Everything You Need to Know About How
the City of Lancaster Is Responding to COVID-19 (coronavirus)
The City will continue to update this page as we receive COVID-19 (coronavirus) news and guidance from Federal, State and County governing bodies. For more information and specific resources, please visit our Coronavirus Resources webpage or call the City at (661) 723-6000.
For an up-to-date list of businesses that are open in the City of Lancaster, please click/tap on the image to the left. That will take you to a website called Bludot with a list of open businesses and an interactive map.
We are here for you! Although many City facilities have closed due to the "Stay at Home" order by the State and County, Lancaster City Hall is open with appropriate measures to protect the health of the community. We are planning for several contingency scenarios and taking decisive, informed action to limit the spread of COVID-19 while also ensuring the continuity of our services and programs as much as possible.
We encourage our residents to take advantage of our services offered online. However if you do need to come into City Hall, please enter through the south entrance near the Council Chambers. View available online City services here.
Unfortunately, some City services and events will be canceled, postponed or held online to minimize health risks. Please visit the Special Events webpage for any updates.
- View the City of Lancaster's Temporary Relief Resolutions and Ordinances
- This is a list of places you CAN visit in Lancaster during the Safer at Home Order
- Report Commercial Businesses you feel are violating City, County or State orders
COVID-19 Cases Update as of July 29, 2020
Click/tap the section titles below to see the information for each area. You can also go to the L.A. County Department of Public Health's dashboard for their official counts.
*L.A. County Department of Public Health reports that the California State Prison has had cases amongst staff members and inmates. Some or all of these cases may be included in Lancaster's case count depending on what city the individual listed as their residency on their lab slip.
- Cases: 1,994
- 37 new cases since the last update
- Deaths: 27
- 0 new deaths since the last update
- Cases: 4,698
- Deaths: 70
- Cases: 183,383
- 4,825 new cases since the last update
- Deaths: 4,516
- 91 new deaths since the last update
At this time, Mayor Parris is directing all Lancaster community members to wear a face covering while in public. The City is not requiring a specific type of mask and certainly does not want to take away from medical professionals who will need medical-grade masks. We are simply requiring that your nose and mouth be covered; whether it’s with a homemade mask, a bandana, or a piece of fabric that acts as a physical barrier between your mouth and nose and the immediate environment around you. The proposed ordinance was approved April 3, 2020.
- May 26
- The City Council adopted a resolution to confirm the continued existence of a local public health emergency in the City of Lancaster resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. They also re-adopted some regulatory and procedural measures including the extension of deadlines for non-critical City functions such as collections for code enforcement administrative citations and parking citations. This measure also introduced the Stand Strong & Stay Action Program that allows businesses or individuals to conduct fitness or exercise classes at a City of Lancaster park, with mandated social distancing measures, to encourage residents to stay healthy and provide support to local businesses.
- The Council also approved the Stand Strong Reopening Assistance Program, which was designed to help businesses fund reopening expenses such as providing personal protective equipment (PPE), hand sanitizer and CDC-approved cleaning products to employees.
- Finally, the Council approved the Grocery Workers Appreciation Program, which will provide grocery workers who have served during the pandemic a bill credit of up to $50 on their Lancaster Choice Energy bill.
- April 3 - The City Council adopted an urgency ordinance requiring residents wear face coverings in public.
- March 24 - The City Council approved the "Stand Strong" Business Recovery Loan Program, which directed the issuance of up to $2 million in load funds to aid small businesses in Lancaster. The program will remain in effect until December 31, 2020 or until funds are exhausted, whichever occurs first.
- March 17 - During a virtual town hall meeting, Mayor R. Rex Parris announced a local State of Emergency. That evening, the City Council held a council meeting to officially vote on declaring a local State of Emergency. The resolution passed 5-0. What does this mean for Lancaster businesses and citizens? For more details on all the resolutions and one ordinance that passed, please visit the Local Emergency webpage.
- March 12 - City of Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris Issues Statement Regarding Coronavirus
This is a short list of links to L.A. County's COVID-19 actions, orders and resources.
- Los Angeles County GIS Dashboards
- Los Angeles County "Safe At Home" Order
- Home quarantine guidance for close contacts to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- Home Isolation Instructions for People with Coronavirus-2019 (COVID-19) Infection
This is a short list of links to the State's COVID-19 actions, orders and resources.
- Effective July 13, 2020, ALL counties must close indoor operations in multiple sectors.
- State of California's COVID-19 website
- Updated guidance on the Executive Order related to Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers
- California Department of Public Health - Guidance Documents: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- Residential evictions are halted until May 31, 2020, when it can be documented that inability to pay rent is sourced from decrease in wages or increase in medical expenses due to COVID-19.
- Commercial foreclosures are requested to be halted when lack of ability to pay is related to COVID-19.
- The California Public Utilities Commission’s Executive Director determined that energy, water, sewer, and communications companies under CPUC jurisdiction should halt customer disconnections for non-payment as a result of the State of Emergency called by Gov. Gavin Newsom due to COVID-19.
- CDC Resources, Guidance and Statements