Water, Essential Services, Internet and More: What Mayors Need to Know about COVID-19

Mayors and cities are on the frontlines of this pandemic – navigating impacts to local economies, public health, and safety. Click here to access our list of the best resources on COVID-19.

Live City Response Feed

Our live city response feed provides you with a curated list from around the country, making it quick and easy to access the most relevant ideas for city leaders. Submit your own innovative policies here. To see the city responses so far:

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From Our Live City Response Feed

Folden, CO launched the BGoldN program to support both local restaurants and people in need. Funds raised pay restaurants for meals and volunteers home deliver or hand out meals at a drive thru location. Bags of groceries from the local food pantry are also available.

San Antonio, TX launched a web based self-screening tool, which helps a person understand if they should seek COVID-19 testing from their health care provider, depending on the symptoms they report.

Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby ordered her staff to dismiss pending criminal charges against anyone arrested for possessing drugs including heroin, attempted distribution of any drug, prostitution, trespassing, minor traffic offenses, open container and urinating in public.

Mayor Durkan, Seattle, WA announced a $1 million expansion of the Small Business Stabilization Fund as well as availability of federal small businesses loans. Seattle is one of the first cities in the country to operationalize direct investments in small businesses impacted by COVID-19.

COVID-19 and Public Water Systems​

Coronavirus and Water, Water World
How is coronavirus impacting water utilities? From our friends, George Hawkins & Andy Kricun, here are some immediate steps required to improve resiliency now and in the future. View more advice from them here.

Resources from Our Partners

WEBINAR: Keeping Essential Services Moving During COVID
Wednesday, April 1, 12:00 PM ET
The Department of Homeland Security released new guidance for cities and states to define “essential workers” that ensure the health, safety, and wellbeing of our residents. Hear directly from DHS on what categories of essential workers were modified and from essential industries on how to best work with them on this new guidance.
WEBINAR: How Local Leaders Can Help Vulnerable Households Get Online
Thursday, April 2, 2:00 PM ET, National League of Cities & National Digital Inclusion Alliance
Most communities have been asked to restrict their movements and access education, work, socializing, and healthcare online at home. Learn what steps local leaders can take right now to help low-income and vulnerable families to get online during the crisis.