This week’s news includes face mask requirements, park closure for Easter, domestic violence assistance, how to volunteer from home for the census and dogs working from home.

Face Masks

As of Friday, April 10, face masks will be required when you are out interacting with any business. If you are not wearing one, they can refuse to serve you.

Required face coverings are not medical-grade masks or N95 respirators, but rather, fabric coverings, such as scarves and bandanas.

You should also know there have been reports that people without masks are being fined $1,000 in some counties. Metro also recommends that all transit riders wear face coverings and/or masks on our buses and trains. Please note that face coverings and masks do not replace other public health hygiene practices. Everyone is asked to continue limiting travel to only essential trips, maintain physical distance from others, wash hands frequently, and use other good hygiene practices.

Mayor’s Order

To support the Safer at Home Order, the Mayor has closed all parks on Easter Sunday, April 12.

Parks closed

COVID-19 Testing

The City of Los Angeles, in partnership with the County of Los Angeles, is providing access to free COVID-19 testing to Los Angeles County residents.

At this time, testing is limited in Los Angeles to people with symptoms, or people who have been prevented from working because of contact with someone who has been infected.

Please note that same or next day testing appointments are prioritized for individuals over 65, or who have underlying chronic health conditions.

Schedule a test


A new COVID-19 mobile testing site opened at the Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU) to serve residents in Willowbrook, South Los Angeles, and surrounding neighborhoods.

Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence

Lost Job

One-stop resource for the people of California impacted by job loss during the COVID-19 Pandemic:

For those whose jobs have been impacted by COVID-19, this website enables unemployed or underemployed Angelenos to find and apply to job opportunities across all industries, so they can start working right NOW.

Governor Gavin Newsom announced that starting this Sunday, CA workers who are receiving unemployment benefits will receive an extra $600 on top of their weekly amount, as part of the new Pandemic Additional Compensation (PAC) initiated by the CARES Act.

Eviction Moratorium

Having trouble paying the rent on time? Get information and help at the HCIDLA COVID-19 page.

Highly Recommend – constituents contact HCIDLA so that, if necessary, cases are properly and timely documented and communication with tenants/landlords can begin even sooner.

HOTLINE: 1-866-557-7368 M-F 8:30A-4:30P, and Sat and Sun, 10A-3P
Or online:

Stress Reduction

These are trying times for everyone. If you need some ideas on stress reduction and self care, the CDC offers these.

  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
  • Take care of your body.
    • Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate.
    • Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals.
    • Exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep.
    • Avoid alcohol and drugs
  • Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
  • Connect with others.

If you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others:

  • Call 911
  • Visit the Disaster Distress Helpline, call 1-800-985-5990, or text TalkWithUs to 66746
  • Visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline or call 1-800-799-7233 and TTY 1-800-787-3224

Federal Stimulus Package

To create a safety net for those whose jobs and businesses are affected by the pandemic, the stimulus will provide one-time payments to taxpayers. The stimulus will provide a one-time payment of $1,200 to qualifying adults with no annual income or incomes not exceeding $75,000 per year. A one-time payment of up to $2,400 will be provided to joint-filers with an annual income totaling less than $150,000. Families will also receive an additional $500 per child. You must file a tax return for 2018 or 2019 to receive this payment.


Help for Businesses

The Mayor just announced that LA CARES Corps is a partnership between the City and County of LA to provide small businesses with the help they need to apply for federal loans under the CARES Act.

More information

Slow Internet

It Isn’t Just You — The Internet Is Actually Super-Slow Lately: According to a new report by Broadband Now, a consumer advocate website that compares U.S. internet service providers (ISPs), many cities are experiencing internet slowdowns during the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

To cope with the onslaught of streamers, YouTube announced it will default to standard, rather than high, definition for users worldwide. Facebook and Netflix have also decided to cut the overall quality of their streams while the pandemic continues, for the same reason.

Volunteer for the Census

We invite you to become a part of Mayor Garcetti’s Census 2020 Volunteer Phone Banking Team. Sign up at!

The phone banking team will ask community leaders like yourself to make calls to other Angelenos across the city to encourage them to respond to the Census, answer their questions about how to respond, and also check to make sure they are aware of the resources available to help during the COVID-19 crisis.

Town Hall

Over the weekend U. S. Congresswoman Karen Bass held a telephone town hall meeting with local and national experts to discuss access to resources now available through the COVID-19 stimulus package, and now an audio recording has been put online.

The call featured:

* Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Member of the Los Angeles City Council
* Claudia Monterrosa, Los Angeles Housing and Community Investment Department
* John Alvarez, South Los Angeles WorkSource Center
* Nooria Samimi, California Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program
* Lila Fedler, California Franchise Tax Board
* Louise McCarthy, Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County

The speakers shared a great deal of useful information, which you may be interested in hearing at your convenience, in case you could not join the call, or want to share with your friends and neighbors:


Our own Getty Center challenged people on social media to recreate a piece of art at home using materials on hand. Check out the great results at the Getty Blog and here.

woman imitating portrait

Musicians the world over are sharing their music including cellist Yo Yo Ma with his #songsofcomfort on his social media accounts. LA Phil at home is offering pieces recorded at home and the Colorado symphony offered a virtual Ode to Joy.

The Apricot Lane Farm of the Biggest Little Farm movie in nearby Moorpark is hosting Friday livestreams at 10am. This week viewers learn about chicks. You can also view it on their Youtube channel:

dog at workShout out to UNNC for sharing this funny story of a person who created an account highlighting his dogs and others working from home. Enjoy a good laugh and send in your own images: @dogsworkingfromhome. The story was highlighted in Southern Living Magazine.

Kids can enjoy Stuck at Home Science in fun activities streamed Monday -Friday through the Science Center at 10am.

On Easter Sunday, April 12, 10am our time Italian tenor and global music icon Andrea Bocelli will give a solo performance at the historic Duomo, the cathedral of Milan, Italy.

There will be no audience present, and strictly no access for the public (in compliance with government regulations on Covid-19), but the concert will be exclusively streamed live globally on the Andrea Bocelli’s YouTube channel, uniting the world in the face of a global pandemic.

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