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April 3, 2020 10:26 AM

UPDATE 4/3 10AM – Face coverings. Sales tax pmt deferral. New testing sites. Small biz webinar today

UPDATE 4/3, 10AM – State & City of LA guidance on face coverings. LA County opens 3 drive-thru testing sites. Paycheck Protection Program webinar today for small business. McDonald’s offers free breakfast for healthcare workers & first responders.

Malibu City Hall is closed. However, essential City staff, including the Emergency Operations Team, are working. The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was activated on March 13 and is operating 7 days a week. 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.

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 LA: https://corona-virus.la/FaceCovering
State of CA: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Face-Coverings-Guidance.aspx

STATE OFFERS 12-MONTH, INTEREST FREE SMALL BUSINESS SALES TAX PAYMENT PLAN
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 https://www.cdtfa.ca.gov/services/covid19.htm.

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 are available at https://COVID19.LACounty.gov/testing.

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 at http://bit.ly/HCOCPPP

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. Visit https://data.chhs.ca.gov/dataset/california-covid-19-hospital-data-and-case-statistics.

WATCH LA COUNTY DAILY CORONAVIRUS BRIEFINGS
Watch Los Angeles County Public Health and elected officials' daily TV briefing on the countywide coronavirus status and response live or later on-demand on Facebook at https://facebook.com/CountyofLA, on Twitter at www.twitter.com/CountyofLA, and on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCutBHggRFn38J-tfVGC2tBw/videos. The daily briefings have been held at 12:30 PM and 1:00 PM with times, shifting as needed to allow for 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. All phone numbers, websites, and resources mentioned during this livestream are listed at https://COVID19.LACounty.gov.

CITY OF MALIBU
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 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
Visit www.MalibuCity.org/VirtualRec for programs and activities for residents and families at home.

LATEST COVID-19 STATISTICS
County of Los Angeles Dept of Public Health: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/
County of Los Angeles COVID-19 Dashboards: https://covid19.lacounty.gov/dashboards/
State of California: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/OPA/Pages/New-Release-2020.aspx

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.
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.  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. 

All Residents should be complying with the State’s “Stay at Home” order, and leaving their homes only to conduct essential business, such as grocery shopping, medical appointments. Residents should also connect with neighbors, particularly seniors or those with underlying health conditions, to see if they need help in any way.

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