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League Weekly COVID-19 Update: July 2-8

July 8, 2020
The Assembly was scheduled to return July 13 from its summer recess. 
However, it was announced July 6 that due to Assembly staff and a lawmaker testing positive for COVID-19, the Assembly and Senate will delay their return and adjust committee hearing schedules. The Legislature must adjourn by Aug. 31, so this will create additional pressure on the Legislature’s schedule to conduct its business. The League will continue to provide updates as received.  

The July 10 deadline for cities to submit signed certification to the Department of Finance (DOF) to receive CARES Act dollars is fast approaching. As of yesterday, the DOF reported that 325 cities had submitted applications to receive their direct allocation of CARES Act funding. The League is contacting cities that have yet to submit their applications. For more information on eligibility and how to apply, read CARES Act Fund Allocation Applications Due July 10 – Don’t Miss the Deadline!
On July 2, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the launch of “Wear a Mask,” a public awareness campaign in response to the surge in COVID-19 cases statewide. This campaign encourages Californians to use face coverings and practice physical distancing.
Prior to the Fourth of July weekend, the California Department of Parks and Recreation implemented safety measures and the California Department of Public Health released a statement advising Californians not to gather with people outside of their immediate households for the holiday weekend. All state beaches in Los Angeles County and Ventura County, along with beaches in Monterey and San Mateo Counties were closed. Additionally, state parks closed vehicular access to state beaches in nine counties, which included Marin, Monterey, Orange, San Diego, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, and Sonoma.
Cal OES has informed the League that FEMA has partially approved Cal OES’ request to extend FEMA reimbursement for non-congregate sheltering (Project Roomkey). The extension provides an additional 30 days to July 30.
Below is a brief recap of recent and ongoing significant COVID-19 developments.
State Updates Federal Updates

The National League of Cities was quoted in the Bond Buyer regarding the need for more federal funding to cities to help address revenue losses and expenses.
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