City of Santa Monica Proclaims Local Emergency in Response to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

March 13, 2020 10:29 PM

UPDATE: All orders associated with the local COVID-19 emergency have been extended to April 30, 2020. All local emergency orders are available at

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – Tonight, the City of Santa Monica (the “City”) issued a local emergency proclamation in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency. The proclamation signed by City Manager Rick Cole will enhance the City’s ability to access federal and state dollars for COVID-19 response. This follows President Trump’s national emergency declaration earlier today where it was announced that $50 billion in emergency funding would be made available to assist state and local governments in preventing the spread of and addressing the effects of COVID-19.  

“This proclamation is a necessary step in the City’s efforts to align with state Emergency Management, to access state and federal resources, and to partner with our neighboring cities for the public health,” said City Manager Rick Cole. “Santa Monica will continue to take bold and proactive actions to protect the health and safety of our community. We urge everyone to follow the directives of our health officials to stay calm, stay home if you’re sick, and continue to practice appropriate social distancing.” 

Local emergencies can be declared by the City Manager, with ratification by the City Council within seven days. The local emergency is now in effect and will be confirmed by the City Council before March 20, 2020.   

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