State and Local Government Coronavirus Actions

Community Control Actions

Cities

Atlanta – issuing hazard pay supplement of $500 per month for all front-line city workers (WSB-TV)

Boston – announced actions to expand the health care workforce, including expedited licensing for certain health care workers and onboarding for health care volunteers (Wilmington Apple)

Greenville, SC – closing all city parks, playgrounds, basketball/tennis courts and golf courses (Twitter)

Las Vegas – in response to public outcry, announces construction of tents for homeless residents (Nevada Independent)

New York City – working with FEMA to bring in extra ambulances and EMTs to handle surge (City of NYC)

New York City – law enforcement to shut down any religious services, fine residents who violate shelter-in-place orders (Politico)

DC – Board of Elections encouraging residents to request vote by mail ballots for June primary & special elections (WTOP)

Lynchburg – closing all basketball courts (City of Lynchburg)

Rochester – closing playgrounds, outdoor fitness equipment, and athletic fields (WROC)

Boston – temporarily waiving plastic bag ordinance for essential businesses (WCVB)

Chicago – closed all city parks, city and school playgrounds, the Chicago Riverwalk, and the 606 Trail to promote safe distancing (NBC5)

Newark – Enacted citywide Shelter In Place order, police on corners with loudspeakers (PIX11)

Boston – raising money to purchase Chromebooks and WiFi for public school students (WGBH)

Los Angeles – will shut off City power and water to non-essential businesses that don’t close (KTLA)

New York City – closing streets to car traffic to allow more pedestrian spacing (CBS News)

Tuscaloosa – implements citywide curfew (WVUA)

Dayton – tells nonessential city workers to stay at home (Dayton Daily News)

Charleston – closing all city parks and playgrounds (WTAT)

Miami – launches at-home coronavirus testing services for seniors (ABC6)

Washington, D.C. – announced fund to purchase WiFi for home-bound students (Washington Times)

Baltimore – turning downtown hotel and convention center into field hospital (Baltimore Sun)

Chicago – announcing housing for up to 3000 homeless individuals in hotels and downtown YMCA

Cincinnati – police to enforce six feet of distance in public spaces (WCPO)

D.C. – closing public spaces on the national mall and tidal basin to encourage social distancing, closing some roads to car traffic to allow distancing of pedestrians, bikes (ABC7)

Los Angeles – closing public spaces like beaches, playgrounds, outdoor sports facilities, golf courses, boardwalks and certain parks (Mayor Garcetti), relaxing parking enforcement to promote stay-at-home behavior (LA Mayor), opens hotline for high-risk residents to sign up for testing (ABC7), and moving the homeless into rec centers (Fox 11)

Salt Lake City – relaxing parking enforcement in residential neighborhoods to encourage stay at home (KUTV)

Vicksburg, MS – announces 11pm to 5am daily curfew (WAPT)

Toledo – adding phone-in option to allow public participation in City Council hearings (Toledo Blade)

Columbus – suspending all in-person bill payment and permitting services for a number of departments until further notice (Columbus Dispatch); dealers state of emergency and orders all non-frontline employees to work from home with full pay (WSYX)

Philadelphia – police are stopping low level arrests to reduce jail population (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Cincinnati – repurposing shuttered rec center as a homeless isolation center (WCPO)

Cincinnati – Mayor Cranley ordered citizens to maintain six feet of distance between each other in outdoor public spaces. The police will enforce through suggestion and couples and families are exempt. (Cincinnati Enquirer)

Lorain – Stores in the city are offering early hours to senior citizens to get their groceries and avoid crowds (Fox 8)

Cleveland – cancelling public meetings, closing numerous city facilities including public access to City hall and rec centers, and moving some city services online or via telephone, while limiting hours for others (cleveland.com); City Council cancelling non-essential meetings (cleveland.com)

St. Louis – taking temperatures of anyone entering City Hall, closing bars/restaurants (Mayor Krewson)

Bexley – requiring residents to conduct daily health and temperature checks (cleveland.com)


Counties

Hildalgo, TX – allowing residents to apply for protection orders by phone (Hildalgo DA)

Hamilton County, OH – working to reduce jail population to number of individual cells by citing and releasing nonviolent offenders (Nick Swartsell)

Cook County, IL – launched countywide phone hotline, text alert system and email (Cook County)

Hamilton County, OH – closing County administration building to the public (WLWT); suspending non-essential operations (Cincinnati.com)

Tarant County, TX – event centers, convenience stores, places of worship, stores at malls can only open to 50% capacity (Dallas News)

Cuyahoga – Federal court has postponed all civil jury trials scheduled to begin before May 1 and grand juries will not meet (cleveland.com); Council Council going on one-month break (cleveland.com).

6 Counties in California ordered residents to shelter in place, closing all non-essential businesses (SF Chronicle)


States

Maine – issues stay-at-home order with penalties of up to 6 months in jail/$1000 for violations (News Center Maine)

Tennessee – under pressure, state to begin releasing county-level case data (Tennessean)

Arizona – announced schools closed through end of academic year (AZ Governor)

Florida – setting up highway checkpoints to stop vehicles entering the state from New York (NY Post)

Maryland – ordering residents not to leave home except for grocery, work or healthcare effective 8pm (CNN)

New York – enacting law to permit remote voting by state legislators (Spectrum News)

Pennsylvania – announced schools closed indefinitely, extended stay-at-home orders through April (Fox29)

Rhode Island – requiring all out-of-state travelers to quarantine upon entry (Politico)

Texas – ordering air travelers from California, Washington, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Louisiana, Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit and Miami to quarantine upon arrival (Politico)

Virginia – orders all residents to stay at home except for essentials or essential services, like food, essential work or medical care (WJHL)

Arizona – announced public-private partnership to secure needed medical supplies (AZ Governor)

South Carolina – closes schools for remainder of academic year (Columbia Star)

Rhode Island – postponing primary election from April 28 to June 2 (NY Times)

Virginia – closed schools for remainder of school year (WUSA9)

Arizona – launched statewide 2-1-1 hotline for Coronavirus help (AZ Governor)

Hawaii – announces 14 day quarantine on all arriving flights (AP)

Kentucky – orders all non-essential retail businesses to close (WDRB)

Nevada – Governor announced Coronavirus Response, Relief & Recovery task force (Fox Reno)

New York – announces new special healthcare enrollment period on ACA insurance marketplace (upflow)

California – all residents are ordered to stay home except to visit doctors, gas stations, pharmacies, groceries/farm mkts/food banks/convenience stores, takeout food, banks & laundromats or to care for friend/relative. Workers in 16 designated “critical infrastructure” industries are exempted from the order. (LA Times)

Ohio – orders closure of salons, barbershops, tattoo parlors and 181 BMV locations (cleveland.com); tells employers to monitor temperatures (Statehouse News)

Pennsylvania – ordered closure of all non-life-sustaining business with enforcement effective at midnight (Penn Live).

Kansas – Announces schools to remain closed for remainder of school year (KOAM)

Kentucky – statewide closure of nonessential businesses (WDRB)

Maine – Legislature authorizes  public entities to meet remotely and gives authority to Governor to direct the date and manner of the June election (Gov. Mills)

Missouri – postponed April municipal elections (STL News)

Nevada – statewide closure of nonessential business (Nevada Independent)

New York – asking retired health professionals to volunteer to be part of statewide medical reserve corps (NY.gov)

Vermont – closed child care centers except those offering care to children of emergency workers (Burlington Free Press) 

Florida – asking Universities to go to distance learning for rest of academic year (WSVN)

Missouri – ordered casinos to close (Governor Parson) 

29 states have now closed some or all schools (CNN)

California – advised those 65 and older to stay at home, and asked, but did not require, bars and restaurants to close (LA Times) also considering a legislative recess (LA Times)

Georgia – delays its presidential primary, moving it from March 24 to May 19 (Atlanta Journal Constitution)

Kentucky – moved primary from May to June, ordered child care centers to close by Friday (BG News)

NJ, CT and NY – ban on gatherings of 50+ (CNN)

Ohio, California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Washington and New York City – closed dine-in restaurants and bars

Maryland & Minnesota – closing bars, restaurants and places of public entertainment & accommodation

Workforce/Business Assistance

Cities

Louisiville – offering interest free loans of up to $25K to small businesses with 10 or fewer employees (WDRB)

St. Paul – announces $3.25 million fund for cash grants to poor families, small businesses (Star Tribune)

Columbus – suspending collection of delinquent taxes and fees (Columbus Dispatch)

San Jose – enacting new paid sick leave ordinance with assistance for small businesses (NBC)

Lakewood – The city of Lakewood announced the Small Business Rent Relief Fund to support the city’s commercial corridors during the coronavirus outbreak (Cleveland 19)

Chicago – announced $100 million fund for small businesses (City of Chicago)

San Francisco – announces $2.5 relief fund for artists (SF Gate)

Denver – announces $4 million assistance fund for small businesses (Colorado Politics)

Avon Lake – The Avon Lake Community Improvement Corporation is providing financial support to restaurants and bars impacted by the coronavirus. (Process not yet finalized) (Cleveland.com)

Sacramento – The City of Sacramento has established a $1 million economic relief fund for businesses impacted by COVID-19. The fund will provide 0% interest loans of up to $25,000 per business. (Sacramento City Express)


Counties

Franklin County, OH – extending deadline for property tax payments to August (WSYX)

Franklin County, OH – Launched $1 million fund for businesses facing closure and residents facing job loss (Columbus Dispatch)

Franklin County, OH – fares waived for all public transit rides (10TV)


States

Ohio – State Treasurer will buy up to $900 million in short-term debt that Ohio hospitals commonly issue to lower borrowing costs for cash-strapped hospitals (cleveland.com)

Iowa – announces financial assistance and tax deferrals for small businesses (IA Economic Development)

Rhode Island – launch “GiftItForward” website to allow residents to support state’s small businesses (Newport Buzz)

New York – enacted sick leave legislation that provided up to two weeks pay for workers entering isolation or quarantine (NY Daily News)

Ohio – enacted rules to allow hospitals, churches, youth organizations and existing providers to operate short-term child care centers for children of health care and emergency service workers (cleveland.com) using national guard to help at food distribution points (News 5); seeking federal authorization to offer economic injury loans to small businesses (Ohio Capital Journal)

Local Budget Actions

Cities

Cincinnati dismissed over a quarter of the city workforce, authorized a $150 million line of credit (Cincinnati Enquirer)

New Orleans – anticipating budget deficit of $100 million or more (WWL-TV)

Nashville – announced hiring freeze, delay in city’s annual budget (Nashville Post)

Scranton, PA – furlough of city employees in anticipation of lower tax revenue (Times-Tribune)


Counties

Dane County, WI – countywide hiring freeze in anticipation of budget impacts (WI State Journal)

Miami Dade County, FL – cutting back transit service due to lack of sanitizer, riders (Miami Herald)

Cuyahoga County, OH – County Council held hearing to loosen spending caps on emergency purchases (cleveland.com)

Franklin County, OH – cutting bus routes due to lowered ridership (Columbus Underground)


States

Kentucky – lawmakers scrapped planned school funding and pay increases (Courier Journal)

New Mexico – anticipate $2 billion budget hole due to Coronavirus and low oil prices (Santa Fe New Mexican)

Idaho – Governor signed executive order to reduce non-COVID expenditures by 1% (KPVI)

Kentucky – lawmakers are considering scrapping planned raíses for state workers and funding increases for public schools (Courier Journal)

New York – anticipating $15 billion shortfall, Gov. Cuomo is asking for legislative authority to make quarterly budget adjustments to the state budget, set to be enacted April 1 (NY Daily News)

Rhode Island – legislative leaders approve $300 million line of credit to prop up state budget (Johnston Sun Rise)

South Dakota – Governor plans to call a special session in June to address budget gaps (Argus Leader)

Ohio – hiring freeze in effect for state government (except to respond to emergency), as well as a freeze on new contracts, asking cabinet directors to find up to 20 percent cuts (Gov. DeWine)

 

Protecting Low Income Residents

Cities

Cincinnati – working with landlords to allow people to stay in their homes (WCPO)

Austin – suspending evictions (Austin Monthly)

Sioux Falls, SD – Announced $5 million One Sioux Falls Fund in conjunction with local foundations to help with housing, food insecurity (Dakota News Now)

Seattle – offering $5 million in grocery vouchers to impacted families (City of Seattle)

Columbus – announced $1 million fund to help with food/housing insecurity (Columbus Dispatch)

Pittsburgh – enacted policy requiring all employers to offer paid sick leave accruals of 40 hours a year beginning March 15 for employees who have worked 90 days or more (CBS2, City of Pittsburgh)


Counties

Cuyahoga County, OH – will provide county workers with extra paid time off ahead of extended Council break (cleveland.com).

Cuyahoga County, OH – suspended work activity requirements for people who receive food stamps and federal cash assistance (cleveland.com); holding expedited hearings to reduce the number of inmates in jail, in some case lowering bond or sentencing to prison (CNN)

Tulsa County, OK – suspended court eviction proceedings for two weeks (Tulsa World)


States

California – announced 90 day grace period for mortgage payments, eviction moratorium (Gov. Newsome)

Virginia – increasing benefits for SNAP recipients to allow fewer trips to grocery stores (WBDJ)

Kentucky – announced “Team Kentucky” fund to take contributions to support impacted residents (Ohio County Monitor)

Ohio – Expanded eligibility for unemployment compensation and waived the job search requirement for those in quarantine and eliminated the waiting week

Under the changes, eligible situations include:

  • Company shut down due to emergency
  • Employees laid off due to emergency
  • Employees required to stay home with no option of telework
  • Employee in mandatory quarantine (not required to seek work)
  • In all cases, there is a waiver of the traditional one week waiting period
  • DOES NOT apply to employee voluntarily entering self-quarantine
  • DOES NOT apply to employee staying home due to illness or children out of school
  • Only employees with 20 hours of work and minimum weekly pay of $269 are eligible

Arkansas – $12 million in CDBG funds and $4 million in bridge loans to help businesses (KATV, KATV) financial incentives to child care facilities that remain open through March 27 (KATV)

Maine – consumer loans, expanded unemployment eligibility, ban on utility shut-offs (Gov. Mills)

Minnesota – offering free child care at school buildings for children of emergency workers; designating grocery workers as “emergency workers” for purpose of the order (Mother Jones)

Vermont – reimbursing private child care facilities for offering care to emergency workers; putting school employees to work offering child care (Burlington Free Press); designating grocery employees as “emergency workers” for child care purposes (Mother Jones)

New York – suspending collection of student debt, medical debt & other state-referred debt (Gov. Cuomo)

Maryland – issued statewide ban on evictions (Gov. Hogan)