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Businesses Get the Help You Need to Reopen Here

Stand Strong Reopening Assistance Program 

Updated 5/29/20

Thank you Mayor Parris and Council Members for working with Supervisor Kathryn Barger on reopening the community. All retail shopping centers, dine-in restaurants, barbershops, hair salons,  swap meets, shared outdoor facilities and religious organizations are now able to reopen while maintaining social distancing practices and requiring the use of face coverings. 

Businesses Now Open: 

Map: What is open for business in Lancaster (map by BluDot)

  • Faith-based organizations may resume services, with the number of congregants limited to less than 25% of the building’s capacity, or a maximum of 100 people, whichever is lower (additional information below).

  • All retail, including those located in indoor and outdoor retail shopping centers may now open for business at 50% capacity.

  • Flea markets, swap meets and drive-in movie theaters may resume operations.

  • Pools, hot tubs and saunas that are in a multi-unit residence or part of a homeowners association may now open.

  • Shared outdoor facilities and recreational activities including golf courses, tennis courts, shooting ranges, community gardens, and bike parks.

Friday, 5/29/20, Los Angeles County was given authorization from the state to reopen restaurants for in-person dining and resume services at barbershops and hair salons.

The variance granted amends the current Health Officer Safer at Work and in the Community Order. All businesses must adhere to distancing and infection control protocols that provide safety for employees, customers, and our most vulnerable residents. These protocols were developed to guide reopening and are available online. Inspectors will continue to monitor for compliance and ensure that all adhere to the Health Officer Order. Higher-risk businesses remain closed.

As the recovery journey continues, more people being around one another may result in increased transmission of COVID-19. The actions everyone takes today will impact where numbers are in two or three weeks. Everyone must continue to follow distancing and infection control protocols and wear a clean, face covering that securely covers both the nose and mouth when in contact with people not in their household.

Lancaster is in stage two of the five-stage Roadmap to Recovery and until the final stage five is reached, the City will continue to ensure that the community slows the spread of COVID-19 to prevent an overwhelming surge of cases.

For more information on the updated Health Officer Order from L.A. County Department of Public Health, please visit their website.

The City is working to help small businesses prepare to reopen as quickly and as safely as possible under the guidelines of Los Angeles County and the State of California. The Lancaster City Council has enacted the Stand Strong Reopening Assistance Program. The program is designed to lessen the costs of reopening for small businesses, save business owners time and effort sourcing hard-to-find supplies, and keep our community safe as we reopen our economy. For more information about the program, please visit the Lancaster Stand Strong Reopening Assistance Program page or contact our Small Business Recovery Resource team at 661-723-6236 or SBR@cityoflancasterca.org.

The City has also announced the “Stand Strong & Stay Active” program designed to support our local gyms and help keep the community active and healthy. We look forward to sharing details on this initiative and others in the coming days. For more information, visit the Lancaster Coronavirus information page.

As we work towards reopening, we are proud to announce the launch of our new Open for Business portal. The website will allow businesses to share details about their establishments including their hours of operation, as well as any temporary business modifications such as offering delivery or take-out/curbside services. The website is free and business owners can update the information on their own. 

The "Reopening Survey" may be found here.

Once organizations have resumed services, we need your assistance in keeping track of how many persons are in attendance as well as how many are asked to return home from each service/gathering by filling out the "Weekly Report from Places of Worship Survey".

The  "Weekly Report from Places of Worship Survey" may be found here.

Should a person be asked to return home, a "Testing Request" should be submitted. This form is intended to facilitate scheduling testing for any persons who were not permitted to attend service/gathering due to temperature over 100.4 or other signs and symptoms of illness.

The "Testing Request" may be found here.