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Cal Cities weekly COVID-19 update: Nov. 5-18

November 18, 2020
Gov. Gavin Newsom and state public health officials announced earlier this week the decision to pull an “emergency brake” in the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, resulting in 94 percent of California’s population in the most restrictive “purple” tier. In the same announcement, the state is strengthening its face covering guidance to require individuals to wear a mask whenever outside their home, with limited exceptions.
These actions will remain in effect until the state’s public health officer determines that modifications can be made as a result of public health data and conditions.
The Governor also announced an emergency allocation of $62 million in one-time funds to local governments implementing Project Roomkey. These funds are being made available immediately to local governments with Project Roomkey sites so that residents living in motel or hotel rooms under the program will not be forced to return to the street while the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact California.
After months of advocacy efforts by the League of California Cities and under the advisement of an executive order issued by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Oct. 28, Caltrans released guidelines for cities and counties to issue temporary encroachment permits enabling commercial activities in the state highway right-of-way. The permits will support businesses located along state highways to expand their outdoor dining options onto sidewalks and parking areas, and expand on a safe opportunity for diners to enjoy a meal and help support local businesses struggling with the economic impacts of COVID-19.

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