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    Our community is facing an issue of large scale and immense importance. The coronavirus (COVID-19) is affecting our communities, schools and businesses and we are here to support you in your efforts to maintain continuity in your operations.
    Our mission at VICA is to enhance the economic vitality by advocating for a better business climate and quality of life. While we all navigate our way through this uncharted territory, we feel it is incredibly important to provide valuable and helpful resources to empower you to make the best decisions for your businesses and families. Government will be moving rapidly to adjust and support the current landscape and we will keep members appraised and look for input to support the business community. As legislation and discussions transpire, we will communicate the information to you.
    At VICA, we are prepared to adjust our current practices to ensure that we can continue to provide value to our members, partners and the community regardless of the mode in which it is transmitted. As of today, we will continue to hold committee meetings, accessing and communicating any adjustment as necessary. The State Officeholders Dinner that was schedule for this Friday, March 13th, has been postponed and rescheduled for Friday, June 26th.

    Things to Remember
    • Wash hands often
    • Use hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol content) when not able to wash
    • Avoid touching your face
    • Avoid shaking hands
    • Avoid large gatherings
    • Keep your workplace and home clean (use disinfects)
      • Clean high touch surfaces: counters, cabinets, tables, doorknobs, light switches, bathrooms, toilets, trash cans, phones, remotes, keyboards, tablets, etc.
      • Clean materials that collect dust: carpets, couches, clothing, towels, etc.
      • Wash Linens
      • Make sure to take trash out regularly
    Home Cleaning Tips 
    Cleaning Tips for Group Spaces (Work) 
    State, LA City and County Measures
    Governor Newsom's Executive Order Press Release
    • Waives the one-week waiting period for people who are unemployed and/or disabled
    • Delays the deadline for state tax filing by 60 days for individuals and businesses unable to file on time based on compliance with public health requirements
    • Directs residents to follow public health directives and guidance, including to cancel large non-essential gatherings that do not meet state criteria
    • Readies the state to commandeer property for temporary residences and medical facilities for quarantining, isolating or treating individuals
    • Allows local or state legislative bodies to hold meetings via teleconference and to make meetings accessible electronically
    • Allows local and state emergency administrators to act quickly to protect the public's health
    Mayor Garcetti's Directive Press Release
    • LA City Council is cancelling all committee meetings for the rest of the month, with limited full council meetings only taking place on Tuesdays for March
    • Temporary closure of the Los Angeles City Hall complex to members of the public, except for public meetings of the City Council
    • Transitioning board and commission meetings to accessible phone or video conference sessions that will allow constituents to make comments, ask questions, and engage with local leaders
    • Postponement or cancellation of all non-essential public community events or group activities with 50 or more participants, or that require close contact between vulnerable individuals
    • A ban on all events or conferences on City-owned properties that are anticipated to attract more than 50 people
    • Development of plans to stagger entry for visitors in public buildings to no more than 50 at a time - including City museums, libraries, parks, pools, and community centers. Transit locations and similar facilities, including LAX and the Port of Los Angeles, as well as all City shelters, are exempt from this requirement at this time
    • Ensuring that hand-washing and sanitizing stations are available in City-owned public buildings, and that extra steps are taken to clean facilities regularly and thoroughly
    • Stopping all non-essential travel by City employees to all destinations, domestic or foreign
    • Ordering all General Managers to develop an Emergency COVID-19 Telecommuting Plan, which may be implemented in the event that it becomes unsafe for staff to safely travel to or work from their normal work location
    Resources for Information
    There are many resources available through a variety of channels, please find helpful links below. 
    County of Los Angeles Public Health
    Employers Guide for COVID-19

    California Department of Public Health
    CDPH COVID-19 Guidance Document

    U.S. Chamber of Commerce
    California Chamber of Commerce

    Labor & Workforce Development Agency

    World Health Organization

    Center for Disease Control & Prevention
    CDC COVID-19 Guidance for Businesses & Employers

    NBC News Updates

    Los Angeles Daily News

    For more information:
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