He also announced
additional worker safeguards in an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 among essential workers. The Governor's action includes preventative measures, employer education, and long-lasting worker protections.
Additionally, a new program, Housing for the Harvest
, will provide temporary isolation spaces for agricultural and farmworkers who test positive or were exposed to the virus in the Central Valley, Central Coast, and Imperial Valley – the regions with the highest number of agricultural workers.
The Governor also announced plans to work on expanding worker protections and build on existing executive orders including COVID-19 paid sick leave, workers compensation for at-risk workers, strategic enforcement of labor laws, and strengthening employer reporting of outbreaks.
On July 27, the U.S. Senate Republicans released an initial proposal for the next round of federal coronavirus relief. Now, the Senate, House of Representatives, and Administration will attempt to negotiate a final relief package prior to Congress leaving for its August recess. As proposed, the package does not include any funding for cities. Following the release of the proposed legislation, League of California Cities President and Town of Yountville Mayor John F. Dunbar released a statement
. The League will follow up with more information and an action alert soon with more details about how our cities can fight for direct and flexible funding.
The state Legislature returned to Sacramento on July 27, and a joint legislative working group released a $100 billion economic recovery package for consideration
. League staff is evaluating this proposal and will provide more information as it becomes available.
In case you missed it, the webinar slides and video from the Cal OES webinar, held July 14 and 24 on CARES Act funding can be found here
. The League anticipates allocations to be distributed sometime this week or next, and will provide an update as more information is available.
Below is a brief recap of recent and ongoing significant COVID-19 developments.
The U.S. Senate released its initial proposal for the next round of federal coronavirus relief, and as proposed, the package does not include any funding for cities. The League is calling on Congress for direct funding to cities to offset billions in revenue losses from COVID-19. Read the full statement from League President John F. Dunbar
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