This page contains helpful resources from the City of Lancaster, Los Angeles County, the State of California and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If you need further assistance or advice about COVID-19 (coronavirus), please call the City at (661) 723-6000.
Click/tap the section titles below to see a wide range of information and resources the City has compiled to help you, whatever your situation.
For Parents and Pregnant Women:
- National Association of School Psychologists: Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
- CDC: COVID-19 for Pregnant Women and Children
- CDC: Household Readiness Checklist
- CDC: "COVID-19 and Children" Frequently Asked Questions
Cleaning Your Home:
- CDC: Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations for U.S. Households
- CDC: Guidance for Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in Homes and Residential Communities
- EPA: Disinfectants for Use Against COVID-19
For the Temporarily Unemployed (due to COVID-19):
Visit the City of Lancaster's "Out of Work?" page and the "Businesses and Employees Affected by Coronavirus" page for even more resources.
The following information comes directly from the State of California's Employment Development Department (EDD) website.
Reduced Work Hours:
If your employer has reduced your hours or shut down operations due to COVID-19, you can file an Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim. UI provides partial wage replacement benefit payments to workers who lose their job or have their hours reduced, through no fault of their own. Workers who are temporarily unemployed due to COVID-19 and expected to return to work with their employer within a few weeks are not required to actively seek work each week. However, they must remain able and available and ready to work during their unemployment for each week of benefits claimed and meet all other eligibility criteria. Eligible individuals can receive benefits that range from $40-$450 per week.
The Governor’s Executive Order waives the one-week unpaid waiting period, so you can collect UI benefits for the first week you are out of work. If you are eligible, the EDD processes and issues payments within a few weeks of receiving a claim.
If you’re unable to work because you are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Paid Family Leave (PFL) claim. PFL provides up to six weeks of benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages because they need time off work to care for a seriously ill family member or to bond with a new child. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50-$1,300 a week. If you are eligible, the EDD processes and issues payments within a few weeks of receiving a claim.
If your child’s school is closed, and you have to miss work to be there for them, you may be eligible for Unemployment Insurance benefits. Eligibility considerations include if you have no other care options and if you are unable to continue working your normal hours remotely. File an Unemployment Insurance claim and our EDD representatives will decide if you are eligible.
Sick or Quarantined:
The State Disability Insurance (SDI) program provides short-term benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages due to a non-work-related illness, injury, or pregnancy. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50-$1,300 a week.
The Governor’s Executive Order waives the one-week unpaid waiting period, so you can collect DI benefits for the first week you are out of work. If you are eligible, the EDD processes and issues payments within a few weeks of receiving a claim.
Visit the City's "Business and Employees Affected by Coronavirus" page for even more resources.
- City of Lancaster Small Business Recovery Resource (SBRR) program
- The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) has established an "LA COVID-19 Community Connectory," which seeks to provide crucial resources for vulnerable residents, small businesses, and nonprofits.
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce - Coronavirus Small Business Guide
- U.S. Small Business Administration - Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources
- L.A. County portal - COVID-19: Information for Businesses
- L.A. County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs Coronavirus portal
Public School Closure Updates:
- Westside Union School District
- Lancaster School District
- Eastside School District
- AV Union High School District
- Keppel Union School District
- Wilsona School District
- Antelope Valley College
- For all private schools, please visit their websites.
Information for Schools and Childcare Providers:
- CDC: Interim Guidance for Administrators of U.S. Childcare Programs and K-12 Schools
- CDC: Resources for Institutes of Higher Education
- CDC: Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations - Community Facilities
- U.S. Department Of Education: Resources for Schools and School Personnel
- EPA: Disinfectants for Use Against COVID-19
- Reopening Protocols for K-12 Schools (PDF)
Information for Community Events and Gatherings:
From the City of Lancaster:
From L.A. County:
- Visit the County's COVID-19 portal for more information and updates, including closures, food services, and utility relief.
- Visit the County Department of Public Health website to view official health orders.
- Los Angeles County Free Delivery Service
- Los Angeles County Closures
From the Antelope Valley Transit Authority:
- Free Fares and Boarding Through Rear Doors Only
- Reducing Maximum Occupancy
- Reduced Saturday Schedule
State-level resources and information:
- The State of California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) encourages Californians to use DMV's Online Services as much as possible
- The California Department of Public Health: COVID-19 portal
- California Public Utilities Commission: COVID-19 portal
Federal/National-level resources and information:
- The U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 Resources, Guidelines and Information
- U.S. Department of Labor: practical guidance to prepare workplaces for COVID-19
- Federal Transit Administration: FAQs from FTA Grantees Regarding COVID-19
- Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: COVID-19 portal
- Department of Defense (DOD): Coronavirus Response
International resources and information: