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City Issues Emergency Executive Order to Assist Local Businesses Through the COVID-19 Crisis

Post Date:April 03, 2020 9:38 AM

Business Update - COVID19The City of West Hollywood is making every effort to respond to community needs during the coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency and ‘Safer at Home’ Los Angeles County Order. Paul Arevalo, the City of West Hollywood City Manager and Director of Emergency Services issued an Emergency Order on March 25, 2020 aimed at providing assistance to businesses affected by the Los Angeles County ‘Safer at Home’ order. The Order facilitates access to food, essential goods, and medication and assists the local business community in dealing with the extreme economic challenges it is facing as a result of measures to slow the spread of COVID-19.

“As a result of state and county public health orders, local businesses are experiencing forced closure, or major changes in normal operation, or intense increased demand for goods, all of which are challenging during this unprecedented health pandemic,” said City of West Hollywood Mayor John D’Amico. “This is an ever-changing and developing issue, and we’re here to help. The City will continue to explore, advocate, and implement further measures as necessary.” Full text of the Emergency Executive Order is available (PDF) at www.weho.org/home/showdocument?id=44139. The following is a list of items being implemented to provide relief to businesses in the City of West Hollywood at this time:

  • Defer Business Improvement District (BID) Assessments that are regularly due in March to July 1, 2020, and waive late fees
  • Defer Business Tax Certificates that are due in May to July 1, 2020, and waive late fees
  • Defer Regulatory Business License fees on a three-month rolling basis
  • Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) Deferral – specifically for hotels and similar establishments, upon request and approval of City Manager
  • Provide businesses a credit for the Outdoor Dining Encroachment Fees that have already been paid
  • Provide businesses a credit for the Valet Meter Encroachment fees that have already been paid
  • Allow existing restaurants within hotels to provide to-go meals to non-guests
  • Allow off-site alcohol sales for restaurants offering to-go meals
  • Relax parking standards and traffic plans for restaurants to provide easier access for customers
  • Allow temporary banners for businesses featuring access to food, waiving location requirements outlined in zoning code
  • Allow temporary change of use from restaurant to grocery store/market
  • Establish weekly meetings with business stakeholders to gather feedback on resources their businesses need
  • Lobby state/federal legislature to assist businesses within the City of West Hollywood

The Emergency Executive Order remains in effect for the duration of the declaration of Local Emergency, which is currently June 30, 2020 but may change dependent on the evolution of the pandemic. Full text of the Resolution proclaiming a Local Emergency is available (PDF) at www.weho.org/home/showdocument?id=44141.

Additionally, the City of West Hollywood has produced a resource toolkit for businesses affected by COVID-19.  A PDF of the kit can be downloaded here: www.weho.org/business.

The City is also providing resources for those workers affected by the Los Angeles County “Safer at Home” Order. The City of West Hollywood is:

  • Providing links to employment resources from the County, State, and Federal government
  • Conducting weekly workforce resources calls with business stakeholders
  • Providing assistance for renters in West Hollywood:
    • Rental Eviction Moratorium for people experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19
      • Fillable template letter to notify landlord of a financial impact to COVID-19
    • Providing an additional $75,000 to support existing rental assistance programs  to assist West Hollywood residents
  • Updating listings of available jobs around the West Hollywood area, especially those that are for companies immediately hiring
  • Connecting business owners to the JVS SoCal (WeHo Works) organization for employment placement services
  • Sharing information on two relief funds specifically for restaurant/bar workers

The City of West Hollywood continues to urge community members to follow the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s Safer at Home Order, which went into effect Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. The Order will remain in effect until April 19, 2020, and may be extended. The Order was issued concurrently with orders from Gov. Gavin Newsom calling upon all individuals living in the State of California to stay home in order to reduce transmission of coronavirus.

West Hollywood City Hall is currently closed to the public and has suspended all in-person transactions. All public City buildings, playgrounds, and facilities are closed. City Hall will remain accessible for business and essential services with transactions to be conducted by phone (323) 848-6400 and via the City’s website at www.weho.org.

The City of West Hollywood coronavirus updates are available at www.weho.org/coronavirus and the City encourages community members to follow @wehocity on Twitter and Facebook and Instagram and turn on notifications for up-to-date information regarding details in the City of West Hollywood.

To view essential-business City meetings, tune in to WeHoTV at:

  • Spectrum Channel 10 (in West Hollywood)
  • AT&T U-verse Channel 99 (in Southern California)
  • SmartTV Apps: AndroidTV; AppleTV; FireTV; and Roku

For notifications by email, subscribe to the City’s E-Notifications at www.weho.org/email. Visit the City’s event and meetings calendar at www.weho.org/calendar and news archive at www.weho.org/news. To receive urgent updates to your phone by text and to your email, text your ZIP code to 888-777.

For updates and information about the current numbers of COVID-19 cases in the United States and in Los Angeles County, the spread of the virus, severity, treatments, precautions, and other important public health information in multiple languages, please visit websites for:

For reporters and members of the media seeking additional information about COVID-19 in Los Angeles County, please contact the LA County Department of Public Health Chief Communications Officer, Carl A. Kemp, at (213) 240-8144 or media@ph.lacounty.gov.

For reporters and members of the media seeking additional information about the City of West Hollywood, please contact the City of West Hollywood’s Public Information Officer, Sheri A. Lunn, at (323) 848-6391 or slunn@weho.org.
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