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Emergency Order 1: Facilities Closure, Evictions, Price Gouging, Parking (March 25, 2020) Safer at Home Order Stay Home Executive Order
Orders: Self Quarantine and Self-isolation (3/27/20) Executive Order-Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Emergency Order 2: Update and change of Emergency Order 1 Covid-19 Update 4/2/20 Executive Order-Moratorium on Evictions
Coronavirus Numbers*  
Response to Coronavirus Scam Alert  
Facilities & Programs Frequently Asked Questions  
Meetings FAQ for Immigrants  
Events Information Coronavirus Test


Parking FAQ for Coronavirus Test Schools & School Lunch
Restaurants Open for Takeout & Delivery   Utilities
Animal Control   Help for Workers
Help for Vulnerable People   Help for Small Businesses
Hand Washing   Housing Concerns: Rent, Mortgage, Evictions
Social Distancing   If you or family member become ill


*Any Hawaiian Gardens numbers are combined with Lakewood due to the city’s less than 25K population

Los Angeles County Safer at Home Order for Control of COVID-19

Temporary prohibition of all events and gatherings, closure of non-essential businesses and areas (Revised Order Issued: March 21, 2020). Please read this Order carefully . Violation of or failure to comply with this order is a crime punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both. (California Health and Safety Code §120295; Los Angeles County Code §11.02.080.)

Read the Order here.

Stay Home Executive Order

On March 19, 2020 the State of California issued an Executive Order ordering all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence except as needed to maintain continuity of operation of the federal critical infrastructure sectors.

Under this order, all residents are to stay in their own homes unless completing essential tasks such as grocery shopping, picking up prescriptions, and other tasks outlined below. In addition, all businesses except those that provide essential services (grocery stores, restaurants for takeout/pickup, doctors offices, and others listed below) are to close. Businesses that remain open must still practice social distancing guidelines. For more information, view the full Order below and visit the State of California’s coronavirus information website.

What’s Open?

Essential services will remain open such as:

  • Gas stations
  • Pharmacies
  • Food: Grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores, take-out and delivery restaurants
  • Banks
  • Laundromats/laundry services

Essential state and local government functions will also remain open, including law enforcement and offices that provide government programs and services.

What’s closed?

  • Dine-in restaurants
  • Bars and nightclubs
  • Entertainment venues
  • Gyms and fitness studios
  • Public events and gatherings
  • Convention Centers

View the full order here.

City Response:

  • On March 16, 2020 Hawaiian Gardens City Council declared a state of emergency. The City Council also passed a Resolution authorizing the use of City reserve funds during the local emergency. The decisions follow a local emergency declaration from Los Angeles County and increasingly detailed recommendations from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH), the California Governor’s Office, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the federal government. Another factor in the Council’s decisions was the temporary closing of The Gardens Casino this past weekend. Nearly 70 percent of the City’s General Fund budget comes from Gardens Casino revenues.
  • City of Hawaiian Gardens Issues COVID-19 Emergency Order. The City of Hawaiian Gardens issued an emergency order in response to the COVID-19 crisis on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. The stipulations of the order include the closure of City facilities, suspending the issuance of parking citations for street sweeping, and late penalties for City fines, setting price-gouging protections and placing a temporary moratorium on residential and commercial evictions related to the COVID-19 crisis. Read entire order here.
  • For questions about how the City is responding to coronavirus, call (562) 420-2641 ext. 225. (Se habla español)

City Parking:

  • Given the extenuating circumstances and the number of families that are homebound for the time being, the City will not be issuing parking citations for street sweeping but we ask residents to please do your best to park off-street so that City streets are kept clean.

Facilities & Programs:

City Hall is still here to help you, but we’re reducing in-person interactions. Please see the lists below for the most up-to-date information about city service closures:

What’s Open

PUBLIC SAFETY: Police and fire services are operating as normal

TRASH PICK & STREET SWEEPING: Operating as normal

What’s Closed

(Closed to the general public. Essential services are being provided.)



  • Includes youth and adult sports, scholarship programs, after-school programs, and more.
  • Seniors who are preregistered to receive meals: please pick up your 10 meals for the next two weeks on Monday (3/23) between 10AM and 12PM at the Mary Rodriguez Senior Center.


The City of Hawaiian Gardens is taking temporary measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, or Coronavirus until further notice.

Effective immediately, the Housing Division is closed to the public and is working with very limited staff. All previously scheduled appointments for the Section 8 Program including annual re-exams and housing quality inspections will be suspended.

All new projects for the Beautification Program, Commercial Sign Program, and Security Bar Removal Program will be put on hold until further notice.

The HGHA is taking measures to proactively respond to the spread of the COVID-19, Coronavirus and are taking the necessary measures to minimize community gatherings and increase personal distancing to avoid the spread of COVID-19.

Our Staff will be available by phone. Thank you for your patience. The HGHA is committed to address your concerns as soon as possible. You may also call (562) 420-2641 x237 for additional information

City Meetings

City Council Meetings

Per a City Council resolution passed on March 10, Hawaiian Gardens’ Mayor or Vice Mayor may cancel or postpone a City Council meeting in the interest of public health after conferring with the City Manager. Similarly, the Council may take certain immediate actions to respond to coronavirus (COVID-19) before the next regularly scheduled meeting. As a reminder, council meetings are live-streamed via the City website. Anyone who is concerned about attending City Council meetings in person is able to watch from home in real time.

Meeting Cancellations

In order to protect the community and comply with Federal, State, and County recommendations to fight spread of the coronavirus, the City Council canceled the following meetings:

  • Regular meeting of the City Council-scheduled for March 24, 2020
  • Public Housing Authority meeting-scheduled for March 24, 2020
  • Parks and Recreation Committees Meetings-scheduled for March 19 (4pm) and (5pm), March 26, March 31, and April 2

Event Information

In accordance with State guidelines, the City will not hold large events in the near future to help reduce community spread of the virus. The annual Easter Egg Hunt, Carnival, and Arbor Day celebration (originally scheduled for April 11, April 17-19, and April 25 respectively) are therefore cancelled.


Many local restaurants are still open for takeout and delivery! We have compiled a list for our residents HERE.

April, 2, 2020: The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health released new guidelines allowing restaurants in LA County to sell groceries as part of their delivery, take-out, and curbside delivery services. More information can be found HERE

ABC Unified Schools


As of April 2, 2020, ABCUSD school campuses will remain closed for the rest of the school year. Howeverbe classes will still be in session. This decision was made based on both Governor Newsom and Los Angeles County directives for residents to stay at home. Both of these orders are aimed at preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus.


Meal delivery program for ABCUSD students

(Effective April 6 – June 10, 2020)

Information is as of April 2, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.

Due to the recent recommendations from Governor Newsom and State Superintendent of Instruction Tony Thurmond, the ABCUSD is making changes to the meal delivery service. Beginning on Monday, April 6, 2020, the ABC Unified School District Nutrition Services Department will refine our meal “grab-and-go” program to ten sites. Meals will be offered via curb-side pick up at the following location:

The following ten sites will serve meals:

  • Furgeson Elementary School
  • Hawaiian Elementary School
  • Melbourne Elementary School
  • Niemes Elementary School
  • Haskell Middle School
  • Artesia High School
  • Cerritos High School
  • Gahr High School
  • Whitney High School
  • District Office Central Kitchen (12255 Cuesta Drive, Cerritos)

Any child in the community 18 years old or under may pick up a meal at any of the ten locations serving meals. Meal pick-up time will be Monday and Wednesday from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm. Meals will not be served on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Children will pick up a meal bag that has two breakfasts and two lunches on Monday, and three breakfasts and three lunches on Wednesday. The child must be present to pick up a meal bag, which is limited to one meal bag per child. All meals are free.

For the full notice from ABCUSD, visit their website.

Remember students that FREE access to City WiFi is available for your use. Check locations here.

Housing Concerns: Rent, Mortgage, Evictions

The city of Hawaiian Gardens has implemented a temporary moratorium on evictions for non-payment of rent by residential and commercial tenants impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. More information is available HERE.

The Housing Rights Center Counselors will remain available to provide information on housing rights and receive housing discrimination complaints by phone and email. HRC’s Case Analysts will continue to investigate Fair Housing complaints. HRC is also assisting tenants who are elderly or at high risk of infection in postponing non-urgent landlord entries in their homes while the government recommended self-isolation of persons 65 years of age and older to try to insulate them from infection is in effect. More information is available HERE.

What to do if you or a family member becomes ill

If you or a family member becomes ill, please call your doctor for advice about treatment and testing. The city does not provide testing services. If you do not have a healthcare provider, please call PHONE NUMBER (ex. 2-1-1 for the Los Angeles County Department of Health’s information line.)
For the most up-to-date information on health recommendations, please visit the CDC website, the California Department of Public Health website, and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health website.

Social Distancing

Our individual and community choices right now will determine how our hospitals are able to handle this virus. The CDC has recommended a ban of gatherings of more than 10 people for the next 8 weeks. We recommend having three weeks of food, medication and supplies on hand. Please limit contact with those outside of your family unit or dwelling as much as possible – it’s the right thing to do.

Help for Workers:

Workers in California may be eligible for benefits due to illness from COVID-19. For more information on disability insurance, paid family leave, unemployment insurance, paid sick leave, and workers’ compensation, please visit the California Department of Labor’s website.

Help for Small Businesses:

A helpful Newsletter prepared by the City on sources for assistance can be found HERE

All levels of government are working to support our small businesses impacted by COVID-19.

For information about loans from the federal Small Business Association, please visit the SBA’s page.

For information about assistance from California, visit the Employment Development Department’s website. Employers experiencing a slowdown in their businesses or services may apply for the UI Work Sharing Program to avoid layoffs, receive advice from the Rapid Response center, and/or request a 60-day extension to file their state payroll reports and/or deposit state payroll taxes.

Information about assistance available from the County of Los Angeles can be found here

Help for Vulnerable Populations:

California recommends that all seniors over the age of 65 and those with chronic conditions stay in their homes. If you are at risk, stay home! If you need anything, reach out to your family or neighbors.

If you are self quarantined and have any concerns or do not have anyone to assist you, please call the City at 562-420-2641. If it’s an emergency, dial 911.

Help from Utilities:

Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order on April 2, 2020 that will restrict water shutoffs to homes and small businesses while the state responds to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Executive Order can be seen HERE.

Below is summary of the electricity bill relief measures available to our customers at this time. The one-stop shop for customers to take advantage of these measures is the SCE bill payment assistance call center at 800-655-4555. While customers can get more information from and, sign-ups for payment plans and applications for grant assistance are not available via SCE’s or CPA’s website but must be done through the SCE call center. See below for the pertinent details: 

  1. For customers economically impacted by Covid-19 fallout, a variety of flexible payment plans are available. Via SCE’s call center, customers can self-identify as being impacted and be put on a payment plan that covers both the CPA side and the SCE side of the bill. Customers do not have to signup separately with CPA and these payment plans are not limited to low-income customers but to anyone who needs it.
  2. Low income customers – i.e. those who are on CARE rates – are eligible for up to $100 of grant assistance to pay their bills. SCE administers this program and CPA’s CARE customers are eligible. Customers should call SCE to request this assistance.
  3. Also suspended are eligibility checks to sign up for CARE. So if a customer is newly eligible or is just learning about the program, signing up for CARE has been further streamlined and those customers are eligible for a 30% bill discount going forward. This application may be completed online at
  4. Disconnections for non-payment of bills have been suspended and late-payment fees have been waived. This is automatic, applies to both CPA and SCE charges, and customers do not have to do have to do anything to receive this protection. This protection does not mean that charges are waived, only the penalties are suspended, so we highly encourage customers who are having trouble paying their bills to take advantage of the payment plans and financial assistance being offered.

 CPA customers should also be aware that their April bill will include a $30 California Climate Credit netted against their usage. Funding for this credit comes from revenues generated by the State’s Greenhouse Gas Cap-and-Trade program.

Animal Control

By order of the Chair of the Board of Supervisors for the County of Los Angeles, all County facilities will be closed to the public beginning March 16, 2020 until further notice. This includes DACC’s seven animal care centers. DACC officers will continue to respond to emergency calls for service including dangerous dogs, sick or injured animals, police assistance, removal of dead animals, and animal cruelty investigations. You may contact the numbers below or via email to request service. Pet owners considering surrendering their pets should delay doing so, if possible. If this is not possible, please call your local animal care center for direction. DACC is not accepting healthy stray cats at this time.

People who find or lose a pet should download to reunite lost pets with  their families.

View the full message from the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control (DACC) here.