issued an order to temporarily close all beaches, trails, trailheads, piers, beach bike paths, and beach access points within the County of Los Angeles Public Health Jurisdiction. The was issued to help slow the spread of COVID-19 throughout the County, and will remain in effect through April 19. Enforcement will be provided by LA County Sheriff and Lifeguards, as well as LA County Beaches & Harbors Code Enforcement staff. View the full order

‘NO PARKING’ RESTRICTIONS ON SECTIONS OF PCH AND CERTAIN CITY STREETS TO HINDER ACCESS TO BEACHES & TRAILS
The City, in cooperation with Caltrans, is posting ‘No Parking’ signs along sections of PCH and certain City streets to hinder anyone from attempting to access beaches or trails closed today by the Los Angeles County Health Officer’s order. View the full list of No Parking areas.

USNS MERCY ARRIVES IN PORT OF LOS ANGELES
Governor Newsom and LA Mayor Eric Garcetti were on hand at the Port of Los Angeles to welcome the US Navy Ship Mercy and its 800 medical professionals. USNS Mercy will be used to treat non-COVID-19 patients in order to relieve the burden on the region’s hospitals preparing for a surge in coronavirus patients. With its 1000 beds, the USNS Mercy, at full capacity, increases LA area hospital capacity by 2/3 and becomes the largest hospital in Los Angeles.

3/27/20, 1:00 PM - County Order closes beaches, trails, trailheads, piers, beach bike paths & beach access points

After observing last weekend’s large crowds on public beaches and trails throughout the County, which seriously impeded the practicing of required social distancing, the Los Angeles County Health Officer today issued an order to temporarily close all beaches, trails, trailheads, piers, beach bike paths, and beach access points within the County of Los Angeles Public Health Jurisdiction. The was issued to help slow the spread of COVID-19 throughout the County, and will remain in effect through April 19.

Enforcement of the order will be provided by Los Angeles County Sheriffs and Lifeguards, as well as law enforcement agencies in other cities affected by the order. Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors Code Enforcement staff will also patrol the affected areas to ensure public safety and to provide information, as needed.

UPDATE 3/27, 10:00 AM – Self-Quarantine/Isolation Order. School closures extended. Immigrant assistance.

NEW ORDERS DIRECT SELF-QUARANTINE IF EXPOSED AND SELF-ISOLATION IF DIAGNOSED OR SHOWING SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19
In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, protect vulnerable individuals, and prevent the LA County healthcare system from being overwhelmed, the 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 three days without symptoms, including being fever-free without taking medicine, and seven 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.

SMMUSD EXTENDS SCHOOL CLOSURE & DISTANCE LEARNING INDEFINTELY; NEW RESOURCES AVAILABLE FOR STAY AT HOME FAMILIES
Following directives of the State and County Departments of Health and the LA County Office of Education, the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) announced all district schools will remain closed until further notice, with distance learning continuing. (Distance learning will pause during Spring Break, April 4-19, and resume on April 20.) SMMUSD also launched a new Family Resources website with instructional materials and resources for parents supporting students at home. https://www.smmusd.org/familyresources 

SMMUSD English FAQ or Spanish FAQ

ASSISTANCE FOR IMMIGRANTS / ASISTENCIA PARA INMIGRANTES
The Los Angeles County Office of Immigrant Affairs (OIA) and Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) offer assistance to immigrants concerned about or affected by COVID-19. (La Oficina de Asuntos de Inmigrantes del Condado de Los Angeles (OIA) y el Departamento de Servicios Sociales Públicos (DPSS, por sus millones) ofrecen asistencia a inmigrantes preocupados o afectados por COVID-19.) https://www.malibucity.org/994/Resources---Individuals 

UPDATE 3/26/20, 4 PM - DONATE TO SUPPORT COVID-19 RELIEF EFFORTS. 

County officials encourage the public to help people impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. You can donate to reputable non-profit organizations or to the funds listed below that are providing COVID-19 disaster relief. 

California Community Foundation’s Covid-19 LA County Response Fund supports community needs identified by our partners in health, housing, education and immigration.

United Way of Greater Los Angeles’ Pandemic Relief Fund supports L.A. County’s unsheltered residents who are especially vulnerable to the coronavirus, and low-income people at imminent risk of homelessness and hardships due to the health and economic impacts of coronavirus. 

Support trusted nonprofits, listed by Philanthropy California’s disaster resilience team which is coordinating with state agencies and partners to respond COVID-19. Search for Los Angeles County non-profits on the website. 

American Red Cross has a critical need for lifesaving blood during the pandemic and badly needs donations for surgeries, accidents, medical treatments and future disasters. You can make a financial or blood donation, or volunteer to help.

UPDATE 3/26/20, 10 aM – Woolsey fire insurance protections. SCE bill relief. GUIDANCE FOR those SICK & EXPOSED. real id deadline extended

WOOLSEY FIRE INSURANCE PROTECTIONS
Woolsey Fire Insurance Claims Update from the CA Department of Insurance - In response to requests from City Manager Reva Feldman, Senator Henry Stern and Assemblymember Richard Bloom, the California Department of Insurance (CDI) has provided helpful information on insurance protections in place for victims of the Woolsey Fire and other wildfires since September 21, 2018. On November 5, 2019, CDI Commissioner Ricardo Lara issued a Notice to insurance companies, adjusters, and brokers, explaining California Laws pertaining to residential property policies, including those related to a declared State of Emergency. That Notice was preceded by another Notice dated September 10, 2019 that outlined a 36-month additional living expenses requirement. See the notices and other wildfire insurance resources on the CDI website.

REAL ID DEADLINE EXTENDED
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is extending the REAL ID enforcement deadline beyond the current October 1, 2020 deadline. The new deadline for REAL ID enforcement is October 1, 2021. The REAL ID will be required identification to board domestic flights, military bases and most federal facilities.

SCE OFFERS ADDITIONAL ELECTRICITY BILL RELIEF
SCE announced additional electricity bill relief measures available to customers impacted by COVID-19. Relief measures include flexible payment plans, grant assistance and discounts. The one-stop shop for customers to take advantage of these measures is the SCE bill payment assistance call center at 800-655-4555. Disconnections for non-payment and late fees have been suspended. SCE COVID-19 web page.

UPDATE 3/25/20, 4 PM – Mortgage grace period. Guidance for sick & exposed. United Way Relief Fund.

MAJOR BANKS OFFER 90-DAY GRACE PERIOD FOR MORTGAGE PAYMENTS - In his Wednesday afternoon briefing, Governor Newsom stated that families should not lose their homes because of COVID-19. He announced that four of the five major banks, Wells Fargo, Citi, JPMorgan, and US Bank, have agreed to a 90-day grace period on mortgage payments for those impacted by COVID19.

COASTAL COMMISSION APRIL 2020 MEETING CANCELLED - The Coastal Commission announced today that, due to the COVID-19 crisis, the April 2020 Coastal Commission meeting scheduled for April 15-17 is cancelled. For the May meeting, the Commission is working to develop the structure and procedures for a remote or virtual meeting in order to assure the health and safety of the public, commissioners, and staff. Unfortunately, these new measures will not be in place in time for the April hearing. The Commission’s virtual offices remain open. www.coastal.ca.gov 

LA COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICER TO ISSUE NEW ORDERS WITH GUIDANCE FOR SICK OR EXPOSED - The LA County Public Health Officer announced today that new Health Officer Orders will be issued providing guidance for individuals who test positive for COVID-19, those who are told by a clinician they are presumed to be positive for COVID-19, and those who have been in close contact with someone who is positive or presumed positive. Details at PublicHealth.LACounty.gov.

FEDERAL RESOURCES FOR REPORTING FRAUD, AMERICANS OVERSEAS, AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES - The Federal Government has provided online and other resources for Americans during the COVID-19 crisis. The official federal website is www.Coronavirus.gov. Residents may report disaster fraud by calling 866-720-5721 or by email to Disaster@LEO.gov. Americans currently overseas who need assistance getting home can enroll in the US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. Americans needing mental health or substance abuse assistance can contact the Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s national hotline at 800-662-HELP (4357).

UNITED WAY LA ACCEPTING DONATIONS TO NEW PANDEMIC RELIEF FUND - United Way of Greater Los Angeles announced the creation of its Pandemic Relief Fund to support LA County’s unsheltered residents who are especially vulnerable to the coronavirus, as well as low-income individuals, students, and families at imminent risk of homelessness and hardships due to health and economic impacts of coronavirus. To donate or find more info, go to www.UnitedWayLA.org.

STUCK AT HOME? FILL OUT YOUR 2020 CENSUS FORM ONLINE! - Every 10 years, the US Census Bureau undertakes the mammoth task of counting all the people residing in the United States. This count affects the allocation of funding for our community’s public resources (e.g., roads, hospitals, schools), how we plan for the future, and our voice in government. The 2020 Census is happening now, and it’s the first one available online and over the phone. In this time of “Stay at Home” and social distancing, residents have the perfect opportunity to complete their 2020 Census form and help our community make a lasting difference for the next decade. Let’s make sure every individual in Malibu is counted! Go to https://2020census.gov

SOME STORES ASKING CUSTOMERS TO TEMPORARILY STOP BRINGING REUSABLE BAGS - Some stores, both local and across the country, are beginning to ask shoppers to temporarily not use reusable bags as a way to reduce potential COVID-19 contamination. Residents who bring reusable bags to the grocery store are urged to wash them after every use and offer to bag their own groceries out of consideration for the health of grocery store workers. However, all shoppers should comply if the store employee requests that only store-supplied bags be used based on direction from store management.

update 3/25/20 - malibu donates thousands of n95 masks to local hospitals to protect healthcare workers

The City has donated thousands of N95 masks to local medical facilities and hospitals, including UCLA Medical, St Johns Regional and Los Robles Hospitals to help our critical healthcare workers stay healthy so they can treat community members sick with COVID19 as well as all of the other medical conditions surgeries and emergencies. A primary goal of the stay at home #StayHomeSaveLives and social distancing orders by California and many other states is to slow down the flood coronavirus patients to hospitals and clinics so that our entire healthcare system is not overwhelmed. 

UPDATE 3/25/20, 10:00 AM – Malibu Pier closed; SBA announces previous disaster loan automatic deferment; Sheriff warns of COVID-19 scams

MALIBU PIER CLOSED - At the request of Malibu City Manager Reva Feldman, State Parks agreed to close the Malibu Pier, including its shops, restaurants, and the parking lot, effective Wednesday, March 25, to prevent crowding amidst the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and help slow spread of the virus.

The Pier closure followed announcements earlier in the week that State Parks closed day-use parking lots at local beaches from Pt Mugu State Park to Will Rogers State Park, the National Parks Service (NPS) closed Solstice Canyon, and Mountains Recreations & Conservation Authority (MRCA) closed all parks, trails, and building facilities, including public restrooms, owned by MRCA and the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy (SMMC). 

SBA ANNOUNCES AUTOMATIC LOAN DEFERMENTS FROM PREVIOUS DISASTERS - On March 23, US Small Business Administration (SBA) Director Jovita Carranza announced changes to help borrowers still paying back SBA loans from previous disasters. By making this change, deferments through December 31, 2020, will be automatic. Now, borrowers of home and business disaster loans do not have to contact SBA to request deferment. www.SBA.gov

update 3/24/20, 7pm - city manager worked with ca state parks to close malibu pier wed, 3/25 to prevent crowding

The Malibu Pier, including shops and restaurants on it, and the parking lot, will be closed to the public effective Wednesday, March 25, 2020 in order to prevent crowding amidst the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic to help slow the spread of the virus and protect vulnerable groups. Malibu City Manager Reva Feldman coordinated with California State Parks to have the Malibu Pier, which is a State Parks facility, closed until further notice after the Pier and Malibu area beaches and trails were crowded with visitors during the weekend of March 21. See the press release. 

Update 3/24/20, 4:00 pm - New hours for SMMUSD meal pickup. City launches Virtual Recreation. Sheriff’s Dept warns of scams & hacking

NEW HOURS FOR SMMUSD MEAL PICKUP – Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) continues to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students under the age of 18. Pickup hours at Webster Elementary School and three schools in Santa Monica is changing to weekdays from 8:00 – 10:00 AM. All students under the age of 18 will be served grab-and-go bagged meals for breakfast and lunch. A parent or guardian must be present, except for high school students on their own. If you or your child are sick, please do not come to the school.

LANE CLOSURES FOR REPAIR WORK ON CIVIC CENTER WAY - Work on a City storm drain project requiring the closure of Civic Center Way between Winter Cyn Rd and the Malibu Cyn Village begins Wednesday, March 25. Families picking up meals at Webster must access the school from PCH by heading north on Malibu Cyn Rd, then east on Civic Center Way to Winter Cyn Rd. Learn more about the Civic Center Storm Drain Repairs Project.

CITY LAUNCHES VIRTUAL RECREATION CENTER - In keeping with the Community Services Department’s commitment to provide resources to help the community maintain healthy lives and mental wellness while they stay home together, it has launched the Virtual Recreation Center to bring fitness, arts, education, and enrichment programs and resources into the homes of Malibu’s families. Visit MalibuCity.org/VirtualRec

SHERIFF’S DEPT WARNS OF SCAMS & ONLINE HACKING - The LA County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) Fraud & Cyber Crimes Bureau reports seeing an increase in fake emails, texts, and phishing scams related to the COVID-19 emergency. Criminals use fake emails or texts to get individuals to share valuable personal information, such as account numbers, Social Security numbers, or login IDs and passwords. LASD advises individuals: Do not click on unknown links, either from your cell phone or your computer; instead, go to trusted websites by typing in the URL yourself. More helpful info at https://nixle.us/BQAHY.

update 3/24/20, 10AM - Malibu launches Virtual Recreation Center. State Parks closes parking lots, some parks and trails remain open. Governor addresses price gouging, hoarding, and beach crowds

CITY LAUNCHES VIRTUAL RECREATION CENTER - In keeping with the Community Services Department’s commitment to provide resources to help the community maintain healthy lives and mental wellness while they stay home together, it has launched the Virtual Recreation Center to bring fitness, arts, education, and enrichment programs and resources into the homes of Malibu’s families. Visit www.MalibuCity.org/VirtualRec

STATE PARKS CLOSES DAY-USE PARKING LOTS - The Angeles District of State Parks announced day-use parking lot closures to alleviate the ongoing issues of social distancing witnessed over the past week and to align with local partners. While the parking lots will be closed, visitors will still be permitted to go to the beach, hike on the trails, and use restroom facilities. Lots closed include: Point Mugu, Leo Carillo, Malibu Creek, Topanga, and Will Rogers State Parks; El Matador, La Piedra, El Pescador, and Malibu Lagoon State Beaches; Point Dume Nature Preserve; and Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook. View the full State Parks announcement. 

The State Parks closures follow earlier closures of all beach parking lots in the City of Malibu, Solstice Canyon, and all parks, trails, and building facilities, including public restrooms, owned by Mountains Recreations & Conservation Authority (MRCA) and the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy (SMMC).

GOVERNOR AUTHORIZES LOCAL ENFORCEMENT OF PRICE GOUGING, HOARDING, AND NON-COMPLIANCE WITH SOCIAL DISTANCING - In his press conference Monday afternoon, Governor Newsom announced great strides made in the State’s efforts to stop the spread of the virus, including a surge plan for securing hospital beds and housing for individuals experiencing homelessness. He applauded the federal government for going after those seeking to make monetary gains during this crisis, and he agreed local and state government agencies also need to strongly enforce and prosecute those found to be price gouging and hoarding vital resources. In response to outrage from residents after a weekend of large crowds at beaches throughout the state, the Governor agreed it may be necessary to step up park patrols to remind visitors of the need for social distancing and fining those who do not comply. He stated he had no plans to have checkpoints around the state, but that local enforcement had been increased.

3/23/20 - WEEKLY EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER (EOC) UPDATE 

Starting today, March 23, the City will publish a weekly Emergency Operations Center (EOC) update for the community. The City activated its EOC on March 13 and EOC staff have been working seven days a week since that time to respond  to the Novel #Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic crisis. City Hall is closed, and all non-essential City services, programs, meetings and events have been suspended. See the press release for the complete update.

UPDATE 3/23/20, 4PM - COUNTY ORDER EXTENDED TO APRIL 19. BEACH LOTS CLOSED. NEW WEEKLY EOC UPDATE. BEWARE CORONAVIRUS SCAMS. 

The updated LA County Order was extended to April 19. See the County order on the LADPH coronavirus web page. Beach parking lots are closed in Malibu to prevent crowding. Solstice Canyon and all MRCA trails and parks are closed. The City will provide a new Weekly EOC update to keep the community informed about the City’s current emergency operations. Beware of coronavirus scams looking to sell the public at-home testing (there are no FDA approved at home tests at this time). Guidance on how protecting your septic system - don’t flush wipes. The City launched free Virtual Recreation programs to help residents stay educated, entertained, and well while staying at home. Reminder - please stay home and social distance to slow the spread of the coronavirus and protect the vulnerable. The City has donated See the complete City message

UPDATE 3/23/20 - CITY DONATES N95 MASKS TO LOCAL HOSPITALS

The City has donated several thousand N95 masks to local hospitals to help protect healthcare workers as they respond to the coronavirus crisis. There is a nationwide shortage of the masks, and the risk of infection to healthcare workers is a major challenge to our healthcare systems responding to the crisis.

UPDATE 3/23/20 - CITY MEETINGS 

Notices of Cancellation for City Council, Planning Commission, and other Commissions and Boards as well as agendas and staff reports for new meetings can be found online in the Agenda Center. City staff is working hard to implement fully teleconferenced City Council and Planning Commission meetings with opportunities for public comment. Sign up for Agenda Center Alerts to be notified when new agendas are posted.

UPDATE 3/23/20, 10 AM - BEACH LOTS CLOSED TODAY. SOLSTICE CYN CLOSED. 

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will be closing beach parking lots in Malibu today in order to prevent crowding and to allow for social distancing to help slow the spread of #coronavirus and protect vulnerable groups. Over the weekend, large numbers of people seeking to enjoy outdoor areas were crowding the beaches, trails and Malibu Pier. The beach lots that will be closed effective immediately include: Topanga, Surfrider, Corral Canyon, Point Dume, Zuma, El Matador, La Piedra, Nicolas Canyon, and Leo Carrillo. Solstice Canyon is closed. All Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA) parks and trails are closed.

UPDATE 3/23/20, 10 AM - New County Order. Beach lots closed. Solstice Cyn closed. Septic system protections. City launches Virtual Rec. No film permits. Gas Co emergency services only

County Order extended to 4/19. Beach lots closed. Solstice Cyn closed. Septic system protections. City launches Virtual Recreation. No more film permits issued. Gas Co emergency services only. Please stay home & social distance.

UPDATE 3/22/20, 5:30 PM - MRCA ANNOUNCES CLOSURE OF ALL OF THEIR PARKS AND TRAILS

The Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA) announced on Sunday, March 22, 2020 that effective immediately, all MRCA-operated parks, trails and building facilities, including public restrooms, are closed until further notice to protect the health and safety of the public in response to the coronavirus outbreak. This includes all parks that are owned by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy in the Malibu area.

UPDATE 3/22/20, 4 pm - UPDATED LA COUNTY ORDER TO DEFINE ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES. THE PUBLIC MUST SOCIAL DISTANCE WHILE ON BEACHES AND TRAILS. CALL CITY HALL IF YOU NEED HELP.

The public is reminded to follow the County and State orders and stay home in order to slow the spread of the Coronavirus and protect vulnerable groups. While outside, the public must social distance, including on beaches and trails. Report violations of the County Order to the County Public Health Officer: (888) 700-9995 (8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.). Email: Ehmail@ph.lacounty.gov. File a report online.

UPDATE 3/22/20, 10 AM - UPDATED LA COUNTY ORDER TO DEFINE ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES. THE PUBLIC MUST SOCIAL DISTANCE WHILE ON BEACHES AND TRAILS. call city hall if you need help.

LA County updated its Safer at Home Order, defining essential businesses. The public is reminded to follow the County and State orders and stay home in order to slow the spread of the Coronavirus and protect vulnerable groups. The public must social distance while on beaches and trails. Residents are urged to contact City Hall if they need food or essential supplies, or if they know someone who does.

UPDATE 3/21/20, 10AM –District Elections Hearings Suspended; Essential Workers Defined

DISTRICT ELECTIONS HEARING TIMELINES SUSPENDED - Late Friday, Governor Newsom issued an executive order suspending timeframes for public hearings required by jurisdictions, including the City of Malibu, that are in the process of changing or considering changing from at-large elections to district elections until such time as social distancing is no longer mandated. The order also extends the deadlines for certain responsibilities related to the Presidential Primary Election that could risk undermining social distancing measures. Read the Governor’s order.

ESSENTIAL INFRASTRUCTURE WORKERS DEFINED - Following Governor Newsom’s “Stay at Home” order on March 19 directing all residents, except those needed to maintain continuity of operations of essential critical infrastructure sectors and those critical to protect health and well-being of all Californians. the State Public Health Officer has published a list of “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers” to help define those businesses and organizations deemed essential and, therefore, permitted to remain open and operational. View the list of Critical Infrastructure Workers.

UPDATE 3/20/20, 4PM – Store deliveries eased; City Property Tax Deadline; BGCM deliveries; Agencies Working together on Homeless Response

RESTRICTIONS ON LOCAL TRUCK DELIVERIES LIFTED – In order to help the flow of food and other vital necessities available for Malibu residents, City Manager Reva Feldman, in her role as Emergency Services Director, today removed any restrictions on when stores in Malibu can get deliveries.

BGCM AND WAVESIDE CHURCH SET DELIVERY SCHEDULE – The Boys & Girls Club of Malibu (BGCM), in partnership with Waveside Church, are providing FREE delivery of food and essential services to Malibu’s seniors and most vulnerable families on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. For more information and request support, call 310-457-2582, email emergencyrelief@bgcmalibu.org. 

PROPERTY TAX DEADLINE – The Los Angeles County Treasurer/Tax Collector (TTC) advises property owners to pay their property taxes by the April 10 deadline, if possible. That revenue is a vital resource for providing necessary services, especially during these difficult times. Any residents unable to pay their property tax by April 10 may submit a request for penalty cancellation beginning April 11, 2020. 

LAHSA WORKING WITH OTHER AGENCIES ON COVID-19 RESPONSE FOR HOMELESS - The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) is working closely with the LA County Department of Public Health (DPH) and other agency partners on a coordinated COVID-19 response related to people experiencing homelessness. LAHSA and the City of LA are also working together to build and activate 13 shelter sites at recreation facilities in Los Angeles. Read FAQs and learn more

CONGRESSMAN TED LIEU HOLDS TELEPHONE TOWN HALL – US Congressman Ted Lieu, who serves the greater LA area, including Malibu, in the US House of Representatives, hosted a telephone town hall on March 18, to answer questions and provide updates about the COVID-19 response.

“SAFER AT HOME” COMPLIANCE GUIDELINES – City of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti offers simple guidelines for ensuring compliance with the “Safer at Home” order issued by both the City of LA and LA County Department of Public Health. Learn what you can do and should not do.

UPDATE 3/20/20, 10AM – County Safer at Home / State Safe at Home; Fed & State Tax deadlines extended

COUNTY "SAFER AT HOME" ORDER - The Los Angeles County Health Officer issued an order to further restrict and limit gatherings of 10 or more, and to require the closure of malls, shopping centers, children’s playgrounds, and non-essential retail businesses effective at 11:59 PM, March 19. Read the full order.

STATE "STAY AT HOME" ORDER - Governor Newsom announced a “Stay at Home” Order issued by the CA State Public Health Officer, ordering all those living in California to stay home, with exceptions for work critical to the health and well-being of the population. Read the full order

TAX DEADLINES EXTENDED - The US Treasury Secretary confirmed that the income tax deadline has been moved from April 15, 2020 to July 15, 2020 for all taxpayers and businesses to file and make tax payments without penalty. The CA Franchise Tax Board (FTB) announced extensions for various tax file and pay deadlines to July 15, 2020 because of COVID-19. View all State taxes affected by the extension.

3/19/20 - LA COUNTY TV BRIEFING TO ANNOUNCE ADDITIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH ORDERS IN RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS THURS, MARCH 19, 5:30 PM

Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti, Department of Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer, Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia, and Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek will announce additional public health orders in response to coronavirus (COVID-19) on Thursday, March 19, 5:30 PM. The briefing will be aired live on the County Channel, channel 94 on most cable systems. Find your local channel at http://bit.ly/CountyChannel. The briefing will be live streamed on the County Facebook page at https://facebook.com/countyofla. Several local news stations will be streaming the briefing as well. For more information, visit the County’s COVID-19 website at http://lacounty.gov/covid19 and LADPH at http://ph.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus.

UPDATE 3/19/20, 4PM - SAFER AT HOME MEASURES POSSIBLE, FEDERAL ACTION TO PRODUCE MEDICAL SUPPLIES, MENTAL HEALTH 24/7 HOTLINE, SMMUSD MEETING TONIGHT, MV BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

County “Safer at Home” measures possible for people of all ages. New CA state COVID-19 website. DMV open by appointment only. City General Fund Grants deadline extended. Federal relief bill signed. Department of Mental Health Hotline open 24/7 in English and Spanish. SMMUSD virtual meeting tonight. Special supermarket hours for seniors. City Hall closed, phone lines open. Financial aid and assistance for workers and businesses. Read the full city message.

UPDATE 3/19/20, 10AM –Safer at Home Measures Possible, New State Website, Federal Relief Bill, Mental Health 24/7 Hotline, SMMUSD Meeting Tonight

Malibu City Hall is closed. Staff is answering the City’s main phone line (310-456-2489) but, due to the high number of calls, it is recommended that residents email info@malibucity.org for the quickest response. Thank you for your patience – we will respond as quickly as possible.

COUNTY CONSIDERS POTENTIAL "SAFER AT HOME" MEASURES
The Los Angeles Department of Public Health (LADPH) is considering additional precautionary measures to limit people’s exposure to COVID-19 including "safer at home" measures whereby people of all ages will be asked to stay in their homes. Residents should prepare for this possible announcement in the next 24 hours. Exceptions are being considered for essential activities including trips to the grocery store. The City of Malibu continues to be in close communication and coordination with LADPH, City of Los Angeles and all the 88 cities in the County regarding these potential measures. Information will be shared with the community as soon as it is available.

NEW STATE WEBSITE AND RESOURCES

California launched a new comprehensive website to keep the public up to date on the status of COVID-19, the state’s response and resources available: www.covid19.ca.gov.

LA COUNTY OFFERS 24/7 MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT – For 24/7 assistance, call the LA County Department of Mental Health’s ACCESS hotline at 800-854-7771. The ACCESS line operates 24 hours/day, 7 days/week as the primary entry point for mental health services with the LA County Department of Mental Health, including mental health screening and assessment, referral to a service provider, crisis counseling, and more. A Crisis Text Line is also available - Text LA to 741741 and be connected with a trained crisis counselor to receive free crisis support via text message. https://dmh.lacounty.gov/get-help-now/

SMMUSD BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING TONIGHT – Per Executive Order N-29-20 from Governor Newsom, the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) Board of Education meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 19, 2020, at 5:30 p.m. will move to a virtual/teleconferencing environment at this link: https://cccconfer.zoom.us/j/985837254

Submit comments by 4 p.m. on March 19 at http://bit.ly/2QhkchY. These comments will be shared with the board members prior to the board meeting. If you wish for your written comment to be read aloud, please indicate this specifically in your communication requests will be honored as time permits. The agenda for this meeting is posted on the District website: https://www.smmusd.org/domain/2977.

ACTIONS TO PROTECT PEOPLE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS 

Governor Newsom took executive action on March 18 to provide funding and reduce restrictions and remove barriers from local jurisdictions seeking to implement public health recommendations for the homeless community. The County of Los Angeles is extending the Winter Shelter program until April 30 and is seeking to expand the program. The City of Malibu is deploying public restrooms and sanitizer stations for the local homeless community. Homeless outreach workers from LAHSA and the People Concern continue to reach out to local homeless individuals to keep them informed of the pandemic and educate them on how to stay safe.

FEDERAL AID PACKAGE

On March 18, President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act providing paid sick leave, unemployment benefits, free coronavirus testing, and food and medical aid. 

STATE STATISTICS UPDATE – For details on COVID-19 and California’s response, visit the CA Department of Public Health website: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/OPA/Pages/New-Release-2020.aspx

LA COUNTY FINANCIAL RESOURCES
The County has created a one-stop page on its website listing several financial resources for residents impacted by COVID-19. Visit: https://lacounty.gov/covid19-news/financial-resources-for-residents-impacted-by-covid-19/

LOCAL GROCERY STORES ADD SENIORS-ONLY SHOPPING HOURS
Effective Wednesday, March 18, supermarkets in Malibu have altered their hours of operation to provide a safer, easier shopping opportunity for our senior community:

-- Whole Foods - open 7:00-8:00 AM to Seniors only
-- Ralphs – open Friday, 7:00-8:00 AM to Seniors only
-- Vintage – Open 6:30-8:00 AM to Seniors only
-- Pavilions - open 6:00-7:00 AM to Seniors only

STATE PARKS
On March 17, CA State Parks announced the temporary closure of all campgrounds in the State Park system. Restrooms and non-campground outdoor areas of parks, including trails and beaches, remain open. Visitors should practice social distancing carry soap for hand washing and alcohol-based hand sanitizers for when water is not available. The State Parks concessionaire on the Malibu Pier is providing take-out food service only. Read the State Parks statement at https://www.parks.ca.gov/NewsRelease/943

BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF MALIBU (BGCM) OFFERS COMMUNITY SUPPORT
Although BGCM is closed for normal activities, it continues to work in support of the Malibu community. BGCM established a fund for donations to support its efforts. Tax deductible donations are accepted at emergencyrelief@bgcmalibu.org. BGCM has partnered with Waveside Church to meet the needs of Malibu’s senior citizens and most vulnerable families with FREE, non-perishable food pantry items and supplies. Donations of non-perishable food items can be delivered to the BGCM lobby Monday-Thursday, 10AM-1PM (call 310-457-2582 before coming). BGCM staff and members of Waveside Church will collect, sort, deliver, or schedule pick-up for these items. For more information, visit https://bgcmalibu.org.

BGCM continues to offer Wellness Center counseling to all Malibu public school children and their families via video conference during this time. To request a video conference therapy session with a clinicians, call or email Wellness Center Director Randi Goodman at 818-312-7107 or wellnessinfo@bgcmalibu.org.

MEALS ON WHEELS WEST DELIVERS
Meals on Wheels West is available to deliver food and hygiene kits to seniors or people living with disabilities who cannot shop, cook, or otherwise provide for themselves. To enroll in the program, email clientservices@MealsonWheelsWest.org or call 310 394-5133 x1 to enroll. Visit http://www.mealsonwheelswest.org/ for more information.

LA COUNTY LIBRARIES OPEN LOBBIES FOR ON-HOLD PICK-UP
All 86 LA County community libraries remain closed through March 31. However, nearly half of the local Library lobbies, including the Malibu Community Library, will be open Monday-Friday, 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM, for pickup of on-hold items. For more details and a full list of library locations with this service, visit https://lacountylibrary.org/coronavirus/

OTHER STATE ACTIONS

On March 18, Governor Newsom issues Executive Order to suspend standardized testing for students. For more information go to: https://www.gov.ca.gov/2020/03/18/governor-newsom-issues-executive-order-to-suspend-standardized-testing-for-students-in-response-to-covid-19-outbreak/

Governor Newsom signed executive order to ease restrictions on commercial drivers delivering critical supplies and equipment to retailers throughout the state. Read the Executive Order at https://www.gov.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/3.17.20-EO-motor.pdf

On March 17, the Governor placed the California National Guard on alert with direction to be prepared to perform humanitarian missions across the state, including food distribution and ensuring resiliency of supply lines, as well as supporting public safety, as required.

Governor Newsom requested a federal waiver to make it easier for 13 million Medi-Cal beneficiaries in California to quickly and effectively receive care. The waiver would ease certain federal rules governing doctors and other health care providers who treat people covered through Medi-Cal, California’s version of Medicaid. It also would loosen rules regarding the use of telehealth and where care can be provided, making it simpler to protect seniors and other populations at high risk for harm if exposed to the virus. Read the full announcement at https://www.gov.ca.gov/2020/03/17/california-requests-federal-government-waiver-to-cover-medi-cal-recipients-and-expand-tele-health-options/

CalOES created 14 task forces to work on all issues related to the State’s response to COVID-19. Task forces include: Hospitals; Schools; Transportation; Commodities; and Logistics.

RELIEF AND AID - SBA DISASTER LOANS
The US Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to California small business suffering economic injury as a result of COVID-19. 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

RESOURCES FOR WORKERS – CA STATE
If you’ve been laid off or had your hours reduced, you can apply for Unemployment Insurance through the State Employment Development Department (EDD). https://www.edd.ca.gov/unemployment/

 If you’re unable to work due because you have or were exposed to COVID-19, you can file a Disability Insurance Claim through the State EDD. https://www.edd.ca.gov/Disability/How_to_File_a_DI_Claim_in_SDI_Online.htm.

Employees who need leave to take care of children or family members can apply for Paid Family Leave (PFL) through the State EDD. https://www.edd.ca.gov/Disability/How_to_File_a_PFL_Claim_in_SDI_Online.htm.  

RESOURCES FOR BUSINESSES & WORKERS – CA STATE & COUNTY

 The State launched a new website with resources to help businesses impacted by COVID-19. www.covid19.ca.gov 

LAEDC can work with businesses one-on-one to see if they qualify for other non-traditional loans, and to help access capital and tax incentives, and cost containment strategies so businesses can maintain operations and avoid layoffs. Send an email to covid19response@laedc.org.   

California’s Work Sharing Program provides an alternative to layoffs for businesses with reduced work or production. https://www.edd.ca.gov/unemployment/Work_Sharing_Program.htm

The County provides Rapid Response services to businesses and workers impacted by layoffs and will work with businesses to avoid layoffs and closures, get workers connected to benefits, unemployment insurance and other services.  Email Bizdev@wdacs.lacounty.gov

The County enacted an emergency moratorium on residential and commercial evictions through March 31.  Tenants will have until November 2020 to pay the property owner for any rent owed.

CITY OF MALIBU
City Hall, the Senior Center, and all City parks, including restroom facilities, are closed. Essential City staff are working remotely. Residents wishing to contact City staff may do so by calling departmental extensions or emails:
-- Planning – 310-456-2489, ext. 485 or email MPlanning@malibucity.org
-- Building Safety – 310-456-2489, ext. 390 or email MBuilding@malibucity.org
-- Public Works – 310-456-2489, ext. 391 or MPublicWorks@malibucity.org
-- All other City business – 310-456-2489, ext. 392 or info@malibucity.org

SPANISH LANGUAGE EMERGENCY INFORMATION
The City of Malibu will publish emergency information about the Coronavirus on the City website: www.MalibuCity.org/Coronavirus. Residents and businesses are asked to share emergency information with their Spanish- speaking staff and contractors.

La ciudad de Malibú publicará todas las alertas de emergencia sobre el coronavirus en el sitio web de la ciudad: www.MalibuCity.org/Coronavirus.

LA COUNTY CLOSES RESTAURANTS, BARS, FITNESS CENTERS, THEATERS, EXCEPT FOOD SERVICE PICK-UP & DELIVERY PERMITTED
On March 16, the Los Angeles County Health Officer, Department of Public Health, issued an order that immediately required all bars, nightclubs, gyms, fitness centers, movie and live theaters to be closed. Restaurants, including bars that serve food, may continue to provide food only by delivery, takeout, or drive-thru pickup. Hotels and motels that serve food may only do so through room service.

SMMUSD PROVIDING STUDENTS MEALS
SMMUSD is providing breakfast and lunch for its students through April 3 while school is closed. Meals are available for drive-thru pickup at Webster Elementary School in the pickup and drop-off area between 7:00-9:00 AM. No ID is required. Meals will be provided to students under 18, with an adult or guardian, or to high school students that drive themselves.

LA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT (LAUSD) OFFERS GRAB N GO MEALS
LAUSD opened 60 Grab n Go Food Centers across Los Angeles for students in need starting Wed, 3/18/20, open weekdays 7AM to 10AM. https://achieve.lausd.net/resources

SENIORS
All seniors and those with chronic conditions are strongly urged to home-isolate. The Malibu Senior Center is closed, but Dial-a-Ride is operating for seniors needing transportation to medical appointments or other necessary locations. Reservations can be made by calling 424-346-8444. Dial-a-Ride program hours are Monday through Wednesday, 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM, and Thursday and Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

CDC CALLS FOR CANCELLATION OF ALL GATHERINGS OVER 50 PEOPLE NATIONWIDE
The CDC recommends that for the next eight weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States. Events of any size should only be continued if they can be carried out following guidelines for protecting vulnerable populations, hand hygiene, and social distancing. When feasible, events should be made virtual. For more information, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/large-events/mass-gatherings-ready-for-covid-19.html.

ALL LA COUNTY FACILITIES CLOSED
All Los Angeles County facilities are closed to the public effective March until further notice, including Department of Animal Control’s (DACC) seven animal care centers. DACC officers will continue to respond to emergency calls for service including dangerous dogs, sick or injured animals, police assistance, removal of dead animals, and animal cruelty investigations. People who find or lose a pet should download https://shadowapp.com to reunite lost pets with their families. For more information, visit https://lacounty.gov/.

ONGOING
-- City Hall, Senior Center, and all City parks, including restroom facilities, are closed
-- All State Parks
-- All bars, gyms, fitness centers, and theaters closed. All restaurants, including bars that serve food, may prepare and serve food by delivery, pick-up, or drive-thru only. Hotels and motels may serve food via room service only. (LA County Public Health Officer)
-- All California residents are protected from eviction due to nonpayment of rent, or foreclosure, if the inability to pay due to loss of income or substantial out-of-pocket medical expenses as a result of coronavirus (Governor)
-- All City Parks closed, including restroom facilities (City)
Senior Center Closed – City staff is available to assist seniors. Call 310-456-2489.
-- Malibu Dial-a-Ride program continues to operate. Dial-A-Ride vehicles are regularly disinfected.
-- All LA County Libraries, including Malibu Community Library, are closed. Online services available - www.LACountylibrary.org
-- All SMMUSD schools and programs are closed. Breakfast and lunch available to SMMUSD students for pickup at Webster Elementary School, Monday-Friday, 7:00-9:00 AM – www.SMMUSD.org

CORONAVIRUS PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE
The City of Malibu continues to monitor the status of the Coronavirus and implement measures to protect public health and safety and is doing everything possible to support vulnerable community members. There are currently no known cases of Coronavirus in Malibu. The City continues to follow the recommendations of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LADPH), California Office of Emergency Services (CALOES) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and is taking steps to reduce the likelihood of community spread.

Residents are encouraged to be prepared with three weeks of food, medication, and toiletries on hand for your family and pets in case you need to stay home. Residents should also connect with neighbors, particularly seniors or those with underlying health conditions, to see if they need help in any way. These individuals are at higher risk and Governor Newsom is calling for all seniors and individuals with chronic conditions to home-isolate.

3/18/2020, 4:00 PM - Mental Health 24/7 Hotline. CA COVID-19 Statistics. "Safer at Home" Rule Possible

COUNTY "SAFER AT HOME" MEASURE CONSIDERED: The LA County Department of Public Health (LADPH) is considering additional precautionary measures to limit people’s exposure to COVID-19, including "safer at home" whereby people of all ages will be asked to stay in their homes. Residents should prepare for this possible announcement in the next 48 hours. Exceptions are being considered for essential activities, including trips to the grocery store. The City of Malibu continues to be in close communication and coordination with LADPH, City of Los Angeles, and all the 88 cities in the County regarding these potential measures. Information will be shared with the community as soon as it is available.

LA COUNTY OFFERS 24/7 MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT – For assistance, call the LA County Department of Mental Health’s ACCESS hotline at 800-854-7771. The ACCESS line operates 24 hours/day, seven days/week as the primary entry point for mental health services with the LA County Department of Mental Health, including mental health screening and assessment, referral to a service provider, crisis counseling, and more. A Crisis Text Line is also available - Text LA to 741741 to be connected with a trained crisis counselor to receive free crisis support via text message. DMH.LACounty.gov/Get-Help-Now

STATE STATISTICS UPDATE – The CA Department of Public Health today announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19. California now has 598 confirmed cases. For details on COVID-19 and California’s response, visit the CA Department of Public Health website: CDPH.CA.gov

LA COUNTY FINANCIAL RESOURCES - The County has created a one-stop page on its website listing several financial resources for residents impacted by COVID-19. Visit: LACounty.gov/covid-19-News

LOCAL GROCERY STORES ADD SENIORS-ONLY SHOPPING HOURS -Supermarkets in Malibu have altered their hours of operation to provide a safer, easier shopping opportunity for our senior community:

  • Whole Foods - open 7:00-8:00 AM to Seniors only
  • Ralphs – open Friday, 7:00-8:00 AM to Seniors only
  • Vintage – Open 6:30-8:00 AM to Seniors only
  • Pavilions - open 6:00-7:00 AM to Seniors only

LA COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH LATEST UPDATE – NO CONFIRMED CASES IN MALIBU - The LA County Department of Public Health March 17 update on COVID-19 shows 50 new confirmed cases in the County, bringing the total to 144 cases confirmed ion LA County. There are no confirmed cases in Malibu.  PublicHealth.LACounty.gov

STATE PARKS - CA State Parks announced the temporary closure of all campgrounds in the State Park system. Restrooms and non-campground outdoor areas of parks, including trails and beaches, remain open. Visitors should practice social distancing carry soap for hand washing and alcohol-based hand sanitizers for when water is not available. The State Parks concessionaire on the Malibu Pier is providing take-out food service only. Read the State Parks statement at https://www.parks.ca.gov/NewsRelease/943 

BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF MALIBU (BGCM) OFFERS COMMUNITY SUPPORT - Although BGCM is closed for normal activities, it continues to work in support of the Malibu community. BGCM established a fund for donations to support its efforts. Tax deductible donations are accepted at emergencyrelief@bgcmalibu.org. BGCM has partnered with Waveside Church to meet the needs of Malibu’s senior citizens and most vulnerable families with FREE, non-perishable food pantry items and supplies. Donations of non-perishable food items can be delivered to the BGCM lobby Monday-Thursday, 10AM-1PM (call 310-457-2582 before coming). BGCM staff and members of Waveside Church will collect, sort, deliver, or schedule pick-up for these items. For more info, visit https://bgcmalibu.org

BGCM continues to offer Wellness Center counseling to all Malibu public school children and their families via video conference during this time. To request a video conference therapy session with a clinicians, call or email Wellness Center Director Randi Goodman at 818-312-7107 or wellnessinfo@bgcmalibu.org

MEALS ON WHEELS WEST DELIVERS - Meals on Wheels West is available to deliver food and hygiene kits to seniors or people living with disabilities who cannot shop, cook, or otherwise provide for themselves. To enroll in the program, email clientservices@MealsonWheelsWest.org or call 310 394-5133 x1 to enroll. Visit MealsOnWheelsWest.org/ for more information.

CITY OF MALIBU - City Hall, the Senior Center, and all City parks, including restroom facilities, are closed. Essential City staff are working remotely. Residents wishing to contact City staff may do so by calling departmental extensions or emails:

  • Planning – 310-456-2489, ext. 485 or email MPlanning@malibucity.org
  • Building Safety – 310-456-2489, ext. 390 or email MBuilding@malibucity.org
  • Public Works – 310-456-2489, ext. 391 or MPublicWorks@malibucity.org
  • All other City business – 310-456-2489, ext. 392 or info@malibucity.org

SPANISH LANGUAGE EMERGENCY INFORMATION - The City of Malibu will publish emergency information about the Coronavirus on the City website: www.MalibuCity.org/Coronavirus. Residents and businesses are asked to share emergency information with their Spanish- speaking staff and contractors.

La ciudad de Malibú publicará todas las alertas de emergencia sobre el coronavirus en el sitio web de la ciudad: www.MalibuCity.org/Coronavirus.

SENIORS - All seniors and those with chronic conditions are strongly urged to home-isolate. The Malibu Senior Center is closed, but Dial-a-Ride is operating for seniors needing transportation to medical appointments or other necessary locations. Reservations can be made by calling 424-346-8444. Dial-a-Ride program hours are Monday through Wednesday, 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM, and Thursday and Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

3/18/2020, 10:00 AM - Seniors-only grocery store Hours; State Park campgrounds closed; Governor actions

STATE OF CA: The Governor activated the CA National Guard and eased restrictions on deliveries of critical supplies. Governor Newsom requested a federal waiver to make it easier for 13 million Medi-Cal (California’s version of Medicaid) beneficiaries to quickly and effectively receive care, including the use of telehealth and where care can be provided, making it simpler to protect seniors and other populations at high risk for harm if exposed to the virus. Read the full announcement.

CalOES created 14 task forces to work on all issues related to the State’s response to COVID-19. 

State Parks announced the temporary closure of all campgrounds in the State Park system. Non-campground outdoor areas of parks, including trails and beaches, and restroom facilites remain open. The concessionaire on the Malibu Pier is providing take-out food service only. Full statement at Parks.CA.gov/NewsRelease/943

The Governor partnered with the CA Department of Education and Health & Human Services Agency, released new guidance for K-12 schools to help education leaders meet the needs of all students affected by school closures, with an emphasis on assisting low-income children and those with disabilities. The Guidance will help schools prepare to provide distance learning, school meals, services for students with disabilities, and support for parents seeking child care. Read the details at Gov.CA.gov

Governor Newsom signed an executive order to ease restrictions on commercial drivers delivering critical supplies and equipment to retailers throughout the state. Read the Executive Order.

COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES: On March 17, the LA County Department of Public Health provided an update on COVID-19 in the County. The report shows 50 new confirmed cases, bringing the total to 144 cases confirmed throughout LA County. The report also listed confirmed cases by city with no confirmed cases in Malibu. View the report at: PublicHealth.LACounty.gov

All 86 LA County community libraries remain closed through March 31. However, nearly half of the local Library lobbies, including the Malibu Community Library, will now be opened for hold item pickup Monday through Friday, 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. More info at LACountyLibrary.org.

MALIBU/LOCAL: Effective Wednesday, March 18, local supermarkets have altered their hours of operation to provide a safer, easier shopping opportunity for our senior community:

  • Whole Foods - open 7:00-8:00 AM to Seniors only
  • Ralphs - open Friday 7:00-8:00 AM to Seniors only 
  • Vintage Market - open 6:30-8:00 AM to Seniors only 
  • Pavilions - open 6:00-7:00 AM to seniors only

BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF MALIBU (BGCM): Although BGCM is closed for normal activities, it continues to work in support of the Malibu community. BGCM established a fund for donations to support its efforts. Tax deductible donations are accepted at EmergencyRelief@BGCMalibu.org. BGCM has partnered with Waveside Church to provide Malibu’s senior citizens and most vulnerable families with FREE, non-perishable food pantry items and supplies. Donations of non-perishable food items can be delivered to the BGCM lobby Monday-Thursday, 10AM-1PM (call 310-457-2582 before coming). BGCM staff and members of Waveside Church will collect, sort, deliver, or schedule pick-up for these items. For more information, visit BGCMalibu.org.  

BGCM continues to offer Wellness Center counseling to all Malibu public school children and their families via video conference. To request a video conference therapy session with a clinician, call or email Wellness Center Director Randi Goodman at 818-312-7107 or wellnessinfo@bgcmalibu.org.

MEALS ON WHEELS: Meals on Wheels West is available to deliver food and hygiene kits to seniors or people living with disabilities who cannot shop, cook, or otherwise provide for themselves. To enroll in the program, email ClientServices@MealsonWheelsWest.org or call 310 394-5133 ext. 1 to enroll. More info at: MealsOnWheelsWest.org.

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT - The US Small Business Administration (SBA) issued revised criteria for states or territories seeking an economic injury declaration related to Coronavirus (COVID-19). The relaxed criteria will have two immediate impacts: 1) Faster, easier qualification process for states seeking SBA Disaster Assistance. 2) Expanded statewide access to SBA Disaster Assistance Loans for small businesses. These new criteria will apply to current and future disaster assistance declarations related to Coronavirus.

3/17/2020, 4:00 PM - State approves $1 billion for assistance. SBA loans. CA assistance. Meals on Wheels

The CA State Legislature today approved $1.1 billion for  medical, health and support services, and schools, families and workers. 

The SBA is offering  low-interest federal disaster loans for California small businesses suffering substantial economic injury from COVID-19.

Meals on Wheels West is available to deliver food and hygiene kits to seniors or people living with disabilities who cannot shop, cook, or otherwise provide for themselves.

Whole Foods, Ralphs, and Pavilions in Malibu are opening early for seniors only shopping.

The State offers several options for residents and businesses suffering from economic hardship, including Paid Family Leave, Disability Insurance, or Workers Compensation.

US Congressman Ted Lieu has created a new webpage with regular updates from regional, state, national, and international trusted sources.

3/17/2020, 10:00 AM - City hall closed, SBA loans, county orders closures

Governor takes legislative action, SMMUSD providing breakfast and lunch to eligible students, Small Business Administration Disaster Loans available, LA County orders closure of bars, restaurants, venues, prohibiting public gatherings. Seniors & vulnerable groups stay home. City Hall closed. See the full City message

3/16/2020, 4:00 PM - city of malibu 

At a Special meeting on March 16, the Malibu City Council ratified the Proclamation of Emergency issued on March 14, and authorized the City Manager to identify essential and non-essential personnel needed for Emergency Operations Center operations, storm response and rebuilding efforts. The Emergency Declaration was ratified. Seniors and at-risk groups asked to stay home. See the full City message.  

As part of the City’s emergency protective measures, all non-essential city services, programs and events are suspended or cancelled, and City Hall is closed to the public. The City Council and staff continue to work and are available to assist the community. For email and phone extensions to contact City departments, go to www.malibucity.org/coronavirus

3/16/2020, 3:00 PM - la county PROHIBITS PUBLIC GATHERINGS

To slow the rapid spread of Coronavirus and in order to protect the most vulnerable members of our community, the LA County Department . of Public Health prohibited all indoor public and private gatherings, and all outdoor public and private events within a confined space, where at least 50 people would be in attendance, effective March 16 through March 31, 2020. See the entire order

3/15/2020, 4:00 PM - ca governor calls on seniors to stay home and bars to close. special CITY COUNCIL meeting 3/16/2020

Today, CA Governor Newsom provided an update on the state’s testing and hospital capabilities, and called for seniors and those with chronic conditions to home isolate, and called for bars in the state to close to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus. For more state information go to: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/covid19. The City Council will hold a Special Meeting on Monday, March 16, 1:00 PM at City Hall. Meeting video will be live streamed. City Hall open by appointment only. See the full City message.

3/15/2020, 12:00 PM - City Council 3/16/2020 Special Meeting Agenda posted; 3/23/2020 Meeting Cancelled

The City Council will hold a Special Meeting on Monday, March 16, at 1:00 PM to ratify the Declaration of Local Emergency regarding the Coronavirus / COVID-19 issued on March 14. The emergency proclamation enables the City to take additional legal, operational, and recovery measures that may be needed to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Certain items from the March 23, 2020 Regular Meeting agenda have been moved to the March 16 agenda, and the March 23 meeting has been cancelled. 

As obligated by law, the public will be able to participate in the meeting in person. However, in order to reduce the risk of spreading Coronavirus, the public is strongly encouraged to watch the live-stream at www.malibucity.org/tv and submit written correspondence to cityclerk@malibucity.org in lieu of attending the meeting. 

March 16, 2020 City Council Special Meeting Agenda

March 23, 2020 City Council Regular Meeting Notice of Cancellation

3/15/2020, 10:00 AM - Malibu Foundation Teams with Mighty Underdogs to Offer Delivery Service to Those in Need

In an effort to unite behind the most vulnerable in our communities, Malibu Foundation is teaming up with Mighty Underdogs (MUD) to provide support by running errands for such necessities as food and medicine.

The MUD team will be sending volunteers door-to-door to deliver groceries, water, medications, pet food, etc. to those who are most vulnerable: the elderly, immunocompromised, quarantined, immobile or otherwise unable to leave their homes.

If you or someone you know is in need of assistance, fill out a request form at www.themalibufoundation.org/cv19 or Text COVID to 833-407-0117. See the full 10 AM City message.

Malibu Foundation & MUD deliver

3/14/2020, 4:00 PM - county libraries closed, shop local

All County Libraries including Malibu are closed as of today. The City joins with the Malibu Chamber of Commerce in encouraging residents and visitors to shop local to support Malibu’s local small businesses, while following the recommended social distancing and hygiene precautions. The Coronavirus and the nationwide response is slowing down the economy, and hitting small businesses especially hard. Visit https://www.malibu.org/ and follow #WORLDSTRONG #MALIBUSTRONG AND #FLATTENTHECURVE for more information. 

3/14/2020, 2:00 PM - City Declares a State of Emergency

In an Executive Order in her role as Director of Emergency Services, City Manager Reva Feldman today issued a Declaration of Local Emergency regarding the Coronavirus / COVID-19.

The declaration was based on the rapidly evolving challenges to protect public health and safety related to the spread of COVID-19. The City joins the State of California, County of Los Angeles, and many other cities in taking this step. President Trump also declared a National Emergency on Friday.

The emergency proclamation will be considered for ratification by the City Council at a Special meeting on Monday, March 16. The proclamation enables the City to take additional legal, operational, and recovery measures that may be needed to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic that is affecting communities in Los Angeles County, throughout the state, and across the nation.

3/14/2020, 10:00 AM - SMMUSD schools closed; SCE & SoCalGas offer bill assistance

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) announced a full closure of all schools effective Tuesday, March 17. To read the Superintendent’s message that includes further details, including free breakfast and lunch for students and an online survey about online access for students in grades 6-12, visit www.SMMUSD.org/Page/5437

Both Southern California Gas Co (SoCalGas) and Southern California Edison (SCE) announced a suspension of service disconnections to any customers who are having a hard time paying their bills. Customers are encouraged to call 877-238-0092 for SoCalGas and 800-950-2356 for SCE to speak with a customer service representative about their bill. Visit SoCalGas.com/coronavirus and SCE.com/billhelp for more information.

The City is encouraging residents to prepare to have three weeks of food, medication, and toiletries on hand for your family and pets in case you need to stay home. To support our community, residents are urged to shop local, purchasing supplies and meals from Malibu stores and restaurants. Residents should also connect with neighbors, particularly seniors or those with underlying health conditions, to see if they need help in any way. These individuals are at higher risk and should avoid non-essential exposure to large groups of people in public spaces. 

3/13/2020, 4:00 pm City HALL OPEN TO THE PUBLIC BY APPOINTMENT ONLY STARTING March 16

Malibu City Hall will be opened to the public by appointment only effective Monday, March 16 in an abundance of caution to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus and to protect the health and safety of the community, especially seniors and other high-risk groups. 

3/13/2020 CA Governor issued executive order to address COVID-19

California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order on March 12, 2020 enhancing California’s ability to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The order Directs Californians to follow public health directives including canceling large gatherings more than 250 people, removes waiting period for unemployment and disability insurance for Californians who lose work as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, readies state to commandeer hotels & medical facilities to isolate & treat COVID-19 patients, and allows local and state legislative bodies to hold meetings via conference calls while still meeting state transparency requirements. 

The City is following the guidance of the LA County and California Departments of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). All non-essential City programs and events are cancelled until April 30. The City is evaluating how to implement the guidelines locally and will keep the community updated. See the Executive Order.

3/12/2020 March 13 Public Hearing on By-District Voting Cancelled 

The Malibu City Council public hearing on potential by-district elections scheduled for Friday, March 13, has been cancelled. For more information, see the press release

3/12/2020 all non-essential city events and programs CANCELLED THROUGH April 30, 2020

Out of an abundance of caution, the City has cancelled or postponed all non-essential City-hosted and sponsored programs and events until April 30, 2020, to help prevent further spread of Coronavirus and protect our vulnerable populations such as seniors and people with compromised immune systems. 

3/11/2020 SENIOR CENTER AND SPECIAL EVENTS CANCELLED THROUGH MARCH

For details,see the press release

3/10/2020 STATEMENT ON PATIENT PRIVACY / CORONA CASES

The City has been asked to confirm whether there are any Malibu residents that have been diagnosed with COVID-19. The City of Malibu has contacted the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LADPH) who provided the following guidelines about the release of information pertinent to the current Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in Los Angeles County. To protect patient privacy, LADPH does not provide details of specific cases. Public health investigations, under state and federal law, are confidential. Specific information is disclosed by LADPH when necessary to prevent the occurrence of additional cases. LADPH will provide additional information regarding Novel Coronavirus cases only when: a new case of the virus is confirmed; if a person confirmed to have the virus has died; and if there is a confirmed case at public locations and it is necessary to identify additional persons at risk for being infected.

3/9/2020 LA COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIAL PRESENTATION IN CITY COUNCIL 

An official from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health gave a presentation to the City Council during the March 9, 2020 Council meeting about the Coronavirus current spread and precautions. Video of the presentation is available to view online. 

3/4/2020 LEVEL III LOCAL EMERGENCY DECLARED IN LA COUNTY 

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LADPH) is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to respond to the novel (new) coronavirus in the United States. City of Malibu staff are participating in regular conference calls with the LADPH to receive the latest updates and reviewing emergency procedures should an outbreak occur. The City is also implementing the recommended hygiene protocols in City Hall. 

The Westside Los Angeles County cities of Beverly Hills, Malibu, S anta Monica, West Hollywood, and Culver City released a joint statement on Wednesday, March 4 about the current Los Angeles County Declaration of a Level 3 local emergency in response to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The Cities are under the declaration, and are following the direction of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LADPH), the local agency that has jurisdiction. See the full statement.

To see the current numbers of cases in the United States, spread of the virus, severity, treatments, precautions, and other important public health information, visit the CDC website. For information on the virus in Los Angeles County, visit the LADPH website.

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