Tag: pandemic

Mayor Suarez Advice From the Frontlines

Across the United States, large cities have been the early epicenter of the novel Coronavirus pandemic. From Los Angeles to New York to Miami, big-city mayors have been responding in a myriad of ways to protect their residents and flatten the curve. Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, who himself tested positive for the virus in March,

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How Tech is Helping Local Leaders Rebuild During COVID-19

The last several weeks have overturned everyday life and exposed weaknesses across science, government services, and regretfully, the human spirit. In the midst of an unprecedented global crisis, the U.S. has reached more than one million confirmed COVID-19 cases. To overcome this pandemic, we must rethink our human behaviors under physical distancing guidelines. We must

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On The Frontlines of COVID-19 with Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot

Across the country, mayors are stepping up and making tough decisions during the coronavirus pandemic to protect the health and welfare of their residents in cities, towns and villages. From being some of the first leaders to issue stay at home orders, to supporting small businesses in their communities with grants and loans and protecting

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Disparate Impacts of COVID-19 on Communities of Color

As local leaders respond to this COVID-19 pandemic, government decision-makers and decision-making processes will be tested in unprecedented ways. Now, more than ever, these decisions cannot only consider equity as one piece of many; they must center on equity. Without applying an explicit equity lens to each city’s COVID-19 response, the response is likely to perpetuate or exacerbate existing inequities for people of color, low-income individuals, people with disabilities, the LGBTQIA+ community, and other vulnerable

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How Can Localities Build Strong Earned Sick Leave Laws?

Social distancing is our new normal in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. This practice is the process undertaken to “restrict when and where people can gather, to stop or slow the spread of infectious diseases.” It is one of a number of actions leaders can take right now to increase the resilience of their

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Keeping City Workers Safe in the Wake of COVID-19

Protecting health care providers, first responders and other essential employees from the COVID-19 virus is vital to slowing the spread of the pandemic. The CDC has advised that everyone should be wearing cloth masks in public. Accordingly, all front-line staff that interact with the public need some level of personal protective equipment (PPE). However, cities,

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Keeping Communities Safe During Religious Gatherings

As many Americans prepare for Easter, Ramadan and Passover holidays, local leaders are continuing to deal with the impact of Coronavirus. As the number of cases in the United States continues to climb, many elected officials and public health experts are working with faith leaders to help stop the spread of coronavirus in their community. Intergenerational faith-based communities play

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Getting Residents Online in a Pandemic Crisis

NLC held a webinar on this topic on Thursday, April 2. Click here to download the recording of the webinar. As of this writing, most Americans are currently under a state or local order restricting movement. Thousands of schools, workplaces, and community and religious centers have closed for extended to limit the spread of COVID-19.

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City Transportation Changes as COVID-19 Pandemic Continues

As city leaders across the country are working to ensure that residents are practicing physical distancing, they are also trying to balance a difficult task: ensuring that transportation options remain open for those who need them, while safeguarding transportation systems from spreading the virus. NLC talked with city leaders and transportation providers to get a

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Homelessness Support During the Spread of COVID-19

Cities across the United States, from Burlington, Vermont to Los Angles, California, are being nimble to stop the spread of COVID-19 in their communities by taking proactive measures to ensure individuals experiencing homelessness are protected during this crisis. However, recommendations to exercise social distancing and to shelter in place are nearly impossible for those in

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